Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 5

A bolt of Greece lightning” is how the National Geographic characterized Thessaloniki in its “Best of the World 2013″ list. Thessaloniki is the European Capital for 2014. (Photograph by Peter Schickert, Alamy)

A bolt of Greece lightning” is how the National Geographic characterized Thessaloniki in its “Best of the World 2013″ list. Thessaloniki is the European Capital for 2014. (Photograph by Peter Schickert, Alamy)

Welcome to another discussion for Children of the Day by Beth Moore. We are meeting in small groups again this week as we discuss week five, “Children Of the Light.”  Do you remember the words of Beth Moore this week? She writes, “We can keep our heads buried in Scripture and believe everything we read, but if we study only God’s acts and not His character, our sum-total god still won’t be the God of the Bible. A lesser god is not our God.” What does that mean to you personally? Do you understand the message she is delivering… studying God is not the same as knowing God. She encourages us to be awake in the Lord and has a beautiful message on page 121 in the study guide.

I remember several times when I have been awakened by God, and sadly, this is also a reminder that I have slumbered. Maybe you recall similar events? In our small groups today several women shared how a relationship, financial hardship or health issue pulled them out of their slumber. The commonality in their testimonies is love and I’m reminded how Jesus is  Christian love. It is in Him and through Him that we are awakened to God.

This week we contemplated online relationships vs local relationships. We can edit our words and delete our comments in the social media world (Facebook, Twitter, etc) yet at the same time we have a larger audience for our message. I’ve seen women lose their tempers, condemn others, make suicide threats and even post comments while drunk. Yet they are ashamed to be truthful with their closet friends because they do not want to be accountable. Why is it easier for them to be authentic online than in person? Some hide behind fake profile names and then reveal their true self.

Remember that God sees, whether you are online with your real name or a fake name. He sees when you are transparent online, or when you are filled with lies. He sees when you build up the church and when you bring it down. He is ever present..and you should always be speaking for an Audience of One…online or in person!

Don’t be a people pleaser, online or in person. Be an authentic woman of God, Daughter of the King.

God calls you to be Christ-like, not social-media acceptable.

As I write this I am attacked with another round of spiritual warfare. Have you noticed intense pushing from Satan as you read the book, discuss the book or even grow closer to God because of the book? Wow… today’s been fierce as the enemy pushes hard to keep me distracted or silent. I am praying 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT over myself and you as well:

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

There is a beautiful intercessory prayer for awakening by Beth Moore on page 129 of your study guide. I hope you keep this prayer where you can see it, and consider praying it for the next 30 days.

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. On page 121 Beth Moore asks “What one event in your life shook you to your most awakened state?”  If you feel spiritually unawake, talk about a way that you really need the Lord to awaken you with His Spirit and to His presence and His activity in your proximity.
  2. Beth Moore makes a powerful statement when she says “We feel free to ask astonishingly personal questions to complete strangers, yet we’ve grown increasingly timid face to face.” (page 132) What implications do you see from getting into the habit of drawing fewer boundaries with the wider social arena and airtight boundaries with your closest companions?
  3.  How do we warn someone who is irresponsible without the person feeling judged? (page 133)

Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 6

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Image via DeviantArt vini007

Thank you for joining me in another online Bible study for women as we discuss Children of the Day by Beth Moore. We’ve finished reading week six in the study guide called “Mobilized For Ministry.” As Beth reminds us, if you are a child of God then you have a ministry and are called to serve Christ. You may be called to minister to one, or minister to many. The number is not as important as the calling.

Don’t be confused by your calling.

When I look back at my calling, I see how God has continued to change my path, yet never the destination. I can never see to the finish line, because only God knows when I am finished. Meanwhile, I look for fresh directions and follow his navigation system.

Often in business we are taught to create the vision, map the plan and reach the goals. Yet Scripture tells us…pray, then trust God. If you can hear Him speak to your heart, you have all the direction you need. Let God lead.

I think we have so much pressure from the world to follow a certain model or role, that when God calls us we are looking for complexity rather than simplicity.

When your calling is fueled by pride, then you are self-serving rather than God-serving. There are many examples of this in the Scriptures. Stripped of pride, you will accomplish more for His Kingdom than you will for your own. Pray often, listen, and follow where God leads. Negativity, bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment destroy callings. Don’t allow Satan to put these thoughts and words into your mouth. Pray constantly for a pure heart centered on God’s will.

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. Notice the words on page 143: “No one else can fulfill your calling.” Other people can do what you’ve been called to do, but they cannot be you doing it. Did you get any insight in your calling for this season? If so, what?
  2. What do you look like when you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? (page 145)  What do you want to do most when you’re filled with that holy fire?
  3.  What have you enjoyed most about the study since we started?

The Power of God’s Names Online Bible Study Begins Aug 25, 2014


power of gods names online bible study
Join us for a new online Bible study The Power of God’s Names by Tony Evans. This fall Bible study begins August 25, 2014 right here at the Womens Bible Cafe. If you have not participated in online studies with us, the formula is really simple. Once a week we update this website with a summary of the lessons and a set of small group discussion questions. Your involvement is once a week for one hour of fellowship and discussion- you will not get daily emails, nor do you need to check your Facebook page once a day. Our goal is to keep it as simple as possible because your time is valuable. Read the study guide at home, there are five daily lessons similar to a devotional, and then join us for small group discussion one hour a week. You select your own day and time, small groups are not assigned and all groups are open attendance. Join us online via our Facebook chatroom, create your own home group, or gather with a girlfriend over a cup of coffee each week. You can even do this as an independent study and post your answers to the questions right here on our website. Again, the goal is to keep Bible study simple and not complicate it.

ABOUT THE POWER OF GOD’S NAMES MEMBER BOOK/STUDY GUIDE

power of Gods names tony evansThe Power of God’s Names – Member Book includes small-group experiences for six sessions, individual study and learning activities five days a week, Scriptures that reveal the meanings of God’s names, and optional DVD viewer guides. To fully grasp the significance and power of knowing God’s names, you first need to understand the context of names within biblical cultures. In Old Testament times a name was more than simply nomenclature. It was, rather, a replica and revelation of the individual or thing itself.

The study examines 11 names of God. The words translated as name show up over one thousand times in Scripture and routinely carry with them power, responsibility, purpose, and authority. A name not only expresses the essence and significance of what is being named but also—when duly authorized—accesses the capacity intrinsic within it. Because of God’s depth of character, He has a variety of names to reflect His different capacities of relating to humanity. For example, God is called Elohim when referenced as the all-powerful Creator. When you need provision, get to know the name Jehovah Jireh, which means God, the Provider. God has a name for any and every situation you can find yourself in. Get to know the names of God because it is in knowing His character and His capacity that you will rest and discover both peace and power in His covenant care.

RESOURCES FOR THE POWER OF GOD’S NAMES BY TONY EVANS

Required: The Power of God’s Names Member Book order from Amazon- click here

Note: Lifeway.com has a digital book (not recommended unless you live international and cannot get the printed copy.

IMPORTANT: We are using the book with the WHITE cover. There are three versions of this book and the one you need has the white cover. It is not available for Kindle. The book we use is called a “member book” or sometimes a “study guide” and it has five daily lessons each week. The other two books are called ‘trade books” and do not have Bible study assignments.

  • Optional/not required for our online Bible study: Praying Through the Names of God  by Tony Evans- click here
  • Optional/not required for our online Bible study: The Power of God’s Names Video Sessions, download from Lifeway for individual use- click here

 

HOW TO JOIN THE POWER OF GOD’S NAMES ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

  1. At the bottom of this page you will see a comment box. Share a comment and tell us something about yourself and why you are joining this study. We’d love to know you…everyone is welcome to join.
  2. In the right column of this page is a “subscribe” box for the newsletter. Enter your email address so you will get our weekly Bible study updates.
  3. We start reading the book on Aug 25, so make sure you order a book from Amazon or Lifeway.
  4. AFTER you register here, login to your facebook account and then request to join our “closed” group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/womensbiblecafechatroom/ the group settings are “closed” so that only members of the group can see the content.

