God’s Path for You

My brother is in that phase of life where he is trying to figure out what his best case scenario is. He’s contemplating how he wants his life to go and what he needs to do to achieve that scenario. He has asked me a few times what I think of my best case scenario and how much time I spend thinking about the future, what I want to do with my life, etc. He’s also asked me what I thought of his dreams and plans, which I’m always careful how I respond.

I’m now at the place in life where I don’t need to contemplate the future. I know that God often laughs at our plans because it is really all about his plan for our lives. I want to live a life dedicated in service to the Lord of my life so that I can become a saint! I’m not here on Earth to muse about the future, but to buckle down and get the business.

It’s important for the faithful to take a couple minutes to stop thinking about all the best and worst case scenarios in life, and ask the Lord what his plans actually are. Remember God’s plans are always for good, he wants to unite you with him in heaven and, if you let him, he will only allow things in your life to bring about that end. We (myself included) need to stop having this idea that we don’t want to experience any challenges or adversities on our journey, these are sanctifying! They can bring about a great testimony that will help draw more brothers and sisters home.

The last point I want to make this week, I said in the video, but I think it is worth repeating. When it comes to discerning the will of God, there are few things you need to check it against.

#1 Is it in love? All things that come from God are to be done in love. If there is a sense of self promotion, pride, or anything negative, it probably  isn’t from God and you need to do some more soul searching.
#2 Is God sending the same message to someone else in your life? In my Reflections book I talk about how, although my family doesn’t understand what I’m doing, Father Sports and some close friends of mine are being very supportive.
#3 Are you being patient? God’s plan is consistent, I’m going to be talking about that in this study. He isn’t going to put something on your heart and then take it off. You will have a pull in the direction the Lord wants you to go for a long time.

These bible studies are my mission. I know that all my life, God has placed a desire on my heart to pursue him. I’ve had my ups and my downs in this, but I know this is where he wants me to be. I’ve always loved reading God’s word and I think it’s important to share. The internet is definitely a place that needs more of the Lord and less of the world. So this is my mission, to act in love to bring about the glory of God.

This post is from the Book of Numbers bible study. Please join us as we go through God’s word together where we will learn so much about ourselves and our Lord. You can find out more information about the Bible-A-Day series here.

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them infinitely. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

week 1

Contains affiliate links.

I’ve written a devotional for the book of Numbers. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

cover

Numbers Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Welcome to the book of Numbers! It’s going to be a fantastic book, especially if you are coming from Leviticus. In it, we will learn so much about the nature of God and we will begin to see the Israelites preparations to enter the Promised Land. So here we go, week 1!

This post is all about the first week of Numbers. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about finding one’s optimal timeline and mission in life. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 1

Monday, July 16 Chapter 1
Tuesday, July 17 Chapter 2
Wednesday, July 18 Chapter 3
Thursday, July 19 Chapter 4
Friday, July 20 Chapter 5

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

week 1 verse


This Week

Social Media

Sunday: Today I’ve shared the resources for the week.
Wednesday: I’ll share my APPLY for the week here on the blog.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADNumbers for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.


Resources

I’ve written a devotional for the book of Numbers. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

cover

pray

 

BAD bookmark.psd

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed the preview I posted last week, you can check it out here. It is a good introduction to the study to help get you started by putting you in the right mindset for the book of Numbers.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m enthusiastic about this study and I’m pleased to be doing it on the blog with this community. I am here for you if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I pray your first week goes well!

Contains affiliate links.

Introducing the Book of Numbers

Now that we have completed the book of Leviticus, it’s time to jump into Numbers. If you are doing these studies with me on the blog then you are probably just as excited as I am to be out of Leviticus. It was useful, but it was rough!There are some new things I’m excited to introduce in this study so let’s get started. We will begin the book of Numbers on July 16!

