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05. How can we know what is right?

Warn youth about false religious leaders who teach that Jesus is not God but a good man, that heaven is earned by being good, or that the Bible isn’t all true.

If we don’t study the Bible, how will we know who to believe?

Measure everything by God’s ruler – the Bible.

Read: 1 Kings 18:17-40

  1. Who do you think the “prophets of Baal” and the “prophets of Asherah” mentioned in verse 19 might be? (They were false religious leaders who led the people to worship the wrong way. They taught that there were other gods besides the real God.
  2. Did they follow God’s rules or make their own?
  3. Are there any false religious teachers today?
  4. What kind of things do they teach? (That you must follow the teachings of a certain man in order to be accepted by God; that Jesus is not really God, but he was a good man; that you can go to heaven by being good; that you can’t be go to heaven unless you are good (Nobody can be good enough to deserve heaven.); that the Bible is not completely true.
  5. Just like the prophets of Baal, false religious leaders today want to make their own rules. Was God pleased with those who made their own rules in Elijah’s day?
  6. Is He pleased with those who make their own rules instead of following the Bible today?
  7. How can you know which church or religious group teaches God’s way? (Study the Bible for yourself. The Bible is God’s ruler. You can measure everything by it. If it doesn’t fit what the Bible teaches, it is wrong.)
  8. If we don’t study the Bible for ourselves, how will we know who to believe?

Next – Lesson 6: Are we willing to stand alone?


I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.

04. Who is to blame?

Ahab led people to sin and the Lord sent famine to warn him to repent. The king assigned blame and pointed fingers at Elijah – teaching children to be accountable.

We shouldn’t blame others when we are wrong.

God sends famine to warn Ahab that he needs God’s help

Read: 1 Kings 18:1-16

  1. Why was Elijah going to see King Ahab? (verse 1 — God told him to.)
  2. Why do you think King Ahab had been looking for Elijah? (verse 10 — He knew the God Elijah served had sent the famine.)
  3. The Bible tells us why God sent the famine in the verses right before God told Elijah that he would send it. Just before God sent Elijah to the brook where the ravens would feed him, the Bible says: (Read 1 Kings 16:30-33.) Why did God send the famine? (King Ahab was leading the people into wickedness and God was trying to get him to turn back to God.)

Read: 1 Kings 18:17-18

  1. Who did King Ahab blame for the famine?
  2. Who was really to blame? (Ahab)
  3. Do you think Ahab deep down knew he was responsible?
  4. How does this apply to us?

Next – Lesson 5: How can we know what is right?


I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.

03. Will we be cowardly or courageous?

Obadiah, courageous in face of possible death, risked being killed for obedience to God. An excellent role model, he respected the position of his wicked boss.

Doing right when it’s easier to do wrong

Obadiah was afraid, but he did the right thing

Read: 1 Kings 18:1-16

  1. Where was Elijah going when he met Obadiah? (He was going to see King Ahab — verse 1)
  2. Where was Obadiah going? (He was going through all the land looking for grass where the horses and mules could eat (verse 5)
  3. Why were they having a hard time finding pasture land for the animals? (verse 3)
  4. Who was Obadiah? (verse 3)
  5. What was Obadiah’s attitude toward God? (verse 3, 12b)
  6. What did Obadiah do to 100 prophets of the Lord when Jezebel wanted to kill them? (verse 4, 13)
  7. Why was Obadiah afraid to tell King Ahab that Elijah was come into the land? (verse 7-16 — King Ahab had been seeking everywhere for Elijah. Obadiah was afraid Elijah would leave before King Ahab could see him. Then Ahab might kill Obadiah because he let Elijah get away.)
  8. When Elijah promised to stay, what risk did Obadiah take in obedience to God’s command through the prophet Elijah? (He told Ahab even though he could have been killed if Elijah had decided to leave.)
  9. Obadiah loved God, but his boss, King Ahab, did not. Was Obadiah obedient and respectful to his wicked boss? (Yes — verse 5,6)
  10. Should we respect those in authority if they don’t always do what is right? (We can respect their position, and we can be obedient as long as we are not asked to do wrong ourselves.)

