Celebrate Jesus

Dear Friend, 

During this Christmas season, may the reality of who Christ is and the peace we can find in Him bring light and hope to your soul.

Isaiah 9:6, Christmas, Celebrate Jesus, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

In Safe Hands

I kept watch over my loved one all night. My family was in the hospital for ten days about a month ago. The first night there, I could only sleep for about thirty minutes in the hospital room recliner, and then it became someone else’s turn to attempt to sleep. I sat in a backless computer chair near the hospital bed and watched my loved one breathe in and out as he slept. I watched and prayed.

 

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

What kind of relationship does Jesus want with believers? How does He describe Himself in John Chapter 14? What does He promise us, and what does He want us to do?

John Ch. 14  The Relationship Built on Trust

.1-6         Believe in Me:   “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6).
v.7-12     Believe Me: “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (v.10).
v.13-14  Believe Me: “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (v.13). ...

 

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God, You’ve Been Working

Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now,
and I have been working." John 5:17, NKJV

In the shadows of my memory,
I see You working behind the scenes.
Times when I might have battled alone,
You were there, keeping my heart in Your Word,
Defeating evil forces come to take me captive.

In the secret parts of my heart,
I feel new strength growing.
Courage dissolves my fears.
Hope that I thought had died
Has come to life again.

 

 

God’s presence, God’s provision, God’s protection, trusting God, thankfulness, grateful, God, You’ve Been Working, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

1 Peter Chapter 1  Because of the greatness of your salvation, live a holy life.

v.1-2  God’s plan of salvation for all believers includes sanctification by the Holy Spirit, obedience (to what is good), and cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ.
v.3-5  The inheritance that God has given you because of your faith, can’t be taken away from you, and it won’t decay or fade away.
v.6-9  So let the joy of your salvation carry you through the trials of your faith. ...

 

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Out of the Darkness into the Light: A Way Out of Depression

by Jan Willis

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.
Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities
and the powers of this world’s darkness,
against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
That is why you need to put on God’s full armor.
Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong.
And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.”
Ephesians 6:11-13, NCV

Several components contributed to my spinning into the pit of depression. Physical, emotional, and spiritual weaknesses made me an easy target. Despair, defeat, and deception drowned me in hopelessness. Physically I unknowingly suffered from low thyroid, anemia, and exhaustion—all factors in mental health. Emotionally I experienced the trauma of being the target of work place abuse, having a daughter sexually assaulted, and watching cancer take the life of my mother. Spiritually I no longer met alone with God, reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer.

I believed every fiery deceptive missile the enemy shot at me. Satan bombed me with whispers of twisted or partial truth. He attacked through those around me by channeling his deception through them. Abusive supervisors and clients verbally crushed me. He twisted God’s words to convince me I was not perfect or good enough for Christ’s love. I believed my family would be better off without me. Bound by the enemy’s lies and stripped naked of all hope, I lay curled in a fetal position awaiting the death I believed I deserved.

depression, hope, healing, Out of the Darkness into the Light: A Way Out of Depression, Jan Willis, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

How well am I running for God?

Hebrews Ch. 12 Personal Application Questions:

v.1 Do the Biblical examples of the lives and choices of its faithful witnesses strengthen my endurance? Which ones are the most meaningful to me? Why?
v.1 Have I laid aside the encumbrances and sins that hinder me from running with endurance?
v.2 Do I go through life with my eyes fixed on Jesus and the example of His endurance?
v.3 Have I received such criticism or hostility from others that I have grown weary and discouraged?

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Praying Psalm 23 from the Heart

The poetry and metaphors of Psalm 23 have comforted hearts of every generation. Picture the psalm as you read it below.

“The LORD is my shepherd;
 I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever.” 

(Psalms 23:1-6, NKJV)

At a church I once attended, the pastor preached through this chapter showing 4 R’s of our relationship with God: rest, renewal, refuge, and reassurance. When we depend on God as our Shepherd, He provides the rest and renewal our souls desperately need. His presence with us becomes our refuge as we walk through life’s most dangerous valleys and as we face fierce enemies. We have the reassurance that His goodness and mercy will be with us all of our lives. What part of that rest, renewal, refuge, or reassurance do you need today?

 

 

Bible prayers, God’s provision and protection, Praying Psalm 23 from the Heart, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

When Life Upsets Your Life – A Guest Post by Josie Siler

Katy here. My guest blogger today is Josie Siler, a friend, survivor, and biker chick. As vice president of Broken but Priceless Ministries, she helps thousands of people suffering with chronic illness to have hope. Today she shares about how to keep going when life upsets your life. Here’s her story.

I’m sitting here in a hospital room, my skinny fingers flying across my laptop, trying to get this written before my grandma gets back from surgery.

It’s not how I envisioned writing this guest post for Katy. It was going to be a post full of adventure and fun and a good dose of silliness. Instead, I find myself writing to you from a hospital room, yet again surprised by life.

One phone call—one moment—can change everything. 

 

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Refusing to Sin

Sometimes refusing to sin becomes very difficult, especially if the sin is a well-established pattern of attitude, thinking, speaking, or behavior. It feels like a kind of slavery. Romans Chapter 6 reminds us of our reality as Christians, and exhorts us to break free of the habits of sin and to replace them with the practices that are consistent with a heartfelt devotion to God. ...

 

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