5 minute Father’s Day devotional

Father’s day is just around the corner and I know you want to make it special. One of the best things you can do to encourage your spouse is to share a quick 5 minute father’s day devotional. 

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5 minute Father’s Day devotional

To make this really easy to follow, I’ve broken the devotional down into 3 steps. 

1. Read the scripture: 

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

2. Read these thoughts 

My husband and I have very different upbringings. I grew up in a Christian home with parents who loved the Lord and served him in every aspect of their lives.

My husband didn’t grow up in a Christian home. He was saved through a Christian ministry that ran out of his school. So, he learned about God and Christianity from this organization. 

When we got married and started having kids, I worried we weren’t doing enough to teach our children about God. 

In my home growing up, we would go to church 2-3 times a week and had daily family devotions. So compared to that, I felt like we were not “doing enough”. 

My husband understood my concern and gave me incredible insight. He told me it wasn’t normal practice to read the Bible or pray in the home. Just doing those small things makes a huge impact on children’s lives.

Since that conversation, I have learned that teaching our kids about God doesn’t always happen in the same way. The Bible encourages us to teach our children about God in everything we do.  

For me, this means taking every opportunity to talk to kids about my faith, and my testimony. We read the bible and pray together every night. We tell them about times The Lord has provided for us, or lead us. But we also try to answer questions they have about church and faith. 

For example: One Sunday we were having communion and one kid asked about the bread and the wine, another time they asked about the cross on the church wall – Because we are at church, it was tempting to shush them and tell them you can talk about it later, but… instead I take these opportunities and tell them about these symbols and what they mean.  

Take the opportunity to teach your kids about God- what he has done, what things mean, and how things work.

May The Lord encourage and guide you as you raise your kids.

 

3. Pray for the father of your kids 

Dear Lord, thank you for (husband’s name). He is such an amazing dad. I’m so thankful you brought him into our life and the partner he is on this parenting journey. Continue to give him wisdom as he leads our family. Encourage him as he lives his life for you, and give him the wisdom to make decisions that will lead our children to you. 

In the comments below, share the ways you teach your kids about God in the simple everyday moments.

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25+ FREE Bible Studies for women

My passion is to help women discover who God is and how to live their lives for Him. The best way to know God is through Bible Study and Prayer. There are many Bible studies for women out there, but it’s hard to cut through all the noise. To help you in your search, I wanted to share with you 25+ FREE Bible studies for women.

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25+ FREE Bible Studies for Women

1. In Christ, I am a new Creation

Anne Markey is passionate about teaching women about The Bible. She longs for women to understand what God has to teach us in the Bible and how we apply these truths to our lives. Anne has created a one-week study called: In Christ, I am a new creation. 

This study will help you define your identity in Christ and guide you to understand God’s amazing work in your life. 

Fill in the form below to get your FREE workbook.

2. Becoming a Courageous and confident woman

Arabah Joy is passionate about seeing women flourish in God’s Word. She has created a Bible study Called: Becoming a courageous and confident woman. 

This 1-hour mini Bible Study will quickly show you how to become a confident and courageous woman of God…regardless of how much of an outsider you currently feel you are. Click here for access to the study. 

3. 45 Topical Bible Studies

Melissa Tumino has been actively involved and trained in various church ministries and leadership. Melissa has a passion for God’s word and has created 45 blog posts that focus on specific topics. 

These posts are perfect for someone who is looking to do a topical Bible study and doesn’t know where to start. Click here for access to these posts 

4. Cultivating the Fruit of The Spirit

Heather Hart has spent years writing printable Bible studies for the women at her church and has provided them for you to study. If you’ve been looking for a study to do on your own or with a group, you can download the study guides here

Bible study included are: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Ready to Stand, Believe

5. Seeking Him

In this 12-week study, Wolgemuth and Grissom will guide us through critical stages of spiritual renewal including humility, repentance, grace, holiness, obedience, forgiveness, and power through the Spirit-filled life. 

Each week the book includes five days of individual study, thought-provoking questions, and application exercises. Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 est, June 1 through August 17, our guest blogger Julie, who is a Revive Our Hearts ambassador, will guide us through that week’s lesson with a new blog post.Get all the details here

6. Gracefully Truthful

They seek to equip women to welcome the fullness of the Almighty into the innermost parts of our everyday lives through studying His Word and entering into an authentic, biblical community. 

Gracefully Truthful is a place to connect, it’s a place to be real, it’s a place to share fears, ask questions, and unashamedly seek out the Father who crafted our hearts to love boldly and bravely as we discover together what it means to truly walk in the fullness of grace and truth. Click here to access their Bible Study posts. 

7. 5-Day Micro Bible Study Journaling Challenge

A free 5-day challenge that will help make your devotional time more personal and meaningful. This challenge will help you connect your faith and creativity in your Personal Devotional Time. Click here to join the challenge. 

8. Mary and Martha

Starla Hill is a mom, and blogger, who loves to drink coffee and talk about Jesus. She has written many posts about what the Bible teaches. One of my favourites is her posts about Mary and Martha. This story is one we can all relate to. Click here to discover what Mary and Martha can teach us. 

9. The women before us

Betty Predmore wrote a study called: The Women before us. The Bible is filled with stories of women who came before us. Their strength and perseverance, their pain and joy, their suffering and their rewards made them into women who God used for teaching the generations that came after.

There is much to be learned by digging deeper into the stories of four women who came before us. (Ester, Hannah, Hagar, Elizabeth). Click here for access to the study.  

10. Printable Bible Reading Plan Resources

Natalie Lynn is a teacher and loves to write about her saviour and simplicity. Studying the word of God for many years has made her realize that the mysteries of the bible can be unlocked, one day at a time. She has created a variety of Printable Bible Reading Plan Resources. Click here for access. 

11. Variety FREE Christian Resources

Sacha is passionate about encouraging women to be strong, honourable and faithful to God. She has created a variety of FREE Christian resources. These include Bible study guides, bible studies for women, scripture printables, women’s devotionals, and more. Click here for Free access. 

12. Ladies Drawing Nigh

This is a website dedicated to offering free online Bible studies for women. They created these to encourage and equip women to have a closer fellowship with God that results in their walking out His purposes for their lives. Click here for access to the studies. 

In the comments below, share your favourite Bible studies for women.

What is the highest calling in the Bible?

I’ve been a mother for 13 years. In those years, I’ve gotten a little lost. I sometimes think I’m wasting my time at home and I should be doing “bigger and better” things. To help attack those lies, today I’m answering What is the highest calling in The Bible?

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Matthew 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Bible Study Questions & Answers

1. When did Jesus say this? 

So this story happens after The Lord’s death after He came back to life. This happens right before The Lord goes back to heaven. These are the last recorded words we have. 

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2. How does the timing of Jesus’ words affect what He’s saying? 

So the timing is really important when we’re doing Bible study, we need to understand that time before after, and during can play a big role In the context of what you’re reading.

So this story is at a time where is Jesus is about to leave. But he’s saying I am with you always. 

How can he be with them always if he is about to leave? 

So the timing is interesting because I think the disciples heard this and thought that he would just be with them forever. 

But Jesus is saying no, I’m my body is leading. But then I’m going to send the Holy Spirit.  

So even though Jesus isn’t there in person, He’s with us in spirit and then not only that and says I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

In this post, I talked about nothing separating us from the Lord. And this verse tells us that not even time is going to separate us from God. 

Even if this was after Jesus left earth, it doesn’t affect our relationship with him. It doesn’t affect his ability to be with us. It cannot separate us from God. 

