Sunday, January 31, 2016

Twelve Women of the Bible


6 of the 12 Women of the Bible - OBS

Welcome to the Twelve Women of the Bible online Bible study! Listed below are the incredible women that we will be studying in Part I of 12 Women of the Bible. Each one has their own unique life-changing story; we can learn something from each one.

Week 1 - Rebekah: Breaking Free of Feminine Stereotypes
    Click on these links to catch up on Week 1 happenings...
            Rebekah Post
            Who was Rebekah
             Bible Study Live

Week 2 - Gomer: Learning to Accept Unconditional Love.  We will learn how the relationship between Hosea and Gomer parallels our relationship with God.
    Click on these links to catch up on Week 2 happenings...          
            Gomer Post
             Who was Gomer
         Bible Study Live  

Week 3 - Mary of Bethany: Putting Our Faith into Action. We will learn how we can be like Mary and serve Jesus by doing what you can with what you have.
       Click on these links to catch up on Week 3 happenings...          
              Mary of Bethany Post
           Who was Mary of Bethany  
           Verse Mapping             

Week 4 - Martha: Working Hard to Please Others. We will learn what our “many things” are that keep us from Jesus and how to accept Jesus’ invitation to be with God.
       Click on the links below to catch up on Week 4 happenings...
             Martha Post
             Who was Martha
             Weekend Wrap-up

Week 5 - Woman at the Well: Turning Our Messes into Messages. We will learn that Jesus wants to deal with our messes and offer us healing and restoration.

       Click on the links below to catch up on Week 5 happenings...
              Woman at the Well Post
           Thirsty for the Truth
                
Week 6 - Syrophoenician Woman: Approaching God with Persistence and Boldness. We will learn how to keep our faith over long periods of unanswered prayer and gain confidence in Jesus.

       Click on the links below to catch up on Week 5 happenings...
             The Syrophoenician Woman Post
               A Woman of Great Faith

I am beyond thrilled you decided to join me for the next six weeks. Are you ready to begin? Let’s get started!

Remember, this is YOUR Bible study which means you get to work at your own pace. But we have tons of help to keep you on track!

It would be great to record your answers to these in a study notebook or journal. Then you’ll have a record of how you’ve progressed and how God has worked in your life during the study.



And finally, we have a special “Let’s Chat” section where we’ll give you some questions to do on your own and/or write in the comment section here on the blog so we can learn from each other, share, and discuss.

Everyone who participates in the “Let’s Chat” by sharing about it in the comment section will be entered to win a FREE copy of Twelve Women of the Bible!

There are three parts to the “Let’s Chat” section. Here’s a description to explain each:
Observe — This will be a simple question that won’t require much digging to get the answer. Each person’s answer to this question will vary depending on their life and circumstance.

Bible — Here’s where we’ll be getting our Bibles out and digging into some of the verses and passages either referred to in the book or that go well with our study. This is also where you will often see some of my favorite Bible Study Skills from the past.

Stretch — You’ll find your Live-It-Out challenges here. We want these to stretch you beyond your normal comfort zone. We also invite you to share them on social media to show others and challenge them to Live-It-Out!

Remember to check this blog or your email tomorrow for more of what we'll be doing this week!

Friday, January 29, 2016

God's Promises are Powerful


The story of Noah and the ark is a story of promise. Whereas God's people had turned their back on their loving God and heavenly Father, he reached out to Noah and his family in an attempt to preserve a remnant of his creation. Noah, who was faithful and honored God's call, even when it appeared to be ridiculous (worthy of ridicule), thereby saved his family and himself from imminent destruction.

God showed his loving care in the story of Noah when he provided the exact details, complete with instructions of how to build the ark: how large to make it, how many rooms, even what kind of wood to use. Noah showed his faithfulness by following the instructions to the letter, even though they were miles from large bodies of water, and there was no indication of threatening sin.

As a result, only Noah and his family survived the great flood. After 150 days, the waters receded, and Noah;s family and the animals were able to de-ark. it was then that God filled the skies with a glorious rainbow and said to Noah, "I make a promise to you: never again will all the earth be covered with a flood. The symbol of my promise to you is a rainbow. The rainbow shall be a reminder forever that I, the Lord God, will keep my promise."

This promise is also known as the Noahic covenant, the promise God made to Noah that no matter how bad things get, God will preserve a remnant through whom he can rebuild his kingdom on earth. A covenant is similar to a contract, but even more binding because it is a spiritual commitment, an eternal promise.

We can be reminded every time we see a rainbow that God keeps his promises, but we don't have to see a rainbow to know and rest on the assurance, the eternal promise, the covenant that God will keep his promises.

God is a God of positive promises. He has promised he will never leave us or forsake us. He has promised we can have life and have it abundantly. Be like Noah today - claim his promises and believe in them! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain - even life itself!

