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Onto a New Beginnning…

Hey all!

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is winding down, and we are about to leave the Book of Matthew behind. I hope you all found it as transformative as I did and learned about God, His Son, and His plans, and grew with Him.

I will be posting later this week some suggested summer Bible Studies (as well as what I intend to do right here if you all want to follow along). I sincerely hope you all have found a bit of a nugget here in this blog at some point this past year about the Book of Matthew.

If you have found my blog useful, I’d sincerely appreciate any support you can give me. It helps me to keep going during the tough times (and there are many each and every year).

While there is no pressure to give as I know you all have other causes to support, I’d just like to throw it out there as an option.

Click HERE or I have a donation button on my sidebar that uses PayPal. It’s secure, and you don’t need a PayPal account.

Have a great summer if I don’t “see” you, be sure to sign up for BSF’s Study of the People of the Promise for next year, and drop a line if you have time sometime! I’d love to hear from you!

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Announcing WordGo Bible Study 1 John Study!

Hey all!

Next week, I’ll be starting WordGo Bible Study 1 John.

It’s only 2 weeks long, so anyone can join in!

After this, I will be taking a break and will begin posting again at the end of August with some great prep materials for the upcoming People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided study.

Please consider joining this Bible study (information is HERE) or BSF’s Fall study, Kingdom Divided (information is HERE), and contact me with questions!

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BSF Kingdom Divided Printed Materials Available NOW!

Hey all!

BSF Kingdom Divided printed materials are now available for order!

Get them here: HERE

I bought these for the first time last year and absolutely loved them! It’s so nice to have them in order, in one place, and ready to go. You never have to worry about going online to your account or missing a week and obtaining the notes.

Admittedly, they aren’t the cheapest. I just ordered my copy and the total came to $30.55 with shipping, which is pricey for a book. However, you will love it. It makes working ahead easy (which I do), and when you travel, this is nice to have for the plane, train, or automobile!

Learn more about BSF’s upcoming 2022/2023 Bible study, Kingdom Divided, HERE

And, follow along with me this upcoming season as we we explore together for the first time this new BSF study.

Find a group either online or in-person HERE

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 3, Day 6: Proverbs 3:5-6

PASSAGE IN PROVERBS 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR PROVERBS 3:5-6

15) I hope I’m on the path to wisdom. I hope I make wiser decisions and listen to where God is sending me.

16) All hard work brings a profit. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end. I need to pray for direction in my life. That the Lord puts the right people in my life to help me accomplish my goals. I need to practice extreme discipline once my path is set.

Dear Lord, please put the right people in my path to accomplish my goals if they are your goals for the next phase in my life. Give me the daily strength to take steps to accomplish these goals. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 3 AND WORDGO’S STUDY OF PROVERBS

Great words from the app to use my gifts for God’s purpose so that I may flourish.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 3, Day 5: Proverbs 30 and 31

Summary of Proverbs 30

“I am weary, God, but I can prevail.” Every word of God is flawless. He is our shield to take refuge.

Summary of Proverbs 31

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

A wife of noble character is worth far more than rubies. She lacks nothing of value. She brings her husband good. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Her lamp does not go out at night. She helps the poor. Her children arise and call her blessed. Woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Questions for Proverbs 30 and 31

12) “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.” It gives me the will to keep going and striving for my goals.

13) She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. I take my job seriously, and I try to be the best wife and mom possible.

14) I’m not really feeling like I lead in anything right now, so unsure on this one.

Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Proverbs 30 and 31

I haven’t read the wife of noble character passage for a while. This is encouraging as sometimes I think I’m not all that noble.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 3, Day 4: Proverbs 28 and 29

Summary of Proverbs 28

Righteous are bold as a lion. Those who seek God understand what is right. Blessed are those who tremble before God. A faithful person will be richly blessed. Those who trust in the Lord will prosper. Those who give to the poor will lack nothing.

Summary of Proverbs 29

Discipline your children, and they will give you peace. They will bring you the delights you desire. The lowly in spirit gain honor. Whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. The righteous care about justice.

Questions for Proverbs 28 and 29

9) Leaders maintain order, support the poor, and righteous rulers cause their people to rejoice. Unsure. I don’t think I lead at all in my community.

10) Work hard and give to the poor. Be discerning. A faithful person will be richly blessed. Unsure what will change. Hopefully, God’s will be done.

11) When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding. I think people know when good people are in charge and bad people are. Our lives are better when our leaders look out for our best interests.

Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Proverbs 28 and 29

Lots of words on authority and power. Only fearing the Lord leads to wisdom.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 3, Day 3: Proverbs 14 and 16

Summary of Proverbs 14

Wise woman builds her house with her own hands. Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly. Stay away from fools. The tent of the upright will flourish. The wise fear the Lord and shun evil. All hard work brings a profit. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. Whoever is patient has great understanding.

Summary of Proverbs 16

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end. Do not be proud at heart. How much better to get wisdom than gold. Pride goes before destruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Questions for Proverbs 14 and 16

6) They fear the Lord, they are honest, discerning, and thoughtful. They are kind, patient, and humble. Patient and humble.

7) God is in charge. He knows my next steps. He will lead and guide me.

8 ) A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Kings take pleasure in honest lips. The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice. I have always been curt, so I’m always working on my mouth. I now take my time more before I speak and take the time I need before I respond. I try to be understanding and nice in all my communications.

Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Proverbs 14 and 16

Such great words of wisdom in Proverbs. I really should be reading this all the time.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 3, Day 2: Proverbs 1-3

Summary of Proverbs 1-3

Summary of Proverbs 1

Solomon lays out proverbs for living and wisdom. Listen and learn. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Resist sin.

Summary of Proverbs 2

Look to wisdom and understanding to understand the fear of the Lord and find His knowledge. Then you’ll understand what is right and just. Wisdom will save you from wicked men and adulterous women. Then you will walk in the ways of the good.

Summary of Proverbs 3

Keep God’s teaching in your heart to prolong your life and bring you peace. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Trust in the Lord. Fear God. Honor God. Bring Him the first fruits. Don’t despite the Lord’s rebuke. Blessed are those who find wisdom. Preserve sound judgement and discretion. Have no fear of sudden disasters. Do not withhold good from your neighbor. Do not envy the violent or choose their ways. The wise inherit honor.

Questions for Proverbs 1-3

3 ) When you fear the Lord, your mindset is ripe to understand His knowledge, so He can teach you to walk in His ways.

4) Fathers and mothers have more wisdom they can impart to their children. Wisdom protects from evil and harm.

5) Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own decision. I am trying to make a major life decision and am praying it is from God. I want to teach my kids to keep God’s teaching in their hearts.

Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Proverbs 1-3

We learn the importance of being prepared to receive God’s wisdom by trusting God, fearing Him, and following His commands.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 3, Day 1: Proverbs 3

Summary of Proverbs 3

Keep God’s teaching in your heart to prolong your life and bring you peace. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Trust in the Lord. Fear God. Honor God. Bring Him the first fruits. Don’t despite the Lord’s rebuke. Blessed are those who find wisdom. Preserve sound judgement and discretion. Have no fear of sudden disasters. Do not withhold good from your neighbor. Do not envy the violent or choose their ways. The wise inherit honor.

Questions for Proverbs 3

1 ) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. Submit to God and fear Him. Honor the Lord with your wealth.

2 ) I feel like I follow His will for my life and not mine when I follow His wisdom. My life and the lives of those around me bloom, too.

Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Proverbs 3

I love reading the words of Solomon that hold such wisdom that still ring true today!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 2, Day 6: Psalm 16:8

PASSAGE IN PSALM 16:8

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16:8

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR PSALM 16:8

15) Those against the Lord will be judged; those for the Lord will be rewarded and saved. It’s a universal problem of sin that there is evil in the world, that bad things happen, and that there’s not a whole lot we can do about it except turn to God. God is the global solution. Trust in Him for all things, including for the state of the world.

16) This is a tough question because all of them had things that spoke to me. I’m gonna go with Psalm 22. I pray, Lord, that you guide my path and that it be your path. You know my heart’s desire, and I pray you help me make that come true. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 2 AND WORDGO’S STUDY OF THE PSALMS

Great readings in Psalms. Always there is doubt and evil, but God and Jesus win in the end, which is the greatest story ever told!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Wisdom: Week 2, Day 5: Psalms 2, 16, 22, and 110

Summary of Psalm 2

Men plot in vain against God. God laughs and says He has installed his king on Zion. He warns the rulers to be wise and to serve the Lord with fear. The Son will lead to their destruction if they don’t.

Summary of Psalm 16

David prays to God to be kept safe. He takes refuge in God. Apart from God, he has nothing. God is his portion and his cup. He praises God and keeps his eye on him. God will make know to him the path of life and fill him with joy.

Summary of Psalm 22

David asks God why he has forsaken him. He trusts God, but asks God not to be far from him. God is his strength and deliverer. God rescues him, and David praises God and his righteousness.

Summary of Psalm 110

God says to his lord (Jesus) to sit at his right hand and he will make enemies at his feet. You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. The Lord is at his right hand. He will judge the nations.

Questions for Psalms 2, 16, 22 & 110

12) Nations and people conspire against God. They say God is too restrictive and that there is no freedom from obeying God. The same. People don’t like what God has to say, so they do their own way — to their own detriment.

13) I praise God for this life, for what he has given me, for his undying faithfulness, and his forever guidance. God delivers me each and every day from sin, and I am grateful.

14) Jesus is God. He is seated at God’s right hand. He is the priest in the order of Melchizedek. He will crush kings and judge the nations. He will lift his head high. Jesus is our almighty savior. I respond with utter surrender.

Conclusions to Wordgo Study of Wisdom Psalms 2, 16, 22 & 110

Lots of reading today! I love how David doubts, but he never gives up on God. That’s what we must do. The Psalms are full of some of life’s great nuggets that we can grab onto and use in our times of need.

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