Creative Bible Study Blog

Welcome to our Creative Bible Study blog - a Christian blog dedicated to getting believers excited about God's Word and all it holds.

We will update you on any new and exciting additions to our site as well as highlight items you might otherwise miss.

Have you ever wondered if you were "creative?" Well, God is and we each were created in His image. Today is your day to be creative as you let the truth of God's Word impact your life and the lives of those around you.

The dictionary defines creative as: cre·a·tive 1. having the quality or power of creating. 2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing. 3. originative; productive (usually fol. by of). 4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.

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Oct 21, 2016

Christian Object Lesson - Pumpkin Gospel

Bring the light of Christ back to October & Halloween with this Christian object lesson & pumpkin prayer. Use a pumpkin to illustrate how through Christ we can get a new face and let His light shine!

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Oct 20, 2016

Names of God - Yahweh/Jehovah

Find out more about God in this short Bible study lesson and seeing His character and attributes through His name - Yahweh/Jehovah! He is relational and wants to be known!

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Oct 18, 2016

God's Headlights - Just Do What's Next

Don't worry. Don't stress. Instead, follow God's headlights of guidance and just do what's next. A short Bible lesson that teaches "God's got this!"

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Oct 06, 2016

Christian Halloween Alternatives

October 31st is still a day that the LORD has made! Several Christian Halloween alternatives that are fun and glorify Jesus - the Pumpkin Gospel lesson, free Halloween witnessing tracts & more!

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Sep 30, 2016

God's Promises

Sep 27, 2016

Christian Testimonies Around the World

The family of God reaches around the world! Here are some real-life Christian testimonies from our brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world and how Jesus Christ changed their lives.

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Sep 16, 2016

2 Timothy 2:15 Bible Lesson - You Can Be a Hero!

Using four points from the main Awana verse, 2 Timothy 2:15, students are taught how to answer God's call of who they are to be!

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Sep 13, 2016

Grooves vs. Ruts

Both the dictionary and thesaurus view these two terms as synonyms. And though they are similar in many ways, they each actually differ in both plan and purpose.

While both are considered indentations possibly caused over a period of time, a “groove” has a design of purpose while a “rut” can cause us to get stuck in routine out of habit or path of least resistance.

As followers of Christ, it is important to stop and evaluate from time to time our place of service. Are we serving by teaching that kindergarten Sunday school class for the past ten years because we fit smoothly by design or because we’ve been doing it so long it’s just become comfortable?

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Sep 01, 2016

When Jesus Moves in ...

My husband recently preached on John 20. Jesus' followers may have had doubts, but when Jesus came in, all their doubt went out!

And He does the same for us today!

Aug 29, 2016

Christian Object Lessons from Tools & a Toolbox

Find out how an ordinary toolbox can become teach wonderful Christian object lessons on how God uses different gifts and people to build up His Church.

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Aug 25, 2016

Lessons from the Story of Ruth

There are so many lessons we can learn from the story of Ruth. This lesson focuses on the fact that as she chose to follow God, and because of that she was never alone and became a part of Jesus' earthly family's ancestry. She was also a foreigner, but God demonstrated His love for her by sending her a Kinsman Redeemer named Boaz.

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Aug 10, 2016

Free Bible Lessons - Anne Graham Lotz

The daughter of evangelist Billy Graham is a godly woman of great wisdom & insight. I am presently reading her book - The Daniel Prayer.

Anne offers several free printable Bible Study Lessons for individual or small group use. She uses a three question plan of Bible study which she shares here:

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Aug 09, 2016

Miracles Happen - Kelly's Story

Miracles happen all around us every day - the birth of a child, the salvation of a soul, the earth spinning on its axis. Yes, God is in control!

We take these miracles for granted so often though. So God goes above and beyond to reveal His majesty & glory to give us hope! Kelly's story is one such miracle close to home.

Many have been praying as we've watched the progress of our young 22 year old friend. She was shot in the head and left to die. There was very little hope that she'd live when she arrived at the hospital.

But in the moments, hours, days, & weeks to follow, God has performed unexplainable miracle after miracle. You see, Kelly is His daughter, and God has not only heard, but answered the prayers of His children for her.

Read more of Kelly's Story in her husband Shane's blog, and find hope in Jesus!

