Bible Study Books Giveaway

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Bible study is vital to our walk with Christ and growing in relationship with Him. There are some wonderful Bible teachers today that help guide us on our journey through the Bible and help us study for ourselves.

I am excited to give away 4 Bible studies this weekend by 2 of my favorite teachers- Kay Arthur and Nancy Guthrie.

Forgiveness: Breaking The Power Of The Past by Kay Arthur

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This is a 40 minute study to give you the basics of inductive Bible study. This eye opening study deals with the difficult questions of forgiveness. You will discover what the Bible says on this vital topic and see the great mercy of God. You will see how choosing to forgive will free you from a painful past and enable you to live out God’s purpose for you.

God’s Answers For Relationships and Passions- a study on 1 & 2 Corinthians by Kay Arthur

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This is from the New Inductive Study Series and will help you dig into the Scriptures for answers. God’s precepts, promises and purposes are made clear in each brief lesson. You will learn to resolve conflict with other people and see how our passions affect our relationships. Learn how to live in a way that builds harmony and glorifies God.

God, Are You There? By Kay Arthur

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This study through the Gospel of John challenges you to take God at His Word and see that you can truly rely on Him. “This study is an easy to use “quick” start if you are new to God’s truth in the Bible.” You will discover that God is there and He knows you, He has accomplished what was necessary to save you and never leave you.

The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie

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This is from her series, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. Through this study you will see how Genesis points us to Jesus Christ. You will see Jesus in the shadows of the Old Testament, apply the gospel to issues such as shame, fear and the desire for significance and develop your longing for what is ahead when one day the world will be made new.

To enter, comment below and also mention what book you would like to win. If you have not done so, “like” my Facebook page and tweet about the giveaway.

4 winners will be randomly drawn midnight Saturday.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work 2 Timothy 3:16-17

God’s Big Picture

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Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”….. Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:27-32, 44-45)

I want my heart to burn as I see this story of God and what he is accomplishing in us through Christ. I don’t want to read a little Scripture and take away inspirational thoughts or pluck verses out of context to make me feel good or meet a need I may have. I don’t want to use it only as a guidebook on how to live or to just settle for knowledge and doctrine. I want to see and understand God’s big picture and who He wants me to see….Jesus!

Jesus is all over the Old Testament and we will begin by seeing him in Genesis. I plan to cover a chapter each week on the blog as an online study and would love to have you join in! I would love to dig into the word together and my prayer is that God will open our eyes and minds to see Jesus and make our hearts burn!

To enter the give-away please leave a comment below.
A winner will be drawn at random midnight tonight.
(If you do not win this would be a great book to purchase.)

This Christmas

Daughter, Ruth Ann's home

Daughter, Ruth Ann’s home

I have come to realize that in the last several years around this time I start to become “blue”. Not a depression but an underlying sense of sadness. There was no desire to put up a tree or decorate if was just going to be Dave and I….why bother, too much work just for us and other excuses I would make.

When the children were young it was a fun family time and we looked forward to it every year. Thanksgiving was always a favorite time then the rest of the month we prepared for Christmas celebrations and celebrating Jesus’ birth.
Over the years they got married and started their own families and traditions, rightly so. We moved away seven years ago for my husband’s job so our time together at the holidays became few and far between. The thoughts of “why bother, Christmas is really for the children” or “it’s only fun and magical when children are around” would surface.

Sometimes when we were able to go back to Ohio and spend Christmas with our children and grand babies we felt like we had a good reason for not getting a tree, decorating or baking. The few times they were able to visit during Christmas we would decorate the tree and house. I would enjoy baking because “now there was a reason”.

This year, around Thanksgiving I started noticing these feelings again and they were usually centered on not spending much time with our family. I did not like feeling this way and I knew it was wrong so I sought God for answers. I went to bed Saturday praying about this, Sunday when I woke up He showed me my heart and priorities were in the wrong place. I needed to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Even though I thought I was, I really wasn’t.

Yes family time, decorating, traditions and fun are an important part but I was focusing on who I did not have or get to spend time with instead of Who had me and my relationship with Him!

There is a renewed excitement for both of us to start new traditions with each other. This year Dave and I are focusing on Advent and one way is by reading together “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” compiled by Nancy Guthrie. We want to really focus on what Jesus did, why he came, died and was resurrected.

I want to get a tree, lights and enjoy this season because of Him!

Then any time we can have with our family…..that’s the icing on the sugar cookies! 

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