Next – Lesson 4: Who is to blame?


I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.

02. What will we do?

Leading children to follow Christ and trust him in life’s choices. Teaching kids that we have God’s best when we live by God’s plan and choose his way.

If we refuse to follow God, we miss his plans to meet our needs.

Elijah helps a widow and her son

Read: 1 Kings 17:7-24

  1. How did Elijah know what to do when the brook dried up? (verse 8).
  2. How do we know what to do when problems come? God will guide us to make the right decisions as long as we look to him (Read Proverbs 3:5-6).
  3. What did the widow woman tell Elijah when he asked for bread?
  4. The widow woman lived in Zarepath, a land where people worshipped other gods, not the real God. But they had heard about the real God. How did the widow woman show that she believed in the real God? (verse 14-15)
  5. How did god honor her faith? (verse 16)
  6. If she had refused to help Elijah, would he have been there to help her when her son died?
  7. Challenge Question: What does this teach us about refusing to obey God? (If we refuse to follow God’s plan for our lives, we miss out on the things God has planned to meet our needs.)
  8. What did the widow woman give God? (everything she had)
  9. What does God want us to give him? (everything)
  10. When we give God everything we have, what does he do for us? (He takes care of us.)

Next – Lesson 3: Will we be cowardly or courageous?


I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.

01. How big is God?

God is bigger than drought, famine, and storm. He sends rain and ravens to feed Elijah. Jesus stills the winds and the boat crosses safely. For moms, dads and teachers.

God is bigger than anything!

Sharing Jesus’ provision for food and care in life’s storms when your child is afraid

Read: 1 Kings 17:1-6

  1. Who gave Elijah the ability to stop the rain?
  2. When there is no rain, what happens? What is this called?
  3. Why did the ravens feed Elijah? (verse 4)

Read: Mark 4:35-39

  1. Challenge Question: Besides the fact that Jesus was on the boat, why else should they have known that they would get to the other side? (verse 35).
  2. Does God always keep His word?
  3. The ravens obeyed God. The storm obeyed God. What does this tell you about God?
  4. What problem do you have that God is big enough to solve?

Next – Lesson 2: What will we do?


I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.

00. Lessons from Elijah: devotions for teaching children – introduction

For children’s workers and parents – make God’s Word exciting for youngsters in home, Sunday School class, assembly programs, church, and children’s hour.

The best place to start is at home

Lessons I taught my children

When my children were small, I struggled to teach them from God’s word daily. I didn’t always accomplish this, but it was a constant goal. I tried to plan ahead, using either material written by someone else, or my own thoughts.

I found it most beneficial to them when I shared on their level the things God was teaching me in my own life. When I did, my enthusiasm and excitement made the material come alive for my children. Most of my own thoughts and devotions were items that were fresh on my heart, and I usually didn’t write them down before sharing with my children.

However, I do have a few things that I wrote to share with them. Perhaps these items will give you some ideas to develop your own devotional scenarios with your children from the things God is teaching you.

The devotions here are mostly in question format. I tried to arouse my children’s curiosity and stimulate their participation with questions. Between the lines, we had opportunity for discussion and learning as we shared together.

I wrote the Lessons From Elijah devotions while I was in Bible Study Fellowship studying the material on the major and minor prophets of the Bible.

Next – Lesson 1: How big is God?


I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.

00. How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time – Introduction

The simple habit of spending quiet time alone with God daily takes only minutes, yet we resist it. This investment pays rich dividends when we dare to accept the challenge.

Have you spent time with God today?

