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Bible Study Methods Episode List

Enjoy wandering through the tool store! These are topics already in line for release, one per week. Check back periodically to see the ones we add.

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53. Hope: In the Brain
Hope is a function of spirit, soul and body – or brain in this case. Even if your spirit wants to hope, your brain can limit your ability to hope. There are tools for healing the brain.

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52. Land: Design
So a city has a bad rap. It was not designed for that. This we know. Here are some tools for finding out what good God placed in cities where sin became robust.

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51. Authority: Moral Authority
Some visitations created peace. Some conflict. Manoah showed his sexism. Rhonda showed her lack of faith. Daniel’s lion’s den experience produced instant unemployment.

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50. Visitations: Conflict
Some visitations created peace. Some conflict. Manoah showed his sexism. Rhonda showed her lack of faith. Daniel’s lion’s den experience produced instant unemployment.

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49. Tools: Perspective
What was Peter thinking when Jesus was talking to the Gadarene? The perspective of each of the people involved in a Bible story matters a lot. Here are some tools to consider.

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48. Generations: Restoration
In the ‘70s the hippies started to get saved. Was that generation restored? Or just saved? What would it look like for your family line to be restored? What is the metric?

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47. Hope: Manifestation
Naomi found hope when Ruth worked for Boaz. Daniel found hope when he read Jeremiah’s prophecy. Peter found hope when the angel arrived. What manifestation would it take for you?

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46. Land: Restoration
Have you ever cleansed land? Cool, but that is so 1990s. The cutting edge these days is restoring land? But restoring to what? That is the question we will explore here.

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45. Authority: Consequences
Jesus rarely pulled rank and forced His will on the disciples. He did all the time with others. What can we learn from studying the consequences of the use of heavy handed authority?

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44. Visitations: The Impact
God visited Jacob at Bethel. No impact. He visited him at Jabbok. Big impact. There is much wisdom in studying the varied levels of impact from a divine visitation.

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43. Tools: Paraphrasing
God ordained four gospels, because each man saw things through his own grid. And this has benefitted the Body of Christ. Paraphrasing the Bible is a way of seeing truths in a more nuanced way.

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42. Generations: Devouring
Adam and Eve cost us all something big. Solomon cost his dynasty most of the land and people. Each generational sin has a specific devouring. Explore the range and scope of those devourings.

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41. Hope: Conditions
False hope is doled out prolifically. When God offers hope, there is a wide range of conditions attached to it. This episode explores a range of conditional and unconditional proffers of hope.

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40. Land: Damage
God has damaged a lot of land through judgment. Sodom’s destruction was rather obvious. Droughts and locust, equally as obvious. But there are more subtle judgments on land that we also need to know about.

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39. Authority: Achieved
We tend to be highly cognizant of authority we don’t have. However, Scripture is mostly stories about people who HAVE authority. This episode explores the process people went through to get that authority.

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38. Visitations: The Range
What does God accomplish with a visitation? Generally there is information shared, but how many more things happen during a visitation that couldn’t be accomplished in a dream or a vision?

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37. Tools: Writing
There are three major tools for input into our brain: eyes, ears and hands. When we are manually copying Scripture it does different things in our brain, and our comprehension.

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36. Generations: Change in Two
God’s intent is that each generation stands on the shoulders of those who came before. The plan does not always work out. This is a study in a series of just two generations to measure different facets of change that has been recorded in Scripture.

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35. Hope: Announcements
When Jesus was born, the angels shouted the message of hope into the atmosphere with intensity. When John the Baptist proclaimed hope, it was in a harsh key of music. How many other packages has hope come in, during the past generations?

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34. Land: Characteristics
All land is not created equal. Each has a specific set of characteristics designed by The Creator. Far beyond simply being a place to plop a human community, land is a carrier of the life of God. Let’s explore some of the different flavors of land in Scripture.

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33. Authority: Intentions
God gives a wide variety of authority to different people. We tend to look too closely at the authority. More to the point is what reason He had in giving it. What did He intend to accomplish on earth by giving some segment of heaven’s authority to man?

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32. Visitations: The Cause
God has come to mankind many times. Studying those personal visitations to planet earth provides a wealth of insight into the nature of God. The first facet of that study needs to be the question of what motivated His coming? He came personally to Cain, Abraham, Gideon and Samuel among others. Why?