So this part is about the timing which is a good question to ask ourselves like why is this being talked about now and not before or after that can be a really interesting question. 

Depending on the passage that we’re reading, 

Extra Bible Study Tip

I’m highlighting these two things because what I’m doing with this workbook is I’m showing you different questions that you can ask yourself when reading Scripture and different things to know. 

That if you want to read Scripture on your own different things to look like when and timing is a really cool thing to look at, I encourage you to highlight those things in whatever passage you read next. 

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3. What is the highest calling in The Bible?  

The comfort in these verses is knowing we have a calling.

The Lord is talking to his disciples, but I believe the calling to us is the same that we have to go then and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit to tell people about God. 

This means we all have a calling and a purpose. 

Sometimes as a mom I get discouraged because I feel like I’m wasting my time like I don’t have a purpose. But then I go back to these verses and I think, I need to tell everybody, and that includes my kids. 

So even if all I do all day is take care of my kids if I’m loving them and teaching them about God and his word, then I’m answering the call. I’m telling others about God, so that’s a comfort to me that I have a calling regardless if I feel like I’m not doing anything.

Sometimes, the devil likes to lie to me and say I’m wasting my time. But The Lord says no. If you’re doing things in my name for me and you are being this call to tell people about me. So that’s encouraging.

 And then it comes back to The Lord saying: I am with you.

Face time with Jesus

Sometimes I get jealous about the disciples because they got to spend like three years with Jesus, they got to ask him all the questions they got to learn from his feet. They got to see his face. They got to spend that face-to-face time and I really want that. 

But what I think is interesting is that the disciples were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came after Jesus left. So today, even though we’re not seeing Jesus, his physical body is with us The Lord is more with us than He was with the disciples because He’s in us. 

So I think that’s really cool and so comforting. The whole theme of this last couple of weeks is I am with you, the Lord God himself is with us, so I hope that’s encouraging for you. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

Today for me is this word: purpose. The devil likes to attack my brain and tell me that I’m useless and I’m doing nothing and so this is the first that I come back to. Matthew 2820 that when I get discouraged, I come back to here and I say no.

The Lord’s giving me a calling to tell others and if I’m raising my children to know him, I am answering the call and so that’s a really good way that I can battle with the devil. 

And I know my argument is going to win because it’s scriptural.

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Always look for when So what time of day is this when in the yearly calendar, when did something happen before or after a specific event?

So for the time of day, if you think about the Lord’s death. It went completely pitch dark at noon that which is important, because that’s not a natural event, and knowing the when makes it that much more interesting when in the yearly calendar.

The Jewish people used a very different calendar following the feasts in the Old Testament, and understanding where that falls in the calendar and why these events are important, just helps you understand God’s word that much more and so much deeper and more interesting.

And then when something happened before or after.

So again, if you think about the Lord in his death before he died, he couldn’t walk through walls after he died and he came back from life. From the dead, he could, and so knowing what somebody did before or after a specific event helps us give us a larger perspective on a story. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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What can separate us from the love of God?

There is nothing more comforting than knowing nothing can separate us from God’s love. But some people still have a hard time accepting this truth. So today, I’m going to answer: What can separate us from the love of God? 

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Romans 8:38- 39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bible Study Questions & Answers

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1. What can separate us from the love of God?

 We are given the assurance that nothing can separate us from God. 

2. What comfort we can take from these verses? 

One thing I love about these verses is that there’s a whole list of things. I like to copy this list word for work.

This starts at death, then life, angels, and principalities.

Principalities is another word for people in power.

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If you think of all the things that can separate us, they’re going to fall into one of these categories in relationships. 

If you die, that relationship changes life. If you bring life into the world like becoming a mother. 

Before my child, I wasn’t a mother. Then I brought life and then I was a mother. 

Angels have so much power that we don’t really understand, and principalities are really anybody above you who may have power over you. 

Anyone in power in these places: church, government, spouse, whatever, anybody. Who’s above you that can have power over you can separate you from The Love of God. 

Neither things now nor things to come. And neither height nor depth. 

The comfort for me comes in these things to come because I don’t know what the future holds, but the Lord does.

And So what I love is that regardless of what’s going to happen in the future, nothing that’s going to happen will ever separate me from the love of God. 

And if your brain likes to try and find excuses or loopholes this verse covers, because it says nor any other thing which broadly categorizes anything else, your mind might think about. 

If there’s a specific scenario that you’re thinking about in your brain and you’re thinking that it can separate you from the love of God if it fits in these categories, it’s a good reminder that nothing can separate you from God’s love.

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3. How does this truth affect our relationship with God? 

So for me, it gives me comfort, and it also gives me security. 

In parenting, people talk a lot about kids having a secure attachment to parents or kids who do not feel a secure attachment to those parents if they’ve been in homes that have trauma.

In the Lord, it says that God is safe.

We are safe in a relationship with God

Nobody’s gonna steal us and move us away from God nothing can change our relationship with God. 

Nothing can separate us, so it gives us comfort and security and it just gives us the opportunity to grow in our faith and just know that we can get to know God. 

We have time with God. To know him. These few verses really make you think about your position with Christ and your relationship with Christ.

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it was the word “nothing” that stands out. Regardless of what excuse my brain thinks of and things nothing can separate you from God.

If I ever waiver on that truth, all I need to do is go back to these verses and go through the list, and then hopefully my brain realizes the list actually covers all the things and the Lord says none of those things can separate us from him. 

So that’s my great comfort today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

If the Bible gives you a list, you should probably write it down. 

For example, in today’s reading we were reading Romans Chapter 8 verses 38 into 39 and it gives you this nice long list of all the things that will not separate us from the Lord. 

So my brain likes lists and to look at things like this and so when I write it down and see all the points it triggers my brain to see to remember nothing can separate us from the love of God. 

So if anytime you need proof or encouragement of a specific truth, start writing down the list and it’ll help you remember different things that the Lord will teach you. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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The Lord is my Strength

Have you ever woken up in the morning and didn’t feel the strength to get out of bed? I have. What do you do in that scenario? I depend on The Lord. The Lord is my strength and the one I can depend on day and night. Continue to read as I share about how The Lord is my strength.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one called Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Part 1: Be strong and of Good Courage

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9
1. What is Joshua telling us not to do? 

Do not be afraid. 

2. Who is with us? 

God himself is with us. 

3. Why should this verse give us comfort? 

Before you answer this question, it would be good to ask yourself, does this verse scare you or does it comfort you? 

If it scares you, why does it scare you? If it comforts you, what is it about God being with us that comforts you? 

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We are never alone

This verse comforts me because it reminds me I’m never alone.

And that because he’s with me, he knows me. Still loves me. He wants that relationship with us. 

There have been many years in my life where I’ve had a really hard time making friends. I’m not really great at making friends and so there have been portions in my life where I felt extremely alone. But even in those times, I knew I wasn’t alone because God was with me.

I also have a really hard time opening up this. I feel like if I tell people my thoughts are going to hate me.

But then I think they’re God, and he knows all my thoughts. He knows everything. I’ve been through. He knows all the different things and even with everything he knows he still loves me. He still wants to spend time with me. He still wants to have that relationship with me. 

These truths give me so much comfort, so I’d love for you to take a minute and let me know in the comments why this verse comforts you.

Part 2: I am with you always

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

This is a little bit repetitive, but if your brain is like mine, you need to hear the same thing 100 different times and it says it in a different way so that we can really fully get this truth ingrained in our mind. 

1. Why should we not be afraid? 

I am with you? God is with us.

