CLING| Now Available!

Good morning and blessings to all!

By now, you may well have heard the news – CLING by Kim Cash Tate is now available. This is exciting news for many reasons. Not only will you now have access to this amazing Bible study, but you will also get to take part in a Phone Tree featured reflection walk with me.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my heart’s response and my own transparent convictions about how Kim’s words and lessons affected me. In sharing with you, I will hold nothing back. It is my hope that through this exercise of openness and honesty, others seeking a “lifestyle of intimacy with God” will be encouraged to do the same. Just as Kim’s very real truths impacted me and showed me the more of wanting and knowing God, I pray that you also will be impacted and want the more of knowing God.



Phone Tree Book Review: 

CLING: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God by Kim Cash Tate is a Bible study that will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. The appeal of this book lies in its invitation to know God; but really, it’s more than that. With Scripture-rich points and narrative vignettes, Tate extends her hand and leads readers toward the One who knows them best. For those ready for and/or needing more, this book will do much to propel you forward, to urge you further, and to ground you deeper.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes

Audience: All

Status: Non-fiction, Bible study, Christian 

Books are available for purchase via Discovery House, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & Christianbook.com. Get your copy today! 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/orD8wTuoz78

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The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series   (lp)

February 2016 – Isaiah: Study 6

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 10-20

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 10

  • What was to become of those who issued evil against those who were needy, poor and desirous of justice?
  • Whom did God use to carry out His vengeance?
  • Why was the LORD angry regarding His people?
  • What drove the Assyrians and/or what was their motivation to fight?
  • How would the LORD deal with Assyria, ultimately? Why?
  • Who is the Light of Israel and the Holy One?
  • What did the LORD want to accomplish by His acts against His people?

Chapter 11

  • What or who was to come from the stock of Jesse?
  • What was the Spirit of the LORD to impart?
  • What would the earth be full of with regard to the LORD? (Isaiah 11:9)
  • What is the comparative relationship between what is uncovered in chapter 11 and what is known about the exodus of God’s people from Egypt?

Chapter 12

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 12:1?
  • What encouragement or inspiration can be drawn from this chapter?
  • What was to be made known about the LORD?
  • What were the inhabitants of Zion to do? (Isaiah 12:4-6)

Chapter 13

  • What was the burden of Babylon which was seen by Isaiah?
  • What was to become of the evil, the wicked and the proud?
  • What was Babylon’s end to be? (Isaiah 13:19)

Chapter 14

  • What will the LORD show or demonstrate toward Jacob?
  • What was to be the end of those who attempted to elevate themselves above the Most a High?

Chapter 15

  • What was the burden concerning Moab?
  • What role did ancient Moab play in the history of God’s people?
  • How was mourning displayed in ancient times?

Chapter 16

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 16:5?

Chapter 17

  • What was the burden concerning Damascus?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 17:10-11?
  • What was to become of those who plundered and pillaged God’s people?

Chapter 18

  • What message is the LORD conveying in chapter 18? (You are encouraged to dig deeply into this chapter.)

Chapter 19

  • What three points can be ascertained from this chapter?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 19:22?

Chapter 20

  • What did the LORD instruct Isaiah to do?
  • How was being stripped or naked viewed in ancient times (what did it represent)?
  • Did Isaiah waver or hesitate in doing what was asked of him? (How do you know?)

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 10-20?

Questions:

  • Do you stand against those who would do harm to the poor and needy?
  • How do you use your voice to fight for justice?
  • Are you ever confused or troubled by the actions of God? (How do you move past any confusion? Do you seek assistance?)
  • What does repentance mean to you personally?
  • Is the LORD the Savior to you on a daily basis?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do for you as a Christian?
  • What does it mean to quench the Spirit? (1Thessalonians 5:19)
  • Is having a personal testimony still relevant in today’s times?
  • Are worship, praise and prayer related and do you practice them all?
  • Have you allowed anything in your life to become greater, higher or more significant than God? (Discuss.)
  • Have you ever felt like the LORD has been quiet during a time of your greatest need? (If so, what do you think His lesson to you might have been?)
  • Have you ever shown your raw and uncovered self to the LORD? (Why or why not? Was or is there a benefit in doing this?)
  • If the LORD asked you to do a difficult thing or hard task that was out of your comfort zone, would you do it?

Going Further: Define and/or research the following terms.

