Know Your Bible Devotions For Women

Know Your Bible For Women has inspired this one-year devotional, a collection of 365 daily readings that focus on key Scriptures in biblical order—from Genesis to Revelation. This devotional is easy to read and understand. Key themes from the Bible are explained and common questions are answered. Someone new to reading the Bible will appreciate the simplicity. Each devotion ends with a three sentence prayer.
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This devotional is different, because it does not begin with a personal story. Each day begins with a Bible story. “Know Your Bible Devotions For Women” is a good way to remember key themes and events. Each day starts with a question, offers evidence from Scripture, and ends with a prayer.
 
As a Bible teacher, I enjoyed these daily reminders about favorite Bible stories. Applying the Bible today is a key message throughout. This devotional also includes a Bible reading plan for a deeper experience. Readers of inductive study will appreciate the “who, what, where, when, how, and why” questions before each daily devotion.This devotional book would make a lovely gift.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and purchased a copy for my library.

Book Description

You want to know your Bible. . .
You
need to know your Bible. . .
You
can know your Bible.

Inspired by the 3-million-copy bestseller, Know Your Bible Devotions for Women provides a reading a day for an entire year. Each entry emphasizes an important verse of scripture, offering background, insight, and an encouraging takeaway.

Over the course of twelve months, you’ll get a fascinating overview of all 66 books in order—an excellent primer if you’re new to God’s Word, and a helpful refresher if you’re already familiar with scripture.

Know Your Bible Devotions for Women also includes a complete, 365-day Bible reading plan if you want to go beyond the devotionals themselves. It’s an encouraging resource for readers from the teen years and up.

Faith Still Moves Mountains by Harris Faulkner

Faith Still Moves Mountains by Harris Faulkner book review.
I still remember the time someone asked me “Does God ever answer your prayers?” She asked with a stone cold heart, expecting me to have no answers for her challenge. Without hesitation, I responded with stories of answered prayers. “Faith Still Moves Mountains” by Harris Faulkner is a book about answered prayers. Its a collection of eyewitness accounts, where faith has moved mountains.
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Each story in the book is carefully researched. The smallest details and eyewitness words add credibility to the testimony. Each story demonstrates faith, hope, and love. Next time someone asks “does God answer prayers?” I am giving them this amazing book.
These stories are conversational. And so, “Faith Still Moves Mountains”would be excellent for a book club discussion group. Each story includes a relevant Bible verse. The author spends time explaining the story, the faith connection, and the end result. It’s very good!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Netgalley.

A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie

A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie. Book review.
A timely book for a generation of word users. As we write and speak words across social media, into the phone in the palm of our hand, or witha short video clip- do our words look more like the truth of God’s Word? Or do they look like the words of the world? A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie teaches us to mind our words and steward them as citizens of a holy kingdom.
But to mind our words, we need to know the Word of the Lord. Opening our Bible and reading it for life- is how we steward the Word of God. This should be a regular meal, for spiritual fulness and growth. In my opinion if we feed on the words of the world- news, celebrities, athletes, politicians, social media, and influencers- we are feeding upon food that poisons the soul. When we feed on the Bible, we look to the heart of God, hear His words, learn His values, enter His story, and find the fullness of love.
In each chapter from A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie, readers find satisfaction within the truths of Scripture. Discussion questions are included with each chapter. Also included are practice steps for fruitful Bible reading. A very helpful book for new or advanced Bible readers! This book would be excellent for small group Bible study and conversation.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley.

The Blessed Life by Kelly Minter

The Blessed Life: A 90 Day Devotional Through the Miracles and Teachings of Jesus by Kelly Minter. Book review.
Enjoyable humor is something we expect from the author. Reading The Blessed Life: A 90 Day Devotional Through the Miracles and Teachings of Jesus by Kelly Minter feels like Kelly is sitting across from us at the cafe table, with a hot latte in her hands, and a big smile on her face. She connects with her readers, makes us comfortable with her casualness, and then pierces us with a deep thought. She never leaves her reader without an opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation.
In this 90-day devotional journey, readers are gifted with the warmth of Kelly Minter’s personal stories. Page by page, I found myself thinking about how these stories help me understand and apply the Bible each day. In storytelling, we are more likely to connect ancient text with modern life.The Blessed Life: A 90 Day Devotional Through the Miracles and Teachings of Jesus by Kelly Minter is very good writing and storytelling.
Fans of Kelly Minter Bible studies will enjoy the depth of her devotional book. The 90-day format is a daily experience her readers will enjoy. Just like her other books, you’ll want to read it more than once. Or after 90 days, pass your book to the next person in your small group and share the blessed life with friends.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Netgalley.