2. What will God do for us? 

He will strengthen us. He will help us. And he will uphold us. 

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The Lord is my strength: What does that look like in our lives? 

So we see from the verse The Lord gives us strength. He helps us. He upholds us. 

What’s an example of that in your life? 

When I think about strength, I think about how, in my own strength, I would be very short with my children.

But The Lord gives me strength to be patient and loving and gracious to them. 

In the comments, I would love for you to share an example of the time when the Lord gave you strength or he helped you, or he upheld you. 

When I think about the word uphold, it’s those times in your life where you feel so weak and just so incapable of really even thought or movement. You don’t think you can face the day. But through the Lord’s strength, we can go on. 

I’ve had those moments in my life where I just don’t feel like I can continue where I kind of want to give up. I want to walk away, but through the Lord’s strength it’s like he is holding all of my body weight, helping me, you know, get up out of bed, take the next step, move on in my day and so that’s what I think of when I read the word uphold. 

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Part 3 In Christ, we have nothing to fear

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 
1. What should we not be afraid of?

 In this context, God is talking to Joshua. The Lord has just appointed Joshua to be the leader of the people of Israel. 

Moses has passed away. They are instilling a new leader. It’s going to be Joshua and this is The Lord speaking to him saying be of good courage. Do not be afraid of them so them. They need people you lead.

2. Why would Joshua be afraid of the people around him? 

I’ve been a spiritual leader in many different areas. I love this verse for the encouragement to leaders to not be afraid of the people we lead. 

As a church leader, as a small group leader, and even as a parent, you’re leading people, and it’s easy to become afraid of people.

Certainly when you’re in a position of leadership or power in a church, let’s say it can be easy to be swayed by the people around you, the congregation, because you want to please them. 

Or maybe you’re afraid of criticism or anything else, this verse is reminding us to not be afraid.

The Lord himself had appointed Joshua, and he’s telling him you’re not going to lead by yourself. 

I’m going to be right there with you, and it’s the same thing with parenting. 

My Fears

I remember how scared I was when my eldest daughter was first born. And even to this day when I think about the next stages that we’re facing, I’m afraid. 

She’s turning 13. I’m going to have a teenager. And then we’re going to get into those years where they start becoming more and more independent, leaving the home, you know, going to university, getting married, all those things, those stages scare me.

And so I remember this verse because it’s saying don’t be afraid. I’m going to be with you. I am with you in whatever scenario we’re in, and however capacity that we’re leading, we don’t need to be afraid of the people we’re leading because God is with us. 

3. What promise are we given? 

God is with us. And I know that’s repetitive, but it’s really important that we remember this, 

4. Since we’re not Jewish does this promise extend to us? Why?

Yes, this promise extends to us!  In this series, we read Matthew 1:23 which says Immanuel means God with us.

And so there are verses in the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, speaking to us, saying God, I am with you. 

So this promise we can claim for our own because we know God is speaking not just to one person, not to just the Jewish nation, but to anyone who turns to the Lord who accepts him as Lord and Savior. He says I am with you and if you want.

More evidence we can think about the Holy Spirit. When we are saved, we are instilled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the persons in the Trinity. God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit. 

So when we’re saved, we get the Holy Spirit. And that is the God himself in us. So we went through a few more verses today, three different ones. 

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What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

For me, it was about this leadership piece. As a leader, I don’t have to be afraid of people. God will help me. God will help me lead God is with me so again this is nothing new. 

I’ve known this. But today it really stood out and encouraged me, and even with my kids, I shared that. I’m afraid of the next stage. And it’s just this next reminder that the Lord is going to be with me wherever I go, whatever I do, whatever comes next, and so that piece was really encouraging to me today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Look for things we should not do or think

For example, in today’s Bible story we were seeing that God was telling Joshua to not be afraid is. So if you want to know what God wants you to do or what he doesn’t want you to do, there are lots of areas in the Bible that will be very specific.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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A 5 minute thanksgiving devotional

As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s important to take a minute and remember everything The Lord has done for us. Giving thanks to The Lord is a great way to worship Him and encourage each other in the works He has done. Our family always takes the time to read a short 5 minute thanksgiving devotional at dinner. It helps us focus on the real reason we take a day off.

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A 5-minute thanksgiving devotional

Thanksgiving is a day we take aside and give thanks for everything we have. Some people just share with each other what they are thankful for, but for Christians, this day is so much more. 

Psalm 100:4-5 10 5 minute Thanksgiving devotional

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations

Psalm 100:4-5

As I read the verses above, there are 3 things that stand out: 

1. Enter The presence of God 

As Christians, we have the privilege to enter The presence of God. 

One of my dreams is to one day walk the halls of Buckingham Palace and have a self-led tour of the place. I want to check out all the nooks and crannies, look for secret passages and sit at the Queen’s desk. 

I know that my dream will never come true. And even though the truth makes me a bit sad, I know I have access to something far better. 

Jesus is the King of the universe, the King above every other King!

And since I’m saved, I have access to His throne room! I can be is His presence as often as I want. 

Not only that, I get to spend eternity in heaven. 

As Christians, we often forget God’s power and don’t take advantage of the privilege we have to be in His presence every moment of the day. 

So let today be a day where you enter into His courts, and may the reality of who He is lead you to praise His name! 

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2. Our Posture towards The Lord 

Psalm 100:4-5 reminds us that even though we have access to God, we should approach Him with gratitude and praise. 

According to the Oxford dictionary, Praise is: the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something

A few nights ago I went on a date with my husband to a steak house. As we sat down to eat, we couldn’t help ourselves from commenting on how good the food was. 

If praise comes so easily when we eat good food, how much more praise should we give to The Lord? 

He is the creator of all things and we should remember to thank Him for His goodness as often as we can. 

3. What we can thank The Lord for

I have met many women who have a hard time knowing what to thank The Lord for. Psalm 100:4-5 tells us 3 things we can thank The Lord for. 

  • The Lord is good 
  • His mercy is everlasting
  • His truth endures to all generations

On this Thanksgiving day, I hope you take some time to enter God’s court and give Him praise for who He is and what He has done for you.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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7 Simple steps to start Verse Mapping

There are many ways to study the Bible. One way is to start verse mapping. Here you will understand what verse mapping is, why you should start verse mapping, and learn the 7 simple steps to start verse mapping today. 

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What is verse mapping? 

Verse mapping is a Bible study method used to break down a verse and visually arrange the components. 

2 Reasons to start verse mapping 

  1. Helps you visualize all the different parts of a verse. This is extremely helpful if you are a visual learner. 
  2. Guides you to understand all the parts to a verse. Sometimes verses can be composed of 2 or more sentences and can include different topics. Mapping these thoughts out can guarantee that you won’t miss a portion and you will have a fuller understanding of the verse. 

4 ways verse mapping helps you understand the Bible 

  1. Highlights the verse structure. 
  2. Identifies verse fragments and represents the order of the verse and how it connects to verses before and after. 
  3. Helps identify who is talking, who is the author talking to, and what they are saying. 
  4. Establishes word and thought order: A verse diagram displays the different parts of the verse in order of thought, or idea and provides a way to link those different parts to others. 

7 Simple steps to start Verse Mapping 

There are 7 simple steps to verse mapping. Below, I describe and show every step in detail. 

1. Pick a verse (or portion of scripture) 

There are many verses in the Bible, and not all of them are well-suited for verse mapping. Try to pick verses you are struggling to understand or want to learn more about. Going through mapping out these types of verses will give you a better understanding of what it means and how it relates to verses around it. 

For this demonstration, I am using the verse John 10:11

verse mapping step 1: John 10:11

2. Write the verse

There is a strong correlation between remembering something and writing it down. You can write the verse you choose in a journal, or you can use the computer. Whatever medium you choose, make sure the verse has lots of space around it to add all the things you find. 

verse mapping step 2: write the verse

As you can see, I wrote my verse down in a computer program called Canva. I chose this medium because I am a visual learner but I don’t have art skills. I am also told that my writing is not legible, and I wanted to make sure people could follow my train of thought. 

3. Define the words

There are many times I read the Bible and I see a word I don’t know the meaning to. Every time I discover one of these words, I take the time to go to a Bible dictionary and see what the word means. There are other times I read a word and understand the worldly concept, but not the heavenly concept. When defining a word, it’s good to check the definition in a traditional dictionary and a Bible dictionary. 

verse mapping step 3: Define the words

I chose the word “good” to define it. Sometimes I think I know what good means, but then I put the word in the Bible context and it changes. We have a tendency to call everything good. But the only thing that is good is God Himself. So by calling Himself the good shepherd, Jesus was expressing His inherent goodness and declaring Himself God. 

4. Identify who is talking

This step is extremely important. Identifying who is talking gives the context of the words to what is coming next. If the speaker is important, then the words that follow will also be important. 

If the speaker is an evil spirit, then we know that the words that come next will not be true. 

verse mapping step 4: Identify who is talking

In John 10:11, Jesus is the one speaking. He identifies that by the word I. Jesus then continues and says: I am. These 2 words are significant as we trace them back to the Old Testament and God said: I am. Jesus is declaring Himself as God and demonstrating His characteristics. 

5. Identify who is being spoken to 

The message can change depending on the audience. If I am explaining how to cut an apple, my instructions will be different if I am speaking to my child, vs if I am speaking to my husband. 

The same is true in the Bible. Sometimes the verses are talking to people who are saved, vs those who aren’t. Then other times the Bible is talking to everyone. It is important to understand who the audience is so we know what our response should be. 

verse mapping step 5: identify the audience

In this verse, the audience is the sheep (everyone). We know this because The Bible tells us that Jesus died for everyone. 

John 3:16– For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

6. Highlight any truths that stand out 

Every time I read a piece of scripture, something new stands out. Highlights will change from person to person and from time to time. Meaning that the things that hit true today, may not be impressed on me the next time I read the passage. God’s word is living, and The Lord will guide our hearts to see what He wants us to learn from scripture. 

To help extract meaning, it’s important to ask yourself lots of questions while you read. As you answer questions, certain truths will stand out and ring true for you. Fill in the form below to receive a free list of questions you can ask yourself for any passage of scripture. 

verse mapping step 6: highlight truths that stand out

7. Check cross-references and mark connections

One of my favourite ways to learn what The Bible has to say is to check and see if the verse correlates to another part of the Bible. That is to say, we do some cross-referencing.

 

verse mapping step 7; check cross references

In John 10:11 there is 1 I am statement. This statement can be cross-referenced to 6 other I am statements in the book of John, and to the Old Testament when the words I am were first used. Checking out these cross-references will give you a fuller appreciation for this statement and a deeper understanding of who God is. 

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Real-Life Application

Once you have mapped out your verse, you’re not done. To really understand what the verse is talking about, you need to ask yourself some application questions. 

  1. How can you turn this verse into a prayer? 
  2. Is there a promise you can claim? 
  3. Are there any truths that impact how you are living?

Once you have done all those, turn to The Lord in prayer and dedicate what you have learned. Ask Him to bring the verse to mind and help you apply what you have learned to your daily life. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

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It’s easy to get intimidated when you hear someone say they are studying the Bible. I always picture lecture halls and endless nights filled with reading lists and assignments. But, those images are flashbacks to my university days, not Bible study. Today, I am going to share 6 simple steps in Bible Study.

 

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When Jesus came to earth, he picked disciples that were fishermen and tax collectors. They were not educated and had a low social ranking. Regardless of who they were, Jesus picked them to follow Him and then build the church. 

This simple act of choosing these disciples tells me that God’s word is for anyone. It’s not just for the people who can read or have degrees. 

Jesus came for all people, and He wants everyone to learn about who He is and what He has to say. 

6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

1. Start with prayer

The first steps in Bible study are the most important. That first step is prayer. Regardless of where you are in your Christian walk, it’s always good to start with prayer.

When I sit down to study The Bible, I usually have a few things on my mind. Praying lets me give my worries and thoughts to God. Doing this helps me focus and helps me be less distracted and more focused. 

Praying also helps me frame my point of view. 

While reading The Bible, it’s easy to impose our own opinions and thoughts and completely oversee what the scripture actually says. So, starting with Prayer and asking for direction and wisdom is a good way for me to let the Spirit guide my thoughts. 

2. Pick a passage

The next step in Bible study is choosing what to read.

Most people desire to know God, and they want to read the bible, but they just don’t know where to start. 

A few years ago, I lost one of my cousins to cancer. It’s still something that I process regularly, but the first year was the hardest. I had a hard time wrapping my head around it and just couldn’t understand why. I still don’t have answers to those questions, but I have peace about it. 

About 8 months after my cousin died, our women’s Bible study was studying Judges. It was through reading Judges and the discussions we had about it that gave me the perspective and peace I have today. 

At the time of my cousin’s death, if you had told me I would find peace while reading the book of Judges, I would laugh at you. 

Judges is a hard book to read and is full of darkness and strange stories. But God knew what my heart needed, and He used what I was reading to speak to me. 

So don’t worry too much about what you are going to read. God will meet you in whatever you choose. 

Just pick a passage, any passage and read it. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I suggest following a reading plan or Bible study, as those things give you structure and accountability. 

If you want to spend less time worrying about what to read and more time reading the Bible, then join my community. I created The Christian Growth Hub to give women guided Bible study workbooks that they can complete in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. When you join the community, you also get access to our Facebook group where you can connect with other women, share what God has taught you and much more. Click here for all the details.

3. Read the passage  

The next steps in Bible study are to read the passage. When you are reading The Bible, it’s always a good idea to read it at least two times

  • On the First read, take the time to read through the whole passage.
  • On the second read-through:
    • Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense
    • Write any words you may not know
    • Note any observations you make 
    • Think about how the passage connects to what you already know
    • Ask yourself questions you may have about this passage
    • Visualize what the passage is talking about

To get a deeper understanding of what a passage is saying, take the time to read the passage carefully. 

4. Ask questions

The fourth step is asking questions. This is one of the most important steps in Bible study and should not be missed. After you’re done reading, take some time to ask yourself more questions about the text. 

You can use prepared questions, or you can ask your own questions. 

These questions should focus on:

  • understanding what the text says
  • it’s key ideas
  • clarifying what you don’t understand
  • applying what you learned. 

5. Take notes

The next step in Bible study is taking notes. It’s important to take notes throughout the entire process.

Taking notes has 2 benefits:

  1. Taking notes will help you remember what you learned

“If you write something by hand, all that complex sensory information increases the chances the knowledge will be stored for later.

In short, writing by hand forces your brain to process information in a more detailed way, which helps you successfully load that information into your memory.” 

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2. Taking notes is evidence of growth

An important part of feeling successful in accomplishing goals is seeing progress. 

As a Christian, we understand that spiritual growth looks different from physical growth and other measures of growth. Even though things differ, we still need to see progress. 

One way to track your progress is to keep your notes from your Bible study. That way, when you are feeling discouraged or uncertain, you can go back and see all the truths God has revealed to you. 

