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Kendra Graham’s Bible Online Bible Study – Acts 16:23-25

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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Kendra Graham notes from Acts 16:23-25

“When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;  (24) and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. (25) But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:23-25

Step 1

THE FACTS:
(Verse23) struck with many blows, threw into prison, (verse 24) fastened feet in stock, (verse 25) Paul and Silas were praying and singing to God, prisoners were listening.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:
Recently, some of the information about what happened behind closed doors to Saeed Abidini has come out in interviews in the media. I had the honor of spending a day with the Abidini family not so long ago. It overwhelms me when I hear the horrible atrocities that Saeed had to endure. Saeed was beaten so badly one day that he was unable to sleep for 20 hours, he was in so much pain. What did Saeed do? He prayed for his captures, his family, the other prisoners and praised God. This blows my mind. How is this humanly possible? Answer, it isn’t.

How often do we read these stories, especially the one of Paul and Silas in prison, and we tell it with such gusto each and every VBS season, how God shook the prison and set the captives free, and they sang in prison and it was great! It is great… but when you hear of a beating first hand, of someone you know, and you look in their eyes, and you see the scars, and you hear of the torture… it is almost something you don’t want your children to hear or ever know about.

It’s sobering. It’s frightening.

At least it is to me. Perhaps you have a greater faith than me and would step up with gusto to endure such cruelty. I tend to have an easier time bringing questions to God about the whole situation. I did not listen to Saeed’s story and break out with a hymn of praise as he was describing the beatings. Tears were welling up in my eyes and my heart was heavy. That was me, don’t get that confused with how Saeed was.

Saeed had the most peaceful look upon his face, as if he was remembering those moments in the dark with Jesus. Saeed is not bitter or angry, instead he is grateful that God entrusted him with such a story of grace. There were others in the prison who needed to hear Saeed’s prayer and praise. There were others, an American, who needed his encouragement. There were prison guards who needed to know that Jesus saves, and gives strength to the weak.

Saeed said that while in prison, the presence of God was so permeated that you could not miss it if you tried. God was so close to him, and His presence so real to him in this time that he could not help but praise His name. Saeed was pressured to turn his face away from Jesus, but he said he couldn’t… not even if he tried. Then he praised even more. God trusted Saeed with a difficult testimony.

It takes so much less for me to run from God and shake my little dust fist in the air and tell God that He got all this difficulty wrong in my life. God needed Paul and Silas to press in here, in this prison, because there was a jailer and captives that He loved more than anything. Paul and Silas had been in the streets for days preaching about the Gospel to the Philippians, but alas, it would not be the testimony preached from the rooftops that would reach these particular people… it would be the testimony lived out in prison that would finally capture the heart of the jailer.

God was trusting Paul and Silas with suffering, they had to be in the innermost cell… they had to have a jailer employed to keep them in… the lengths God will go to for one person, a jailer no less… but through it all, the presence of God would so drench that place, that even when the foundations of the prison would shake, the captives would refuse to leave.

This is what the presence of God does.

We were created to experience His presence, and in His presence, joy is inevitable even when your feet are in stocks. It wasn’t the fact that Saeed, Paul and Silas were delivered from the pit that gave them joy, the fact of joy was the presence of God in the pit.

“Freedom in Christ is not a matter of location, but a matter of the heart” -Casper Ten Boom (when he was captured and placed in a concentration camp in World War 2.)

Step 3

APPLY IT:

What about you? Perhaps today you find yourself in a pit, in a place of struggle and everywhere you look is darkness and frustration, and you are questioning where God is in this???

Today, will you ask Him to focus your eyes on Him, and even in this place of bondage, give you freedom? Where is it that you need to press in to, and grab a hold of that testimony God wants to forge in your life? “When God leads us down hard paths, He gives us strong shoes.”- Corrie Ten Boom from The Hiding Place.

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LIVE IT OUT: Today Lord, open my eyes to see where You are working. Give me strength to walk where You lead.
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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Mark 5:28

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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Kendra Graham notes from Mark 5:28

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE. In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS: If I just touch HIS garments I WILL get well.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS. Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS: ​I was recently asked a question which has kind of stuck in my mind, and I’ve thought on it for the past few days.  I have been to Kenya, Paupa New Guinea, and countless stateside places to be with Wil as he ministers; so what do the women have in common from West Virginia to Paupa New Guinea?  The one thing that stuck in my my heart immediately is “brokenness.” Not to be a sapper of joy this Thanksgiving, focused on the worst things of life, but brokenness is a fact of life.  I am NOT thankful for brokenness…. but then on the same hand, I am.  It is in my brokenness and my desperateness that I saw my incredible need for a loving and gracious Savior.  It is also in my brokenness that in my pride and my anger… oh, and bitterness too, that I refused to come to a Savior.

We have all been there…some of us are there right now… desperate and in need.  What we do with that desperateness is of utmost importance.  This verse here, states it all… if this woman who has been in great need, extreme issues for 12 years, would just come to Jesus… she would be healed, she would be whole.  Isn’t that great… and not great at the same time?  If we go to Jesus to get healed… well, then, we will be healed! That means we will not have anything to hold over anyone anymore… that means that those rotten people who did this stuff to me won’t be reminded every time they see me, because I won’t be suffering anymore.

I will be healed, and better… Then… those people won’t know how badly they hurt me… So we stay away, willing to bleed out, because that will show them.  Truly, this is hard, because I know for me, I stayed in my situation, bleeding out, hurting, because I liked the excuses my situation afforded me.  I really didn’t want to be healed.

But then… the day came, when my pride no longer mattered more than my pain, and I went to Jesus–head low, hurting, and messy… and I was healed.  The worst/ best time of my life that I talk about constantly, because the grace of God was freely given to me.  I wasn’t judged or condemned.  I wasn’t scolded for taking so long.  It was as if Jesus would have waited a lifetime, just for me to come.  I am so thankful for the relentless love of a gracious Savior who just wants you to come as you are, and be healed.  What you choose matters.  Jesus takes broken things and makes them beautiful, oh that you would let Him.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY. Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

​What is a testimony of brokenness that you are thankful for since it drove you to Jesus?  Are you currently broken, knowing if you just come to Jesus you will be healed, and instead of this being great news, that is the problem?  Do you really want to be well?  Will you grab the testimony that is just in your grasp or will you hold on to the misery of brokenness?


LIVE IT OUT!
Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Come to Jesus today.  Lay your burdens down, speak them out, yell them out, cry them out, write them out… to Jesus… He has waited for you and loves you more than anything!  Today, I am thanking God for healing me and taking my broken mess and painting a portrait I can’t not share.

Homework: Pick a verse or a few verses and use the three-question method to see what the lessons are, how they apply to your life, and how you can live it out.

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Ladies, we are excited to share with you what Jane and Kendra have planned for their Bible studies this winter!

They have both filmed videos to give you an idea of what you can expect for their Winter 2016 Women’s Bible studies.

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See you in January!

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – 2 Corinthians 12:10

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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Kendra Graham notes from 2 Corinthians 12:10.

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS :
“When I am weak, I am strong.” 
(2 Corinthians 12:10)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
My dear friend had the worst weekend… and now it’s Monday, and she has a huge task set in front of her.  Her boss has said no, twice already, yet today, she has to ask again.  God has moved her heart to do so.  She has no more energy to be winsome, no more power of persuasion; no strength to even get out of the car actually…. it’s perfect timing for God’s power to be displayed in her life, because she is a canvas of weakness.

A friend calls her en route to work… and prays that in her weakness God will go before her and that the hand of God will be seen, and His glory will be revealed to her, no matter the outcome.   When the two finished praying, in her weakness a strength welled up in her soul, as the burden of her work shifted to the shoulders of God… and…GOD WORKED in an unmistakable way she may have missed… not because of her strength but in her weakness.  When she was emptied of herself, God flipped the switch.  Through it all, miracles were accomplished right before her eyes.  The hearts of everyone, changed in a moment;  when she was weak, then she was strong.  This testimony of my friend, encouraged me, and really described to me, the essence of this verse.

The Apostle Paul wrote this verse in 2 Corinthians, and honestly, I don’t like to be weak! In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul states that God’s power is “made perfect in weakness”.  This is so contradictory in society today, isn’t it?  Power and strength through weakness?

A mark of a disciple of Jesus, is faith and trust in Him.  We love when God finally decides to use the “strength” of our “natural talents” for Him, don’t we? When God uses what we think He should use how we think it should be used, it is easy, it’s a natural outflow of what we want to do for Him, and… it is something we are familiar with, so the amount of faith and dependence on Christ is…minimal.

BUT GOD…wants to increase our faith and dependence on Him to show us how much He loves us, and what He wants to do right in front of our eyes… SO God… in His grace, mercy and love… brings us to a point of weakness so that we have nothing left to do, but trust that He’s got us.

God was pressing Paul to have confidence in His strength through the fact of his weakness.   The weaker we are… the more dependent we become.  God wants us to depend on Him, so He will bring us to the point of that dependence, not because He hates us, but because He loves us and wants to show us what He can and will do for us.  The power of God is put on display, when we get ourselves out of the way.  It’s often not until we are desperate that we see the mighty hand of God work in unspeakable amazing ways!

I want to see God work, but I don’t want to be weak and desperate.  If I refuse to allow myself to be broken and bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus, then I am choosing to settle to hear of all the testimonies of those who will.  I will miss the miracles and testimony that God has for me.  Jesus was broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of His Father.  The Apostle Paul here, is broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus.  A loaf of bread will never feed someone, it’s pretty to look at in its state of perfection, but useless, unless it’s broken into bite size pieces; then those pieces can feed a crowd.  A grape never satisfied the thirst of a single person, yet a crushed grape can make the finest wine after it is squeezed.  Trust God in your weakness.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

If God’s power becomes more evident in your weakness, then are you looking for God to work in BIG ways when He seemingly has gone out of His way to bring you to your knees?

When has God brought you to a state of total dependence on Him so you could see His glory, love, grace or mercy displayed more fully?

Will you walk away from a God who is relentless for you because in your pride you refuse to be weak and desperate so you choose to be angry and bitter?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

It’s in the things that drive us to our knees, those moments of weakness that God allows, in our lives to show us His power.  We run from all things that make us out to be weak, but what if today, in your weakness you pressed into it, and asked God to make you strong in Him? Today, run to God in your desperate state today, fighting the crowds of your feelings, frustration and hurt just to touch the hem of His garment and rest in the strength of His arms.

How has God used your weakness to display His strength in your life?  Will you encourage someone today with the testimony above?

*Please note: Kendra will no longer assign specific homework for this study. She will still use the Three-Question approach and recommends you do the same. Kendra would love to hear what Scripture is speaking to you at this season in your life. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Philippians 2:13

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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Kendra Graham notes from Philippians 2:13.

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS :
“God is at work, in you, for His pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
God is at work.  I love the C.S. Lewis books about Narnia  that my kids and I are listening to AGAIN for the 100th time in the car.  The phrase that always gets me is when the books states,
“Aslan is on the move!”  The question would be raised, “How do you know such things?” and the reply would be something along the lines of, “Look around, you can’t miss the signs! They are everywhere in everything!” Oh, to be as astute as the characters in those books!  I am so slow to learn, slow to obey, and quick to ask questions.  I wanted to see God on the move after listening to the excitement of how Aslan was working in those books.  Silly, I’m sure.  It was a simple prayer, “Lord, open my eyes, today, to see where you are on the move.”

I gassed-up the car and met the student driver who would be driving to get the rest of her hours required for her license, then jumped in the car with my eldest and her friend who we would be taking on a 2-1/2 hour journey to a soccer game.

We made it to the game, without incident, and then we began to work our way back up the mountain.  The girls weren’t hungry yet, so we decided to drive on for 30 minutes; by then, my eldest was going to to “die of hunger!” I asked where they would like to stop.  “Zaxbys!” was the reply of my child.  My eyes got wide, and my brain began to spin… “Zaxbys?”  This may not sound like a strange request, but my daughter has NEVER had that request!  When she was 5, she had a meal from there and threw up for the next 2 days.  I don’t think the restaurant had anything to do with it, I think the stomach bug that hit the kindergarten class did.  It has been 10 years.  I made sure of her request, because there was a Cookout in the same parking lot.  The final choice was Zaxbys.  I bought the girls dinner, everyone ate like they were famished and then we got up to leave to go to Cookout for milk shakes.

On our way out, a Zaxby employee stopped us and the girl asked a question, “If you were with a friend, and your friend was hungry and all they wanted was a milkshake from Cookout, would you buy them one?”  I was taken back.  My head was spinning; “Is this girl asking me for money?”  I was confused, I am a slow processor. The girl explained again how she and her friend had gone on break; she didn’t have any money with her, but her friend did.  “Don’t friends help each other once in a while?”  I told her she was right–they do. Often friends give to one another when they can.  Satisfied with my explanation, the girl returned to work.

There was a stirring in my heart, “Aslan is on the move, here!” I was taken by surprise.  I spoke up from somewhere–who knows where–and asked, “Excuse me, what kind of shake at Cookout is so delicious that it has strained your friendship?” She replied, “Oreo, of course!” I smiled and walked out with the girls.  Again, my heart stirred.  I was going to buy that exact  milkshake for myself; I had already decided long before that moment, but the Oreo shake was not to be consumed by me, I was to give it to the girl at Zaxbys. I talked it over with the girls in my company, and they all agreed we should do it.

Soon we arrived back at Zaxbys; the girls were so excited to give this shake to this girl they didn’t even know.  It was awesome to watch.  They found the girl, asked her to turn around, and gave her the Oreo shake.  The girl was visibly shaken.  She held the cup with the delicious ice cream and crumbled cookies in absolute disbelief.  The girl said thank you, and that she never would have imagined
someone would do something like that for her, and she didn ’t understand why.

She tried to give it back.  We told her that she was worth it.  The girl then put the cup down, and turned her back to us, wiping the tears that had formed so quickly.  She could not look at us again.

We turned and left. I have thought of that girl often in the last week, and prayed for her.  I don’t know what is really going on in her life, but God is on the move.  He’s on the move in her life, and He works through us, not because He is incapable of making an Oreo shake appear, but because He wants to show us just how much He loves His handmade creation…. individually.  Crazy as you may think I am, that Zaxbys visit was Providential.  God had something to show me, a student driver, two soccer players and a few Zaxbys employees.  I will never know the impact He made in that employee’s life, but it made a difference in mine.

God is indeed on the move, because  we are His pleasure, and He gave everything He had to prove it.  “For God SO LOVED the world (the individuals in it) that He gave His only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him (Jesus), will not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Oh, that we may see the love of God come to life and work right in front of our eyes!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

God is always at work. What would happen if we, who claim to be His church, watched where He was at work and joined Him, everyday, not just once in a while?  What testimony of the love of God would we have to share?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Today, as I go about my day, Lord God, will you open my eyes to where You are on the move, then give me the strength to join You.

*Please note: Kendra will no longer assign specific homework for this study. She will still use the Three-Question approach and recommends you do the same. Kendra would love to hear what Scripture is speaking to you at this season in your life. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Make sure you don’t miss a post, just enter your email in the “Subscribe Via Email” in the upper left hand corner of our blog. It’s free and you’ll receive these post straight into your email inbox.

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 42:16.

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS :
I will lead in paths they do not know.  I will guide.  I will make darkness into light. Rugged into plains. These are the things I WILL DO. I will not leave undone.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
If you have children of school age, then this is the time where there is hustle and bustle like no other.  The beginning of school… the beginning of homework, projects, club sports, school sports…the impossible schedule begins.  I’m three weeks in, and I’m six weeks behind.  Time to take a deep breath.

I have three children…well, my oldest is now a young adult and the middle one is a tween and then there is the “upper, lower school” 4th grader… All three kids are in different schools, and not just lower, middle, and high school–they are in three separate school systems with three separate school schedules and calendars–just to simplify my life, you know?

Reading this verse in Isaiah today brings such comfort.  One thing is for sure, I have desperately sought God and prayed extensively about where my children need to attend school.  God has taken me by a way I do not know.  I would have never chosen this on my own.  God leads us.  God leads me to the places He is, places He wants me to go, not the places I think are logical, or that fit in my routine, or make sense to me at all.  We are truly as good as the blind when it comes to trying to guess where God is calling us and what it really looks like.  God may give you or me a vision, or a calling, but the “where” and the “who” that calling is to, will always take us by surprise.  We try to guess, we try to assume, but usually the way He wants to take us is full of obstacles and impossibilities or full of push back on our part because it’s not where we want to go.

