JournalOwl Bible Study Groups is designed to take the participant deep into God’s word. Did you know that Israel lost faith in God’s promise to give them the Land when their spies (chapter 13) reported that the Cannaanite cities were highly fortified with powerful armies? Their loss of faith forced them back into the heat of the desert to wonder for another 38 years!
The word itself, Deuteronomy, means “repeating the Law” and that is exactly what this Book of the Bible is all about. In chapters 1 through 10, this book details what God has already done for His people. By learning from the lessons of the past, this book emphasizes the need to study history so that mistakes are not repeated in the future. In this book, we are also reminded of having the Word of God top of mind. This naturally occurs from reading the Word continuously, discussing it, and ta...
Let’s take a closer look at Joshua, a divine record of the conquest of Canaan, and the following division of the Land among the twelve tribes of Israel. Did you know that Joshua was the captain of Israel’s army and a personal servant to Moses? If you participated in the Online Bible Study Group for the Book of Exodus, that was covered in Exodus 17:9, 10 and also Exodus 24:13. When Moses died, he chose Joshua to lead His people into the Promised Land. As God’s servant, Joshua was strong and ...
Today, let’s look at Judges. The second of the “Historical Books” in the Old Testament. Did you know that Judges has 21 distinct chapters? The Book of Judges is the second of the Historical books in the Old Testament which is 929 chapters in total. That’s a lot of reading!
In this Online Bible Study Group, you’ll dive into each chapter by reading scripture itself and then answering thought-provoking questions about each chapter. The Book of Ruth starts in Moab where Naomi and her husband Elimelech moved after seeking relief from the famine of Judea. As you’ll read and discuss with others, Elimelech died in Moab, along with their two sons. This left Naomi with two daughter in laws: Oprah and Ruth. When the famine lifted, Oprah decided to stay in Moab, but Ruth...
Today, let’s look at Leviticus. The third book of the Old Testament in the Holy Bible. Did you know that Leviticus has 27 distinct chapters? The Book of Leviticus is the third book in the Old Testament which is 929 chapters in total. That’s a lot of reading!
Does reading the Bible feel daunting? With 66 books and over 1,200 chapters, anyone would feel overwhelmed. According to statistics, 1 in 8 (12%) of Christians admit they rarely or never read the Bible. While another study by Lifeway Research in 2016 purports that 1 in 5 (20%) Americans said they have read all the Bible at least once. At JournalOwl, we’d like to believe the statistic by Lifeway Research in that 1 out of 5 people in America have read the Bible at least once front to back.
The name itself means ‘beginning’ or ‘birth’ – did you know that? This first book of the Bible is designed to teach you about the beginnings of Earth and what God’s plan is for his people. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (1:1). We know from this opening that God is the creator of the Heavens and Earth, which he made for a plan and purpose.
The pandemic brought chaos, illness, and death to our doorsteps at the beginning of 2020. It also brought along uncertainty, fear, and isolation for people everywhere in the world. Some turned to wreak havoc, spreading mindless rumors about apocalypse or Armageddon or just stocking up on toilet paper projecting the world's end. For many of us, the pandemic was a great way to assess our lives and work on ourselves for the better, myself included. I committed myself to becoming closer to my r...
It’s no secret that social media has changed the way we communicate and interact with one another. This is especially true among younger people, but changes in social interaction can be seen across every generation and demographic. According to Statista Research Department (2022), 223 million Americans have at least one social media profile. That is about 82% of the population. Furthermore, the average person spends about two and a half hours on social media each day.
Confession is an important part of a Christian’s life, but it is often something avoided. Our sin can create feelings of shame, guilt, and fear that make us want to hide instead of seek forgiveness and repentance. The very first example of this is seen in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve disobey God and then hide themselves from God when they hear Him walking in the garden. Then, they hide their bodies from each other when they become aware of their nakedness.
As God’s very Word, the Bible should be our number one source of comfort, peace, encouragement, and hope. But I’ll be honest, as a Christian who struggles with anxiety, there are some verses that have become almost cliché to me. I’m not saying these verses aren’t important or don’t have their place, I know that is not true because I believe God’s Word is inspired and inerrant. However, when I am in the trenches of the despairing moments that anxiety brings, hearing scripture misquoted or of...
Below you will find 99 daily journal prompts that can be used as part of a Bible study group. You can choose to participate in a JournalOwl community group with a secure video or use this in a live setting with your own church or small group. Each week you will complete a set number of journal prompts, then you will meet with your group weekly to discuss the assigned prompts.
Most of us wouldn’t hesitate to say we love our family. We may list reasons why we love each member of our family, reflect on shared experiences, or talk about the connection and bond we have with our family members. However, if we expand our definition of family to include our extended family, while we still may say we love them, most of us would identify at least one family member that we just struggle to enjoy – the crazy aunt, the grumpy grandpa, the annoying in-law, the trouble-maker c...
The Word of God is the Bible. As a Christian, understanding scripture and how to apply it to your life is a lifelong pursuit. Connecting with God and developing a deep relationship with him is accomplished through prayer and studying the Word of God. Christians are encouraged to analyze the Word and relate it’s often aged meaning to their modern lifestyle. It can be challenging to interpret the Bible as it relates to modern times.
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