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This Group is for anyone interested in taking part in an ongoing Bible Study. We will have Topics and suggested verses posted periodically in the place of Discussions, and every member can, when they're online, join in the Study, read the verses and add comments, questions or other relevant verses about the topic.

The Group Leader is not assigned. If interested in posting a Bible Study message Rolf first.

If you would like to down load some of these Bible Studies for personal offline, or group use, we have published a selection of 39 studies as an e-book, 'Collected Bible Studies - For Christians Like You'

Or in UK English version:

Collected Bible Studies for Christians Like You - Anglicised Version

Collected Bible Studies for Christians Like You - Anglicised Version

This is available free of charge from: https://www.free-ebooks.net/search/Derek+P.+Blake (it is free but you will need to join the site.

 

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  • Beloved Dr. Derek has passed on, but the need for new Bible Studies has not. Please, if interested in submitting a Bible Study for consideration or for taking over the Bible Studies on a semi-monthly basis. Send Pastor Rolf information.
  • Dr. Blake, Thank you for your love and devotion to the Bible Studies group. I heard that you are not feeling well, and I wanted to say what's important. A person can get tied up in their daily goings on and never say the simple things like thank you and we love you and appreciate you. We are praying for you. You are not alone and God is with you. God bless,
    Mary
  • Adoration

    We can grow in our relationship with God through prayer. Through prayer, we get into the heart of Christianity. We get to know God better, and we come into God’s presence more and more. Prayer is something we can get better at, and we all grow in it.
    Luke 11:1-2 KJV
    And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
    If anyone could have said, “I don’t need to pray, it would have been Jesus.” Prayer is the one thing that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. Jesus responded to them by giving them the Lord’s Prayer. We can ask the Lord to teach us how to pray.
    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…is adoration. We start by recognizing that God is God, and that He is holy. The instructor pointed out the everybody prays. The difference is when Christians pray, we climb into the lap of the Father. Adoration is taking the opportunity and time to minister to the heart of the Father. It is lifting your heart and mind to God. Through adoration, we aren’t just trying to get something from God. We are ministering to the heart and mind of the Father. Prayer is about intimacy and presence.
    “Adoration: The lifting of the heart and the mind to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence.” (The first course 24/7 Prayer website.)
    Prayer begins with asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence. God’s presence is enjoyable. Prayer is enjoyable. (C.S. Lewis: In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.) Your prayer life is at its best not when you are praying for the big prayers, but when you are praying the tiny prayers. The trivial prayers. Before Adam and Eve sinned, they walked and talked with God all the time. They didn’t have any problems before they sinned but yet they walked and talked with God. Some of us only talk to God about our problems. If something isn’t going wrong, then we don’t talk to God. We should thank God all the time and praise His holy name. What if we don’t know how to talk to God if there isn’t any problems in the world? All we ever talk to Him about is things we need fixed. Talk to God about life. Talk to God about small things, the things that are on our mind. Prayer is more an attitude than a strategy to get God to do what we want Him to do.
    When our prayers are fueled by fear and problems, then there will be a lack of faith in them. When we come to God with a sense of hoping and revelation of who God is, then there will be much more faith, much more expectancy, much more peace and trust in the way we bring our petitions to Him. Adoration is the context for much more appropriate petitions.
    Philippians 4:6 NLT
    Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
    Use the Lord’s Prayer as a model. Think of: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. When you pray, read the Psalms and listen to worship music.
    Matthew 6:9-13 (King James Version)
    After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
    Come into the presence of God, and be still. Enjoy His presence. When we spend that time in God’s presence, use this time to re-center on Jesus. Continually encounter God and enjoy His presence, and practice the presence of Jesus.
    First come before God and enjoy His presence. It’s not a time to come to Him and present Him with our shopping list. Although, He does care about the things we need. Thank Him for loving us and caring for us and teaching us to pray. Prayer is so much more.
  • Praise jesus
  • My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I felt that I was being prompted to give a little explanation of how I approach these Bible Studies. Sometimes, one study seems to follow on from the previous one, and the Spirit points something out to me, which inspires the next study. Generally, however, they start with many of my 'Arrow Prayers' for guidance, asking what the Spirit wants be to focus upon. Sometimes He gives me something early on in the week, when this happens many more 'Arrow Prayers' follow and I write down thoughts that come into my mind, hopefully from the Spirit. On other occasions He holds back until Saturday morning before He inspires me with a thought. Whichever God wishes to do, the studies themselves are written and constructed on Saturday, and they are posted after sunset on Saturday night. Why is this important, you may ask? Well my wife and I believe that the Lord's day is the seventh day, Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, and we do our best to observe the Sabbath as God instructed us. We do no work, other than what is necessary, getting food and drinks for instance, and writing the Bible Study is my way of dedicating this day to my God and honoring His day. Jesus seems to have approved of doing this on the Sabbath, when he asked who would not go out to find/rescue a lost lamb? Of course Jesus used this example to justify His healing of someone on the Sabbath, but it also applies to our spiritual rescue. So I pray that what I write in each Bible Study, starts every brother and sister thinking of the true meaning of God's word.
    Like anyone I am not immune to making mistakes, and if you think that have said something wrong or incorrect, I would ask that you respond and tell me, I will not feel hurt by it, I am not precious, I promise. We are, after all, charged to check out everything we hear or read, and hold on to what is good.
    I hope that the studies bless you.
    In God's love,
    Derek
  • Hello members of the Bible Study Group, I am sure you have by now noticed that our dear brother Minister Michael Burris seems to have gone AWOL, he has certainly been sorely missed by me. I am also sure that you have missed his thought provoking and well organised studies that we all used to look forward to each week. We are all praying for his return to CLM, and praying that all is well with him, in the mean time Pastor Rolf has asked me to take over the responsibility of presenting a new study each week-end, I will try to post these studies between 23:00 and midnight (UK time) every Saturday night. I would ask for your prayers over this, that I am open to the leading of the Spirit. I am sure that I will not be able to achieve the standard that brother Burris achieved here, but with your prayers I hope to present something that will make you think and ponder the Word of God
    Following on from last week I feel that it is right to continue with a series on the Gifts & Fruits of the Spirit.
    Thank you for your prayers and patience.
  • Its a blessed day from our Lord and Savior Jesus... Help me to know him better...
  • Hello Bible Study Members!
    Minister Burris will start doing the Bible Studies again this week. I'm sure we're all grateful for his work here, his insights into the Word, and The Lord leading him in this. Thank you, Jesus!

    Pastor Rolf

  • Just a reminder: When commenting on a Bible Study discussion (above) comment in the discussion, not on this page so we can keep the comments connected to the study being commented on.

    • Pastor Rolf, I'm confused, I'm sorry. If I have a comment or question on the lesson, am I to ask or discuss it right below the lesson or do I go to "Forums"?
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