Blind people have to trust in the one leading them as they clasp the arm and implicitly follow the one with sight.  We need to trust in the One leading us.  I may not see the reasons now or ever, but need to trust that God has me and will never lead me to where He isn’t, but only to where He is.  Trust… God will make the impossible journey, possible.  I don’t know how it will work out,  I am asked to trust, to actively place my faith in God evidenced by my personal obedience.  God will do it.  God will do it all and not leave it undone.  Isn’t that great?  God doesn’t get in too deep and then bolt from the situation and leave us to figure out how to get out.  God is the God of completion (Philippians 1:6:  Being confident of this very thing that He who started a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.)

When asking God recently while I was driving to and fro from the various schools, why three places all across town, and how exactly He was going to work all this out all year, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “I have blessed you indeed, I have enlarged your territory, My hand is with you. (I Chr.4:10).  I replied, “I don’t remember asking to enlarge my territory, or bless me like this.” My heart was stirred as God brought me to this verse in Isaiah.  God will make the rugged place plains.  I don’t know how or why, but I pray He will enable me to be faithful in the territory to the people to which I am called.

We have our own idea of the paths we want God to lead us to.  Perhaps it is time that the people called by His name, start trusting the ways and places God Himself wants to lead.  We would never guess where they are or to what they lead to, but be assured, God is in charge of making the hard places traversable, and the dark places light, it’s what He does, it’s who He is.  Oh! The Places He leads…. if only we can have the faith of a blind man! 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Are you asking God where He wants to lead you, or are you begging God to lead you in the places you have figured out?

Where has God led you today?  To what co-workers? Children? Patients? Friends? Sickness? Hardship?  Where has God led you to show you more of Himself and who He is?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Today, Lord, open my eyes as I follow You on the path you have set before me.  Allow me to see You today in the places You lead.

*Please note: Kendra will no longer assign specific homework for this study.  Instead, she will highlight Scripture and lessons that God gives to her, personally, each week in relation to her everyday life.  She will still use the Three-Question approach and recommends you do the same.  Kendra would love to hear what Scripture is speaking to you at this season in your life.  Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study Series

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study!  Kendra is doing something a little different with her online Bible study this summer and she hopes you will join her.  She will still be using the three-question study approach, but will be responding in a more personal way with each post relating to her real life questions, lessons, and life applications to God’s Word.

Watch here as Kendra invites you to join her Summer Bible Study blog series.

This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from 2 Corinthians 5:7

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACT:
Walk by faith not sight

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Is seeing believing or is believing seeing? When God calls me to a task,  honestly,  I want to see the result,  how it is all going to work out, or at least that it is going to work out and not be an epic fail!

Recently God laid on my heart to do something with my middle school soccer team that was completely “out of the box”, the thought overwhelmed me. The school I coached for and our rival school both were raising money to build a house together for a family here in Asheville. God laid on my heart to change that “rival”game between us into a “charity and service” game. That may sound easy, but the specifics that were needed to pull that off were far beyond my capabilities. God would have to do it. God brought all the people that were needed. God brought all the items that were needed. God brought above and beyond the support from both schools that was needed; yet I still doubted if He was really in it, would people really come?

I like to look back and see what God has done at the end, after it’s all over and everything is settled. I don’t enjoy the ride along the way, because I am wanting to know the result at the end before the beginning, then I know if it’s all worth it. If God told me the result up front; however, my faith would be placed in the result, not the God of the result. I had to walk this thing out by faith, and gain strength from the miracles along the way. I was charged to believe so I could see in the end. The day of fruition came, nerves overwhelmed me. I wanted to bail. The weather was bad. Things were looking like they would all fall apart, but it was in the hand of God. I had to press in and believe when my 5 senses were telling me it would end in failure…yet God… People came.

