Coffee and God: You Can Make a Difference

Coffee and God: Monthly Coffee Chats

Hey all!

It’s time for our last Sunday of the Month Coffee Chat where we talk about anything and everything that’s on our minds.

Today for me it’s giving, sharing, and asking.

“Ask and it will be given to you.” Matthew 7:7

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Our time is valuable. Our resources are valuable. Our energy is valuable. That’s why putting in the time to study God’s word through Bible Study Fellowship and other Bible studies or on your own is so important. God wants your time. He wants your effort. He wants your resources.

Twice a year I post on donating to my blog. It’s a tiny button in the sidebar on the homepage of my blog.

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This blog is a labor of love. It started inauspiciously over 10 years ago and has grown to what you see now. I spend a ton of time researching, compiling resources, maps, and facts–all with the goal of helping you know God more.

If you find anything here useful and helpful, a small suggested donation of $25 would be much appreciated, but feel free to give whatever God leads you to give–from $1 to $5 to more. There is also an option for a monthly contribution as well if you don’t want to do a lump sum. Clicking on ads helps in a very small way as well. Every little bit helps support this forum as it continues to grow. I have made big changes this year and your donation goes to making this site bigger and better and hopefully able to reach more and more people for God’s Kingdom. That is my goal anyways, as small as it is in the Internet world.

If you choose not to donate to me (perfectly fine!), please consider another charity close to your heart. We are so very, very blessed in the 21st century, and we are called to share that with others. Give of yourself, your time, your resources, your energy. Life is so much more fulfilling when you give away your heart.

Thank you in advance, and I look forward to what God will lead us to learn this year and many more to come!

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Bible Study Plans: Best Bible Scholars Part 3

In our continuing blog series, we’ll take a look at more influential Bible scholars. Contact AToZMomm with questions!

MORE INFLUENTIAL BIBLE SCHOLARS

  • C.S. Lewis (1898-1963). C.S. Lewis is best known for his Chronicles of Narnia series, a children’s books series that uses another world and fantasy high-adventure story as a metaphor for God and man. However, he is widely regarded as the best Christian apologists of his time, which is someone who defends Christianity against objections.
  • Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Jonathan Edwards was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian. Edwards is widely regarded as one of the America’s most important and original philosophical theologians, focusing on determination and harmony. Best known for his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” he wrote many books and was responsible for revivals in the church. He was also the grandfather of Aaron Burr, America’s third Vice President.
  • John Milton (1608-1674). Best known for Paradise Lost, John Milton wrote poetry and polemic writings that have had a great deal of influence on theology. He served under Cromwell and spoke and wrote many  languages
  • John Knox (1513-1572). John Knox founded the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. He helped lead Scotland’s Protestant Reformation and contributed greatly to the Book of Common Prayer. He was King Edward VI’s royal chaplain until Mary I rose to the throne when Kind Edward died.

Just reading some of these men’s select writings is fascinating and worthy of your time. Contact me with questions!

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Bible Prayers: Joseph

Genesis 37:3 “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age and he made him a coat of many colors.”

Jacob, now called Israel, had a son named Joseph. His love for Joseph and Joseph’s attitude lead to envy and hatred by Joseph’s brothers. Joseph’s saga was full of hardship and trials. But his life ended in triumph. Joseph said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Bible Prayers

Your Word, the Bible, changed my life. It introduced me to Jesus. As I read your Word, help me have a greater understanding, that it become a part of me. Engrave it in my heart and mind. As I read your Word, I get to know you and love you more. It increases my faith. Thank you, Lord, for your Word, you didn’t leave us without instruction. It guides and teaches me how to live my life.

Give me courage, O Lord, when I am discouraged. Don’t let my faith waiver. Instill in me the desire to praise you when I feel that all is hopeless. I know you listen to my prayers. I believe in your promises, in them is my hope.

You are my ruling passion in life. I want to live a life of  constant obedience in thought, word and action wherever it might lead. The thought that I may awaken one morning and find that I never got to know you,  drives me to my knees. Help me to become what you made me to be.

Your Word says that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

I know that things that are impossible in the flesh are more than possible through you. You are my strength.

Faith is the conviction that there is more to life than I see. Without you I would never come to a real vision of what life is about. Lord, I want to see. I want to see your vision for my life.

By: Lissette Trahan

Bible Study Plans: Best Bible Scholars Part 2

In our continuing look at the most influential Bible scholars of all time, AtoZMomm‘s blog will examine five more. Contact me with questions!

