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Ten new studies on special animals in the Bible have now been placed together on a new "ANIMALS" page. There is a worksheet for each study plus notes which bring out the main points and applications. The most recently study is on the viper that bit Paul in Acts chapter 28. This is a great set for personal or group study, and it can be adapted for use with children as well. (August 16, 2022)
BIBLE TOP 55 PEOPLE
The Top 55 list of those who are mentioned most in the Bible, begins, of course with #1, Jesus. The cards are great for teaching and educational games. (There are many different games.) The booklet is for reference & study. -- In English or Japanese
BIBLE TOP 60 WOMEN
Which of the women in the Bible are mentioned more? The list shows the top ranked women from 1 to 60. Sarah is #1, and Esther is #2. How high is Mary ranked?
The cards are for many fun games, and teaching, in English or Japanese.
The top list in this booklet is of the people in the Bible ranked from 1 to ~385. Other lists are topical or alphabetical. These lists are great for reference, study, games, and quizzing.
The Four Gospels
GRAPHICS: color-coded, topical summary charts, and chapter-by-chapter data on various themes. Each chart has all four Gospels together on one page. There is also a "Find Waldo" like game. -- in English or Japanese
Women in the Gospels
GRAPHICS: color-coded, topical summary chart, and chapter-by-chapter data on women in the four Gospels. All four Gospels are together on one page. This set is one of several in the Four Gospels set and is in English and Japanese.
UNO ® In Counseling
You only have one life. So use your abilities for God. They vary from person to person. Red cards = physical; green cards = wealth; blue cards = mental; yellow cards = social. We win by using our cards for God, not by keeping them.
Life Is Not Fair, but...
Abilities vary greatly with the person. The red cards = physical, green cards = wealth, blue cards = mental, yellow cards = social, We win by using our cards not by keeping. them. God will judge fairly.
PLUS+ Bible Studies
This is a great easy-to-use method. Look for negatives. Look for the positives. Choose the top negative. Choose the top positive. Then make applications.
What is a good idea?
Truly good ideas have four key aspects. Eight examples of good or bad ideas in the Bible are studied. These can be used as counseling tools on decision making and the will of God.
The more __ the better.
More what? Fill in the blank and then discuss your answers. This is a great way to have a lively discussion on what is truly important in life. General principles and personal aspects are both covered. There is a list of possible answers, which can be used for a fun game if desired.
Beyond the Darkness
Ezekiel's ministry to the captives in Babylon was, of course, prophetic, but it was also counseling. The people needed to understand and look beyond their sad present reality to see the future glory of the Lord. We do as well.
The 20 studies include: Asenath, Joseph's Wife, Moses Mother, Naomi's Neighbors, Phoebe, Peter's Wife, and the noble woman in 2nd. John.
People in David's Life
These 21 studies include many lesser-known men and women such as: Michal, Mephibosheth, Abigail, Uriah, and the prophet Gad. -- The set is available in English and Japanese. -- Some games are included.
The 20 studies include: the artisans in Exodus, the Priests at the Jordan, Naaman's servants, Elihu in Job, Amos, and Paul's Nephew.
The 20 studies include: Jotham, a son of Gideon, the trampled officer in 2 Kings 6-7, Agur in Proverbs 30:1, Jason in Acts 17, and the three men in 3rd. John.
Wheel of Discovery
How would you describe various events, things, verses, and passages in the Bible? The 1,400+ descriptive terms on the master list will help you quickly and accurately describe anything and anyone in the Bible.
You can quickly scroll past many terms and go on to spend more time thinking about others.
of the Lord Jesus
These are important and challenging studies, BUT they are fairly easy to do because of the use of worksheets which most Descriptive Studies do not have. So they are good for those new to the descriptive method.
Eighteen studies through Mark using Describe-It-Yourself lists and cards.
Each study in this set has 28 Describe-It-Yourself cards which can be used for teaching and study related games.
Eight studies in Luke with Describe-It-Yourself lists and cards.
Each study in this set has a subset of the Describe-It-Yourself cards which can be used for teaching and study related games.
In several of the many studies in this set, lesser-known characters are the focus, but in most studies key events, messages, or ministries are the focus. The descriptive method is used. Several studies are on the life of Paul.
The studies in this set are on passages in which God is never or rarely mentioned. Thus they appear to be "godless," but they really are not.
On the left side of the list are 101 good things that God does: created all things, communicates, saves, judges, answers prayer, etc. On the right side of the list are 101 thoughts on what we should do in response.
The Bible Top 55 booklet and cards are used for a survey study of sin as seen through those who are mentioned most in the Bible. Of course, the Lord Jesus was NOT a sinner, but there is much to learn from well-known sinners like Saul, David, and Absalom. There is forgiveness for those who repent.
The Bible Top 55 booklet and cards are used for a survey study of war and peace as seen through those who are mentioned most in the Bible. Satan is active. So peace is a rare special blessing. Yet, God is still in control.
These studies are not super popular, of course, but they are timely and much needed.
The Bible Top 55 booklet and cards and people are used for a survey study of joy in the lives of through those who are mentioned most in the Bible.
These Bible character studies are, of course, more popular than SIN 101 and WAR 101, but this set includes studies on the lack of joy caused by sin and war.
