I John 5

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Growing in Grace Bible Class,

We are slowly nearing the end of our S.O.A.P. study of First John. The “slowly” part is very good. We have enjoyed taking our good ole’ sweet time. We are in Week 11, but have been lengthening it over several weeks by taking at least a week to go through one day of study as outlined in our workbook. Does that make sense?

Last Sunday we discussed our study of I John 5:13-15. Tomorrow morning, November 4, we plan to dive into our personal notes on Chapter 5:16-17.

For me, I think I could not have come very far in my personal study of verses 16-17 without the assistance and wisdom of Matthew Henry. 🙂 I’m thankful for such Bible scholars whose works have been published to be passed down from generation to generation.

We invite you ladies who live in the Central Indiana area to join us in our GIG Womens’ Bible study class at HBC!
We are a close group. The ladies in this class are warm, friendly, and genuinely care about each other and others! You will be warmly welcomed!

Growing in grace,
Melissa

II Corinthians 9:8

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Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians ~ Week 10

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Good morning,

What gorgeous weather we are enjoying in Indiana! Praise the Lord ~ God controls the weather! There’s no such thing as “mother nature”. I’m so grateful for our living, loving God Who is a genuis designer and Creator of all things! By Him all things exist! He is worthy of all credit, all praise!

Here are our notes from the past week of studying Ephesians every morning. May you be blessed and changed as you have been and continue to study God’s Word! Can you believe there are only two and a half weeks left in the book of Ephesians?! I can hardly wait to see what book we will be walking through for the next 12 week study, can you?! Have a precious day, my friends! Love to you all!

~Walking with Jesus,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Good Morning!:) Today in Eph 5:28-30 a great encouragement for husbands & wives is this…Just as the church is part of Jesus’ body, the wife is part of her husband’s body. I like this in the notes from my KJV Nelson study Bible: “The husband who loves his wife brings much profit to himself.” God’s ways are always true, always wonderful, always good, always blessed! 🙂

Monday & Tuesday, March 19 & 20, 2012
Good Morning! Eph 5:21-24 & 25-27 (I’m a doubling up today) Did you know that marriage is a symbol or picture of the church? No pressure, right? But God has it all in perfect order. His way is THE way! The joyful way! The happy way! The Heavenly way! O taste & see that He is good! His way is puzzling to the world, even maddening. But to the Christian, God through His Son Jesus Christ, has proven Himself, His love. I want to enjoy God’s gift of marriage! I want my home to reflect Jesus and His love…a bit of Heaven on earth!

Friday, March 16, 2012
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for broken glass on my counter, for dirty clothes on the floor, for little girls arguing, for whining 1st grader who doesn’t want to read, for daughter crying tears because she doesn’t want to help her little sister (really?)…
Give thanks always for all things.
Help me, LORD, help me to be under Your influence, help me just follow these verses, & help me thank You for all of these things in Jesus’ name!
(Eph 5:18-20)

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Good Morning Girls! 🙂 Eph 5:15-17 is such a great encouragement! See to it/Make sure you live carefully, wise; not as a fool! Because? These days are evil! Make the most of the time & the opportunities we have & understand or be clear about the Lord’s will…that NO ONE perish; that all believe on the Lord Jesus; that ALL will be saved! Amen!

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Links you might like:
Amazima Ministries
Under His Wings
Women Living Well
A Holy Experience
Bible Study Tools
Bible Gateway blog

Good Morning ~ Ephesians Week 9

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Good Morning! Here are my notes for the tail end of week 8 and so far in week 9. Do you want to compare notes? I love seeing what you see! It encourages & strengthens my faith when another believer shares what God has given them through Scripture! Isn’t it so good to have those “ah-ha” moments?!!! I know!

Wed, March 7, 2012
Good morning:)! These next 3 days in our Ephesians study we see 5 steps or guidelines to live by as a new creation in Christ. The first 2 are in our passage today, Eph 4:25-27:
#1) no more lying; tell the truth
#2) no more sinful anger; brief righteous indignation so we don’t give the devil opportunities
Being angry is not always sin. There is much sin and evil that a Christian can and should be angry about. But God is specific that we should not be angry and sin. We need to have self control, take the issue to the Lord, & prevent bitterness, etc by coming to a resolution before the days end. Don’t go to bed angry.

