Updated A-Z Key Word Symbol Sheets are finally here!

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Just in time for all of you who will be starting back to Bible study soon after the summer hiatus, here are the new and expanded A-Z Key Word Symbol Sheets! These have almost 100 extra words than the previous ones. I hope they will help you dig deeper into God’s Word through inductive Bible study (IBS). To access these brand new A-Z Key Word Symbol Sheets click here.

Don’t forget that marking the text is a tool of IBS; it isn’t the point of IBS. Marking key repeated words while you are reading helps you slow down and interact with Scripture. It helps you focus as you read. When you are finished, then you have a visual picture of what the text is saying.

Another tool of IBS is making lists. After you mark key words, a good practice is to go back and make a list on every key word. Note what the text says about the key word, how it is used, if it answers any questions such as Who? What? Where? When? Why? or How? You will be amazed at how much more you will draw from the Word with these 2 simple tools than by reading alone.

If you’re interested in using a workbook to guide you through a book of the Bible, Precept Ministries offers the best IBS materials out there. They have different study series that require different skill levels and time commitments. For an overview of each of their series click here.

Cute Japanese Pencil Cases

Pencil cases JetPensEvery Bible study student needs a good pencil case… or six. Check out these adorable ones from JetPens – one of my favorite websites for awesome Japanese office supplies. These are made from a double layer of thick cotton fabric and come in a variety of Japanese fabric prints. Very kawaii!

 

 

How to Pray for the Persecuted Church

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In this post I encouraged you to pray for Muslims during Ramadan which ends at sundown on July 17. I also encouraged you to pray for Christians who live in Islamic countries because persecution escalates toward them during this holy time for Muslims. I hope you won’t stop praying for persecuted Christians when Ramadan ends.

I found an excellent post here that not only encourages you to pray for Christians who are suffering, but it also gives you great guidance on specific ways to pray. So keep praying!

 

More Key Word Symbols for Genesis

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If you’ve been studying through Genesis with us, then you know that we’ve been using the Precept Upon Precept Bible Studies done by Precept Ministries. They are the best inductive Bible study materials available, in my opinion. If you haven’t been working through this series, then I encourage you to start with Genesis Part 1 and work through all 5 parts of this foundational book. Understanding Genesis will help you understand almost every other book in the Bible.

Whether you are studying Genesis on your own, in a weekly Bible study, or online, here are some more Key Word Symbol Sheets for you:

Genesis Part 4 Key Word Symbol Sheet

Genesis Part 5 Key Word Symbol Sheet

Doing Bible study with a group of real live people is obviously the best case scenario, but not everyone is able to meet face to face weekly whether due to lack of access or scheduling conflicts. That’s why we do online Bible study the way we do. For more information on how we do that, click here.

Pray through Ramadan 2015

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Ramadan is the holiest time of year for Muslims. Sadly, it is also a time when persecution against Christians in Islamic countries increases. This year Ramadan is June 18 through July 17 . Click here to sign up to receive the Open Doors 30 Day Ramadan Prayer Guide. During this season of Ramadan, let’s join together and pray for Muslims to know the peace of God and for Christians who live in Muslim countries to be strengthened and protected.

Trip to the Holy Land

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Precept Camden at Masada

Have you ever been to Israel? I have always wanted to go and must admit that I was pretty jealous of everyone I knew that was able to go. Every person I’ve ever known who has made a trip to the Holy Land has come back saying it is life changing. They say that you will never read the Bible in the same way again. I thought this trip-of-a-lifetime would always be just out of my financial reach and probably would never happen. However, 4 years ago it happened! I went to Israel! And I must tell you, that everyone was right. It is, indeed, life changing and you will not view the Scriptures – or really the world – in the same way again.

David and BJ Lawson of Hope and Help International are leading a tour to Israel this year and you are invited! The Lawsons are seasoned teachers of the Word and have led tours to the Holy Land with Precept Ministries International for 15 years. The Scriptures will literally come to life as you sit among the backdrop of history while receiving biblical teaching on site.

For a pdf of the brochure, click here and print. (You can view the brochure below.)

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Don’t say, “I can’t afford it!” Start saving (and praying) now! Forget Disney World and all those other vacations that will have no lasting impact on your life. Take the vacation of a lifetime and go to Israel with the Lawsons!

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Israel Brochure Page 2

What is my spiritual gift?

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Have you ever wondered what your spiritual gift  is? Or maybe you didn’t know that you have a spiritual gift. God’s Word teaches that each believer is given at least one charisma (gift of grace, divine gratuity, spiritual gift) by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. Knowing your gift helps you accept your place in the body of Christ and helps you function properly within the body and, therefore, causes the whole body to function properly. Best of all, God is glorified most when we are fulfilling His purpose in our lives.

How can you find out what your spiritual gift is? There are several ways. First, study God’s Word and pray. The primary passages dealing with this subject are Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. Precept Ministries has a wonderful study on Spiritual Gifts that goes into these passages in depth. (Order a workbook here.) Second, ask a godly Christian who knows you pretty well what he or she thinks your gift might be.

Another way is to take a spiritual gifts test. Be careful with this and remember 2 things: (1) Any test, no matter how good, is still written by man and is, therefore, fallible and (2) You need to understand the scriptural definition of each gift before you can properly understand how to use your gift.

Here is an online spiritual gifts test that is pretty good. After answering all the questions, your results are sent to your email address. I took it myself, and the results seemed right on target for me. Do your studying first, then take the test. Let me know what you thought of your results. I’d  love to hear.

*You can also listen to this class discussion (Romans Part 4 Lesson 3). It will help guide you through the Scriptures mentioned above.

2015 World Watch List

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The 2015 World Watch List has been released by Open Doors. Each year the World Watch List gives detailed analysis of Christian persecution worldwide. Countries are evaluated and ranked according to the severity of persecution that occurred in the past year. The World Watch List is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in the entire country. The focus is on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons. The World Watch List is part of the mission at Open Doors to inform and inspire others with the message of the persecuted. Join the cause of the persecuted and share the World Watch List with your friends and family. (This information was taken from various materials supplied by Open Doors.)

The 12th chapter of the book 1 Corinthians tells us that individual Christians are like the individual members of a body. We make up the body of Christ. And when one member of that body suffers, we should all suffer with it. We have brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering acutely all over the world simply because they are Christians. We have not just the responsibility but also the deep privilege of upholding them in prayer, giving them encouragement, and bringing their situation to light through whatever means we can.

Use the 2015 World Watch List to make yourself and others aware of what is happening around the globe as well as to take action on behalf of those who are suffering. And don’t forget to PRAY for the persecuted. Open Doors provides a monthly prayer guide to help you pray in specific ways. You can sign up here to receive a newsletter and prayer guide. Learn other ways you can take action on behalf of persecuted Christians here.

Read through the Bible in 2015!

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It’s a brand new year and a perfect opportunity to begin a daily Bible reading plan! Here are some plans and Bibles that I suggested last year. It doesn’t matter which one you choose. Just start reading today and keep reading each day. When you miss a day, don’t worry about it. The important thing is to keep going!

Happy New Year!