Virtual Online Bible Studies

This week at the international Bible Cafe™ I joyfully participated in several virtual groups. On Monday morning I joined a small group discussion for Gideon. We met with Elder Sheila Edens-Brown for an introduction, learned something about our group members, and committed to the reading assignment for the week. 

Monday evening, Missionary Mom Stasia Nielsen launched her introduction for a study on Philippians: What Matters Most. We gathered virtually to meet Stasia in Mexico, where she leads small group discussions from her living room. She encouraged us to share something about ourselves, so we could get comfortable with the virtual Bible study format.

Tuesday morning I met with my group to discuss One in a Million. This life changing study has impacted each of us in different areas of our life. Once again I was reminded how much this study presses upon my heart. While two million people were invited into the Promised Land, only TWO entered! The path requires several steps, which we talked about in our virtual Bible study group. Incredible study and I am thankful we uploaded the content from our study so other people can access it on-demand.

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Tuesday evening I joined Dotsi Campbell for her virtual study called Armor of God. This spiritual warfare study is not to be missed. Each week with Dotsi, we discuss the Ephesians 6 spiritual armor. Wise words sprinkled with Dotsi humor have made this a memorable experience. We are finishing the study next week, but the teaching videos from Dotsi are available on-demand at the Bible Cafe™ University.

Wednesday morning I gathered at the virtual  Bible Cafe™ to discuss Gideon. This time I joined Janella Cantu-Myricks as a group leader. She has great insight and wisdom. And so we learn from her testimonies and teachings.

This committed leader shows up and overcomes her spiritual attacks. I remember the morning of the FIRST group she was leading, Janella was in an auto accident with her grandkids. Gratefully, nobody was injured in either car.

This week, Janella had a painful fall, broke her glasses, and injured her eye. As her voice and beautiful spirit become more visible, she experiences the inconveniences of spiritual warfare. And so our virtual Bible study group has been praying for her, nonstop!

More Virtual Bible Studies 

Thursday night I joined a study with Sonya Morris Nelson called Lies Women Believe. Its an updated version of a study we all enjoy. Author Nancy DeMoss applies biblical truths to modern lies. Sonya helps us see the truths from the Bible. 

Friday morning I met with my group of virtual Bible study women. Dotsi and myself have been gathering with this group for several studies. Currently, we are discussing Gideon.

Fill your cups at the virtual Bible Cafe™ we have a seat waiting for you.
Everyone is welcome. 

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Jesus is Seated: The Couch Controversy

When my friend recently read a social media post, she was grieved in her spirit. She reached out to me and we chatted until we discerned that Jesus is Seated. Together, we examined the couch controversy. We opened our Bibles and learned that Jesus is seated. Which contradicts the social media post saying, “You can’t serve God from your couch.”

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We examined this in context. The offensive post was a discussion about online church vs in-person church. Yet another us vs them controversy. Satan will use these social narratives to divide Christians. We propose, if we listen with the heart of Jesus, conflict can lead to unity (see the Book of Acts16:6).
Looking at the Bible, we see many times when Jesus preached outside synagogue walls. He preached Good News on mountains, from a fishing boat, and in private homes. He was not limited by the religious spirit of Pharisees or by religious buildings.

Jesus is Seated: The Couch Controversy

Jesus traveled outside the walls of religion. He invited both Jews (religion) and Gentiles (not believers) into a relationship with God. Jesus dined with tax collectors, the demon possessed, an adulteress, and many sinners. He restored fellowship broken by sin and church regulations. He broke the chains of religious and societal shame.

…and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:6 NASB)

In Heaven, Jesus was seated. Does this mean He stopped serving the Father? Absolutely not! He serves from a seated position (and we can too).

In Ephesians 2:6 the original phrase seated (G4766) means to give (or take) a seat in company with:—(make) sit (down) together.

Serving God From the Couch

There are many ways to serve “from the couch.” Perhaps you are called to be a prayer warrior. Create a prayer organization system. Then look for prayer needs online, or by texting and calling friends. Become a needed intercessor for your church, ministry, pastor, or favorite author. Serve from the couch.
Another method to serve is by writing. Use your written voice to write social posts which encourage people to know Jesus. Or write blog articles, like this one. You might serve by writing books. ASK Jesus where to use your spiritual gifts and talents in order to serve Him.  Don’t forget that you can serve with your spoken voice too. Record a podcast. Make a video.

In my ministry, we have been serving Jesus since 2009 by bringing small group experiences to women around the world. We pray for these women, we help them understand the Bible, and we encourage them during the hardest moments of life.

From the couch, we provided compassion and fellowship during seasons of healing, grief, hardship, and divorce. We helped during pandemics, when local churches were closed. We are the Bible Cafe™
We also bring community and Christ-like love to the disabled, depressed, or shamed. Women who are serving in the military. Women who are at college. Even missionary women who crave connection with other Christians. And we serve women taking care of parents with dementia, husbands with illness, or children with special needs. These women struggle to attend in-person church events and Bible studies. And so, we bring a church experince …to their “couch.”

On the couch, in the church, or on a boat…. we are in the company of Jesus. -Christine Abraham

Knowing this, my friend responded to the couch controversy:  “Stop putting God in a box. Seek Him. He will show you where, how and when He wants to work through you. Don’t let anyone tell you God can’t bless others through the work He is doing in your life wherever you are.” -Tricia Mcwilliams

A couch is a metaphor for comfort. Yes, you can serve from the couch. Start today!