Fri, March 9, 2012 *notes for Thursday and Friday…
[Prayers & sleep comments are here after a long night/week of 8 very sick children!]

Good Morning! Thank you for your prayers! We all finally had a good night’s sleep! Yay!
Continuing from Wednesday’s theme this portion of Scripture (Eph 4:28-32) gives us 5 guidelines now that we are a new creation in Christ:
#3) Replace theft with honest, good, hard work so that you can help others in need.
# 4) Replace foul, & ugly language w/grace filled communication that edifies & doesn’t grieve the Holy Spirit.
#5) Replace resentment & wrath w/kindness & forgive just the same as God has forgiven you.
Words to live by!:)

Mon, March 12, 2012
Good Morning!:) Eph 5:1-4 is clear on what is appropriate for a follower of God and what is inappropriate.
It’s appropriate to walk as dear children, in love, like Christ in complete sweet surrender, giving thanks.
What is inappropriate? Fooling around outside of marriage, all things impure, coveting, being dirty/filthy, foolish talking, harsh/crude joking. This is NOT suitable, fitting, proper, or anything like a follower of God. It is wrong. Being this way, doing these things is in direct opposition to The Lord & as His followers we must stay away from all forms of it. He says, rather than these awful things being named & part of our conversation or conduct… Just give thanks instead! How simple is that!

Tues, March 13, 2012
Good morning! Further urgent warnings today from Eph 5:5-7. Those who do wicked things, impure persons cannot inherit the kingdom of God. (Also see I Cor 6:9-11, Eph 2:8-10)
Wicked living makes God angry w/the children of disobedience. Do not be any part of it! This should remind us that God gave His dear Son. Jesus willingly endured death on the cross to wash away our wickedness. How can we play w/sin knowing how He gave His life to make us clean?! Follow only Jesus. Be set free from sin for good! It is not a game. You cannot serve God and the world!

Wed, March 14, 2012
Good morning! Today in Eph 5:8-14, CHRISTIANS, we’re reminded of our past & present CONDITION: We used to be darkness. Now we are light in the Lord.
Look @ our COMMANDS:
*Walk like children of light.
* Do not fellowship with dark/evil works.
* Shed light on the truth of evil & the danger, warning that it’s a shame to even talk about it, let alone be a part of it.
And for those who aren’t followers yet:
* Wake up. You are asleep.
* Get up from the dead. Turn from your sin.
* Christ promises to give you enlightment!!!
HE is reaching for you! Reach back. Follow HIM & never turn back!!!:) Be FOREVER changed!!!
HOPE! HELP! Jesus is the HOPE & HELP of ALL!

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No matter what pace you are walking through Ephesians you are doing wonderful! Can you believe we only have a few more weeks left in the book of Ephesians?! I already can hardly wait to hear from Good Morning Girls what book we are studying next time!!! If you are on a different schedule it’s ok! Take your time finishing up. You will be soooo glad you did! There is usually a break of several weeks before beginning a new study with GMG, so you can also use those weeks to finish up. Then we can start fresh together!

The LORD is good! HE will bless any and all time spent in His Word!!! I’m so glad you are walking through Ephesians beside me! Thank you!:)

Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word Wednesday ~ Ephesians Week 5

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Good Morning Girls! It makes all the difference to know God! Because I know God and the more I know God the more I know who I am. I am His! He loves me. He is my Maker, my Creator, the Designer of me.

The world talks of self esteem, self confidence, self worth. A born again, new creation in Christ Jesus needs to have God esteem, God confidence, and only find all their worth in God.

God’s way is mysteriousl
Lower yourself and He will lift you up. …James 1:9, James 4:10
Loose your life and you will find it. …Matt 10:39
Give yourself and you will receive. …II Cor 9:6-8
Esteem others better than yourself and joy will be complete. …Phil 2
The first shall be last and the last shall be first. …Mark 10:31

Can you see yourself in the Scriptures? Do you know who you really are?

You are precious to God! …Psalm 139:17

You are loved with an everlasting love! …Jeremiah 31:3

God will perfect that which concerneth you! …Ps 138:8

Paul called himself less than the least of all saints. He humbly walked with God and preached the Gospel. He was confident of who he was in Christ, dedicated himself to all the work and suffering for Christ’s sake, and realized his life’s mission to serve others.

Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word Wednesday ~ Ephesians Week 4

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Good Morning Girls!:)

We are moving along through our exciting study of the book of Ephesians. The thing that is impressing me the most so far this week in Ephesians chapter 2, verses 11-18 is the constant reminder of these three things:

1) Remembering where I came from is a time of Celebration! I am no longer separated from God! I now have HOPE!

Hearken to Me,
ye that follow after righteousness,
ye that seek the Lord:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. ~Isaiah 51:1

(I hope you’ll read this entire wonderful chapter!)

I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord…
Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done…
~from Psalm 40

2) No matter how far away from God I used to be, no matter where I came from or “how lost” I once was, I NOW have access to the Father through The Cross of Christ! CHRIST is now my PEACE…my peace within, my peace with God and my peace with the whole body of Christ, all those who were brought near!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
~2 Corinthians 5:17-18

3) Christ came for ALL the world! Whosoever Will! Through Christ we who believe are one body, with and just as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are! God through Jesus, closed the gap between people groups and in Jesus Christ, His Cross, His Blood, we are one!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
~Romans 1:16

That whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
~John 3:15-16

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Walking with Jesus,


*If you would love more information on this Ephesians book study click here and here or visit Good Morning Girls!

Women in the Word ~ Ephesians Week 3

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Welcome to Women in the Word Wednesday! Our study of Ephesians is going so wonderfully! Of you all who have left comments here, on my personal facebook page or on the Bones in My Heart facebook page we can see that your time with the Lord and your steady walk through Ephesians is very special! It is for me, too! It is such an encouragement to me and I’m sure to other readers/friends as well, to see your posts and comments.

So, a big Thank You, to those who have shared. Sharing, leaving comments here on the blog commment roll and the blog facebook page are the most effective way to keep us connected with one another. And I know for me, I love reading your comments on how God is blessing you! It strengthens my own faith when I hear and see how God is blessing you!

Could you all do me a favor? If you are studying Ephesians along with us, another portion of Scripture or, if you are just happy to be a reader of Bones in My Heart, will you please let us all know by leaving a comment here and click “like” on the Bones in My Heart facebook page and leaving a comment there! Wouldn’t you all LOVE to see how many of us have joined in on this wonderful dedicated time to be in the Word together! Thank you for taking the time to join this little community! You all are a blessing to me!

One more thing! Is anyone memorizing Scripture right now?! What are you working on? I’m so disappointed in myself. I have slowed wayyyy down on my Scripture memory project lately. I use, what I call my Memory Trigger Sheets to memorize long passages. You can read more about that here. Memorizing James has been a long term project for me, but I’ve been dragging it out far too long (I’m too ashamed to say how long).

So, after a wonderful talk on skype Monday evening with one of my honorary daughters who is away at Bible college, “hey, Ginger girl!”, I am thinking of making myself a Bible memory schedule to help me reach my big goal. Little by little, bit by bit, errr bite by bite…that is how you eat an elephant, isn’t it? I’ll work on that and when I get it together I will post it for you.

It’s kind of like having our Ephesians study schedule and worksheets, huh? It’s extremely helpful to have our daily reading schedule mapped out for us and then a worksheet formatted for our notes for the day! (Thank you, Good Morning Girls blog for offering this wonderful tool!!!)

Could you use some inspiration to memorize Scripture? Do you like a challenge? Even memorizing just one verse a week will change your life! 🙂

Ok, now it’s your turn! Talk back!:)

Walking with Jesus,

You might also be interested in…

~Bible Study tips series~
Day One ~ Habits
Day Two ~ Bible Study Notebook
Day Three ~ My Bible, My Workbook
Day Four ~ Pray
Day Five ~ S.O.A.P. & Reading Through the Psalms

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Good Morning Girls!

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The new Good Morning Girls study of Ephesians begins Monday, January 16! To join us, go to GMG and print the free S.O.A.P. Bible study worksheets. Some women have them spiral bound. Some put them in a folder or binder. I put them in my three ring binder, I call my Bible Study Notebook. Also, while you are at Good Morning Girls be sure to subscribe to the blog so you will receive the weekly posts that go along with the Bible study!

Each day follow along with the verse by verse study. On Wednesdays here at Bones in My Heart we will share something from our Quiet Times in Ephesians and invite you all to share in the comments section, as well!

