• Taking “Ownership” When You Study Scripture

    When LeRoy and I were first married, we moved into a lovely three bedroom home on 28 acres, about ten minutes from the church where he served as pastor. The home wasn’t ours, we rented it, but it didn’t require any work before we moved in. It wasn’t new, but it was comfortable. As nice as it was, that home never felt like it was ours; we rented it, we didn’t “own” it. For the next twenty years we either rented homes or lived in parsonages. We had to do some work on a few of those homes before they were livable, but it wasn’t like “building a home” or major remodeling…

  • Ready to Dive In?

      Ready to dive into our study of Colossians? I hope you’ll commit to reading chapter one several times as we work our way through it. The more you read a portion of Scripture, the more you’ll become familiar with it and begin to grasp the meaning of it. Today, I’m giving you a research assignment to help in our preparation to study Colossians. When we read a book, we need to understand what, when, why, and who. We need to get some background information to put that book in the right context for study. I’m giving you a list of questions and hope you’ll use a good study Bible or commentary…

  • Loving God With All Your Mind

      If you see me singing a worship song and tears start flowing, don’t assume I’m sad. It is hard to get through some songs without being overcome with affection for my merciful Savior. His love easily triggers my emotions. We women tend to be the more emotive gender. And that can be a good thing. (It can also lead us into drama if we’re not careful, but that’s another post!). But our love for God must begin with a right understanding of Him and that begins by studying Him. Our heart and mind must both be engaged to truly love God. [box]“You shall love the Lord your God with all your…