The best Bible teacher

I learned the value of spending time alone with God when I was in high school. A beloved pastor, who was like a father to me, encouraged us to look up and read the Scripture references for the Daily Bible Readings listed in our Sunday School Quarterly each week. The only Bible we had back then was the King James Version, but I enjoyed the challenge of understanding it. While we were left to ourselves to comprehend the meaning, we really were not alone. I soon learned that the Holy Spirit is the best Bible teacher. I loved using my concordance to research and compare Scriptures. I fell in love with God’s Word during this time.

Flyleaves are for promises

I began finding answers for my daily needs in the Scriptures, and looked forward to reading my Bible before I went to sleep each night. I was amazed to find that this book, written so many years ago, is relevant to the difficulties I experience each day. I began writing promises from my Bible study into the flyleaves of the Bible I received for Christmas in 1960, the year I entered high school. I knew that some day God would answer those promises for me but, even then, I understood that the answers might not come immediately. My daily time with God in his Word sustained me as I waited for the fulfillment of promise.

The leather is crumbling on my old high school Bible now, and I have it encased in plastic. But I love to look through its pages, especially the flyleaves where I penciled promises from that dear Book so many years ago. Every promise I wrote in those flyleaves has been fulfilled many times over.

I knew I had found a special treasure Book when I began my daily time with God. But the bounty I continue to find in God’s Word each day has proven to be more valuable than I ever imagined back then. I’ve found answers to why, and how, and when, and all the questions we ask about life. I’ve learned that God has it all figured out, always does it best, and that I can depend upon the the truths he shows me each day in his Word.

Why I wrote these Quiet Time lessons

In the late 1990’s, I sometimes talked with women in chat room ministry about the importance of spending personal time in God’s Word. I set up my first website to provide a reference I could refer other women to and, In 1998, I wrote the How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time lessons to place on that site. In 1999, we became Hope in a House Divided, and I have updated these lessons as I moved them to this, our newest Hope in a House Divided site, in April of 2009.

Many blessings await you as you establish a daily “Quiet Time.” Have you spent time with God today? If not, there’s no better time to get started!

God bless you,
Lois

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study.
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

05. Online resources for daily Bible study


Devotional material on the net; web-based commentaries and helps for Bible study; browsing for nuggets from the electronic version of Holy Scriptures.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Comprehensive Bible study and devotional links

The Bible says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). Here are some online Bible study resources to help.

Daily devotional links

Christian Radio

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. A good Bible translation to use in my quiet time.
04. How to get started with a daily quiet time
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study
Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading

Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading. You’ve made a commitment to read the Bible each day. Do you read it from cover to cover, or is there a better plan?

Where do I start?

Here are some ideas to get you started

A Proverb a Day for Wisdom

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. This book contains the most profound wisdom man has ever known.

Plan to read a chapter each day, one for each day of the month. Read the one that corresponds to that day. For example, on the 17th of the month, read Proverbs 17.

If you miss a day, you don’t have to try to catch up. Just read the Proverb for the appointed day. You may want to read these Proverbs in a different translation each month.

A Psalm a Day to Drive the Devil Away

Years ago a pastor shared this item. I have no idea where the original source is, but it has been helpful to many. Just read the Psalm listed each day, and start over the next week. You will read the same seven Psalms every week. These Psalms were selected because they are so meaningful to the issues we face today.

Monday – Psalm 73 – “Problem of the prosperity of the wicked”
Tuesday – Psalm 103 – “Praise for all God’s blessings”
Wednesday – Psalm 37 – “Cool it! Walk by faith”
Thursday – Psalm 139 – “God’s all-seeing eye”
Friday – Psalm 122 – “Joyful anticipation of God’s house”
Saturday – Psalm 51 – “The need for cleansing”
Sunday – Psalm 43 – “Cleansed, and ready for worship and service”

Ideas for Branching Out

Don’t limit yourself to only Psalms or Proverbs however. You need a plan that will nurture you from all the Spiritual food groups of God’s Word. Here are some ways to accomplish that:

  • Use the concordance in the back of your Bible or a Bible promise book (several types of these are available in Christian bookstores) to find all the promises you can in the Bible. Determine which promises are unconditional and which ones are based upon a condition that we must meet.
  • Use your concordance to study the lives Bible people. Try to determine what made them great, or what made them fall short. Notice how God worked in their lives, and their responses. Learn from their examples.
  • Read and study one book of the Bible at a time. Read a chapter, or just a few verses each day. If you are new to Bible study, try starting with the book of St. John, then read Acts and continue on through the New Testament. Then go back to Genesis and begin reading the Old Testament.
  • When you come to the “begets and begots” and other passages which seem boring, just skip over these for now. God has them there for a reason, and some day you will want to go back and explore the truths hidden underneath their surface.
  • If you come to something you don’t understand, just try to apply the things you do understand. None of us understands the Bible completely. It has very simple as well as very profound truths in it. God will gradually teach us more and more as we read it. The things that are hard to understand at first will become easier to understand as we study the Bible as a whole.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study

Selecting a Bible translation: Which version of God’s Word is best for daily study? Difference between modern translations and paraphrases; archaic language and reference Bibles.

Everyone needs a Bible in their own language.

Translations and Paraphrases

The Bible has been translated into many languages today. You can read the bible online in 35 different languages at BibleGateway.com. Choose a Bible translation that you can understand, but be sure it is an accurate translation.

The King James Version (KJV) has stood the test of time. It is all the English speaking world had for centuries. Because this is the translation that God allowed to be provided to so many for so long, many people feel that we should not depart from it. Its poetical beauty is unmatched by any other translation.

However, because of its archaic language, many people find the KJV difficult to understand in our day. There are several good translations available today.

The New King James Version (NKJV) is very similar to the KJV, retaining much of the poetical beauty and original form. But archaic words are updated, making it easier to comprehend.

The New International Version (NIV) is a personal favorite of mine. (I use the Large Print Thompson Chain Reference Bible-NIV because of it’s excellent study helps and ease of reading. See more about this Bible below.) The New American Standard Version (NASB) is also a good translation. These two translations are easy to understand, yet they retain a formal beauty in language.

The Contemporary English Version (CEV) published by the American Bible Society is another good translation, written in a more everyday language.

If you choose to study from a translation other than the KJV, it is good to use a copy of the KJV alongside your other translation, so that you are always comparing with the translation that God has allowed to be the standard for so long.

Be sure to choose a “translation” and not a “paraphrased version” as your main Bible for reading and study. Translations are translated from the original language in which the Scriptures were written (mainly Greek and Hebrew.) Paraphrased versions are the writer’s paraphrase (rewording) to give what they understand to be the meaning of the text. They can be used as a commentary on the Scriptures, but always alongside a good translation such as the KJV.

Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible

There are many good study Bibles available today. My favorite study Bible is the traditional Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible. I recently ordered the Large Print Thompson Chain Reference Bible-NIV, and I love it. I started with a small print version of Thompson’s about 30 years ago, purchased a larger print about 15 years ago, and now have graduated to the large print version.

Some reviewers have reported poor quality from Thompson’s Chain Reference Bibles published by Nelson. For example, one reviewer says that The One From Kirkbride is the higher quality. He writes, “If you want the quality made one you have to get one that comes from the original publisher Kirkbride Publishing company. They sold the right to Nelson Publishers to publish the Thompson Chain as well at a lower price.”

Other reviewers have said similar.  See:
Kirkbride Still Makes a Quality Bible and
BB Kirkbride NKJV Thompson My New Choice

The Thompson’s Bible I have linked to above as my personal favorite is published by Kirkbride. I’ve only had it for a couple months now, but it appears to be of the same superior quality that my previous Thompson’s Chain Reference Bibles have been. It is a smyth-sewn, red-letter, black bonded leather edition, and all pages appear to be well sewn and intact.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted