IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT | We’re Changing Our Start Date For Conversation Peace

Conversation-Peace-Mary KassianOur ministry leaders have been praying for you and preparing for the next online Bible study Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian. During this time we felt the need to change the start date for the study so we are less fragmented as a group. We’re currently leading three online Bible studies and our leaders and students are stretched in many directions!  While we’ve enjoyed the variety of these studies, we’ve also felt disengaged from our 40-member leadership team and we’re rebuilding that unity with the next online Bible study. Our passion is to minister to others through online Bible study. Join us as we get back to the basics of a single study!

What: Conversation Peace

Starts: Week of June 8, 2015

Where: Womens Bible Cafe 

We currently  have 2,000 students in our Bible study chatrooms, 9,000 women in our Prayer Room and 8,600 women in our Book Club. There are 200,000 of you following us on social media. It is our prayer to see more engagement and less observation from each of you. You are valuable to the body of Christ and we want to encourage you to share your hearts and develop your spiritual gifts. Come to the Bible Cafe and grow with us!

At the Womens Bible Cafe an online Bible study includes the following:

  • Five Daily Bible study lessons using your workbook at home
  • Blog summary once a week for encouragement
  • Small group meetings one hour each week with three WBC ministry leaders and women around the world
  • Flexible schedule for busy women…we meet 7 days a week, morning and evenings so you choose a day and time that works for you
  • Not for profit…we do not sell books or videos
  • 100% volunteer ministry
  • We use Bible study workbooks and not chapter books/trade books
  • Seven weeks together as we Study, Connect and Grow (Starts week of June 8, ends the week of July 27)
  • Closed (private) Facebook groups for discussion and prayer

Our team is praying for you and we’d like to see 100% participation so we’ve allowed extra time for you to register, get your workbook and complete your existing studies before joining us in Conversation Peace.

How to Join the Conversation Peace Online Bible Study

  • Post a comment below. Be sure to introduce yourself, tell us where you live and then answer this fun question: If you wrote a book about your current season of life, what would the title be?
  • Subscribe to the email updates for the Womens Bible Cafe if you are new to our studies- click here
  • Join us on Facebook for small group meetings- click here
  • Get a copy of the Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian Print version (CLICK HERE) Kindle version (CLICK HERE)
  • Make sure you read the WBC Getting Started page when you click here

I look forward to seeing you in the small groups!

With Love,

christine abraham

 

How do you know if you’re registered?

  • We do not have auto-responder email programs. If you post a comment below on this website, you are registered.
  • Small groups are open attendance and you select your own day and time you wish to attend.
  • Once you register by posting a comment on the website, join our Facebook group for updates.
  • Facebook groups meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/

Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | Summer 2015

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It’s time for Summer Reading here at the Womens Bible Café!  Whether you’re toting books to the beach, reading your Kindle while on a road trip, or grabbing a few minutes with a good book before bed at night, we hope you’ll read along with us this summer!

While these selections are available in print, they are also offered in Kindle ebook format for our international guests.  You can find them on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, christianbook.com, in Christian bookstores, or even possibly at your local library or church library.  Used books can sometimes be found on ebay or other online used book outlets.

What’s different during the summer?

Normally, we announce books month-by-month, but we’re shaking things up here and doing things a little differently.  So that you can plan ahead for the books you might need to take on vacation or buy/borrow over the next few months, we’re announcing ALL the summer books at once!

We’re also simplifying our discussion format for the summer.  Instead of posting several discussion questions a week in one long book discussion post, I’ll be posting easy-to-answer questions about once a week in the chat room.  It should be simple for anyone to participate in these Quick Chats.  They are not live discussions; you can still post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

We’ll still read one nonfiction book and one fiction book each month.  You will start reading your books when each new month begins.  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.

So what are we reading? (drumroll please!)

Join us as we read and discuss the following books with our Facebook group!

Heart Sisters Be the Friend You Want to Have
June Nonfiction Book
potluck club
June Fiction Book
unstoppable
July Nonfiction Book
miracle2
July Fiction Book
love does
August Nonfiction Book
gods-and-kings
August Fiction Book

Big News!  Don’t miss this announcement!

To help us kick off our summer reading, we’ll be chatting with author, Natalie Chambers Snapp about her book Heart Sisters on Monday, June 8th at 9 p.m. Eastern on the main Womens Bible Cafe Facebook page.  We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join in this fun night!!

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/

Are you interested in reading these books this summer? If so, post a comment below and tell us which book you’ll be reading.

Have fun reading this summer!