6. Apply what you have read

The last step in Bible Study is to apply what you have read. What good does it do to read The Word of God and then not let it change us? 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 

James 1: 22-24

I have some crooked teeth so I get food stuck between them pretty often. When I go to the mirror to see what’s between my teeth, I have a decision to make. Do I leave the food there?? NO!! I take the time to remove the piece of food. 

This is the same thing Paul is talking about in this passage. If we read God’s word and do nothing, then we are like that person who looks in the mirror and leaves the food stuck in their teeth. 

As my mom would say: God’s word demands a response. 

What should we do?

When we read God’s word, there is always something we can do. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I know I already used that verse, but it’s just that good. 

Everything we read can teach us something and lead us to repent of sin. Scripture can train our minds to think about God and everything that is noble and good. 

The Bible can also train us to be better parents, spouses, neighbours and so on. There is no shortage of actions we can take after we read the Bible.

The best way to learn how The Bible can apply to our lives is by asking some application questions. 

Click here for a list of application questions. 

Bible study doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. 

God desires a relationship with us. He wants us to understand what He wrote. Start today by taking these 6 simple steps in Bible Study. I know The Lord will honour your desire and you will find so much beauty and wonder in His word. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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9 Effective Bible Study Methods

The Bible is unlike any other Book. The Bible was written by men, throughout hundreds of years, who were inspired by God. It’s tempting to approach The Bible like any other book and just read it for entertainment and knowledge. Even though the Bible is full of wisdom, it had a larger purpose. The Bible is God’s word to us. It is His way of communicating with us. To understand what God is saying, I encourage you to use these 9 effective Bible study methods.

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9 Effective Bible Study Methods

1. Verse Mapping

Verse mapping is a Bible study method used by breaking down a verse and visually arranging the components of that verse. 

Creating a verse diagram helps highlight the verse structure. It also identifies verse fragments and represents the order of the verse and how it connects to verses before and after. 

To identify fragments: Diagramming helps identify fragments or portions of a verse. This would include identifying who is talking, who is the author talking to, what they are saying. 

To establish word order: A verse diagram displays the different parts of the verse in order of thought, or idea and provides a way to link those different parts to others. 

Click here to learn 7 simple steps to verse mapping.

2. Inductive Bible Study Method

Inductive Bible study methods all work around the same framework. First, you read and observe the text, then interpret the text, and finally apply the text to your life.

There are several methods you can use to do this, but the most popular ones are;  

  1. P.R.A.Y Method: Pray, Read, Apply, and Yield.  
  2. Soap Method: Scripture, Observation, application, Prayer
  3. Sword Method: Tell the Bible story, read the story, ask Holy Spirit to help you understand, and ask the questions

3. Character study

A character study is when you pick one person from The Bible and study their life. 

  • You start by finding all the scriptures they are mentioned in. 
  • Then, you read all the verses you have found and make observations about what is written. You do this by looking at key characteristics, actions, and lessons they may have learned. 
  • Then you can see if they have characteristics that reflect Christ, or not. 
  • You can then consider the lessons they learned in their life and see if you can learn from them. 

Character studies are a fun way of seeing how God uses people to accomplish His will. 

Over and over, you will see how people are flawed and yet God still uses them for His glory.

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4. Verse study

One of my favourite ways to study is to look at scripture one verse at a time. This can be tedious, so I tend to do this for portions of scripture and not the whole Bible. 

For example, I pick the first 2-3 verses from each epistle. Paul wrote many of them. When you focus on his introductions, you will see many similarities. 

By studying individual verses, you can gain insight into words you may not understand. You can also start seeing connecting words and sword flow. 

5. Chapter study 

A chapter study is an extension of a verse study. Instead of picking just one verse, you pick an entire chapter. 

Picking chapters to study is a good way to understand how verses connect to each other. 

To really understand what a chapter includes is by finding a keyword or a key thought. 

These keywords/thoughts are the main points that everything else flows from. 

In my youth, I spent too much time worrying about the right answer to these keywords. I thought that there was only one answer and stressed about whether I got it right. 

This type of thinking is a waste of time. We each read the Bible from our own viewpoint. Depending on what is going on in your world- one word may jump out at you- but won’t for anyone else. 

Instead of worrying if you have the “right” answer- focus on Christ and what He is trying to teach you. That way, no matter what keyword you pick- it will be the right one because God brought you there. 

6. Book Study

A book study is when you study an entire book. There are 66 books in The Bible and each one can be studied individually. 

To start a book study, the first step is reading the book. You can do this in one sitting (with smaller books), or you can break down your reading into a couple of days. 

Once you have read the book at least once, you can then make an outline of the book. 

Most study Bibles come with an outline. But remember that Bible manuscripts were not written with chapters and verses. Those were added later on to help people find specific portions of scripture. 

So a man created the outlines you see. There is no reason you have to agree with their outline and you can create your own. 

Creating outlines for a book helps you remember what the book is about and what the primary message is. 

You can also go deeper into your study by understanding who wrote the book and when the book took place in historical order. 

The Bible is not written in chronological order. So it’s good to read a book and understand when these events were taking place. 

For example:

The book of Ruth took place at the same time as certain portions of Judges. 

I didn’t know that for a long time and that connection became very meaningful for me. 

If you have ever read the book of Judges, you know that it’s dark. There are many perverted stories that share just how dark the world was. Then, you read Ruth- a beautiful book about redemption. 

Knowing that the Book of Ruth was written at the same time as Judges gives me so much hope. No matter how dark the world is- there is always this beautiful story of redemption going on that we may not see. 

I would have never made that connection had I not studied the book of Judges. 

7. Word Study 

A word study is when you pick one word and discover how that word is used in scripture and what you can learn from all the verses you find. 

The first step is picking a word you want to know more about. 

List of words you can start with: 

  • Remember
  • Love 
  • Salvation 
  • Heaven 
  • Peace 

This is just a small sample of the words you can choose to study. You can pick any word from the Bible and see what the Bible says. 

Once you have picked your word, you then use a concordance to find the word. Using this tool you discover how many times that word is used in the Bible, the meaning of the word, and their original Greek or Hebrew word. 

Once you have found all the words, you read through all the verses and take notes. 

Write the thought for that verse and what you learn about that word in the verse’s context. 

Doing this will give you a broader understanding of how language is used in The Bible and how one word can have a different meaning. 

For example

In English, we have one word for love. But in Greek, there are 4 words for love. They each mean love but not in the same way. 

So if you’re studying the word love, you need to understand the 4 original words and how the specific meaning changes the meaning of that word. 

Once you have made a note of the verses and discovered some meaning to them- it’s time to sort them. 

In most cases, you find we can categorize verses in different sections. You can group verses together and see how a group of verses relate to each other and to the meaning of the original word. 

You can click here and discover what I learned when I studied the word Remember. 

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8. Topical Bible Study 

This type of study is very similar to a word study. But instead of studying one word, you are studying a topic. 

For example, a word you may study is salvation. But, a topic you can study would be the steps to salvation. 

I could be wrong, but I don’t think there are any verses that say: these are the steps you need to take to be saved. 

There are verses that say:

  • Believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)
  • If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

These verses only have a few words that are the same. If you study the word saved, then these verses would come up. 

After reading these verses, you can see how the two verses compare with each other, and what they have to say about receiving salvation.  

9. Meditate on God’s word

Meditation is a bible study method that requires you to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence for religious purposes.

In our day, when we hear the word meditation, we think about Buddhism and their meditation practices. With such strong ties to another religion, we might be scared to meditate, but God’s word calls us to meditate on His word.

