Come Fill Your Cup – with guest Cindy Colley
Recently, I shared with you some links to Cindy Colley's Digging Deeper study plan. Already this plan is generating some very good discussions on their Facebook page. It's not too late to join in! This past week, Cindy was a guest speaker on the Come Fill Your Cup pod cast. You can listen to the podcast and learn all about this plan to feast on God's Word!
Come Fill Your Cup – with guest Cindy Colley
Really knowing how to study God's Word is something I struggled with for many of my years as a Christian. I was amazed at people who got excited over pouring over every detail of the Word, spending hours in study. I read through the Bible a few times, but what did I really get out of it? It seemed that much of it was boring genealogies or laws. How is it that other people found that exciting and fascinating even? I was missing how wonderful the Bible really is! The Word is full of wonderful nuggets of treasure, we must dig to find it!
A new Facebook group was born out of this desire to dig out these hidden treasures. The group grew from a lesson Cindy Colley gave at Polishing the Pulpit seminar. Here are two links to Ms. Cindy's page that tells all about it as well as provides a link so that you can order her lessons at PtP and listen for free the THIS IS WAR seminar for ladies held at their congregation:
Let's Get the Word Out and Let's Get in to the Word!
New Facebook Group is a Gathering
"That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:2-3)
I have to admit, this morning I had no clue what website to share with you. There's one I've had in mind for weeks now, but it is under construction and I'm awaiting its unveiling to share it with you. But this morning, a friend on FaceBook happened to share a site with me. It is one I had previously been aware of, but had forgotten. This is one I plan to use personally and for my kids!
Ever heard of AR tests in school? It is called Accelerated Reader. The children may select a book and take a test on it. The grade level and points are clearly displayed on the book. Their score on the test determines the number of points they receive. Prizes are awarded for reaching high point levels.
A couple of smart guys (with the help of a technically savvy friend) came up with the idea of using this idea for Bible Study. There are tests for many books of the Bible and they are working on adding more. Check it out!
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Looking for more than just a Bible reading? With this website, read through the entire Bible in 3 years (the NT twice) and complete the accompaning study questions as well. A great way to study the Bible!
Have you ever had a discussion with a friend and needed some material to share with them? Maybe you wished there was a good website for educational materials on the Bible. Whatever you need in a Biblical nature, chances are it is at theBible.net. There's articles, audio sermons and video lessons. You'll find a link to a digital Bible as well as tools for Bible study. Have questions? You can even submit questions you may have about the Bible. You'll never grow if you don't know, so use the tools given to help!
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20)
Somewhere along the line, we have forgotten the teaching that we should be teaching. If Jesus told the eleven disciples to go out and teach others everything they have been commanded, then teaching is one thing they should teach others to do. Teaching is a command and one we should take as a serious responsibility.
But, let's face facts, going out and teaching one on one is difficult. Just because something is difficult to do, doesn't mean that we shouldn't do it. In today's world there are many avenues we can have to teach others. I believe everyone should try to reach out and teach their own friends and loved ones, but let me present to you an additional option.
International Bible Teaching Ministries has a wonderful website. I have been a teacher there now for a little over a month. The way it works, is that someone comes to the website (you can direct them there and they can request you for a teacher) and takes the intro course. If they don't offer a name of a teacher then there is a rotation and they'll be given to the teacher at the top of the list. You grade their lessons and provide feedback. If they have questions they turn to you for guidance. You offer them Bible verses, or links to materials to help them with their questions.
My suggestion to you is this: Go there and take all the courses yourself. Ask questions about things you are unsure about yourself. When you are finished, offer to be a teacher. You won't regret it!
My husband is building a multi-faceted website and blog. Not only is it a place for him to post his own sermons, he also has illustrations for sermons, and lessons from Focal Point. Not just for preacher's, however, there's content for women, elders, and deacons. Be sure to check out the verse by verse study through the Bible and the Revelation Quiz for all ages - both are works in progress! More content is added daily.
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If you missed lesson one of Exhortations from Esther last week, find it here.
This Saturday, I'll begin a series of lessons that I wrote for Online Bible Class (OBC). OBC are wonderful classes to study on-line with other Christians. Unfortunately, they are have suspended the classes for the time being. Meanwhile, you can study my lesson written for them here. If you would like to discuss any of the questions with me, you may use the contact form on the "Got Questions" page at the top of this website. Please contact me before copying this in any other format/website. Thank you.
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