Love God More

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Happy New Year! 

2017 has just begun, and it is fresh and new, with no mistakes in it. 

What will you do? How will you go forward? When will you live and move and breathe in the abundance that is spoken of in the Bible? Where will you serve?

Will you strive to move beyond self? Will you seek to know God more? Will you walk in His truth? Will you surrender to the LORD who was King yesterday and still exists as such today?

If you hear nothing else of import this year, hear this. Know this. You must, I must, we must love God more. 

Love Him more than your favorite comfort. Love Him more than your favorite perversion. Love Him more than your secret obsession and your pet sins. Love Him more than your selfish needs, your costly wants and your deviant desires. 

Love God More! 

You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. He will help us. 

Scripture Reflection: 2 Peter 3

Challenge: Share this message with someone you care about deeply and commit to praying for them, without ceasing.

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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)

Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (4/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“Jesus is unchanging in our ever-changing world. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is always himself. Every day in every way we can trust the fact that Jesus is going to show up and be himself in our lives. He is power and love and discipline in my life. He is savior, friend, and the one who goes before me. He is willing to walk beside me. He is my hope for today because his name was hope in the very beginning of time. (pp. 114-115, He Never Changes)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): It is a blessed gift to know that the LORD is faithful. To know that He is consistently present and gracious and true. The LORD never wavers. He never shows Himself unreliable. He never goes back on His truth. He is faithful in a way that goes beyond man’s definition of the word. And isn’t that a comfort? Isn’t it a relief, moms, to know that you can count on the LORD who sees you, knows you, protects you, provides for you, and loves you? Isn’t it a great consolation to know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is ever ready to save you and your family, no matter how many times or how many ways? He is our undeniable hope.

Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God is unchanging, unwavering, undeniable and undefeated.

Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: Hebrews 13:8

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): Oh LORD, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! It is an absolute delight to know and experience You. It is a wonder and a joy to praise You as Savior and King. We thank You for Your faithfulness, and we appreciate You for being consistent in our lives. Teach us how to be true to You in every way. And be with us as we daily learn to surrender our all into Your keeping. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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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)

Encouragement for Your Journey, Mom (3/4)

A Weekly Encouragement Series based on Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

 

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A Hope (A Quote from the Book):

“…God won’t always speak to me about everything I bring to him. Sometimes, I just have to base my decisions on what I already know to be true…The fact is God’s word is our life and breath.” (p. 105, He Speaks to You)

A Help (A Message of Encouragement for Your Journey): Every word written in the Bible is the inspired word of God. It was written so that we might learn of Him and His promises. It was written so that we might come to know His Truth and be saved. It was written so that we might experience the LORD, tasting of Him, partaking of Him, and being satisfied by Him. How often we forget to stop, quiet ourselves and hear or rather listen to His voice by way of His holy Word. There is a blessing in being still and knowing God and in remembering His words. There is a blessing in recalling His past deliverances in our lives and in reminding ourselves of His saving grace. And in those moments when we think the LORD seems to be quiet, we have to trust that He is still speaking and reflect on those things that we know and that have come to know as His unwavering truth. We must know and believe in our hearts that His inspired movement speaks even in what we view to be silence.

  • Your Hope & Help Lesson for the Week: God speaks in many ways. The more time we spend with Him and His inspired word, the more we become attuned to His voice and movement, whether in seeming silence or not.
  • Your Hope & Help Scripture for the Week: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMP)

A Heart (A Prayer from My Heart to Yours): My LORD and dearest King, You are a gift and a blessing to all who would know You. Thank You for speaking and moving in the ways of love. It is my prayer this day that You would help each woman, mother, and saint be still and know You as the God who saves. May You speak in each life in a very special way and teach every individual what You would have her know. Point us to Your heart, keep us in Your grace, and carry us home at Your appointed time. In the saving name of Jesus. Amen.

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Phone Tree Review|I AM by Diane Stortz

I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane Stortz

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About the Book: “Show your children how much God loves them and cares for them by learning about who He is. This beautiful book teaches the many names of God-and the many reasons we can trust Him. Forty names and titles of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are explained and shown through Bible stories, along with application for the lives of children. I Am will help children develop an understanding of God’s character so they can learn to trust Him more.

This book includes 40 of the names and descriptive titles for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as shown throughout the Bible. Each story features Scripture verses, a prayer, and a short section about that name and its significance in kid-friendly language that children can comprehend. For example:

Jehovah Tsuri: the God who helps me
Jehovah Rophe: the God who heals me
Immanuel: the God who is with us
Rabbi: the God who teaches me

This wonderful introduction to the many names of God will help your children get to know God as all powerful, loving Savior, Healer, Creator, and so many other ways that show He is completely awesome and trustworthy.”

Phone Tree Review: Absolutely outstanding! I love this resource. It is colorful, informative, and engaging. The illustrations are so modern, and the whole book layout is quite stunning. Everything is so appealing that you will quickly find yourself wanting to go from page to page just to see the wonderful work. Not only that, the content is so rich.

I genuinely adored the stories, the descriptive titles associated with God, the pronunciation guide, the affirmative statements about the LORD, the Scripture references, the prayers, the present day application scenarios, and the “learn more” and “what happened next” additions.

Rating: 5 super deluxe golden stars *****
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: Christian
Special Comments: This resource should be in every church library, children’s bible class and, home that exists. It is a great tool to reference and work with. I believe kids will be more than excited to learn from this book. I would love to see a workbook, video and/or affirmation calendar to go along with this project.
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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