One of the greatest gifts God ever gave me was the opportunity to write Bible studies for my church. Over the years I have written lessons for over 20 books of the Bible! Although these lessons were origionally written for women, they have been used in congregations and by men's studies too!
The book of Genesis is said to give us the beginning of everything except God. John Phillips calls it, "the opening crescendo of Scripture." And Henry M. Morris calls it "the most important book ever written!" It is my desire, as you study this magnificent account of creation and the unfolding plan of redemption, that it would lead you into a deeper faith in God. Someone has well said that if you will believe Genesis 1:1, then you can believe every other fact and promise in Scripture. Take hold of these great truths and translate them into real faith in a real God who can do anything He puts His mind to!
Just as the first book of the Bible, Genesis, is called the Book of Beginnings, the second book, Exodus, is known as the Book of Redemption. The name Exodus comes from the Greek translation of the Old Testament and it means "way out." The book's central theme is deliverance! It's the deliverance or "way out" of Israel from bondage in Egypt.
God sent Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt. God sent Jesus Christ to deliver the world from sin. We all need deliverance! And it has been given. God always makes a way out!
Ruth: A Love Story
Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? We all do, don’t we? Well in the Book of Ruth, we have several love stories in one, culminating in the greatest love of all—the love of the heavenly Father for His children, you and I—a love so great that He provided us with a Kinsman-Redeemer in His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Women: Part One
In this study we'll take a look at five of the women (or groups of women) we find in the Bible: Eve, Mary, Rahab, "Women Who Served," and Miriam. We'll look at each woman (or group) closely, considering her strengths and her weaknesses, her trials and her triumphs, making personal application along the way.
The Women: Part Two
In this study we'll take a look at five of the women (or groups of women) we find in the Bible: Deborah, Elizabeth, Abigail, Mary and Martha, and The Shunammite Woman. We'll look at each woman (or group) closely, considering her strengths and her weaknesses, her trials and her triumphs, making personal application along the way.
The Women: Part Three
In this study we'll take a look at five of the women (or groups of women) we find in the Bible: "The Women Jesus Touched," The Widow of Zarephath, Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, and Hagar. We'll look at each woman (or group) closely, considering her strengths and her weaknesses, her trials and her triumphs, making personal application along the way.
The Women: Part Four
In this study we'll take a look at five of the women (or groups of women) we find in the Bible: Sarah, The Samaritan Woman, Rachel and Leah, Hannah, and The Proverbs 31 Woman. We'll look at each woman (or group) closely, considering her strengths and her weaknesses, her trials and her triumphs, making personal application along the way.
David: Shepherd of Israel
How can a person with so many glaring inconsistencies be considered "a man after God's own heart"? David's heart was not perfect—it was devoted. He was a lover of God. And, although centuries have passed since David lived, his life still speaks to us today—to encourage and correct us, and even to lift us into the presence of God Himself.
John: Gospel of the Beloved
This book has been called many things: the book of the seven signs (referring to the seven sign-miracles John uses to present the person and mission of Jesus); the intimate gospel; the most theological of the four gospels; the profoundest book ever written; and the greatest piece of literature ever produced. According to F.B. Meyer, “there is no part of Scripture more conducive to the culture of the inner life.”
Acts: Church Alive!
The Book of Acts is perhaps the most exciting and challenging book of the New Testament. As its name implies, it is a book of action from beginning to end, taking us through 30 years of ministry beginning with the birth of the Church on the day of Pentecost to Paul’s arrival in Rome to preach the gospel in the world's capital. The early church turned the world upside down ... why can't we?!
Discovering God's Wisdom
The foremost problem of the Corinthian church was that their focus was wrong. It was misplaced. That fact is seen in every problem they had, most significantly in their problem with unity. They were focusing on themselves, on other people, and on human wisdom, rather than on Christ and the cross. Sound familiar? Consider the impact would it make on your life and the lives of those around you if you learned and applied the fundamental truth that the focal point of Christianity and the Christian’s life is Christ and His cross, “For the message of the cross is…the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18), and that Christ is the key to every problem.
Romans: The Gospel According to Paul
So much has been said about this magnificent letter … I will share just two thoughts: First, as to the name I am choosing to call this study—it comes from John Phillips, who not once but twice in the opening thoughts of his commentary on Romans calls it “the gospel according to Paul.” I felt like that really said it all! Second, a word from Charles Erdman from his commentary on Romans, which I believe gives us our challenge. He says this: “Our task is to read and comprehend this masterpiece of theological doctrine. And who are we to say that we cannot?”
Galatians: Born (Again!) to Be Free
How important is this letter to us today? As important as it ever was! Who hasn’t struggled with the notion that they must work for their salvation? How many churches in our day put forth a message that you must do “certain things” in order to know that you are truly saved? Whether you are encouraged by a church, by your own weakness, or by the devil himself to work for your salvation, it is time that you know it is a lie and not the true gospel message. Martin Luther was a troubled and tormented soul who never thought he could do enough to please God. But he found rest for his soul from the teachings of this letter—and you can too!
Have you ever heard of someone who died in the midst of great poverty, only to be discovered to have been very, very wealthy? Some of us live our Christian lives just like this ... while in our heavenly bank account we have adoption, acceptance, redemption, forgiveness, wisdom, inheritance, the seal of the Holy Spirit, life, grace, and citizenship—every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places!
Philippians: Unrestrained Joy!
Could you be joyful if you found yourself in prison? Most of us would have to say no. but Paul could easily say yes, you see, he had learned the secret of being content in any and every situation—even in prison and even in chains. How would you like to learn this secret? Well Paul says you can and will show you the way in his letter to the Philippian church.
Colossians: Christ Supreme
It seems false teaching was threatening the doctrinal purity of the church of Colosse. Paul’s letter to the Colossians was written in response to this disturbing news. His aim was to warn the church and point them back to the truth. He had but one major answer to all of the erroneous teaching—Christ is supreme—therefore faith in Christ is sufficient. If we could but grasp the enormity of this truth, it could change our lives forever!
1st & 2nd Timothy and Titus
As Paul's ministry was about to end, he poured into the lives of those who would continue. It was a passing on of the baton. Well, today, we continue the ministry of Paul to build up the body of Christ and to take the good news to a world that needs Him. So let's take hold of the baton as it is passed our way and take it personally!
James: Let's Grow Up!
If you have ever wondered just how the Christian faith works in everyday life, James is the book for you! It might be seen as a textbook on Christian ethics; like a how-to book for the believer. It may have been the first New Testament book written, but it is as needful and relevant today as it was for those who first received it some 2000 years ago.
Seven Letters to Seven Churches
What an amazing adventure we begin as we step into our study of the Book of Revelation, which promises a blessing to all who enter in! We will be looking into things which were previously shut up but are now opening up to our understanding as the day draws near. We will have the opportunity, as we go through this exciting book, to consider the events of our own day, which are setting the stage for the prophecy of Revelation to unfold.
Lunch-Hour Lessons: Revelation
Study Revelation in a way that fits into your busy life. Whether you work full time, have small children, or for any other reason are “time deprived,” my new Lunch-Hour Lessons are designed with you in mind.