People saw the compelling compassion of God. That day the people who attended saw and believed what God could do through two teams of middle school soccer girls…Those who attended had the chance to experience and see God’s love because a handful of people and myself were charged to believe first so we could see later. It’s hard to walk your faith out, I’m not going to lie, but in the end it is always worth it. Press in to the adversity and doubt, don’t let the wind and waves drown you, let the one in charge of the wind and waves show you how to walk through them! Faith always requires movement! Press in!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

What have you and I missed out on because when adversity comes we bail? Where is it today that you need to press in to that faith even when all your senses tell you the opposite? What has God stirred your heart to believe about Him, and to do, yet the result is up in the air so you rest instead of rally? Where is it your faith needs you to walk today?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Lord, today give me the strength to press in when I want to run out. Help my unbelief. Show me where I need to believe so I can see later.

Homework: Ephesians 4:32

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:3-4

The Book of Isaiah

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:3-4

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 3a: He was despised and forsaken of men.

Verse 3b: Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

Verse 3c: From whom men hide their face.

Verse 3d: Despised, we did not esteem Him.

Verse 4a: Our griefs He bore, our sorrows He carried.

Verse 4b: We esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, afflicted.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Verse 3a
: God came personally to live among us with skin on, His name is Jesus. God loved us so much that He refused to trust us to another, so He came personally to fix the gap that was in our relationship, which is sin. God refused to reject us, even though we find it so easy to reject Him. In this world there is no other name that brings such emotion than the name of Jesus. It is not in us to run to God, it is in us to hide from God and to shake our fists at God, to despise Him and reject Him… “So He came, while we were still enemies, and loved us, and gave Himself for us.” Romans 5:8 God loves us first. We were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him, so Jesus would go the distance to make that which we were created to do a possibility…

Verse 3b: Jesus knows what it is to be broken, to feel hurt, loss and pain. Jesus understands my intense hurt and pain because He experienced it to a degree I will never have to feel. Jesus is compelled to compassion for His hurting handmade creation.

Verse 3c: No one wanted to be connected with Jesus. Even in the Garden of Gethsemene when Jesus was being wrongfully arrested, His closest friends scattered and refused to be connected with Him in any way. Jesus knows abandonment by His closest family and friends, and yet still, He went forth out of indescribable love to fix the gap that was between us. Oh the deep deep love of Jesus.

Verse 3d: It is so easy to get it wrong… we like things to look right and sound right, and play the part that we think they should play… yet Jesus did not “look like” “sound like” or “act like” those who were looking for the Messiah thought He should be and do. It is easy for us to reject those God accepts and visa versa. God Himself came and allowed Himself to be despised by the very creation He had come to save. He could have struck us dead with a word, yet instead, He died for us, loving us in word and deed. Oh! That we would esteem Him now by just spending time with Him in His Word.

Verse 4a: God with skin on, Jesus, took our pain and sorrows upon Himself as if they were His. Jesus took our grief and sorrow, but it remains so hard for us to release them to Him to carry, so we burden ourselves with which we were never designed to carry. We were created to need God to carry us. I love the verse in Isaiah 40:11 “He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart…” God knows often times we need to be carried, we can’t do it, so He carries us.

Verse 4b: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God paid the price for sin, Himself. Jesus was smitten and afflicted so we wouldn’t have to be.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 3a: Is your relationship personal between you and God? Are you running to God or are you running from God?

Verse 3b: Have you laid out your hurt and brokenness to Jesus, knowing He understands the pain of your heart?

Verse 3c: Will you stay close to Jesus today or scatter? Did you know He loves you either way?

Verse 3d: What do you think Jesus should do and hasn’t in your life? How has Jesus looked differently in your life than you once thought He would look? Will you esteem Jesus today by spending time with Him in His Word, asking Him to lead you?

 Verse 4a: Are you needing to be carried? Did you need to know that, today, God will carry you? Did you know that God came Himself, with skin on, Jesus, not trusting you to another, so that He could bear your burdens? Will you ask God to help you release those burdens today?

Verse 4b: Will you believe Jesus came for you because of God’s great love?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Spend time today with God in His Word just you and Him. We were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him.

Homework: Isaiah 53: 10-11

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Acts 1:8

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Acts 1:8

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:
Verse 8a
: You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you.

Verse 8b: You shall be witnesses to Me.

