Bible Studies

What Pleases God

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I think of Jesus, walking up the dusty hill where He would soon die, sweat beading on His forehead as exhaustion from our sins began to weigh His body down. I’m always in awe of this scene in the Bible because it is this moment, when Jesus is at His weakest and yet, it also […] Read more…

A Basket of Summer Fruit: A Devotional

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“Thus the Lord God showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit.” – Amos 8:1 When “To Be Praised” first launched, it was November. The Earth had just begun to stiffen and the cold air surrounded us as we sipped pumpkin flavored coffee and tea. It doesn’t seem that long ago. We had […] Read more…

Immanuel: God Is With Us

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Disclaimer: I want to break away from the format of our devotional to acknowledge what some people call “The Holy Week”. My intention in this devotional is focus exclusively on Jesus, the risen Savior and our King. In the book of Luke, an angel visits Mary — the teenage woman who will birth Jesus into […] Read more…

December Reflections

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As the year 2014 comes to an end, I thought it would nice to do some reflecting before our new series begins next week! This Sunday, in the Young Woman’s Bible Class I teach, we walked through 2014 and discussed our hopes for 2015. While this time of year tends be filled with the hustle […] Read more…

How To Study The Bible

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Before we dive into studying God’s Word together, it is important to have a few things in our hands. a Bible: I have two Bibles I read the most. The first one is the Bible I received when a few months before I got baptized (at 15 years old). This Bible has gone through Bible camp, […] Read more…