Armor of God Online Bible Study | Week Six

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And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Ephesians 6:10-18

What a powerful time we have had studying the Armor of God together over these past few weeks.  We have learned and stretched and grown in faith and fellowship one with another as we have carefully studied each piece of the armor designed to protect us from the onslaught of the enemy.  The Prayer Strategies outlined for us on page 192 of  our Member Book have given us the framework for a more effective prayer life.

As we look to the Christmas Season with a renewed sense of hope, consider writing specific prayers for each area of your life and putting them into a brand new journal for the New Year.  Also, if you have not already seen the War Room starring Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore, I highly suggest you take an evening off, cuddle up with some hot cocoa and a warm blanket and watch this powerful movie.

Finally, we will continue to meet for our Faith Dare Wednesday Night Chats through the month of December as we prepare for our upcoming study, Joseph by Melissa Spoelstra.  Make sure you checkout our main Facebook Page or WomenBibleCafe.com for more details.

Assignment For the Week

  • Write a Prayer Strategy Card for the New Year.  Take your time as you form this special card.  Consider creating a new devotional journal for 2016 and placing this card in the front of your new journal.
  • If you haven’t already registered for our January 2016 Online Bible Study,  you can do that by Clicking Here ~~~> Joseph Online Bible Study 
  • Feel free to join us for Faith Dare – Christmas at the Womens Bible Cafe each Wednesday Night.  Click Here for more details ~~~>  Faith Dare Wednesday Nights

Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. We have discussed the importance of forming a Prayer Strategy over these last six weeks.  Did you experience a breakthrough in your prayer life through creating the weekly prayer cards? What was the most important principle that you learned through forming the Prayer Strategy Cards using the P.R.A.Y. model on page 192?
  2. Considering what you have learned about the turtle formation on page 134, what does this say about how we should concern ourselves with building up the faith of others?
  3. How are you able to share your active faith with the broader community of Christ around you?
  4. What is Jesus currently doing in your life and how does your relationship with Him affect you on a daily basis?
  5. Share the most important thing you feel you have learned during this study and how you intend on putting it into practice?

Thank you for joining us during this wonderful study of the Armor of God. We would like to extend a heart felt invitation for you to join us in our New Year Online Bible Study of Joseph by Melissa Spoelstra.  May your hearts by filled to overflowing with God’s Love, Hope and Peace this Christmas Season.

Merry Christmas,

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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | January 2016

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We’re ready to kick off a new year with new books, and we hope you’ll join in!

To our faithful, long-time Book Clubbers, welcome back.  To our new participants, we’re so glad you’re here.

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one nonfiction book and one fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.  There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.fervent

While all of our book 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.

So what are we reading? Here are the January books for the Book Club

  • January nonfictionFerVent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer.  This is a great companion to the movie War Room!  We’re excited to begin 2016 by focusing on strengthening our prayer lives.
  • January fiction: The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller.  Set following the Civil War, this book follows Katie Calloway’s attempts to find a new life for herself and her younger brother in a northern logging camp.

    Great news!!  Our books are currently on sale for Kindle!

Join us as we read and discuss these books with our Facebook group!katiecalloway

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 with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

Armor of God Online Bible Study | Week Five

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The truth of God is what makes having faith in God worth it.  Priscilla Shirer

Life is full of adventures, opportunities for building our faith as well as for God to move on our behalf.  Some of my biggest adventures have begun in the simplest of ways.   For example, this week I had to make a trip into town.  The only road that leads into town from where we live is under construction and is often backed up for miles.  This particular day I was  running low on gasoline and had to get into town for a meeting.  Now, I can’t even count the times that God has stretched the gasoline in my tank miles and miles past empty.   Stuck in traffic with no where to go and nothing to do, I began to pray for my family and friends.  The fuel light flickered on and off.  It was at that very moment I knew God would do something special, and I was not disappointed.  When the fuel light came on I had faith God was going to take care of me.  This is where the rubber meets to road so to speak.  Eventually, my car coasted into the gas station a good 30 minutes after the fuel light came on.  For me, it was nothing less than a miracle that I wasn’t stranded on the road holding a gas can.

Faith comes from hearing God’s Word and acting upon it.  Take a moment and think about some of the things you have had to have faith for in the last few months.  Do you feel that these experiences have caused you to grow in your understanding of God’s love and care for you?

Assignment For the Week

  • Write a Prayer Strategy Card for the New Year.  Take your time as you form this special card.  Consider creating a new devotional journal for 2016 and placing this card in the front of your new journal.
  • Make sure you attend a small group  this week.
  • Read Week Six:  The Helmet of Salvation in your member book.
  • If you are watching the videos, watch Session Six available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)

Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. Have you been able to keep up with writing out your Prayer Strategies?   And if so, what have you learned through that process?
  2. What are some areas of your life where you need to be on the offensive instead of the defensive, taking back ground from the enemy?
  3. How is the truth of your faith reflected in your actions and attitudes?
  4. What has been the greatest challenges to your faith?  When have you seemed to be your strongest in your faith?
  5. Think back to the difficult person or circumstances you wrote down in the oval during week one of our study. What, if any, connection do you see between the step of faith God is asking you to take and that situation?

Faith is when you act like God is telling you the truth.  Priscilla Shirer

With Love,

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Armor of God Online Bible Study | Week Four

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Peace.  The one thing we all want and yet so very often it seems just beyond our reach.   Life hits us in waves while we try to catch our breath as they crash in upon us.  There are those moments when we can sit and linger and enjoy the view before us, but more often than not we are struggling to find a bit of peace in the midst of the mess.  We set aside the important in order to take care of the urgent that demands our attention.  Treading on dangerous ground, we need equipment that will protect and guide us along the way.

This week in our study of the Armor of God, we learned about the importance of the Shoes of Peace.  God never intended for  us to feel crippled by chaos.  He fits us with just what we need to navigate the storms of life in confident peace.  He not provides peace, God IS our peace.

Anywhere peace is lacking, the enemy is at work.  Priscilla Shirer

Assignment For the Week

  • Create a Peace Prayer Strategy Card and display it where you will read it daily.  Make this prayer a declaration of your intent to find peace in God on a daily basis.  Write steps you can take to guard your heart in this.
  • Make sure you attend a small group  this week.
  • Read Week Five:  The Shield of Faith in your member book.
  • If you are watching the videos, watch Session Five available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)

Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. Please share a truth that was either new or challenging for you this week.
  2. Why DO we wear shoes and why do you think the Apostle Paul attached the characteristic of peace to them?
  3. Share a time where you felt crippled by chaos and how you managed to get through it?
  4. How have you experienced the peace of God in your life?  
  5. Of the three pieces of armor we have studied thus far, which of those do you feel you need the most in your life at the moment? (Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness and Shoes of Peace)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

With Love,

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Armor of God Online Bible Study | Week Three

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To be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:23-24

Eight words in the margin motivated me this week.  I grabbed some rubbish bags and went from room to room determined to lighten the load of my home and hopefully my heart in the process.  The scribbled words ‘Clean house – What will you get rid of?’ were etched in my mind as I filled bag upon bag with pre-loved clothing and toys.

As I put unwanted items into dark bags, I searched the even darker corners of my heart where bitterness, anger and feelings of resentment tend to hide.  Each new season of life heralds opportunities to clean and organize every aspect of our lives.  Those times where we allow the Holy Spirit to shine the light of truth in our lives can be frightening at first but we are better for it in the long run.   I often buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my table after I am finished with the mammoth task of organizing my heart and home.  Arranging the centerpiece is a victorious moment, a fragrant reward.   This week’s quotable puts it all into perspective.

Your heart is the centerpiece of your soul.  Priscilla Shirer

As we continue with our daily lessons, please keep in mind that there will be NO SMALL GROUPS on Thursday, November 26th, due to Thanksgiving.  If you are in a group on Thursday, please jump into another group for the week.

Assignment For the Week

  • Review and update your Prayer Strategy Card.  Is your strategy effective?  Put your card in a prominent place where you will be sure to see it on a daily basis.
  • Make sure you attend a small group and if your group meets on Thursday, jump into another one as there will be NO Small Groups meeting on Thursday this week due to Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Read Week Four:  The Shoes of Peace in your member book.
  • If you are watching the videos, watch Session Four, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)

Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What does having an unwavering and unapologetic allegiance to the truth mean to you?
  2. How does the “belt of truth” serve as a “hanger” for the other pieces of your armor?  See pages 52-55 in your member book.
  3. How is aligning yourself with the truth different than legalism?  Review your answers from page 56.
  4. How is your prayer strategy going?  Where are your posting those prayers?  Is it effective?
  5. How does your breastplate specifically protect you?

 May the Lord richly bless your Thanksgiving Celebrations with Love, Joy and Peace.   

With Love,

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Armor of God Online Bible Study | Week Two

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Freedom comes to us when we unapologetically follow the truth the we discover in Him and in His Word.  Priscilla Shirer

 

Panic gripped my heart as I listened to the frightened little voice on my message service.  Normally, I would have picked up the phone but it was an unfamiliar number so I sent it to voice mail.  Although there was a lot of ambient noise and yelling heard in the background I could definitely hear my daughter’s wee voice saying “Mommy, there is a bomb at school, can you come and get me?”

I felt as if someone knocked the wind out of, me.  Shaken to the core and filled with purpose I went to the school to find my daughter and take her home.  God is good and all ended well, however the series of events had many of us rethinking what steps we needed to take to ensure our children’s safety.   There were important things that had been forgotten during the panic because a system had not been properly put into place.

Life can take our breath away, either by lovely moments of wonder or when hardship strikes and we are left gasping for air in disbelief.  Adversity often causes us to rethink our strategy.   There were definitely some things that we changed after the bomb threat at my daughter’s school.

As we began Week Two of the Armor of God study, we learned about the importance of having a plan and strengthening our core.  The most important preparation we have for life and all that encompasses it, happens to be the times we spend with the Lord in prayer and the study of His Word.  We can be better prepared to handle the battles we will inevitably face on a daily basis, however, to do that we need a plan.  We need a Prayer Strategy and our lessons this week have helped us learn how to form one.

If you haven’t already begun a prayer journal, I want to encourage you to do so.  There are many different ways that you can make one.  It can be a simple notebook or a lined diary, anything that you can keep a record of your prayers in.  I even have a very creative friend who uses a sketchbook with which she writes her prayers with drawings and beautiful colors.   It is a wonderful way in which you can see how the Lord is moving in your prayer life.  Write those Prayer Strategies down and see what the Lord does.

Assignment For the Week

  • Write a new Prayer Strategy Card for the week and put it where you will be reminded to pray over it often.  (My card is taped to my bathroom mirror and has a specific prayer for my children)
  • Make sure you attend your small group or if you cannot make it to your normal time, jump into another one.  All small groups are open attendance so please feel free to join one that suits your schedule.
  • Read Week Three:  The Breastplate of Righteousness in your member book.
  • If you are watching the videos, watch Session Three, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)
  • Considering memorizing Ephesians 6:10-19 with us.

Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. How is God stirring the need for a daily prayer strategy in your life?
  2. Do you personally overestimate or underestimate the enemy’s influence in the circumstances of your life? What effect does this inclination have in your life? (See page 17 in your member book)
  3. What does the phrase ‘stand firm wearing the belt of truth’ mean to you?
  4. What challenges you most when you think about basing everything on the standard of God’s Word, the Bible
  5. On a scale of 1-10 how committed are you to strengthening your spiritual core?  (1=not committed at all; 10=whole-heartedly committed)

 

 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  Deuteronomy 6:5-6

With Love,

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