New Year Happenings (2016)


FYI -> New Year Happenings at the Phone Tree Bible Study Group

1st Quarter #DestinationJESUS Works (scheduled for January – March):

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

Happy 365-16!




3 Reasons Why Scripture Memorization Is So Nourishing for Children

1) It feeds their minds.
2) It fills their hearts.
3) It influences their spiritual growth and integrity.

Get started reading, studying and memorizing Bible verses with your child today. Allow the Word of God to influence them (and you) more than the world. 

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Bible Study Helps and Tips from Kim Cash Tate

Hi All!
As a Bible study enthusiast and lover of the Word of God, I am always seeking out resources, helps, and aids that can assist me, as well as others, in growing in the faith. With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share some wonderful videos from Christian author Kim Cash Tate. In the videos, Kim does a magnificent job of educating Truth seekers on what they can do to improve their study efforts. Please do yourself a favor and watch.

Many Blessings,

Heart Wide Open (Table Talk Tuesdays, Week 3/8)

A Special Phone Tree Heart-to-Heart Discussion Series

Heart Wide Open – Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus: (A Quote from the Book): “No other book lives and breathes as the Bible does. Engage the Author and listen. Ask Him to let you hear His voice and feel His breath in its pages.” 18373194

Table Talk: The Word of God is alive! It speaks. It teaches. It inspires. It encourages. It admonishes. It directs. It answers. And still, it does more than that. When was the last time you spent time losing yourself or rather finding yourself in its truths and promises? Whenever you are at a loss or whenever you are in a gain, the Bible is the place where you are guaranteed to experience God anew.

Table Talk Discussion Questions:

1) Do you believe that the Word of God speaks?

2) Is it possible to have a conversation with the LORD through His Word? If so, what would this look like?

3) Do you, like David, meditate, contemplate, delight in, and pledge not to forget God’s word?

4) What excuse do you use or have you used to avoid spending time with God through His word?

5) Have you sought God in prayer about your attitude toward Scripture? (This includes, but is not limited to, your attitude regarding Scripture reading, meditation and reflection, memorization, comprehension, and application.)

6) Have you ever noticed that the more time you spend in the Word, the more time you want to spend with the Word?

7) What was the last thing you heard from the Word of God and what impact did it have on your life and/or life circumstance?

Prayer: Father, forgive us. Forgive us for forgetting how important it is to spend time with You through Your word. Forgive us for forgetting to connect with You through prayer.  Forgive us for not believing, in part or in whole, that You speak even in today’s day and age. Help us to have a heart for You like David did, like Peter did, like Paul did. Scratch that, help us to have a heart for You like Jesus did. In the name of the Beloved Son and Savior of all, Jesus. Amen.

To Read an Excerpt From This Book and To Order Your Copy: Heart Wide Open – Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

A.M. Meditation|Matthew 5:43-45

You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner.
Matthew 5:43-45

My 5P Study Notes: Thessalonians (Letter 1, Chapter 4)

BookThessalonians Summer Series
June-July 2014
5P Bible Study Method

Chapter 4:
Pore, Paraphrase, Pull Out ->

– Remember what you have learned. Don’t forget its benefit.
– Live a life that is pleasing to God.
– Live and thrive in that which is holy and godly.
– Instructions for living a life in Christ are specified in detail in the Bible. Spend time getting to know God’s instructions on an intimate and personal level.
– God’s will is for His children to be set apart from the world. He desires for His own to live a holy existence.
– Avoid polluting your life. Refrain from defiling practices.
– Practice self-discipline and have full control over your body. Better yet, give your body over to the LORD that He might bring it under His subjection.
– Maintain purity of mind, heart, and spirit.
– Live with honor. Honor is rooted in Christ.
– Don’t allow lustful passion to dictate your choices, run your life, or steer you in a direction you should not be going.
– Esteem God. Appreciate others. Value self. These all originate from the greatest source of love.
– Practice righteousness by being peaceable, fair, respectful, and honest.
– Do not take advantage of anyone.
– The LORD will execute His holy justice on all.
– Seek that which is of God.
– The Holy Spirit of God has been given to those who follow Christ. He lives within and directs our hearts to that which is holy.
– Care for those inside (and outside) of the faith.
– Love outside of yourself. (If you do not know how to love, the Holy Spirit, Christ and God will show you. Allow the Word to teach you.)
– Love and then love more. Let there be no limit.
– Have a spiritual goal that focuses on living in peace and working in Christ.
– Mind your own business.
– Depend on the LORD for all things.
– Be fully informed on matters of the LORD. To do this, read His Truth.
– Jesus died, rose, and ascended. He will come again.
– Jesus is the anointed of God. He is the liberating King who saves all who would know Him!
– Comfort and encourage each other with the message of hope that comes through the Good News of the Gospel.

Pose ->
1) How much time do I legitimately spend in the Word for myself?
2) Is there a benefit to practicing Scripture memorization? Writing out Scripture? Having weekly Bible discussions? Attending Biblical education classes? Participating in online Bible studies?
3) What am I presently doing that could be listed as “pleasing to God?”
4) What are the Hebrew and Greek definitions of holy and godly?
5) Which ways are the best ways to connect with God and His Word?
6) In what ways am I different from the world? In what ways am I similar to the world?
7) How did Jesus show Himself to be holy?
8) Do I engage in any practices that could be considered defiling? What are the practices and why do I engage in them?
9) Why is having self-control important?
10) What scriptures speak to the matter of subjection or surrender?
11) How do purity of mind, heart, and spirit benefit me in the most spiritual sense?
12) What does living with honor look like? Are honor and integrity related?
13) What is the difference between zealous passion and lustful passion?
14) When I make choices for my life, do I consult the LORD?
15) Are the paths that I take in life leading me to God or away from God?
16) What are my true thoughts about love?
17) Do I really love God? Others? Myself?
18) What does it mean to practice righteousness?
19) Is there a particular story from the Bible that speaks to being peaceable, fair, respectful and honest?
20) Do I take advantage of anyone or allow anyone to take advantage of me?
21) Have I wrongly tried to execute justice in the place of God?
22) If I were to analyze my life, would I find that most of my endeavors were of God or not of God?
23) What is the role of the Holy Spirit and how can He transform my life?
24) Do I try to lead the Holy Spirit or do I allow Him to lead me?
25) What are some ways to show others that I care?
26) How can I effectively I love outside of myself?
27) Do I tend to display unconditional love or conditional love?
28) What are those things that might hold me back from loving the way that the LORD desires?
29) What are my spiritual goals and why is it important to have them?
30) Do I mind my own business or am I a busybody?
31) Does the LORD want me to depend on Him for all things? Do I? (Why or why not?)
32) What are the 2 greatest things God needs/wants me to know?
33) What is the Good News of the Gospel, and what is the promise of God?
34) What does the anointed of God mean as it relates to Jesus?
35) Have I made Jesus Christ the King of my life?
36) What do I truly hope for and is my hope possible through Christ?

Plan and Pin -> Answer every question in my journal and/or through prayer. Pen a short essay on how the holiness of the LORD manifests itself in my life.

9781430028604This Week’s Top 5 Takeaways from Children of the Day by Beth Moore
– Compare the endings of 1 Thes. 4:1 and 1 Thes. 4:10.
– “In these days of burgeoning hatred, violence, madness, and terror, we are a people called to more and more love and more and more diligence while reflecting more and more of God’s glory…’More and more’ one direction will force its antithesis into ‘less and less.’ We get to decide which we want to feed and which we want to starve.”
– “Mind Your Own Business”: Some things we cannot handle knowing and still love like we are called to love. Only Jesus can maintain an unwavering, healthy affection while knowing all things, reading all hearts, and seeing behind all doors.
 – Reflecting on Job 6:11-13 and how it relates to hopelessness and hope.
– The 28-Day Scripture Prayer Challenge (pp. 226-239)

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!

Life Through the Spirit

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Romans 8:1-4

(The Official Phone Tree SSMT Memory Verses, #23 & #24)