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Monday, October 3, 2011

Redesign

For new posts, please go to our new site, www.tallpinetales.com  All of my current posts are being moved to that address as well.  In the future, "great and marvelous things," will be dedicated to sharing about "God using Ordinary People to do Extraordinary Things."

Thank You, and God Bless!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Studies

So what is a book study?

In a book study, systematically read and study one book of the bible at a time, and learn to apply it to real life.

How do I do this?
1. Choose a book with stories
A wonderful place to start is Genesis. Going on from there, good books to use this type of study are Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and so on.

2. Decide how much to read.
* If you have a bible with division headers in it, you may choose to read a section at a time while getting used to new ways of studying.

* Or, you may want to read a chapter at a time,

* Or if you are really into the story, read until you reach a logical break.

3. Choose a method and write down what you learn.  You can use:
     a.  3questions; to learn how to use this method, see here.
     b.  attributes of God; To learn how to use this method, see here.
     c.  Characteristics of the believer's life- learning through the Epistles; To read post on how to use this method, see here.

Good Resources to Use:  Bible Concordance, Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Bible Knowledge Commentary, Bible Dictionary, What the Bible is All About- For Young Explorers

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Are You Listening?





"Make time for the quiet moments as God whispers and the world is loud."
Author Unknown






Sunday, December 6, 2009

How To Do A Character Study, Part 2

How To Do A Character Study, Part 2
Last time we looked at the attributes of a Godly Leader. 
Now, lets look at doing a character study on those who 0ppose God: (shows us what NOT to do)

1.  Who is someone that 0pposed God?
2.  Read about them to find out how they 0pposed God.
3. Ask yourself some questions:
     -What are some traits they had that you should avoid?
     -What negative influence did their actions have on themselves and others?
     -How did God deal with their opposition?
      How did their lives end?
     -What is the opposite trait or action of the one who 0pposed God?
4.  Ask God to help develop the positive trait in you, or
     show you how to develop it in your children.
     (You can use a dictionary or thesaurus to help you find the positive trait, then do a word study on it.)
5.  Keep notes on what you learn.
6.  Be watchful, note how God is pointing out undesirable traits or actions that He wants to help change in you.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bible Study Methods: How To Do A Character Study

Character Study, Part 1

Look at the attributes of a Godly Leader:
1.  Choose a leader by looking in your concordance.
2.  Read about them to find some of their desirable traits:
     *loyal, courageous, bold, humble, loving, obedient*
3.  Choose one trait to study further.
      Ask yourself some questions:
          -What were the circumstances when the
            trait was developed?
          -When/how did he demonstrate that trait?
          -How did the trait benefit the person and others?
          -How did it glorify God?
4.  Look in the gospels to see how Jesus demonstrated
     that trait. (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John)
5.  How could you develop that trait, or instill that trait in your children?
6.  Use a concordance or Topical Bible to find others with the same trait.
7.  Keep notes on what you learn about each and how they might apply to you.
8.  Be watchful; Note how God is changing you to be more Godly.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Characteristics Of The Believer's Life






Learning through the Epistles
Quiet Time- Method 3
Characteristics Of the Believer's Life
 
*The New Testament Epistles are the books that are letters: Romans,1&2 Corinthians,Galations, Ephesians... **

Questions to ask, things to think about as you read the epistles"
(All these questions won't necessarily be answered in each epistle.)


1. How is a person to begin with Christ?
2. How does a person grow in Christ?
3. What does God expect from believers?
4. What are some problems believers face?
* What are some sins?
* How can they be avoided?
* How does a believer handle temptation?
* What is the purpose for suffering?
5. What is God's will?
6. What are some present and/or future rewards of serving Christ?

After studying several epistles, compare them:

1. Note parallel passages to see how the different aspects of the believer's life
are expressed differently.
2. Are there attributes or behaviors that should be put off?
3. What attributes should be put in their place?
4. What are some recurring themes between the different epistles?
5. What are some repeated teachings?
6. What do those themes and teachings mean to me in my everyday life?

Use what you are learning in your prayer life to ask God to help you develop the characteristics He wants you to have.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Using Scripture to Know and Worship God





You will need: A new notebook (or section in a divided notebook), a good pen or pencil, and a Bible that has a concordance in the back. A concordance is laid out like a dictionary. It lists main words, and below that word it gives a small exert from the passage as well as the passage's "address" so you can look it up to read the whole thing. If you own a Strong's Concordance, it is recommended as it more exhaustive than the one in the back of your Bible.

What does scripture say about who God is?

1. What is God's character; what are His attributes?
- The Psalms are a great place to see the character of God. Start with Psalm 145 & 146.
-List each attribute or characteristic on the top of a notebook page.
-Look up that attribute in the concordance of your Bible.
-List the verses on the appropriate page of your notebook.
-Use these verses to praise Him!
-Read these verses when you need to remember this side of Him.

notebook

2. What does the Word tell you about how God relates to people?
-What does God DO?
(Example: He gives, forgives, keeps promises, commands, etc...)

3. What are God's emotions?
- Think of, and list, any emotions that you can think of.
- Search scripture to see what it has to say about God having these same emotions.
- How does He handle them?

**Note** As we are made in the image of God, you will be able to identify your own emotions with those of God. Learning when He experiences them and how He handles them helps us learn the appropriateness of our emotions and how we can and should handle them.

4. How does God view things?
- Think of various "things" and list them.
(i.e. - eternity, sin, vows, our relationships, etc.)
-Search scripture to see how God sees them.
-As you read stories in scripture, look for ways that tell you how God looks at things. Record them in your notebook.

5. Reasons to love Him more
- Anytime, as you read scripture, take notes on what God has done that causes you to love Him.

What do I do with this information about God?
1. Worship Him by telling Him you recognize these awesome characteristics.

2. Read verses back to Him. Pray them back to Him in your own words. These are His words, so your worship will be based on truth and not what you think scripture means.

3 In prayer, ask Him to help you become like Him in these ways.

4. Look for Him to work in you.

5. At the end of the day, look back and see what God has done for you, how He has been there, what He has said to you (in your heart or in the Word), how He has revealed Himself to you in your situation at home, work, or elsewhere. Write it down!


Quiet Time- Method 2