  • Idol
  • Remnant
  • Outcast
  • Salvation
  • Exalt
  • Chaldeans
  • Captive
  • Proselyte
  • Refuge
  • Reverence
  • Altar
  • Inheritance/heritage

“Then in the tent of David a throne will be established by faithful love. A judge who seeks what is right and is quick to execute justice will sit on the throne forever.” – Isaiah 16:5 (HCSB)

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 5

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 9

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 9

  • What is the significance of the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali in the history of God’s people?
  • Who are the people who “walked in darkness” and “dwelt in the land of the shadow of death” referred to in Isaiah 9:2?
  • Is the indication of a light referring to that which is to come?
  • What is a yoke (of burden)?
  • Who is being presented or rather foretold of in Isaiah 9:6-7?
  • Who did the LORD send a word (message) against?
  • Who spoke with a proud and arrogant heart?
  • Who rose up against God’s people?
  • Why was Israel to be devoured by the mouths of her adversaries?
  • Did Israel respond to God immediately with repentance?
  • Who were the tail and head of Israel? (Isaiah 9:15)
  • Who were those identified as the cause of Israel going astray?
  • What was to happen to those who were being led astray?
  • Why were God’s people called hypocrites?
  • What is the significance of likening wickedness to fire?
  • How do Manasseh, Ephraim, and Judah relate to one another in terms of ancient Biblical history?
  • How does Psalm 7:11 reflect what was learned about God in this chapter?

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapter 9?

Questions:

  • Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt trapped in the darkness of your sins? Discuss.
  • Do you presently know of anyone who is making their dwelling place in the land of shadows, and what are you doing to share God’s light with them?
  • Does God always provide a way out of darkness? Out of sin? Out of temptation? (What does the Bible say about this?)
  • What does Matthew 11:29 mean to you personally? (Prior to answering this question, make sure that you understand what the definition of yoke is.)
  • Who is Jesus to you and what does He mean for or add to your life?
  • What does the Bible say about pride, arrogance, and wickedness, and why is it important for you to be aware of this?
  • Do you know why you believe what you believe?
  • What lesson is God teaching you about yourself through this study?

Going Further: Research the battle of Midian.

“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us… Isaiah 9:6-7 (HCSB)

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 4

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 6-8

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 6

  • Who was it that saw the vision of the LORD sitting upon a throne?
  • How great and awesome is God when considering the wording used in Isaiah 6:1-4?
  • What does it mean to be a man of unclean lips?
  • How is the LORD of Hosts described in the Bible?
  • What is a seraphim?
  • What is the significance of the altar, according to Biblical history?
  • How would you describe the process of purging, as it relates to Isaiah 6:7?
  • What was the specific instruction given to the prophet in Isaiah 6:9…?
  • What or who is the “holy seed” being presented at the close of the chapter?

Chapter 7

  • Who attacked Jerusalem? Why?
  • What did God instruct Isaiah to do?
  • Was there a promise or assurance made by God in chapter 7?
  • How is Isaiah 7:14 significant in God’s timeline?
  • What does “refuse the evil and choose the good” mean?
  • How are the following nations – Assyrian and Egyptian – relevant to the history of God’s people?
  • Why will the land become briers and thorns? (Isaiah 7:24)

Chapter 8

  • What did the LORD instruct Isaiah to write on the scroll?
  • What is the definition of prophet and/or prophetess?
  • What is the significance of the stream or waters of Shiloah?
  • How relevant is Isaiah 8:13-14?
  • How would one know whether or not light was present in God’s people? (See Isaiah 8:20)

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 6, 7, and 8?

Questions:

  • What is your life about…unclean lips and unpurged sins or holy living and repentance?
  • What are some of the promises of God that you refer to when you need to be reassured?
  • Do you feel that it is more difficult or less difficult when it comes to refusing the evil and choosing the good? Discuss.
  • Does the word prophet or prophetess carry the same weight in present days as it did in ancient times? How is this relevant to your life and walk?

Going Further: Explore the ancient Hebrew empire.

It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.
He shall be your fear, He shall be your dread [not man]. “Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him]…” – Isaiah 8:13-14 (AMP)

A Phone Tree Book Review|Wicked Women of the Bible

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About the Book:

“What can Jezebel, the Bible’s wickedest queen, reveal about God’s holiness and power and even about his sense of humor? What about the Woman at the Well – the one with five husbands and a live – in lover? And what of the prostitute whose tears bathe the feet of Jesus in front of people who despise her? There are also ‘wicked good’ women like Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Mary, and more. What do their lives tell us about God’s invincible love and his determined plan to save us? In Wicked Women of the Bible Ann Spangler tells the stories of twenty wicked and ‘wicked good’ women in greater detail. At the end of each story, Ann provides a brief section including additional historical and cultural background as well as a brief Bible study in order to enhance the book’s appeal to both individuals and groups. The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy.” – Amazon.com

Phone Tree Book Review:

Wicked can be defined in many ways, based on Spangler’s revealed definitions. In her book Wicked Women of the Bible, she introduced the concept of “wicked” from two unique perspectives. She showed how, whether wicked good or wicked bad, the women of the Bible had a story to tell that was both purposed and meaningful.

Typically, I am not a huge fan of authors taking narrative liberties with Biblical content. I feel that it sometimes skews the truth of God’s word and confuses the reader. In this book, however, I felt that Spangler did an acceptable job of presenting each woman’s story. Her writing was considerate and thought-provoking. I loved her inclusion of the times, the takeaway questions, a Scriptural index, and highlights from her book Women of the Bible.

I could easily see this book being a Christian book club feature or the subject of a women’s Bible study class.

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: Christian
Status: Non-fiction, Christian
Other: Women’s Book Club, Church Library, Bible Study Recommendation

*** A Phone Tree Bible Study Group Book Club Selection***

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 2

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 2-3

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 2

  • Who gave Isaiah the prophecy concerning Judah and Jerusalem?
  • What would be established in the last days?
  • What is the significance of the imploration made by Isaiah in 2:5?
  • How did God’s people show forth their idolatry?
  • How will God deal with the haughtiness of men?

Chapter 3

  • What does the “LORD of hosts” mean?
  • What will the LORD take away from Judah and Jerusalem as a result of their actions?
  • What is the main point that Isaiah 3:8 is making?
  • Are the children of God attempting to hide their sins or are they flaunting their sins?
  • What does the Bible say about how the “daughters of Zion” would be handled?

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 2-3?

Questions:

  • Have you been or are you strongly persuaded or enticed to partake in believing in strange philosophies, religious practices, or foreign ways that have nothing to do with the LORD?
  • Do you believe any one idol or little “g” god is greater than the Almighty God, and are your guilty of placing one such thing higher than Him?
  •  Are the sins that you commit or that you have committed ever been hidden from God? Expound.
  • Have you ever been stripped bare by the LORD and if so, what did you learn about Him and about yourself?

Going Further: Explore the history of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their [righteous] actions.” – Isaiah 3:10 (AMP)

Destination JESUS|The Genesis, Part 2/4 (Preparation)

Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16)

December 2015 – Part 2 of 4 (Preparation)

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The process of preparation is no small thing. It requires much from an individual. It requires that one be properly conditioned or readied. It requires that one puts things in order and/or prioritize. It also requires that one takes action, looking to the LORD and His Word to get a thorough understanding of what must come to pass.

 

This week, the Phone Tree Bible Study Group will focus on three key scriptural texts, in order to learn how to best be prepared for the road ahead and specifically for Destination JESUS 365-16.

Destination JESUS|The Genesis Preparation Assignments:

PRAY. (Assignment: Commit to praying every day this week. Ask the LORD (every day) to prepare your mind and heart for what He wants to show you in your present time, as well as in the coming year. Ask Him to shape your path where your OneWord or 1Concept is concerned.)

STUDY. (Assignment: Read each of the following passages. Refer to your favorite Bible translation, in addition to the Voice and the Amplified Bible. (bible gateway.com))

1. CONDITIONED & READIED -> Ephesians 6:10-18

2. ORDER/PRIORITIZE -> Luke 2:41-52

3. TAKE ACTION -> 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

NOTE: (Assignment: Take notes, making sure to ask yourself how each of the passages above speaks to the subject matter indicated. (i.e. What is Eph. 6:10-18 revealing as it relates to me being conditioned or made ready? How does this reinforce the idea of preparation?))

PARTNER: (Assignment: Send an email to edifier1@hotmail.com to secure a list of reflective questions to go along with this week’s STUDY assignment or to make your prayer requests known.)

Destination JESUS Objectives:

To grow closer to the LORD GOD

To know a life-altering intimacy with His WORD

To experience a radical SPIRITual transformation

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NEXT WEEK: Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16), Part 3/4 (Prayer Power)