Discernment in the Bible

Join me in a Bible Cafe™ study group, and you’ll find some interesting conversations. Today we discussed discernment in the Gideon Bible Study. As I listened to one of the participants share her life story, I thought more about her words. And so, we pulled out Bible dictionaries and researched the meaning of discernment in the Bible. It seemed like a good time to practice what we learned. In Bible study, this is called “application” as we seek to apply the Scriptures to our life.

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After agreeing on the meaning of discernment in the Bible, I asked, “When do you plan on writing books?” Because she has a long history of working in the education system, it seems likely she has a heart for children. Her expression on the other side of the Zoom screen was priceless! This has been on her mind since she retired five years ago.

We continued our conversation about her hesitancy to publish books. Like many people, she wondered if she was ‘called” to write, or if this was her own will and desire. We talked about this with our small group and saw how Gideon struggled with discernment too. In the well-known Bible story, Gideon lays out the fleece and asks God for a sign. He is unable to discern God’s will because of his novice spirituality. He was not struggling with unbelief. Discernment is the opportunity to seek God for confirmation.

Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. (Judges 6:36-38 NLT)

As my friend in Bible study shared her testimony, I asked her another question: “Do you want to take your testimony to publication (writing or blogging) or the grave? That’s not hard to answer. She knows her Bible and she knows Jesus. Without hesitation, she quoted the Scriptures about giving testimony.

Do you want to take your testimony to publication or the grave?

As a group, we examined our hearts and answered this same question. Once we realize we are living for today- not the grave- our hesitancies evaporate. We move forward, share our stories, and give glory to God. Our love for Jesus inspires us to give a testimony.

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.

Virtual Bible Studies Happening Now 

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. 

On Demand Bible Studies

On-Demand Bible Studies for busy people. Stay connected and learn the Bible from where it’s most convenient for you. Access Bible study today! Get access to On-Demand Bible Studies at the Bible Cafe™ University. Watch your Bible Cafe Coaches from wherever it’s most convenient. On-demand Bible study access is helpful for people who want a consistent Bible study experience.

Available internationally and in all time zones. On-demand Bible Cafe™ Coaches have prepared resources for your study and spiritual growth.

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Download printable worksheets for a personal study, home study, or church study experience. We think “cafe studies” are super awesome too!

Access trustworthy Bible study content with on-demand access. We have a LARGE selection of multi-denominational studies available for you. We are not limited to a single denomination. On-demand Bible Cafe™ studies help our members learn from a variety of Bible study authors, publishers, and denominations.

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Watch our videos anytime. If you missed a popular Bible study- or just want to repeat a study you love- this is the place to be for On-Demand Bible Study!

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FREE Online Womens Bible Study Groups

A blended family- we LOVE Online Women’s Bible Study Groups because of their uniqueness.

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FREE Online Women’s Bible Study Groups 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

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

Because Online Women’s Bible Study Groups are discussing a specific theme, your DOOR to join will be every 2-3 months. The 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 on Amazon, Christian Book, stores Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, or Kindle. We do our best to select books in 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 leader is doing these studies with her adult granddaughter and they share using Apple Books.

Step 3: Join the Online Women’s 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 the time you want to join the Online Women’s 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 name, 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 about Online Women’s 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.


Small Group Leadership Resources

Bible Cafe™ Ministries has led more than 100 online Bible studies from some of the most popular Christian Bible teachers. We help people Study, Connect and Grow. Through our membership site we have resources for individual Bible study, church small groups, or home group experiences. To help you lead a Bible study group, we found these resource articles, podcasts and books. We recommend reading at least two leadership books each year to keep your skills refreshed.

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Helpful Books for Small Group Leadership

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What is a devotional and why do I need one?

Daily devotionals are a heart connection. They reach into the places of encouragement. And so they inspire and motivate. Devotions help us worship God with enthusiasm and love.

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Daily devotions reach into places of encouragement, inspiration, motivation, worship, enthusiasm, and love.

I still remember the day I arrived for a meeting at my kids’ school. When I arrived I saw the teachers huddled in a circle like football players. Outside their circle, I watched as they mumbled something. It seemed to have a spiritual significance. So I inquired about the huddle. Like a rebuked child, I received a sharp response. “We’re doing our morning devotions.”

Yeah, okay.

Yet deep inside my heart, I was completely confused. Although I was a Christian for many years- and I attended a religious school most of my life- I’d never experienced this type of worship. So I asked myself this question:

Why do I need a daily devotional?

A search on Google helped me to answer my question. But I was unsure about the meaning of “prayers or religious observances.” The schoolteachers’ huddle was not a reflection of how I prayed. Or worshiped. My pastor did not teach about devotions. So again, I was feeling lost.

And then, I started to see words I could understand: “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.’

Finally, I was making a connection!

Being a mother, daughter, and wife. I understood the meaning of love. Having many years of failed relationships before marriage, I understood what love is not. Being a bride before I married, I understood the feelings of enthusiasm for my groom.

Okay, this is REALLY making sense now.

Daily devotionals are a heart connection.

They reach into the places of encouragement, inspiration, motivation, worship, enthusiasm, and love.


Some devotionals are self-focused worship. Others are celebrity-focused. I found leadership devotionals, youth or teen devotionals, athlete devotionals, and more.

Recently, I found a bestselling Christian devotional, and under the book cover was a page about how to “hate others.” Dear Jesus… that one ripped a hole into my heart! It took less than 3 minutes for me to hit the return button on my Amazon purchase.

At Christian Writing conferences I learned the format for writing devotionals. Many daily devotionals begin with a Bible verse or quote.

Daily devotionals can magnify faith, hope, and love. These short publications are quick to read. Some have elements of humor, such as Bob Goff. Other devotions have sermon notes, such as Paul David Tripp. Popular devotions are written as love letters, such as Sarah Young. Devotions can also be theology-based, prayer-focused, or informative writings- such as Charles Spurgeon, Tim Keller, or Max Lucado.

When I was a new mother and not a practicing Jesus-loving Christian, someone gave me a devotional book. Over 20 years since I received this book, it still has a place in my heart and home! At the time I found the daily devotional for mothers confusing. Today I find that book a treasured memory in my heart.

P.S.- devotionals make fantastic gifts!

Daily Devotionals will encourage and inspire you to live devoted to the Lord. A daily devotional helps you focus on Scripture.

Watch this website and you will see updates. My collection of devotional books is large and I am very excited to share these with you. During a season of rest, I completed a devotional Bible study called “Waiting For God”  by Xochitl Dixon. This is a beautiful daily devotional and Bible study!

I hope you will share your daily devotions too!