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31. Tools: Bookends
The first and last usage of a word in Scripture often gives us insight into the whole meaning of the word. These verses can be found using two kinds of concordances.

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30. Seasons: Trinity
Each member of the Holy Trinity interfaces with mankind in a different way. It is easy to see across the seasons of world history. It is harder to see, but more profitable, when we can break down an individual’s journey and see which member of the Trinity is primarily involved in that season, and why.

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29. Transformation: Shell or Core
Ten lepers had their shell transformed. Nine of them were apparently untouched at the core. Transforming the core is exquisitely gratifying. What do you do when you can only transform the shell? There are principles in Scripture worth looking at.

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28. Dominion: Selective
What would you like to change? Everything bad? Me too. Odds are, we will both be severely disappointed with our lives using that metric. So how do we learn where to walk in dominion? From the Book, of course. This is not an original problem.

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27. Awe of God: Stealth or Power
God changes people. With Zacchaeus, Jesus used the simple gift of dignity. With Saul of Tarsus, He used massive violence. Which expression of God draws you in the most? Study that one!

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26. Transitions: Corporate
God called Jacob to Egypt. Sixty-nine other people went with him. Whether it is church polity or national elections, we are often involuntarily pulled into significant transitions against our will. Where is God in that?

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25. Tools: Repetition
Repetition is a deceptively simple tool to use, which brings big results. If you will read one to four chapters every day for 100 days, you will see things you have not seen before. The problem is working your way around the problematic 42-day barrier.

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24. Seasons: Bookends
We learn much about the nature of a season by looking at the first and last event in the story line. Then we can go to the middle and explore what happens within the context of the two ends.

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23. Transformation: Nature

God's passion for transformation of nature is very high. Ours is not nearly so intense, most of the time. We learn much about the heart of God toward this world when we explore the range of things He wants to transform, and how and why and when.

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22. Dominion: Crises

Often when life changes and we find ourselves powerless, we cry out to God for His intervention. Often however, it is He who allowed the drama to reveal to ourselves some resource that was in us.

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21. Awe of God: Tenderness
A massive show of force will certainly move us to awe. But the tenderness of God can also generate the same emotion. Learn how to spot the various ways in which God displays tenderness to our spirit, soul and body. What He models, we can emulate.

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20. Transitions: Emotions
Our emotions get yanked in life. Getting back to where we should be is a challenge some times. Most of the time we assume it is our job to recalibrate and get grounded. In reality, God participates in the process in many different ways.

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19. Tools: Verbs
He ran. He jogged. He raced. He trotted. He loped. If you changed one of those words in a sentence, what would change in the impact of the story? Exploring the nuances of verbs in Scripture will give you an explosion of revelation.

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18. Seasons: Excellence
You go to school for 12 to 20 years, then you take that skill to the marketplace. Developing excellence in school is a normal social expectation. You drive to work, hit a traffic jam and are stopped. You don’t expect to develop excellence staring at someone’s bumper. But maybe God does!

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17. Transformation: Possibilities
Imagine being so beaten down, you had no more dreams left. All you want to do is to have never been born! For a lot of people, that is not imaginary. Job was eloquent on how dreamless he was. The most foundational form of transformation is to open people’s eyes to what is possible.

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16. Dominion: Niche Assignments
Someone recently jumped out of an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute. He thought he could land in the net below. He did. Human risk taking draws our attention. Have you ever studied God’s risk taking? It will shape your spirit.

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15. Awe of God: Brinkmanship
Someone recently jumped out of an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute. He thought he could land in the net below. He did. Human risk taking draws our attention. Have you ever studied God’s risk taking? It will shape your spirit.

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14. Transitions: No Vision
When Ruth transitioned into Israel she had a very small vision – care for the older lady she had come to love. When Joseph got thrown into prison, he went there with no vision at all! How do you deal with life without vision?

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13. Tools: Cause and Effect
Every effect has a cause. When we study effects apart from causes, we use the eyes of a consumer. Builders are much more focused on the causes. This episode will help you deconstruct your favorite effects and determine the significant causes. You can then take this skill and apply it to your own life, activating causes, that will produce the desired effects.

