BibleGateway.com Interviews Womens Bible Cafe Founder Christine Abraham

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Shortly after posting this comment on Twitter, I was contacted by the BibleGateway team for an interview.

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Their response: We think the Bible Gateway App is a great tool for Bible reading and study. But when we read about somebody using it to complete dozens of Bible studies and a theology degree, we had to know more. So we got in touch with Women’s Bible Cafe to learn a bit more about the work they do, and how the Bible Gateway App helps them do it.

The interview was very enjoyable and the article is now published. Read it here: https://goo.gl/PZPt1c

 

Blessings,

 

christine abraham

 

 

 

 

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Thank You to Our Volunteer Leaders and Site Sponsors!

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thank you womens bible cafePeople often ask me, “What makes Womens Bible Cafe so successful?” For those of you that know me, you know once I start talking about WBC, there is no stopping me! But if you drill down to the single most important difference it’s the leaders in our ministry. Women who volunteer their time and share their hearts in small group discussions each week.

He must become greater, we must become less -John 3:30

None of our accomplishments would be possible if we did not have the absolute best volunteers pouring their hearts and souls into our online Bible studies. I would like to extend a very special thank you to the following volunteers:

WBC Core Leaders (since 2011):  Carla Brooks, Carla Richards, Christine Abraham (Founder), Heather C. King (Book Club Director), Lakecia Harris, LaTanya Knight, Mary Beth Floyd, Shari Lewis, Sheree Poole (Inductive Studies Director), Sonya Nelson (WBC Co-Director), Stasia Nielsen (WBC Co-Director), Tina Cooley (Prayer Team Director) 

WBC Group Leaders (current): Alice Theobold, Barbra Jackson, Caroline Hawthorne, Carrol Warkentin, Christine Johnson, Dora Lewis, Flyfisher Scholl, Gina Windle, Jeanne Ridderman, Jennifer Moye, Jessica Campbell, Julie Reed, Karen Douglass, Laura Ackerman, Lauren Martinez, Mary Youngmiller, Melissa Gray, Mindy Chenault, Rebecca Rojero, Renee Foley, Rhonda Collins, Rosette DeGuzman, Sajna Kuruvilla, Sheila Watson, Sherilynn Matsumoto, Tamica Reynolds, Tracey Anderson, Tricia McWilliams and Vickie Bowen.

WBC Prayer Team: Barbra Jackson, Isabel Irizarry, Jeanne Ridderman, Sherilynn Matsumoto, Sonya Nelson, Tina Cooley

WBC Group Leaders (former): AdeleAlys Spil, Christine Weckerly, Cindy Plummer, Cindy Webster, Darlene Thaxton, Debbie Oliver, Gayle Cox, Ile Plaza, Jennifer Deffendall, Jennifer Strohpaul, Kay Stairs, Kelly Washington, Laverne Aslam, Lori Jorgenson, Melinda Benn, Mercy Stone, Pam Hagen, Patti Achee, Sarah Falconer, Sharon Sullivan, Sherrese Moore, Sunnygirl Peace, Susan Humphreys, Tanya Villani, Traci Pollard, Wanda Kok, Wilma Marler, Yvonne Martinez.

WBC Site Sponsors: Abingdon Women, iBloom, Laurie Cole, Lifeway Women, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Lorraine Hill, Mindy Ferguson, Nancy Leigh DeMoss. 

WBC Scholarship Fund: private donations from WBC students and leaders

I want to extend a thank you to each of our volunteers for leading small groups, praying for our students, joining leadership discussions, sharing updates on social media, and most importantly- reflecting Christ in YOU.

Our passion for providing FREE online Bible studies at the #BibleCafe for women around the world is every bit as strong as when we opened our first online study in 2009.

Please take the time to thank your small group leaders this week!

It’s also a wonderful time to show your commitment to our success and partner with us by making a donation to help cover the costs of running a large ministry. Click “Support This Ministry”

https://www.womensbiblecafe.com/donate/

Our community will continue to Study. Connect. Grow. There are no limits on WBC as long as we join God where He is working!

