Pore, Paraphrase, Pull Out ->
- It is vital that we share the truth of God’s Word with others.
- Prayer is a faith-building pursuit that does much to encourage self and others.
- The message of the LORD is praiseworthy.
- God is faithful and He can indeed rescue us from the snares and entanglements of the wicked.
- Be aware and mindful that there are those among us who will refuse to believe.
- The LORD is true to His promises.
- God will lift the faithful up. He will elevate them so that evil cannot harm them. He will guard and protect them on all sides.
- We can be wholly confident in God’s equipping.
- The LORD can guide our hearts. He can direct us in the ways of love. He can lead us on the straight and narrow. He can steer us into the arms of the Savior.
- Loving the LORD may require us to withdraw fellowship from others.
- Stand with God whenever you are faced with a decision as to whether or not to remain connected to an out-of-order brother or sister.
- Imitate Jesus Christ.
- Work hard, doing so in the name of the LORD.
- Do not be burdensome to others.
- There is value in having a strong work ethic.
- If you don’t work, you don’t eat.
- Do not be lazy and useless in this life.
- Each one of us has a responsibility to live well, to work quietly, to earn our keep, and to supply our own necessities.
- Do not tire of doing good.
- With love, warn others of the danger of turning from God.
- God is present at all times. His grace knows no bounds.
1) What do you share with others about the Word of God?
2) Is the primary message that comes out of your mouth about God, about self, or about the world?
3) What are the benefits of prayer?
4) Is there a difference between worship and praise?
5) How deeply do you pour yourself into praising God?
6) Have you had to deal with unbelievers before? What happened?
7) Are the promises of God faulty?
8) Who can stand against God and win?
9) How does God equip His saints?
10) Why has God granted us the abilities and talents that He has?
11) What does it mean to be under the leadership of the LORD?
12) Is surrender to God a part of being directed, led, and/or steered by Him?
13) What do you think or how do you feel about withdrawing fellowship?
14) Do you stand with God regarding every decision you make?
15) Have you exorcised the agents of chaos from your life?
16) What does being an imitator of Christ entail?
17) What is having a good work ethic really all about?
18) Is it a sin to be lazy or to be a burden on someone else?
19) If you don’t realize your potential to the fullest, does that mean that you are coming up short in terms of fulfilling your purpose?
20) Does a purposed life (for God) equate to an abundant life?
21) Is it hard to do good when you’re tired of dealing with other people’s drama?
22) Are you meant to “do good” even to those who hurt or persecute you…on the job, in the church, etc.?
23) Do you warn others about the dangers of going against or turning from God?
24) How does it make you feel knowing that God is present at all times? How should that impact your speech, actions, or works?
Plan and Pin -> Answer every question in my journal and/or through prayer. Connect with my accountability partner and share what I have learned through this unique Bible study experience.
Thank you for joining me this summer as I worked my way through 1 and 2 Thessalonians using P. Shirer’s 5P Bible Study Method. I pray that you have been encouraged and blessed through this effort. Grace to you. Stay in His Word always!
Close as a Breath by Callie Grant
The curiosity of a child is a marvelous thing, and this short board book does a good job of presenting it. Filled with the purely innocent questions of a little girl to her dad, this book gives readers a wonderful view of God and His creation. The rhythmical movement of the words and the well-spoken Q&A dialogue was just right for a family time read aloud. The Scripture addition was also a delightful bonus.
Jesus Saves Me (Knowing My God) by Callie Grant
Jesus Saves Me (Knowing My God) was such a surprising book. To be a board book for youngsters, I found it to be quite thorough and detailed on the subject matter of the Good Shepherd. I loved it! With simple and familiar Scripture references and several richly worded summations, this book taught in the best of ways. The pictures that accompanied the author’s thoughtful summaries were superb, and the colorful background and page layouts were very, very appealing.
Little Seed: A Life by Callie Grant
Little Seed: A Life was a beautifully done work. With bright colors and visually appealing illustrations, this book popped. The simplicity of the story itself was perfect. The book had a huge lesson regarding life and its cycle. I loved how it not only spoke to the seed and the process of growth toward what it would become, but it also spoke, in my opinion, to man and his process of growth toward what he too could become. I was left with the thought of God’s provision and influence and how it goes forward through our own lives.
A complimentary copy of each title was made available by the author/publisher via Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have shared are my own. I was not required to submit a positive review.
Lost in the extravagance of self, the prodigal chose her path.
She mastered the art of wanting more.
She meandered down the way of lavish desires.
She wasted her possessions on poisonous passion pursuits.
She squandered her inheritance for a recklessness of heart.
Having reached bottom, she was filled with a lonely ache.
Having exhausted herself on riotous living, she was overwhelmed with a new kind of hunger.
She mourned her loss.
She grieved her change.
She lamented her life.
Shame. Guilt. Doubt. Suffering. The ultimate in ruin.
Was there something to hope for, she wondered.
Realize. Repent. Return. Release. Reform. The perfect answer.
After having gone astray so magnificently, could the love of a Father satisfy and fill her so completely?
Could the unconditional affection of her Caregiver be the more she always longed for?
Would a pure touch of grace from the Lover of her soul provide a holy antidote against that wanton craving that lived inside of her once upon a time?
(A Literary Short, 4HG2014)
Could the way of the prodigal be about you?
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-32
Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Answer the following questions as honestly and thoroughly as you can.
1) What resources, gifts, talents, or blessings are you presently squandering for the sake of immediate gratification and/or personal satisfaction?
2) Are you heavily burdened by your desire for more?
3) What antidote does God guarantee for the wayward and the lost?
Pore, Paraphrase, Pull Out ->
- Jesus Christ will return and those who are His will meet Him.
- Do not fear or be anxious because of the untruths spread by those who say they can predict Christ’s return.
- Don’t be deceived by anyone!
- Only God knows the day He has determined for the LORD’s triumphant return.
- The evil one delights in destruction, ungodliness, irreverence, and idolatry. He would have God’s people worship him instead of the Most High God.
- Be warned. The evil one is deceptive and cunning. He employs every wicked trick he can to lure, tempt, and draw away man.
- The spiritual death comes by way of a rejection of the LORD, His Truth, and His salvation.
- Do not wander from God’s Truth.
- Though Satan would have us believe his lies, we must not! Combat his lies with the Word of God.
- God will judge all. He will see the hearts of those who denied His truth and refused to believe. He will judge those who “reveled in wickedness.”
- The LORD would have all men be saved.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to work in you. He will sanctify you.
- Believe God. He is our liberating King, now and always.
- Stand firm in, hold tightly to, live and abide by the Word of God and cling to the teachings thereof.
- The LORD can comfort you and give you a good hope.
- The grace of God can, will, and does answer your heart’s questions.
- God can strengthen you so that His every good work can be realized.
- The LORD God will slay the evil one.
1) Do you know Jesus? If so, how well?
2) Can any man predict the day or the hour of the LORD’s return?
3) What untruths have you believed?
4) Do you search the Scriptures diligently to see if what is said, taught, or done around you is in alignment with God’s truths?
5) How do you deal with deception?
6) Do you engage in deceptive practices?
7) What is the opposite of destruction, ungodliness, irreverence and idolatry?
8) Do you view God as the Most High? What does this mean to you?
9) What idols or little “g” gods have taken your time, attention, energy, and heart away from God?
10) What or rather who should your worship be about?
11) Is worship an all-consuming act of the heart or something else entirely?
12) What tricks has the devil used, past to present, to pull your attention from God, His Word, and/or your spirit to Spirit connection?
13) Have you ever suffered a spiritual death in any season?
14) How does God revive the weary saint?
15) Why would anyone reject the LORD?
16) Does God have a salvation plan for His children? (Expound on this.)
17) What are the things that cause you to wander from the path of righteousness?
18) What is one of the greatest lies that Satan tells man?
19) If God were to judge you based on your present heart status, what do you think would be the outcome?
20) Are you resting in any “comfortable wickedness?”
21) Do you want to be saved?
22) What are the works of the Holy Spirit?
23) Do you believe that the promises of God are true?
24) Have you allowed God to comfort you truly?
25) What do you hope for?
26) What questions and/or confessions do you have for God at this time?
27) Do you understand the weakness-grace of God link?
Plan and Pin -> Answer every question in my journal and/or through prayer. Complete a survey on the book of Acts. Make note of the steps or acts that took place with each conversion.
Join me all summer long as I work my way through 1 and 2 Thessalonians using P. Shirer’s 5P Bible Study Method. In addition to this, I will be completing Beth Moore’s latest study, Children of the Day, so you may get a few extra tidbits here and there. God bless and stay in His Word!
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”