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Armor of God Online Bible Study Starts Nov. 2

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Are you ready for another Womens Bible Cafe online Bible Study? The next bible study will officially begin on November 2, 2015 and we are reading Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. This is a brand new Bible study workbook and we are excited to learn targeted and specific tools for strategic prayer. This is seven week study and we will meet in small groups via Facebook where we STUDY. CONNECT. GROW.


If you have never participated in online study at the Womens Bible Cafe, it’s pretty simple. You’ll read the workbook at home, then visit the Womens Bible Cafe to participate in online group discussions. We have small group meetings everyday of the week, morning and evening, via a private Facebook group.  Choose a small group that best fits your schedule…and if you miss a session then you are welcome to attend another one during the week so you do not fall behind.

Armor of God Information Video

Participate by yourself or with a friend. Either way, you won’t be alone! We have many women from around the world and your participation in the group discussions makes the study enjoyable for all! You are not assigned a leader, you will simply come to the first small group session on the day and time you want to participate. The leaders will ask you to introduce yourself and your name will be added to the group membership list. No emails to find, no secret groups to locate…we all meet in one large “chatroom” at different times during the day.

I strongly recommend you get the workbook early…as many local churches are leading the study too! You will not be discouraged if you order the workbook early. Because it’s so popular,  some online stores say “on backorder” or “allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery” and this is incorrect and automated information.  I’ve seen it many times and when I call the publisher at Lifeway the tell me the workbooks are available, the automated “quality available” is inaccurate and needs updating. Order the workbook as soon as possible to encourage the publisher to update the online stores. If you are fortunate enough to have a local Lifeway store near you, go pick up your workbook.

Priscilla Shirer videos sessions for Armor of God are available for download via Lifeway. They are not required for the study due to the cost, though highly recommended and enjoyable. To download videos from Lifeway- click here

What You Need for the Armor of God Online Bible Study

  • Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer Amazon or Lifeway
  • Note: In January we will study Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness by Melissa Spoelstra, available in Joseph Kindle or print from Amazon
  • This study uses the New American Standard Bible (NASB). You are welcome to use any Bible translation of your choice.
  • The workbook is NOT available in Kindle format. For international students, there is a version for the Lifeway Reader app. Many women have told us the app fails constantly and they would not recommend it. Only if you are unable to get the workbook in international countries, and since the publisher does not offer the convenience of Kindle format, here’s an option of last resort… get the trade book instead of the workbook. Many online studies use trade books and it’s not something we’ve found beneficial to our studies. However, if you can’t get a workbook then get this trade book in Kindle format: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Strategic, Specific Prayer by Priscilla Shirer.

How to Join the Armor of God Online Bible Study

  1. Register for this study at the Womens Bible Cafe when you post a comment below. Be sure to introduce yourself and tell us why you are participating in this study.
  2. Subscribe to the email updates for the Womens Bible Cafe if you are new to our studies- click here
  3. Join us on Facebook for fellowship and small group meetings- click here
  4. Make sure you read the Getting Started page because the most common questions are answered here

Once you post a comment below and when you subscribe to updates by email, you are officially enrolled with us and will receive email updates.

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Gideon Online Bible Study Week 6

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Welcome to our final week of the Gideon Bible study by Priscilla Shirer.  Throughout this study we’ve learned how God is able to turn weakness into strength. By now you realize there is more to Gideon than wet fleece! Our final chapter this week unveils the obstacles Gideon faced- his own self interests and idolatry. We had the opportunity to complete “The Interview” and then reflect on own situations from a Biblical perspective. Did you claim your own idols after the lesson on page 150? It’s easy to read the pages of scripture and judge Gideon, and as we learned this week, much harder to judge ourselves. Yet for a Bible study to be effective and have lasting impact, we need to apply scripture to our individual lives. We need to live it…not just read it!

What impacted you most during the Gideon Bible study? Which lesson or statement from Priscilla Shirer took root inside your heart? It would so so wonderful to gather together at the Table and hear your personal stories. In the meantime, we have the Facebook chatroom where you can gather and share your thoughts with each other. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook look for the hashtag #LessonsfromGideon and see what others are posting about this Bible study.