Verse 8c: In Jerusalem, all Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:
Verse 8a
:  You and I will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon us…. so when God calls us to something, it is God who will empower us.  Sometimes it’s easy to think it is up to us to accomplish that vision what God has placed in our hearts. It is God that calls us, God who equips us…. God who empowers us… God always calls us to things and places that are beyond ourselves, and it is in that GAP… that faith and belief are squeezed out of us.  God calls us to things that demand His power to accomplish.

Verse 8b:  We are to be a witness to what Jesus can and will do in the lives of His hand-made creation… we are  witnesses to Jesus… not  witnesses to what we can do, what we want to do, what we  think God should call us to so we look good in the end and save face… we are  witnesses to Him… what Jesus, God with skin on, has done for us! What we do is to reflect Jesus. It is not your show or my show, it’s His show! In the words of that great philosopher Toby Mac… “Jesus, Come and steal my show!” :)

Verse 8c: We are called, we receive power after the call, to be  witnesses to Jesus and who He is, where He calls us and to whom He calls us to.  It is not about where we want to be, where we think you should be, the people we want to minister to,or the ministry we believe we deserve or demand to have,  it is about where God places us.  Often it seems God places us in areas with people we don’t want to be.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 8a:  Have you been trying to do all God’s work for Him?  Trying to help God instead of waiting for His power to come and do it? Remember Abraham tried to help God with the promise of a child and got Ishmael… will you allow God to accomplish what God wants to accomplish or do you have your own agenda of what God’s plan is?

Verse 8b:  Are you more concerned about being a witness to Jesus in all you do, or a witness to your own reputation?  Is it “your” show you want Jesus to bless or do you want to be a blessing and a witness to Him and His grace?

Verse 8c:  Where has God placed you that you may not necessarily want to be, or see any importance in being, yet God has gone out of His way to place you where He wants you?  Will you be faithful to His calling or would you rather be faithful to the calling you believe you deserve?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Ask God today to empower me to be a witness for Him where I am and the places I go in this 24 hour period.
Repeat tomorrow.

Homework: Isaiah 53:6-7

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Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 3 from John 11

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Here is part 3 of the 3-part video series on Kendra Graham’s Women’s Bible Study. If you missed the previous lessons, click here for video message part 1 and click here for video message part 2.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content.

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question:  When have you been asked to believe in order to see?

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Please open your Bibles to John 11:41-45.

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11:41-45

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 41a:   SO they removed the stone.

Verses 41b-42: Jesus raised His eyes and said, “Father I thank Thee, Thou heardest Me, but because of the people standing around, I said it, that they MAY BELIEVE.

Verse 43:     He cried out with a LOUD voice, “Lazarus come forth.”

Verse 45:     Many beheld what He had done, believed HIM.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 41a: There is glory in the pain of the present and the past; trust Him that He knows what He is doing, and ask Him to use it.

Verse 41b-42: The words of Jesus are already DONE before they are spoken! Know the words of Jesus… because they are TRUE, they are LIFE and they are DONE.

Verse 43:Jesus breathes us out of death to life… from the beginning to the end. Lord! Breathe on me! All authority belongs to Jesus. The faith of Mary and Martha was not misplaced.

Verse 45:God has entrusted me with a testimony that I may or may not particularly like, for His glory. Don’t hold in those times of suffering and heartache; let the grace of God show in your life, don’t hide it!!!!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 41a: IF there be glory in the pain of the present and the past, will you trust Him that He knows what He is doing when He asks you to use it? Would you rather look at and and smell the rot you carry around than give the hardship and suffering to Jesus to redeem?

Verse 41b-42: Do you know there is power in the name and words of Jesus? Is your life lacking power and life because it is lacking Jesus?

Verse 43: What, or who, is your faith in?

Verse 45: What testimony of yours—in your suffering, pain, heartache, your past, your frustrations—does God want to use first of all to show YOU the glory of God (in the stinky stuff) and then show others? God wringing redemption and life out of suffering and death!!!! Do you think something has killed your chances of being a testimony for the glory of God? What do you think now??? DO YOU NOW BELIEVE?????

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: Acts 1:8
(NOTE: We will begin posting Bible study notes and homework every other week on the blog again until next January.)

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