Bible Studies

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  1. Brenda

    Brenda Active Member

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    What is everyone doing for a Bible study?

    I had started a small group study of Raising Children of Faith, but Tracy and I did this a couple years ago just after being born again and so it was a repeat for me (I started it thinking, I wonder what kind of difference I might see now). I feel as though I'm taking someone else's place at the study so I have bowed out and am lookiong for soemthing else in it's place.

    As a church, we are doing another 40 day spirtual adventure in January... I'm looking for something that will "fill" me for the fall...
     
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    Lornaabc New Member

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    Do you mean in school with the kids?
     
  4. Brenda

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    Well yeah and one for adults as well. I've been using the devotional books for the boys (and a couple "Quick Study" books I have for them as well). In my little dream world I would find on that is a one size fits all for the entire family. Something with mega substance to it...
     
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    A few ladies from my Sunday school are doing Conversation Peace by Mary A. Kassian. We are really enjoying it so far!
     
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    Brenda~
    On one of the boards I'm on, we are planning to start a study on the book "Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World". I still need to order my book, but I'm looking forward to having a group to make me accountable to actually study! I have good intentions, but you know how that goes.......
     
  7. Jackie

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    I'm finally getting into one!!! It's meeting on Sundays from 5-7 PM. Carl, sweetheart that he is, says the study is more important than me getting dinner. It's a Beth Moore Study on the Fruit of the Spirit. Not sure when it starts, but I'm excited about it!!!
     
  8. Vicky

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    I am doing a Beth Moore Study with a group at our church. Its the one about Paul.
    I have a hard time understanding her :confused: . Does anyone else feel this way or am I the only one that has this problem? I want to do Bible studies, but when you feel like you are stupid because you can't answer the questions you get discouraged and want to quit.:mad:
    They are planing on another one, as soon as this one is finished. I don't know if I will join in on the next one.
     
  9. Vicky

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    We have a time every morning for us to read the Bible and have a simple devotion. We sometimes get into some discussions. There have been times that it has taken and hour to have our devotion.
    Then we each say a prayer out loud. We keep a prayer list so we know special needs to pray for. We have found that when we don't have our morning devotion and prayer our day goes sour.
     
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    Vicky, maybe you should ask me this in a few weeks after we've started and I've had the opportunity to get into it :???: !
     
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    Vicky~
    I'm sorry that you're having a hard time understanding Beth Moore. A friend and I led one of her studies in the spring~ "Jesus the One and Only"~ it is a very intense study, in that there is reading and questions daily, and it takes some time. But, I didn't really find that one hard to understand. That's the only one of her studies that I've done (so far)~ but I loved it and feel that, as a result of it, I have grown spiritually.

    Is your group viewing videos that go along with the study? I really enjoyed the videos~ sometimes they touched on the same stuff from the week~ other times it was new information~ but it just made it feel like Beth was right in the room with you and you were friends!

    Paul is a complex character~ maybe that's why the study is somewhat difficult to understand. Anxious to hear if it gets any better........
     
  12. Vicky

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    We are on week 6. That is the study they are thinking about doing next Heidi. Thanks for the warning. I have done another one of her studies A Woman's Heart. It was too hard for me. I quit in the 4th week. I have done Stormy Omartian's studies and have completed 3 of them with out any problems.
    She isn't as deep as Beth is. She breaks it down so you can understand it.
    I love the time I get to spend with my friends talking and discussing the topics of our lessons. I am just having such a hard time making myself sit down and do the lessons. Not that I don't want to its just to hard and I get frustrated.
    I hope you have better luck than I have had. Let me know how you like it.
     
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    I was in a Beth Moore study last fall. The Bible studies our pastor's wife picks don't work for me because they are always more about husband-wife issues than overall family issues.
    The widows in our group even commented that they feel the study doesn't apply to them, because they have no husband. The pastor's wive was like, you can use what you learn here with anyone in your life. The widows did not agree.
    I wish I had more time, I would start a mothers study. I was in one for years called Monday Moms, and I learned so much from the ladies at church. I really miss it.
     