In the final chapter this week, I personally discovered how something inherently good became an idol in my life. I’ve know that I struggle with emotional eating, and food which is good has power over me when I use it to fill an emotional need. I was reminded this week that only God fills those empty spaces in my life, and the solution is to turn to Him in prayer and not food. Chocolate is my cure-all for any mood…and something I need to limit inside my home. I use chocolate to celebrate something or to comfort a feeling I might be having. How about you? Is your idol a Facebook game, a television show, an addictive habit…what are you a bit obsessed over? For some women, even Bible study can become an idol when it becomes a badge on the wall and replaces a relationship with God.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Cor 13:5 NIV

Pause from your busy day or your heavy burdens and examine your own heart. Make sure you are in alignment with His will, in relationship with Him and detached from potential idols. This needs to be a daily habit as you center your life inside His Presence. My prayer for you is that by finishing this Bible study, you now recognize your own strengths and weakness from a spiritual perspective. With this knowledge, you are then in a position of authority in spiritual warfare. Walk in victory…beside Jesus. Here’s the last video update from Beth Moore…


Thank you for joining us in this Bible study! It has been a pleasure to spend this time with you. Thank you to our 20 volunteers who lead the small groups and pray for you by name. God is good, always!

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall has many requests, so please take a minute and pray for these women. Post your own prayers and lift one another up with your words.

For Next Week

  • Register for the Faith Dare study when you click here
  • Visit Beth Moore’s blog for her final update on Gideon when you click here

Group Discussion- Answer here or with your small group 

  1. What do you automatically turn to for comfort or relief when you’re unhappy? (page 150)
  2. Which of your answers from question one are a testament from the bad-to-worse principle we read about this week? (page 158)
  3. Have you ever considered that idol worship is “spiritual adultery” as described by Priscilla Shirer? Knowing this, what are you going to change in your life to remove idols?
  4. How does impatience play a role in idolatry in the life of modern believers? (page 160)
  5. Priscilla gives 3 principles for guarding ourselves against idolatry: 1) pinpoint your tendencies to comfort 2) re-commit to a God-structured existence 3)rearrange your priorities. Of these three, which do you need to implement immediately and why? (page 162)

QUESTION 6: After completing the Gideon study, what is one thing you learned that really impacted you personally?


Gideon Online Bible Study Week 5

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stairsWhat an amazing week of online Bible study!  We’ve just finished reading week five of the Gideon Bible study written by Priscilla Shirer. We saw a major turn of events as our Biblical hero goes from a God-centered life back into a self-centered life. Yes…BACK into his self interests. Equipped by God to overcome his own insecurity, Gideon the hero becomes Gideon the disrespected in a very short time. His demise was listening to the flesh rather than listening to the Lord. Has this ever happened to you?

It’s easy to be deceived by the enemy of lies. When we stop seeking wisdom from God through prayer, Bible study and fellowship…we open the door to spiritual warfare. Today in my local Bible study our leader suggested memorizing Galatians 5:19-21 NIV so we recognize the works of the flesh inside us.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

I wonder if Gideon would have experienced a different outcome if he knew and prayed these things! What about you? Do you recognize that when you are acting in anger, discord, or jealousy…you are acting against the Fruit of the Spirit. Perhaps each of us is a bit like Gideon in someway or at sometime in our lives. When God uses our weakness for His strength….we need to stay in relationship with Him so that strength is not misused by the flesh. For Gideon, insecurity became courage and then courage became sin. Make sure you don’t cross the line with the gifts the Lord give to you. A wise woman knows when to yield to the Spirit and capture all thoughts through a Christ-centered heart.

I hope you’ll be joining the small groups this week to discuss week five. Did you know that next week is our last week of the Gideon online Bible study? This study has really gone by fast! We already have women around the world registered for the Faith Dare study led by Debbie Alsdorf, so if you are participating make sure you register and get your book. We start the next study July 29, 2013.

Prayer Requests

Our Prayer Wall has many requests, so please take a minute and pray for these women. Post your own prayers and lift one another up with your words.

For Next Week

  • Read Week Six in the workbook
  • Listen to Audio Session six and seven or Video Session six and seven at Lifeway.com (optional due to cost)
  • Register for the Faith Dare study when you click here

Group Discussion- Answer here or with your small group 

  1. On page 123 in the workbook you listed three difficult situations you are facing right now. Then you listed your natural weapon of response and your spiritual weapon. Without naming the difficult experience, name the natural weapons you listed in your chart.
  2. Okay, now share the spiritual weapons…again…do not share the difficult situation. The reason we are doing it this way is that the weapons are clues to the situation!
  3. What “logic” does the enemy typically use against you to disguise the spiritual nature of your struggles and to mask his role in them? (page 124)
  4. Are you ever inclined to pacify your insecurity instead of staying inside the boundaries set up by God? If so, what are some of the ways you have done this? (page 128)
  5. How do you feel most fatigued in your life right now? Spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically or other. Explain your choice. (page 136)
  6. How is your relationship with God affected when you feel week and uncertain about yourself and a task? How does the way Jesus responded in prayer and solitude (Mark 1:35-38) help to keep you on track?
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