Bible Study Tips: Verse-by-Verse Note Taking

My husband and I recently listened to a sermon in a series on the book of Matthew. I appreciated the preacher’s verse-by-verse teaching from the book. This enabled me to take organized notes as I listened. For this week’s Bible study tip, I thought I’d talk about this kind of organized study: verse-by-verse note-taking. Verse-by-verse … Continue reading Bible Study Tips: Verse-by-Verse Note Taking

Delighting in God Transforms Our Dreams and Desires (Verse Study Series)

Delight. Each of us experiences delight when the dreams and desires of our hearts are realized. Though these desires vary depending on the person, the desires of our hearts are precious to us nonetheless. We want to see our dreams realized. In Psalm 37:4, David writes, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the … Continue reading Delighting in God Transforms Our Dreams and Desires (Verse Study Series)

Is This Conviction or Is It Condemnation?

In our walk with God, we will experience conviction from God when we sin as He lovingly leads us. However, we may also experience condemnation, which—for believers—does not come from God. Conviction and condemnation are sometimes difficult to differentiate. When we mistake condemnation for conviction, it can cause discouragement, shame and guilt to hinder our … Continue reading Is This Conviction or Is It Condemnation?

Secret Strength: The True Meaning of Philippians 4:13 (Verse Study Series)

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13 (ESV) Philippians 4:13 is a beloved verse for many believers. We see this Scripture on T-shirts and faith-related decor. We see it on framed art, bookmarks and Bible covers. However, though this verse may be well known and often quoted, it is often pulled … Continue reading Secret Strength: The True Meaning of Philippians 4:13 (Verse Study Series)

Using Evernote to Supercharge Your Bible Study Time (Bible Study Tips)

Have you ever heard of the app Evernote? Evernote is an app for capturing notes and ideas in print, voice and pictures, while keeping them organized and searchable. Evernote is an app that can supercharge your Bible study time! I've used Evernote for several years--ever since purchasing my own laptop in my college days. Back … Continue reading Using Evernote to Supercharge Your Bible Study Time (Bible Study Tips)

Prophetic Masquerade: Using God’s Word to Discern True and False Teaching (Book Review)

Prophetic Masquerade: Learn to Use the Word of God to Unmask the Wolves Among the Sheep is a book written by Kevin Kleint. This resourceful book uses God's Word to help us discern between true and false teachers/prophets and their messages. I have written about this topic before, highlighting a key element mentioned in the … Continue reading Prophetic Masquerade: Using God’s Word to Discern True and False Teaching (Book Review)

What Does It Mean to Walk Worthy of the Lord? (Verse Study Series)

What Does It Mean to Walk Worthy of the Lord?

This is the first post in the Verse Study Series. Today we’re going to look at Ephesians 4:1-3. The letter to the Ephesians is a favorite of many believers. Written in approximately 60 A.D., Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus while imprisoned for the Gospel in Rome. His aim was to strengthen them and … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Walk Worthy of the Lord? (Verse Study Series)

Stop Calling Me Beautiful (Book Review)

Stop Calling Me Beautiful by Phylicia Masonheimer (A Book Review)

An excellent new book is available for Christian women: Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World by Phylicia Masonheimer. Phylicia has a passion for theology ("the study of God") and helping women grow in knowing God and the Bible. The book’s subtitle speaks to the need of Christian women for something more. Female believers … Continue reading Stop Calling Me Beautiful (Book Review)

Discerning True from False in the Messages Influencing Us

Discerning True From False in the Messages Influencing Us

It's important to know God's Word and the messages we allow to influence us. Even when someone seems genuine or convincing in what they preach or share, their message may not be in agreement with God and the Gospel. As we take in numerous messages daily, what are they leading us toward--self or Christ? It's … Continue reading Discerning True from False in the Messages Influencing Us