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

“For I am the Lord, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26)

“He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21)

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Aug 04, 2016

God Speaks

What did you see today? What images stuck with you?

For me…I saw two squirrels fall out of a towering pine tree and land with a loud FLOP on the ground! Then they hopped up and began chasing each other again! I also saw the gleam in our foster-granddaughter’s eyes as we surprised her with a visit!

These are only two things I saw today, but both stuck with me in a special way. I find that God uses images to speak to me. I am very much a visual learner – show me something…I usually remember; tell me something…guaranteed to forget! God knows this about me!

So what did these two images tell me? Well, the two squirrels fell while holding on to each other. This made me think of how important the people in our lives are.

God says…”Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecclesiastes 6:9-10

Let’s take time today to think of those in our life that would be there when (not if, because we all fall from time to time) we fall; they may be a friend, family member, teacher, etc., and thank them! And if for some reason you can’t think of anyone, then know this – there is One that loves you so much that He took the fall for you. His name is Jesus.

Back to my other “speaking image” – the gleam of joy and love in a child’s eyes. This reminded me of how God looks at me when I come to Him. He looks on His child with eyes of joy, love & compassion. He gets excited when we visit and draw close to Him! He is always there to welcome us into His open arms.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

So take a look around, open your eyes. What is God using to speak to you? Trust me…God is speaking.

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Jul 01, 2016

Best Bible Verses by Topic

God's Word is relevant for life everyday! Let us help you find the best Bible verses for whatever occasion or topic you may need them; His Word is living and active!

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Jun 30, 2016

Family Bible Study Lessons - Free

Free family Bible study lessons that incorporate fun creative ideas for all ages as we train our children to know and love God through the truth of His Word!

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Jun 23, 2016

Bible Devotions for All Ages

A variety of Bible devotions to help you keep your focus on the eternal even in the midst of a busy life. Devotions for all ages of your family including youth devotions and children devotions.

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May 11, 2016

Vacation Bible School

Discover creative FREE Vacation Bible School ideas and lessons including crafts, games, object lessons, and more to add to your VBS curriculum or find free themed lessons to develop your own VBS!

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May 03, 2016

Bible Memory Verses

Memorizing Bible verses and the books of the Bible can be fun! We've located games, songs, activities and creative ideas to assist children in learning & keeping Bible memory verses!

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May 03, 2016

Foster Parent - A Picture of God's Love

God's love manifested through the heart of a Foster parent is a beautiful picture of His love for us!

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Apr 27, 2016

Bible Pictures & Videos with Lessons

Use pictures to teach Bible lessons - similar to Christian object lessons. Also, find resources for free Bible pictures, photos, images and Bible coloring sheets.

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Apr 15, 2016

Incredible Me! - Identity Bible Lessons for Kids

Kids need to know they matter! This series of free Bible lessons for Kids - "Incredible Me!" will help them understand they have been created unique & special and God has a plan for them!

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Mar 31, 2016

Bible Treasure Hunt

Everyone loves a TREASURE hunt! This is a great Bible activity for children, youth, or even adults! Includes printable Bible verse clues and more ideas!

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Mar 29, 2016

Free Sunday School Lessons

By locating the best free Sunday School lessons and creative Bible ideas on the web, we hope to provide easy access to everything you need to serve God's Word to anyone, anywhere!

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Mar 24, 2016

Resurrection Eggs - Make Your Own!

Make your own Resurrection Eggs to share the true meaning of Easter! These are simple to make with everyday objects; Scripture verses are included.

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Mar 17, 2016

Christian Easter Lessons & Ideas for Family & Church

Keep the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the center of your Easter celebration and teaching. Take these free Christian Easter ideas, games & Bible object lessons to teach the true meaning of Easter!

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Mar 15, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt Object Lesson

Here's a different way than resurrection eggs to share the gospel and real meaning of Easter! Use this Easter object lesson to go along with your church or family Easter egg hunt for something new!

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Feb 23, 2016

Investing - A Daily Bible Study Lesson

Be challenged by this short Bible study lesson on investing and giving that will help us daily live out the Bible for His Kingdom!

