Abundant Life

Teaching: Tools for Basic Bible Study – Part Two

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

From the Bible Study Guide

Where should we begin to read the Bible?

There are many strategies that one can take to read and understand the Bible. One successful strategy is to read the New Testament first, starting with one or more of the Four Gospels, then reading sequentially through Acts and the books referred to as the “Church Epistles” (Romans through Thessalonians). After that, read the rest of the New Testament. Another strategy is to read a Gospel such as Matthew and read the parallel records in the other Gospels at the same time (the references directing us to parallel sections are in good study Bibles), then read the Gospel of John, then read Acts, then the Church Epistles. It is a good idea when reading the Bible to keep a piece of paper handy, and write questions down that can be answered at a later time.

When it comes to reading the Old Testament, new readers often get stuck in the more difficult sections, so they never get to the easier and fun parts and really enjoy it. Begin reading the Old Testament knowing that each time you read it you will gain greater understanding. It is also good for the beginner to read the parts that are actual historical accounts. Genealogies, laws, and lists slow the reader down and break the story line. They will be necessary later, but are not helpful to the beginner. A proven way to start understanding the Bible is by reading Genesis; Exodus 1-20, 24, 32-34 and 40; Numbers 11-25 and 32; Deuteronomy 32:44-52 and 34; Joshua 1-12, 13:1 and 22-24; Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles 10 and following (but skip the lists of names) 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.

Read the Old Testament this way a few times and you will begin to get a basic historical understanding of it. It is also helpful to read records in Samuel and Kings along with their parallel records in Chronicles to get the best understanding of both books. Many Bibles have cross references that make it easy to know where to read in Chronicles if you are reading Samuel or Kings, or vice versa.

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If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.

Next week, part three. Thank you for visiting and God bless.

Abundant Life

Teaching: How to Study the Bible

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

Last week, I posted a video and a link to an article about WHY we should study the bible. Here’s an excerpt from the Truth or Tradition “Bible Study Guide” about why we should study the Bible (this is a large PDF file and may take a few minutes to download, but please be patient, it’s WORTH it):

It is important to have the proper perspective about the Bible, and understand why we study it. In these modern times, individualism is highly esteemed, and it has become fashionable for people to read the Bible and ask, “What does this mean to me?” While that question is important, there is one much more important: “What is God saying?”

To answer the first question, “What does this mean to me” does not require any study of the Bible, for any passage of Scripture can mean any number of things to the person reading it. After all, it is simply his opinion. He could be either right or wrong about what the verse is actually saying, but of course it will mean something to him.

God did not author the Bible to be merely a tool for personal reflection and devotion, something we ponder over and are satisfied with what it means to us. No, God gave us His word for many reasons, including, to foster the personal relationship between Himself and us; so we could obey Him and thus have the best possible lives here on earth; so we could know how to build and maintain godly marriages, families, and societies; and so we could know the way of salvation and be assured of everlasting life. We can have these things in part or in whole if we know what God says in His Word and follow His commands. No one, including God, likes to be misunderstood. When we write a letter to someone, we want him to know what we meant, not just what he thought we meant. The Bible is God’s letter to mankind, and it is important we discover and understand what He means.

Finding out what God says and means requires study. Many Christians agree that the Word of God is “the Truth,” yet from one Bible come many differing interpretations of what “the Truth” is. It was never God’s intention that people read the same text and come away with different ideas about what it is saying. In Matthew 22:29, Jesus said to the Sadducees, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” He did not say, “You Sadducees have your opinion, and I have mine, and both opinions are okay with God.” His reference to error implies that there is both a correct and an errant understanding of each verse of Scripture. Consider the following verse:

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

“Correctly handles” is translated from the Greek compound verb, orthotomeo, which is built from the Greek root-words, ortho (straight) and temno (to cut). The idea is that there is a “straight cutting,” correctly handling (NIV) or right dividing (KJV), of the Word of God. There is a way to rightly divide God’s Word so that we get out of it what He intends, and not just our opinion. Also, just as there is a way to rightly divide the Word of God and handle it accurately, there is a way to incorrectly handle the Word and misunderstand or misinterpret it.

