I’m so excited to have Barb Raveling with us for Bible and Breakfast!
If you don’t know Barb, she’s written a book called I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies that Make You Eat) that’s a fantastic resource for anyone battling food fixation. I referenced it several times while I was writing Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction, and I continue to leaf through it even now, whenever I need to renew my mind with Scripture and fix my heart on Jesus.
So I’m honored and thrilled to share this corner of the internet with someone whose words have impacted my own life. After today’s Bible and Breakfast, be sure to go check out her site for tips, tools, and Bible studies on renewing your mind.
Fun Breakfast Idea
If you’re looking to mix-up your breakfast rotation, here’s an idea from our guest to fill you up.
One of my favorite breakfasts is a bran muffin at our local bakery where I often write.
Snack on the Go
In a rush? The short devotional from our guest is a “spiritual snack” to keep you going until you find time to sit down and feast on Scripture.
This past week God spoke to me through 1 Thessalonians 2:12 to remind me of what a privilege it is to serve Him and to walk in a manner worthy of Him:
[We are] encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
FEAST at the Table
If you have more time to linger at the breakfast table, open your Bible with me and let’s dig into God’s Word using the FEAST method.
Focus on God: Begin by asking God’s Spirit to fill you with all wisdom and understanding as you focus your heart and mind on Him.
Engage the text: Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. Write down any observations that immediately come to mind.
Paul uses two similes in this passage to explain his behavior toward this young church. What are they? (Hint: see verse 7 and 11.) What does this say about his attitude toward young disciples? According to this passage, what was Paul’s message? What was Paul’s purpose while living among this young church? What were some of his concerns in carrying out his calling? What was his method of fulfilling his calling? What is the main attribute of God cited in this passage, according to verses 5 and 10? How does this characteristic of God affect Paul’s life?
Assess the main idea: Write out the main idea of this passage in a single sentence. Make it precise, concise, and memorable.
Spark transformation: Paul says his main concern was to share the Gospel and live it out among the Thessalonians. Can you accurately and succinctly explain the Gospel to someone who is unfamiliar with Jesus Christ? Today, take a few minutes to either write out or speak out loud a short presentation of the Gospel and pray that you may be prepared to “speak as [a woman] approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel” (2:4). (If you need help articulating the Gospel message, you may find this post helpful.)
Turn to God in worship: Several times in this passage, implicitly and explicitly Paul points to God as his witness regarding his sincerity in sharing the gospel. Yet there is no undertone of fear or guilt, but rather one of sincerity and peace. How do you respond to God’s omniscience (He knows everything) and omnipresence (He is everywhere)? Take a few moments to read Psalm 139 and make it your prayer, worshiping God for His love that covers all our failings.
What stood out to you in today’s Bible and Breakfast? Share with us below!