Using Scrapbook Cards in Your Small Group


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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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An Excerpt from ISAIAH: SETTING THINGS RIGHT

This Bible study, written by Beebe Kauffman (my mother), has helped me to better understand how God works in our lives on a daily basis. He is always working—guiding, transforming, equipping. I want to share with you a passage from Isaiah: Setting Things Right that I love. It describes the sanctification process and how God works in our lives.

What’s involved in God setting things right?

 

 

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Bible Study Blitz

 

For some people, fall is all about football. September and a little of October have been all about Bible studies on my blog. I had a blitz of my own! Ten posts have mapped out how to study the Bible, the personal benefits, tips for teaching and writing Bible studies, and more. In case you missed any of the posts, here they are with a short description. ...

 

 

 

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The Makings of a Good Discussion Leader

What sparkling qualities do you remember about the small group leaders you’ve had? I can think about the ones I’ve known and learn from their personalities and styles—they’ve been kind, funny, and sweet. To-the-point, insightful, and encouraging. People-oriented, God-centered, and Bible-based. The leaders that have left some sparkle in my memory are those who saw the individual members of their groups, cared about each person’s contribution, and kept the discussion focused on God, His Word, and related experiences. They spoke from the heart and shared what God had taught them. They knew how long to let a group member share and when to reign in a rabbit bounding down the trail. ...

 

 

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To DVD or Not DVD: That is the Question

In this series on Bible studies, I can’t leave out this question: What are the pros and cons of using a DVD-driven study? I have seen it work well and not-so-well. So what makes the difference? When you’re considering whether to use a video-driven study, these pros and cons may help. If you’re creating your own study, these lists may help you to decide whether to make videos to go with your book. ...

 

 

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