For those who are curious about my reflections through the book of Numbers, I am proud to present my first devotional! You can definitely go through it at the same time as this study. I’ve done a separate post about the devotional but a quick explanation of what it is: It’s my thoughts and musings throughout the book of Numbers. Each day has a bible verse, a short reading, and a journal question for you to contemplate. It would be a fantastic companion to this study.

I have always loved spending time in the Scriptures. I think it is the privilege and duty of the faithful to read God’s word regularly. While on earth we are called to unite ourselves to our Lord and live as closely as possible to the love of the Holy Trinity. We do this through Scripture reading, daily prayer, and connecting with our brothers and sisters in faith.

“Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ,” St. Jerome.

Because of my passion for scripture and brining it to others, I have written this Bible-A-Day series. On July 16, we will begin the book of Numbers. It is a refreshing change from the book of Leviticus, but we are still in the books of law. The big thing that we will see is beginning of the Israelites journey into the Promised Land. There will be a lot for us to learn. You can purchase the workbook here.


Resources

I’ve written a devotional for the book of Numbers. In it, I share reflections for each chapter of the book along with a memory verse, a contemplation question, and space to journal. If you’re interested in that book, check it out below!

cover


Workbook

Download the study. Read through the beginning of the ebook and check out the preview videos.

You’ll find at the beginning of the ebook:
– Introduction to the book of Leviticus
– Explanation of the bible study method we will use, called P.R.A.Y.
– A coloring chart for bible marking
– A page for each chapter of scripture for journaling
– A preview for each week with a memory verse and challenge


Community

We will be doing this bible study here on the blog each week. Below is what a week will look like:

Sunday: I will share the resources for the week including a preview video and memory verse cards.
Wednesday: I will share my APPLY for the week.

Untitled

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #BADNumbers for Bible-A-Day and #TheGenFem so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

BAD bookmark.psd

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one others is one of the most important things we can do in our faith.

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible

Untitled

Contains affiliate links

Leviticus Resources {Week 6}

Welcome

Two more chapters! Here is your preview for this week. There is no video but I do have an APPLY. It’s about finding peace in the presence of God.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 6

Monday, July 9 Chapter 26
Tuesday, July 10 Chapter 27

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

 

memory 6


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, July 14 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one of the most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Although there is no video this week, I still wanted to chat with you guys for our last two chapters. This week’s theme is that God is ever present in our midst. I completely love this theme and I think it’s a good one to chat about real quick.

Where is God present in the midst of the Israelites? In the tabernacle. We see that he comes to them on the tabernacle between the two cherubim. We have a tabernacle, too. It’s in every Catholic Church around the world. You know what that means, God is ever present to us also, he comes to us in a similar way that he did the Israelites.

We’ll talk about this in a little more detail in coming studies, but I want to touch on it here, because the topic is too exciting for me not to. Inside the tabernacle, the Israelites put the 10 Commandments, the manna from the desert, and Moses’ staff. In our tabernacles we have the Eucharist. John refers to Jesus as the Word made flesh, the 10 Commandments are referred to as the 10 words. The manna in the desert, the bread from heaven, is like the bread of life we find in the Eucharist. Finally, Moses’ staff represents his position as leader of the people and the great power of God. Jesus is the head, and we (the Church) are the body. Many tabernacle in Catholic churches have angel statues holding candles near the tabernacle, often made of gold. Similarly to the cherubim on the golden tabernacle we see here.

Our Lord went to the tabernacle all those many thousands of years ago so that he could dwell among the people, that they would know they were his, that they would have confidence in his love and in his promises. Our Lord is the same, yesterday, and today. And he resides in a very similar way in the tabernacle of every Catholic church around the world. Jesus is ever present in our midst, so that he may be our God, and we may be his people. Take some time and go visit with him over these last couple days of study. Hit a daily Mass, stay a little while after and contemplate his love. Write a prayer of thanksgiving for his kindness in dwelling among us though we are unworthy, and for giving you the grace to finish the book of Leviticus. I’m telling you, most people don’t make it this far. You’ve done well!


