RESOURCES

There are too many resources out there to not be in the Word or spending time with fellow believers in person or online. I’ve passed through many of them over the past 5 years and will share them with you. Some I know longer use, but they made an impact on who I am today.

Man…where do I start?

Let’s start with…

1. ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES

* IF : Equip is AWESOME. I’ve been doing online bible studies with them since 2013. I’m still doing them. In fact, finishing up Ephesians with them now. Their website is http://www.ifequip.com

Jennie Allen and her team at IF : Equip bring theology and grace.

* Women Living Well as I mentioned in a previous post is a great online bible study as well. Courtney Joseph leads women through books of the bible with the S.O.A.K. method. That website is http://www.womenlivingwell.org

* She Reads Truth is fantastic! I love these girls and the women behind scenes that work hard to bring great studies for women of all ages. Amanda Williams and Raechel Myers are the masterminds behind this wonderful gem. Their website is http://www.shereadstruth.com

* Lysa TerKeurst has tugged a ton of heartstrings of mine through her book studies she has on her site. Proverbs 31 Ministries offers book studies and devotionals on their site. Lysa also has an amazing bible study called Finding I Am that fed my soul. Their website is http://www.proverbs31.org

Although there may be many more, these are the ones I gave my time to and they fed me over the years.

2. DEVOTIONALS

I would suggest devotionals alongside bible study. Please don’t replace it from reading your bible, but better yet, look at it as a side dish…a really yummy side dish…like super cheddary Mac n Cheese!

*As I mentioned above, Proverbs 31 Ministries offer daily devotionals. http://www.proverbs31.org

* Desiring God is legit. It’s real folks, and it’s real good. Theology at it’s finest. http://www.DesiringGod.org

* The Gospel Coalition will feed your mind with theology also.

* Daily Hope with Rick Warren was a daily listener back in 2013. I listened to his stuff to learn as a new believer and it helped so much in my growth.

3. APPS

*Guess what?! IF : Equip has an app. It is under IF:GATHERING in the app store and it is free!!

*aaaaaaand so does She Reads Truth!!

*I love my bible app. YouVersion bible app has been on my phone for years. It wasn’t until 2013-2014 I realized it had bible studies on there. I’ve done a many of them. And you can do them with friends on there too.

*Recently was introduced to the Logos bible app which goes into inductive bible studying. Haven’t played much with it but looking forward to using it soon.

*The Read Scripture app is insane. I love this. They lead you through each book of the bible with crazy amazing animation video that speaks to my brain!

4. BIBLE STUDIES

I will be listing some of the bible studies I’ve done and really enjoyed with friends or by myself. So, I know there are many more out there and that I would love to try out and give you feedback on. So I will keep you posted on future studies. Here are some of my favorites.

Lysa TerKeurst’s Finding I AM

Raechel Myers Amanda Williams Open Your Bible

Jennie Faith Allen’s RESTLESS

Angie Smith’s SEAMLESS

Shaunti Feldhahn’s For Women Only

Courtney Joseph’s Ecclesiastes

Lisa-Jo Baker’s We Saved You a Seat

IF : Equip’s Enjoying Jesus

Pastor Rick Warren’s What On Earth Am I Here For

Precept Ministries International Marriage Without Regrets (hardcore homework)

5. BOOKS

Oh My…that will have to be another post.

6. BIBLES

I love bibles. I have a few…

* She Reads Truth Bible CSB (yummy)

*Holman Rainbow Study Bible NIV

*ESV Journaling Bible (with blank pages for journaling)

*NASB Study Bible with Strong’s Concordance in the back

*Holmans Study bible NKJV edition (with colored pages and commentary)

I want to mention that I have several translations for studying purposes. So you can’t have enough bibles… 😉

I’m sure there is much more and I will spare you from the information overload. I hope you find some of these helpful. I suggest you give them a try.

Love you guys!

GREEK and HEBREW WORD STUDYING

GREEK/HEBREW WORD STUDYING

What I’m about to say is going to sound like Greek….because it IS!! I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

I learned about studying words in the bible, based off the original language it was written in, in my first precept bible study in 2014. This bible study changed the way I looked at the bible. I learned that there were 2 different desires in the bible and several different styles of love. And to be able to find out which one was being used in the text changed the interpretations dramatically.

This study takes a lot of patience and searching. Making sure you are finding the right number and word. I have a concordance, which can be purchased at any Christian bookstore. I’m sure the library has a few too…I would assume. But, if you are a techie, there are a few apps and sites you can go to. One is Blue Letter Bible. You can type in the passage you are searching for and hit enter. It will take you to the chapter you are searching and will list each verse individually. You will then click on the reference (the book and number beside each verse) rather than the verse itself. It will then pull up a box with each word separately pulled apart. When you look to the right of the word you will see either a G with numbers beside it or an H with numbers beside it. You can click the number (this is the Strong’s number) and find it’s meaning here. If you really want to outdo yourself…you can listen to the word in its original language. I suggest this for teachers. Don’t get caught mumbling and sounding like a first grader sounding out big words like I did when I taught Sunday School. haha! I had a very forgiving group. They thought I was funny…at least that is what I have convinced myself to believe.

Some study bibles have a built in concordance in the back. Beside words in the text will be printed a small Strong’s number and you can look it up in the back. I love these types of bibles. I have an NASB study bible with this option. Eliminates having to have the giant Strong’s Concordance, but doesn’t offer as much information as the Strong’s.

Another option is the E-Sword app. It’s $0.99 and well worth it for a quick option on your phone.