Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before. I hosted a webinar. I have attended a bunch of them. I’ve participated in a couple. This was the first time I was setting it up, hosting, speaking, running the behind-the-scenes tech, and doing the following up. Whew! There’s a lot to it!
I loved it. And I’ll definitely be doing a lot more of them.
At the end of the webinar I announced that registration is open today through next Wednesday (1/13) for the winter session of Relational Bible Study™.
However, the webinar covered a ton that is helpful whether you are participating in Relational Bible Study™ or not.
That’s why I decided to embed the webinar below. I’ve also included a “timetable” so you can scroll right to the part you want to watch.
Interested in finding out more about Relational Bible Study™ (the 8-session video series I am more excited about than anything I have ever created)? Simply click the button below.
Find out more about Relational Bible Study™!
Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions (or goals…or plan-of-attack…or fresh start). Whatever you call it, for Christians at least, Bible reading is typically somewhere on the list. Is time in God’s Word on your list? Do you have a plan? (Hint: You need one.)
I want you to start well…so you can sustain a vibrant time with God all year long (ahem…and longer). That’s why I’m hosting a brand-new, FREE webinar next Tuesday at noon (PST).
These are some of the questions I’ll answer…
- Is it really possible to enjoy the Bible?
- How do I keep my mind from wandering?
- Where do I start if I’m new to the Bible?
- What do you recommend for people who have been around the Bible a long time?
- What translation do you recommend?
- How do I remember what I read?
Are you in? Register today!
Habukkuk. Zephaniah. Malachi. So…what are these books about? (I’m glad you asked.)
There are times when a simple, clear, concise summary of a whole book of the Bible would be really helpful. Sure, you can buy a book on Amazon. Or, you can head over to BibleHub.com and find summaries of all 66 books of the Bible with a couple mouse clicks.
This 2-minute video will show you how to do it.
It’s been a long time coming! Eight videos shot over the course of several months. Another few months spent building and testing the online course. Another few months of running a beta group of about 70 people through the entire course. Taking their feedback and updating it to make it even better. And now Relational Bible Study™ is live!
Here are a few of the responses so far…
FINALLY! A very explicit nuts and bolts, step-by-step guide of how to read the Bible and spend time with God.”
This has helped me dive into the living Word of God and discover how much deeper my relationship with Him can be!”
I have been studying the Bible for 30 years and Relational Bible Study opened up a whole new way of digging into the Word of God.”
This study is helping me connect with God and sense His love, in a more personal way.”
A couple weeks ago I gave the people who subscribe to these blog posts and those who follow my Facebook Page the opportunity to join the fall session of Relational Bible Study™ and participate in a private Facebook group, live conference calls, and several other bonuses.
These interactive sessions of Relational Bible Study™ are facilitated by me and registration will only happen 2-3 times per year (so we can all be on the same page for our discussions). If you want to make sure you’re notified of the next session, let me know by clicking here (and I’ll also send you a copy of The Christian Parent’s Toolbox for free).
Many of you have been asking if there’s any way to experience Relational Bible Study™ between now and then.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re sitting in church, using your phone to follow along with the Scripture passage. Your phone vibrates – or dings! – letting you know that your cousin Susie just posted a picture of the cinnamon roll she’s currently eating.
Or you get a phone call. Or someone just commented on last night’s Instagram photo. Or someone tweets the score of the game you’re recording (Lord have mercy!).
We have all had it happen. I know because I sat behind you in church last week. (wink, wink)
Not too long ago, I was sitting in the front row of a church, singing and preparing to walk up on stage in only a few minutes. As I glanced over, the person next to me was scrolling through their Facebook timeline. It was the lead pastor.
Yes…It happens to all of us. Facebook. Texts. Twitter. Pinterest. Instagram. Email.
Fortunately, there are two very simple tricks that will solve this problem once and for all. (Three if you include leaving your phone in the car during church.)
If you take 10 seconds (not kidding) as you’re walking into church these tricks will help you stay focused on what you came there to be focused on.
Today’s the day! If you’ve been around here a while, you know I have been talking about this for over a year.
I am super excited about this. (Like a 9-year-old who’s mom just said he could have a second bowl of ice cream!)
And I want to make “Launch Week” like a party.
So I’m giving you 8 GIFTS if you buy your copy during Launch Week!