Resources

pray

 

Leviticus color bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

resources 5

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

Contains affiliate links.

Leviticus Resources {Week 5}

Welcome

Welcome back! This is our last full week in the book of Leviticus, yay! Really quickly I want to mention what’s coming up next week. On Sunday I’ll post our preview for the last two chapters, but there will be no video. There will still be a verse if you choose to work on the memory work, and there will be an APPLY, but no video. Monday and Tuesday we will read chapters 26 and 27. On Wednesday I’ll share the conclusion video. Our next study will be Numbers and I will post the preview on Thursday. And we will begin Numbers on Sunday, July 15. This is all for next week, but for this week we are going to talk about the importance of environmental protection and stewardship. Check out my thoughts on bees in my APPLY this week.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 5

Monday, July 2 Chapter 21
Tuesday, July 3 Chapter 22
Wednesday, July 4 Chapter 23
Thursday, July 5 Chapter 24
Friday, July 6 Chapter 25

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

memory 5


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, July 30 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one of the most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

A dear friend of mine went to college for something farming related like animal husbandry or sustainable growth or something, I’m not exactly sure. A couple days ago we were talking about bees because I’m all about #SaveTheBees. I read an interesting article about how one of the reasons bees may be dying is because we harvest honey in fall. Honey is their natural food and has a ton of really amazing anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antibiotic properties. For thousands of years people have put honey on wounds or drunk honey tea when they get sick. It’s like a miracle food. Unfortunately, we have commercialized honey and the consequence has been disastrous. A lot of bee communities are dying from disease. There is often a massive die off in winter because they don’t have honey to take care of themselves.

Unsustainable bee farmers are instead giving the bees sugar water in the winter. Of course, sugar water has no anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or antibiotic properties, it’s just calories. Because big business has decided it is more important to have honey on the shelves of grocery stores than it is to take care of the producers of the product, we now have bees dying at an alarming rate which could be disastrous for the entire planet. I’m not being dramatic here. Bees are a fantastic pollinator and without their hard work, our crops will stop producing. See, there are male and female flowers…kinda. Basically, the bees go into the male flowers and pick up pollen, then the go to the female flowers to pick up more pollen. But while they’re in the female flower, they leave some of the male pollen behind. This is not an accurate scientific explanation, by the way, this is how it made sense to me. Once the female plant has been pollinated, it is then able to produce viable seeds. Which, of course, are used for planting the next season’s crops so we can have delicious tomatoes, fun pumpkins, and crunchy almonds, just to name of a few of my favorites. Without healthy and active bee populations we will lose tulips, roses, and lilys. We need the bees!

Back to the point of my friend, he spent two years working on a sustainable farm. They raised a lot of animals and took care of a lot of crops. I asked him how his bees were treated and he told me they harvested the honey in summer. They let the bees have all of the food they needed over the winter, they let them keep working that supply throughout spring while they waited for the summer honey to start being produced. This is sustainable farming. The bees have the food they create for themselves, the food they need to survive. Then, whatever is left over, the people harvest for themselves.

I went to a farmers market a couple years ago and met some bee farmers. They loved their bees and they loved their honey. They did tours of their farm on weekends during the summer so people could see all the work that goes into caring for their bees. I promise this is relevant to our bible study.

You see, we are supposed to have a balanced relationship with the land and with the animals. Remember we are supposed to be stewards of creation, not exploiters. Both my friend and those adorable bee farmers were being stewards. They understood that the bees served a purpose to glorify God, pollinating plants, but also providing golden deliciousness for people. They cared for the bees and made sure they had all that they needed to be healthy and successful, and whatever was left over they took. We need to work in fostering this kind of relationship with all of the plants, animals, and people in the world. We have to care for one another, providing for each other’s needs. It’s when we choose not to be selfish and exploitative that we bring a little slice of heaven to earth.

There are a lot of conversations within the vegan community concerning honey. It’s definitely vegetarian, but it isn’t vegan. However, I’m of the opinion that if you are buying honey from locally and sustainably produced farmers, enjoy it in a cup of tea. I would not recommend buying in the store for several reasons, including it’s bad for the bees and the fact that a lot of it is just junk anyway. Big business is giving us sugar water too, but they dye it and put it in a cute bottle to make us think we are getting something other than high fructose corn syrup.


Resources

pray

 

Leviticus color bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

resources 4

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

Contains affiliate links.

Leviticus Resources {Week 4}

Welcome

We are halfway there! congratulations on all your hard work, you’ve been doing so well. Keep it up! This week we are going to see something pretty interesting, at least I thought it was. We will see God’s direction to the people not to sacrifice their children to a god named Molech. On the one hand this does’ make sense in our modern world, how many people engage in human sacrifice in 2018? However, I challenge you to consider our country’s laws on abortion. Below is my APPLY for the week, and that’s the perspective I take.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 4

Monday, June 25 Chapter 16
Tuesday, June 26 Chapter 17
Wednesday, June 27 Chapter 18
Thursday, June 28 Chapter 19
Friday, June 29 Chapter 20

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

memory 4


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 30 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

So today we are talking about a pretty tough topic, abortion. This is one of the most controversial topics in the Church today. It is an issue I have evolved on since joining the Church. I think it is important for us to always be evolving on a variety of topics, it comes from asking questions, reading opinions and medical advice, and speaking with people with different views. It does not serve the continuing success of our population to have uneducated or stagnant ideas on issues that are in a perpetual state of flux. So let’s have this difficult conversation.

Like many millennials, I had the opinion of my body, my choice; your body, your choice. I don’t think it is anyone else’s place to tell you how to live your life: government, church, or corporation. If someone get’s pregnant and the child would have a terrible life or the mother couldn’t be responsible enough to take care of the child, then she should abort it. Note the it, not him or her.

After leaving the RCIA session where we talked about sexual morality, I had a lot of questions. I took to scripture, the catechism, and to prayer. But also, as a product of my generation, I took to Google. The Church has four main points that must all be present in a sexual relationship. These four points answer pretty much all of the sexual morality questions, including Church’s stance on abortion. They are:

  1. Free: Meaning there can be no coercion or manipulation. This also means no rape, shotgun weddings, or drunkin’ wrestling.
  2. Full: Meaning both people must be completely honest and transparent with one another. To commit yourself in the sexual embrace means you aren’t holding anything back from the person, your heart, your mind, and your body.
  3. Faithful: Meaning the two must be committed to one another in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, recognizing that sexualtiy is a gift given by God for the purpose of his glory. Yea, we glorify God through our sexuality.
  4. Fruitful:  Here’s the big one, this means the couple recognizes, understands, and accepts the co-creative nature of sexuality. They aren’t seeking sexual pleasure for sexual pleasure’s sake, but for God’s sake and are therefore open to the gift of life he may offer.

So why does the Church teach what it does about abortion, pornography, premarital sex, homosexuality, and the list can go on? Because of those four things! After reading through them, praying on them, spending some time in my catechism, my bible, and google, I came accept (fairly quickly) the teachings of the Church regarding all aspects of human sexuality. It didn’t hurt that research into these topics would challenge one’s ideas that things like abortion are actually good to society. Women who have them can suffer from symptoms of PTSD and may have difficulty getting or stay pregnant in the future. Not to mention the cost on our society, imagine 60 million-ish more people paying taxes toward our trillions of dollars in debt.

I think the greatest problem when it comes to the topic of abortion is that young women may not feel like they truly have a choice. Imagine finding yourself in a crisis pregnancy. Your boyfriend could leave you, your parents could be unsupportive, you have to finish school, and find a good job. You can’t afford a kid. This is where the faithful have a responsibility to step up and let these mothers know they have support. One’s life doesn’t have to be over because they are having a baby, it’s just a new chapter in life. And they don’t have to go through that chapter alone. We can’t judge our sisters (or our brothers who are apart of this also), instead we have to carry them to the cross, where they can encounter the saving mercy of Christ, and receive all the financial and divine assistance they need to become the women (and men) God has called them to be. It my true belief that women don’t know the resources they have at their disposal, this is what pro-life ministries need to be focused on, not just standing outside of Planned Parenthoods with signs of our dead brothers and sisters. I think we need a perspective shift from being anti-abortion to being pro-life. Celebrate life, celebrate parenthood, and support motherhood.

Before I finish this post I have to share a short story. I live near a Planned Parenthood and we often see the signs, the crosses, and the church ladies with their Rosaries. But the most powerful thing I ever saw was one young man, bent on one knee, praying for the women who face a seemingly insurmountable decision. It was a little chilly that day, and a bit rainy. But he knelt motionless in prayer. That was more powerful than all the bloody signs I’ve seen outside that Planned Parenthood. One guy, in the cold and the rain, being pro-life, not anti-abortion. Our sisters need our support, not our harassment; they need knowledge, not judgement.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis pregnancy, feel free to contact me. I’m here to support you on your journey.

 


Resources

pray

 

Leviticus color bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

resources 3

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

Contains affiliate links.

Leviticus Resources {Week 3}

Welcome

Welcome back to Leviticus! You are doing a phenomenal job, keep up the great work! This post is about our third week, it we will see we are called to be holy. Holiness is one of the great graces God gives us. My APPLY for this week is about how we become holy and what it means.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 3

Monday, June 18 Chapter 11
Tuesday, June 19 Chapter 12
Wednesday, June 20 Chapter 13
Thursday, June 21 Chapter 14
Friday, June 22 Chapter 15

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

memory 3


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 23 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

We are holy because God is holy. I suppose I can stop this post there, right? I’m holy because I believe God is holy and he is the Lord of my heart. The problem with this method of thinking is that it relinquishes our free will. Just because I believe in God and I have welcomed him into my heart, doesn’t mean I always rise to the standards he has set for his people. The reality is, I’m broken, I have sins on my soul. So can I be holy and sinful? Nope! We see in this week’s memory verse that God says we are holy because he is holy, AFTER he gives a ton of commands. It’s through our compliance that our holiness becomes perfected.

By God’s grace we have the capacity for holiness and perfection. It doesn’t come from our resolve, our strength, our virtue, it comes from the one who gives us strength, resolve, and virtue. Apart from God, we can’t be perfected. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this whole relationship with the divine thing is a two way street. God saves the people in Exodus from the oppression of the Egyptians in the same way he frees us from the bondage of original sin. He then invites the people into the covenant with him on Mount Sinai by giving them several commands concerning how to live their lives. We will soon see the consequences of disobedience…and it isn’t holiness. That holiness comes from holding up our end of the bargain in the covenant with God. He offers us an invitation, we can take or reject it; we can take it, then reject it; or we can accept it every moment of every day, committing ourselves at each turn to follow the Father’s commands, to accept the sacrifice of the Son, and obey the promptings of Spirit who is the one who makes us holy. When we follow the tugs on our heart by the Spirit, he leads us down the path of righteousness, it is he who allows us the opportunity to enter into the full covenant relationship with God we are called to. There is nothing we can do apart from him.


Resources

pray

 

Leviticus color bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

resources 2

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

Contains affiliate links.

