The Power of God’s Names Bible Study Week 5

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Welcome back to the Women’s Bible Cafe where we are looking at Week Five of The Power of God’s Names by Dr. Tony Evans.  Over these last few weeks we have learned much about the character and nature of our great God by studying the power and meaning of His many names.  We also learned that we develop a deeper relationship with Him as we experience the wonder and majesty of His name.

This week we will be looking at El Elyon: The Most High God, as well as El Shaddai: God Almighty.  El Elyon speaks to us of God’s power in a way that none of His other names can.  It signifies His power over every situation, including our greatest enemies or our worst mistakes.  That’s right, God is bigger than even those two things combined.  Nothing is too difficult for Him.  (Jeremiah 32:17)

Never focus on the size of the problem.  Instead, focus on the size of your God.  Tony Evans

Oftentimes we view life based on what we think we can handle or accomplish on our own but we fail to realize that this limits our view of God and what He can and wants to accomplish in us and through us.  You see, God longs to bless you so that not only you will be blessed, but that you would in turn share His blessings with those around you.  Blessed to be a blessing.

This truly is a wonderful week to begin a journal if you haven’t already begun one.   Here are some ideas for your journal this week.

“Blessed to be a blessing”~write a list in your journal of the ways in which God has blessed you (remember that God has blessed you with special talents and abilities as well).  How can you use those blessings to share His love with those that He has placed in your life?  Write out Psalm 91 and James 1:16-17 in your journal.  Read these verses daily highlighting the ones that are comforting to you.  Finally, consider writing about a difficulty that you may be experiencing and how the truths from this lesson can help you navigate this turmoil in a more victorious manner.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

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

1.  What do you depend on more, your source or your resources.

2.  How can we support one another as a group in moments when we are waiting for God to come through.

3.  How often do you allow the size of a problem to prevent you from seeking a solution?

4.  What steps do you take to spend time in God’s presence?

 

Womens Bible Cafe Book of the Month October 2014

Join the Womens Bible Cafe as we read Christian books this fall! This is a great way to learn about Christian authors and discuss your opinions on the books we read. The Book Club is a fun place to fellowship, make new friends, share your passion for reading and deepen your faith.whatwomenfear

While these are printed books, they are also available in Kindle eBook format for our international guests. You can find them on Amazon, Christian Bookstores or possibly your local library.

The Womens Bible Cafe has selected two books for reading during the month of October 2014. Join us as we read and discuss these books with our Facebook group, or here on this website.

Our non-fiction Book of the Month is What Women Fear: Walking in Faith That Transforms by Angie Smith.  So often, October becomes a month that celebrates everything scary, spooky and fearful.  What a great time to remind ourselves of God’s promises and His character so that we can walk in faith, not fear.

Our Fiction Book of the Month is Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus by Joyce Magnin.  I asked our church librarian what fiction book she most recommended we read, and this was her suggestion.  It’s a funny and heartwarming story of Harriet Beamer, the 72-year-old woman who is forced to leave her home in Pennsylvania and travel to California to live with her son and daughter-in-law.  But she decides to make the trip her own way, and learns that maybe God has special plans for her.harrietbeamer

Looking for a weekly Bible study, as well?  Our Bible Study Group will be finishing our study on The Power of God’s Names by Tony Evans and will start Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World later in October.

You will start reading your books now.  There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week. All you need to do is complete the book and be ready to discuss it during the month. It’s that simple! We meet in a private Facebook group or you can post your comments on our website for discussion, either method is fine.

How to Join the WBC Book Club

To join the Facebook group, LOGIN to Facebook first then click here:

Book Club: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

Jeremiah Online Bible Study Starts Oct. 20, 2014

JEREMIAH BIBLE STUDY
Are you living  in an unstable world where marriages fail, bank accounts run low, friendships end, and the everyday demands of a fast-paced life get you down?

In the Book of Jeremiah, we find God calling out to His people with a message of hope—a message that intentional living is possible even in an unstable world. But how do we do this? Where do we start?

Join us for a 6 week Jeremiah online Bible study

  • Learn to navigate the challenges and circumstances of your life
  • Discover six guidelines for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt
  • Surrender your will to God’s and put your hope in Him alone
  • Develop survival skills for an unstable world

You’ll join us from home, your minivan, or your office.. no need to get dressed up for this Bible study!

Jeremiah Online Bible StudyWe have women around the world joining us right where they are. No hassles getting to the Womens Bible Cafe™. No designated small group with a leader you might not like. Select your own small groups, decide when you want to attend, and grow in faith as the Holy Spirit teaches and moves during these online discussions.

Best of all, if you miss your regular small group because of another event, all you need to do is attend any of the other groups during the week. All groups are open attendance and everyone is welcome…this Bible Study Cafe is ALWAYS OPEN to women seeking more Jesus.

Our talented team of small group leaders consist of theology students, pastor’s wives, certified Bible teachers, missionaries and more! We’ve led more than 40 online Bible studies for women using workbooks from authors such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Jennifer Rothschild, Henry & Richard Blackaby, Kay Warren, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and many more.

When we created the first online Bible studies for women in 2009 the Lord clearly directed our founder: “You can’t lead online Bible studies for profit and you can’t lead in pride.” We’ve keep our core values and continue to lead in love, reflecting His glory.

