Technical Difficulties

Technical difficulties tonight! I’m SO sorry. Let’s start by hearing what you have to say about the last two weeks, and then I will get a discussion question as we go.

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  1. A question from Week 8 (The Divided Monarchy), what do you believe are the most prominent idols in today’s society? How do Christians struggle with this, and how can we avoid these idols in our lives?

    Also, a question from Week 9 (the Intertestamental Period), name one thing you learned about the period between the two testaments. How can you use that to grow in your Christian life? Do you have any questions?

      1. Me, too. The only way to defeat this is by “looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-3). Philippians 2 also discusses this, by telling us not to look out for our own interests, but to have the mind of Christ. It’s hard to be self-centered when we are dwelling on Christ, who was SO very “others centered.”

    1. I think celebrities are idolized so much. Like for an example I like to listen to artist and ill put their posters up follow them on social media , read about what their doing next for their music , but when i was reading about idolizing it showed me that I can idolize over things and not even know Im doing it . So many christians do the same we get caught up in it and don’t realize it until we notice we gone to far or someone points it out.

      1. Isn’t it interesting that most celebrities are not the type of people that we would hang out with…but we “socialize” with them virtually? That is a great point! Evil companions corrupt good morals (1 Cor 15:33), even if we are not hanging out with them in person!

    2. One of the idols in today’s society is being consumed about ourselves. The United States is a very materialistic culture. People seem to build their egos through the acquisition of more “stuff.” Our homes are filled with many possessions and people build bigger houses to fill it with more “things.” Society is also consumed with being self-fulfilled. People use their time and money for their own interests, wants, and activities. Sadly, we will never find happiness by focusing on ourselves. Our hearts and minds must be centered on God and on others. Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

      1. Yes! Even though my life is not centered around the acquisition of stuff, I have to constantly be evaluating whether or not my heart is ruled by earthly possessions. Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:8 “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” While this is not literally a command to have only food and clothing, it does make me ask myself if I really would be content with only food and clothing. C.S. Lewis says that “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” Do I really believe that? It’s hard in today’s culture. But as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18 that we must look at that which is unseen. Focusing on eternity puts our earthly life in perspective!

    1. Whitewashed tombs? That is humbling to me. It’s easy to present something on the outside that we are not living up to on the inside. We may not be whitewashed at the same levels as the Pharisees were, but we certainly can fail to be on the inside who we are on the outside. Personal prayer is a huge way to combat this struggle. Going to God in our hearts pushes sin out of the heart. John Bunyan said “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

  2. I really enjoyed reading about not idolizing. I never really thought about it much but we idolize so many thing in our lives and we don’t know we are idolizing them. So it helped me to realize if I was idolizing something and needed to step away from it.

    1. It’s hard to imagine bowing down to a physical idol, isn’t it? It seems crazy to us. Unfortunately, the idols we bow down to are just as pointless. I think I struggle the most with the idol of self. I become consumed with how people and things can serve me, and don’t realize that I consume my own mind more than Baal and the idols of the Old Testament consumed their mind! This is why it is so important to “renew our minds” as Romans 12:1-2 discusses. What are some practical ways we can renew our minds?

      1. Well for me I like to take a step back from the things that I was idolizing it helps me to refocus on what I should be focusing on. I also like to put posted notes on my mirror with scripture to remind me whats important. So that when i get up ill see them and read them and then i have them in my head for the day thinking about them.

  3. Hey Rebekah! Ellie and I just started doing the Tracing Him study together. We are really enjoying it! From week 9, I really liked your thoughts on how just as the Jews neglected to prepare for Jesus’ first coming, often we as Christians fail to prepare for his second coming. For this reason, we must use our time wisely. We must be constant in prayer and study and await for Jesus’ return. We need to focus on doing things out of our love for Jesus instead of dreading it.

    1. I’m SO glad you’re on! Love you!

      It seems to me that often times when we read the Bible, we criticize the sin of the people that is recorded. While we should analyze others sin, we should do so with the intent of not making the same mistakes. It’s easy for me to criticize the Jews in the Intertestamental period, and in the Gospels, but when I compare that to my own life it convicts me. How often I forget that Jesus IS returning, and that I should daily be preparing! 2 Peter 3:12 tells us that we should be “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” How can we remember to prepare for this on a daily basis?

      1. Growing closer to God in knowledge of the Bible and applying the wisdom it has given us, Praying to God, and doing our job as Christians by spreading the Gospel to the world!

      2. Love you too! So thankful you started this study for girls! <3 Yes, I agree! Because we love Jesus, we should anxiously await his return and long to be with him eternity. We should not see our daily Bible time as "boring" or "monotonous" but as comforting and encouraging. Through our constant prayer and study, we will one day have an eternal reward in heaven with Him!

        1. Jesus asks for obedience even when don’t feel like obeying…but you are SO right about longing for our prayer and study! It’s just like marriage. We must be faithful and loving even when we don’t feel like it…but it’s not a healthy marriage without the love and longing! We stick with Jesus through the “downs,” but we strive to keep our hearts in the “ups.” Like a marriage, this can only happen through familiarity. We can’t intimately love someone we don’t know, and the more we pray and study, the more we long for Christ!

  4. I really appreciate Ezekiel 16, and how it depicts the ugliness of sin. It’s graphic, but our sin is graphic and disgusting. The world is really good at making sin look appealing. The entertainment of today really deceives us by showing the “fun” aspects of sin. Hebrews 11:25 is talking about Moses, and it says…”choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin…”

    We cannot be deceived about the fact that there ARE pleasures associated with sin. However, those are fleeting pleasures that are really disgusting at it’s core. Thankful for God’s portrayal of sin as such.

  5. In regard to the first question… well, for starters, I think one of the three prominent idols people have today are THEMSELVES, CELL PHONES ( along with social media, etc.), and TV ( especially things that Christians shouldn’t even dream of watching!)
    I think that Christians try much to hard to fit in with the world by the way we act and dress, while in reality we SHOULD be sticking out like a sore thumb! We as Christians sometimes worry too much about what other people think and fear too little about what God thinks. (Matthew 10:28)
    We should keep in mind what is really important and remember that human opinion does not matter because it will not determine our eternity!

    1. That is a VERY accurate list, it seems. Cell phones can be used for such good, but they are also the gateway to the wasting of time (Ephesians 5:16), the lust of the flesh (1 John 2:16), the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10), thinking on evil (Philippians 4:8) etc. Do you have some practical ways to use our cell phones for good and not evil?

      1. Send encouraging messages, do bible chats, podcasts, lessons,etc., read our bible, get biblical apps: we have a memory verse app & my mom has a prayer reminder app.

      2. We can use them to give an encouraging text to someone who might need it, we can do bible studies [like right now =) ], we can send out articles, we can even preach the gospel on them!

    2. Very true! I once heard the quote, “You can never influence the world by being just like it!” That is just how we as Christians should act!

    1. I pushed the announcement to next time, because I had said that everyone had until the end of the day to submit. Can we blame all this on mom brain??? I seem to be losing it 😉

  6. In regard to question 2… I learned that the Jews were so caught up in the law and tradition that they forgot to be prepared for the Savior that was promised to them! And I realized that some Christians are the EXACT same way today, not being ready for the Second Coming that was promised to US!
    I can remember to be ready for Christ’s second coming, and not get caught up in the pleasures on earth that will corrupt ( Matthew 6;19-24)

    1. What’s scary is that the Jews THOUGHT they were preparing of the first coming, they even thought they could usher it in more quickly. However, they were actually making themselves unprepared. I’m afraid we can do the same today. Matthew 7:21-23 says; 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'”

  7. Very good! Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “keep the heart with all diligence.” We must put every effort into not letting down our guard. Thanks for the encouragement!

  8. Perfect example! I’m sure there is some sort of enjoyment in alcohol, or people wouldn’t drink. The consequences are FAR more detrimental than the fun, though. If Satan didn’t lie about sin, or at least neglect to present the consequences, I don’t think anyone would sin. If Satan had explained the consequences of sin in the garden, Eve NEVER would’ve eaten that fruit.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful discussion tonight! I will be announcing the winner of the creative writing contest on my blog tomorrow, we had some amazing entries! Thanks for your patience with last week’s confusion, and this week’s difficulties. You all are so patient and kind to me. I was really encouraged by the participation and comments tonight. I pray that we will all strive to keep our hearts diligently from idols this week, and to prepare for the second coming of our “Groom.” I’m excited for the upcoming discussions…we’re about to get to the climax of our story. Love you all so much!

  10. Also, we will be meeting on the 26th due to Thanksgiving. If there is anything I can do for you between now and then, message me or comment on the chatroom.

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