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12. Seasons: Individual Seasons
You go through a lot of individual changes. Some are highly obvious such as a change of job or home. Others are more subtle such as a change of reading material or preference in music. Most of your changes are done arbitrarily. Some are done because you could tell a season was over. This study will help you become more discerning of God’s seasons, so you don’t miss the really important ones.

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11. Transformation: Sequence of Holiness
Our design helps define what you should be aspiring to transform. But within that playing field, it bodes well to know the five steps in the sequence of holiness. This episode will look at a number of people who mixed up the order with challenging results.

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10. Dominion: Leading Men
The Ark of the Covenant defines the minimum standard for a man to lead other men – i.e. deserve to have dominion over them. This episode will build out that teaching, to position you to apply that template to many other people in Scripture to see how they measure up, and if not, how their leadership crumbles. Then you can take it to your culture and see who the real leaders are.

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09. Awe of God: Process or Product
When God delivered the ultimate awe-inspiring rant for Job, He focused primarily on the process of creation, not the end product. For some people – like Givers – process matters a lot. It is their language for awe. Others – like Rulers – are not nearly so impressed with the process as the product. To grow in awe, you must know your design, and where to find your kind of story in Scripture.

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08. Transitions: Caused by an Enemy
Daniel transitioned into the lion’s den due to enemies. Haman sought to cause a transition for Mordecai because he hated him. Elijah caused a transition from an adversarial posture. Nehemiah had a mixture of friends and enemies when he caused a transition. This study will help you develop metrics for decision making when your enemy starts a transition.

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07. Tools: Sequencing
Imagine God creating birds before He created trees. Messy. The sequence matters. But it is usually not noticed by us. However, the devil is tightly focused on sequences. For example: in the 90 day window before Sarah conceived, both God and the devil did something huge. If you study the sequence of what happens before a big thing happens, it will help you recognize the hand of God in your own life – before you find yourself behind the times.

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06. Seasons: Corporate Change
Naomi’s season of hardship was different from Israel’s season in the brickyard. Corporate seasons have complex dynamics so we will be looking at them repeatedly. The first component of a change in corporate season is the announcement. There are different ways God announces that a corporate season is over. We become too accustomed to just one.

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05. Transformation: Selectivity
Adam and Eve were charged with grandiose transformation. Jesus, by contrast, deliberately focused on a more narrow transformation, avoiding and declining many transformational opportunities that pursued Him. What was the metric that drove his narrow focus?

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04. Dominion: Three Kinds
I used to dominate the Scrabble board. I was never at the top of the bull riding scoreboard. And I am real OK with my choice of dominion. There are three broad areas of dominion demonstrated in Scripture. Which is your goal and what does it take to get there?

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03. Awe of God: Description
Awe is the emotion of the spirit. It is quite different from the emotions of the soul. And it produces a different effect in your spirit, soul and body. So many experiences that are God-oriented are actually soul experiences. They are good, valuable and worthy of experiencing. But awe is the superior emotion and worthy of being sought with fierce intentionality.

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02. Transitions: God Initiated
It was God’s idea for Abraham to leave Ur, David to be anointed and Mary to get pregnant. There are thousands of transitions explored in Scripture. When we group them together in similar kinds, we can extract the principles that are portable to our culture and our lives.

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01. Tools: Your Design
Your most important Bible study tool is your brain, not your books. You have a natural design that determines how you will best acquire data and how you will best interpret it. This episode is designed to help you discover your natural design, so your brain is helping you, not fighting you.

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Future Releases

Episodes in this list will be released in the future to those who have subscribed.

54. Generations: Blessings
Buy PodcastA family line can be blessed or cursed or both. Suppose you could screen a potential spouse for blessings in the family line. What would you look for?

55. Tools: Timeline
The events before an event color our understanding of it – if we look. This episode explores some of the tools needed to gather a reasonable timeline for a familiar story.

56. Visitations: Deficits
A visitation from God is a rather drastic event. What drastic deficit warranted this visitation? When you see the deficit, you can ponder the approach God used to solve it.

57. Authority: Social Authority
A cancer survivor has more social authority to speak into the whole realm of cancer treatment than I do. What areas of social authority do we see in Scripture, and how do we find them?