I hope you are enjoying your summer break!! I took some time to refuel and refocus. Lots of great things have happened this summer! The biggest development is that Transforming Love Ministries will start a community-wide Bible study in Hampton Roads, VA this fall. It launches September 12th. More to come on that later.
In the meantime, be on the look out for new blog posts by the end of August! Next week, I will be posting some photos of my trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. I leave this Friday, August 4th, and will be back in country within a week. Looking forward to partnering with Verbo Church and the orphanage there as we do each year. You can also follow along at: https://www.facebook.com/ElaineLankfordTLM
So get ready!!! Good things are coming your way!
Blessings to you and yours!
Are you someone who is always looking for a great Bible study to complete? Do you get excited when one of your favorite authors comes out with a great book that you can use for small group? If so, plan now to attend the 2017 Bible Study Expo! It’s free, it’s online, and it’s coming Friday, March 31, 2017 from 12-3 PT, 1-4 MT, 2-5 CT, 3-6 ET.
If you’re like me, I love the Bible, and I love a good book. So, when I can find a great book that explores the Bible, I am all over it!
The 2017 Bible Study Expo will introduce you to 12 of the latest books out by authors who have God in mind! The best part of the Expo is you get to hear from the authors themselves. Each author will spend about 15-20 minutes discussing what their book is about, what inspired them to write it, and what message God has laid on their hearts to tell.
Here is a list of this year’s authors and their newly published books:
I can tell you from personally meeting both Suzanne Eller and Liz Curtis Higgs that they are true women of God who delight in His word. Suzanne Eller is both an author in her own right as well as a member of the Proverbs 31 team, which produces a variety of devotional materials. Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of over 30 books and adored but her fans for her quick wit and extraordinary storytelling ability. Those two interviews alone are worth attending!
I hope you find the Expo both entertaining and insightful, but most of all, I hope you find Jesus waiting to teach you another great lesson through some very talented folks!!! You can find the 2017 Bible Study Expo at www.BibleStudyExpo.com. Be sure to register to win a FREE book from one of the authors!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
I’ll see you at the Expo!
As I sit here and write these words, I long to be back in Nicaragua. Why? Mainly because when I am there, I am able to truly disconnect from the distractions of this world, and I become focused on God like no other time.
As Americans, we are always busy. However, the truth is we make ourselves busy. We attend too many unnecessary events, watch entirely too much TV, and we keep schedules that don’t even make sense sometimes because they wear us out more than help us to relax. I am certainly guilty of this sort of thing and so, my goal is to purposely clear out some things from my life over the course of the next year.
Early this summer, I clearly heard God instruct me to engage in His word (the Bible) and make it a priority. So I began reading the gospels again, but more intently. I am using colored pencils to mark up the pages in order to draw out as much from the scriptures as possible. Right now, I am in Luke and as I read about the life of Jesus, it is amazing what pops out at me off the pages of this book.
Luke gives a very detailed description of Jesus’ life, and some things are unique to this chapter. So in light of our discussion, let me share 3 verses. To help put these verses in context, let me explain what is happening. Jesus has now grown from a baby to a child of 12-years-old. His parents have no doubt begin to let the glory of His birth fade a little. No miraculous events happen of late, and they have settled into life in the moment. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about these years, but we know that Joseph and Mary went on to have other children, and as good Jewish parents, they would have raised Jesus and his siblings in the usual Jewish traditions and customs.