 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13)

Be blessed and be a blessing!




















From the "Power for Life Bible."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Twelve Women of the Bible



Ways to Get Involved (or not)

Some helpful hints if you want to get the most of this study:

1.    Read the emails and posts. Like really, y’all, read them. Most questions in the comment section are answered in the very post people comment on. It’s hilarious! And of course I don’t mind answering them, but you can save yourself some time by reading what is sent you.
2.    Don’t fret when you can’t do all that’s offered. You’re all so different in the way you participate and do OBS. And I LOVE that about you! There are a variety of options offered. You can do more. You can do less. Do what you like and what works for you!
3.    Keep the main thing, the main thing. Read Twelve Women of the Bible along with us. I’ll provide encouragement, discussion and as much accountability as I can. If you do nothing else but this, you are participating in the Bible study.

Now that you’ve read numbers 1-3 above, here’s where the fun begins:

Hang out with us on Social Media! Bible Study Live every Thursday at 8pm!!

Facebook: “Like” our God’s Girls Facebook page for daily community and encouragement. This is a great way to stay connected to others who are also interested in Online Bible Study, make new friends and get all the information you need about what’s coming up next! If you’re not already part of our group, I’d love to add you – so send me a friend request at Facebook.com/CherylCooperHoward so you don’t miss out!

The book is now available for purchase at the Watermark Book Store or Amazon.com or wherever books/ebooks are sold.




God's Promises

God's Promises Never Fail!




What was God's promise to Noah? It can be found in Genesis 9:8-17.


Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him... I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.
 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth... "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
This is the true meaning of the rainbow sign! 
Lord, even though I may be surrounded by unrest, turmoil and uncertainty, I cling to your promise of a bright future and a beautiful tomorrow.
Even as a brilliant rainbow pierces through the most turbulent skies, sending its shimmering rays of Color, Hope and Love,
So I may experience a breakthrough with an unexpected opportunity... A sudden solution.
No matter how dark my days, help me to look expectantly for your rainbow, O Lord. May it shine in my life, in the nation and the world.
Thank you for your promise...
Thank you for the rainbow that reminds me that I will never be overwhelmed,
That you are God and you are in my corner. Amen and Praise Your Holy Name!
God Keeps His Promises!!!
Be blessed and be a blessing!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Twelve Women



Twelve Women Online Bible Study


The study takes place right here and our closed Facebook page. This is your #1 source of information. Every Thursday at 8 pm we will have a live Facebook chat. If you registered for the study, you’ll receive the study posts from me directly to your email and the God’s Girls Facebook page. 

So, if you haven’t already like me Facebook so I can add you to the God’s Girls Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/CherylCooperHoward

I will also post information here at Twelve Women of the Bible blog. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

God's Way


Jesus in His Word says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7

Be blessed and be a blessing,
Cheryl

Saturday, January 23, 2016

You say...God says





God has comforted me with Hebrews 13:5 many times. May you find comfort, rest and peace in God's Word. He speaks to us through His Word! Many times we're just to busy to quiet ourselves and listen. 



If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:5 NIV


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trust Jesus





“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7


Access to the Father's presence is only through Jesus, who is the way and the truth and the life. The way to the Father is only through Jesus. Other religions and philosophers propose different avenues to God, but Jesus asserted that He is the one exclusive path to God. Jesus s the truth because God is truth. God is the source of eternal life.

Be Blessed and be a blessing!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Powerful "I Am's"


Who is Jesus?


“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15)

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” John 11:25

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful… “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-2, 5


  • If you are hungry or dissatisfied with life, Jesus is the Bread of Life that satisfies completely.


  • If you are anxious or frightened, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life to protect you.


  • If you are lost or confused, Jesus is the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, and the Life; guiding through life’s maze and toughest battles, leading to clarity and the best life possible.


  • If you long to live a life that is significant, abide in Jesus, the True Vine. That is the secret to living a fruitful life.



  • If you are hungry, dissatisfied, frightened, lost of searching for significance, tap into the power of the “I AM’s.” 


Put your life in the hands of the Bread of Life, Light of the World, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection and the Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Jesus!

Apart from Jesus we can do nothing.











From the "Power for Life Bible."

Monday, January 18, 2016

#MLKDAY


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have decided to stick with love...hate is too great a burden to bear." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Power Prayer



The Great I Am - John 15

Lord, 
You go before me, preparing the way,
Supplying my needs before I knew I needed them.

Before I became lost,
Your light provided guidance.
Before I became hungry,
Your bread of life provided spiritual nourishment.
Before I become frustrated with futility
You pruned me so I could bear more fruit.
Before I have to face death You gave Your life so I can live eternally!

Thank You, Lord!!!

You are the great I AM!
You are the bread of life.
You are the light of the world.
You are the vine and I am the branch.
You are the resurrection and the Life.

