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Devotional Thoughts for Women
Becoming A Bible Student
We are frequently reminded of the importance and need to study our Bibles and many have a desire to do just that but don’t really know where to begin. Reading the Bible? No problem, but studying it? How does one go about becoming a student of the Bible?
Pray – Pray to God before you open your Bible, asking Him to help you learn something and to have a heart that is open to His will; He will guide you and help you as you study His Word.
Look it up – As you study, you may want to sit by the computer or have a Bible dictionary (such as Easton’s or Nave’s), concordance (such as Strong’s), and atlas available. As you read, you will run across words that you don’t know the meaning of. Stop and look up the definitions, and write them down in a notebook. Then, go back and reread the verse containing the word and see if it makes more sense to you, now that you know the meaning of the new word. Check cross references listed in your Bible to help “connect the dots” and clarify. Also, if you are reading about different cities, rivers, or other geographical locations, stop and look them up in a Bible atlas or on a map in your Bible. This too, can help you understand more about what you’re reading when you can “see” the locations being talked about.
Ask questions – Have you ever been reading a chapter in the Bible and noticed a particular word or phrase being repeated several times? Things like that should get our attention and prompt deeper study. Ask yourselves some questions such as “Why is this being repeated? What importance does it have?” Or if you see a verse that begins with “Therefore”, you ask yourself, “What is it there for? What came before that is now being summed up?” Asking questions also leads to the next step of digging deeper.
Dig deeper– You don’t have to read very far in the New Testament before you find the names of two groups: the Pharisees and the Sadducees, but you don’t know where they came from or what they believe, etc. Look them up in a Bible encyclopedia or Bible dictionary and write down what you learn about them. Then every time you read about them in the New Testament, you understand much more about these two groups so that their conversations with Jesus and their treatment of Him and His disciples begin to make a lot more sense. Research any Bible subject you run across that you want to learn more about or that you are not familiar with.
Learn the Language – It is interesting and helpful to research the meaning of certain words or phrases in the Bible from their original language. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament was originally written in Greek. Sometimes our English translation or the ways our word meanings have evolved don’t do justice to the original meaning. For example, in John 21, Peter and Jesus have a conversation where they use the English word “love” several times. A deeper study of the Greek words being used shows us that Peter and Jesus were actually using two different words with two different meanings. Studying this makes reading that passage much more meaningful. Strong’s Concordance or a Greek/Hebrew lexicon is helpful for this step. You can also use online resources such as biblehub.com or the Net Bible (net.bible.org).
Memorize and Meditate – As we read and study, it is important to keep hiding God’s Word in our heart by memorizing. We can certainly memorize Bible verses, but it is also helpful to memorize lists of things such as the judges of Israel, 12 sons of Jacob, the days of creation, etc. Think of your mind as a storage vault where you keep putting more and more information from the Bible. You will have it available to use for years to come! After you have spent time reading and studying the Bible, think about it during the day. This is what it means to meditate on it. Think about what you have learned and how you can use that to make changes in your life.
You may think this sounds like a lot of work, and you’re right – it is! Paul urged Timothy to “Be diligent” in studying the word of God. (II Timothy 2:15) Bible study is much different from simply reading the Word. It takes time and effort to be a Bible student, but it will produce the fruits of knowing God, being able to share Him with others, and increasing our faith. ~Heather Pryor
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Heart to Heart August 2017 – Featured article: Becoming a Bible Student Featured Recipes: Fresh Tomato Pie and Tomato Cucumber Salad
Heart to Heart July 2017 – Featured article: Hang On, Help Is On the Way Featured Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
Heart to Heart June 2017 – Featured article: Four Words that are Hard to Pray Featured recipe: Chocolate Pizza
Heart to Heart May 2017 – Featured article: Chosen Featured recipe: Scripture Cake
Heart to Heart April 2017 – Featured article: Do You Love Me? Featured recipe: Resurrection Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2017 – Featured article: Should I or Shouldn’t I? Featured recipe: Zucchini Ratatouille
Heart to Heart January 2017 – Featured article: Adjust Your Focus Featured recipe: Paul’s Chili
Heart to Heart December 2016 – Featured article: Talk to Me! Featured recipe: Pumpkin Soup
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Heart-to-Heart-October-2016 – Featured article: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Featured recipe: Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
Heart to Heart September 2016 – Featured article: Do You Know Your Bible? Featured recipe: BLT Chicken Salad
Heart to Heart August 2016 – Featured article: Called to Holiness Featured Recipes: Spanish Round Steak and Cherry Delight
Heart to Heart July 2016 – Featured article: When God says “No” Featured Recipes: Fruit-Infused Waters (6 variations)
Heart to Heart June 2016 – Featured article: Life is short, use the china Featured Recipes: Tarragon Tuna Salad and Raspberry Soup
Heart to Heart May 2016 – Featured article: What Will I Wear? Featured Recipe: Fresh Orange Scones
Heart to Heart April 2016 – Featured article: Hide and Seek Featured Recipe: Strawberry Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2016 – Featured article: Good, Better, Best Featured Recipes: Beverly’s Breakfast Casserole and Lemon Rosemary Shortbread
Heart to Heart February 2016 – Featured article: Conspicuous Christianity Featured Recipes: Broccoli Cauliflower Salad and White Chocolate Party Mix
Heart to Heart January 2016 – Featured article: Get Ready! Featured Recipes: Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch
Heart to Heart December 2015 – Featured article: Luke’s Lemonade Featured Recipes: White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies and Peppermint White Chocolate Cocoa
Heart to Heart November 2015 – Featured article: Fasting and Feasting Featured Recipe: Cranberry Gelatin Salad and A Thanksgiving Tree
Heart to Heart October 2015 – Featured article: The Boo Hoo Award Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
Heart to Heart September 2015 – Featured article: The Student Who Taught the Teacher Featured Recipe: Zucchini Au Gratin
Heart to Heart August 2015 – Featured article: The B-I-B-L-E: Is that the Book for Me? Featured Recipe: Coconut Cream Pie Bars
Heart to Heart July 2015 – Featured article: Red Sea Moments Featured Recipes: Chicken Pesto Casserole and Homemade Pesto Sauce
Heart to Heart June 2015 – Featured article: Getting Back to Basics Featured Recipes: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, All-Natural Grout Cleaner, and Summertime Air Freshener
Heart to Heart May 2015 – Featured article: Could God Have Chosen You? Featured Recipes: Yogurt Parfaits and Lemon Rosemary Scones
Heart to Heart April 2015 – Featured article: Bored by the Bible? Featured Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Heart to Heart March 2015 – Featured article: The First Five Minutes Featured Recipe: Stuffed Peppers
Heart to Heart Feb 2015 – Featured article: A Servant of the Church, Helper of Many Featured recipes: Sweet Lemon Chicken, Chocolate Almond Clusters
Heart to Heart Jan 2015 – Featured article: Is Your Diffuser Working? Featured recipe: Homemade Crunchy Apple Slices
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