40 Days. 40 Words.

Book Review. Absolutely Brilliant!
The book 40 Days. 40 Words. Easter Readings to Touch Your Heart by Ken Petersen and Randy Petersen helps readers find a deeper meaning behind the 40 days of fasting before Easter. It does this by bringing 40 keywords into the readers view…and heart.
Reading “40 Days. 40 Words. Easter Readings to Touch Your Heart” by Ken Petersen and Randy Petersen takes the 40 day focus off self, and places it back on Jesus. The authors explain, “In abstaining from a vice, we improve ourselves. But this understanding of abstaining at Lent has it all backward. In fact, as with many aspects of the Easter season, it’s not about us. It’s about Him. Jesus.”
Meditate on one focus word per day from the book “40 Days. 40 Words. Easter Readings to Touch Your Heart” by Ken Petersen and Randy Petersen. Learn and think about words such as ashes, temptation, penance, self-control, deny, conversion, maundy, and more. Each focus word includes a relevant Bible verse. These can also be helpful for Bible journaling. Or use the daily word for dinner conversations with your family each night. Pass the traditions into the next generation with a daily reading, then a family conversation at the evening table.
The devotional book 40 Days. 40 Words. Easter Readings to Touch Your Heart by Ken Petersen and Randy Petersen can be read anytime, but is specifically anchored to Easter with a Christian application. Highly recommend for new Believers, or anyone who wants a deeper understanding on the connection between the Bible and the traditional holiday celebration.
I can see myself buying 40 copies of this book! One for each of my ministry leaders. A Great gift for church volunteers. Once I started reading the book, I did not want to put it down. Its fantastic!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy through Netgalley.

I Believe by Thom Rainer

A Helpful Resource for Lukewarm Believers… or those new to the faith. I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer, book review.

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This book anchors to the Scriptures as the source for foundational beliefs and doctrines. It will be a good handbook for small group Bible study, especially in nondenominational congregations where members seek unity or understanding on their differences. The author acknowledges differences in denominations.

In one chapter Rainer writes, “Some scholars treat the Ascension as its own unique doctrine. Others see it as the continuation and culmination of the Resurrection.” After pointing out the difference,he elaborates with Scripture to explain his point of reference.
Sometimes Ranier calls out beliefs for being unbiblical. Especially in regards to an overemphasis of the Holy Spirit in some churches. I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer takes the middle ground position in regards to the Holy Spirit. Generally, the author respects differences, such as Revelation interpretation.
The book flows freely in thought and is easy to understand. Key words are defined and explained, such as the differences between atheism, universalism, pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism.
Each chapter in I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer ends with three questions, but these are not personal application or reflection questions. This would be a helpful conversation for small groups. Each chapter could inspire a Sunday sermon, helpful for preachers and pastors.
A very good resource book.
Highly recommend this.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book via Netgalley.

Christmas Changes Everything by Elisa Morgan

Let this Christmas change you! These words from author Elisa Morgan are perfectly written as a clue to the overall theme of the book. Christmas Changes Everything by Elisa Morgan is unlike any advent book or Christmas study book. It’s a well-crafted masterpiece.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the tapestry of the characters. Elisa Morgan takes each person in the Christmas story and shows her readers how the characters are relevant today. Now when I think of the manger scene under my tree or the Christmas Village on my shelf, I am reminded of how the birth of Jesus changed these people. It’s a more beautiful scene than I first imagined.

Another thing I enjoyed about the book Christmas Changes Everything are the “change point” prompts at the end of each chapter. These reflection questions are helpful for today.

Finally, that last chapter was like unwrapping a beautiful gift. If you select a focus word for the year or decide to meditate on a specific keyword from Scripture, you’ll find a list waiting in the afterword chapter. It’s brilliant!

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As a Christmas Bible study, read two chapters a week and you’ll have a 5-week study for your group. Most Christmas studies are 25-day Advent studies and so I like the depth and content of this character theme study. Each person has a place in the Christmas story- and so do you!

Revelation Bible Study [Week 4]

This week for the Revelation online Bible study we are discussing chapters 10, 11, and 12. Grab your Bible and lets review Revelation. As we learned from Daymond Duck, “serving God requires doing, not just hearing.”  We enjoyed talked about this in our Bible Cafe™ community.

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Serving God is motivated by love, not paychecks or pride. We serve Him by making disciples and sharing our testimony of His goodness. We serve Him by putting on the character of Christ. As we learned this week too, serving Him is an act of obedience and love.

Here in our study about Revelation, we saw John serving God in many ways. He wrote down words when permitted. He ate the words when commanded. He risked his reputation and relationships by writing the words of Revelation. Perhaps a good prayer for each day is asking God how we may serve His kingdom. For today.

“Spiritual food comes from hearing, believing, and abiding by the Word of God.” We keep our spiritual plate full as we pray, worship, read Scripture, and fellowship with believers. The Bible Cafe™ encourages these opportunities.

John is a New Testament prophet, writing about the destruction of Satan. Can you imagine the risks from such a task! The old man was already banished to an island, yet willing to risk pain and death. In historical context, this first century man was a troublemaker for the religious and political systems. Unafraid, John speaks truth.

The benefits to his obedience impact Christians for more than 2,000 years. His timeless message is passed from generation to generation. His warnings about the false trinity are easily accessible in our modern world. I’d imagine that when the Antichrist takes up his authority, he would censor these prophetic words. For today, we have wisdom without censorship.

And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Revelation 11:4b-5 NKJV

Let’s wrap up our week with a closer look at Revelation 12:5. In this passage, the woman figure symbolizes the mother and not the bride. Let’s look at the different roles.

A mother and a bride give and receive love, A mother nurtures a child, carries a child, protects her child, provides for her child, and educates her child. In contrast, a bride leaves her home to start a new family. She is romanced, intentional, and committed to her decision. She has matured.

Later in our study we will encounter the Bride of Christ. Here in Revelation 12, we encounter the mother figure, Israel.

 

 

 

Revelation Bible Study [Week 2]

Welcome back to the Bible Cafe™ as we continue our Revelation study. I am very impressed with your desire to learn and share insights in your small groups. Well done my friends! Let us give a big appreciation to our volunteer leaders who make the Bible Cafe™ experience enjoyable for all. We love our leaders very much.

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Revelation Online Bible Study

This is my favorite week in the study. Author Daymond Duck clears up the confusion about tribulation, rapture, the four horsemen, and the seven scrolls. He writes, “Because human words cannot describe what John saw, he used symbols to help us.” You do not need a theology degree to understand this. Remember the Bible says those who read Revelation are blessed. The blessing comes as you put your heart and eyes on the Word of God. He will guide you to understanding… verse by verse.

As we study the future described in Revelation, John reminds us about the promises of God. As further encouragement, Daymond Duck observes five people who have been raptured: Enoch, Elijah, Jesus, Philip, and Paul. None of these men died a physical death. Eyewitnesses saw the men “taken up.” Based on historical evidence, we know the possibility of the rapture is real for Believers.

Notably, Lazarus is not included in the list. He died twice, physically, and was not taken up (raptured without a physical death) as the other men were. Do you understand the significance and importance of this happening before the Tribulation Period? It gives us hope for the future.

What other religion had their leader experience physical death, and then come back to life again? Absolutely none. Jesus demonstrates unselfish love. The Antichrist will try to mimic Christ, buts it’s not in his nature to be unselfish and so he will be exposed.

Our study this week is helpful for your understanding of the kinsman redeemer. Some observations to remember: He is a family member, and He pays off a debt. That’s Jesus. In the Old Testament, this was told through the story of Ruth and Boaz. If you want to study this further, open a Bible concordance such as YouVersion or BibleGateway, and in the search box type “redeemer.”

For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth. Job 19:25 NKJV

In Revelation, we are blessed to realize Jesus is our kinsman. He is a member of our spiritual family. With unselfish love, He has prepared a future home for us in eternity.

If Jesus is the kinsman redeemer, then Jesus is your family member. Pause and think about that. He is your family…not some supernatural guy in an ancient book. Not only is He your family, but He is also your Bridegroom. Which symbolizes an eternal “transaction sealed in love.”

Jesus wins.

Assignment For the Next Week

Read chapters 7, 8, and 9 in the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck

Revelation Bible Study [Week 1]

Welcome to the Bible Cafe™ Revelation study. This week we are studying Revelation chapters one, two, and three. It’s not too late to get the study book and join us for online Bible study. Many women are doing this study with their husband, adult children, or friends. We hope you are blessed by the Revelation online Bible study!

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Revelation Online Bible Study Week 1

In Revelation, John was told to write about what he had seen in a vision. As I thought about this fact, in historical context that was probably difficult. How do we describe future things? As we read through Revelation we begin to see John use symbols of his generation. He writes about the trumpet because his original audience will understand. Yet, here in my modern life, I have never owned or heard a trumpet.

John writes about stones and religious garments. Here in my modern church, my pastor wears denim jeans and not religious garments. And in Revelation 4, John writes about the symbolic promise of the rainbow. Where I live, rainbows are political symbols. These are examples of the difficulty in describing the future.

My friends, to help you understand Revelation a bit better, you need to read this book in sequential order. The events of these first three chapters, set the framework for subsequent chapters.

We might think the book begins with an elderly man on a deserted island. But as I researched Patmos, I learned it was a rocky mountain island, ten miles long by six miles wide. Hawaii, in comparison, is 93 miles. When my grandpa lived in Hawaii, he said you can drive the entire island in a day. And get bored very easily! Imagine John exiled on Patmos, smaller than Hawaii.

Patmos was not barren. It had two temples for Greek gods, a gymnasium, and several ports. With this information, it appears John was not a lonely guy on an island. And, he had Jesus in his heart!

When the resurrected Jesus appeared, John met Jesus face-to-face and collapsed. I think I would be humbled too! Wobbly knees, trembling, and holding my breath just a bit too long… that would most likely be my response.

Someday, we will enter Heaven’s door. Are you ready for that?

As we continue our Revelation study, we are instructed by Jesus. He warns the seven churches and corrects them. His angels are on assignment, watching the churches. Are you inside the church worshipping God when Jesus comes? Or hiding in a cave with empty lanterns?

As a modern society, we might stand in line for the latest movie or celebrity. The Queen of England was just honored with an extravagant jubilee. But, when Jesus comes, He warns us not to have a lukewarm reception. We need to be ready with a vibrant love!

Let’s get our hearts back on Him.

Assignment For the Next Week

Read chapters 4, 5, and 6 in the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck