Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Where in the world can we find courage and safety? What should we do when the enemy and worldliness seem to be crowding in around us?

Isaiah Ch. 8  Find your courage and safety in believing God and His word—don’t refuse them or neglect them.

v.1-4  Publish (make known) what God says, for it will surely come to pass.
             Application: Be a faithful witness of what God says.
v.5-8  Don’t refuse to know God or to embrace His ways, direction, and help. ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

God’s Enriching Work vs. Sin’s Damaging Work

God works today in the hearts and minds of His children to conform our whole way of thinking, feeling, and acting to be consistent with His love, His character, and His purposes for our lives. He is working to enrich the quality of our souls, our lives, and our influence.

Our choices and decisions help or hinder that process. Certain mindsets and practices are called “sin” in the Bible because they work against loving and respecting God and people. They oppose the good practices that build healthy and satisfying relationships. They waste our time and energy. They hinder healthy relationships, and ultimately they leave our hearts dissatisfied.

So God gives us ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

The Morning after the Storm

            Ominous clouds slowly cover the earth. Everything becomes darker, bleaker. An eerie gray is the forewarning of an impending storm. At first the wind gently ruffles the tree branches, but then it steadily grows in force and speed until the trees bend almost to the breaking point. The rain that began with ...

 

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Jesus—the Heart’s Delight   (Isaiah 4:2)

            Jesus is beautiful, glorious, excellent, and appealing to those who take hold of Him by faith. Great good awaits those who turn to Him. Jesus sustains us through the storms of life and furnishes us with hope until they are over. He calms our anxieties with His peace. He drives away fear with His comforting presence. He resolves our helplessness with His strength and power. He soothes our guilt and regret with forgiveness. He warms our hearts with His unending love. Jesus is our ...

 

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“Destination?”

God’s word is full of useful information that is up-to-date and relevant to our lives today. That information helps us to know what our options are in life. It shows us how to navigate our lives along the paths that take us to such pleasing “destinations” as a satisfied heart, meaningful relationships, and ...

 

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"What Does God Do in Our Lives?"

            He rescues us. When we place our faith in God, He works to rescue our souls from famine, dryness, coldness, isolation, oppression, and wandering. He rescues our souls from famine by nourishing them with the truth. He rescues our souls from dryness by bringing joy and laughter back into life ...

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Not Caveman Days

Isaiah: Setting Things Right has recently become available as an e-book. To celebrate that mile marker, I'm going to post some excerpts. The first is about God's "paintbrush" and "canvas."

Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem … (NKJV)

"A skillful painter knows how to transfer the vision in his mind to the blank canvas. The instrument that God used to put His “vision” on paper, or parchment, was not a brush, but a man named Isaiah ...

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