Hunger! You and I have been there. Maybe in a hospital waiting or hotel room. Right down the hall there it is! A vending machine filled with sweet and salty snacks galore. Supported by some kind of spring thing, one bag of pretzels behind another. You choose a letter and number and bam…your snack falls to the bottom of this food filled contraption and you fill your cheeks with satisfying treats.
While you watch this food falling spectacle, something else takes place you may not have noticed. Another bag of pretzels moves forward into the place of the previous one. Pretzels in place of pretzels!
I love the Gospel of John, which we are studying together here in this blog and Podcast. The meaning of this verse has been quickened to my heart by God’s Holy Spirit and to it I cling.
Here it is…
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace (in the Greek literally, grace in place of grace). John 1:16
Yet unlike a faulty vending machine, which sometimes gets the snack hung up on that unpredictable spring and you have to begin the machine shaking process, the grace received by this “One” will never run out. Eventually there will be no more pretzels and someone will have to fill it back up. Never, not ever, will grace reveal an empty spring. The grace found in the Lord Jesus Christ is always available. You don’t even have to pay for it because He paid for your sin on the cross! Be satisfied in His grace in place of grace! That is my prayer for myself and you.
Here is today’s Engagement with Truth heart work.
1-Continue to mark every reference to the Word and it’s synonyms in John 1:6-18
2-Continue to list everything you learn about the Word in your Engagement with Truth notebook:
v. 7 the Word is the Light
v. 9 the Word is the true Light which, coming into the world enlightens every man
Remember, we are looking at the obvious and what you are marking is a key word. A repeated word. As you continue to make this list, please don’t paraphrase. Use words directly from the text, like I did in the example above.
3-Ask the Lord to reveal how you can apply these truths to your current circumstances and journal those thoughts. Don’t just write them down…believe God and walk in them.
Oh, GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE! GLORY TO GOD!
You walk into your local Mickey D’s. Now…close your eyes and get a mental picture of what you see. I’ve been in a host of McDonald’s and I bet I can guess what enters your mind.
EMPLOYEES AT THE COUNTER
TABLES and CHAIRS
No, I don’t read minds for a living. I just know that ninety-nine percent of the time the above mentioned examples are obvious to see at Mcdonald’s.
Let’s apply this to Bible study. When God gave us the sixty-six books of the Bible, He wrote it in such a way that you and I could know Him personally. How? By looking at the obvious! In God’s Word, the most obvious things are PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS. Jesus Christ does not desire to hide Himself in some mystical way. He wants us to know Him and His undying love for each of us.
In today’s Podcast, Engagement with Truth, I shared the first 5 verses of the Gospel of John and showed my friends how to see the…you got it…obvious. In these verses, people are what stand out.
I want to encourage you to create an Engagement with Truth notebook. It can be the 99 cent kind or whatever suits your fancy. In this notebook, you may want to stow a printed copy of these blogs and the Observation Bible Text. You can print a free copy of John 1 right here:
Here is your EWT assignment today (be sure to pray before you start your assignments and ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart):
1-Read John 1:1-5 and put a cross over every mention of the “Word”
2-In your notebook, begin a page and describe in list form what you learned about this person who is the Word (ask the 5 W’s and an H…who, what, when, where, why and how)
3-On a separate piece of paper, write down any personal applications the Lord reveals to you
That’s it for today!
If you would like to delve a little deeper, listen to today’s Podcast HERE.
What is the difference between a truism and a lie? Truth corresponds to reality and lies do not!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
Satan whispers to us, “Indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” And “You surely will not die!”
A lie always begins with the questioning of truth. The truth of God’s Word is reality.
How do I know this for sure? I have read, studied and applied the Bible for almost forty years and have a first hand knowledge of its life-transforming power. I have delved into the history of the Bible. I am not a scholar, just one woman in a sea of people who has been given the faith to believe.
Where did lies come in? If God is good, why does He allow lies? Isn’t this the age old question? It boils down to the freedom to choose and a loving Creator who designed us with that ability. Choose the truth of Jesus or succumb to the lies of Satan.
Satan is described by Jesus this way:
44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Today’s Engagement with Truth:
In my previous blog, I gave you a short assignment for engaging with truth. You may want to start an “Engagement with Truth Journal” to record what you learn from these brief encounters with the Word of God.
1-Read Genesis 3 (where we first see deception and lies)
2-Color every reference to the woman PINK
-Color every reference to the man BLUE
3-Mark every reference to the serpent with a red pitchfork
You can print a copy of Genesis 3 HERE for this assignment.
4-Watch the interaction between the woman, man and the serpent very closely
5-Make a detailed list of what you learn about the serpent in your notebook from John 8:44 and Genesis 3.
(As you do this, use words right from the text, don’t paraphrase)
Share some of your findings with me here in the comment section. One of the best methods of learning is to repeat what you learn and discuss it. I would love to “engage” in the discussion with you.
After you complete the lesson above, let me take you a little deeper in my new Podcast which will air tomorrow…Engagement with Truth. I will post it here on the blog.