 

Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 4

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He Loves Me! Those words can make your heart full of joy everyday if the giver is the right person.  As I read week four of online Bible Study, Children of the Day by Beth Moore, one thing struck me: that God has loved us to the fullest before I knew and loved Him!  How amazing is this to realize, in a world where we often don’t love to our fullest until we have known a person for a considerable amount of time.  God’s love is perfect love, unconditional and is freely given to me and to you.

1 Thessalonians 4:10, Paul writes, “And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,” – As Christian sisters, how can we love each other more and more? Does this mean have a little more patience with each other, pray more for each other, hug each other more, etc. The list could go on and on.  But what’s important is that we show each other the love that God has shown to us and as we grow in our relationship with God, His love will shine through and we will love each other more.

Offer up a praise to God for loving you to the fullest even before you knew Him!  Let your light shine on others so that they may experience God’s love through you!

Sonya Nelson

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here. We also have a Facebook prayer group with almost 7,000 women… you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCprayers/ (login to Facebook before you click the URL).

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. What are you most curious about concerning end-time events? (page 106, week four, day five)
  2. Did one day of homework stick out the most to you in your journey with Christ these past two weeks? If so, which one and why?
  3. Turn to p.71 in your Week Three homework and glance down the page at the two questions on the equations. First, if you wrote any additional “minus hindrance” equations, I’m dying to hear them. Don’t stress if you didn’t add one but share it if you did.  Second, were there two equations among those I listed in the lesson that resonated with you? If so, which ones and perhaps even why?

Children of the Day Online Bible Study Week 3

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image source: To Vima

Welcome back to week three of online Bible Study as we continue with Children of the Day by Beth Moore. Before we talk about this week’s lesson, did anyone take a snapshot of the verses you are writing in the back of your workbook and post them on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/womensbiblecafe We’d love to see scripture written in your own hand, so share your photos when you post them on our facebook page.

We have a flashback of last week’s lesson and review two sources of hindrances: each other and satan.  But it was also revealed that there is a third source, you bet, the woman in the mirror (you and me).  By not heeding the instruction in Hebrews 12:1 to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles…” (NIV) our own bad habits hinder our growth and walk with God.

More Translations

  • Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us Hebrews 12:1 Amplified
  • Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up. Hebrews 12:1 GOD’S Word
  • Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-3 Message 

Are there things that you need to throw off?

How about

  • bitterness
  • jealousy
  • envy
  • anger
  • cursing
  • perfectionism
  • judging
  • adultery
  • addictions

Whatever it is, with God’s help you can throw it aside so that you can freely worship God! During this week, pray to God and ask Him to reveal what is a hindrance to you and ask Him to help you throw it aside. Connect with a small group discussion and discover what others are leading through this Beth Moore Bible study.

Sonya Nelson

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

The prayer wall is a great place to post prayers, find the monthly Womens Bible Cafe prayer calendar and to pray for one another. Be sure to visit the page when you click here. We also have a Facebook prayer group with almost 7,000 women… you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCprayers/ (login to Facebook before you click the URL).

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

  1. Timothy was called to go on a journey with God. Beth Moore asked us to consider his decision-making process on page 75 in the workbook (week 3, day three). Have you ever been called by God for a task, large or small? If so, what factors did you consider before moving forward?
  2. Beth Moore says on page 80 “Scripture does not stop at telling us we’ll have pressures and afflictions.” Share an example of pressure or affliction and how you responded when afflicted. Do you stand and fight, hide and retreat and sit still until you have clear direction?