Bible Verses About Being Seated

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. (Psalm 47:8 NIV)

He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted. (Job 36:7 NKJV)

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (Isaiah 6:1 NIV)

And thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. (Daniel 7:10 NKJV)

Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:64 NLT)

But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God. (Luke 22:69 NIV)

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. (John 20:11-12 NIV)

Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. (Acts 8:28 NLT)

We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, (Hebrews 8:1 NKJV)

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:2 NLT)

Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority. (1 Peter 3:22 NLT)

Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. (Revelation 4:4 NIV)

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. (Revelation 20:11 NIV)

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)
 
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New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 

The Time I Accidentally Bought 25 Pounds of Flour

The Time I Accidentally Bought 25 Pounds of Flour is a laughable memory. Let me begin my story by sharing the backstory. During the recent pandemic, I thought I was getting a great price for a bag of flour. My same-day grocery store had flour in stock and my regular store was out of stock. Because I placed my order online, I was unaware of the physical size of the flour bag.

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The price for Miller Milling All Purpose Flour seemed great at $9.35. Until the delivery arrived to my front porch. As my husband carried in the groceries, I heard a snickering laugh. And then with amusement, we both realize what I had done. In “saving money” I accidentally purchased a 25 pound bag of flour! Restaurant quality.

This became a challenging problem for two reasons. First, the 25 pound bag of flour was too large for my kitchen cabinets. What will I do with this beast? Second, we were in a quarantine and unable to entertain people at home. And so I needed to be creative with my 25 pound blunder.

Looking through my same-day bargains, I found 500 food prep gloves. It seemed they would now come in handy. Slipping my triple washed hands into the food gloves, I divided up my flour into gallon bags. Then I started asking neighbors if they need a bag of flour. Many said yes!

Wearing my protective face gear and putting food gloves on my hands, I carefully placed bags of flour on their porches. Then I sent everyone a text message and identified the white powder in the bag. Embarrassing, as I was just trying to solve a storage problem.

Two days later, I get a text from a neighbor. “We made cinnamon rolls today, do you want some?” Of course, I said yes!

One more day, another neighbor. “We made lemon scones today, can I put some in your mailbox?” Well, yes!
At this point I no longer had self-control over gluten (and inflammation). Pandemics will do this, I have since learned.

Soon I found myself baking my “pandemic bread” and delivering loaves to my neighbors. After a tree fell in a storm, I put pandemic bread on their porch. During a 2-day power outage, I delivered pandemic bread (baked in advance) to every neighbor for breakfast.

And when my college kid was driving back to her dorm, I placed three pandemic breads into her care package. According to her roomies, the home-baked bread was “fantastic!”

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It was madness, this gift of bread!

When a neighbor called me “Florence Nightingale” for delivering bread to people in a storm, I knew I needed to stop. My reputation was exceeding my desire to make any more bread! And the gluten inflammation was making me swell up like a blowfish.

Finally, six months later, I used up my 25 pounds of flour. And so I humbled myself and bought a small 5 pound bag for my cupboard. Life seems to be returning to normal, again.

FREE Online Womens Bible Study Groups 2021

A blended family- we LOVE Online Womens Bible Study Groups because of their uniqueness.

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FREE Online Womens Bible Study Groups 2021 at the Bible Cafe™ where we study, connect, and grow. The international Bible Cafe™ community offers a small group experience online. We meet through social learning groups. Our team of volunteer leaders will guide you through weekly discussion questions, prayer, and fellowship.

How to Join Online Womens Bible Study Groups in 2021

Step 1: Bible study groups meet in cycles of 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or 12 weeks.

Because Online Womens Bible Study Groups are discussing a specific theme, your DOOR to joining will be every 2-3 months. Best advice is to join when you see a NEW study is “coming soon.” We promote our studies six weeks before we start.

Step 2: Get the study book.

Most study books/workbooks are available at Amazon, Christian Book,stores Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, or Kindle. We do our best to select books on digital format so you are not paying international shipping fees.

One of our Bible Cafe™ Directors is a missionary living in Mexico. She has completed nearly 100 online Bible study groups! Another leaders is doing these studies with her adult granddaughter and they share using Apple Books.

Step 3: Join the Online Womens Bible Study Group.

FREE Bible Cafe™ groups meet in a social learning group on Facebook. We meet here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups

Step 4: Select the day and time you want to join us.

Our Facebook groups are free. Find the small group schedule posted at the top of the page, about 2-weeks before the study begins. Select the dayhttps://www.biblecafe.org/join and time you want to join the Online Womens Bible Study Group. We meet mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends.  **Please note the phone/video groups are NOT free. These meet at Bible Cafe™ University

On the day and time you have selected, visit the social learning group and look for your GROUP PHOTO. The leader will post a photo with the day, time, leader names, and study name. She will post discussion questions under the photo and you will discuss the questions with your group members. Each group is one hour long.

The first meeting is an INTRODUCTION week. In this meeting you will meet the leaders and  learn Online Womens Bible Study Groups work. Come join us! Our groups are a blend of beginner to advanced Bible study students. We are diverse in age, denominations, locations, relationship status, and more.

 

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