In order to rightly divide the Word, we must learn how to study it. And to learn how to study it, we must have tools with which to work with.

For the next eight weeks, I’ll be posting videos that talk about these tools. So, if you’ve ever had the desire to study the Bible but wasn’t sure where to start or how to go about it, stick around, this will be an informative eight weeks that I sincerely hope help and bless you.

For now, let’s begin with an overview of How to Study the Bible:

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By the way, in case you’re curious, I use the NIV version – in fact, I LOVE the NIV version because it just clicks for me. And I also make notes in my Bible so when I go back and read those particular verses, my notes remind me what it’s really saying. Remember, the Bible is something that God has provided you to learn from and USE in your day-to-day life. Don’t be afraid of it, write in it, study it and enjoy it for it provides GREAT peace. 🙂

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting and God bless.

Abundant Life

Teaching: Scientific Evidence That the Bible is True

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

If you don’t believe what the bible says, then how can you build a foundation for your faith or live the abundant life God wishes for you? Last week I posted about what the bible says about itself -it’s God-breathed and recorded by men.

This week, I’m posting a video about how there is scientific evidence that not only is the bible God-breathed and authored by God, but that God talks about things that have been scientifically proven in recent (hundreds of) years. For example, God describes to Job (which, incidentally is the oldest book in the bible!), about the Hydrologic cycle. Now of course, any grade-school student can tell you about the cycle of water, but 4,000 years ago they wouldn’t have POSSIBLY known about what the cycle was or how it worked.

God also reveals that clouds are heavy. It wasn’t until very recently that scientists discovered that clouds do indeed weigh tons and yet, they float. How then could men, mere mortals, know about these things loooooong before it was widely known or even proven?

The Bible is not a science textbook. Nevertheless, it is accurate when it mentions facts within the realm of science. Furthermore, the Bible contains physical knowledge about the world that was not generally known when the writers recorded the words of God. God created the heavens and the earth, and He intimately knows all about His creation. He simply told His prophets about the nature of earth and the universe, and they wrote down the scientific information He gave them.

Although the Bible is not a science textbook, it has some startling scientific information in it—startling primarily because at the time it was written, the information was not known to human beings.

The hydrologic cycle
The fact that water is drawn up from the earth into the air and later comes down as rain was not known in ancient times. Yet God made it clear in His written Word.

Job 36:27 and 28
(27) He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;
(28 ) the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.
Ecclesiastes 1:7
All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

How could writers who lived hundreds of years before Christ know scientific information that we have learned about only in the last centuries? God, who created the heavens and the earth, told them.

The water in clouds
It was not generally known by ancient man that clouds are full of water. The association between clouds and rain was known because it rains only when it is cloudy, but it was definitely not known that even in good weather the fleecy clouds hold literally tons of water, something Job alluded to when he spoke of the “weight” of the clouds.

Job 26:8
He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.

Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.

Because water is heavier than air, clouds have to be “balanced” in the sky. This is not readily apparent to those of us on the ground. It is generally assumed that clouds float because they are lighter than the air, but actually there is a lot of complex physics behind the clouds floating in the air. God spoke of this “balance” to Job some 4,000 years ago:

Job 37:16
Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?

Job 37:16 (Amplified Version)
Do you know how the clouds are balanced…?

You can read the rest of this article here.

And these are just a few examples of God’s wonderful proof that His word is true and can be trusted. Watch the video below for more physical and scientific proof that the bible can be trusted.

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If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting and God bless.

Abundant Life

Teaching: How to Be Saved

We all know there are two issues that are taboo to bloggers – politics and religion. I will, though, occasionally talk about these two issues for two reasons:

1. this blog is a journal of my life and I would like my family to know how I felt about said issues.

