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Bible Study Guide


2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Back when I was living in the corn fields of Iowa, I was part of a wonderful singles group (all of whom I miss very much). We had gone through many different Bible studies as a group, but were feeling a little burnt out on reading other people’s interpretations. So me and my friend Michelle decided to come up with a generic list of questions that we could use to study any passage of the Bible. We came up with a one-page document (front and back) that we then used with the group to help us all learn to study passages of Scripture on our own. We ended up using it for months and months because everyone enjoyed it so much.

I decided to dust off the old sheet after the Women’s Retreat that I attended two weeks ago where the theme was spending time daily in God’s Word. I updated it and modified it some, but it still has the same basic structure that it had before. And since I find it helpful, I thought I’d share it with you.

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A Bird’s Eye View


Ever wish you could be face-to-face with a bald eagle? You can, via live video feed.

In Decorah, IA there is a pair of nesting bald eagles with three eggs. You can watch and listen to them live on video by clicking on this link to go to their page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/decorah-eagles. I have noticed that the male is a bit chatty at times, so make sure to have you volume up so you can hear them! (more…)

A Saint Bernard and… a Pig?!


Let me set up this story for you. I was living in the vast wasteland plains of northwest Iowa, where it was fields for corn as far as the eye could see. There was not a curvy road to be found… anywhere. You only turned the steering wheel when you turned a corner onto another pin-straight road. From where I lived in the tiny town of Boyden (which had only a gas station as the only revenue-making establishment in town), I had a 30-minute drive to my place of employment. Thirty minutes of nothing but fields. Empty fields except for those short 3 months where you saw the corn grow like it was on steroids. It’d be 2 inches tall one day, and 2 feet the next. It was freakishly fast growing corn.

And I worked at a homeschooling company called Alpha Omega. To make the ridiculously boring drive a little less painful, many employees carpooled. We had a carpool of 3 or 4 at the time. The little country road took us past many fields and a few farms. Occasionally we’d see some animals, but most animals are kept in confinements there. We had some interesting encounters with a resident Saint Bernard along our route.

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