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When Christ Returns: A Bible Marking Topic

Posted by admin October - 1 - 2014 2 Comments
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With the “Left Behind” movie coming out soon, there may be opportunities for us to talk with others about topics concerning premillennialism, the Rapture, or the end times.  While the movie may be entertaining, we want to make sure we understand what the Bible teaches about what will happen when Jesus returns.  God wants us to know exactly what will take place and He spells it out for us in  [ Read More ]

Finer Grounds: How to Study the Bible-6

Posted by Kristy Huntsman September - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
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How to Study the Bible Lesson 6:Determining and Examining the Pericope Now that we have thoroughly examined the background and author’s intention in a book, we will start to divide it into sections, or pericopes, for easier study.  A pericope (p??rik?p?) is a selection or an excerpt from a book.  In this chapter we will look at how to determine where your pericope should begin and end, identifying the tone  [ Read More ]

Just Who’s In Control?– Divine Percolations

Posted by admin September - 24 - 2014 4 Comments
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It was a white rabbit. A stuffed white rabbit, a puppet, actually. She carried it with her everywhere. But something had to be done about it. It had to be wrapped up in a blanket in a very particular kind of way. This very little person in large irritation would come to us with both in hand wanting her rabbit wrapped up nice and snug. After several attempts we were  [ Read More ]

Poor in Spirit

Posted by admin September - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3 I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read over this passage and thought to myself, “Ok, be like poor folk, do without, make sacrifices.” and then carried on about my business.  This was however, before I really dug down into the Word and took the time to study the word “poor”. The word “poor”  [ Read More ]

Let It Overflow #13 – The Mama Bear Challenge

Posted by Lacy Crowell September - 17 - 2014 5 Comments
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Let It Overflow #13 – The Mama Bear Challenge When I was about to begin the second grade, my family moved from the small town of Maud, Texas where I had been born (just outside of Texarkana) to the small town of Newcastle, Oklahoma (just outside of Oklahoma City). We hadn’t lived there very long when I began to play with the boy who lived next door to us. Our favorite  [ Read More ]

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 ]