A few weeks ago I was sitting outside a nursing home with a friend of mine. It was a beautiful day, and she was loving getting out into the fresh air after many days not even seeing the outside. I read the first five verses of John’s Gospel to her: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5 She started singing, “Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made…” I joined in, and together, traffic noise and all, we sat out in front of her nursing home and sang all the verses we knew of “How Great Thou Art”. This 9-lesson Bible Study of the first four chapters of John is all about the One we were singing to. – Kathleen
This 10-lesson Bible Study in Galatians shows us that, as Christians, our own sinful nature plays a little trick on us. Our pride starts us to thinking, “Well, yes, I need a Savior…yes, I’m a sinner…but I’d rather not feel like such a loser. I’d rather feel like my Savior loved me because I’m so lovable. I will do better in this area, or in that area…or I will do this extra good deed, or that one….and that will make me better in His eyes…I’ll be more worthy to be saved.” And in so thinking we slide away from the side of the One Who died so that we could be worthy. We begin to listen to another Gospel – the Gospel of works. We begin to love another savior – the one we’ve made up in our minds. Paul writes to them from a heart of love – reminding them that they are not slaves to works – they are…..Free!!!
From Kathleen: “Our memory verse for this 5-Lesson Bible study is Psalm 18:29. “….By my God I have leaped over a wall.” When Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy, Paul’s time on earth was nearly over and he knew it. He had “fought the good fight”, “finished the race”, and “kept the faith.” He had been given a job to do by His Savior, Jesus, and somehow, by the miraculous strength of God, he had done it! He had “leaped” over that wall! He is passing this incredible job of spreading the Gospel by planting and nourishing churches, to Timothy. He wants Timothy to know that someday he, too, will look back and be very sure that “…by my God I have leaped over a wall!”.” – Kathleen
What questions do you have about Heaven…and does the Bible have answers for them? This 4-week Bible Study is a great way to find out what questions all of us might have about Heaven, and to research together what the Bible has to say. Our goal is that after four weeks of conversation, laughter, and digging into the Word, some of our questions will be answered, and we’ll be even more interested in finding the answers to all kinds of other questions we might have about God, the Bible, and eternity.
Kathleen’s James Bible Study has been updated and uploaded to our site, and can be downloaded for free.
From Kathleen: “As you read through the whole book of James, certain common themes begin to emerge:
- He calls them “my brothers” very, very often.
- He’s not too impressed with “rich people”.
- He talks about a new kind of law: the “law of freedom”.
- He expects people of “faith” to be doing something.
- He thinks talking is serious business.
- He accuses them of thinking they are something great when they are not.
- He advises prayer when any need arises.
So you realize that he had a few things to say…and I think he could barely get them on paper because of all the other things he kept thinking of.
Like sending the kid off to college – or off to camp – and don’t forget this…and don’t forget this….and don’t forget this….”
Click on the image or the following link to view or download the 1st Week Handout from the Heaven Bible Study: Heaven Bible Study 1st week handout
From Kathleen: “If you are a Christian, you are different. You are not the same as the unbelieving people who live around you. You may look the same. You may dress the same. You may eat the same. You may work in the same places and live in the same neighborhoods. But you are totally, radically, different.
Chapter 1 – Chosen
Chapter 2 – United
Chapter 3 – Submitted
Chapter 4 – Alerted
Chapter 5 – Shepherded
And it’s perfectly normal for you to be different.
If you are daily walking with the One Who gave His life for you, you should feel like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon….finally free to be who you were always meant to be. – Kathleen