Bible Studies

May
21

Writing Questions That Spark Discussion

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    Eight helpful tips for those who write their own studies   Note: This article has been excerpted from the SmallGroups.com training resource called How to Prepare for a Bible Study. Knowing how to ask good questions is one of the key elements of a successful small group. Questions are what transform a small-group lesson ... Continue

Feb
22

Glimpses into the Bible – Part 2

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      by Warren Willis                      back to part 1   Many people spend their lives in the pursuit of an inheritance or building one to pass on.  Christ grants us an "Imperishable Inheritance" on the first day of our new relationship with Christ. I Peter 1:3, 4 ... Continue

Feb
22

Courageous Obedience

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      When faith overcomes fear, bold confidence empowers us to fulfill God’s calling.   Intimidation is a mean-spirited and, sadly, all-too-effective tool for silencing believers. It’s no stranger to the college classroom, the workplace, or the nightly news. Most of us, though, live rather comfortably and have never experienced outright persecution for our ... Continue

Aug
8

The Resurrection: Breaking Death’s Chains

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    How Christ defeated the power of sin and made it possible for us to live in freedom READ Romans 6:1-18   Borrowing imagery that Jesus used for Himself (see Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18), Paul explains in this passage from Romans how Christ, in rising from the dead, became the liberator who freed us from our ... Continue

Mar
28

Handling Adversity (Part 1)

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    He was in a tremendous amount of pain. He just knew he could serve God more effectively if it were gone. And yet, God never granted his request for relief. The apostle Paul prayed three times for his "thorn in the flesh"—probably a physical problem—to be removed. Did God answer his ... Continue

Feb
11

Put to the Test

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    Is your love for God sincere? Or is it simply a natural reaction to the prosperous life and other blessings He showers on you? When God allows you or a loved one to experience hardship or asks you to sacrifice something precious, the true state of your heart toward Him will ... Continue

Feb
4

Following God’s Will

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    Abraham knew how to listen to God and follow Him—even when His commands were difficult or painful to obey. Although the patriarch made some mistakes, his life demonstrated remarkable faith and obedience. The Lord revealed His plans for Abraham. He will be faithful to show us what He wants us to ... Continue

Oct
27

God of the Invisible

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    When you call on the God Who Sees, you’re praying to the One who gives purpose to pain.   Open a paper or turn on the news, and you’re bound to see a world that’s suffering. More than anything, you are acutely familiar with the chaos present in your own life. We’re ... Continue

Oct
27

Intimacy With the Father

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    Do you know who God is? Do you know something specific about His nature that goes beyond what you have learned while sitting in church or having conversations with friends? Many believers know about the Lord, but they do not have an personal relationship with Him. We were created to have intimate fellowship with ... Continue

Oct
17

Not of This World

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    We may believe that we’re avoiding worldly thinking, but to truly embrace godly wisdom, we need to look below the surface—to a whole new way of seeing.   When you hear the term worldly, what comes to mind? It’s common for Christians to simply equate it with things the world values, such ... Continue

Sep
22

How You Can Experience God’s Love and Forgiveness – Part 1

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by Dr. Bill Bright Part 2 | Part 3   Part 1 The Forgiveness God Offers Do you sometimes find it difficult to believe that you have total forgiveness for your sins in Jesus Christ? Intellectually you believe it, but how about deep within your heart? Imagine yourself in the crowd as this story takes place as ... Continue

Sep
18

The Decision to Return to God

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      Do you feel trapped by a bad habit or tormented by guilt? Repentance is the key to finding freedom and joy again. Begin by reading the story of David and Bathsheba, which is found in 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25. A. What attitudes masquerade as repentance? Someone may pray, “Lord, I really regret getting caught. ... Continue

Sep
1

Following Our Holy Guide

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  By Dr. Charles Stanley How often does God speak to people today? What causes us to rebel against His instructions, and how can we develop an obedient heart? In this study, you'll discover biblical answers to questions about God's guidance. I. The Purpose for Guidance. A. Why does the Lord desire to speak ... Continue

Jun
19

Falling in Love with Jesus

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  OUR THOUGHTS: Jesus, lover of my soul, is a well known hymn and we enjoy singing it because it reminds us about how much Jesus loves us. In this article, Sylvia asks us if we have fallen in love with Jesus. She also give pointers on how to develop ... Continue

Jun
9

Spreading the Good News

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    Every believer has the privilege and responsibility of sharing the gospel. For many of us, the process is overwhelming, discouraging, and even frightening at times. In this study, you'll learn how to become a more effective witness for Christ. Before we begin, evaluate your attitudes. What motivates you to share your faith? What ... Continue

May
30

Seed for the Sower

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    Everything we have is a gift from God — and when we share what He’s given to us, we take part in an even greater blessing   Sometimes giving away what we treasure or worked hard to earn can feel like a big sacrifice. Even while sincerely wanting to be obedient to ... Continue

May
13

Power for Holy Living

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As believers, we understand that our salvation is by grace (Eph. 2:8-9). However, we sometimes forget that sanctification—the process of becoming more like Christ—is also a work of the Holy Spirit. A.    The Problem Often, the harder we try to be righteous in our own strength, the more likely we are to develop ... Continue

May
6

4 Bible Study Steps

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    Editor's note: Howard Hendricks passed away this past February 2013. This article is a reprint from the April 2010 edition of Bible Study Magazine, used with permission. When people are taught how to study the Bible, they “get the excitement of actually discovering stuff,” says Dr. Howard Hendricks. “That is what ... Continue

Apr
25

God Demonstrates His Love

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    I am continually amazed and grateful for the many ways God demonstrates His love to us.  During my devotional time, I began to make a list of them and want to share them with you.  I pray that you’ll be blessed as you are reminded of His great love. He never ... Continue

Apr
25

Waiting on God – How do we wait?

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    Waiting on God was one of David's secrets of being a man after God's own heart. David went in and sat before the Lord (2 Sam. 7:18). God was his confidence, and he trusted Him in every aspect of his life: for guidance and instruction (Ps. 25:5), For help and defense (Ps. 33:20), For ... Continue