To God be the glory… His will be done.

As you listen to this short video from Melissa, pray earnestly and decide if the Lord has a plan for you to study Jeremiah at the Womens Bible Cafe™ Don’t let a busy schedule excuse you from time with Jesus! Make room at your inn :-)

EASY REGISTRATION FOR THE JEREMIAH ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

  1. Post a comment below. We don’t need your home address, age, or marital status ;-) Rather, share with us one thing you like about yourself. Use the comment box.
  2. Get a copy of the Jeremiah Participant Guide written by Melissa Spoelstra. You can find this on Kindle or paperback at Amazon. You’ll also find it at Christian bookstores. It’s not expensive…the price of three coffee drinks should cover it! Order it now so you don’t have to pay for faster shipping if you procrastinate.
  3. If this is your first online Bible study with us,  be sure to read the Getting Started Page.
  4. The week of Oct. 20 we’ll begin small group introductions and start reading the book.
  5. Videos are fun for local home groups or church groups, and optional for online study. The Jeremiah Leaders Kit for this study contains six video sessions. They’re awesome, and the price is 1/4 what I usually pay for a leaders kit.

 

The Power of God’s Names Bible Study Week 4

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Welcome to Week Four of our study of The Power of God’s Names by Tony Evans.  We have been taking an in-depth look at the meaning of God’s names and His character as well as how He works in our lives.  Hundreds of women from all over the world have been inspiring one another in faith and fellowship during our online small group discussions.

This week we will be discussing the names Jehovah Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd) and Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Our Provider).  Dr Evans spends the first 3 days of this week’s study explaining the role of God our Shepherd as seen in Psalm 23.  Undoubtedly, Psalm 23 is the most well known and loved of all of the Psalms but why is this psalm, written by a shepherd boy nearly 3000 years ago, relevant for us today?  As you study the lessons this week, take special care to note what this Psalm means to you.

Here are some thoughts for your journal this week:

Read Psalm 23 slowly each day and as you do, meditate on what it means to you.  Write it in your journal, using a dictionary to note the meaning of key words.  Try to memorize the verse or verses that are especially meaningful to you.  Look closely at pages 102-104 in your workbook, what comes to your mind as you ponder how the Lord restores your soul?  Do you need Him to restore your soul and are you willing to relinquish control for Him to do so?

Remember to participate n a small group session each week.  We really do have  wonderful time discussing what we are learning throughout the week.  It can also be a great time to ask for suggestions on how to make your personal Bible study time a more enriching part of your life.  We are looking forward to seeing you in a group this week.

 “God longs to be Jehovah Jireh to you today. But He wants to know and see that you are willing to obey Him, to seek Him, and not to place anything above Him as more important in your life. When He sees you honor Him that way, as Abraham did, you’ll also discover the power of Jehovah Jireh in your life.”
Tony Evans (page 118)
 

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

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

1.  What emotions do you experience when you read this verse? (page 97) “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (NASB)

2.  What would a season of rest and reliance on God look like?  How would it benefit you?  Name any obstacles that are preventing you from that that step.  (pages 104-105)

3.   What’s your response to the idea of finding joy during trials? (page 113)

4.  Is there anything in your life that’s keeping you from completely trusting in God’s provision?

5.  How does the metaphor of shepherd and sheep help you picture your relationship with God?  (page 94)

 

 

 

The Power of God’s Names Bible Study Week 3

A group of young women bow their heads and pray with bibles.Welcome back to the Women’s Bible Cafe, where we have been studying The Power of God’s Names by Tony Evans.  This has been an amazing week as we have focused on  the names Jehovah Nissi {The Lord is My Banner} and Jehovah Tsaba {The Lord Our Warrior}.  It came as no coincidence that as we studied The Lord as our Warrior, we honored the memory of those who suffered and survived the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Life is filled with problems and difficulties that we can usually handle under normal circumstances.  There are times, however, when we face challenges that tear at the center of our being, those ‘Goliath’ moments where we need a Strong Defender.  Whether you are facing an serious illness, financial or family catastrophe, God can and will be your strength.  God never intended you to face life’s challenges alone and unprotected.  You can trust Jehovah Tsaba to fight your battles for you.

 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged,  the LORD is with you!

2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT

Suggested Exercise: Take a few moments this week and begin a journal.  Ask the Lord to give you an encouraging verse or quote for the inside cover.  Whenever you face a challenge that seems insurmountable, write about it.  Search for verses, songs or poems that encourage you.   Use David’s writing example from the book of Psalms as a guide.  David wrote of his difficulties freely yet he always ended each Psalm with a conscious acknowledgment of God’s goodness and grace in his life.  This exercise will provide you with a precious treasure of faith and hope for years to come.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

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

1.  What ideas or images come to mind when you hear the term spiritual warfare? (page 73)

2. What are some of the giant problems people encounter in our culture today? (page 79)

3.  What habits and activities help you move toward a more heavenly perspective on life?  How can you keep a heavenly perspective in the midst of everyday obstacles and crisis moments?

4. What steps have you taken to remember the great things God has done in your life? (page 90)

5.  How have God’s past victories in your life prepared you to take on the giants you are facing right now?