Y’ALL. I’m so sorry. But to make it up to you, check out these awesome online resources tackling the subject of the security of our salvation which came up when I was studying 1 John 2:18-27.Read More
This week is simple but powerful. Over the course of the week read through all the cross references for 1 John 2:1-6 (and write each verse reference near the reference point in this passage on you printed copy). But instead of pounding it out in one sitting, take it a little at a time. Plan to read a few cross references each day.
The reason we are slowing down with these particular cross references is because these verses so powerfully flush out the Gospel.Read More
The last thing I want is to go through the motions every week, repeating the study process and not pausing to worship. We are women, we like feeling the feels! Our minds are being used and we're learning more about God and His Word and His way, that SHOULD move us! People studying the Bible should be the most inspired, most passionate, and the most called to action! Far be it from us to be staunch, stiff, and unmoved.
So bust out your journal and turn on some tunes (I'm adding a playlist of some of my favorite worship jams that you can listen to if you'd like!). We're about to get outside the box a little, but this exercise is for all types. Noncreative and non writers: you're safe and loved here, don't be afraid.Read More
This section is what my daughter would call easy peezy. I think as women, (for the most part, shout out to our one male reader besides my husband--you know who you are) the applicational parts of bible study are the most fun. This is the part when we get to connect the dots from what we are learning in our study to our real life. So that being said--have fun with this! If you haven't yet, join the Facebook group, this is the part of studying that builds community!Read More
1 John 1:1-4 is the kind of passage that I typically coast over so I can get to the parts that are more plain-speak. This is a safe place to admit that right?Read More
Now we get into the nitty gritty. We are going to start taking chunks of scripture and running with them. While yes, we will be continuing on our path of knowledge, this is where God really uses that knowledge in my life to highlight some JEWELS of wisdom and truth that maybe I've been glossing over. I'm so in love with this part of the process because God has and is using this to draw me closer to him and equips me to go out and live it.Read More
Remember how I said we would be putting our minds to work soon? It's time to bust out that study bible gals. Like I've mentioned before I love using the ESV Study Bible, but there are many other study bibles which are also wonderful!
Now that we have read through 1 John in it's entirety and have a better understanding for how it fits into the Big Story, we are going to back up and collect some information.Read More
By this time you've read through all of 1 John, isn't that fun? This week we are going to start digging deeper!
For some of us, this week may stretch and alter our view of the bible tremendously. Our souls were made by him and for him, even the earth will rejoice at his name. Studying the Bible with the right purpose invites my soul to worship the way I was created to worship (Wilkin, 47).
So let's begin.Read More
Welcome to Ashes & Oaks! Words cannot adequately express how excited I am to begin this journey. Ashes & Oaks has been a dream and passion and hope in my heart for so long and I think it’s finally time to dive in. I hope you join me, but even if this space is only for the edification of my own heart then it will be worthwhile.Read More