Haggai – “A Bag With Holes”

Haggai.  When the people of Israel first arrived back in their land after their captivity in Babylon, they were full of desire to do things God’s way.  They immediately began to rebuild the temple – the place they could worship the One, True God and show the rest of the world what He was like.

But they ran into difficulty as they rebuilt.  They had enemies who did not want them to make the temple and their land great again.  And the people who had such great aspirations to once again live for God were discouraged…so they stopped working.

They were in their land, though.  So they built houses for themselves.  And planted orchards.  And worked hard to live life.  The work of God was put on hold…and all the wealth they gathered kept slipping away from them.  Nothing was right.

The book of Haggai is the story of the man who put them back on the right track again…by telling them:  “Think about what you are doing.  Is this really the way you want to live?”

2nd John – “Cults and False Religions”

2nd John.

Think about it.  There’s nothing preventing a group of people from gathering together and calling themselves a church, is there?  What if that group of people really didn’t even believe Jesus was the Savior of the world?  What if that group of people wanted to call themselves a church, but didn’t believe anything in the Bible was true?  What would stop them from calling themselves a church?  Nothing.

So how, then, do we know whether a church is really a church?  Or whether a Christian is really a Christian?

How to Memorize the Bible

How to Memorize the Bible.  

For most of my life I have learned a Bible verse here and there – that’s the way I learned the 23rd Psalm when I was a child.

But 20 years ago I decided I’d like to tackle a really big memorization project.  I needed a little refreshing in my spiritual life, and I had never really concentrated on memorizing – and I was also wondering if there might not be a time in the future of our country when we would be persecuted for having Bibles, as many are in China and other repressed countries – so I decided to memorize a whole book of the Bible – and that could be my contribution to my group of Christian friends someday…sort of my piece of the jigsaw puzzle.  If we ever were without Bibles, I could bring to any meeting of Christians at least one book of the Bible – maybe others could do the same – and we might, by putting our heads together, have a whole Bible.

I chose the Book of Revelation!  I didn’t have a time schedule – I didn’t even know if I could do it…but I started with the idea that if I did a little bit every day, and if God would give me the desire to keep at it…who knows?  I might actually be able to contribute the 22 chapters of Revelation as my piece of the jigsaw puzzle.  About 2 years later, I was amazed to find that my goal had been reached.

I learned a few things during that 2 years about why memorizing whole passages or chapters or books of the Bible is worth the time invested…

Isaiah

Isaiah, a Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Study. –    Click on the picture of the study.  You can download, or read it online.

This booklet has been put together for you to use either

in your own personal Bible Study time,

Or…

to help you lead a Bible Study discussion group in your home, or at work.

It is divided into several lessons, usually covering a chapter of the book you are studying, or sometimes a portion of a chapter.

Each lesson has questions for you to use as you read and think through the scripture.

If you are leading a discussion group, it will be helpful to be sure each member of your group has a copy of this booklet so that they can prepare in advance if they have time.

Esther

Esther, a Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Study. –    Click on the picture of the study.  You can download, or read it online.

This booklet has been put together for you to use either

in your own personal Bible Study time,

Or…

to help you lead a Bible Study discussion group in your home, or at work.

It is divided into several lessons, usually covering a chapter of the book you are studying, or sometimes a portion of a chapter.

Each lesson has questions for you to use as you read and think through the scripture.

If you are leading a discussion group, it will be helpful to be sure each member of your group has a copy of this booklet so that they can prepare in advance if they have time.

Ephesians

Ephesians, a Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Study. –    Click on the picture of the study.  You can download, or read it online.

This booklet has been put together for you to use either

in your own personal Bible Study time,

Or…

to help you lead a Bible Study discussion group in your home, or at work.

It is divided into several lessons, usually covering a chapter of the book you are studying, or sometimes a portion of a chapter.

Each lesson has questions for you to use as you read and think through the scripture.

If you are leading a discussion group, it will be helpful to be sure each member of your group has a copy of this booklet so that they can prepare in advance if they have time.

Daniel

Daniel, a Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Study. –    Click on the picture of the study.  You can download, or read it online.

This booklet has been put together for you to use either

in your own personal Bible Study time,

Or…

to help you lead a Bible Study discussion group in your home, or at work.

It is divided into several lessons, usually covering a chapter of the book you are studying, or sometimes a portion of a chapter.

Each lesson has questions for you to use as you read and think through the scripture.

If you are leading a discussion group, it will be helpful to be sure each member of your group has a copy of this booklet so that they can prepare in advance if they have time.

Instructions for the 2nd Generation

Instructions for the 2nd Generation

Definitions:

1st Generation – Started something new, took a leap of faith, broke away from the mold of the past to try something untried.  Maybe they failed.  Maybe they succeeded.

2nd Generation – Watched and took part of the 1st Generation’s leap of faith.  Saw it all happen, but not responsible for the successes or the failures.  Now they are standing on the edge of the future – deciding whether or not to live by faith themselves.

3rd Generation – Just beginning to exist.  The acts of the 1st Generation will be history.  The acts of the 2nd Generation will determine the course of their lives.  If faith does not continue, it may be many generations before another 1st Generation comes along again.

James

James, Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Study. –    Click on the picture of the study.  You can download, or read it online.

This booklet has been put together for you to use either

in your own personal Bible Study time,

Or…

to help you lead a Bible Study discussion group in your home, or at work.

It is divided into several lessons, usually covering a chapter of the book you are studying, or sometimes a portion of a chapter.

Each lesson has questions for you to use as you read and think through the scripture.

If you are leading a discussion group, it will be helpful to be sure each member of your group has a copy of this booklet so that they can prepare in advance if they have time.

151 Ways to Get Opportunities to Witness

151 Ways to Get Opportunities to Witness.   If you are like me, you have at some time said “I just don’t get any chances to  really tell someone about Jesus anymore.”     I put this list together a few years ago to remind myself what a silly thing that was to say…   – Kathleen

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