Leviticus Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

Welcome back! I hope your first week in Leviticus went well. Do you see what I meant about this not being the book to start with? Hopefully the video previews each week and my APPLYs will help keep things relevant and interesting. Speaking of APPLY, check out mine for this week, it’s about choosing a home church.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 2

Monday, June 11 Chapter 6
Tuesday, June 12 Chapter 7
Wednesday, June 13 Chapter 8
Thursday, June 14 Chapter 9
Friday, June 15 Chapter 10

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

memory 2


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 9 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

If this is  your first Bible-A-Day study, you may not know how keen I am on worshipping God the way he asks us to worship him. I think in our modern culture we have this idea that we can worship God how we want, how we feel most comfortable, how we feel best. It is very easy for us to say we like the way a particular minister gives sermons, the music selection at a particular church, or the vibe we get there. I’m not going to say these things are bad, but they may miss the point.

Worship means sacrifice. As we are seeing in Leviticus, the priests have to perform a lot of sacrifices. The responsibility of the priest is to perform these sacrifices, not to give the people a sermon they like, play music they like, or build a structure they like. They are there to perform sacrifices. This then begs the questions, what is the responsibility of modern priests, and just as important, what’s our role in all this?

First of all, modern priests are responsible for making Christ’s sacrifice on the cross present to us in the modern day. They do this through the consecration of the Eucharist. Jesus was the last sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice. Since his saving act on Good Friday, we no longer have to perform these rituals in the same way the ancient Israelites had to, but the ideas behind these prescriptions are still valid.

The second questions pertaining to what our role is, can also be answered through Leviticus. The people present themselves and their offerings to the priest. They are called to make atonement when they do wrong, and to celebrate God’s mighty acts of kindness and mercy. It is our job to obey God’s commands, all of them. That means living lives devoted to him and worshipping the way he instructs. We cannot change worship or decide what we want to sacrifice, when we want to sacrifice, or how to sacrifice. Bible study is a fantastic start, but it’s only a start. Daily prayer is a wonderful start, but it’s only a start. When it comes to fulfilling our end of the covenant with God, we must worship the way he calls.

That worship happens in the Church, with the sacraments. Each of the sacraments is vital for the sanctification of the Body of Christ. I’m going through them in my Learning Through Liturgy study but we also touch on them in this Bible-A-Day program. In this book we see much of the importance of Holy Orders. In Genesis we saw Baptism, and in Exodus we saw Eucharist. Any church that holds to all seven of the sacraments, particularly Holy Orders and Eucharist, are churches we can explore.

I talk with my dad often about the bones of worship and the flesh of worship. The location, the music, and even the sermons are flesh. These can change based on where we are most comfortable. The bones are the sacraments. They are our rest stops in life’s journey and we need them, God gave them to us for this purpose, to be our guide and our rest as we walk toward heaven.

In more simple terms: I will go to any Catholic church. There I will find the Eucharist, valid Holy Orders, Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Matrimony. Gothic Revival architecture and vampire organs are my preference, however I will go to a church with art deco architecture and guitars…as long as they make present the sacrifice of Christ on the cross at every Mass. Nothing short of the Eucharist is worshipping God the way he has designed for us.


Resources

pray

 

Leviticus color bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

resources 1

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

Contains affiliate links.

Leviticus Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Welcome to the book of Leviticus! I’m thrilled we are going through this together, this book is going to be a team effort kind of project. Leviticus is no easy feat but it is definitely important. As I’ve said, this where the bible loses some people, myself included. But when I persevered, I felt so amazing after and I want to be here to help you do the same. So here we go, week 1!

This post is all about the first week of Leviticus. Here you will find our reading plan, memory verse, and a reflection of mine from the week. Watch the video so you have a preview of what will be going on this week, then read my APPLY. It focuses on accountability.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

reading plan 1

Monday, June 4 Chapter 1
Tuesday, June 5 Chapter 2
Wednesday, June 6 Chapter 3
Thursday, June 7 Chapter 4
Friday, June 8 Chapter 5

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

memory 1


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 2 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Ignorance is bliss…right? Apparently, it isn’t. We see this week that God holds people accountable for the sins they commit, even inadvertently. One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is to raise them in the way they should go. Unfortunately, not all parents take this responsibility to the extent God calls the Israelites to. If you have gone through the other studies, you may remember God’s blessings come through families as do his laws. Of course, following God’s laws, create space in one’s life for more blessings. This is a lesson a lot of modern parents need to know.

