Video. Introducing ... John the Apostle

Hey friends,  This video will give you background information on the Apostle John to prepare you for the study on February 1st. You can watch it at any time, but it's probably most useful at the very beginning of our study. Read more »

Week One Readings

Here are your readings for your first week of study. We'll take a peek at John's life, from his early days as a fisherman, to his work in the early church. You can get a complete list of the readings for the whole study on our main page here. Some people print out these weekly lists instead. Your choice! Get ready to dive in on Monday morning, and watch for my commentary as well. Our rule is, always do your own study first, listening to the Lord yourself. Then, pop on over to the website and check out the commentary. God's Word is SO rich. Can't wait to dive in with you, and study the life of this disciple who knew he was loved by […] Read more »

Join Our Online Bible Study on the Apostle John. Intro Video

John Son of Thunder Apostle of Love

Hello everyone! This video was created initially for our Facebook crowd, but we have duplicated it here, in case  you would like to share it with friends who might like to join you for the website Bible Study on the life and letters of John the Apostle. Enjoy listening to it, and feel free to share it with those who might be interested. Love, Sharon Read more »

A Love That Lasts

God’s Amazing Love Series First of five reflections on the love of God Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our […] Read more »

The 4 R Method of Study

We have a very simple method of studying God's Word. To help you remember it, each step begins with the letter "R." Your assignment before the study starts is to get a journal or notebook you can use, dedicated to this Bible Study. That's all you will need, besides a pen and a Bible. Here are the 4 R's: REQUEST.  Always start with prayer. Ask God to help you understand what you are about to read. Ask Him to help you focus and learn. Whisper "Teach me, Lord!" He will. READ. Next, read the assigned passage twice. The readings are short on purpose so you can slowly read and study them without feeling overwhelmed. RECORD. Then, choose one verse from the passage you just read […] Read more »

Before You Judge

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. —Galatians 6:1-2 NLT It’s so easy to judge. We look at a child having a temper tantrum and too quickly come to negative conclusions about his parents. We see someone untidily dressed in a store, and we decide she is drab and uninteresting instead of looking deeper to see her soul and her heart. Someone snaps at us in line at the post office, and we form unflattering opinions about his personality, knowing […] Read more »

Listen More Talk Less

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. —James 1:19 NLT I love to talk. And I’m quite good at it. I can share every little minute detail about various events in my life until even my closest friends wish I’d change the subject or just “shush!” Thankfully, I have improved in this area quite a bit over the years. Had I not, I suspect I would have far fewer friends! This, I realize, is not everyone’s problem. However, whether you have to work on this a lot or a little, let me assure you: If you really want to be heard … say less. Here’s what happens when you listen […] Read more »

The High Cost of a Hard Heart

They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that the LORD of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the LORD of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them. —Zechariah 7:12 NLT I came across this puzzling verse the other day and have been chewing on it mentally ever since. Often in Scripture, God hardens a heart or promises to change a hard heart of stone to a soft and supple one. In this verse, however, we read that God’s people hardened their hearts on purpose so they could not hear Him and His instructions. And this made God angry. Eugene Peterson interprets the passage like this […] Read more »