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BSF’s Genesis Study Update: The Lessons & Notes Are Available Online!

For those who want a head-start on BSF’s study of the book of Genesis slated for Fall 2020, the lesson questions and notes are out online. If you’re registered for a BSF class, or if you were in one last year, you should be able to login to your BSF account ( www.mybsf.org) and download them.

Happy reading!

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What’s New for BSF Study of Book of Genesis for Fall 2020?

One of the positives of the global pandemic is the fact that everyone is now moving online. BSF had already began to move that direction, but you can expect even more exciting changes for this year.

WHAT’S NEW FOR BSF’S STUDY OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS IN THE FALL OF 2020?

  • An app so you can complete your lesson on your phone.
  • A new lesson layout for the school program.
  • Biblical doctrine (or teaching) will be highlighted
  • A Genesis prayer guide will be available for deeper learning
  • Character studies on Noah, Abraham, Jacob & Joseph
  • Giving to BSF via paypal

Read more on BSF’s Blog HERE

Most classes will begin with Zoom meetings, recorded lectures, and online notes and questions until COVID-19 restrictions are loosened.

Can’t wait!

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BSF Study for 2020-2021 is Genesis

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) or BSF International will be studying the Book of Genesis for 2020-2021.

You can find a group near you here: https://www.bsfinternational.org/map

Most groups will begin meeting by Zoom.

There will be online only study groups. I am still awaiting sign up information for that so will let you know!

Let’s be praying for a great start!

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How NOT to Feel Guilty When Life Gets in the Way

To say this year has been strange would be a graniose understatement. Everyone is coping the best they can and in different ways. And it seems as if things change on a daily basis. Making plans has become futile it seems. Some people have cancelled plans to go and see family and friends. Some people have hardly left the house. Others have moved states or even left the country to flee the chaos that life has been.

In the midst of COVID-19, living your life, dealing with your job (or your job loss), taking care of your kids (maybe even schooling them at home for the first time), and still doing all of your chores and some of your activities at least, you may have forgotten to pray every night because you are worried about what your future looks like. It may have been a while since you’ve opened the Bible because you truly don’t feel like it.

Most of us have been banned from attending church, further pushing us away from God and pushing Him our of our minds (no, attending church online is just not the same community that God intended). The world is against growing with God (which it always has been, but it’s infinitely harder to do so now).

DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT NOT GROWING WITH GOD!

Life has gotten in the way of your growth with God, and I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. God knows everything. He knows your heart. He knows your soul. He knows your intent. He most definitely know about this COVID virus and what it’s done to our world.

We all move through times in our life where we are extremely close to God and where we are far away. It’s okay to be far away. You don’t need to beat yourself up over it.

One of the best things about God is that He is there when you are ready. He knows you’ll turn back to Him. And He patiently waits. He forgives you. So forgive yourself.

Do what you have to do to mentally, emotionally, financially, and physically survive this pandemic. THEN, God will be there.

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Coffee and God: When You Have Nothing To Say…

Hey all!

It’s the last Sunday of the month, I’m drinking my coffee, and thinking about God and you all.

This year has been rough for many of us. It definitely has not been anything we imagined when we made our New Year’s Resolutions 6 months ago. Many of us are still facing restrictions in our lives we wish weren’t there. Many of us cannot travel to see new places, or even to see our friends and family. Many of us see life slipping by when we don’t have those days to waste.

My dear friend, Lissette Trahan, is about to release a book of prayers, and I wrote a forward for her just now. It got me thinking about how many of us, when we go to God in prayer, have nothing to say. We begin “Dear God” and then nothing. This has been me lately.

I’m here to tell you it’s okay if you have nothing to say. Truly, God knows your heart, mind, and thoughts and knows what troubles you, where you need Him to show up, and how much pain you are in. But, He likes to hear our voices anyways. It’s the effort that matter, not the results.

What matters is that you do show up — not what you say. Show up, and God will show up. And for many of us, that’s all we need right now.

 

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5 Tips to Study the Bible When You Have Little Time

Most of us have no time anymore, even with COVID concerns. It seems that the days, while chugging along, are always filled. So how do you study the Bible in the midst of personal chaos?

5 TIPS TO STUDY THE BIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE NO TIME

  1. Listen to the Bible. If you drive anywhere (which is the vast majority of us), you can listen to the Bible while in the car. Even if you are only driving five minutes to the grocery store. Any time with God is better than no time with God.
  2. Pick a Bible verse and memorize it. There are so many good (and short) Bible verses to memorize, and it takes very little time. Choose one every week, and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve memorized of the Bible.
  3. Put Bible verses around your home. This can be on whiteboards, on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, on your BBQ grill, and on your home gym. Sticky notes fit anywhere!
  4. Pray. When you pray, you don’t need anything — only a heart right for God. It’s that simple.
  5. Decide to read the Bible for 5 minutes every day. That’s it! We all have 5 minutes to spare, so just do it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these quick tips to help you study the Bible when you have no time. Contact me today with questions!

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Inspirational Quote: God’s Power

2 Corinthians 4:7-9

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

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Coffee and God: Living Life on God’s Terms

Hey all!

Last Sunday of the month so it’s coffee and God time.

As I was running this morning, I kept thinking about our lives right now.

Everyone keeps saying how this will change our lives forever. I say only if you let it.

When the Spanish Influenza hit, everything went back to normal. So too after the Black Plague and every other disease humans have battled for millenia.

We humans have a very short memory. This, too, shall pass.

I don’t think this will ever happen again. That is why the stay-at-home order have been extended in some places. No one ever remembers (again, our memories are short) Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. No one thought we’d enter a recession to rival 2008. No one thought we could come close to a depression like The Great Depression. Therein lies the problem: no one thought; they only reacted.

All that aside, my point is this: you can’t stop people from living. Our lives on this side of eternity are but a blip in time. God snaps his fingers faster than we live. Our days are numbered, and no one knows when God calls us home except God.

You can’t stop people from living life to the fullest every day they are given because for all we know, it could be our last. And do you want your last day to be stuck in your home because a government, which is intangible, tells you to? Or do you want to live your live on your own terms, taking risks and chances, hugging people and loving people? Or do you want to stay 6 feet apart for the rest of your life?

Pretty sure I know God’s answer to that one.

The fact of the matter is this: God calls you when He wants you. Whether that’s from a virus, a traffic accident, or from old age, we don’t have any control over the matter. We need to let go of the need to try and control viruses and life. Give it to God. That is His job. Our job is merely to reflect His glory in living. Can we do that shut up in our homes, not at church, not in the community, not at our jobs, or not even walking our dogs?

Taking precautions are necessary, but not to the point where life stops. Humans were meant to live for however many days God grants us. And no one can say otherwise.

God bless each and every one of you!