Feb 14 2015

How to Enjoy a Bible Study for All It’s Worth

Rebekyah Brewer

BibleWe read the bible differently than we read any other book. One reason is because of it’s sheer size. We can’t read the bible in one sitting. It’s too much to take in. Sometimes an entire chapter or even a short verse can be too much to take in during one sitting. We have to extend our reading over a period of hours and days as we wrestle with understanding and meditate on their meaning, their various implications and applications.

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Feb 4 2014

The Joy of Fellowship 1 John Introduction

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series 1 John

 I often feel like a tour guide when I am teaching.  I am so glad to have you all ready and willing to travel with Penny and myself each week without a time frame for finishing. It’s really like a leisurely walk or drive, we’ll get there when we get there.

 During our break Penny and I and Carolyn and Paula all traveled together up to the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove for a Seminar by Ann Graham Lotz on teaching called Filling Up to Overflow. We had a great time and really filled out to overflow with the food, the fellowship, the teaching, the laughter, the conviction. We all came back hurting all over. A good kind of hurting. We flew into Knoxville, TN and rented a car to drive the rest of the way to Ashville, NC. We took a long leisurely trip through the Blue Ridge Smokey Mountains because we had caught an early flight and check in was not until late afternoon.  I loved the drive. We just took our time and stopped here and there at various overlooks and spots that caught our interest and chatted all along the way as women do. It was wonderful. We all enjoyed taking our time. We enjoyed the long drive and the beautiful scenery. There was no telling when or if we would ever have the opportunity to come this way again together. We enjoyed the moment. Dredged it dry.  If someone wanted to stop we stopped. When someone was ready to go, we were all ready to go. It was wonderful being of the same mind. If you have ever traveled with someone who was difficult for an extended period of time you can appreciate these good trip with good friends who are easy to travel with. A good trip is always dependent upon who you travel with.  Those who you travel with can really make or break a trip. Continue reading

Feb 14 2013

A Portrait of Jesus Revelation 1:9-20

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 3 of 39 in the series Revelation

Last week we kicked off the Book of Revelation, “Revelation” not “Revelations” as it is often mispronounced. There is only one “Revelation” not multiple “Revelations” in the Book of Revelation.

 In our kickoff meeting last week we learned that the Greek word for “Revelation” is “apokalupsis” which means, laying bear, making naked, a disclosure of truth. It is an unveiling. A revealing or revelation of truth by God to man by insight, vision, dream, ecstasy that man would have no ability of otherwise knowing or understanding.

 This is quite a different meaning then our English word “apocalypse” which is defined be Webster as “A cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil.” Because of this and many of today’s books and movies we often associate the word “apocalypse” and the Book of Revelation with future calamity, catastrophe and danger more then it’s true intended meaning of an unveiling look at the behind the scenes view of heaven and spiritual things and the future revelation of the person Jesus Christ as King of Kings, Lord of Lords to the entire world, his person, his power and his plan for the future.

 This is the true intention of the book of Revelation as stated in Revelation 1:1 “To show unto his servants the things which must shortly come to pass.”  This in itself shows the favor we have with God that he would show us and reveal to us his plans to us as he would a friend.  It brings to mind John’s own gospel in John 15:14-15 where Jesus tells the disciples, “ No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” Continue reading

Feb 8 2013

The Time is Near Revelation 1:1-8

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 2 of 39 in the series Revelation

Verse 1:

The word “revelation” comes from the Greek word apokalypsis which means

revealing, unveiling, an uncovering.

 It is a book that shows the glory and majesty of God and the depths of depravity of man. It will show the final outpouring of God’s devastating wrath and judgment as well as the glorious Son and His beloved bride joined forever.

The book which was originally a letter was written in approximately AD 95 by John (the apostle) while banished to the Isle of Patmos. What was happening to Christians during that particular time in history? They were being severely persecuted. Continue reading

Aug 29 2012

Anticipating Ruth

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Ruth

2077_n I’ve spent the past few days gathering information on Ruth, trying to get a general overview of the book and a feel for the upcoming study. I have been looking forward to this study since we drew it’s name out of the basket. It’s a book I’ve read several times, and read several studies on, but I have never really dug into it for myself.  I always get so much more out of a study, when I am forced to wrestle with it and dig into it myself.  And it seems, I am never able to dig as hard as when I am having to teach on it.

Teaching always intensifies my study time and prayer time with God, because unless He opens my minds to understand the scripture, unless He enables me, and His spirit works through me,  I have no hope of teaching anything. I have nothing good in myself to give.  I will have nothing to feed the ladies when I sit down before them. I don’t want to give them empty facts or lifeless knowledge which is all I can come up with by myself.  I want to give them spirit-filled words that haunt them long after they leave the study. Words that dig their way into the depths of their hearts and lodge themselves there, unable to be forgotten or shaken loose until slowly but surely the Spirit brings about new life through them.

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