Finding Peace

“The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11, NKJV

Peace is a beautiful word. I once pictured peace as gentle waves lapping onto a shore. Since I’ve seen a little more of life’s struggles, now I picture peace as a calm heart in the midst of a storm. I understand from experience that even though our circumstances aren’t trouble-free, we can have God’s peace on the inside. He does calm storms (Psalm 107:29). Either within or without. ...

 

 

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Guest Post by Erin Elizabeth Austin: It’s a Wonderful Life

This week’s theme for my blog and Facebook page is peace. I have the privilege of posting a devotion today by my friend, Erin Austin. I just joined her ministry as the designer of Broken but Priceless: The Magazine. Tomorrow we launch the magazine, so it’s only appropriate for her to guest blog for me today! She writes a touching devotion about peace—something we all need and want. You’ll get to know her a little more in this post, and I pray you experience the peace she describes. ...

 

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

1 Kings: Stay under God’s leadership.

Ch. 1 Make God the King (the Ruler*) of your heart and life, in preference to other contenders.

(Other contenders such as fear, worry, doubt, pride, selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, prejudice, covetousness, apathy, an unforgiving spirit, and so forth)

v.1-4    Cherish the King by staying close to Him and serving Him. (Doing this warms His heart.)

v.5-10  Don’t involve yourself in those things that establish the wrong king in your heart and life.

a) v.5  Don’t exalt yourself to be your own king.

b) v.6  Don’t grow stronger in self-indulgence.

Application: Don’t build the wrong value system, embrace wrong thinking, or persist in wrong habits of life. ...

 

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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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Lessons from Home

Life’s Issues Have a Solution

Jumbled, confused, tied in knots, anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. That’s how we can feel on the inside, as we navigate the circumstances and surprises of life.

Sometimes we just get TIRED—tired of trying, tired of rejection, tired of hitting a brick wall again and again.

Sometimes the heat of temptation gets turned up way past “simmer” to “boiling.” All we can think about is what we are NOT supposed to do. The wrong solution gets brighter and bolder, and good sense gets muffled or silenced.

Sometimes we need just one person to listen to us and empathize with what we are going through. We need one person to understand us, to be on our side all the time, and then everything would be so much better. If we had one person to love us unconditionally, to trust in, to talk to and confide in. Someone who can see things ...

 

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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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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Every time I study a book of the Bible, I find reasons to think it could be one of my favorites. But I think the Gospel of John is my favorite of all. It showcases the person and ministry of Jesus in ways that are unique, even compared to the other three gospels. John Ch. 4 shows us a glimpse of the heart of Jesus. He traveled to a well where He could talk to a woman who came that day to draw water, and He stayed to minister to the people of the town where she lived. The three sets of application statements (What does God want us to know, or to do?) or phrases show various perspectives on the chapter.

The word “believe” is in the Gospel of John more than any other book in the Bible, and “Believe in Jesus” is the message and the invitation of this beloved book.

Gospel of John:  Believe in Jesus—Get to know Him, choose Him for yourself, and live in union and fellowship with Him.

John Ch. 4  Sowing the word reaps a harvest of belief.

v.1-6 God may send you ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Colossians Ch. 3 Center your walk on pleasing and serving Christ with these six practices.

v.1-4 Set your mind on things above, where Christ is, not on things on the earth.

v.5-9 Put off the old man with his deeds and attitudes.

v.10-14 Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Christ.

v.15-17 Follow the counsel of three personal guides ...

 

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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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Comparing Bible Study Styles

 

Who do you love? We all have our favorites—those Bible study authors we like to read again and again. We like to hear how they explain God’s Word and apply it to our everyday lives. They equip us for life and get us through rough times. Our favorite authors have personalities we admire and stories we can relate to as they share from the heart and show what God has taught them. 

In this post, I’d like to compare the styles of Bible teachers and the formats of their books. But first, let me share with you some of my favorites. ...

 

 

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