New Beginnings

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. —Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV My first new beginning happened when I was four years old. My mother was less than 24 hours away from giving birth to my little brother when I suddenly knew. I’d heard about Jesus in Sunday School. I learned more of Him every night as my parents read Bible stories to me and prayed for me. I knew in that little unexpected moment that I wanted to pray and give […] Read more »

Last Notes to Our Christmas Study Friends

Dear Online Bible Study Friend, Thank you so much for joining us on this adventure through God's Word! Your comments, your thoughts have enriched us all. And if you were silent, but present, thank you for investing time with us on this journey as well. No matter how you did the study ... the important thing is that you met with God. Here are some thoughts for what's next: DO make a plan to meet with God tomorrow and start a book of the Bible using the 4 R method or grab a good devotional book that will keep you in His Word. Don't stop meeting with Him, friend! Keep that daily time with Him. IF you are able, consider donating to this ministry and […] Read more »

Day Twenty-Eight - Revelation 7:9-17

It's fitting, isn't it, that we should have started our study in Genesis and now are ending it in Revelation. The entire Bible is about Jesus and God's rescue of us!! All for His glory. Enjoy this beautiful passage, dear ones. I look forward to "last comments" as you share what God showed you, today. Write them below or email me your thoughts at My verse: "For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes." My response: Father God, I'm struck by this verse. The Lord Jesus, enthroned and lifted high and reverenced duly ... also interacts with His people personally!! He leads them to […] Read more »

Day Twenty-Seven - Philippians 2:1-11

This is a very familiar, very wonderful passage about our Savior, the servant-KING!! I know a lot of you are shy about sharing your own thoughts, and I understand. However, I'd love to hear from you and know you studied along with me, even if you were silent partners. Could you email me at Thanks. <3 My verse: Philippians 2:8 "He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross." Christ was not forced into humiliation and torture. HE humbled HIMSELF. He chose to put Himself under God and God's plan in obedience. And it cost Him! He felt such trauma on the night He was betrayed that He sweat blood. But still He did it. He died for us, […] Read more »

Day Twenty-Six - Romans 5:1-11

Share your comments and thoughts below. I love this passage that shares so clearly why Christ came! My verse: Romans 5:2 "Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory." My response: This passage is almost overwhelming, Lord! Because of Christ, we stand in a place of undeserved privilege. And we can look forward to sharing in Your glory? Father what does that mean? To You alone we ascribe glory. Yet ... You will share it? Truly, Lord, eye has not seen, ear has not heard and we cannot comprehend all the marvels that are ahead of us in eternity. Thank You Lord, for this […] Read more »

Day Twenty-Five - CHRISTMAS - Luke 4:16-21

Greetings and Merry Christmas dear ones! I'm typing this and wondering when you've managed to get apart and be with the Lord on this wonderful day. Did you get up before the children and enjoy a few moments of quiet with Him before the crazy began? Are you just now reading this, weary (but hopefully in a happy sort of way) after a busy day? In any case ... we'd love to know what God showed you as you opened His Word today. Comment below. My verse: Luke 4:16 "When He came to the village of Nazareth, His boyhood home, He went as usual to the synagogue on the sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures." My response: I love this simple affirmation that […] Read more »

Day Twenty-four - Christmas Eve - Isaiah 61

Please share your comments and thoughts below on this day before Christmas! I love this chapter from Isaiah!! My verse: Isaiah 61:11 "The Sovereign LORD will show His justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise Him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere." My response: Father, I thank You for the sure hope of Your future coming, when justice will be meted out and all the world will bow to You! I love the picture of a garden in spring. New life ... new blooms ... each day more beautiful than the day before. Thank You for Your first coming, Lord Jesus, when You set us free from death and sin. We yearn for […] Read more »

Christmas Meditations - A Total Yielding

This series combines a study of God’s Word with a Christmas carol or song. This week’s song is Mark Lowry’s “Mary Did You Know.” Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel. … And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” —Luke 2:34-35 NIV Mary, mother of Jesus, was a simple teenage girl when her life was seismically shifted from the mundane to the miraculous. When Mary said yes to God and agreed to bear the Messiah, she had no way of knowing all that would follow from that one simple yielding of herself […] Read more »

Day Twenty-three - Matthew 2:19-23; Luke 2:39-40

Share your comments and insights and verses below, please. I love to read your thoughts and all God showed you. Did you struggle a bit, like I did, with the very different narratives in Matthew and Luke? Why does one mention Egypt and the other mention just returning to Nazareth? Here's a look at the timeline if you are interested in how the two accounts weave together: My verse: Luke 2:40 "There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom and God's favor was on him." My response: In the obscure little town of Nazareth, Jesus grew up. Miles from Bethlehem, where Herod had killed all those baby boys. It was obviously a good and safe place, and was definitely […] Read more »

Day Twenty-two - Matthew 2:13-18; Jeremiah 31:15

It's Christmas WEEK you precious people!! I am so excited. 🙂 Hope all is well in your worlds as you prepare to celebrate the coming of the King. Please share what God showed you below: My verse: Matthew 2:14 "that night Joseph left for Egypt, with the child and Mary, his mother." My response: I can't imagine the trauma of this time. This young couple - already displaced from Nazareth - having to flee AGAIN. I mean running in the night on no notice for the very life of their baby. Oh, Father! There are so many displaced people on this planet right now. How these verses must comfort them. You, too, were a refugee, fleeing for safety. And my heart breaks at the evil and wickedness of […] Read more »