Womens Bible Cafe Books of the Month: November and December 2014

Join the Womens Bible Cafe as we read Christian books in November and December! 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.choosinggratitude

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

The Womens Bible Cafe has selected two books for reading during the month of November 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 for November is Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  We are excited to spend the month of November focusing our hearts on gratitude and thankfulness.preachersdaughter

Our Fiction Book of the Month for November is The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis.  This is the first book in Beverly Lewis’s “Annie’s People” series, which is an Amish fiction trilogy.  As a special treat and added bonus, the book is currently FREE for Kindle!  These deals don’t often last long, so please download the book quickly if you are a Kindle reader.

As we head into the holiday season, we know many of you will be busy.  We want to be intentional about keeping Christ at the center of our celebrations.  So, we’ve chosen to read just one book in December and we couldn’t be more excited about it.  We’ll be reading The Greatest Gift by bestselling author, Ann Voskamp.greatestgift

Looking for a weekly Bible study, as well?  Our Bible Study Group has just begun: Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World.

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 Today!

WBC Jeremiah Online Bible StudyWelcome to online Bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! Today we begin a revival study using the book Jeremiah, Daring to Hope in an Unstable World  by Melissa Spoelstra. We pray this study will bring you closer to God and revive your faith. Over the next several weeks we’re going to:

  • 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

It’s not too late to join this online Bible study, all small groups are open attendance and everyone is invited to participate! Please register when you click here.

A FEW GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

IMPORTANT: The first week of online Bible study, many women are exploring different small groups. Some groups will move very fast and are challenging, while others are easier to read. This changes the second week…and the timelines are much easier to follow. Please be patient as the new women navigate the small groups and learn how they work. We usually have 15 women in the large groups, 8 women in the smaller groups on the second week of study.

CONFIDENTIALITY: Anything shared in small groups is not to be repeated outside of the group. Please respect the women who are transparent with their testimonies.

SENSITIVITY: Please resist the temptation  to interrupt (such as posting Facebook symbols or links to articles and videos), monopolizing by drawing attention to yourself instead of the Holy Spirit, or trying to “fix” shared problems. Women want to be heard and not told what to do.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL: As a diverse group of women, we have different church doctrines, Bible translations and theologies. This is a place to respectfully disagree, rather than judging one another, so that you may grow and understand different viewpoints. It’s okay to question and see things differently, however we ask you to be kind and sensitive to the feelings of others.

BIBLE TRANSLATIONS: The author of this Bible study uses the New Living Translation (NLT) for teaching. You’re welcome to use any Bible translation of your choice, we encourage you to explore parallel (side-by-side) translations to get the most from this study. Use an online program such as BibleGateway, YouVersion, or BlueLetterBible if you’d like to study the Word in many translations- NIV, NKJV, ESV, NASB, and more. Many Bible apps have audio Bibles, so you can listen to the entire book of Jeremiah if you’d like to!

ACCOUNTABILITY: We encourage you to find an accountability partner to pray for you and keep each other on track. If you see someone in your small group that you feel the Holy Spirit is guiding you towards for accountability, send her a friend request. Our leaders are available to serve you too, so if you want a leader to help you then send her a friend request.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Write a letter to God on the inside cover of your workbook. Put today’s date inside your book and tell Him where you are in your life right now, and where you hope He leads you during your study of Jeremiah.
  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students!
  • Basic Study: Complete week 1 in the study guide, about 20-30 minutes each day.
  • Deeper Study: Read Jeremiah chapters 1 to 6 in a Bible translation of your choice.
  • Digging Deeper resources are available at: http://www.abingdonpress.com/jeremiah
  • Optional: Watch session 1 video (optional due to cost).
  • Download: Answers to the Video Sessions: Jeremiah Video Viewer Guide Answers

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (Answer here or in your small group)

  1. If you wrote a book about your current season of life, what would be the title of your book?
  2. Jeremiah is a story of hope in an unstable world. What has been happening in your life that causes you to need hope?
  3. Is this your first online Bible study? How many online studies have you completed (not just at WBC) or how many offline Bible studies have you completed? Which study have you enjoyed most?
  4. Do you have any questions before we meet again next week?