At the end of this post there is further explanation of the S.O.A.P. Bible study method by Angela, the co-founder of Good Morning Girls. If you’ve not done the S.O.A.P. method of study, you will discover while it is so simple, it will have a lasting impact! In this study we will walk slowly, steadily through the book of the Bible. This allows us to meditate on what we have read. The Word is securely planted into the fertile soil of our hearts, takes root, grows and remains. And that’s what we want, right?!

I am so excited to take on this study with you! Do you know that more than 2,500 women in all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world all are going to begin studying Ephesians next week?!!! I think that is SO incredible!

I am praying for us all as we prepare for our Bible study! Thank you for joining us! Please, invite your friends to join in, too! You could even invite a group of women in your area to meet once a week or once a month to share what you are learning, pray and encourage each other! You will be blessed, I just know it!

Walking with Jesus,

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Angela, from GMG explaining the S.O.A.P. study method:

Here I explain in greater detail what each section stands for, remember these are just guidelines to help you.

S- stands for “Scripture” you are to write out the verses in your own handwriting. By the end of our James study, you will have written out the WHOLE book of James! Also writing out the scripture helps you to understand it better and take a closer, slower look at the verses.

O- stands for “Observations“, what do you notice in this passage? You may want to summarize the verses in your own words, but most importantly write down what you hear God saying to you in these verses. What new observations or insights have you learned?

A- stands for “Application“, how can you apply what you just read to your life? Make it personal. Is there something that you need to change? Someone you need to forgive?

P- stands for “Prayer“, pray over what God has shown you today through His Word. Ask Him to help you live it out.

Thanks for making the time to be in God’s Word a priority in your life!

Learning to LOVE GOD GREATLY right along with you!!!

-Angela

*Also, at Women Living Well, along the right sidebar, Courtney has a video explaining how she uses the S.O.A.P. method. When you arrive at her blog look to the right and keep scrolling down the page until you see a series of videos in the right sidebar. Enjoy!

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Bible Study Tips series ~ Day Five ~ S.O.A.P. & Psalms


This is the final post in this short series on Bible Study tips. I pray these tips have been practical and helpful…maybe even life changing. Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference in our lives. Oftentimes, when I am listening to good teaching or good advice, reading Scripture or listening to a sermon, I want to know “what does this look like in my daily life?”. In other words, how do I actually apply this; how do I make it happen? I pray this series has done just that.

In the post, My Bible, My Workbook, I forgot to share one more thing. We had previously mentioned one way to read through the book of Proverbs and the Psalms each month. I mark my Bible throughout the Psalms so I know what chapters to read on each particular day of the month. For example, above or next to Psalm 1, write Day 1; next to Psalm 6, write Day 2; at Psalm 11, write Day 3…and so on. Count five Psalms for each day of the month and then mark the day next to that Psalm. Now you can flip right to the day’s reading whether you choose to read all five each day or one or two. I like to sometimes one month read the first of the five Psalms for each day then the next time through, read the second Psalm for that day of the month, etc. I learned about reading through Psalms and Proverbs monthly from my Grandma Lindsey and I like the way it works for me.

Just a sidenote: You will notice that Psalm 119 has 176 verses! That is alot of reading! It is divided into 22 stanzas of 8 verses each so I usually will choose so many stanzas to read for that month or read whatever I can. It is such a fantastic teaching and encouraging Psalm you don’t want to miss reading it through whether bit by bit or all at once!

Lastly, this morning I want to show you the S.O.A.P. Bible study method I use and learned from Courtney at http://womenlivingwell.org/ and http://goodmorninggirls.org/. The acronym is as follows:

S– Write out the Scripture passage for the day.

O– Write down 1-2 observations from the passage.

A– Write down 1-2 applications from the passage.

PPray over what you have learned from today’s passage.

You may use notebook paper, or any paper you choose. With each Book Club (we study a book of the Bible) at http://goodmorninggirls.org/ Courtney and Angela provide free Bible Study Sheets to download and print. It is so helpful!

I love that it is that simple! Yet, it is SO effective! I hope you try it!

Have a wonderful day

Walking with Jesus…all the way!

Related Articles:
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 1 ~ Habits
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 2 ~ Bible Study Notebook
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 3 ~ My Bible, My Workbook
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 4 ~ Pray