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Finer Grounds: How to Study the Bible-5

Posted by Kristy Huntsman September - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
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How to Study the Bible Lesson 5: Purpose and Keywords Our next step in this study process will be to determine why the author is writing.  We have already done our study of the author; knowing his background can help us to understand where he is coming from and give us some clues to his intent.  In this chapter we will look at two different ways to decide more definitively  [ Read More ]

Master, the Tempest is Raging!

Posted by Jayla Sparks September - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
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When our two oldest sons, Jordan and Jacob, were little, we lived in an older neighborhood with homes set back away from the street. The yards were green and lush, and lovely, tall oak trees provided shade throughout the area. The neighborhood was built on a gentle slope and so our house’s foundation was higher at the front than at the back. The boys shared a room at the front  [ Read More ]

Finer Grounds: How to Study the Bible-4

Posted by Kristy Huntsman September - 9 - 2014 2 Comments
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How to Study the Bible Lesson 4: Author and Audience Once we have established the historical context of a book or account, the next determinations we should make are about the author and the audience.  If we would like to gain a clear understanding of a passage, it is extremely important to know about who wrote it and who it was written to.  Knowing these two things can help us  [ Read More ]

Excuses– a Bible-marking topic

Posted by Jayla Sparks September - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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“How can you attain satisfaction if you have more excuses than action?” This excellent question by Stanley Paskavich is one I need to tape all around my house. When it comes to soul-winning, personal Bible study, hospitality, visiting, or any number of opportunities to shine the Light, it’s all too easy to offer excuses. It’s tempting to excuse away sins and weaknesses. Sadly, the excuser only fools herself. God sees  [ Read More ]

Finer Grounds: How to Study the Bible-3

Posted by Kristy Huntsman September - 2 - 2014 2 Comments
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How to Study the Bible Lesson 3: Historical Context Now for the fun part!  We start opening those Bibles and really start digging into the scriptures.  As a side note, while we are going through this study, you may be tempted to start marking interesting notes in your Bible.  I highly encourage this!  There is no better way to make the scriptures your own than to fill them with notes  [ Read More ]

Posted by Jayla Sparks September - 1 - 2014 1 Comment
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Put Away Anger from Your Heart I can remember when I was a little girl sitting in church and hearing my mamaw sing, “Angry words, Oh let them never from the tongue unbridled slip.” Today, I can’t hear that song or sing it in worship without thinking of her. It brings her to my mind so vividly it is as if I can reach out through time and stroke her  [ Read More ]

Growing Patience– Divine Percolations

Posted by admin August - 27 - 2014 3 Comments
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In this microwave, instantaneous information, fast-paced, immediate gratification, one-swipe quick as a flash, touch of a button, split-second, up to the minute, ready to heat and serve, drive through convenience world we live in, how often do we try to fit eternal biblical concepts into our “I need it yesterday–right here and now” lives? Spiritual character development we recognize as very valuable, but couldn’t we just quickly run in and  [ Read More ]

Finer Grounds: How to Study the Bible-2

Posted by Kristy Huntsman August - 26 - 2014 5 Comments
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How to Study the Bible Lesson 2: Sources Throughout this chapter we will begin to look at some reliable sources that are extremely useful in studying scripture.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is only intended to help you know some of the most valuable resources available at your fingertips.  In this chapter we will learn HOW to use them and in future chapters we will learn  [ Read More ]

Parables of the Hidden Treasure and Great Pearl

Posted by admin August - 25 - 2014 1 Comment
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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. “Again, the kingdom of heaven  [ Read More ]

Let It Overflow

Posted by Lacy Crowell August - 20 - 2014 8 Comments
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Let It Overflow #12 If I were to ask you what one of the biggest problems facing the church today is, what would you say? I’m guessing that if I asked that question in any kind of public forum I would get a variety of different answers, and probably most of them would be very legitimate. However, what would you think if I said that I believe there is one  [ Read More ]