Just Keep Doing Bible Study…

Ok, it’s a stretch, but as I typed the title of today’s post, I had Dory on my mind.

Who’s Dory? She’s the cute little fish with the bad memory in the Disney movie Finding Nemo. Her tag line is “Just Keep Swimming.”  It’s what she says to encourage herself and others to keep moving, keep going, don’t quit or give up.

JustKeepSwimmingPicture courtesy of Official Disney Blogs.

Let’s take a lesson from Dory.

We just finished a fabulous Bible study, Living So That by Wendy Blight. That Bible study is over, but I pray that Bible study in your life is NOT over. “When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just Keep Swimming…” AND  “Just Keep Doing Bible Study.”  🙂

If you want to continue with Bible study, there is a place at our table for you! It’s a big table, but it’s full of love, hope, acceptance, peace, and friendship. And we have another great book, that is rooted in God’s Word, written to equip and empower us to believe what God says more than ever! It’s about living a full life TODAY and the title is Limitless Life by Derwin Gray.  Consider this your personal invitation to “Just Keep Swimming”…or in our case, “Just Keep Doing Bible Study.”  🙂   Smile. You know you want to.  🙂

 

Hi Wonderful Online Bible Study Friends!!!

We’ve studied together in the past & I would love to study with you again!  (Keep reading, BIG give-away announcement included in this letter!)

Beginning  May 25th, we are beginning our 17th online Bible study and I want to invite you to be a part of it.

Our next OBS is…

Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future by Derwin Gray…who just happens to be Renee Swope’s awesome pastor at Transformation Church…and a former NFL player…and a life-changer in this generation…and a devoted husband and father…and just an all around amazing man of God.

Let me tell you why I love this Bible study so much~

Some of you know a little about my past.  Being sexually abused as a little girl, my dad leaving when I was eleven, making crazy stupid choices as a teenager, then trying to correct it all by being an adult overachiever who had her priorities all messed up.  I earned some pretty hefty labels for myself.  Damaged goods, abandoned, trash, not worthy of love, no good unless I had something to show for it…you get it.  Can you relate at all?  I bet most of you can.

Limitless Life is about getting rid of those completely UNTRUE labels and taking on the VERY TRUE IDENTITY given to us by God.  We are so much more than our past dictates because it’s God Who holds the key to our future!

Even though I know the truth about me, I really do, I still allow my past to creep in at times and whisper (or scream) the old lies. I can never study the Bible enough to help me with this which is why I’m ready for this study! And super excited too!

So what do you say? Will you join me and the P31OBS Team and let’s do another study together? It’s real easy to join and all you need to do this study is the bookLimitless Life and a Bible.

Be the first to sign up here.

Get your resources for this study here.

Please say you’ll join me!  And please invite some friends to join too! Just forward this email or send the sign up information!

Oh and here’s a little secret…even though this is a LADIES ONLY OBS, this book would be great for the men in your life! This is a message that was written for anyone…man or woman!  My two oldest sons & husband will be reading this book too! ***Makes a great Father’s Day or graduation gift***

Oh and here’s another little secret…sign up by May 17th and you’ll be entered to win one of FIVE prize packages we are giving away! What’s the prize package? Two of our upcoming OBS books AND conference call packagesThe Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst and Before Amen by Max Lucado coming in September and November of this year! Yay! So, sign up by May 17th and you’ll be entered to win. All five winners announced May 25th on the P31 Study Blog, the first day of Limitless Life! You must be signed up for the study to win!  Yay!

Big Blessings,
Melissa

****This will be your last email from the Living So That Online Bible Study. To continue to receive OBS emails, you must sign up for the next study, Limitless Life. That’s how our email list is generated for each study.

To those who won’t be joining us for the next study, I want to thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of our Living So That OBS Community. I pray God’s richest blessings on you as you journey through life. Please know that you are welcome back any time!

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Hello & Welcome!

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Welcome to the Limitless Life Online Bible Study!!!!!

If you are reading this in your email, then you are all signed up for the study!

If you are reading this because you just read the Proverbs 31 Devotion (which is by our very own Steph Raquel~ whoo hooo Steph, who happens to also be one of our Limitless Life study leaders), then welcome! I want to invite you to join us for this study!

Or, if you just stumbled upon this page and you aren’t sure why…well, maybe you are supposed to sign up for our next study! I hope you will!

Here’s some basic information:

Our study begins May 25th. Since that’s a little ways off, over the next week, we’ll be sharing all kinds of fun and informative tidbits about Proverbs 31 Ministries and our Limitless Life Online Bible Study.

To start things off, let’s meet the author or Limitless Life, Derwin Gray, and see what he has to say about the message in his book~

I’m an ordinary guy who has battled against destructive labels for a lifetime. Many of us are stuck believing the negative messages that come from these soul-crippling labels. Often, they are painfully stitched on our hearts at an early age. I’ve written Limitless Life because it’s time for you and me to experience the life we were created for!  It’s time to shed these old labels for new ones that cause us to see ourselves as God sees us.

Derwin Gray, Author Limitless Life

Can any of you relate to what he said?  Oh my gracious, I know I can! Sadly, I do struggle to see myself as God sees me. I know it in my head, but struggle with it in my heart and sometimes in my actions.

Do you know anyone who you could invite to join this Online Bible Study? It might be a friend, family member, neighbor, or even someone who lives across the country or world from you! This is an online study, so we are not bound distance or location. I love that about P31 OBS! (That’s Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies…in case you were wondering.)

If you have questions, they are probably answered here.

If you haven’t signed up for the study, click here and look for the red Sign Up tab.

