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Desire-led Bible Study
What if I'm not very Disciplined?
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Do you want to study the Bible but you are bad at discipline? Well, that might be a good thing—that you are not so hot at discipline.

Because sometimes discipline can get in the way of effective Bible study. You can get so focused on yourself and how you are being good, and being faithful, and checking off every time you study the Bible that you can go your whole life and miss the idea of focusing on God and how good and faithful He is.

If you're not good at discipline, you don't have the danger of thinking you are sufficient. You know that you need help from God. And God has provided it.

When we become a Christian, He implants within us, not only the Holy Spirit, but also a desire for Him. If you think back to that time when you first believed, you wanted to read the Bible. You wanted to know God. Then life can happen and that desire that He gave you gets covered over. It never dies, but you start to be unable to feel it because it's so buried. But it is still there. This is what God intends for you to use to relate with Him (He calls it your "first love") and to fuel your Bible study.

We are offering a free How to Study the Bible class (101 and 102). Along with the skill part of how to study the Bible, we offer help in uncovering the desire God has implanted in you to be with Him and learn about Him.

This desire is your secret weapon. You don't want to live life without it. Signup for our free class and we'll help you uncover it.

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What if I Wasn't Good in School?

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Perhaps you are someone who has never been very good at school. You couldn't get into the assignments. You didn't like the homework and you weren't into all that reading. Now, as a Christian, you think your best shot at understanding the Bible is to go to church on Sunday morning and let the pastor explain it to you.

There are a couple of problems with that. First, when God says to study to show yourself approved, you're thinking He hasn't equipped you really to do that. Second, you are basically saying that the Bible is just for "book-smart" people.

But when you look at the Bible, the basic messages in the Bible are simple enough for a child to understand. Devotional Bible study is not meant to dissect and become an authority on every single verse. Devotional Bible study is meant to hear God's messages to you.

I really like this true story. A scholar, who was dissecting some of the more difficult verses in the Bible, became an expert on the book of Revelation. He would go around giving seminars on the book of Revelation. He came to a school where he was going to have a seminar and he noticed this janitor sitting in the bleachers with his Bible open. This intrigued him, so he walked up and saw that low and behold, he was reading the book of Revelation.

So he said to the janitor, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

"Well sir, I think I do."

"Well tell me what do you understand?"

The janitor said, "God wins in the end."

The basic messages of the Bible are simple enough for a child and He equips us with what we need. When we became a Christian, He gave us not only the Holy Spirit, but He also gave us a desire for Him. You probably remember back when you became a Christian. You were wanting to know God. You wanted to read His word. Then life happens and the desire He gave you can get covered over. But it never dies.

We are offering a free class on How to Study the Bible (101 and 102). Along with teaching you the 4-Steps of Devotional Bible study, we will also work on uncovering the motivation that God has given you. That is your secret weapon. God has equipped you with everything you need.

Signup for the free class, we'll show you how.
What About Family of Origin Issues (FOOI)?
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The experiences you have when you are young and the way you chose to respond to those experiences become a collection of learned patterns that follow you throughout life. They are lessons you have learned and conclusions you have made about yourself and the world around you.

Since these patterns were learned at an early age they have been integrated into your collection of automatic reactions and you seldom, if ever, question them.
In most cases the patterns are helpful. Lessons you learned as a child like “Don’t run into a street when a car is coming,” “Don’t touch a hot stove,” “Hard work pays off,” and “Honesty is the best policy” provide healthy automatic patterns for adult behavior.

But some patterns you learned were only appropriate when you were a small child under some difficult experience like “Stay clear of dad, he is always in a bad mood,” “Make sure you are no trouble to anyone so you don’t make mom feel worse,” or “My parents don’t come through for me so I won’t count on people.” Even though you don’t need these patterns after you grow up, they have been integrated into your automatic reactions and you continue to live by them. These inappropriate patterns can cause you to behave in ways that may not make sense to your current situation.

When our learned patterns are not appropriate to apply toward God, they become Family of Origin Issues and need to be updated (from "How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You" chapter 4).

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