Winning Spiritual Victories

Wherever you are in the world reading this, whatever your life may look like (if you’re a believer), we have something in common—we are a part of the same spiritual family and the same team. Each of us is involved in life’s constant struggle between good and evil, in a marathon race of adventures and challenges. Every generation has been called to loving God and knowing Him, to walking through life with Him, and to serving Him faithfully. Our generation is no different. Whatever spiritual battles we are facing, God helps us to win the victory and to make a difference in the world around us.

How does God help us in the struggles of the Christian life? ...

2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

One More Edit

I didn’t want to upload it one more time. After nine uploads and nine thorough edits of my entire e-book, I didn’t want to fix it again. Couldn’t it just be done? Couldn’t I get away with not fixing that spacing that I had somehow missed?

I knew the answer was no. And for good reason—to make my book the best it could be. Every hour I had spent formatting paragraphs and endnotes, every minute I had carefully scrolled through the whole book, every second of patience was worth ...

writing, editing, patience, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Our Strength Renew-er

I thought I had found a secret treasure.

When I was a teenager, I found a Bible verse that I thought no one knew about. It was a new discovery, a secret gem. It even talked about eagles. About a week later, I discovered the gem was no secret. It was printed on journals, bookmarks, and pictures. It turned out to be everywhere. Others had seen it and cherished it as well. And rightfully so. This beloved verse promises renewed strength and unfailing endurance. ... 

Isaiah 40:31, strength, renewed strength, waiting on God, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Finding Our Place in Life

Finding “our place” in life can sometimes be a long process. We want a place that is secure, that is uniquely ours, and that is enjoyable and heartwarming. We want a place from which we can launch out into life’s circumstances and relationships and navigate them well. We want a home base that ... 

our place, sure footing, our Rock, relationship with God, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Lessons From Home

Our Turn to Bless

Friday is the first anniversary of my mom’s passing, so this blog is in her honor.

In the cemetery where my mother is buried are the graves of several generations of women  ...

 

women, bless, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Isaiah: Setting Things Right

Scrapbook Cards in Bible Study

I have scrapbooked for almost ten years. I enjoy it as a stress reliever, as an excuse to be with friends, and as a creative outlet. The papers are pretty, the embellishments are snazzy, and the pictures I cherish are preserved for all time in meaningful ways. Until the tape runs out. Then I have to run to the scrapbook store (oh no!) and restrain myself to buy only tape. And maybe one more set of stickers.

A few years ago, my mom Beebe and I found a way to incorporate scrapbooking into our Bible study classes. It can take as little as five minutes of class time to do it. At the end of the class, we pass out little kits to each lady in the group, and inside are pre-cut papers, ribbon, and bling (sparkly stuff). As a group we put together the card which has a principle from the lesson printed on the top layer of paper.

Scrapbooking, class cards, greeting cards, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, The Scrapbooked Bible Study, Katy Kauffman, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

A Person's Worth

A person’s worth is not summed up in what he or she can do for us. Neither is God’s.

rejoice, God, God's worth, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Stress Relievers: Hold Your Soul Close to God

Life, circumstances, and some people can hold our souls close to harm—things that discourage us, ruin our self-image, entice us to take up bad attitudes or habits, or cause us to doubt what we know is true and good. When our souls are held close to harm for too long, attitudes can form that isolate us from other people such as “I don’t need anyone,” or “Don’t mess with me.” We can become angry or hopeless, convinced that things will never get better for us.

But there’s a solution. We can choose to hold our souls close to God. We can do it with prayer, Bible study, church attendance, spiritual songs, remembering Scripture, and so forth. In Him, we can find relief from burdens, confusion, sorrow, heaviness, uncertainty, and coldness. Close to God, we find ...

stress, Stress Relievers, God, in God, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Glory to God in the Highest

I wanted to say something. On Christmas Eve, I played an angel with some of my friends in our church’s live nativity. The three of us angels greeted Mary and Joseph when they arrived in Bethlehem, circled around them as with God’s love and protection, and stood in reverent joy celebrating Jesus’ birth.

We saw the shepherds come to worship the tiny king. Then the wise men came and knelt before the manger, placing their crowns on the ground before him. All the while songs about Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection played in the background. While we stood on stage, the pastor talked about the significance of the birth of Christ, His life, and His death for each of us. He closed our Christmas Eve communion service with this declaration—“Jesus is alive!”

No wonder the angels praised God the night Jesus was born. I bet they couldn’t help it. As I stood on stage, I wanted to sing or to proclaim—“Here He is!!” The angels had been anticipating the moment of Jesus’ birth for centuries.

Christmas, Jesus, angels, nativity, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Mary, Did You Know?

I still remember how to sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. Oh, I never sang the solo, but for years I sang the choral part and loved it. Dressed in Hebrew costumes, we held lit candles as we made our way through the sanctuary to the stage, and knelt in a semi-circle asking that timeless question—Did you know?

Mary, a godly girl, a willing maidservant, did you know what you held that first Christmas night? Did you know that you held the hope for every soul? The power that would crush all evil? The love that would show us the Father?

Did you know that you held in bodily form the God who parted the Red Sea, stopped the mouths of lions, and rained fire from heaven? Did you know that you cradled the Savior of the world? That you gave birth to the great I AM in human form? According to her song, I think she did (Luke 1:38, 46-55). Did she think of it in those terms? I’m not sure, but I imagine so. Do we?

Christmas, Jesus, the reason for the season, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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