With Love,

christine abraham

We are a 100% volunteer ministry! We’re reaching 200,000+ women around the world without the expense of an administrative staff, marketing team, or salary! With God all things are possible!

How to Read 100 Books in a Year

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People often ask me how I read 100 books in a year, so I’m sharing my tips to encourage you to read inspirational books. Even though I work full time, have two busy teenagers at home, I’m finishing my Biblical Studies degree at Liberty University, and I lead a large online ministry…I’ve continued to pursue my passion of reading. Our Book Club Director Heather C. King read TWICE as many books in 2015!

10 Tips to Read 100 Books in a Year

Tip #1 Never waste time!

Using my smartphone or iPad, I carry Kindle ebooks everywhere I go. The books synchronize to my last page read. When I find myself waiting at a doctor’s appointment or car repair shop, I’ll thumb through my book collection and find something to read. Waiting room magazines are typically outdated and gossip-centered, so I carry healthy books in electronic format.

Tip #2 Lower the Cost!

Just as I don’t like wasting time, I also don’t like wasting money. So each morning I jump on Amazon and look for free and discounted Kindle ebook deals. I share these deals with others via http://lifeversebooks.com/newsletter

Tip 3# Free is Good!

After searching free books on Amazon each day, I then search NetGallery for pre-published books. I’m able to download these to my iPad (or Kindle device) and read prior to their actual release date. In exchange for the free book I’ll write an honest review on my blog at LifeVerseBooks and also on consumer sites such as Amazon. My local library doesn’t carry many Christian books so borrowing is not available to me. With free Kindle books I never have a due date!

Tip #4 Join a Book Club!

My local leadership group reads one Christian book per month, and we meet the first Saturday of each month to discuss the book. It’s exciting to read with like-minded people and then discuss key concepts from your books. At WBC we have an online book club with more than 11,000+ women at http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

Tip #5 Turn off the car engine and read during carpool!

If you’re a parent like me then you’re carpooling kids all over town. Arrive early for pick-up, turn off the engine and wait in the carpool line with other parents who arrive early and read books. Watch the clock and before the kids are released, close your book and pay attention to the traffic and kids. I typically arrive 20 minutes early and read for 15 minutes, twice a day. Some people listen to audiobooks on long car rides or commuter trains, just make sure you’re not listening as you drive.

Tip #6 Turn off the television!

While television is relaxing entertainment, it often fills my mind with negative images and thoughts. I’ll limit my viewing time, especially before bed at night. When I read an inspirational book before falling asleep, I’m more rested and relaxed for the next day. I’d rather spend five hours a week reading books than five hours watching television- but that’s because I enjoy reading books. Set a goal to read 20 minutes a day and soon you’ll have less television and more books. Rarely do we see articles “How to Watch 365 Hours of Television in a Year” but I think it’s easy to do! One hour a day, 365 days a year… it adds up over time!

Tip #7 Set a timer on social media!

It’s easy to get online and lose track of time, so I set a countdown timer on my phone and when it rings I get offline. To be more productive, twice a year I record all of my activities for two weeks. Using a calendar format, I write down everything I’m doing and after two weeks I add the minutes into time blocks. Then I limit the unproductive activities (social media, electronic games) and increase my productivity (reading books).

Tip #8 Read more than one book at a time!

I get bored easily, so reading multiple books keeps me entertained and encouraged (like channel surfing with the television remote control). I’ll read one chapter from each book, switching between topics and expanding my knowledge. When a book is really good, I’ll put the other two books aside for a few days and plow through the five-star book instead!

Tip #9 Explore different authors and topics!

I learn fast so when I read the same author or topic repeatedly, I get bored and can even predict the next chapter or ending. To offset this conditioning I explore different authors and topics. The books I read are non-denominational. The Holy Bible English Standard Version is my plumb line and when I disagree with the theology or teaching of a book author, I fact-check with the Bible itself.

Tip #10 Read in front of others!

Books are conversation starters! Reading is healthy and expands your vocabulary. Since kids learn from our behavior, we model habits they’ll adopt later in life. After reading 100 books in front of my kids and husband…my husband who reads “one book a year” is now reading beside me, discussing with his local small group, and sharing what he’s learned. My teenagers are reading too! Read for yourself and others will follow.