As some of you may have heard, I’m a convert. I was raised by, what my dad calls, hippies. He was all about my brother and I finding our own way in religion, he wanted us to explore our spirituality and discover the way we should go on our own. The problem with this methodology in child rearing is that we do it for NOTHING else. How many parents say, I’m just going to let my kid discover the frequency at which they should brush their teeth; I’m going to let my kid explore what foods are best to eat for dinner, cruciferous vegetables or cupcakes; I’m going to let my kid play in a busy street, so they can feel the freedom to make their own decisions. This is not effective parenting.

It is critical both to the salvation and maturation of young people, to provide them with the boundaries and code of ethics they can use to navigate their lives. Now, that doesn’t mean parents force their children into their particular theology. There comes a time in every person’s life when they have to do what I call, buying in. When a young person becomes a teenager, around the time of the Sacrament of Confirmation in America, the person should be given the space to explore and discover. But as they are learning new ideas, they have a strong biblical and moral foundation.

As I’m sure we can all agree, life is difficult. The evil one throws a lot at us on any given day, and if a child doesn’t know they can lean on the Holy Spirit when they are in need of wisdom and strength, they will falter. And this does have consequences for their souls, because God holds us accountable.


Resources

pray

 

Leviticus color bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed the preview I posted last week, you can check it out here. It is a good introduction to the study to help get you started by putting you in the right mindset for the book of Leviticus.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m enthusiastic about this study and I’m pleased to be doing it on the blog with this community. I am here for you if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I pray your first week goes well, and I to see you in the private group on Saturday!

Contains affiliate links.

Exodus Resources {Week 8}

Welcome

Welcome to our final week in the book of Exodus. Remember when we started, Moses killed that Egyptian? We have seen so much over these last 8 weeks. The Israelites have been through a lot and the Lord has been steadfast through it all. In our final week, the Israelites are finally following God’s instructions and are completing a holy space for him to dwell in their midst along their journey. Before I move on with this preview, I want to let you know that the book of Leviticus is coming up next. Subscribe, if you haven’t already, so you are up to date on the latest studies. My APPLY for this week is going to be about doing the work God has asked you do.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

8 plan

Monday, May 21 Chapter 36
Tuesday, May 22 Chapter 37
Wednesday, May 23 Chapter 38
Thursday, May 24 Chapter 39
Friday, May 25 Chapter 40

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

mem 8


This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, April 27 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADExodus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Pretty much no one in my life understands this whole online bible study thing. There are some people that nod in confused acceptance of the whole thing, but no one quite gets it. I honestly feel this is the direction God has asked me to go in. I truly believe this is the place he has brought me and the mission he has asked me to fulfill. Lord knows he’s given me a lot of words, but also a little social anxiety, so internet community is brilliant!

Anyway, this week we see the Israelites step up their game. They donate a ton of resources to the building of the tabernacle and they all get to work on it together as a community. It’s amazing the work that can be accomplished with cooperation. Not just building a beautiful tabernacle, massive temple, or amazing church, but also putting a man on the moon.

One of the great beauties of our faith is the encouragement of community participation. There is a temptation for all of us, especially my generation, to be a little disconnected from our brothers and sisters. I’m pretty sure they have done studies about the social ineptitude of millennials. But it is in striving toward communal goals that we are able to do amazing things.

We see this week the Israelites are called to build a holy place to honor God. I believe I am called to write online bible studies to honor God. That’s why I’d like to share the opportunity for others to lead online small groups of our next study if they feel called. If this is something you would like to prayerfully consider, let me know. I’d be happy to share some information on this free opportunity.


Resources

pray

 

BAD bookmark

Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

thumbnail 7

 

This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

Contains affiliate links.