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Experiencing God Online Bible Study | Week 7

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Welcome back to online Bible study at Women’s Bible Café! This week we are discussing Unit 7 of Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby – “The Crisis of Belief.”

So what is a crisis of belief? First we are told two things it is not: A crisis of belief is not a calamity. And it is not a one-time experience (p. 134).

A crisis of belief is an encounter with God, or more precisely, what we go through in the middle of an encounter with God.  It is the turning point – the point at which God asks you to do something that you cannot possibly do on your own. You must decide whether to believe God for what He wants to do through you. It is the point at which many people bail out and do not follow God’s leading.  It is the point at which you must make a decision and decide what you truly believe about God. (p. 134). It’s the point at which you cannot move on without faith.

Our memory verse for the week looks at the concept of faith:

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

Simply put, this verse tells us that we cannot do the will of God without faith in Him. We have to believe. Our lessons this week give many biblical examples of those who did believe and as a result were able to do things that otherwise would have been impossible – Gideon, David, Peter, Moses, Joshua, the Disciples, King Jehoshaphat, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. We learned through studying these examples that a crisis of belief is a turning point where you must make a decision. It is not a one-time experience but a regular occurrence in the life of the believer.  When God tells you what he wants you to do you will face a crisis of belief(p. 135).  Then faith takes over. If you have faith you will be confident that what God has asked will come to pass – not because you did it,  but because God did it through you.  All that you had to do was obey.  Your level of trust in God will determine what you do and how you live.  Your faith requires action.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

  • Join a small group for study and fellowship.
  • Complete Week 8 in your Experiencing God workbook.
  • Optional: Watch the Session 8 video or listen to the audio.
  • Record your thoughts in your spiritual journal.

BIBLE STUDY TIP FOR THE WEEK

We have made it to the second half of our study – which is a lengthy one. Thirteen weeks of concentration on one study is a long time, a quarter of a year in fact. But these longer studies are the ones where we really see life changes made. Often lasting change requires more than the six weeks of a shorter study. The question then becomes – how do I make myself stick with it so that I can get as much from the study as possible?

Sticking with it is something we all struggle with at times – leaders included! We lead such busy lives and there are so many things going on around us to distract us from spending time with God and truly “experiencing” Him. It is very easy to say “I’ll skip it today and catch up tomorrow”. And that’s fine, if you actually do catch up tomorrow! But often we find ourselves far behind.

Some tips for sticking with it and persevering to the end:

  • Have a set time to do your lessons.
  • Carry your book with you so that you can read ahead, or play catch-up, in any spare minutes you have during the day.
  • Have a designated spot where you do your study and make it “you”. I have a comfy chair by the window in the corner of my family room. It has pillows and a blanket for curling up. It has cords and chargers for my iPod so that I can put on Christian music while I study. I have jars of pens, pencils, markers and post it notes for highlighting and note-taking. It has my study materials on a small table next to the chair. And it has my teapot, mug and teabags ready to be brewed. Preparation is half the battle!
  • Make an appointment with yourself for 20-30 minutes a day spent on your study – set an alarm or a reminder on your phone.
  • If you are behind, schedule an hour a day until you get caught up.
  • Pray! Always pray before you start the day’s lesson. Ask God to give you insights and to keep distractions at bay. But also pray for perseverance, for the time and the desire to follow through all the way to the end of the study.
  • Keep plugging along! Some days will be easier than others. Remember you are not just doing your lessons but practicing a discipline. It will be well worth the effort!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here)

  1. Have you or your church ever faced a crisis of belief when you sensed God wanted you to do something beyond what you could do? Briefly describe the situation and how your responded (p. 136)
  2. Describe a time in your life that required faith in God, and you responded in faith – a time when you could see no way to accomplish the task unless God did it through you or in you. (p. 141)
  3. Why are people in our world not being attracted to Christ and His church? (p. 144)
  4. Has God asked you to do something that you have not done because you lacked faith? If so, describe what you need to do to demonstrate your faith in Him, His purposes and His ways. (p. 152)
  5. What do you sense God is asking you to allow Him to do through you?

These questions may require some thought and preparation. Pray over your answers and ask God to grow your faith in what He can accomplish through you.

See you next week!

Blessings,

Carla

 

 

 

How to Study Your Bible Online Inductive Bible Study | Week 7

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café. This week we will be looking at how the Bible fits together. How do we know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God if it was written so many centuries ago? How can we be sure that translators accurately translated the message of God into modern day language? These are some of the questions we will discover answers to in our study this week.

Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “all Scripture is God-breathed” which means that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. God gave us His Word to teach us, to correct us, and to train us how to live righteously so that we are equipped to do what He calls us to do.

