Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the April edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
So...what drives your desire to study God's Word. As we promised, we let you weigh in on the issue. And what wonderful answers we received. We'll be sharing some of those answer with you in this month's issue.
...without further ado...
Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering for this Christmas…
1. Tip of the Month – Supercharge your Bible study time with these great ideas.
2. Starters of the Month – Can’t find anything to study? Look here for “starter” ideas.
3. Study of the Month – We’ve posed a question that we would like you to answer by making a thorough study of the Bible. Feel free to use resources. But the applications need to be your own.
4. What’s New? – We have several projects going (and are we busy!) Find out the "new news" here at Bible-Student-Online.org!
Alright…let’s get to it!
Bible Study Tip of the Month
How Do You Motivate Yourself to Stay in God's Word?
William J. Brown
That's the question we asked you this month on our fanpage on Facebook. Here were some of your answers:
Regarding a Bible study plan, one person wrote, "I like to read a portion of Scripture in the morning, think about it during the day, then look into it more in the evening before bed."
Another person mentioned how he would listen to preaching messages. When he a certain subject piqued his interest he would get out his Bible and study it through. A very interesting technique, indeed!
Someone else wrote, "I am a Mama to three little ones. It's easy to find excuses about being too "busy" to get into the Word. However, if I DON'T my day ALWAYS spirals out of control. To get myself up early to be able to spend time in God's Word, I get a pot of coffee ready the night before and I tell myself I can't have any untill I've spent time with God to prepare for my day.
Now, if I'm laying in bed before the baby or kids wake, I have a great motivation to get up and get moving and spend some time enjoying something that really is 'good to the last drop'...God's promises!!!"
Very wise words!
Another mentioned that he studied the Bible "most of the week" because he holds a teaching position in his church. I have to attest that I agree with this technique. Although all aren't cut out to be teachers the best way to learn a concept is teach it to somone else. This is one great idea I've used as well.
Somone else writes, "I am a morning person -- but I hit the floor running -- so my best time to get into God's Word is at night. Been that way since I was a teen. This allows the last thing on my mind to be God's Word -- it really does help me sleep better, too."
Great advice because not everyone studies the Bible the same way. We're all cut from a different cloth. It's just a matter of finding the right balance between effectiveness and discipline.
And another has written, "As a mother of 6 (7 and under) I stay busy round the clock but I have found that If I get up at 6 my children do not usually wake up for at least another hour. I find this is the perfect time to enjoy the quiet and spend time with God and His Word. This allows me to have something to meditate on during the day. As for in-depth study, I enjoy using our Bible on computer allowing me to get word searches done fast. I then can study as my school aged children do their independent work (I homeschool too). I enjoy studying God's word for answeres to the many questions in my life. I desire to have an answer for those who ask me why I do what I do."
Thanks to all who participated in this survey. These are great ideas. I hope the wisdom of others has spurred you to newer heights in your Bible study time.
That's it for this month. I hope this was a help. We'll have more next month.
Keep up the good work. And...
Keep the faith!
Bible Study Starters of the Month
Here are a couple ideas to jump-start your brain for your personal Bible study…
1. How does Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 tint your understanding of who God is?
2. Go to the index of your Bible. Choose a book of the Bible you've always wanted to study but haven't had the time to tackle. Read and study that book.
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
Does God really care about those living on earth? When natural disasters occur is God in control? Does He even care? When bad things occur is it only because God is punishing those people?
These are just a few questions people throughout the history of the world have pondered. This month's assignment is to find the answers to any questions you might have asked related to those above.
If you can't think of your own question, answer one from the list above. A good place to start is Luke 13:1-5. From there go to the Book of Job. See if you can find any other passages that tackle this issue.
And of course...
Contact us through our “Contact Page”, and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!
I just wanted to take one more opportunity to thank all those who took part in our survey. The results were phenomenal, as this month's feature will attest to. We'll have to try it again sometime.
Join our fan page on Facebook. We have several links to our site. And we also post new content there every week. Here's the link if you're interested. If you have a Facebook account we encourage you to join.
As always, thanks a lot for all your prayers. We love you all. And we hope God continues to bless you.
That about wraps it up for this month. We hope you enjoyed this e-zine provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.