To sign up for our ever so popular conference call series, click here. This series is optional, but everyone who participates, LOVES IT! It’s very fun, interactive, and provides the opportunity for deeper study & extra community & help.  You don’t have to be signed up for the study to participate in the conference call series, but we certainly encourage it!

What are you most looking forward to about this study?  Are you inviting anyone to join you?

Leave us a comment today and you will be entered to win a Limitless Life book and conference call series! You can keep it for yourself or give it to a friend! Winner announced Friday!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Who Says Bible Study Can’t Be Fun?

Ooops, I did it again! Messed up & sent the WRONG VIDEO the first time, so here’s the correct and edited post! Sorry y’all!

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Not me! I love Bible study!

Read this post carefully, because we have some great prizes to give away! (I love prizes too!)

If you are thinking that Bible study is boring or a hassle…I’m happy to report that you are wrong!  At least if you participate in this Bible study you are!  🙂

I don’t want to make light of the Bible here. We are serious about God’s Word and studying God’s Word. But we are also serious about integrating and applying it to our everyday life…the serious, the fun, the trials, the successes, the mundane, the celebrations…well all of it!

We don’t look at the Bible as something you just read for a certain amount of time each day or week and then go about your life. No way! God’s Word is too good for that! We don’t want Bible reading to feel like a chore in your life, we want it to be a pleasure in your life that is good, useful, practical, and meaningful. We do this in a variety of ways and most of them are completely free to you!

1. The Study Blog- This is where the Bible study takes place. During the Limitless Life Study, we will have posts up during the week that will encourage, guide, and challenge you as you read the study book and dig into your Bible. We will have video messages and written messages. Your study leaders, Melissa Taylor, Nicki Koziarz, and Steph Raquel will be here to lead you through, every step of the way. You can participate as little or as much as you like with our OBS community in the comment section of the blog. If you are signed up for the study, these posts will be automatically emailed to you. You can participate any time of day from the comfort of your own home or wherever you choose!

2. Rev It Up LIVE!- I only hope I can do justice to this exciting LIVE event with my words here! It happens each Thursday evening during the Bible study. Rev It Up is a super fun, exciting, fast-paced Bible study that takes place on Facebook. You do have to have a FB account to participate. Each week hundreds and even thousands of ladies from all over the world come together during this time to participate in an interactive Bible study. You simply show up online at the specified time with your Limitless Life book, Bible, notebook, pen, and possibly a few other items (which will be shared with you prior to the event). Amanda Gibson will be your leader. She and the Rev It Up team do NOT disappoint! If you are on Facebook, I highly encourage you to give it a try! The first Rev It Up for this study will be May 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm ET. Check our OBS Facebook page for details and we’ll also post details on the blog. Rev it Up takes place on the P31 OBS FB page.

3. Facebook and Twitter Parties- We will have a few Facebook and Twitter parties during the Limitless Life study. These are somewhat study related, but socially-driven. Let’s face it, we are women and we want to get to know the ladies who are in our big OBS group! This is a great way to do that! We have fun, we learn about each other, we discuss the study and how it’s effecting our lives! Also, what’s a party without prizes??? Yes, there are always prizes! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to participate. Party dates will be announced soon!

4. Kick-Off Party on Facebook next Tuesday, May 20th at 9:00 pm ET. Check it out and RSVP here!– At this party, you’ll meet your study leaders & some members of the P31 OBS team, get a peek into the Limitless Life OBS, get to know a little about each other (Our OBS community!), and we have party favors and some give-aways!  Please join us for this exciting event on Facebook!

5.  Limitless Life Conference Call Series & Community

Watch the video below so you can learn all there is to know about our awesome call series for Limitless Life! ****This is the correct video, unlike the one that was posted and sent before 12:30 pm ET.

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If you are reading this in your email, you probably can’t see the video above. Click here to see the special message Melissa and Nicki have for you!

  • 5 calls with challenging messages from Proverbs 31 staff leaders, Melissa Taylor, Nicki Koziarz, and Lisa Allen
  • Special guests to make you think, laugh, & cry!  🙂
  • Private Facebook  Interactive Community with your very own leader & OBS team, where you will be motivated and challenged to really dig deeper as you move through the Limitless Life book and conference call curriculum. (must be on Facebook to join this group, but you DON’T have to be on Facebook to be a part of the conference call series. This community page is optional.)
  • Weekly wrap-up letter from your call leader to check up on you and follow up the week’s message.

Sign up for the Limitless Life Call Series & Community here.

I hope you are looking forward to getting started!  The ONE thing you must have to do this study is the Limitless Life book. If you don’t have your book, order it today from Proverbs 31 Ministries you can also get the paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon or almost anywhere books are sold. We want to make sure EVERYONE has their book on time!

Ok, if you’ve read through this completely, you are in luck. Answer these questions correctly in the comment section and you will be entered to win a prize courtesy of Proverbs 31 President and NY Times Best Selling Author, Lysa TerKeurst! Just check these 3 prizes out:

  1. Unglued Prize Package:  Unglued book, Unglued DVD, Unglued Participant’s Guide
  2. Made to Crave Prize Package: Made to Crave book, Made to Crave DVD, Made to Crave Participant’s Guide
  3. Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl book

Questions:

  1. What book are we studying in our next OBS?
  2. What is Rev It Up?
  3. When is the date of our Limitless Life Kick-Off Party on Facebook? 
  4. What is the location where Melissa and Nicki are reporting from in the video in today’s post?
  5. Who is the Limitless Life Conference Call Facebook Community Leader? (video)

Winners announced on the Facebook Kick-Off Party next Tuesday, May 20th AND on the blog next Wednesday, May 21st!

Are you ready to have some fun in your Bible study group while also growing stronger in your relationship to God? I hope so, because I know I am!

 

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