Studying God’s word is a privilege. I love digging deep and finding truths i can cling to and enjoy.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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The Best Online Bible Study for women

Have you ever wanted to attend an online Bible study? Is so, this post is perfect for you. In this post, I share the best online Bible study for women of all ages. I share with you the advantages and things to consider. Continue to read as I share The Best online Bible study for women.

I have been attending a weekly, in-person, women’s bible study since I was in University. I loved each study and learned the importance of women reading God’s word together. Then, 2020 came and changed all our lives and showed me what was possible for online bible study ministry. 

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My inspiration for online Bible Study 

January 2020 started with our Bible study starting a new book study. We were excited to dig in and see what The Lord was going to teach us. A friend and I planned, organized and implemented different tasks for the Thursday Morning Lady’s Bible study. 

Our goal was to stretch women through service and Bible study. We encouraged participation by having small groups and lots of time to pray and discuss what we had learned that day in study. We were thrilled with how God was using the time and was happy to watch Him move every week. 

By the time March came, we were all in a groove and enjoying our time together. 

As March continued, we watched as COVID spread across the world and country after country shut down. Everything stopped. We suddenly couldn’t meet in person and rushed to find a different way to have Bible study. 

We decided it wasn’t safe to meet in person and the groups who could meet online. That is when online Bible study started for me. 

I had experienced nothing like that before. At first, I didn’t like it. I was trying to juggle 3 kids being home while orchestrating their distance learning. They each had several meetings a day and not at the same time. While all of this was going on, we met online. 

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Usually, this time on a Thursday morning was holy for me. That is where I met God and learned so much about Him. It was uninterrupted time praying, fellowship, and learning about God. Losing that was hard. I suddenly had to share my time, leave portions of the study and was constantly distracted. I was convinced that online study could not work. 

At the same time, my Sunday night Bible study group suspended in-person meetings and started meeting over ZOOM. We placed the children in front of the TV and could have our study uninterrupted. 

This time together online differed from the first. Our children were not interrupting us and I felt like I was still experiencing the same connection we had built in-person. 

Since these two experiences weren’t the same, I reflected on the differences between the two. The answer was quick in coming. In one, I had a million things going on, in the other I was focused.

I now knew that online Bible study did work and could be very beneficial.  

Going through this process convinced me I could create and start an online Bible study of my own.

Since that revelation, I have created and launched my very own online Bible study. It is called: The Christian Growth Hub.

What is: The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is a unique online bible study experience for women who desire to grow in their understanding of The Bible and deepen their relationship with our saviour. 

The Christian Growth Hub Community provides a variety of materials for women in every stage of life and all levels of time commitments. 

We help you pinpoint your barriers and help you tear them down so you can have an ongoing and consistent relationship with God.

My goal is to help women have a consistent and abundant relationship with God by providing weekly bible reading plans accompanied with a workbook, weekly online teaching, and an online community of like-minded Christian women.

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My barriers to consistent Bible Study

As a mother of 3, my life is busy. I spend my days cleaning, cooking, shopping, driving to appointments, blogging, creating products and much more. Some days, it seems like there isn’t enough time to get everything done, let alone add in some Bible Study time. It just felt like too much. 

I have been a Christian for many years and I have always struggled with having a consistent walk with God. 

Some barriers I faced included:  

  • Lack of accountability and motivation
  • Distraction from my kids, my schedule, and just life in general
  • Not knowing what to study or how to study the Bible
  • Not being able to make a plan and stick to it

I’m sure you can relate to some of this. 

God helped me overcome these barriers through participating in weekly bible study. 

7 ways an online Bible study can help you

1. Provides accountability

When you set a goal, the best way to guarantee success is by having some accountability. 

According to this Forbes article, accountability “is probably the single most important element fueling truly successful organizations.”

Since accountability is the biggest part of success, I have incorporated it into the online Bible Study. Being part of the Digging Deeper Christian Community gives you access to 3 types of accountability. 

  1. Track your own progress: This is exactly what it sounds like. You have a tracking sheet that shows the month and the date. The days you read your bible, you tick the box and the days you miss — you don’t tick the box. Over time, you can see patterns of what days you read The Bible and days you don’t. This tracker is not meant to judge you. If you are using a tracker and see the missed days and feel like a failure, then this is not the best tool for you. A tracker is a visual reminder of the days you have done something and the days you haven’t. 
  2. Receive reminder notices: Another way to be held accountable is to set yourself daily reminders. I have a google phone, so I create a daily event called Bible study. As the event gets closer, I get a reminder on my lock screen. Having that daily reminder helps me remember I want to study, and I have created the time for it. 
  3. Connect to an accountability partner: An accountability partner is someone who will ask you how your Bible study is going. They will ask what you are learning and how you are feeling about the process. You would both decide on a time and “schedule” you want to keep encouraging each other. Each pair of accountability partners will have a distinct set of “rules”. You want to make sure you are feeling encouraged and not pestered. 

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2. Limits distractions

One of the biggest pitfalls of Bible study is being distracted. Being part of The Christian Growth Hub will help minimize distractions in 3 ways

  1. Gives you a set reading plan: If you are like me, you want to read The Bible, but when you sit down- you have no clue where to start. You spend 5-10 minutes thinking about what you are going to read. By the time you have finally decided- your time has been eaten up and you don’t have time for much else. As a member of the community, you will have access to a weekly reading plan so you don’t have to waste time thinking about what you are going to read. 
  2. Offers a dedicated hour of teaching: One way to fight distraction is to have a set time of the week where you are connected with others in Bible Study. Every Thursday afternoon, at 1 pm mountain time, I go live in our private Facebook group to share with you what The Lord has been teaching me. This dedicated teaching time helps minimize distraction by engaging you online through participating in the study. You can watch live or catch the replay. 
  3.  Provides weekly workbooks: For each week of study, there is a 10-15 page workbook. Using a workbook decreases your distractions by providing a verse of the week, 5-6 days of scriptures and guiding questions. Following the workbook keeps you on track and your mind focused. If you get distracted by what’s going on around you, just jump right back into the workbook and start where you left off. Completion of the workbook is all self-passed and should take 15 minutes or less 5-6 days a week. 

3. Provides you with a concrete plan

I am passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with God. I want to see you grow in your faith and understanding. Through prayer and meditation, I created a plan to help women grow in their faith. The plan includes following a specific Bible study path that follows the inductive bible study method. I have created the membership in a way to give you access to one study at a time. This was created with the intention of women to follow the Bible study path 1 lesson a week. 

For example: Once you have become a member, you can go to the membership menus and see that there are modules ready for you to jump into one. The first module is a quick introduction to the membership, showing you all the parts of the membership. The next module is the first study- Who am I in Christ? This study includes 10 lessons- An introduction lesson, a conclusion lesson, and 8 Bible study lessons. Eight weeks after starting your study, the next study will unlock. 

I chose this format to make the learning path clear and cut out all the clutter. I provide simple steps for Bible study. I do this by unlocking one bible study at a time. I could easily publish all the studies at once. But doing that would make you feel overwhelmed. 

Providing you with one study at a time gives you a concrete plan to follow and cuts out all the distractions and worry about what you’re studying next. 

4. Provides you with specific Direction

Over the years, I have been part of many groups and programs. One thing I don’t like is when I’m purchasing a product and being left alone to figure out how to use it. 

Since that’s something I don’t like, I do my best to give you simple directions. I do this in 3 ways. 

  1. Weekly emails: every week I email members with reminders of what week they are studying and steps they can take that week to be engaged. 
  2. Facebook Guides: I want to create a space for engagement and growth. To facilitate that, I have created a guide for each week of the study. It includes the key verse for that day and then a few questions from the workbook. 
  3. Videos: I am a visual learner, so I publish videos to show you different parts of the membership and how to use them. 

I created each of these methods to facilitate spiritual growth and discussion. 

5. Creates a safe place 

Have you ever been part of a Facebook group where people call each other names and tear people down? I think we all have. 

I have a zero tolerance for bullying and hate speech in the online Bible study group. 

I want to create a space where people can share their thoughts, prayers, and praise without the worry of being condemned or made fun of. If that should ever happen, I have an action plan ready to implement. 

6. Gives you support and wisdom 

I have been a Christian for a long time. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that we are not meant to travel alone. God calls us to connection and wants us to build community with other Christians. My goal with The Christian Growth Hub is to support women in their walk with God and their everyday life. I do this by posting daily promos in the Facebook group and sharing wisdom through weekly teaching and other events or content I create. 

The best part of being part of an online bible study is that you won’t just be hearing from me. You will also see what other women are learning by reading the comments and engaging in the Facebook group. 

7. Facilitates Connection

Being part of The Christian Growth Hub means that you will have access to a premium Facebook Group. In this group, you can connect with like-minded Christian women. You can connect with others by posting a prayer request, praying for others, asking for guidance and advice, and so much more. 

The more engaged you are in the group, the faster relationships will grow and the more connected you will feel. 

A call to obedience

For many years, I knew God was calling me to write and use my gifts of teaching and leadership for Him. 

It took me a long time to find a space where I felt comfortable doing that regularly. 

Because of COVID, I could no longer meet together with my weekly Bible Study group. I missed the time so much that I started thinking about ways I can continue to connect to Christian Women regardless of what was going on in the world. That is when The Lord gave me the idea of an online community. 

My dream is that women would find a safe place to grow, share and discover what a marvellous God we have. 

I want to see women develop a consistent bible reading time and learn how to apply The Bible to their lives. I want to help women discover their spiritual gifts and give them opportunities to use them. 

I have many dreams for this community, and I can’t wait to see what God does with this. 

Click here to join now.

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5 Powerful Results of Spiritual Growth

As a mother of 3, I spend most of my days making sure they are fed and dressed properly. Their clothes and behaviour reflect the type of home they live in and most people judge parents by their children’s actions. As Christians, we reflect The Lord. If you are like me, I want people to see that I’ve grown and become spiritually mature. But how can you know if you are growing in faith? Continue to learn 5 Powerful Results of Spiritual Growth.

This blog post was written by Sacha. She is the owner/creator of Clothed With Dignity Co which is a Christian blog and apparel store, encouraging women to be strong, honourable and faithful to God. Learn more about her here.

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When someone repents and believes in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are saved and
become born-again. They are now a new creation unto God and have the Holy Spirit
dwelling inside of them. Although they are still living in the flesh in this world, they are
also walking in the spirit.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” –

Galatians 5:16.


Even though we are walking with The Spirit, there is a constant battle between the flesh (represented by the old self/ways) and the spirit (the new creation).

Each and every day we have a choice to make: will we follow the Lord and walk in the spirit, or fall into temptation for the lusts of the flesh?

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are
contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” –

Galatians 5:17.

What is Spiritual Growth?

Every day, Christians have access to two of the most powerful weapons to help them on
their walk with Christ and deny the desires of the flesh each day: the Word of God
and prayer.

When we choose to study the Bible and meditate on His Word, in order to learn, mature and grow in the faith, we are seeing spiritual growth within our own selves.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth” –

2 Timothy 2:15.


Spiritual growth is where we yearn to be more like Christ, and less like our own selves,
or those in this world. We make choices each and every day to serve the Lord in the
spirit, and deny the desires of the flesh. Although we still sin and fall short of the glory
of God, He is merciful towards us.

Why is Spiritual Growth Important

Spiritual growth is important for Christians because it helps us understand God more, and
also what His purpose and plans are for our lives. We are no longer living in this world,
for the world; we are following God and His Will for us.


God knows what is best for us. He created each and every one of us with a plan and
the purpose for our lives.

For many, they will never follow through with said plan and purpose, but for those Christians who are actively seeking the Lord and desiring to grow and mature in the faith, they will actively do God’s Will in their lives.

What Can You Achieve?

There is so much that you can achieve when you walk in the spirit of Jesus. Aside from
the obvious – spiritual maturity and growth, there is also a deeper sense of wisdom and
understanding of the Bible. We also get to know more about who God truly is, and why He
created you, others, and this world around us.

We also receive unique spiritual gifts that can not only help ourselves but also others
around us.

For example: Joseph’s gift was interpreting dreams, Solomon had wisdom, Samson had such strength, Deborah was a strong leader, and Paul became one of the greatest apostles known to mankind for his faith and leadership.

When we become closer to God, we can start to receive these spiritual gifts that He has
given us, and use them according to His purpose.

5 powerful results of spiritual growth

1. Spiritual Growth Leads You Closer Towards God

As you choose to spend more time with God, studying the Bible, praying, sharing the
Gospel with others, attending Church and so on, you will feel closer to God.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” –

James 4:8a.

2. There is a Greater Understanding of The Bible


The more you study the Word of God and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you, the more you will understand what The Bible says.
The Bible compares this process to a child being able to stop drinking milk and start eating meat.

A great example of this is being able to read the less exciting scriptures in the Bible, such as the
genealogies or measurements of the temple, and see the real hidden messages behind
those Bible verses.


“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” –

2 Timothy 3:16.

3. Better Mindset During Spiritual Warfare


All Christians will go through trials, tribulations, and spiritual warfare. Spiritual maturity allows you to go through these trials and hardships with a better mindset.

As you grow closer to The Lord, you depend on His strength more, are more aware of The Lord’s presence, and can work through these struggles easier than when you were not as spiritually mature.


“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil”

Ephesians 6:11

4. You Share the Gospel With Others

Once you understand the Bible and the Gospel a lot better, you will be convicted to share the truth of the Gospel with others.

The Bible also encourages you to pray for others, especially for their salvation.

Overall, when you grow in your faith, you have a stronger desire to make God known and glorify Him daily.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature” –

Mark 16:15

5. Gives You a Better Understanding of God’s Plan and Purpose

Have you ever asked yourself these questions:

  • What is my purpose in my life?
  • What is God’s plan for me?

These questions are ones that most Christians face. Through reading The Bible and getting to know God more, we slowly get answers to these questions.

There needs to be a lot of patience, consistency and a change of mindset towards how you go about seeking
these answers.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who
are the called according to his purpose” –

Romans 8:28

The Importance of Spiritual Growth In Christianity

God loves you and has a plan for you in your life. He desires for you to get to know Him
and to make Him known to others.

Our lives are no longer about ourselves once we see
and believe in the truth about God and His creation. Our lives are transformed, for we are
no longer the person that we were before we were saved.

The ultimate reason for us being here on this earth is to glorify God. As such, spending
time in the Word, praying to God and actively choosing to do other things that will result
in spiritual growth and maturity in the faith is of paramount importance for us Christians.

In the comments below, tell me your results of spiritual growth.

Author:

Sacha is the owner/creator of Clothed With Dignity Co which is a Christian blog and
apparel store, encouraging women to be strong, honourable and faithful to God. She shares
various different topics about the Christian faith, including Spiritual Growth,
Motherhood and Encouragement for Single Christians/Single Christian Moms. She has
recently created a secondary store/blog called Scripture + Prayer which can be found on
her blog. Check out her blog here!

Should a christian celebrate Halloween

Every year, I see the same question repeatedly. Should a Christian celebrate Halloween?

In today’s post, I will share with you 

  • 3 things the bible says we should consider.
  • 7 things a Christian should do on Halloween
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Should a Christian celebrate Halloween?

3 things the bible says Christians Should Consider

As a Christian, my goal is to live a life that is glorifying God. Whenever I have a question, I turn to the Bible and see what it has to say about it.

Since the bible doesn’t talk specifically about Halloween, I have to dig deeper to see what God wants for me.

But, as we consider the question, there are 3 things a Christian should think about when wondering if they can celebrate Halloween.

1. Do Not Conform

Romans 12:2 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

This verse is very clear. As Christians, we are not to look like the world.

We are to renew our minds and do the will of God. 

In this verse, world means: “an age, a period of time,” marked in the NT usage by spiritual or moral characteristics, which is sometimes translated as “world”

So, when translated it means: not to be conformed to this period of time/this age. 

Every age and era has social norms that are not ruled by God’s word but by popular opinion. So, we are not to be swayed by popular opinion, but we are to renew our minds and seek out God’s will for us.

2. Go out into all the world

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We know this verse as the great commission. Even though we are not to be swayed by what the world is doing, we are called to go out into it. That means that God does not want us to hide in our basements and ignore the people around us. He wants us to be actively getting to know people around us so that one day we can tell them about Christ. 

For me, Halloween is a perfect time of year to get to know my neighbors. When is there another time when your neighbors come to you and ring your doorbell??……never!!

In today’s world, we live behind walls, fences, and technology. We have built a society that has no need for one another and divided each other up with little connection. 

Halloween is a built-in day that all of that goes away. People willingly go out of their homes and come out into the streets and ring other people’s doorbells. 

We use Halloween to put faces to neighbors and show God’s love through our generosity and attitude. Click here to read more about how you can love your neighbor at Halloween. 

3. Our freedom 

1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31-33 

23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

When we become Christians, we have the freedom to make our own choices on things that are not black in white. 

The Bible is very clear on certain things: salvation, heaven, hell, and more. 

But, the bible leaves many things out including: Should Christians take part in Halloween? 

Because of this freedom, each Christian can come to their own conclusion about Halloween. 

But, there are a few considerations we should make. 

2 considerations:

  1. Seek the good of others 

1 Corinthians 10:24  

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

So, when we consider what we should do, we also need to think about how our actions may affect others. 

Some questions we should ask ourselves: 

  1. Will taking part in Halloween harm my children? Physically or emotionally 
  2. Does my involvement in an activity hurt my relationship with the people I love? 

If your answer to either of these questions is yes, then maybe it would be good to reconsider your plans for Halloween and do something that won’t hurt your children and won’t ruin the relationships that matter to you. 

2. Is this to the glory of God? 

Reading further in 1 Corinthians 12 leads us to these verses. 

1 Corinthians 12: 31-33

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

This verse reminds us we have a choice in what we do, but we should always think about whether our actions bring God glory. 

Each Christian may come to a different conclusion about what that means, buts it’s important to think about and then follow through. 

For our family, we try to bring honor to God by being kind to everyone who comes to our door but also in the costumes the children wear. Our children can wear any costume they want except for demons, witches, ghosts, zombies, evil monsters, and other costumes that seem evil or hurtful. 

We have this rule because we don’t want our children to portray evil things. We also have this rule because we don’t want our kids scaring others with their costumes. 

My kids have been extremely scared by some costumes and we don’t want our kids to have that effect on others. 

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7 things a Christian should do

Since there is no clear answer in the bible on whether Christians should or shouldn’t celebrate Halloween, we need to look beyond the question and focus on what Christians should do on Halloween.

1. Seek God’s will 

Anytime we have a question about what we should do and how we should act, our first step should always be to seek God’s will. 

We can seek God’s will by 

Praying

Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV)

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

God encourages us to come to Him with everything!! There is nothing too stupid or too small to come to God with. He wants us to ask Him what we should do. 

When we come to God in prayer, His word promises us we might not get specific answers, but we will receive peace. The peace He gives us will then control the way we think and feel. 

Reading His word

God’s word may not have direct instructions for our specific situation, but it will give us God’s character and guidelines we should follow. A good place to start would be the verses I laid out in the above section.

If you still need more guidance, then I would encourage you to read Romans 14. This chapter lays out how we are free to act in what ways God gives us freedom in balancing unity and love with our brothers and sisters in God. 

When trying to decide what God wants us to do, we need to remember that God wants all our actions to show our love for God or our love for our neighbor.

2. Love your neighbor 

Matthew 22:37 (NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Halloween is a perfect time to love your neighbor and there are many simple things you can do to show the love of God. 

3. Keep the unity 

If you have been a Christian for a while, then you know we don’t all agree on everything. 

We actually disagree on many things, and we let our differences decide us. 

But God does not what that for us. It’s ok that we have different opinions, but they should not decide us. 

1 Corinthians 1:10

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

God’s desire is for us to be united in mind and thought. That’s a high calling. It may not be achievable here on earth. But, I think the larger point here is to be united. To love each other despite our differences. 

4. Stop Passing judgment

Romans 14:13

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

As Christians, it’s easy for us to look down on people who do things differently than we do. 

We feel The Lord has called us to do one thing and look down on others who don’t feel that way. 

We Jude their actions, their reasoning, and even their relationship with God. 

God does not want that for us. He wants us to stop passing judgment on others. 

Instead, He wants us to decide to not stumble each other. 

That means that our love for our brother and sister in the Lord should be so great that we would consider that before ourselves. We might even decide not to do something because of our brother and sister. 

5. Don’t stumble others 

As Christians, we have the freedom to choose to participate in what we want. 

But, our participation or lack thereof should not stumble our Christian Brothers and sisters. 

Romans 14:13

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

What does that look like? 

Since we are talking about Halloween, I will use it in 2 examples. 

  1. Let’s say that you feel that it’s ok to take part in Halloween, but you attend a church that strongly believes that Christians should not take part. Before you decide and do what you want, God wants us to think about the people around us and how our actions will affect them. Here, taking part in Halloween might offend the people we fellowship with. It might even cause them to be angry with us and make a separation. If that is the case, then it might be better to choose to abstain instead of participating.
  2. Now let’s look at another example. Let’s say that you believe as Christians we should never participate in Halloween. But, your church has had a fall dress-up festival on Halloween. Instead of speaking out against it and making this activity a point of decision decide to pray for the event and maybe even consider going. 

Each Christian is in a different citation which makes the answer to this question. I don’t know the church you go to or your beliefs on the matter. But, using God’s word as a standard, God will show you how you can keep your freedom or combination without causing harm to the surrounding people. 

6. Be a light

God calls us to be a light in the darkness and to share the gospel with those around us. 

Halloween is a perfect time of year to open our doors and give people tracks about God’s love. 

7. Find alternatives 

If you truly feel that God does not want you to go trick or treating but you still want your kids to have fun on Halloween, there are many alternative things you can do. 

Click here to read 6 alternatives to trick or treat

As a Christian, it can be a minefield trying to decide whether you should celebrate. Everyone you ask may have a different opinion, or you may be the only one that has a particular conviction. 

The one thing that matters above all things is that you obey God’s calling and that you are considerate of others while you show obedience. 

In the comments below, let me know if you celebrate Halloween and how you came to that decision.

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