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Finer Grounds: How to Study the Bible-3

Posted by Kristy Huntsman September - 2 - 2014 0 Comment

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 0 Comment

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

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 0 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 7 Comments

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 ]

Finer Grounds: How To Study The Bible-1

Posted by Kristy Huntsman August - 19 - 2014 8 Comments

How to Study the Bible Lesson 1: Introduction   Before we begin, I’d like to make note that because of the nature of this particular study, it will be written in a slightly different format that our other Finer Ground studies. Even though this is a bit different, we received an enormous amount of requests for a series on how to study. You’ve asked and here it is! We love  [ Read More ]

The Mustard Seed/The Leaven

Posted by Jayla Sparks August - 18 - 2014 2 Comments

  After reading through commentaries and much discussion, I realized that these parables are often misunderstood. The miscue, possibly, comes from the parable of the sower in which the seed represents the gospel or the Word of God. However, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in The Hound of The Baskervilles: “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” God often explains Himself, if  [ Read More ]

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This is from the heart of an older woman to those younger women who are wives and mothers.  My hope is to encourage you and challenge you in your very important role. I’ve titled this lesson “Their Hearts Are in Your Hands,” based on one line from a song that is 35 years old.  Styx’s song “Babe” has a line in it that sobers me when I think about my  [ Read More ]

Wheat and Tares

Posted by admin August - 11 - 2014 3 Comments
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In Matthew 13:24-30 we read about the parable of the wheat and the tares. Tares are weeds but not just any random weed. It is a weed that resembles wheat except that its grains are black and inedible. In the parable, Jesus is teaching about a man who has planted good seed in his field. He was looking for a good crop of wheat and wasn’t intending to have tares  [ Read More ]