Bible Studies

 
 
 
 

The Forgotten Quality

This is the quality of heart! John Madden said he figured out why he doesn’t play golf well! He doesn’t care! It bothers him so much when he plays, that he figured out how not to be bothered! Just don’t care! One way that many of us deal with the pressures and challenges of life are to adopt this mentality. We decide that we just won’t care! We lose heart! We become heartless! The effort to restore heart throughout the scriptures is an important one. You might say that time and time again we find that people in the scriptures forget about their heart. It becomes the forgotten quality. This study can help each of us restore it to its rightful place. Proverbs 27:19 “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”


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We Have Hope

We Have Hope

Why do large ships on the ocean need an anchor?
Once we were on a ferry boat from Port Angeles to Canada. The ocean waves were so rough, people began falling. We heard over the mic “everyone take your seat” and “hold on.” All you saw was water out the window!! The boat was rocking back and forth so much…..scary moment!
 
What is our anchor…..what keeps our emotions and feelings and faith steady, sure, through tough times…..

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Dare To Love

WHAT DO I REALLY LOVE:

Eccl. 5:10
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
 
Psalms 52:3
You love evil more than good and lies more than truth.
 
Psalms 4:2
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods.
 
Psalms 52:4
You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue!
 
Proverbs 17:19
He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

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Falling In Love With God

We need to develop the LOVE to be a Christian:

One thing Judy and I have realized over the 37 years we have been married: make a decision on what kind of marriage we want to have! Do we LOVE being married? Do we LOVE being married to one another or will we just be roommates, tolerate each other, just exist in a marriage that has become routine, boring, shallow, one that’s lost its fire but “we are still committed!”
  • Loving to be a Christian WHEN we are all by ourselves!
  • Loving to be a Christian when sin tempts us and wants to control us!
  • Loving to be a Christian when we are tested in our faith?
  • Do we love church more than we love our relationship with God?
  • Do you enjoy and “delight” in your relationship w God?
  • Is your day centered around loving God?

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Deep Convictions

1 Thessalonians 1:5

“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.”
 
Q: What does it mean to have Deep Convictions?
Q: What are things we do that do not require deep convictions? – chores around the house….making your bed each day? – cleaning the house – shopping for food
– others?
Q: What does require us to have deep convictions or a level of convictions to do? – our finances and bills
– serious health issues
– driving on 2 lane road with oncoming traffic

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Never Give Up!

Ever felt like quitting? It’s always easier to quit and give up! We all feel like giving up sometimes. The Bible brings us strength to not give up or give in to our feelings. This list of Scriptures will jumpstart your heart to focus on what God can do, not what you feel like you can’t do.

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Do We Pray?

Luke 11:1 (NLT)

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
– Why did the disciples ask Jesus this request?
– Why not ask to walk on the water or raise the dead? Why not ask Jesus to teach something more spectacular or more powerful?
– What was so impressive about the prayer life of Jesus that this was the only written request of the disciples?
 

1. Prayer Is Coming Near to God

Deuteronomy 4:7 (NIV)

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the
Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
– God says, “When you pray I want to be close to you!” He loves us and wants to be close!
– That’s the reason the Cross took place, the driving force in God was love for us!
– PRAYER – is all about coming NEAR to God!


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Is God Enough?

Psalm 73:1-5 (NCV)

“God is truly good to Israel, to those who have pure hearts.  But I had almost stopped believing; I had almost lost my faith because I was envious of proud people.  I saw wicked people doing well.  They are not suffering; they are healthy and strong.  They don’t have troubles like the rest of us; they don’t have problems like the rest of us.”

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“A Life Worth Living” Together

1. Friends that Pray together stay together

 
“When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:19-20 (MSG)
– When we pray together two things happen
a. God goes into action
b. God will be with us
– Don’t let pride keep us from praying together – not wanting to be vulnerable with each other or see our need
– Prayer Times together as a house church


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Healthy Spiritual Relationships

1. Begin with a Focus on Pleasing God First

2 Corinthians 5:7-10 (AMP)

For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. [Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].

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