Did you know that "gall" is referenced 14 times in the KJV Bible? This biblical term typically refers to a bitter-tasting substance from a plant such as wormwood or myrrh used to alleviate pain for those suffering or dying.
I consider myself somewhat of a Bible resource nerd. I am always excited to dig into a new study or resource that will help propel me to a closer relationship with Jesus. I do need to be careful not to focus on resources and content above and beyond spending time reading God’s Word, but I strive to find biblically sound resources.I am the Women’s Ministry Leader at my church and am constantly trying new resources and searching for solid content to share with my ladies. There are many biblical resources for studying God’s word and talented people that God uses powerfully to bring His message of salvation to the lives of believers and those seeking God for the first time.One thing that I make sure of is that all the teachings line up with the truth of the Bible. It can be so easy for a writer or leader to get caught up in their opinions and accidentally share them as truth. No matter what we are studying or reading, we must set it up against the Bible. If it doesn’t line up, then we don’t want it.Before starting a new study or teaching, praying and asking God for discernment in all you are reading and learning is a good habit. God can speak to us through so many different avenues. I believe He uses people, their creativity, experiences, and talents to share truths with us.Here are some of my favorite Bible study resources:
On Ascension Day, we remember that Jesus’ ascension is the culmination of everything that comes before in his story. It not only shows Jesus' power and divine status. It points the way to his followers receiving something powerful that still affects us today.
Scripture is the Holy Word of God. Every word of it, though written by human hands, is true and reliable. We can know this because the Bible has God's fingerprints on every page - it is an incredible gift to us! Let's dig into 2 Timothy 3:16 to see why exactly it is so miraculous that "all Scripture is God-breathed."
Some days, I would rather roll over and listen to the birds than wake up and get in the Word with God. It sounds terrible, I know! I hate to admit it, but life is life. And I know I am not the only one who struggles to meet with our Maker daily.
Understanding genres provides a starting place in every aspect of Christian discipleship, teaching, and training. Whether you teach, counsel, lead worship, or serve in some other capacity, all that we do should be informed by God’s Word.
Studying the Torah can provide important historical and spiritual insights and deepen our understanding of the foundational teachings of our own faith. The Torah is an essential part of the Bible and continues to be relevant to us today.
The Euphrates River has fascinating symbolic meaning in the Bible and is mentioned in biblical prophecies about it drying up, as well. Learning about the Euphrates River can help us understand more about God’s power.
How would you respond if someone said to you, “The Bible is only metaphorical. You can’t take it literally.” Chances are, you’d be stumped, tongue-tied, at a loss for how to answer. But the answer is both yes and no.
"May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame." (Vs. 80)It's sad to think of how many Christians walk in guilt and shame. Christ's finished work on the cross provided forgiveness for all of our sins and failures. The good news is, God's mercies are new every morning and we are invited to come to Him in repentance.
As we read church history, we discover something shocking: so many controversies we see today are not new problems. For that reason, it's a big problem that so many Christians today lack a solid knowledge of church history.