BIBLE STUDY: 8 Ways to Beat Temptation

We all face temptations of many kinds. God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory. 1.  Pray before you are tempted Jesus instructed his disciples to ask God, “Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.” And as he told…

BIBLE STUDY: Praise God No Matter What

“That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven” (Daniel 2:19 NLT). Most of us don’t really know what to do when we’re confronted by an impossible situation. Did you know that a teenage boy from thousands of years ago can help? Over the past few devotionals,…

BIBLE STUDY: Prayer with an Attitude

The Bible tells us we should “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Unfortunately, for many of us, a few minutes spent in prayer feels like forever. Why do we struggle so much with prayer when we know how vital it is to our relationship with God?  We certainly don’t lack information about how to pray. Christian bookstores…

BIBLE STUDY: Start Unlocking Scripture with This Study Method

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives” (Colossians 3:16a NLT). Studying the Bible in a way that changes your life doesn’t take a bunch of expensive tools. You don’t need commentaries or Bible study software. In fact, if you were stuck on a desert island with just a Bible, you…

BIBLE STUDY: The Book of Hosea

When Moses asked Pharaoh to “Let my people go,” Pharaoh responded, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?” If Pharaoh could have read the book of Hosea, he would have known that the Lord was a sovereign God (Chapters 1-3); a holy God (Chapters 4-7); a just God…

BIBLE STUDY: What is the significance of using different postures in prayer?

What is the significance of using different postures in prayer? Understanding Postures of Prayer let your posture express the attitudes of your heart In the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon…

HOW TO: How to Meditate on God’s Word

I love God’s Word and delight in its truth. Yet too often I find that after reading my Bible or hearing a sermon, the truth, so necessary to the well being of my soul, can too easily slip away. The truth that had for a moment captured my attention and my affections can quietly fade…

HOW TO: 7 Spiritual Habits that Reduce Stress

Some people have called stress the “new normal.” A quick look at the stats seem to support this. A 2012 study at Carnegie Mellon University reports that stress levels were up between 10 to 30 percent over the past 30 years. Among women and young people, those stats were particularly disconcerting. Does the Bible offer…

BIBLE STUDY: An Invitation to Pray

If you received an invitation from a highly respected person of influence to come by his or her house for coffee or to go for a walk along the river trail for some conversation, you would probably respond with eagerness and anticipation. You wouldn’t lightly discard it. And if you received two or three invitations,…

BIBLE STUDY: Jesus Calling: God Invites You Into His Presence

  There are times when all of us fall victim to the activity trap. If we could just do more, then we will feel better, be more spiritual, be closer to God. Yet, Jesus points out that increased actions do not always lead to increased effectiveness. Sarah Young leads us through the story of Mary…