5 More Bible Studies I Recommend

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Last week I posted 5 Bible Studies I Recommend and then realized that five is not very many! :) So I thought I would give you five more this week and pray that if God is leading you to do a Bible study, you can find exactly what He has for you. Ready? In no particular order, here we go:

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1. James Mercy Triumphs- Beth Moore

I completed the James study Spring 2011, and it was just so great for me! This study is the first Beth Moore study I’ve completed that allowed for different levels of participation outlined at the beginning of the study. I felt that setting the level of expectation for how much work you plan to do for study participation was a great consideration for the in-depth style of study Beth typically teaches. I also loved that for a mere $4.99, if you had to miss a video session and couldn’t coordinate a make-up time with your group, then you could download the video and watch it at home. In fact, if you’ve never had the opportunity to do a Beth Moore study in a group setting, then you can download each video of the series to watch at home.

2. Unglued – Lysa Terkeurst

When I completed this study with a group of ladies at the local frozen yogurt shop not long ago, we were truly blessed beyond measure at all God taught us.  The discussion questions in this study facilitated awesome conversation and the videos were beautiful and thought-provoking. For those of us who need to be involved in community and Bible study but find ourselves in time constraints, Lysa’s typical video teaching session is 20 minutes. I also must add that if your group has a small funding budget for a video study, this DVD set is so affordable for anyone.

3. A Journey Towards Contentment- Robyn Joy

While this study is book only, you will find it incredibly engaging and instructive as Robyn takes us on a journey of finding strength in God’s Word- His love letter to us.  I know Robyn personally and her determination to find contentment in her circumstances is beyond what I can describe. Robyn is gifted in encouraging others to live as the loved children of God we are.

4. Jonah- Navigating a Life Interrupted – Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is a powerful Bible study teacher who has a unique gift of words.  Her teaching is poignant and her storytelling unmatched.  I appreciate her honesty about her own struggles which she willingly shares throughout this study.  For me, life seems to be one big interruption after another. :) So I found this study to be just what God had for me at the time I went through it.  I have yet to hear Priscilla speak in person and can I just tell you that’s on my wish list??

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5. Bible Study Fellowship International

BSF is an incredible international non-denominational organization that has helped people study the Bible for over 50 years. With classes for women, men, and young adults, as well as some children’s programs during certain adult programming, BSF is a phenomenal resource.  Classes meet across 35 plus countries and to find classes in the US, click here.  Bible Study Fellowship is the place I learned the importance of personal discipline in having a Bible study time and also the place where I learned to truly LOVE studying God’s Word. I’m just so thankful for BSF.

So there you have it!

What studies, recommendations, or questions do you have that you could ask about the above? I’d love to read them in the comments!

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5 Fantastic Bible Studies I Recommend

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been asked to recommend Bible studies to ladies who are both in groups or simply searching for new, accessible material for their individual study time.  Today I am outlining 5 of the best Bible studies for women that I recommend and my hope is that you will find one or two that God is guiding you to do!

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These studies are ones that I’ve completed within the last two years.  In random order, here they are:

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1. Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

“Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen.” Interestingly enough, though much of this book is about food and satisfying our cravings with God, as someone who doesn’t have the struggle of food in particular (trust me- got plenty of others), I found the Biblical principles in this book and DVD series very applicable to any overwhelming habits or addictions. Lysa now offers another series as follow-up to the first (which I REALLY want to see) and tons of other practical resources for this series.

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2. Philippians by Darlene Schacht

Darlene, The Time-Warp Wife, offers 3 FREE Bible Study Ebooks, perfect for short self-studies or she also offers online Bible studies using these guides. While Philippians is a short book of the Bible, at only four chapters, Darlene describes it as packed full of joy and grace. I love the way she so easily takes the lessons and applies them to real, everyday life. Her other studies include Esther and Ruth and if you like her Facebook page, you can get all three studies for FREE.

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3. A Confident Heart by Renee Swope

I first received “A Confident Heart” in the fall of 2011 and poured over it fairly quickly after that.  My copy is now full of underlined words and highlighted phrases that spoke to my heart as I read it- 3 times! If you have ever doubted that you are simply “enough” for God’s plan in your life, then this book will help you overcome those doubts and believe the truth of God’s Word that says YOU ARE ENOUGH because of Christ. Renee is offering her fabulous online Bible study beginning April 1, 2013 and this is one online study that you won’t want to miss. Full review HERE.

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4. Pursuing More Of Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz

Anne’s gentle, yet direct, manner of speaking delights my heart.  Her storytelling ability ignites my spirit and I just love the way she speaks Jesus all over this study.  This study is one that I’ve completed twice and both times, I felt I could do it all over again. If settling into the Christian life enough to slide by is the farthest thing from your mind, then the messages in this series will be just the thing to encourage you to continually seek Jesus.  Anne unfolds the details of the Last Supper through Scripture beautifully in this 6 session DVD series.

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5. Let.It.Go – How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking In Faith by Karen Ehman

The local Proverbs 31 ministries Gather & Grow group that I lead just completed this study.  Let. It. Go. delivered 6 weeks of DVD sessions that had us both laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time! Karen is such a fun speaker and her honesty about her own “control freak nature” keeps this study practical and relational. This book is such a great book about giving God the control that is already His. You can find a full review HERE.

I plan to do a follow up post or two with more Bible studies I recommend. How about you?  What Bible studies do you recommend? I’d love to read about them in the comments!

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4 Simple Bible Study Methods

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If you’ve followed the blog for long, you know that I love to study God’s Word. And I really love participating in structured, written Bible studies of all kinds. But can I just tell you that a girl needs to know God’s Word for herself? I enjoy reading and hearing what others learn from their Bible study and that encourages me a ton. But there’s nothing like reading and listening to what the Holy Spirit whispers to my heart personally. Here are 4 simple methods I use to study God’s Word that I thought you might enjoy on your own:

1. Read the passage in various translations. Sometimes a word will jump out at me in one translation that assists me in further understanding the verse. Our family owns several parallel translation Bibles that make it simple to read the same chapter or verses of different translations within a page or so.

2. Use online Bibles for easy searching and finding. Three of my favorites: YouVersion, BibleGateway, and BlueLetterBible.org. All three of these are FREE!

3. Organize your Bible reading.  Use a daily reading schedule; this site has some GREAT ones with a ton of variety. You could choose to read it through in a year.  Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, here is a 90 day schedule. You can even choose to have your Bible reading emailed to you here.

4. Learn how to use Bible study tools.  Commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances- what are they for and why are they important? A commentary will give you an opinion on the passage.  A dictionary will provide word definitions, and concordances will cross-reference passage for similarities of wording.

While these four methods have been gold to me for the past ten years or so, can I encourage you to not only read and study, but stop and listen?

Knowing about Jesus is wonderful,

but knowing Jesus is even more wonderful.

I’d love to see your simple Bible study tips in the comments below! You always have great ideas- so share them with us!

Have a terrific Tuesday!