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God-Breathed: Understanding the Power of the Bible to Equip and Transform

bible study guest post Jul 03, 2019

I love reading by Bible. But that hasn’t always been the case. When I was around 12, I confessed to my dad that I actually didn’t really like reading my Bible. This is not something a pastor’s kid, a regular church attender, a “good girl” should say.

But it was true.

I wanted to like reading my Bible, but I found it hard to understand, and there were often other things I would’ve rather been doing.

Let’s be honest, reading the Bible can be hard, and we don’t always like to, or want to. But we need to, because God’s Word is powerful. Through reading and studying the Bible, we come to know God more and are transformed into who He created us to be.

After graciously listening to me, my dad spoke a phrase that has stuck with me ever since: A divine interaction takes place when we read God’s Word.

2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed…”

In Genesis 2, we read of God creating man. Verse 7 says...

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5 Tips for Studying Difficult Bible Passages

bible study guest post Jun 13, 2019

This is a guest post by Cyndee Ownbey. Cyndee writes at her site Women’s Ministry Toolbox, and is passionate about pointing women to Christ and teaching them how to dig into the Word of God.

Have you ever blown anything out of proportion? Made something harder than it really was?

Several years ago, we visited Stone Mountain in Georgia. There is a high-speed Swiss cable car that “provides a stunning view of the Confederate Memorial Carving as it transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain.” Our boys could not wait to ride it!

That sounds like great fun unless you’re terrified of heights! The longer we stood in line, the more nervous I became. I worked myself into such a panic that I felt like I was going to pass out before we even got in the cable car. I purposefully positioned myself in the middle, held on for dear life to the handrail, closed my eyes tight, and prayed. My heart raced. My legs shook, and my hands were so...

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Read the Bible Like it Really Matters

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Cravillion. Elizabeth writes to shine a light on the hard places of life on her website elizabethcravillion.com.

2019. An impressive time to live.

We can practically have anything we want. I’m sitting in a Starbucks coffee shop with an Earl Grey latte with almond milk and honey. I drove here in my husband’s Silverado listening to a classic Easton Corbin song in a ball cap and my silver Allbirds. I get to customize all my choices.

2019. Unlike our parents generation, we’re allowed to talk about our feelings and our mental health. Self-care is on trend. We’re bringing dark things into the light. Hashtags create a way for people to share their stories, even if from behind a screen.

You could argue that we are healthier as a society than we’ve been for a long time.

Problem? When we focus on one thing, we fall off balance and let other things slide.

Generation X zoned in on appearances. Studying the Bible with stacks...

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