NOTE: Instructions for claiming your bonuses are below the list.
Here are the 8 GIFTS you will get if you buy a copy within the next 7 days (ends Tuesday, May 26th at midnight):
Bonus 1 – How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible – STUDY GUIDE (PDF) – Coming Soon! These questions are embedded at the end of each chapter. You can use this standalone version if you want a place to jot down notes, ideas, or questions for discussion.
Bonus 2 – Falling in Love with God’s Word: Discovering What God Always Intended Bible Study to Be (PDF – Full Book)– The book that started it all. This book explores in great detail all three phases (Foundation, Framing, and Finish Work) of studying a book of the Bible and weaving Scripture Internalization into that process. It is the foundation of Relational Bible Study.
I really believe that if a person were to walk through the tips in this book, then it would completely change their Bible study. I would recommend this book for the individual, but I think that it would be even better if used in a small group study.”
“How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible is an excellent book with some of the best advice on how to develop a lifestyle of consistent Bible reading while enjoying it at the same time.”
“This book will be a reference I keep on hand to gift others I meet who desire to know how to read the Bible with a “relational” approach. It is that helpful and I wish I would of had it years ago!”Amazon reviews...
So often, even if we’re at a time of relative consistency when it comes to spending time in the Word, it’s challenging to “carry it with us” once our Bibles are closed and we head into our day at work or school. If this describes you, you’ll want to listen to this episode and discover five questions that will help you move from “reader and learner” to “doer and disciple.”
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Just this morning, as Sarah (my oldest daughter) was getting ready for school, she said, “Do you remember those vanilla ice cream bars they used to sell at Costco? I think my school is now selling them in the lunchroom and I’m going to get one today!”
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We can save the conversation about a school selling ice cream for another time. What got me was how excited she was about vanilla
ice cream. She didn’t want the one dipped in chocolate. No sprinkles. No nuts.
She was excited about vanilla.
But it’s so plain. So ordinary. So…well…vanilla.
Quick Side Note: Here’s the amazing thing. I had already planned to base this post on the verse I’m about to share. I normally block out Monday mornings to write. Due to various circumstances, I didn’t get my writing time yesterday. As I was pondering this post, I was really struggling with how to start it. The mini-conversation with Sarah this morning about vanilla ice cream bars turned out to be the perfect lead-in. You’ll see why after reading this verse.
First the summary of Acts 3:1-4:12…
- Peter and John heal a crippled beggar.
- Peter and John tell the crowd Jesus actually did the healing.
- The religious people don’t like all this “Jesus talk” and throw Peter and John in jail for the night.
- In the morning they ask Peter and John, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
- Peter says, “Hmmm…I think I’m going to go with…JESUS!”
Now for one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible – Acts 4:13:
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”
I love this verse! It is encouraging, challenging, empowering, and a perspective shift – all in two sentences. Whenever I read this verse, it completely resets my approach to reading and studying the Bible.
Today marks the first post of the second half of the 2014. Is that really possible? This year is half over? Yowza!
Every six months I get a little card in the mail. You know the one:
“It’s time for your six month checkup and cleaning.”
It doesn’t take long, but it’s necessary. After all, if you never get your teeth checked, you will never find out when something is really wrong. Most times you go in for the cleaning and everything is as it should be.
Then there are times when you hear things like I heard last December. I’ll spare you the details and give you the short version:
Crack…then root canal…then emergency extraction…then bone graft. Implant still to come. ugh.
We need the checkup. And we need the cleaning. I’m always amazed – and a little grossed out – at the amount of stuff they can dig out with their little tools. I brush. I floss. And yet, I can’t get it all without some help.
Today is about the checkup…and the cleaning. These are the questions to get you started:
Distractions are all around us. Never are they more prevalent – or annoying – than when you are trying to spend time with God in His Word!
You want to focus. You want to spend time in the Word. You want to be fully present with God.
And yet the distractions come from every angle!
It is so frustrating…and yet makes so much sense. After all, the last thing the enemy wants is for you to enjoy and benefit from your time in the Word.
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Main Topic: 6 Tips for a Distraction-Free Quiet Time
While I still struggle with distractions, my times in the Word are way better than even a year ago. I analyzed what I have been doing differently and narrowed it down to the top six.