#Bible study
eyes-on-jesus · 2 days ago
Your sin is not too big to be forgiven. That's impossible. No matter how great your sin is, God's love and grace are ALWAYS bigger.
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thelovelymrsc · 2 days ago
How I Study The Bible
This was requested by some of you, so here I am to fulfill it! My Bible study time changes constantly. I’ll go through a time where I’m doing a certain style and then see something that makes me want to change! But I will give you what I do currently and maybe some extra tips!
First: prayer! This is the most important part. I pray and thank God and ask Him to open me up to His wisdom. A new addition to my prayer is asking Holy Spirit what I should read. Yesterday morning I felt as if I was supposed to be in Genesis. So I went and found the story of Abraham and Sarah hearing from God about having a son.
Next I read the passage I’ve chosen. I use this Bible: ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition (Brown, Flap with Strap) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1433552760/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_9NBW6YV9QAQBVAFH892A but I have also used an older version of this Bible: NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Updated Edition, Peel/Stick Bible Tabs, Cloth over Board, Floral, Red Letter, Comfort Print: 600+ Full-Color Illustrated Verses https://www.amazon.com/dp/0310453429/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_GQWMD4B9GH36ZE4EVZG5
After I read I might write down some initial thoughts, and then I like to look at a commentary. Specifically the Enduring Word Commentary online. It makes things clear usually and adds in some context. I may write notes from the commentary.
Then depending on the scripture I’ll write a related prayer in my Bible or notebook!
I usually close in prayer and I may worship to music with my full attention or I’ll put on the worship music while I start house work.
This is my simplest routine. There’s times where I dive really deep into the text and times where I just pray for a long time and spend a short time in the word.
I also run a small group in my church’s youth ministry, so sometimes my Bible time is focused on preparing that!
I hope this gave you an idea for an easy way to get into God’s word! I’ll make more posts in the future related to this💗✝️
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
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faithwithserena · 5 days ago
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lizmargaret · 3 months ago
"Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts."
Elizabeth Elliot
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usenewbornsasbowlingpins · 15 days ago
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wanderinginhisgrace · a month ago
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”-Matthew‬ ‭2:10-11‬ ‭
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quotesfromscripture · 5 months ago
1 Thessalonians 5 Annotated, pt 3
“For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 
<Predestination anyone? I genuinely am delighted by verses that could support a predestination worldview, because I didn’t grow up with that philosophy, and there are /so many/ verses that seem to apply. I am fascinated by it. But that is beside the point. The greater message of the verse is that we were not created for “the wrath that is coming” (1 Th 1:10) or the wrath that had “overtaken” the Jews (1 Th 2:14-16). Jesus made a path for us to gain salvation, and God /wants us/ to have salvation. God isn’t trying to keep us away.>
“Who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life].” 
<I’m not sure why Paul’s metaphor of being awake/asleep has suddenly changed. In earlier verses we had night and dark, when a thief could surprise you; so being asleep meant being caught unaware. And being awake meant being alert and of clear mind. But now we assume it means being alive/dead? Could Paul mean spiritually alive or dead, as in having a “dead” heart? BUT if that’s what he means, then he says ALL OF US get to live with Him. Maybe instead of eternal life, Paul meant “live together with Him” as in He will live in our hearts. Such as when Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is among us (Lk 11:20; Lk 17:20-21). Maybe living “together with Him” is our daily spiritual walk.>
“Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.” 
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,”
<I like the combination of verses 11 and 12. Mutually building each other up, and respecting community members who are mentors, placed in positions to govern and instruct you. Even if we don’t like correction, we should respect the hard workers, the leaders, and the correction givers.> 
“And [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another.” 
