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Kindness Elves — Let It Overflow

Posted by Lacy Crowell December - 17 - 2014 0 Comment

For several years now, around the holiday season my Facebook and Pinterest accounts have absolutely exploded with Elf on the Shelf ideas. These range from the absolutely adorable (which would make me long for an Elf on our Shelf) to the crude and inappropriate (which would make me cringe away from all things Elf on the Shelf). While I would never condemn anyone who chose to use Elf on the  [ Read More ]

How To Study the Bible #11 — Finer Grounds

Posted by Kristy Huntsman December - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

How to Study the Bible Lesson 11: Poetry   Since over one-third of our Bible contains poetry this is an important style for us to understand. I will openly admit to having a type A analytical personality making it much more in my comfort zone to digest a book like Matthew or James. When it comes to poetic language I struggle to subdue my urge to over-analyze every component. It  [ Read More ]

Look What’s Under Our Tree!

Posted by Kristy Huntsman December - 8 - 2014 0 Comment

Get that special someone a gift that won’t just sit on a shelf, but will enrich her life. Our Finer Grounds Bible Studies make great gifts! Redeemed: Bought Back No Matter the Price (A Study of Hosea) and Sanctified: Set Apart for a Purpose (A Study of 1 & 2 Peter) both by are very own Kristy Huntsman are now available from Kaio Publications. Kaio Publications has teamed up with Come Fill  [ Read More ]

Revive Me- a Bible-marking topic

Posted by Jayla Sparks December - 4 - 2014 2 Comments
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  Stagnant. That’s the word used to describe a lack of activity. Some synonyms are dull, sluggish, lethargic, depressed, and dead. Have you ever found yourself in a period of spiritual stagnation? Perhaps you were singing the last verse of a song in worship and suddenly realized you hadn’t been paying attention to any of the words. Or maybe you can’t recall the last time you really prayed. Maybe it’s  [ Read More ]

Temperature on the Rise? — Divine Percolations

Posted by admin November - 26 - 2014 6 Comments

One adventure I embarked upon while homeschooling my children was teaching them to drive. In the programs we have used, even before the student driver is allowed to insert the key into the ignition, they are required to have a working knowledge of the instrument panel. An important gauge I especially point out is the engine temperature indicator. The story of a family member “melting” his engine because he ignored  [ Read More ]

Finer Grounds-How to Study the Bible-10

Posted by Kristy Huntsman November - 20 - 2014 2 Comments

How to Study the Bible Lesson 10: Cross-Referencing   Another important process to add to your Bible study is cross-referencing.  Cross-referencing is simply referencing another scripture that relates to the one you are studying in some way.  Remember that the Bible was written as separate books and letters, but the authors commonly reference one another.  It is very common for New Testament writers to reference Old Testament writing.  Cross-referencing a  [ Read More ]

Blessing Jar — Let It Overflow

Posted by Lacy Crowell November - 19 - 2014 9 Comments

Have you ever found yourself reflecting over the past year on New Year’s Eve? If you’re like me you know that good things have happened over the last 12 months, but you really struggle when you try to remember exactly what they were. This is a difficulty when it’s been a good year, but when you’ve had one of those years that you would really just like to forget, it’s  [ Read More ]

Why I Didn’t Like What Africa Taught Me

Posted by admin November - 17 - 2014 19 Comments
2 Why I didn't like what Africa taught me

Yes, you read that title right.  It is now September and I left for Africa in the middle of July.  You may have noticed, I have not written any blogs on my experience there.  It is hard for me to write this and even more difficult for me to share, but I did not like what Africa taught me.  Jeremy, my brother-in-law, and Justin, my husband, and I have talked  [ Read More ]

Grace – A Bible Marking Topic

Posted by Jayla Sparks November - 5 - 2014 0 Comment

  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7). This phrase is found in every single letter Paul wrote. Paul embraced God’s grace and found it important to write about. It’s a key word in his letter to the Romans, appearing at least 24 times. Even though “grace” is a common word in the Bible, it’s commonly misunderstood. It’s important th at  [ Read More ]

Worth Through Works– Divine Percolations

Posted by admin October - 29 - 2014 5 Comments
It is the Pharisaical concept of worth through works and the backdoor to pride.

In the article titled, “I was an Abuser”, in this Divine Percolations series, the main focus was the love of God which He has for His children and the depth with which He values them (Romans 8:16; John 3:16; Psalm 139:13-16). Those that suffer with depression, as I did, often struggle in finding their true worth and value. That dark pit seems like a place especially made for evil forces  [ Read More ]