  14. Brenda

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    Becky... if it's something that you feel would draw in many Mom's why don't you pray about it - maybe there are other Mom's who would like that kind of a study and who think along the same lines as you suggest (not enough time). Maybe this is something God wants YOU to do???

    There may only be 24 hours in a day but when you give back a portion of it to God... you'll be so blessed by it - I'm not saying this to you only Becky... I mean all of us - that's one I'm learning myself. When I don't spend the time with God... I really lose out. I think it was Vicky who said when they don't share time with God, it's on those days that they are not the greatest.

    ***Off topic for a moment***
    Last night as I was pondering the days events, I was thinking about a friend who came to know Jesus last year (in the midst of an abusive relationship she lives in). Anyway, I was asked to do her discipling material with her and I was more than happy to... then her husband wouldn't let her around any of her friends... She's been coming to our home lately to make wreaths with me (and her husband has gotten over his demands form a year ago)... Maybe God is allowing this to allow me the time to work with her.

    She struggles in her walk because she lacks support from her husband and up until a couple months ago I wasn't supposed to be around her (he is abusive and she was rightfully scared of him - that was then... now she stands her ground with him). Anyway, when she's upset she admits to swearing and he's right there to jump on her "some Christian you are"... maybe God is allowing the time we have making wreaths for me to help her in her walk (and we've been talking).
    I'm in one of those "seize the moment" frame of minds right now. Maybe I'm learning from our experiences... when I've put God on the back burner seeing somethng else as more pressing... I have paid dearly for it.

    ***Back to the topic***
    I have some really good books on parenting... different things "How to make your kids mind without losing yours" (REALLY good book), "Changing your child's heart; Parenting tools to change your child's attitude, not just behavior"... As I've read through them I've thought it would be neat to be able to do a Bible study on them (I don't think it was originally intended as that, but there are questions for each chapter that could easily be used for such a purpose and it has scripture throughout both books...

    I'd like to do a personal study BUT I also recognize a major role I have right now is my children and so they're up there on the list of what I would like to learn about.
     
  15. Jackie

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    I think your pastor's wife is correct in that widows, etc. CAN benefit from those studies, but if it were me I'd only do one of them and then move on to a different book. I mean, think of all you married ladies that could benefit from a study on widowhood, right :D ? A wide variety of topics is always a good choice!
     
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    No, you had to be there, Jackie. These studies were geared toward marriage, and they even touched on if you're not married yet but dating. To me, the studies should be more inclusive of everyone but then my opinion is just that- my opinion.
     
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    Oh, I'm not arguing with you. I've not doubt that she's doing it on purpose, because of course EVERY WOMAN needs to be married, etc. But there's never going to be a topic that will meet everyone's needs. ONE study on this subject is fine, but a bunch are not. I like Brenda's idea...could you do lead a study yourself that would be more general? Or is the pastor's wife one of those who feels that she's the only one qualified to lead a woman's study?
     
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    I actually did a study alone some time ago that would be fine for any woman to do. I think it was a four volume study and it all was about being content where you are, with who you are, and with what you have. I just don't remember the title of it!

    The pastor's wife isn't being insensitive on purpose, she just chooses these studies that she thinks are fine. I must also say, the widows come back each time, so they must not mind too bad.

    Nope, this year I couldn't run a Bible study. I even backed out of being a Daisy leader.
    Homeschooling takes up all my time this year, so I wouldn't even think of taking on some other project.
     
  19. Jackie

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    I didn't know you had stopped with the Daisies! Is Jeanie still doing it, or was it something that both of you dropped out of?
     
  20. becky

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    Jeanne's a Daisy! It's very nice so far.
     
  21. Brenda

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    Becky... others might benefit from you holding a Bible study...even one for homeschooling mom's in your area (never say never - God might just want you to do it)...
     

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