Hallelujah! Amen!

Have a blessed day!









From the "Power for Life Bible."

Friday, January 15, 2016

Time and Energy




Set reasonable goals, Dreams don't work unless you do.

Don't be limited by your own imagination. The pathway to God's best is paved with faith.

Avoid procrastination - Just do it. Procrastination depletes time and energy.

Saying no to things that are good, allows you to say yes to the things that are great.

Saying no to things that aren't a priority, allows you to say yes to things that are. God wants to do a new thing. 2 Cor 5:17

Run to God not away from God. Prov. 18:10

God knows what's best for our lives. Rom. 8:28

Shine like the stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of Life. Phil. 2:15-16

God is in control of every aspect of our lives, every circumstance. God can work all things together for His good, He knows what's best for our lives. Rom. 8:20, 28


May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May He make His face to shine upon you,
May you know that if God is for you who can be against you,
With God on your side whom shall you fear,
May you be like a tree that is planted by rivers of living waters,
That your leaves will not whither, and…
Whatsoever you do –

IT SHALL PROSPER


Happy Fearless Friday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Determination



The block of granite which was an obstacle 
         in the pathway of the weak,
became a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong.


- Thomas Carlyle




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Twelve Women of the Bible

This is where our next study will begin! Starting Feb 4th for 6-weeks...



Here's the link to sign up and invite friends. I'm so excited!!!
https://www.calvaryccm.com/study-groups/4399/Twelve-Women-of-the-Bible-Lysa-TerKeurst

Our God's Girl's is a closed Facebook page - send me a friend request so I can add you to our group. Click here for more info...

How to Connect with this study
Study Info

Intro

Week 1 - Rebekah

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6


Monday, January 11, 2016

Desire


Desire will give you give you stamina and energy.

Psalm 37:4 assures us that God will give us (His children) the desires of our.

We must, however, know the truth of God's Word.

Here's an acronym for DESIRE...
D - daily activity, daily quiet-time, daily in the Word - The Bible.
E - expect a miracle; compounding greatness. God directs our paths.
S - set daily, weekly, monthly goals and track them.
I - invade your brain with positiveness - God's Word.
R - rest and reflect at the end of each day.
E - elevate yourself to new levels; walk in confidence that you are doing what God has called you to do.

Complacency is the seed of mediocrity.

You are called to greatness - choose to be great! Christ wants us to do even greater than He did. (John 14:12)

We need to allow God's Word to do a powerful work in us, that through us He can produce the kinds of things that we read in Scripture.


Be blessed and be a blessing!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pathway


You will recognize your own path when you come upon it,
     because you will suddenly have all the energy and
          imagination you will ever need.
- Jerry Gillies

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wisdom - Where Can I Find It?



Psalm 37 is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each stanza begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It offers clear responses that reduce the tensions of life and promise that those who obey, trust and love the Lord will have a future. The earth belongs to the Lord, He will give it to those He blesses - the godly who trust in Him, put their hope in Him, and follow Him.


Psalm 37 is the biblical equivalent of comfort food to me; it's one you can read no matter what you're going through and it speaks to you. As I was reading through it, these are a few verses that I have underlined in my Bible. This is from the New Living Translation; read it in whatever translation you feel comfortable with or search for your favorite translation in Biblegateway. The following are verses - 5, 18-19.25-26, 34a, 39-40.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

    Trust him, and he will help you.

Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,

    and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
    even in famine they will have more than enough.

Once I was young, and now I am old.
    Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
    or their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
    and their children are a blessing.


Put your hope in the Lord.
    Travel steadily along his path.


The Lord rescues the godly;
    he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
    rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
    and they find shelter in him.



The Lord alone is the center and focus of life and proper fear of Him opens the path of wisdom. Fear of the Lord is a disposition of absolute submission to and trust in the Lord, which leads to purity of life. Fear of the Lord is a search for abundant life that begins with seeking the Lord.

The way of wisdom is the way of godliness. The lives of the godly demonstrate inner consistency, growth and beauty as they increasingly reflect God's righteousness and justice, love and fidelity, compassion and grace. Godly is from the heart - from the inside out.

Wisdom enlarges a persons perspective on life. A wise person desires to see life from God's point of view. This search means living in submission and trust under the sovereign King who maintains the order and harmony of creation. Seeking God encourages orderly and peaceful life and motivates obedience. The wise imitate God, and their lives are full of joy even they are going through life's trials and disappointments. They praise the Lord in the midst of all the circumstances of life. They face life confidently because they know the Lord is with them no matter what - He's got their back!



Jesus Christ came into the world as God in the flesh. He embodies all the qualities of wisdom. Through Him, we can walk in the way of wisdom for He suffered for all our sins (Col. 2:2-3)

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