One last thing…ask yourself the question, Am I listening to the truth of the Bible, or the lies of the evil one? If you have chosen a lie, stop in your tracks and turn back to truth. It is a matter of life and death!
In my previous blog post I shared about my new Podcast Program and Blog entitled “Engagement with Truth”. I guess we should start there…with the definition of truth.
Let’s talk turkey about the word truth. In other words, truth is serious business!
There is much dialogue in today’s society about whether or not there is such a thing as truth. Comments like “Truth is relative” or “My truth is my truth and your truth is your truth”. Huh? Really? My one response to both of these comments is a resounding “Is that a true statement?” Here is an interesting definition of truth taken from the Urban Dictionary:
Truth is something which would probably upset a great many of people if it were known and made public.
Truthfully speaking, most people have no idea of what the truth actually is.
Now Webster’s tried and true definition:
Truth is the actual state of a matter or that which conforms with fact or reality.
In other words, a chair is a chair. A sunny day is a sunny day. A dog is a dog. As opposed to the Urban Dictionary’s idea that we can have no idea what it is.
I am an inductive Bible study teacher. I instruct students to observe, interpret and apply the text of the Bible. That is my goal for the readers here and I plan to share more of the “how to’s” of this method as we progress in our “engagements with truth”. I can’t describe a dog, or even a breed of dog (I am partial to most all dogs, but have a special love for little “puggies”), if I have never observed or seen one.
Soon I will be releasing a new Podcast where we will be studying the Gospel of John together…inductively…in bite-sized pieces. John has a lot to say in regard to truth. Let me leave you with one of his statements…
Jesus said to him (Thomas), “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
Here is your first “engagement with truth” assignment. By the way, you have to trust me with the why’s of these exercises for now. Stick with me and they will make a whole lot of sense in the near future.
EWT (Engagement with Truth)
1-Reread this blog post and circle every reference to truth.
2-How many times is truth mentioned?
3-What do you learn about truth?
4-WHO is the truth? And if HE is the truth, do you believe it is a reality?
5-If you believe it is (it’s OK if you don’t now, if anything you will learn a new way to study any type of reading material) how does your life reveal that you believe Jesus is the Truth?
I would love for you to share some answers to the questions above in the comment section.
Enough for today…coming soon…”Engagements with Truth in the Gospel of John”
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Labor Day 2017 is past history! Once again, students of all ages have begun the process of life-long learning in some way, shape or form. Even if you are not enrolled in a formal education program, we are all students in the school of life.
Have you ever thought about studying the Bible? When I was a young woman…a teenager to be precise…I was desperate to understand the one book that was central to my faith. How I enjoyed, no…LOVED, walking through the local Christian bookstores in search of books, Christian music, magazines and any other means by which I could discover the truths of God’s Word for myself.
One vivid memory of the learning process for me is being at a small kitchen table with a HUGE volume called “Survey of the New Testament” by Irving Jensen. I probably made it through ten pages of this classic textbook and filled three sheets of paper with notes. As I type this blog today, I can’t tell you one iota of what I learned! Perhaps you have had a similar experience with “textbook” learning.
My goal today is to help you see beyond massive and complicated works written by theologians from another time period. I want YOU to see and enjoy the Bible for yourself! And as I learned years later, knowing God’s Word for myself is definitely within my reach. Friends, I have an Associates Degree, in get this…Secretarial Science! I’m not saying I am uneducated, but I am not claiming to be a rocket scientist either.
Do you hunger for a living, vibrant relationship with a loving God? You can have it today! Bible study is not difficult when you have the right set of tools and, most importantly, the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within you. This is where I and the Bible Study Leaders at Beloved Truth Online Bible Studies long to help you reach your goal of knowing God through the greatest book ever written! Beloved Truth’s Online Bible Study Teachers have a tremendous passion to come alongside people of all ages to study the Bible in community ONLINE…anytime and anyplace! We choose our Bible studies with great care. Many of them are Inductive Bible Studies because these are the ones that give you those “simple tools” to open God’s Word in a life-changing and systematic way, but we are not limited to inductive studies. If we offer a study, we can assure you it will be one that makes your roots grow deep and encourages you to press on in the “school of life” in a manner worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ.
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Who are we and what do we do?
We are an online Bible study ministry whose vision is to reach and teach people God’s Word via the internet.
Beloved Truth Ministries provides our team of Online Bible Study Leaders with a variety of online classrooms and venues, free of charge, in which to lead effective online Bible studies.
Our mission is to connect Online Bible Study Leaders to members of the body of Christ via online venues, so that they “entrust God’s Word to faithful men and women who will be able to teach others also”. 2 Timothy 2:2
Our Online Bible Study Leaders are experienced, thoroughly vetted and agree with our Doctrinal and Mission Statements. Online Bible Study Leaders go through an application and online training process and meet requirements as defined by the Beloved Truth Leadership Team.
The Bible is the core of of Beloved Truth’s ministry and our passion is for the gospel of Jesus Christ to take flight and reach the ends of the earth, as a result of the accurate handling of God’s Word…the Bible.
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