The popular stress on various social aspects of church life and theology are part of a world-wide socialistic movement. Yet many wrongly believe that it is simply about being more friendly and open to others than in the past. So the biblical focus on service must be rediscovered.
Four methods are used in this set of material: 1.) Questions asked, 2.) What God did? 3.) Top 55 in Genesis, and 4.) studies on Joseph
John is about genuine belief in Jesus and is approached in two ways. First, questions asked in John are studied in a creative, interactive way. Second, a unique format is used in a commentary of over 200 pages. (This is now being revised and edited.)
Saved to Serve
What is the purpose of Romans? It is not just about salvation. The goal is for us to serve God. So chapter 12 must be taken every bit as seriously as chapter eight. The same is true of chapter 16 in which many servants of the Lord are mentioned. We are saved to serve!
Most of the studies in this set are done with Describe-It-Yourself cards.
20 YOUTH QUESTIONS
The twenty questions in this set -- which youth in the Bible were asked -- can be used in a variety of ways in youth groups, home school settings, or Christian schools.
Most of these studies make use of Describe-It-Yourself terms and the Wheel of Discovery tool.
Christian Life Design
In 2 Peter 1:5-7
Peter gave us an orderly blueprint of the Christian life, from faith to love, in which none of the eight virtue may be skipped.
The first step of adding virtue means to do good based on faith, like those in Hebrew 11. The final three virtues are all forms of service.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
How would you describe the Lord's Prayer? The Describe-It-Yourself cards and terms can be used to do so. There is a summary chart and an optional game. One of the key points in this set is the Lord's Prayer is 3D.
22 Devotional Hikes
The 22 stanza in Psalm 119 are like 22 trail sections. There is an application at the end of each devotional trail report. The trail analogy helps with understanding and making applications.
One key study in this set shows why Jeremiah was probably the author of Psalm 119. For instance, verse 46 shows that the author was a prophet rather than a king like David. There are detailed studies and games.
WALK Bible Studies
The four easy steps in WALK inductive study are: W. (watching) A. (analyzing), L. (linking), and K. (knowing what to do). The linking step is where analogy comes into play. "What is this passage like?"
without getting lost
A color-coded summary chart of the book is used like a great map. Without it, it is easy to get lost in Jeremiah. Both Jeremiah and Psalm 119 contain a lot about persecution and how to overcome it.
Various methods are used to study Exodus including: 1.) the Top 55, 2.) questions asked, 3.) things God did, 4.) studies on individuals, and 5.) Jethro's good idea in chapter 18.
Five of the seven studies in this set are descriptive, making use of Describe-It-Yourself Cards. The first of these is on the crossing of Jordan. The second such is on the Commander of the Lord's army in chapter five.
Two of the eight studies involve Gideon, and two are on Samson. Often the focus is on lesser-known people whom God used.
Life is not fair, but God is. One way to study this great truth is to think about and discuss how the main characters in the Book of Ruth were blessed in different ways. Doing so is one of eight studies in this set.
The third king of Israel is impressive in many ways but is rarely studied. This set of seven studies is practical and devotional. Yet it also develops key prophecy related points that are often missed.
Most of these studies make use of Describe-It-Yourself terms and the Wheel of Discovery method.
One of the six studies is on the story of the lost ax head. Most studies are focused on lesser-known people around Elisha.
Five study methods are used in the Esther set. Four main characters are in the Bible Top 55, and these are studied using the "Esther Top Four" game. Another study is on seeing God in the Book, even though He is not directly mentioned.
JOB is tops in questions, with far more questions asked than in any other book. A summary chart shows where they are in the book so that some can be described and discussed. Also, there's a special study on Elihu.
The main purpose of the S.E.E.D. studies is to assure that God is never overlooked. The reading of chapters as "Salads" helps us appreciate all the healthy, God-given variety. And the various Summary charts are for hearty, in-depth studies.
In Amos, the roar of the lion (3:4, 8) and the Lord himself (1:2) represents approaching judgement. Yet, there will be a happy ending for those who fear the Lord (9:11-15).
Many worksheets help describe someone or some thing, passage after passage, through the Gospel. -- Users agree or disagree with worksheet lines and discuss their difference of opinion.
LADIES IN LUKE
A good worksheet allows much to be discovered without wasting space and time. The Ladies in Luke worksheet is one of the best ever in that regard. It is short and simple, yet profound.
The compass diagram points are: North = God, South = sin, East = the group, and West = the individual.
The studies in this set are on individuals and groups, including: Jonah & the seamen and the adulterous Woman & her accusers (John 8).
The Bible teaches that our true security is in the Lord, but the Japanese seek security in their group. Their focus is on the present, and eternity is disregarded. This, of course, is contrary to Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.
JON'S OPINION PAGE
Various short articles on this page show what the author thinks about a variety of somewhat controversial topics.
The simplest and best way to diagram a Bible verse or passage is to create a visual centered around the verbs. This makes Bible memory work much easier.
The special animals in the Bible, such as Balaam's talking donkey and the ravens that fed Elijah were ordinary animals that God used in special ways.
Our original Christmas Basketball game is a great way to help friends and family talk about Christ's birth. There are simple, one-point "foul shots" concerning what Christmas is not as well as more difficult but thought-provoking three-pointers in which three Bible characters are mentioned.
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