Bonus Tip: Store your books in the free Kindle Cloud Reader instead of your device. Only download the books you’re currently reading to save memory on the device.

Bonus Tip: When I finish a book, I copy my book highlights into a document file so I can retrieve them later. You can find your book highlights at http://kindle.amazon.com

Now it’s your turn! Post a comment below and share your tips too!

Resources for Reading 100 Books in 2016

 

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Christian Prayer Box | Simple Method to Organize Prayers

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Many women have been asking about my Simple Prayer Box and sharing my photos with their friends. I started this a few years ago when my I selected “simplicity” as my one focus word for the year. I wanted a simple method to organize my prayers and remind myself to interceded for family and friends. I’ve made a few changes since then and here is the prayer box I’m using today.

Simple Prayer Box

How to Create a Simple Prayer Box

You’ll need these items for your prayer box:

  1. Index card file box with key
  2. Index card blank tabs
  3. Index card 1-31 tabs (optional)
  4. Index cards

I found my file box at Walmart and another one at the local office supply store. You can also find them at Amazon in pretty colors: pink, white or silver and black. I was not able to find the index blank tabs locally so I bought them online. See resources below if you cannot find the items where you live.

 

How to Use Your Simple Prayer Box

Organize your box using the index tabs. Here’s how I have organized my box using these tabs:

  1. Ministry leaders at Womens Bible Cafe
  2. Ministry Leaders in other ministries
  3. Scripture Verses- (Beth Moore SSMT my memory verses)
  4. My Bible study small groups
  5. Family
  6. Friends
  7. Church- my local church, other churches, pastors
  8. Fasting- when I am fasting I keep cards on my prayers and answered prayers
  9. Prayer Room- these are the women who post prayer requests online
  10. Country and Government
  11. Daily tabs 1-31

Behind each tab I keep the names in alphabetical order, it’s easier for me to find the name of a friend and add her prayer to her card. If someone has a scheduled surgery, mammogram, doctor’s appointment, job interview, etc.- I use the numbered tabs and move her card there so I remember to pray for her on a specific date. I also use the numbered tabs to remember birthdays. Under monthly tabs I keep a record of the dates to celebrate the life of a loved one, anniversaries, or special events.

During my quiet time with the Lord, I pull a stack of cards and pray through them.  If I am convicted of a Scripture verse, I write it on the prayer card including the date. Several of my friends have breast cancer, so I keep all their names on a single card and set aside time to pray for them as a group. When prayers are answered, I write this on my card.

You could write the address, phone number and email of your friends on the top or back of the card. Then as you are praying send them a text message, or if you have the time, a handwritten card. Don’t complicate this…as you create your own prayer box pray and ask the Lord how to keep it simple so that you will use it.

I’d love to see photos and ideas from your own prayer boxes, so please post them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. These are wonderful gifts ideas for your girlfriends and Bible study leaders. It’s also a good activity for local small groups to create their boxes together.

As promised, these are the resources if you can’t find the items locally.


Locking Box

Blank Tabs

1-31 Tabs

3 x 5 lined cards

Do not buy index cards at Walmart, I discovered the paper is really thin and doesn’t hold up well. If you want to save money, split the cost of the blank tabs with a friend, or don’t use the 1-31 tabs. Keep in mind this is something you’ll use for years, so the initial cost is small compared to the long-term use!

 

Much love to you,

Christine

10 Best Bible Studies For Women

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People often ask me what are the best Bible studies for women, and since I have completed more than 50 online Bible studies in the last few years I do have some favorites. Bible studies vary and will fall into two categories: personal study and topical study. They also vary in length, some studies are six weeks long and others ten weeks long. Below is a list of my 10 favorite Bible studies for women…those studies I would recommend to my Mom, Sister and Girlfriends.

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1. Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry and Richard Blackaby (personal study). A modern classic that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Experiencing God is based on seven Scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with the Creator. By understanding how God is working through us even as we try to fathom His ways, we can begin to clearly know and do His will and discover our lives greatly and gracefully changed.

2. Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories by Beth Moore (personal study). This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage.

3. Nehemiah: A Heart Than Can Break by Kelly Minter (topical study). Nehemiah s heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Like Kelly s other studies in the Living Room Series, you ll find authentic Bible teaching, recipes, and a relational approach. Nehemiah also includes seven video sessions and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

4. Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore (topical study). Join Beth in a very personal examination of this great story of threat and deliverance as she peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story of Esther is to our lives today. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.

5. Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy by Kelly Minter (topical study). Ruth’s journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy comes alive in Kelly Minter’s Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy-the second study in the Living Room Series. This 6-week Bible study delves into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth. This study includes stories, recipes, a leader guide, interactive Web site extras, and free bonus videos.

6. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (personal study). An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t godly enough…isn’t loving enough…isn’t doing enough The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.

7. True Woman 101: Divine Design by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian (topical study). What does it mean to be a woman? The current cultural ideal for womanhood encourages women to be strident, sexual, self-centered, independent — and above all — powerful and in control. But sadly, this model of womanhood hasn’t delivered the happiness and fulfillment it promised. The Bible teaches that it’s not up to us to decide what womanhood is all about. God created male and female for a very specific purpose. His design isn’t arbitrary or unimportant. It is very intentional and He wants women to discover, embrace, and delight in the beauty of His design. He’s looking for True Women!

8. Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know About Satan, Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram (topical study). Some Christians believe strongly in the existence of demons and spiritual warfare. Others downplay or even ignore the idea. With such divergent views, how are Christians supposed to know the truth about demonic forces at work in this world? The Invisible War examines what every believer needs to know about Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare, offering a balanced look at this controversial subject. This provocative book will help Christians understand what the Bible says about these threats and will show them how they can safeguard themselves and their families through prayer.

9. Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer (topical study). What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.

10. Believing God by Beth Moore (personal study). In-depth women’s Bible study based on Isaiah 43:10 that explores what it means not only ‘to believe in God’ but ‘to believe Him.’ The bride of Jesus Christ in our generation is nearly paralyzed by unbelief. God is calling His bride to a fresh and lavish anointing of faith. Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God, Beth encourages women to deepen their own trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him.

11. (bonus) Faith Dare: 30 Days to Life Your Life to the Fullest by Debbie Alsdorf (devotional study). Jesus came to give us abundant life. So why are so many Christian women living with worn-out faith, struggling just to get by? What if there was something more? What if we could be set free from worry, fear, and the constant cycle of searching for significance?
The Faith Dare is a 30-day challenge for women who are tired of ho-hum living and want to break the pattern of self-reliance and people pleasing by putting their trust in God alone and learning to live to please him. This energizing book will change a woman’s focus from her moods and attitudes to living in the power of God’s Word. It will encourage her to take the next step and begin to live out real faith in her real life.

Some of thee studies are so amazing, I have completed them more than once! Breaking Free (four times), Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (twice), Faith Dare (three times) and Invisible War (twice). I would absolutely study Experiencing God a few more times!

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Here’s TIP… I like to put a coil edge on my workbooks before I begin the study. I take the book to a local printing shop, they cut off the book edge and replace it with a spiral edge so its easier to write in my workbook.

Here’s another TIP… “Topical Bible study is the study of the topical teachings in the Bible. You may limit the topic to a single book, such as a study of the teaching in the Book of James about the use of the tongue. You may also trace the topic throughout Scripture, such as a study of the miracles in the Bible. The topic can be narrow, such as prophecies about Jesus’ birth, or it can be broad and lengthy, such as prophecies in the Bible.” (via BH Publishing)  A personal study is more “me-focused,”sometimes emotional and is a subcategory of topical studies. An example would be James  by Beth Moore as topical and Breaking Free as personal in nature.

Last TIP… rotate your studies with different authors. While Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Proverb 31 have excellent studies, if you only focus on a specific author then you may be tempted to focus on the author instead of the Bible. Balance the different approaches to scripture.

Do you have some favorite Bible studies? If so, please post a comment below and tell me what you like most!