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Feb 16, 2016

Object Lesson - How to

Want to learn how to write and design your own object lesson? Here are simple steps to help you use everyday objects to teach Bible lessons for kids or adults!

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Feb 09, 2016

Media Addiction...On the Bright Side

Statistics say that the average American watches 5 hours of television a day in addition to almost 6 hours of mobile media! That is amazing...or is it really?

Time passes quickly sitting in front of a TV, one story moving into another as those images and voices fill our minds.It has almost become a more natural instinct to access mobile media instead of interacting with real people. It's easy for the time to drift away right before our eyes.

We have become a very media consumed nation. That sounds very negative, and in a lot of ways it is! But we also see a very positive trend of Christian movies, videos, Youtube & Godtube videos reaching people like never before with the Gospel of Christ! That's exciting!

These are great resources to tap into for our family, our church groups, to enhance Bible studies, and more! Let's take what can be negative and turn it into a positive!

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Feb 04, 2016

Object Lesson for Valentine's Day

Teach kids about the importance of sharing God's love with others with this Christian object lesson for Valentine's Day! Very simple using a red marker & paper towel!

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Feb 02, 2016

Time to De-Clutter! just kind of sneaks up on us. It makes it harder to find things. It can distract us from our work and productivity.

Busyness causes me to lay things down and leave them where they don't belong...where they get in the way. A project may not get finished, so it just stays there. Or a project is over but the leftovers get abandoned to the side because I don't want to take the time to deal with putting them where they belong.

How long does your clutter hang around and distract you? It may be longer than you think. Often we just get used to it and overlook it. It doesn't really bother us anymore, and we hardly even notice it until...

Well today was the day my office clutter had to go! It had gone overlooked for too long. Why if someone else saw embarrassing that would be!

How long had some of it been there? Well, there were things left from last summer's kid camps along with VBS leftovers from the year before that! There were also random papers and items from last week and even yesterday. It was all stacking up into an overwhelming mess!

How easily our lives can become cluttered too. It's easy to let arguments leave remnants of hurt and bitterness. Or God may have finished doing a great work in our lives, but we just won't take time to deal with the packing up of what needed to be put away. Clutter happens!

It's hard to clean around clutter, and things can get lost in the midst of our joy, our peace, and maybe even sight of our purpose. The clutter has to be dealt with - as in thrown away (possibly a whole garbage bag full) or put away in its proper place before actual cleaning can take place. Hopefully, we just may come across those misplaced items which have been eluding us.

It takes making the time to do it though. It takes getting alone with God and asking Him to show us the "clutter" and what needs to be done with it.

When we get the clutter taken care of, it's easier then to reorganize - get our priorities back in order. Then it's easier to see where He may be leading us. And honestly...a decluttered life just feels better! Life is then back on track and ready to move forward again!

Why even David ran into the need to declutter His life. He calls out to God in Psalm 51 as he sees the clutter of his life before him and requests - "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

Jan 28, 2016

Just Do It!

Yes, that is the slogan for Nike, but it has also been God’s answer to me this morning for a prayer I often ask – “Lord, what am I supposed to do?”

In this season of empty nest and not working a full-time job outside of the home, there are times I feel a lack of direction. This morning was one of those times.

It’s not that I lack things to do; it’s more that there are SO many things that swirl around me I feel overwhelmed and my purpose becomes out of focus.

My comfort zone is to be planned and have a schedule, but God has called me to a season of “flexibility” and trust. This should be freeing, but for someone like me…it can feel daunting. What if I missed what I was supposed to do for Him today? What am I supposed to be working towards? Without a set goal, what am I achieving?

Now I must say, it has been so amazing how because of this “flexibility”, He has made it possible for me to do and be places I couldn’t have in other seasons. His timing is always perfect!

I am learning that a “God-day” is way better than a “good day!” My tendency is to measure the worth of my day by how many things I checked off my list…what “I accomplished”, but in reality a “God-day” is measured by how closely I walked with Him…close enough to see, recognize and do what He places in my path.