MORE INFLUENTIAL BIBLE SCHOLARS OF ALL TIME

  • John Wesley (1703-1791). One of the most practical theologians of all time, John Wesley is a controversial pick for an influential scholar mainly because most of his work is based on his life experiences as a deep lover of God and Christ. Responsible for the Methodist movement, John Wesley also penned amazing hymns that are still popular today, such as Christ, the Lord Has Risen Today and Depth of Mercy, Can it Be.
  • Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892).  One of my personal favorites was Charles Spurgeon. He was an English Baptist preacher. He published copious amounts of work, including his sermons. A powerful speaker, he held audiences spellbound and is responsible for untold number of converts. His Treasury of David commentary on the book of Psalms is unparalleled.
  • Carl Friedrich Keil (1807-1888).  Carl Keil, along with Franz Delitzsch, wrote one the most comprehensive commentaries on the Old Testament that is still used today. They explain the origin of sin versus free will beautifully.
  • Franz Delitzsch (1819-1890). Franz Delitzsch, along with Carl Keil, wrote one the most comprehensive commentaries on the Old Testament that is still used today. See their commentary for the origin of sin versus free will analysis.
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). A physician turned preacher, Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a great expository preacher and wrote an amazing commentary on the book of Romans.

These Bible scholars wrote amazing works that we all could use to further our study of the Bible. Contact me with questions!

Bible Prayers: Jacob and Esau

Genesis 25:29-31 “One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”

Bible Prayers

Isaac had twin sons, Jacob and Esau. Even before they were born, they were struggling together in the womb of their mother. Foreshadowing the later conflict of the nations.

O my God, who searches the minds and hearts, search my heart and see if there is any sin or wickedness in me. Help me lead a life full of your Spirit, always following your lead. My heart’s desire is to live a life pleasing to you

I find that the more I know you, the more I love you. Reading your Word, spending time with you is what increases my faith and love for you. I pray that I will always take the time and have the desire to stay in your Word. The love letter that you left me.

Abba Father, I praise you! You are worthy, my God, of all my praise and worship. Thank you for  saving me and adopting me into your family. I surrender every area of my life to you. At this time in my life let me know what I can do. I want to live a life that glorifies you.

Awaken me each day, Lord, with enthusiasm, that I have another day to do what you have planned for me. Holy Spirit, guide me through the day and keep me from sinning or offending you, my Lord and Savior.

Lord, never let me become so satisfied or comfortable in this world that I forget that this is not my true home. My heart longs for you to come into this world and create a new one. One without the pain, the poverty and the injustice that I see today. With hope, I look ahead, to see the fullness of the Kingdom of God at your Second Coming.

By: Lissette Trahan

Bible Study Plans: Best Bible Scholars Part 1

When you study the Bible, it’s helpful to read what God has revealed to others. Different ideas and perspectives can spur your own Bible study and take you deeper in God’s Word. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the best Bible scholars you can use to aid your Bible study journey. Contact AtoZMomm with questions!

BEST BIBLE SCHOLARS

  • Athanasius of Alexandria (298-373). Most of  you have probably never heard of Athanasius of Alexandria before. However, without him, there might be many different beliefs about God. He was one of the first to argue for the Trinity, his writings inspired the monastic movement in the Middle Ages, he put together the 27 books of the New Testament, but most importantly, he was the primary author of the Nicene Creed, which put down in writing the beliefs that Jesus and the Apostles taught to eliminate questions of what was acceptable and was was not in the new Christian movement.
  • St Augustine of Hippo (354-430). It’s helpful when studying the Bible to look at the saints, as most made significant contributions to theology (the study of God and religious beliefs). St. Augustine of Hippo was one of the first Christians outside of the Apostles to help further the teachings of Jesus in a time when writings were few and far between. He converted to Christianity and made the most influence in his writings refuting the idea that man did not God to be saved and that man is inherently good. He was the first to advocate the idea of a just war and his theology formed the foundation of the practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). A philosopher as well as a theologian, Thomas Aquinas was one of the first to look for rational proofs of the existence of God. He believed that Faith and Reason led to truly knowing God, and he greatly influenced the idea of mortal and venial sins.
  • John Calvin (1509-1564). John Calvin taught that scripture must interpret scripture, that God is sovereign in salvation, and used the Covenant as the organizing principle of theology. Many churches and denominations, including Calvinism, use John Calvin as the chief expositor of their beliefs.
  • Matthew Henry (1662-1714). An English Presbyterian pastor, Matthew Henry is famous for his commentaries on the entire Bible (which we’ve discussed here), which cover every verse in detail. His commentaries are lauded for being insightful, thought-provoking, and practical in application. Those who have read all of his commentaries say they are life-changing.

These are just some of the many Bible scholars who have influenced many and helped countless others in their walk with God and Christ. Stay tuned for more Bible scholars who have left a major impact on theology. Contact me today!