Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sweeter Than Chocolate

Check out Pam Gillaspie's study on Psalm 119!

Do you find God’s Word sweeter than chocolate?

Barna Research reports that 90% of American households own a Bible and consider it holy. However, only 37% claim to read it even once a week. Just 25% have read all of it. It seems that owning one is important; reading it is not.

How important is God’s Word in our lives? What kind of role does it play in our writing?

Over the next ten weeks First Writes is going to be studying Psalm 119 and, through it, discovering how important God’s Word is, how it relates to us as writers, and why the psalmist compared its benefits to the sweetness of a special treat!

To help us, we will be using a study aide called a Journible. Journibles are based on Deuteronomy 17:18 where God instructs Israel’s king not to simply acquire a copy of God’s law, but to hand write his own copy.

God knew handwriting passages would help the king retain His Word better than simply hearing the words or reading them. Journibles stem from this same concept.

In Journibles we write out our very own copy of Scripture on the right hand page of the book. On the left page, we will write notes and comments using basic investigative questions—who, what, when, where, why, and how.

In her 6-week study book, Sweeter Than Chocolate: Sweet Words and Real Solutions from God’s Word: An Inductive Study of Psalm 119, Pam Gillaspie asks us to dig deeper into this psalm. Answering the following questions will help:

1. What does the first stanza tell us will bring happiness?
2. Which phrases in these eight verses do you relate to most?
3. What are the benefits of keeping God’s Word?
4. What does this first stanza teach us about God?

We would love to have you join us on this journey through Psalm 119. Journibles are available through many online sources including Reformation Heritage Books.  Pam Gillaspie’s book is available for purchase at Sweeter Than Chocolate.

1 comment:

  1. All the best with your bible study. Hope it goes well. Let me check out the same.

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