When I open my grip on life and trust Him step by step, I can walk more like Jesus walked. (1 John 2:6). Jesus told the religious leaders in John 5:19 –

“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”

God is telling me to see whatever He has put before me each day, each moment, and do THAT. I don’t need to over think or spend time worrying…”Just Do It!” That may look like:

* Writing a note or text and praying for someone He has put on my heart & mind
* Going to visit someone or stopping to speak to someone as I run errands
* Sitting down and writing a blog post or preparing to teach Bible study
* Sending a donation to meet a need
* Reading with children from our local school
* Or like this morning…cleaning the toilets for my family!

Our Father is at work all around us and in and through us. Let’s open our eyes and do what He has put right before us. No matter how big or how small we may think it is, let’s “Work willingly at whatever we do, as though we are working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23)

So whatever “season” we may be in…let’s “JUST DO IT!”

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Jan 15, 2016

Christian Object Lesson - Holy Spirit Helps Us See

This Christian object lesson uses a pair of eye glasses to share how God gives us spiritual eyes, and His Holy Spirit helps us see Him at work in and around us.

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Jan 12, 2016

A Creative Prayer Life

Talking with God is exciting & essential! Try these creative prayer journal & prayer station ideas along with prayer scriptures to jumpstart your prayer life again!

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Jan 06, 2016

Running Forward...Not Backward

New beginnings…they just bring with them a fresh breath of hope! I love how Paul talks about looking forward and not at what’s left behind.

“Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.” Philippians 3:13-15 HCSB

What has passed is past. There is no going back. Yes, we can consider all we have left behind this year whether success or failure, whether good health or illness, whether gains or losses, but there is no going back. It’s time for a new beginning!

In Jesus, there is always hope! No matter what our background, our failures, our regrets…if we have a personal relationship with God through His son, Jesus, there is always hope ahead…just around the bend!

My Bible verse for this year is 2 Corinthians 9:26; it’s another verse where Paul compares the Christian life to running a race.

“So I run with purpose every step of the way. I am not just shadowboxing.” (NLT)

INTENTIONAL…with purpose.

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Dec 17, 2015

Object Lessons for CHRISTmas!

Ideas for a Christmas object lesson can be found in so many of the items that arrive during the Christmas season - the gifts, the lights, the decorations and even the candy!

These Christmas object lessons can be used with groups of kids at church or with your own children as you walk with them daily pointing them to Jesus during this CHRISTmas season!

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Dec 09, 2015

A Christmas Devotion - Recipe for Joy

Find joy during the holidays and every day using this recipe for joy Christmas devotion from God's Word the Bible!

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Dec 08, 2015

Christmas Bible Verses - Genesis thru Revelation

Our church is having our annual Cozy Christmas fellowship next week.

It's a casual time where everyone brings their favorite mug and blanket, and we meet in our family life center for hot cocoa & cider! With four services each Sunday, this becomes a special time of us all being together!

We eat cookies and have fun, but also want to include time to focus on the real "Reason for the Season" - Jesus! We always take time to read the Christmas story from God's Word; this year we're focusing on His Promise and including Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

There are interactive ideas included that you may enjoy using with your own family, for a children's sermon, or for your own special get together.

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Nov 29, 2015

Christ Centered Christmas Countdown!

The Bible is so important in helping us to focus and draw closer to Jesus. Use the following 25 days of Christmas Bible verses with objects to guide you each day in keeping the reason for the season as your main focus!

No other season quite brings the excitement and anticipation like Christmas does. This is all the more reason for believers in Christ to use these 25 days of Christmas to place our focus on Him!

There are so many ways to do this, but some do take a little preparation!

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Nov 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Everyday is a day to give thanks! Use these 30 thanksgiving Bible verses to guide you in honoring and praising God with an attitude of grattitude!

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Nov 12, 2015

It's Time for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

It's that time of year again, and what better time to pack a Christmas Child shoebox filled with God's love than right before Thanksgiving?!

This year's National Collection Week is next week - November 16-23! This will give your family another opportunity to truly be thankful for all of God's blessings during the Thanksgiving season and beyond!

A great hands-on Christmas lesson can come with packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox! Bible lesson plans along with step-by-step how to pack a shoebox will help you & your family spread God's love all over the world!

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Nov 05, 2015

Christian Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to teach children & teens about having an attitude of gratitude! Here are Christian Thanksgiving ideas to help - Bible object lessons, crafts, Bible verses, etc.!

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Oct 15, 2015

Fall Festival Time!

Well, Fall is "somewhat" in the air down here in the South...we are starting off the mornings in the 50's, but rising on into the 90's each day!

Nevertheless, October 31st is on its way and along with that comes some fun ideas for we as Christians to celebrate God's blessings and show our children that every day is a day the Lord has made and therefore we look for ways to glorify Him in all we do!

As our kids were growing up, we wanted them to enjoy this fall season and have fun, but with the emphasis on God's goodness and not ghosts, witches, and other scary things.

We used the Pumpkin Patch Parable as we carved pumpkins, had Scripture (& candy) treasure hunts, participated in our church's Fall Festival, etc.

See how we, along with other believers in Christ, taught our kids how important it is to shine our lights for Jesus to overcome the darkness and point others to Him!

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 NAS

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Oct 12, 2015

Free Bible Object Lessons for All Ages

Use free Bible object lessons to teach creative Sunday school lessons & more! Teach children, youth and even adults powerful Bible lessons with everday objects!

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Sep 29, 2015

Bible Object Lessons - Temptation

These great hunting and fishing Bible object lessons illustrate the dangers of temptation. Barrel nets, snares, & duck decoys can help teach the truth God's Word to children, youth, & adults!

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Sep 22, 2015

One Hour of Bible Reading- Life of Jesus

In preparing to lead our ladies through the overview of the Gospels, I found a really neat "One-Hour Cram Plan for the Life of Christ" in a book by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz -

This covers the highlights of the life of Jesus in about one hour of reading:

Luke 2 - Miracle in a manger
Matthew 5-7 - Sermon on the hillside
Matthew 8 - Man of miracles
John 14 - Final words to His friends
Mark 15 - Jesus in court & on the cross
Matthew 28 - Jesus rises from the dead

This gives an overview of Jesus' 33 years here on this earth. Sometimes an overview is a great way to introduce a topic to be learned; it gives you a picture of the high points and a look at how it's all connected.

We'll be adding this to our Bible overview tools page soon!

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Sep 04, 2015

Bible Overview Tools

Our women's Bible study group is almost half way through Angie Smith's "Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story."

Maybe you've never really thought of the Bible as one complete story, but it is! It is God's love story of redemption!

Here's an excerpt of a one page Bible overview I wrote; the rest can be found at the link on the bottom of this bloglet.

The Story of The Promise

In the beginning was God. He had always existed, but now He spoke into being all that we know – the heavens, the earth & all they contain. He then created man & woman in His own image. He created each of us to know Him in a personal relationship. And in creating us to be loved by Him, He gave us free will to choose to love Him back or not. He placed the man & woman in the garden – a perfect place. He gave permission to Satan to entice them. There had to come the choice– trust God or not…love God or not. Man chose “not”, and this gave birth to sin and our separation from God.

God did not give up on man though. He gave man work and pain, but also The Promise. He gave The Promise of a Savior. God held back evil with a flood. He held back evil by scattering...


Also along with our study, I created a few Bible study charts as visuals for us and made them available here.

One thing that has helped me so much over the years was learning the organization of the books of the Bible.

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Aug 18, 2015

How to Study the Bible - Back to the Basics

Simple and quick tutorial and suggestions to help you learn how to study the Bible. Includes links to free online Bible study & tools!

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Aug 17, 2015

A Labor of Love

This morning as I am studying through First & Second Thessalonians with Beth Moore’s “Children of the Day,” she points out from 1 Thessalonians 1:3 that sometimes love is a labor. It’s hard to love others that don’t love you back…it is labor!

I have three cats. Two are very loving and want to be petted, while the third runs from me…and I am the one that feeds him! He is not easy to love, and my tendency is to have the attitude of, “Fine! If you don’t want me to pet you, I won’t! I will ignore you!”

The thought of my cats collided with God’s Word of “labor of love” and caused me to ask myself – “Do I do that to people too?” Do I only love those who return my love or at least accept my love…or do I give up so easily on them?

I know God has certainly labored to love me! He loved me way before I ever thought of loving Him, and He even demonstrated it!

Romans 5:8 – “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

How thankful I am that God has labored to love me! Let’s not hold back His love flowing in and through us to others by His Holy Spirit. We may labor, but it is so worth it for His great glory!

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