God reveals Himself to us in His Word, and He tells us “what was,” “what is” and “what is yet to come.” Therefore, in order to understand the future, we need to understand the past. And how do we do that? By studying God’s Word for ourselves through Inductive Bible Study.

Kay Arthur writes:

“The Bible was written to others and about others, but God tells us that what He wrote to others and about others is also for us and about us. The Bible is a timeless book–it’s for all people for all time.  And that means you, my friend. But to understand this timeless book, you must understand how it was written.”

Our daily reading lessons this week includes:

  • Chapter 11: God’s Revelation of Himself
  • Chapter 12: Getting the Point Across
  • Psalm 51 (A Psalm of David)

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Begin your Bible study by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to open your mind and heart for understanding His Holy Word.
  • Read Chapters 11 and 12 in How to Study Your Bible.
  • Read and observe Psalm 51 in your Bible (any version you have is okay). Mark God, sin, transgressions, iniquity, and joy. In your notebook or journal, list what you learn from marking these key words.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):

  1. What is the tone or general sentiment of Psalm 51?
  2. What inspired David to write Psalm 51? (Read 2 Samuel 11-12 if you’re not familiar with the story of David and Bathsheba).
  3. Considering the context of the Psalm, what characteristics of God does David rely upon?
  4. Incorporating David’s own words, what contrasts do you see between God and David? (See page 116)
  5. What cry of David do you identify with?
  6. How is your relationship with the Holy Spirit different from Old Testament people’s relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Blessings,

Sheree Poole

Anonymous Online Bible Study | Week 6

Anonymous online Bible studyCongratulations, you’ve just completed the workbook “Anonymous: Discovering the Somebody You Are to God,” by Cindi Wood! You’ve now identified your new name and new identity in Christ…that’s a reason to celebrate! We had a beautiful Scripture verse to remember this week: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (Message)

Cindi Wood teaches, “Whatever your chapter of life at the moment, quiet yourself enough to hear God’s holy rhythm. Keeping time with His tempo will help you maintain a steady and relaxed lifestyle.” Keep in mind your rhythms of grace will look different than mine, Cindi’s or your ministry leader. Together with Jesus you create your own strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. It might be through your worship, prayer, Bible study, devotional time or ministry- uniquely yours and identifiable through the Holy Spirit alone. Pay attention and see if you can identify it this week. As Christians, we’ll see and hear our own rhythms of grace through a Christ-centered heart. Look for the simplicity of it.

This is an exciting week because we get new names! When I imagine the Lord’s name for me on our first day of the week six study, the name “Lovely” came to mind. We discussed this in my local leaders group on the weekend and the name rooted in my heart. What does it mean to be called “Lovely?” I watched a “Lovely Womens Conference” two years ago and I’m reminded of how lovely we/I am to God. How about you, what name did you write down on page 180 in your workbook? Post a comment below and share the personal name you imagine God has for you.

I’m deeply grateful to the ministry leaders who’ve shared their hearts with you each week. Please take time to thank them when you see them online. They’re dependable and committed women who desire to minister to others online. When they’re unable to lead due to an emergency or sometimes a crashed wifi and Internet, they’re scrambling behind the scene to find a replacement leader in their absence. These women love Jesus and they love you too!

Bible teacher Cindi Wood and her team have been praying for you these last six weeks. Please visit her Facebook page or Twitter page and become a follower. If you really want to make her day…take a photo of your Anonymous workbook and post it on her Facebook page for fun! :-)

Click here for Cindi Wood Facebook Page

Click here for Cindi Wood Twitter page

Click here for Cindi Wood blog

Let’s meet again in two weeks for Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian! See you then.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

  • Join a small group this week
  • Post a book review for Cindi Wood on Amazon. She currently has 35 positive reviews and your opinion is valuable when you click here.
  • Register for the Conversation Peace online Bible study- starts May 18- when you click here

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

  1. We’ve learned that our names are no longer Judged, Hurting, Ordinary or Shame. Which new name are you claiming: Forgiven, Joyful, Hope-filled or Beloved Daughter of the Living God?
  2. How has God made a way for you or given you courage in a trial? (Day 2, page 186)
  3. Imagine yourself meeting Jesus just like the women we studied. How would you respond when meeting Him? What question would you ask Him?
  4. What did you find most interesting or most convicting during this six week study? Would you recommend the Anonymous study to a friend? Why or why not?
  5. What improvements would you suggest for future online studies so we can assist you more?

With Love,

christine abraham