Before we meet next week, please read WEEK ONE in your study book. Set aside the same time each day, just as you set aside time to watch favorite television shows, attend a local event or an appointment. Be intentional about spending time with the LORD because you LOVE Him, not because this is a chore. Spend 20 to 30 minutes a day with God- set the time in your calendar and don’t miss your date with Jesus!

Welcome to online Bible study!

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Jeremiah Small Groups

Jeremiah online Bible study begins Monday October 20, 2014. Join a small group meeting every week via Facebook. All groups are open attendance, you simply arrive the day and time you’d like to fellowship and introduce yourself to the group. The groups are never closed -join anytime! To register for the Jeremiah online Bible study click here

Womens Bible Cafe Small Groups

To join our Facebook group, click here

NOTE: Please do not use a mobile app/cell phone to read this page or the tables, it will not work….

JEREMIAH SMALL GROUPS SCHEDULE

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IMPORTANT: we are entering a time zone change during this study, Arizona, Hawaii and Europe will need to note the difference in time zones. United States changes on Sunday NOVEMBER 2

Jeremiah Small Group Schedule2014 (Printable PDF Version)

 

Day of Week Europe Eastern Central Mountain Pacific Leader Co-Leader Co-Leader
Monday 3:00 PM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM Cindy Sajna Sherresse
Monday 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM Christine Sarah Debbie, Mercy
Monday  * 9:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM Sharon Rebecca Gayle
Mon/Tues  * 12AM 11PM 10PM 9 PM Sonya Tricia Cindy
Tuesday 3:00 PM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM Tina Melissa Jeanne
Tuesday 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM Mary Beth Renee Wanda
Tuesday  * 9:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM Carla B Tricia Rhonda
Wednesday 1:30 PM 7:30 AM 6:30 AM 5:30 AM 4:30 AM Karen Debbie Cindy
Wednesday 3:00 PM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM Heather Sharon Pam
Wednesday 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM Sharon Renee Jeanne
Wednesday  * 9:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM Sheree Sonya Tricia
Thursday 3:00 PM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM Jennifer Cindy Yvonne
Thursday 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM Sharon Carrol Pam
Thursday  * 9:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM Stasia Yvonne Gayle
Friday 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:00AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM Christine Melissa Debbie
Friday 1:30 PM 7:30 AM 6:30 AM 5:30 AM 4:30 AM Melinda Sarah Gayle
Saturday 3:00 PM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM Sheree Karen Cindy
Saturday 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM Tina Carrol Sajna
Sunday  * 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM 5:00 AM Sonya Sheree Melissa
Sunday  * 9:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM Sonya Melinda

The Power of God’s Names Bible Study Week 6

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Welcome to our final week of The Power of God’s Names.  We are ending this study with the name Immanuel, God with Us.  Jesus, who actually fulfills each and every one of God’s names, came to live and die so that we can experience salvation through His name.  As we study the Precious Name of Jesus this week, we will be challenged to look within our own hearts and define the meaning of our relationship with God.

Note that Dr Evans uses the terms Wear the Name, Bear the Name, and Share the Name in the video portion of Week 6.  Take a few moments this week and consider how you put these things into practice.  If you have been keeping a journal, write the following quote and scripture as well as what they mean to you.  You may want to memorize Philippians 2:9-11, or the even the whole chapter.  Finally, what is your understanding of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection?  Have you come to acknowledge His saving grace and love in your life?

The Name of Jesus is filled with deep meaning and abundant power.
 
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place 
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledged that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.  
Philippians 2:9-11
 

Jesus came to live and die so that each and every one of us could have eternal life.  (John 3:16) He longs not only to bless us with this gift, but He wants us to share that blessing with those around us.  We must come to an understanding of how greatly we are loved and valued by God before we can share that love with others.  Take some time this week and reflect on the price that Jesus paid so that you could be with Him, always.  Remember, He loves you dearly and His greatest desire is that you receive His love and grow in Him.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

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

1.  How have you experienced Jesus as God with us?  (pg. 158-159)

2.  Why is it important that Jesus can sympathize with our weaknesses and areas of struggle? (pg. 161)

3.  Which of the previous names that we have learned about during this study resonates with you the most? Why?  (pg.161)

4.  What have you learned about Jesus this week.  (pg. 170)

5. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you honestly rate your desire to know God on a deeper level?

Congratulations!  We have completed another amazing Bible Study together.  We look forward to seeing you join us in our next study, Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World, on October 20th.

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?