A New Release: Breaking the Chains


I was chained. You wouldn’t have been able to hear clanging links as I walked by, or see the chain that was metaphorically wrapped around my heart and mind. But for years, I struggled with chains of my own making. When I realized that they were hindering my walk with God, I wanted to be free. I just wasn’t sure how to do it.

Have you been there? Even children of God battle bad habits or detrimental ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Jesus died to set us free from sin’s power in our lives, but we can still walk hindered. We can let fear, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and so forth hinder what God wants to do in our lives and how we relate to Him and other people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can break free and stay free. The strategies to do it are in our new book.  

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Bible Study Helps

 

I love the beginning of a new Bible study semester. Every September, men and women gather at churches or in homes to study and discuss God’s Word. New friendships will be made, and prayer requests will be lifted up. Some will bake scrumptious goodies that will delight hungry tummies. The best part is diving into a book of the Bible or a particular topic and understanding how God’s Word applies to life today. Do you like the start of a new Bible study season?

As new groups are coming together or old groups are meeting again after summer break, I’d like to offer some Bible Study Helps, such as 5 ways to find application in the Bible and 4 tips for writing and teaching Bible Studies. These are found on a new page on our website. ...

 

 

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Be Refreshed: Announcing a New Bible Study Magazine

“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” Isaiah 55:1, NKJV

Have you ever been so thirsty that you couldn’t think straight or do anything else but hunt for some water? I know how that feels. I carry a water bottle with me most everywhere I go because if an unrelenting thirst finds me, I have to quench it.

At times our souls desperately need to be refreshed with the Word of God. It is like water to our souls. The Bible quenches our thirst to know God better, it cleanses us from the daily stain of sin, and it nourishes our souls with renewed strength and vitality. We need God’s Word to thrive spiritually as much as we need water to survive physically.

So the Lighthouse Bible Studies team is pleased to announce the start of a new Bible study magazine called Refresh ...

 

 

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Our God Restores (Excerpts from Faith, Courage, and Victory)

God hears. God acts. God saves.

Our God restores.

When trials, loss, sin, or unfulfilled promises steal our strength and joy, we need restoration. God can help us. When we look to Him, He supplies us with His grace and renews our outlook on life. His joy and peace once again fill our souls.

The excerpts below from my new Bible study, Faith, Courage, and Victory, show some of the many ways that God helps us and restores us.  

 

 

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Using Scrapbook Cards in Your Small Group


(Stamps used are courtesy of Impression Obsession, Inc.)

Bible studies don’t have to be dry and boring. God’s Word is alive and powerful, and He has given us all kinds of creative methods to take His Word to heart. Scrapbook cards can be one of them.

They’re colorful. They’re pretty. What’s not to like?

When my mom and I teach a small group Bible study, we make scrapbook card kits. Every group member puts together a scrapbook card that has a principle from the lesson on it. Using double sticky tape, the group members tape the layers of the card together, and they’re done. Fast and easy!

 

 

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Faith, Courage, and Victory – Who’s In It?

My new Bible study condenses the stories of twenty-four people of the Bible into one to three devotions per person. Forty devotions in Faith, Courage, and Victory give a fresh look into these well-known and beloved stories, and give a fresh perspective on how we can walk in faith, courage, and victory in our daily Christian lives.

So who’s in the book? People whose stories can help us today. ...

 

 

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Faith, Courage, and Victory – What It’s All About

I learn from movies, especially action adventure movies. Do you? I like seeing a team of people work together to accomplish a goal or defeat an enemy. Their example of courage and skill inspires me to have courage in my own life and to do what God wants me to do.

The Bible is filled with the stories of real people who became overcomers. They battled struggles, temptations, and formidable enemies. They had to overcome fear and doubt to do God’s will for their lives. Their faith and courage can inspire us to live by faith and courage in our own walks with God. This is what my new Bible study is all about—learning from the real-life adventures of men and women in the Bible, who had struggles, but cooperated with God’s work in them and through them and became overcomers.

 

 

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The Writer as a Jeweler

I’m starting a jewelry and craft business this spring. I hope to have a shop on Etsy called “Olga’s Dresser,” named after an heirloom that belonged to my great-great grandmother. On top of this antique dresser, I plan to take pictures of the jewelry and journals I make, signifying that many of them will have the look of the past with some style and flare of the present.

Making jewelry has given me a new perspective on writing. I love matching just the right colored beads and pearls with just the right chains and rings. The jeweler is an artist. So is the writer.

 

 

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Shine with Glory

I am really missing the sun. Every winter, I easily get the “gloomies.” I love to be outside, walking in the sunshine and listening to the birds sing. But in January, I am stuck inside, and my picture window reveals  gray clouds and straw-colored grass. But as I write this devotion, a smidge of sunlight is bursting through the clouds, as if to give hope. Thank You, God. There is always hope.

When we hear the evening news, watch our friends go through trials, or think about our own challenges, it’s easy to get the “gloomies.” Gray clouds dampen our joy and energy. But with God, there’s hope that the sun will shine again, that things can get better, and that we will have the grace to handle life’s challenges. It’s possible that our days can shine with glory because God is the One who is working in us and in our circumstances. When He works, miracles happen, and hearts are strengthened. Consider this quote from Beebe Kauffman’s book Isaiah: Setting Things Right.

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God at the Center: An Isaiah: Setting Things Right Excerpt

What is your life centered on? We center our lives around what we love. That’s why we need to be careful about what we love the most. If we’re centering our lives around the wrong thing or person, our lives can fall apart.

God is a good center of heart and life. If we love God first, what would life be like? Our lives would revolve around the one Person who makes things better, who satisfies our hearts (Psalm 107:9), and who gives us grace and strength to handle life’s problems. The One who plans good adventures and lasting memories, and who gives us an assignment to help others and the ability to carry it out. When we love God first, we concentrate our attention, zeal, strength, and affection on the One who loves us perfectly. We achieve the purpose for which He gave us life, and draw close to Someone whose fellowship and love satisfy our hearts. ...

 

 

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