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Devotion

Inductive Study for Kids: John 1:8 – Witness

Inductive Bible Study for Kids through the book of John. Chapter 1, verse 8 - a lesson about the witness of John
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Inductive Study for Kids

When I started writing about our Inductive Study for Kids through the book of John, it seems I was a bit hasty in publishing it.  Life simply got in the way and I wasn’t able to follow through with it.  But apparently this topic has resonated with you, my readers.  I get very few comments on this blog; fewer still emails from my readers.

Since I published my first post on our Inductive Study for Kids through the book of John, I have received comment after comment asking, “Is there more?!!”  And I even got an email from a pastor-reader asking how I would approach the teaching of another passage for a kids sermon he was working on.

I hear you!  And I am trying to dive back into our Inductive Study.  Today, I am sharing a little bit of a review.  Continue Reading

Devotion, Growing Up

A Simple Latin-English Reader for you

The concept of the one-room schoolhouse must, as a necessity, be a reality in our home.  This year we are homeschooling a 1st grader and a pre-k kid, while trying to keep a busy and quick learning almost 2-year-old.  Well, we are homeschooling in between nursing the baby and dealing with tantrums and naps and meals (and, and, and).  And there are days that go incredibly well and days where nothing happens of seeming importance.

These are the days when I have to take the long view of the education of our children.

I take a deep breath (or a fresh cup of coffee) and remind myself we have a LOT of days in which to educate and train our little ones.  I also remind myself that the older two, for better or worse, are test cases.  Hopefully, I have much more figured out once the younger two are walking through the stages we are going through today with the older.  I think: “We can make mistakes.  We can take breaks.  We will have another chance to do these things.”

Ok, that was a little bit of a bunny trail…where was I? Continue Reading

Devotion

Verse by Verse through The Gospel of John, 1: 6-8

Inductive study for kids - working through the Gospel of John verse by verse
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Inductive Study for Kids

We have been slowly working our way through John chapter 1, using a modified inductive study method.  We focus on asking lots of questions and reviewing the information a LOT!  In the short time we have been working through John, we have learned much of the content.  For more information and to discover how we walked through the first part of John, check out the previous post in this series.

Here are the simple ideas we used to learn John 1:6-8. Our girls are 4 and 5 years old.  Continue Reading

Devotion

Asking God to be your Teacher

You DO have time for Bible study - and you do have a Teacher. Asking God to be your Teacher is the key to unlocking exciting and insightful Bible study.
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series You DO Have Time for Bible Study

The sheer size of the Bible can be overwhelming when you approach it to study it.  Where do you start? How can you possibly know all of the information inside?  How can you begin to understand what men and women of God have pondered and debated for centuries?

And the answer could be discouraging:

You can’t!

You, in your own strength and with the power of your own brain, cannot understand this book.  It is too much for you.

Before you click away and go off discouraged from studying the Bible altogether, let me assure you:

there is still hope for you.

There is a way you CAN understand the Scripture.  But it is outside of you.  Understanding comes only from one source – God!  The most exciting part of the study of God’s Word is that He (the author of the book) comes alongside you and becomes your teacher!

Today I have some simple things to say about God, the Teacher of the Word.  I hope you will find encouragement to continue the habit of studying the Word of God.

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Devotion

The Simple Way to Evaluate Bible Studies

the simple way to evaluate Bible studies
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series You DO Have Time for Bible Study

We have discussed in specific detail the creation of a plan for Bible study, but we still haven’t talked about what you should study.  Where to begin with this big book, the Bible?  Over the next couple of posts I will share with you some simple ideas for getting into the Word as you begin the habit of  devoted daily Bible study.

First (I feel like there is always a “but first”), I have a word for you regarding the choosing of Bible studies.  The simple way I sift through the thousands of Bible studies out there and get to what I believe is the heart of Bible study: sitting at Jesus’s feet and being taught by Him.

The options for Bible study seem to be endless!  Absolutely endless.  But, as I am sure you have discovered, not all are worthy of your prayed-for, set-apart, specific time with God. Continue Reading

Devotion

Do you need to MAKE Time for Bible Study?

evaluating the statement, -I need to MAKE time for Bible study."-
This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series You DO Have Time for Bible Study

We have been working our way through a series called, You DO have Time for Bible Study in the past few weeks.  And I am almost ready to talk about the real deal stuff of doing Bible study.  These past few posts have dealt with the logistics for starting a lifelong Bible study habit.  And I have a post for you next week with a simple way to choose a worthy Bible study, but I feel a pressing on my heart to talk about today’s topic.

Last week I told you about picking a time for Bible study and praying for God’s protection of that time.  I told you God will do tiny miracles in your life so you can sit at His feet and learn from His Word.  And I know this to be true from experience.  But today I want to talk about the language associated with a Christian’s time.  I want to examine our language and decide if it can pass the very first test of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true.”

Full disclosure here: I have a pet peeve.

Let me go grab my soapbox… Continue Reading

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