Week Ten—How Not to Live

If you don't know God, you will do evil

After victory upon victory in the book of Joshua, the book of Judges chronicles a continuing cycle of rebellion and defeat. Although Isreal was clearly instructed in Deuteronomy 6 to love God and to impart His truth to their children, shortly after arriving in the Promised Land, a generation arises that doesn't know the LORD. Still, even in the midst of rebellion and judgment God always preserves a faithful remnant. This historical timeframe that records Samson's base behavior also showcases righteous Boaz! Let's talk about it!

What was your biggest takeaway from reading the book of Ruth? Do you know who Ruth's other famous mother-in-law was?

Who was the most interesting judge that you studied this week? What was your biggest takeaway from studying that particular judge?

 

What has been your biggest takeaway from the study so far? What is most changing the way you think and act?

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog soon! I'll be sending more information and a sign up for Cookies, Part 2 shortly!

Blessings!

pam :)

 

Week Nine—The Secret to Victorious Living

The Rescue Mission

Sure, the walls of Jericho are coming down, but not before God saves out from the city those who will honor Him as holy. We've seen it before, haven't we? If there had been even ten righteous in the whole city of Sodom, God said He would have spared everyone for the sake of the ten. Even in the midst of widespread judgment, God seeks and saves the lost. With that thought in mind, let's get started with our discussion . . . 

What have you learned about God in the book of Joshua?

What's your take on the Gibeonites? Remember to draw your view from Scripture and kindly respect any views that differ from yours. :)

Which character from the book of Joshua most impacted you? How is this changing the way you think and act? 

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Looking forward to seeing you on the blog soon . . . let's talk Gibeon! 

Blessings,

pam :)

Week Eight—The Catch Up Episode

Obedience from the Heart!

First Corinthians 13 comes to mind almost immediately when we think of the "Love" chapter, but Deuteronomy as a "Love" book? Not typically! Still, the book of Deuteronomy is filled with God's love for Israel and the way she is to love Him in return! Let's talk about it!

Here are our starting questions:
•  What has been your biggest takeaway from the first five books of the Bible?
•  What has challenged you most from the book of Deuteronomy?
•  How are you intentionally remembering God’s work in your life and how are you passing on what you know to the next generation?

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Looking forward to seeing you online this week! If you haven't posted to the blog yet, this is your week!

Love,

pam :) 

Week Seven—Rules, Regs, Serpents and Such

It's Always Been through Faith . . . 

When we come face to face with the Mosaic Law, the Old Covenant, it's sometimes hard to see past the shadow to the reality.

I'm trusting this week that you spent quality time in the books of Leviticus and Numbers looking at life under the Old Covenant. In today's video, we'll focus on understanding how God has always credited righteousness through faith and not by works. So grab your Bibles as we'll be heading from the Torah to Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews!

For our discussion this week, let's start with these questions:

• What is the biggest truth that you’ve learned about the nature of man so far in this study? How has it helped you to better understand yourself and your culture?

What is the biggest truth you’ve learned about God? How is that changing you?

• What struck you most in your time in Leviticus and Numbers?

Even if you're not comfortable responding, you can join in by leaving an encouraging word for one of your classmates who has responded! There's more than one way to actively participate!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Love,

pam :) 

Week Six—A Long Walk with a Difficult People

Living as a Practical Atheist

God forgive me! I'm like the Israelites on a bad day! They saw firsthand the mighty acts of God and His faithfulness to them . . . they got thirsty and they forgot! How often do I do the very same thing? Maybe you do, too. But friends, there is hope! Let's talk about it!

What ways do you succumb to practical atheism?

What Scripture can you use to fight against this in your life?

What has been your biggest take-away from your study this week?

I look forward to hearing from you on the blog! And I really hope you'll call my friend Nikki at Precept at (800) 763-8280 and tell her that you'd like to help support the Equip Boot Camp!

Keep running my friends, the finish line is in sight!

Love,

pam :) 

Week Five—Despondency and Cruel Bondage

Knowing God in Exodus

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
—2 Peter 3:9, NASB

Pharaoh rejected God's word because of pride and a hardened heart. The Israelites, who initially received the word of deliverance with joy, later grew hard of hearing "on account of their despondency and cruel bondage" (Exodus 6:9). Even Moses pushed back against God's clear word to go to Egypt. People today are no different.

Hence, here are the questions to get our discussion kicked off this week:

• What do you think are key areas of pushback against God in our culture at large? In your generational culture?

• In what ways can we be sensitive to our culture while at the same time speaking the truth?

• What has been your key takeaway from this section of the book of Exodus?

Remember, if you have any other burning questions or topics you want to address, go ahead and let me know!

If you haven't posted yet, why not give it a try this week?!

Blessings,

pam :) 

Week Four—So You Think You're in a Pit?

Thirteen Very Long Years

God brought Joseph to power, second only to Pharaoh in all of Egypt, when he was 30 years old. When we do our math, that means Joseph spent 13 years as a slave and prisoner in Egypt. Thirteen years! The older we get, the less percentage of our lives 13 years is, but still, it is a long time. Thirteen years ago, I was still in my 30s and had yet to write my first Bible study. Where were you 13 years ago? 

Thirteen years in Egypt didn't shake Joseph's faith! Although the world seemed to conspire against Joseph on every front, God pulled him out of pit after pit and continually showed him favor. What a God he served, what a God we serve!

As we start our discussion this week, here are a few questions to get us going:

What has been your biggest takeaway from the life of Joseph? How specifically will you apply this in your life?

How can we stand today and be witnesses for truth in a culture that is increasingly built on lies and deception? Reason through this and use specific verses or scriptural examples to support your answer. 

Don't forget to make comments on your classmates' posts! If you love what they've said, tell them!

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Looking forward to seeing you online soon! Thanks so much for flexing with me this week!

Love,

pam :) 

Week Three—Same Promise, More Problems

Looking at Him instead of Looking at Me

Patience. I’m still a work in progress. I’m guessing you are, too! God? He describes Himself as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth, who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7). This doesn’t mean that He ignores sin, by no means! He punishes the guilty, but for those who believe Him, He credits that as righteousness.

No sinless perfection going on in Abraham, none in Isaac, and certainly none in Jacob. But God worked in their lives nonetheless as they believed! Perfect belief? Of course not! What each of them had—and what we have today—is a perfect God!

Our ego-centric culture has us looking inward all the time when the best thing we can do is shift our focus from me to . . . Him! As the author of Hebrews says: “let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:2-3).”

Abraham’s faith wasn’t perfect. Neither was Isaac’s or Jacob’s. Mine isn’t and neither is yours. But our God? He is!!

With that in mind, here are our discussion questions to get us going this week:

What is it that you've been learning that is helping you to know God better?

What are the biggest truths you've learned from the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and/or Jacob? How are you applying these to your life? (Pick one or all three!)

In the video, I told you I was going to provide a link to support Precept's EQUIP Teen Boot Camp this summer. The links aren't working quite right, so in the meantime, would you consider giving by phone at 1-800-763-8280. If you call, please let customer service know that you're in the Cookies class and that you want your gift to go to support Boot Camp! 

Thank you so much in advance! Looking forward to seeing you online!

pam :)

Week Two—Blessings for a Flawed Follower

From Abram to Abraham . . . 

Trust struggles aren't new. They go back to Abraham and beyond! So if you struggle with trust, realize you're not alone. There is hope! 

What are your biggest trust struggles?

Has trusting God become less of a struggle over time? If so, how?

What specific truths about God can you rest on when trust is hard?

Looking forward to continuing the discussion!

Blessings,

pam :)

 

Week One—Beginnings

God . . . Creation . . . Adam . . . Noah

As I read the opening pages of Genesis, I'm reminded of the psalmist's words to God in Psalm 119:68a: "You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes." The Bible opens showcasing the goodness, power, and love of our sovereign God. Still people then and now continue to listen to lies and rebel against Him. Let's consider this in our discussion questions this week:

In what ways does the serpent's challenge—"Indeed has God said?"—show up in life today? How can we counter it?

What difference does a proper and biblical view of God make in life? What difference has it made in your life?

Remember, these questions are just to get the ball rolling. I always love hearing other questions you have or reading about the biggest takeaway applications you've had that are changing how you think and act. 

Thank you again for being on this journey with me!

Love,

pam :) 

Welcome to Cookies on the Lower Shelf!

LET'S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER . . . AND THE TECHNOLOGY!

Welcome to Cookies on the Lower Shelf, Old Testament! I'm excited to be studying the Word of God with you over the next several weeks! The sooner you feel comfortable with the technology, the easier this already easy process is going to be. So today, take a few minutes to watch the video and respond to the questions below.

• What's your name?

• Where are you from?

• Tell us a little something about yourself. (If you're a Millennial, let us know that, too!)

 Remember, you're going to interact with the posts of another person or two, also! Maybe you'll notice someone who lives near you. Let them know! Maybe you'll find a fellow Chicago Cubs fan (like me!), reach out! Maybe you have some questions for my Precept Millennial friends about the summer camps. Don't be shy . . . ask! 

If you're still waiting for your book to arrive, you can get started on your study by downloading the Week One PDF. Remember, if you do have any trouble ordering through Precept, send them an email at info@precept.org or call them direct at 1-800-763-8280.

Finally, if you're interested in a discussion group that meets live weekly to help you stay more accountable, I'll be sending some more information on that this week! There are so many ways we can encourage one another in God's Word!

Love,

pam :)