<We really are called to be a community of servants. Those who serve each other should be held in highest regards. Those who give their time and energy to keep the community running smoothly should be highly respected.> 
<An attempt at TL;DR of chapter 5 so far: We do not have to worry about the “day of the Lord” because we are children of the day; we are not of the night, and therefore we are not asleep. But there are some who are confused; some say “peace” when there is no peace, some are “asleep”, and some are “drunk”. Our protection is the assurance of salvation, because Jesus has provided salvation to us, whether we are awake or asleep. And since some of us are awake and some are asleep, we should build each other up and listen to our mentors.>
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13 AMP (2015)
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a-queer-seminarian · a month ago
nativity beads
we think we know the story of how you birthed our God into our midst — but this is not quite accurate: the tale of your time in Bethlehem is overlaid by two millennia of retellings — tradition lining up beside tradition and
when my mind becomes a tangled mess trying to divine which ones Really Happened
you come.
you calm.
you guide me from
my need to know one truth into the sacred splendor of a whole string of stories — each one a bead pregnant with its little piece of Truth, a little link between me and your Son and you.
first decade.
“it’s not so bad,” Joseph says hopefully as he helps you settle down onto the straw.
the cave walls cut the chill; the goat who ambles close to sniff you stinks but oh, she’s warm.
you think of births you’ve overheard at home — the neighbor women rushing in to help. you expected the same for yourself
but, ah well, what has been expected about this pregnancy?
Joseph hovers, fervent but unsure how to help.
“if i could take your pain upon myself…”
but there is no pain! conceived as you were free from Eve’s bane,
as you give birth to heaven on earth all you know is bliss, bliss, bliss.
Joseph is gone. you can picture his desperate dash from door to bolted door off in the town
as you lie alone on old straw — and, God! the baby crowns
with no one to help — so you reach down into the mess of your own blood and
yours are the first hands to wrap around the Son of God, red and slick and — oh sacred sound!  — screaming.
Joseph is gone, but near — you know he waits pacing and praying just outside the door.
in his place — women’s faces, smiling and soothing, letting you squeeze their hands as hard as you need
or bustling about to heed Midwife’s decrees.
the guest room was too small to hold this congregation so you were helped into the central room to birth the Son of God right in the heart of this small peasant home.
the poor know how to serve one of their own.
you close your eyes as agony subsides between contractions. see yourself as one bead upon a long strong string stretching centuries —
you are one
with Jochebed biting down to mute her moaning, Rebekah grateful for an end to her rough pregnancy, with Hannah, Ruth, Bathsheba, Hagar, Rahab, Leah, Eve, and millions more unnamed. you share their groaning, their labor, their relief, their ecstasy.
your baby crowns; the women round burst out in Glory be!
- by Avery Arden
My Advent devotions this year include praying a daily rosary. Meanwhile, I’ve been fixating upon a certain reading of Luke 2’s “no room at the inn” passage that suggests Mary gave birth not in a stable, but someone’s home (more on that in my full essay here).
As I meditated on various iterations of the Nativity tale, with all their contradictions — a painless Mary versus a groaning Mary; Mary alone or Mary with midwives; Mary dismissed to the outskirts or settled in the heart of a Bethlehemite home — they all found their place, side-by-side, along that line of beads. In spending time with each story, the sense of contradiction as conflict faded away. 
In any reading of the Nativity — whether it takes place on Bethlehem’s outskirts or in its heart — Jesus is born to nobodies in a nowhere town. His parents are brown Palestinian Jews living in subjugation to an Empire; they are impoverished; and they are dependent on the hospitality of others who share their poverty and oppression. ...
[Nevertheless,] do we do a disservice to the poor whom liberationist theologies are supposed to center when we claim that the people of Bethlehem — from the innkeeper of our pageants to whatever relatives Joseph may have had there — fail to provide a pregnant teenager and her husband with better accommodations than a barn or cave? A reading that imagines village women supporting Mary through her labor; that imagines the main room of a house given over for her use, is a reading that celebrates the generosity and hospitality often demonstrated by poor and oppressed persons. ...(keep reading on wordpress)
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thebiblestudyproject · 7 months ago
Even if you are forsaken by others, God will not forsake you. Even if every other refuge has failed, God won't fail you.
Psalm 142:4-5
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songofyhvh · a month ago
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:3
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eyes-on-jesus · 3 days ago
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wrestlingwithtorah · 2 months ago
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faithwithserena · 21 days ago
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“The problem isn’t that they ate the fruit, it’s that they disobeyed God.” How would they know that disobeying your god is “wrong” without the knowledge of right and wrong, good and evil?
“They didn’t know that eating the fruit was wrong, but they knew deviating from the instructions would be unacceptable.” And how would they know that god-acceptance is a good thing, and god non-acceptance is a bad thing without the knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong?
“Well, they should have just obeyed God.” Same problem - how do they know that obeying your god is “right” and not obeying your god is “wrong” without that knowledge?
“Because they should have listened to God and not the serpent.” You’re really not getting this. How would they know that listening to your god and ignoring the snake is the “right” thing to do? And why did this god warn them about the fruit, but not about the snake?
“Be... because it’s written on everyone’s hearts.” So you’re actually trying to say that people are born with the knowledge of right and wrong, good and evil “on their hearts.” So obtaining it from the fruit was redundant. And tormenting them merely an act of capricious abuse.
Furthermore, they were (supposedly) the first people ever in the world. Nobody had any experience with anything. How would they even comprehend “lest ye die” as consequences, when nobody had ever died, ever? And didn’t even happen (i.e. was a lie). Without the knowledge of right and wrong, good and evil, how would they know that paying attention to this heart-writing was the right thing to do?
The mental gymnastics to try and salvage this stupid fable about their omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient god’s omni-incompetence are Olympic-grade.
Spoiler alert: the bible makes no sense. And we’re only up to page three.
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lizmargaret · a month ago
3 Things I've Learned About God's Timing
1. Circumstances don’t need to be perfect for God’s timing to be perfect
2. There is a time for everything, and this current time has a specific purpose
3. Instead of stressing about the “perfect time,” let God establish His perfect timing
Read more here.
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thebestsellingbook · a month ago
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God will not forgive you.
We are so used to the fact that God is full of love, grace, and mercy; that we sometimes abuse it.
Yes, God will not forgive you if you are only confessing your sins and not repenting.
Confession is different from repentance. Confession is when you identify and tell your sins to God, while repentance is when you feel guilty after you confess and there is conviction from the Holy Spirit. So, you are not repenting but only confessing if you ask forgiveness from the Lord and you feel nothing.
Repentance must come from the heart and not from the lips.
However, there are also two kinds of guilt when repenting. Legalistic Guilt and Holy Guilt. Legalistic Guilt is when you feel guilty when you think that you decrease your chance of going to Heaven because you broke your streak of good works—a mindset of good works will save you. Holy Guilt is when you feel guilty because you know that you hurt God.
Both are classified as guilt but have different intents. So, there is a possibility that even when you are repenting, you are still not forgiven. That is why it is important to always check your heart because we might just be confessing or repenting but with wrong motives.
If you are asking for forgiveness, check if you are doing true repentance or just repentance.
John 9:31, "We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will."
Share this with your family and friends; you might change someone's life.
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wanderinginhisgrace · 4 months ago
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”-Romans‬ ‭12:21‬ ‭
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salvationlight75 · 2 months ago
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Lamentations 3:24
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
विलापगीत 3:24
मेरे मन ने कहा, यहोवा मेरा भाग है, इस कारण मैं उस में आशा रखूंगा।
Yes my Heavenly Father, i will have full faith on You only 🙏 ❤ 👑😇
हाँ मेरे स्वर्गीय पिता, मैं आप पर ही पुरा विश्वास रखूँगा। 🙏 ❤ 👑😇
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kendikahramanin · 6 months ago
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july, 15.
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thebiblestudyproject · a month ago
We can shrink back from speaking boldly about Jesus, and the world lets us know we shouldn’t talk about our Lord King Jesus. But the world doesn't hesitate to impose its own message on us. We should be just as bold to the world about Jesus as the world is bold to us about sin.
Acts 8 
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