Bible study

Hunting for Treasure

Summertime. A welcome break from the school routine, but . . . lots of hours to fill.  This summer, send your kids (and yourself) on an adventure. Proverbs 25:2 (NIV) says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Now is the time…
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10 Tips for Getting Your Kids Into the Word in 2022

When we had kids at home, I had a goal of a daily quiet time (Bible reading, memorization, and prayer) for each child before they left the house for school.  I know. Tall order.  Our kids attended public school, and I wanted God’s Word in their heads before they stepped out the front door.  God’s…
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Bite-Sized Bible Study

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you study God’s Word? One verse at a time. Though I’m a fan of reading through the Bible, for study purposes, one bite can make a meal.  One of my early assignments in seminary was to take one verse and come up…
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Dig into the Word, Not the Yard

I had done my homework, but still, I was unprepared for the demands of our new family addition. A working dog. Specifically, a Belgian Malinois. Two years later, I’m still amazed by his abilities. I expected our new pup to require a lot of physical activity. What surprised me was his need for mental stimulation. …
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Come Before His Presence with Singing

Imagine walking into your weekend church service. The worship team takes the stage and begins to sing—a psalm.  On the way home from church, the kids hit their favorite Christian playlist—of psalms. A popular Christian band wins a Dove award for—an album of psalms.  For ancient Israel, the psalms held the top spot in worship…
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A Tale of Two Sisters: Part 4 What Ifs?

For three weeks, we’ve examined the account of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah in Genesis 29-30. Today, let’s look at some what-ifs.  What if Jacob had led spiritually? What if Jacob had accepted Leah and had honored her as the mother of his children? What if Rachel had empathized with her sister instead of blaming her,…
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A Tale of Two Sisters: Part 3 Leah

If anyone’s story gives hope, it’s Leah’s.  Dominated by her father.  Unloved by her husband. Resented by her sister. Leah had been given a tough row to hoe. She continually hit the wall of Jacob’s rejection. Her heart bruised, we see Leah’s spiritual journey through her children. Their names walk us through her struggle: Leah…
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A Tale of Two Sisters: Part 2 Rachel

Rachel. The chosen one. Jacob’s beloved. So beloved that Genesis 29:20 tells us, “So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” (My husband and I also dated seven years. It did not seem like only a few days.) Genesis 29:30 says,…
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A Tale of Two Sisters: Jacob and Favoritism

This story had the makings for the perfect romance. A son on the run from a murderous brother in search of his extended family. A beautiful girl on the horizon. An answer to his prayers. Love at first sight. The young man worked seven years for his true love. Finally, the wedding night arrived. It…
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A Chip Off The Old Cornerstone (2nd of a 4-post series)

Last week, we studied Jesus, the living Stone, and ourselves as living stones. Today we’ll mine the concept of the cornerstone. For in Scripture it says, “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:6 NIV)…
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