2. I would like to show you, dear blog readers, the how and why I believe what I do. Perhaps my beliefs will lead readers who are spiritually insecure, or do not have a very strong faith foundation, onto a dynamic path to spiritual comfort. God has blessed our family. And it’s largely due to the fact that we love God, that we read and trust His word on a regular basis and that we believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ, God’s son, died on the cross for our sins. We are on a journey to please God and as a result, we are successful, we are secure, and we are loved. You too can find peace and happiness in your lives.

We do not go to church. I learned, at a very early age, that pastors/preachers liked to veer off the bible and go off on their own tangents to promote their own agendas. I’m not saying every pastor/preacher is this way, I’m merely saying that the pastor/preachers I’ve had access to in my life were this way – the bottom line was, they were teaching the bible out of context and as a person who’s always had a certain fascination with language, this just didn’t ring true to me; something felt … wrong.

I remember sitting in church one Sunday, listening to the preacher, my attention sharp, my soul hungry to learn about our wonderful God. The preacher referenced a verse in the bible, then proceeded to elaborate on said verse. I continued reading the chapter of the verse he referenced. And I was shocked to discover, that what the preacher was talking about had absolutely nothing to do with what the verse meant. That when you read the context of said verse, it, in fact, meant something completely different. The message was positive and uplifting, the message the preacher was giving us was not. In fact, it was depressing and in essence, he was chastising us for being bad people as a whole and how we were doomed to go to hell.

Once the shock wore off (how could a man of God get it so wrong? I thought), I was furious. God is not about hell and damnation, God is about love, happiness and believing so that we may lead rich, abundant lives, and feel confident enough to go out and share His word with others.

I stopped going to church. I had no desire to step foot into another church. But I was starving to learn more about God. Then I met my husband. And he introduced me to an organization called, “The Way.” They call themselves this because Christ says, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. The Way taught me so much about the bible and what God expects of me. It taught me the meaning of life in general and what I needed out of my own life specifically.

But as is often the case in so many religions, disagreement arose and members of The Way left the ministry to begin their own ministry. Hence, the birth of Truth or Tradition. Truth or Tradition is “dedicated to helping you understand the Word of God, free from the traditions of men.”

Once the founder of The Way passed away, and a new administration took over, the organization felt .. disjointed and we didn’t exactly agree with the direction the new administrators were trying to steer the ministry, so we checked out Truth or Tradition, loved what we saw and have been listening to their teachings ever since.

We currently have bible study, in our home, every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. We sit around our dining room table, bibles in hand, and watch one of the numerous video teachings offered by Truth or Tradition. These teachings have TRULY BLESSED US and we thank God for John W. Schoenheit and his wonderful teaching talents. Our boys have grown up with Mr. Schoenheit and I’m quite confident have a solid faith-based foundation to build the rest of their lives with.

I’m not overly religious – I don’t go out of my way to speak the word of God. But if the occasion arises, and my audience is receptive, then I do not hesitate to tell people about the Truth or Tradition ministry and how it has blessed me and my family.

I feel God has been trying to tell me something these past weeks and I’m just now at a point in my life that I can listen to Him. This blog is a convenient platform in which to help spread His word via the Truth or Tradition teachings. I plan on offering various videos and links to the Truth or Tradition teachings every Sunday; I hope you will take the time to look into this ministry whether you’ve been searching for something like this, or are already established in your current beliefs.

It never hurts to learn about various viewpoints, in all aspects of our lives, in order to gauge whether or not our current beliefs/thoughts/practices are real and true. It’s possible to listen to opposing, or different views, if you will allow yourself to do so.

This first video is wonderful (they’re all wonderful, IMO). It talks about WHY we should get saved. It addresses a lot of popular doubts and questions about salvation and I pray it blesses you.

Thank you for listening and God bless.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.