Bible Studies, Reading Plans & Prayers
Here are some studies by topic that I've researched, compiled, and utilized over the years. Some are in teaching format (like a commentary), while others are in personal or group study format (with space to fill in your answers and provide for discussion). Follow the tabs for the studies, and print and use as desired.
Prayers can be found as you scroll down further. Make sure to check out the prayer for freedom from strongholds, and please let me know if you have any questions or testimonies to share.
Finally, if you're looking for supplemental sermons, you'll see at the bottom of this page a link to my husband's sermons on our church site. Fantastic topics and sound teaching.
Spiritual Roots to Disease
While there is still much to learn about the connection between our thoughts and our health, great strides have been made in the medical field in the past few decades, exposing evidence of what God has already shared with us in the Bible: yes, in many cases, there are spiritual roots to disease. Here is an excellent resource, broken into short, daily-reading sections, that delves into this exciting, life-changing topic. I personally recommend following this teaching prior to (or at the least, alongside) looking up your specific disease (listed on the 7-page document to the right/below).
List of Diseases & Their Spiritual and Emotional Strongholds
This is a 7-page list of specific diseases and the mind-body connection that both ministries and the medical industry have discovered in the past 25 years. When I first learned that 80% of physical diseases tend to be rooted in spiritual/emotional issues of the soul, it took me some time to understand it and begin walking in freedom. Please don't read this list and feel bad about yourself. Instead, let your discovery of these truths be freeing...and healing. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and by the stripes of Jesus we are healed! (Psalm 139, Isaiah 53) You can also print and pray through the sample freedom prayers below, inserting your specific roots in the blanks.
Bible Reading Plans: 2022
Have you read through the entire Bible yet? If that seems too overwhelming, you can start smaller, like reading the New Testament in a year, or doing a Psalm a day. And it's never too late to start. Even if it's mid-year, you can begin a plan. There are many ways to structure regular Bible reading: this link offers many plans along with personal online progress charts. Please don't delay. Start daily reading today.
God our Creator, We the Created: Living in Love Towards God, Others, and Self
We were created to live in harmony with God, others, and ourselves. While sin messed up everything, Jesus came and fixed it all. If we live by His Word, we truly can be at peace again with God, others, and yes, even ourselves.
I think it's so cool how God made us in His image. One aspect of that, I believe, is how each of us, like our Creator, has 3 distinct parts (body, soul, and spirit), yet still exists as one person. God Himself is One, yet He consists of 3 different parts: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a one-page document listing the Scripture references proving this marvelous Trinity.
Okay, here's the deal in a nutshell: Jesus has given us victory over sin. So why do we still sin? Further, why do Christians get stuck in sinful patterns and strongholds? The answer to that has been studied by great minds for centuries, but to sum up it up as simply as possible, I'd propose it's because we're in a spiritual battle. A spiritual battle requires spiritual weapons. And spiritual weapons must be brandished.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
Could it be that we haven't been taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ? Have we yet to fully utilize our spiritual weapons through prayer?
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12
Yes, determining to change our behavior is important. Yes, choosing to obey God is critical. But we must also learn how to resist the devil. Then he will flee. (James 4:7) I'm still a work in progress with this-- I've got so far to go! But as I put to practice God's word more and more, the enemy seems to gain ground less and less.
Our battle is spiritual. Here are some spiritual tools that help me wage war and walk in victory. I've discovered that they bring success in all areas-- both spiritual and physical.
Taking Authority Over the Enemy
Jesus lived, died, resurrected, ascended, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, "far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come." (Ephesians 1) His Word also says that we, who are in Christ, are seated with Him now in the heavenlies! (Ephesians 2) Are you praying from that position of authority in Christ?
The Lord's Prayer-- Prayed, not Just Recited
For centuries, believers have spoken “The Lord’s Prayer” as Jesus instructed in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. It is a powerful prayer. If we are not careful though, reciting these verses can become mindless, rote, and ritualistic. Here is a guide to engaging in this glorious prayer in a heartfelt, meaningful way that cultivates personal, transforming conversation with God.
The Lord's Prayer-- with Teaching Points
This is another guide for the Lord's Prayer, with simple explanations and word-by-word prayer ideas. It's ideal for any age and can easily be used to teach others, including children or youth. It's never too early (or late, if you have older youth in your care) to teach young ones how to pray personally through Scripture. Even if they can't read yet, you can lead them into truth, by helping them memorize the verses and put the prayer points into practice.
Would you like further study on topics like Freedom from Rejection, Anger, Jealousy, Victim Mentality, or Self-Pity? How about an overview of the Fear of the Lord, "Why Church?," or a message about Unmasking the Occult? Would you like to hear about the End Days or to find comfort in the truths of Psalm 91? Feel free to scroll through my husband's sermons on our church site for some rich, deep teaching through God's Word. Don't forget to search for one of my favorite, timeless series from 2019, "Not Taking Offense." Life- changing for sure.