Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”

The 365 Lesson: Many of our pre-cross lives told a story of selfishness, indulgence, and sin. We took part in hedonistic practices, without a care. We were unrestrained and intemperate. Ignorance and bliss led us down a road of demise. We were headed straight toward a dark and fatal disconnect from God. Depravity ruled.

Question: Does depravity still have rule over your life…post the cross?

Once we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and LORD, we were sealed with the Spirit. We no longer had to or have to walk alone. We no longer had to or have to face bondage and struggle as an independent party of one. Still, many of us live, move, breathe, and exist without a true understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Question: Who is the Holy Spirit, and what role does He play in the life of a Christian?

Challenge: Thoroughly read each of the Scriptures mentioned below. Write down your takeaways. Revisit your notes daily over the next two weeks. Feel free to post your comments and/or share your thoughts with the Phone Tree Bible Study Group.

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 139, Ephesians 2, and Romans 8

Question: Is there anywhere we can go to escape the depravity of the world?

Up Next: Can’t Stop, Can’t Quit


Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 1

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”


Scripture Reflection: Ephesians 2

The 365 Lesson: The world in which we live can be very wicked. It can, in fact, be incredibly overwhelming to the senses. Strangely enticing, it can lure us into dark, addictive games that can lead us down a road riddled with depravity and indulgence. It can take each of us on a mind trip meant to entrap our bodies, strip our souls, and break our spirits. For the saint – the one who has chosen to accept and follow after the LORD – there is hope, however.

Challenge: Read Ephesians 2 thoroughly. List every hope, encouragement, and positive takeaway found in this chapter.

Prayer: Dearest Father and Most High God, thank You for Your abiding presence in our lives. Thank You for Your living Word and saving Light. Your power, grace, mercy and love are unmatched and are so perfectly good. We ask that You free each of us from the wickedness that so easily besets us. Remove the bonds of sin that we have grown so comfortable wearing. Save us from the darkness that disturbs our peace, dims our paths, and ensnares our minds. Show us the “but God” in every situation, and give us the courage, strength, and determination to overcome. In the name of Jesus, we pray and believe. Amen.

Up Next: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2

As Unto the LORD

“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”

Scripture Reflection: Colossians 3:23-24

The 365 Lesson: What would happen if we approached every task we had to do with the LORD in mind?

In life, we are called to do many things. I’d like to believe that most of us approach our tasks with the right kind of attitude. I’d like to believe that we each strive to successfully complete our assignments with a CAN DO mindset. But, I have to wonder whether or not we involve our hearts and souls in the process? Do we engage in our work with an “I’m doing this for the LORD” focus, or do we just go through the motions of doing something for the sake of doing it?

Challenge: Going forward, I would have you consider each task you do as an offering to the LORD. Do it, not only with the LORD in mind (as for the LORD), but also as if it is done unto the LORD Himself.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being such a beautiful example of love and grace in action. From the beginning, You have shown us selfless love. You have called us to do the same. As we press into each new day, help us to approach each task with You in mind. Teach us to do all things as unto You and for You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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 

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The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series   (lp)

February 2016 – Isaiah: Study 6


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?


  • 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


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?


  • 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


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?


  • 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)