3 Ways Bible Study Changed My Life

A Guest Post by Connie Wohlford

Katy here. I have another wonderful post to share with you about the value of God’s Word. This one comes from a dear friend, Connie Wohlford, whom I met at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She writes Bible studies and children’s books, and today she talks about what Bible study means to her.

Just a few days ago my fifteen year old grandson, Michael, asked, “Granny, how can someone really know for sure that they’re saved?”

That’s a heavy-duty question for this young man to come up with, but I was glad he did. I told him his question was very common and that I had wondered that myself in years past. I went on to tell him that the best way to be confident that we’re saved is to read and study our Bibles. 

 

 

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Enhancing Your Style: 4 Tips for Writing and Teaching Bible Studies

I love autumn everything. The pumpkin spice donuts and lattes, the color of the leaves as they change, and the boots. Fall has a style all its own. September has been all about Bible studies on my blog, and on this second day of fall, I’d like to share some tips for enhancing the style of your Bible study teaching and writing. Maybe you’ve got a style that works and fits your group perfectly. Please leave a comment of things that have worked for you! I’d like to give some tips that I’ve seen work in Bible study groups and have made the style of teaching engaging and uplifting.

 

 

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Psalm 107: Cry Out to God—Using 7 Bible Study Tools

Psalm 107 is my favorite chapter in the Bible. In this post I want to use the Bible study tools to show you why.

I had done the first six steps years ago— prayed, printed, marked key people and repeated words, paid attention to contrasts and comparisons, looked up a few definitions and read some commentaries. But when I did the seventh step for this blog post, I discovered something new about Psalm 107—some sparkling application. This psalm describes four desperate situations in which people cried out to God, situations that many of us experience today. When we cry out to God, He hears us and He helps. ...

 

 

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How to Find Application in the Bible: 5 Simple Things to Look For

Finding out how the Bible applies to life today is like finding a best friend. You find something that speaks to you, that you can rely on to be true, and that will be there for you in the darkest times. I have found a true friend in the encouragement, promises, and truths of God. I have found God Himself as I study Scripture, and He is a Best Friend that sticks with us 24/7, as He loves us, shares life with us, and guides us.

This past week I shared a method of studying the Bible that has been a faithful companion to me for many years. Today I want to share with you another companion, an easier way to look at Scripture and find application for life today. ...

 

 

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How to Study the Bible: The Tools, Steps 5-7

The adventure continues! Today let’s look at the last three steps of the Bible study method that we began in my last post. I encourage you to try this on your own, printing out Philippians 1 or your favorite chapter of the Bible.

So here we go with the last three steps. Remember to pray before you begin studying the Bible on a new day, no matter what step you’re on! ...

 

 

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How to Study the Bible: The Tools, Steps 1-4

Since the Bible is a treasure and its principles are relevant to everyday life, what tools can we use to study the Bible for ourselves? The tools I want to share with you are easy to use because you look for things, such as the main characters and repeated words in a chapter. I am a visual learner, so along with explaining what to do, I’ll show you. Today we have Steps 1-4 and on Thursday Steps 5-7. With each step, there is a picture illustrating that tool. Here we go! ...

 

 

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Why We Love It: 10 Testimonials About the Benefits of Personal Bible Study

 

“I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” Psalm 119:162, NKJV

I love Bible study. As a preteen, I loved the Bible so much I wanted to grow up and teach it with my family. I loved Psalms because it showed me God’s caring, rescuing, formidable side. I loved the Gospels because I could picture Jesus walking among the crowds and healing, teaching, and loving them. I was in awe of God’s power as I read the glorious, cosmic, and strange events of Revelation and Daniel. Romans gave me an assurance of having life with God and no condemnation from Him. Proverbs deliciously included so much wisdom in one book, it was an adventure to read it all and try to keep up. The Bible came alive as I started studying it for myself. 

 

 

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A Storehouse of Blessing: The Benefits of Personal Bible Study

 

When Satan launches fiery missiles our way, we need a fortress of defense for protection. When trials and uncontrollable circumstances threaten to shake our foundation, we need a solid rock to stand on. When doubts and fears cloud our joy and vision, we need the light of God Himself to pierce through the fog and bring hope.

The Word of God is our sure defense against the enemy, our solid foundation through the storms of life, and our victory over fears and anxieties. The Bible is a handbook for living. Guiding us from the earliest age of understanding to our final days, it traces God’s path for our lives ...

 

 

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How to Fight to Win

I needed a way out. A few years ago I was going through my worst struggle. I was hoping for some miraculous key to victory that would solve everything and get me back on the right track. I didn’t realize that it was a thousand little things that would help me to win—to be continually taught and trained by God to overcome. I found help in the pastor’s sermons on Sundays, the Christian songs on the radio, the encouragement and wisdom of my parents, and most of all, the time I spent with God reading His Word. Being in God’s Word for myself enabled me to glean truths and life principles to put in my spiritual arsenal. Victory was attainable. God showed the way.

I can’t pinpoint one key to winning the victory over life’s spiritual struggles and battles. The “battle plan” for each believer will vary according to ...

 

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