Y’ALL. I’m so sorry. But to make it up to you, check out these awesome online resources tackling the subject of the security of our salvation which came up when I was studying 1 John 2:18-27.Read More
You have a place. You have value.
This is my second draft of this piece. My heart just says, delete it all and then be short and sweet. If this passage is a "pause and parenthesis" then my duty is to get out of the way.Read More
This week we are reading and studying 1 John 2:12-17. Gary M. Burge describes this section as "a parenthesis, a pause, designed to reassure John's readers about their own relationship to God" (Burge, 110).Read More
This week we're gonna draw some circles.Read More
I'm pumped about this, not because I found some obscure bible verse that is rarely studied, or because I have some new fantastical illustration to bust out. I just genuinely love this passage both for what it is, what it says and all the doors it opens.
There's some passages that you could study but never really think about in your daily life (I mean Revelation? That thing be like whoa...my mind might actually explode if I think on it too long). This is not one of those. This passage matters every day. It doesn't matter where you work, who you see, if you are a parent or a teenager, this passage has to be daily lived. We'd be wise to pray this over ourselves as we head out in morning traffic or as we pour the milk for our kids' cereal.Read More
This week has me pretty much standing up in my chair and fist pumping. God has done so much intensive work in my life to correct a chronically self-righteous, rule following, black and white mind set and heart values that this passage just hits me so good. This is a passage that both makes me look back at all God has brought me through and spurs me on to "get this" more and step up.Read More
This week is simple but powerful. Over the course of the week read through all the cross references for 1 John 2:1-6 (and write each verse reference near the reference point in this passage on you printed copy). But instead of pounding it out in one sitting, take it a little at a time. Plan to read a few cross references each day.
The reason we are slowing down with these particular cross references is because these verses so powerfully flush out the Gospel.Read More
By now I hope you are getting the hang of things around here. Now that we have a grasp on how to dive into chunks of Scripture, it probably isn't taking quite the length of time it took you when we began. I'll be adding in a little more here and there for you to read or do so that we can make the most of studying AND applying God's Word to our lives.Read More
This passage kind of reminds me of when a parent sits down with their young child and talks with them about safety and how to handle some basic situations. As a parent I know those talks intentionally come from a place of "They are old enough that we need to talk through this, but young enough that I need to explain this very carefully." I picture an elderly John sitting down to lovingly sort out for these churches what exactly walking in the Light means and what it doesn't mean. I picture myself with our oldest son taking the time to talk through "just because one of your friends does/says/watches/thinks this doesn't make it right. We don't follow them we follow God's word."Read More
The last thing I want is to go through the motions every week, repeating the study process and not pausing to worship. We are women, we like feeling the feels! Our minds are being used and we're learning more about God and His Word and His way, that SHOULD move us! People studying the Bible should be the most inspired, most passionate, and the most called to action! Far be it from us to be staunch, stiff, and unmoved.
So bust out your journal and turn on some tunes (I'm adding a playlist of some of my favorite worship jams that you can listen to if you'd like!). We're about to get outside the box a little, but this exercise is for all types. Noncreative and non writers: you're safe and loved here, don't be afraid.Read More
Week 6! I can't believe it's already been 6 weeks together! This week we are moving along to the next chunk of Scripture to study!
Read 1 John 1:5-10 in your bible, then on your double spaced copy (which you can find all ready to print in our Facebook group!) do the following:Read More
This section is what my daughter would call easy peezy. I think as women, (for the most part, shout out to our one male reader besides my husband--you know who you are) the applicational parts of bible study are the most fun. This is the part when we get to connect the dots from what we are learning in our study to our real life. So that being said--have fun with this! If you haven't yet, join the Facebook group, this is the part of studying that builds community!Read More
1 John 1:1-4 is the kind of passage that I typically coast over so I can get to the parts that are more plain-speak. This is a safe place to admit that right?Read More
Now we get into the nitty gritty. We are going to start taking chunks of scripture and running with them. While yes, we will be continuing on our path of knowledge, this is where God really uses that knowledge in my life to highlight some JEWELS of wisdom and truth that maybe I've been glossing over. I'm so in love with this part of the process because God has and is using this to draw me closer to him and equips me to go out and live it.Read More
Remember how I said we would be putting our minds to work soon? It's time to bust out that study bible gals. Like I've mentioned before I love using the ESV Study Bible, but there are many other study bibles which are also wonderful!
Now that we have read through 1 John in it's entirety and have a better understanding for how it fits into the Big Story, we are going to back up and collect some information.Read More
By this time you've read through all of 1 John, isn't that fun? This week we are going to start digging deeper!
For some of us, this week may stretch and alter our view of the bible tremendously. Our souls were made by him and for him, even the earth will rejoice at his name. Studying the Bible with the right purpose invites my soul to worship the way I was created to worship (Wilkin, 47).
So let's begin.Read More
Welcome to our very first day of studying God's word together! This weeks study guide is super simple. In the coming weeks, we will add in more study tools and dive deeper with each week that we study. Eventually each week's study guide will focus on small passages of scripture to break down and learn from in depth.
First things first: We are going to be studying the book of 1 John!Read More
I know I keep saying I'm so excited. But y'all really. I mean.....I'm so excited! And also a fair amount jittery. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart I can't believe that any of you would even trust me so far as to peak your interest in this endeavor. I hope that you stay and this is a place for fellowship and camaraderie as we set out for an adventure. Know that like you, I'm just a normal gal who is eager to learn. I stand in this place as a guide with bathtubs full of prayer and open hands to all the grace I can grab.
First things first. This is a bible study that is centered and focused on the triune God, on what His word says about Him, and for His glory alone. God's word is about Him and as we pour over it, may we become more like him and may our lives be malleable in His trustworthy hands.Read More
Welcome to Ashes & Oaks! Words cannot adequately express how excited I am to begin this journey. Ashes & Oaks has been a dream and passion and hope in my heart for so long and I think it’s finally time to dive in. I hope you join me, but even if this space is only for the edification of my own heart then it will be worthwhile.Read More
Ashes & Oaks has been a dream of mine for quite some time now. Keep your eyes out, I'll be posting more soon!