In The Beginning: Journaling through John Chapter 1

IMG_1015

 

Welcome to our first week of Journaling through the Book of John: A Journey for Lent and Beyond ! The purpose of this journey is to linger longer in the presence of the Lord and not create a sprint through the Bible. We don’t want to minimize our relationship with the One who created everything … with a capital E – Everything – to a bullet on our task list, do we? When I look around at the state of the world today, I dare say many people have. I go further and say, I am in danger of doing this daily! When God becomes a bullet on our list of things to do, friend, I fear He has been removed from the place He desires in our hearts and relegated to an unrecognizable blur in our days.

More

Chase – A DVD Based Study by Jennie Allen (Review)

 
“God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.”
What comes to your mind when you hear the name David? Chase DVD-Based Study
by Jennie Allen is an attempt to draw the lessons of the life of the man whom God called “a man after my own heart.”. I want to be a woman who God would say the same about, how about you?
I have done a number of Bible Study Lessons about the Life of David, and I have to admit, this one life continues to deepen my faith and trust in God like no other. So let me tell you how this DVD-Based Study is unique.
This beautifully boxed DVD study set, comes complete with an Leader’s guide, Student (Study) Guide, 80 minute DVD, and Conversation Cards. Additional Study Guides can be purchased separately. It has all you need to hold a Bible Study group in your home or church, although I am thinking that it lends itself well to comfortable, cozy gatherings of women in  relaxed environments. If you have never led a Bible Study before, Jennie gives enough instruction, coaching and advice to allow for a great start. 
The Leader’s Guide offers a section on preparing to lead a group, tips on leading and things to watch out for. The rest of the guide directs each of the 8 lessons in a concise manner. There is also a section on the different types of learners and how best to encourage them in this study.
The Study Book states clearly instructions and expectations supported by those in the Leader’s Guide. Since this study is highly interactive (more on that in a minute), there is no getting around there has to be some clear guidelines set in place for everyone to adhere and refer to in print. 
The DVD is segmented into 10 minute sessions to use at each of the get togethers. I loved the unique and beautiful way Jennie appears in these video clips. They are sure to draw out and inspire deep sharing among women. I absolutely felt moved to tears a couple of times while listening to her speaking. 
Discussion time comes in various ways for each meeting but one of the unique features offered with this study are the Conversation Cards. These small cards have questions printed on them for each of the weekly themes. The leader spreads the cards out and allows the group to choose the question they are willing to discuss. Here are a couple of examples: “Do you feel pressure from God to obey or measure up? How is that pressure affecting you?” and What do you most fear losing? Is God enough to fill the space of what you might lose?”.  These cards are meant to encourage authentic reflecting and sharing within the safety of the group. I also think they would make great journal prompts! 
 The Chase study follows themed in this way : 
Getting Started: Chase
Lesson 1: Identity- 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Lesson 2: Courage- 1 Samuel 17:1-51
Lesson 3: Obedience- 1 Samuel 15:1-31
Lesson 4: Belief- 2 Samuel 7:1-17
Lesson 5: Repentance-2 Samuel 11; 2 Samuel 12:1-14
Lesson 6: Surrender- 2 Samuel 13; 2 Samuel 18:13-33
Lesson 7: Chased Down- Ephesians 1:3-14
I have listed the specific study scripture to give an idea of the chapters covered on David’s life but additional scripture is used and referenced throughout the study as well, including Psalms. 
I passed the Chase Box along to my Women’s Ministry Leader who kindly shared her input on this study as well. Here are her thoughts: “The videos will make participants feel as though they are having a one on one discussion with Jennie – the material is thought provoking. Chase would be excellent for small group study. The Chase cards would give the women the opportunity to know each other on a deeper level.” 
I am hoping to lead this study in my home this Winter. I think it would definitely rock my world, and those who join in the journey! All the tools you need need to enjoy a small gathering study are available in this one box. 
“This is not a study for people who want to play it safe. This study will mess with you., just as it messed with me, because we are all chasing things other than Go, and when you look into the life of someone chasing God Himself, God alone, you start craving Him too. I want a life like David’s, brave dependent and full of worship. He had a relationship with God unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I want to know God like he did. I want to trust God like he did. “
~ Jennie Allen
Here is a clip of Jennie (click to see video clip if you are viewing through e-mail)
For more, check out Jennie Allen’s Chase  at Thomas Nelson.
I received this Product through Shelton Interactive. All opinions expressed are my own.
Follow on Bloglovin

NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible (Book Review)

As a new Homeschooling mom I was excited to have the opportunity to review the Home-school Mom’s Bible (NIV). Zondervan has partnered with Alpha Omega Publications to make this devotional Bible available specifically for Homeschooling moms. This particular Bible features devotions written by Janet Tatman, a veteran homeschooling mom who is copywriter for AOP’s homeschool division. There are 365 devotions which are geared toward encouraging, inspiring  and energizing Homeschool Moms to meet there calling.

At first glance this Bible’s size and layout are pleasing to me. I like the way the devotions do not interrupt the flow of scripture, they lay out on their own page and are placed throughout, in an orderly manner, including a page prompt for the next devotional reading. The layout itself is uncluttered, straightforward and crisp. Black, white and grey are the color scheme within and two columns of a reasonably sized font are inviting to the readers eye.

All in all this Bible has a clean look which beckons for me to highlight freely as needed. Which reminds me of another important point, if you, like me, like to write in your Bible- the pages are not too thin that marking is a problem. Although I prefer colored pencils to prevent bleed through, I appreciate a somewhat thicker page for my markings, and the pages are good for me. I tend to be rough so durability anyway I can get it is helpful. I need my Bible to be able to take a licking and keep on…well you get the point! As for the devotions, they can be read topically or in order and are dated. I have looked over some of the content and look forward to reading them throughout the upcoming school year-knowing God will use them at just the right time. Although I chose the NIV, there is also a King James Version available.

I am still debating whether I want to start using this Bible for September at the start of our Homeschool year or wait for the new year, but either way this Bible would make a thoughtful gift to any Homeschool mom you are looking to encourage or bless. This would make a great Christmas Gift in my opinion-right in time for the new year.

Purchase or View NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

I review for BookSneeze®

Hip Homeschool Hop Button

Reading List: Cozy Book Hop

Follow on Bloglovin

Do You Believe This?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. 
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

 Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26


A word on Yadah today over at Bible Study Tools


Happy Thanksgiving!


!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

Disclosure Policy

%d bloggers like this: