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Posts with the ‘bible’ tag

One of Those Moments

I hope I don’t get in trouble. During a Bible study today I quit reading my Bible, quit paying attention, and did something I normally would never do: I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture when I should have been dialed in. It was a powerful moment. It was a moment I wanted to savor by capturing it. Do you ever have those moments? Times you want to record in order to relive in the future? Bill McKenzie, the founder of Pine Cove, met with our leadership team to encourage us from the book of Nehemiah. It was […]

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Shores Bible Study Theme: FAITHWORKS

You’ve probably heard the saying “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Of course, this saying goes beyond just fishing. I think there’s a problem in our Christian culture. Young believers aren’t spending time with Jesus in their daily lives. Whether it’s because we’re lazy and just don’t care, or we’re intimidated by the Bible and how to pray – we aren’t growing in our relationship with Jesus after professing our faith in him. We even use the excuse that we just can’t “find time” to read […]

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Studying the Bible: Research

This is the fourth post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 4: Research the Book After taking the time to outline the book and understand the author’s flow of thought throughout the letter, I then turn my attention to understanding the immediate context of the book. The Bible has been written over thousands of years by multiple different authors from all walks of life. It was written in three different languages and over the course of several major world events […]

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Studying the Bible: Outline

This is the third post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 3: Outline the Whole Book Once I have read the book three times, I’ll use the information I gathered while reading through the book and begin the process of discerning an outline. So, the objective here is to work in reverse. I have the written letter from Peter. If he would have used an outline, what would it have looked like? Outlining the book will help me think through […]

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Studying the Bible: Reading

This is the second post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 2: Read the Whole Book In our previous post we outlined that prayer is not only the starting point but also the environment for studying the Scriptures. Once we are rightly oriented, we should first immerse ourselves in the content of the entire book before attempting to understand the meaning of one part of it. So, the next thing I do in my study is read the entire book […]

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Studying the Bible: Where to Begin?

I remember when I was a freshman in college that I loved reading the Bible and wanted to study it deeply, but I felt like I didn’t possess the tools I needed to be able to effectively or meaningfully study it. I didn’t know where to start and, even if I did attempt to start, I had no idea if I was headed in the right direction once I did. Thankfully, an older man in my life took me under his wing and taught me how to study the Scriptures. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen for all of us. As much […]

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Bible Study Theme: MADE

The summer is here once again and numerous high school students all around the country are preparing to pack their bags to come and spend a week at the Pine Cove Shores. All the while, the counselors have been named, the excitement is high, and the jumping is even higher! Every year there is a new Bible study prepared for the campers and this year is no different. The theme for the 2014 Bible study at the Shores is MADE. Though it may seem like a simple title, MADE contains a vast amount of information that is both challenging and […]

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Bible Study Theme: Blueprint

A blueprint is an outline or plan of action. Most of the time, it is used as the starting point for building a house. Before you ever grab a shovel or a bulldozer or whatever else you use to start building a house, you need a plan. Without a plan, even the most skilled construction team will fail. The blueprint guides them. It reminds them of their foundation and shows them what to do next. It gives them a vision for the finished product. In the Christian life, we are not without a blueprint. God has given us a foundation […]

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The Defeat of Death

As a high school student, I was not the best in my English classes. That struggle continued with me all the way into my freshman classes in college. My struggle has many elements. English was essentially my third language as I was raised speaking Dutch and grew up in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood in southern California. But enough of my excuses. What I do remember about all of my English classes, however, was the use of past tense, present tense, and future tense. As I read through the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, I am amazed by a past […]

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Bible Study Theme: Broken

Fallow is not a word that most people have ever used in a conversation (unless you’re a farmer). So if you don’t know, “fallow ground” is land that has sat unused and become hard and full of weeds. It must be broken up and prepared before it can be useful and planted with seeds. The Bible frequently uses farming images to talk about spiritual truths. For example, Hosea 10:12 talks about sowing righteousness and reaping steadfast love as a prerequisite for the rain of God’s righteousness. But also included are these words: “Break up your fallow ground, for it is […]

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