Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 11: The “Who” of the Old Testament

April 16, 2018

God says He is Who He is, and nothing else. In the Bible, in His own words, we see that He is a living, personal God who insists on treating the persons He has made as persons too, by revealing Himself to them. In encountering God in the scriptures we can then consider that the Old Testament, and indeed the whole Bible, is about this same gradual, increasing self-disclosure to a particular race of people just like me: the revelation of a Person to persons, like ourselves, who also actually lived in a certain place at a certain time.

Notes and References

“A name expresses a person’s essence and identity and the meaning of this person’s life. God has a name; he is not an anonymous force. To disclose one’s name is to make oneself known to others; in a way, it is to hand oneself over by becoming accessible, capable of being known more intimately and addressed personally” (CCC 203).

St. Irenaeus, who was the bishop of Lyon in late second-century France, said that to understand “the divine program and economy for the salvation of humanity” we have to understand God’s “several covenants with humanity” and also “the special character of each covenant.” (Against the Heresies, Book I, Chapter 10, no. 3).

 

Ignite, Chapter 2, The Who of the Bible

Episode Resources

Come join the chatter on the Facebook community. How do “you” feel about being a “who” of the Bible? Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week’s show. 

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Bible Study Evangelista - Old Testament Survey

April 9, 2018

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Why is the Old Testament so hard to understand? In this show we take a bird’s eye view of the first half of the Bible and break it down into manageable pieces.

Welcome Katherine G, Andrea, Rowena, Kelly K, Elise, Renee L, and Jennifer C, Bible Study Evangelista’s newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me :)

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Take a few moments to thumb through your Bible. Look at the Table of Contents. Locate the division between the Old and New Testaments. What’s your predominant feeling about it?

I | Ignatian – Below is a video of underground Christians in communist China receiving Bibles for the first time. It is illegal to own a Bible or practice Christianity there. Punishments can include imprisonment with hard labor, detention without trial, torture, beatings, and even execution.

Do you respond this way when you open your Bible? Imagine you could never again have access to a Bible.

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A | Augustinian – Thinking back over your life, try to describe your relationship with scripture, especially the Old Testament, in one word. What, if anything, bothers you most about the Bible? What makes you most uncomfortable about it? How do you hope or anticipate your relationship with the Old Testament to change as you work through this series?

T | Thomistic – Commit the genres and covenants of the Old Testament (see below) to memory.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

All scripture is ‘god-breathed,’ or inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16). Take a few moments to talk to Him, the “author” of the scriptures, about the gift of the Bible. What, if anything, bothers you most about it? What makes you most uncomfortable about it? How do you hope or anticipate your relationship with the Old Testament to change as you work through this series?

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, thank you for the gift of the scriptures, and the gift of those who teach them to us. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

Notes and References

Genres

  • Law
  • History
  • Wisdom
  • Prophets, Major and Minor

Covenants – not a legal contract but an exchange of persons

  • Adamic – with creation, with Adam and Eve in marriage
  • Noahic – with a family
  • Abrahamic – with a tribe
  • Mosaic – with a nation
  • Davidic – with a kingdom
  • Messianic – with the world

Episode Resources

Come join the chatter on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week’s show.  

Read the Transcript

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 10: Self-control Is of the Lord

March 19, 2018

“Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation” (St. Augustine of Hippo).

Welcome Marisa, Monica, Renee, Allyson, Kristen, Tami, Connie, Toni, Millie, and Laura T., Bible Study Evangelista’s newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me :)

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Take a long look at a crucifix. Consider the self-control it took to make that sacrifice.

I | Ignatian – Imagine your Jeep has broken down in the desert and you are stranded there at mid-day while on your way to a vacation destination. You can make it, but you’ll have to walk the whole day and part of the next morning, and you’re running out of water. Your mouth and eyes and shoes are full of sand. You have a pack of crackers to last the whole day and into the morning. Your phone is dead and you forgot your charger. The sun is causing disorienting heatwaves that confuse your sense of direction. Sit for a few minutes, imagining the scenario.

Now that you have nothing to depend on and are not assured of even your own survival, what is most important to you? How do you feel? What are your thoughts and fears?

A | Augustinian – During the show, did the Holy Spirit point out a particular desert in your life in which He is attempting to work with you? Are you cooperating? In what area do you lack self-control the most? Is this an area you have struggled with for some time? How does your desert relate to that challenge?

T | Thomistic – Call to mind someone in your life who lacks self-control. What is your predominate feeling about that person? Why?

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering you are in His presence and that all of heaven stands by to assist you, make a plan of attack with the Lord in the area of self-control He brought to your mind during the show. Perhaps you’d like to talk to Him about a particular emotional, spiritual, or personal pitfall. You may want to review, recite, and re-write S-T-O-P. Write out your plan in your journal or on your journal page (get a free page and user guide to the right). Resolve to go to Confession for extra grace in that area. You have to go for Lent anyway, right?

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, As we begin to close out Lent, help me learn to walk in You, so I do not fall in the flesh. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

Come On Over to Instagram and Introduce Yourself!

Episode Resources

Come join the chatter on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week’s show.  

Read the Transcript

You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available (usually within the week) courtesy of Kristie Hynniman who does our transcriptions for you.

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Bible Study Evangelista - Unexpected Unleashed Q & A

March 12, 2018

We interrupt our current Fruit of the Spirit series to bring you special programming.  The audio below is a Q & A interview I did this week with a group of women in California who are working through my book, Unleashed. I did this hour-long GoToMeeting webinar with them in anticipation of our event together in June. I found their questions to be insightful; I had to really think about my answers, because it was clear they had really thought out the specifics of the questions. So of course, I knew you’d want to listen in…

Come On Over to Instagram and Introduce Yourself!

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 9: Gentleness Inherits the Earth

March 8, 2018

“Be gentle to all and stern with yourself” (St. Teresa of Avila).

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Take an egg outside and drop it on the ground. Reflect on how damaging an out-of-control temper can be.

I | Ignatian – Imagine you are sitting in the spring grass by the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and several hundred others as He teaches the Sermon on the Mount. Remember that another name for The Beatitudes is The Blisses. Do you feel the gentle breeze on your skin as Jesus speaks? How is that breeze teaching you gentleness? Is the sun warm on your face? How many of your senses can feel God’s gentleness as you sit with Jesus and hear His words: “The gentle shall inherit the earth.”

A | Augustinian – In what instance this week did your temper get the best of you? Be aware that you may be offered a pop quiz on gentleness in the near future.

T | Thomistic – Reiterate the steps of S – T – O – P in your mind. Commit Psalm 4:4 to memory.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Talk to Jesus about your last angry outburst. Remembering you are in His presence, ask your guardian angel to help you with S – T – O – P this week as you experience your pop quiz on gentleness. Say Psalm 4:4 out loud, or write it in your journal or on your journal page (get a free page and user guide to the right).

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, Guard the door to my mouth as  you closed the mouths of the lions for Daniel and His friends. I commit myself anew to Your gentleness. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

Come On Over to Instagram and Introduce Yourself!

Episode Resources

On our Facebook discussion community, tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway: have you ever been struck by how gentle God is with you? Reflect. 

References

Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:5

Read the Transcript

You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available (usually within the week) courtesy of Kristie Hynniman who does our transcriptions for you.

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 8: Faithful to the Faithless

March 8, 2018

“Jesus is anxious to help the soul, and if it is faithful to this grace from God, it can very soon attain the highest holiness possible for a creature here on earth. God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed He gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit — that is the shortest route” (St. Faustina, Diary, 291).

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Make a trip to daily Mass, and thank your priest for his faithfulness. As you receive Jesus in the Eucharistic covenant, thank Him for His faithfulness to you even when you are faithless.

I | Ignatian – Right now, where you sit, notice your breathing. As you breathe slowly in and out, pay attention to what you hear, smell, and see around you. Feel the pulse of life within your wrist. How is this a mark of God’s faithfulness to you?

A | Augustinian – Where do you struggle most with faithfulness, either to other people or to God?

T | Thomistic – If possible, go to Adoration to do this exercise: meditate on what faithfulness means. Then ask Jesus how you can be more faithful to Him.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Why does faithfulness to God begin at home? What was the most spiritually faithless time of your life? Can you identify the cause of your faithlessness from that time? In your journal or on your journal page (get a free page and user guide to the right), try to list as many ways as you can remember that God was faithful to you in that season. When have you been most faithful to Him? Write out a prayer of thanksgiving to Him for His faithfulness to you.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, O Lord Omnipotent, Who permit evil in order to draw good from it, give ear to our humble petitions, in which we beg of You the grace to be faithful unto death, always conforming ourselves to Your most holy will. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

Come On Over to Instagram and Introduce Yourself!

Episode Resources

On our Facebook discussion community, tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway: what circumstance you have experienced that convinced you that God is, indeed, faithful?

References

Catholic Encyclopedia, faithfulness

Read the Transcript

You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, when it becomes available (usually within the week) courtesy of Kristie Hynniman who does our transcriptions for you.

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 7

February 14, 2018

“You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness” (St. Augustine, Confessions).

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 6: The Law of Kindness Is In the Mouth

February 6, 2018

“It is a weakness of righteous men that they cannot discern praiseworthy things in a vice-ridden man” (Souda, a 10th-century Byzantine encyclopedia).

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 5: Patience Obtains All Things

January 31, 2018

“Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices” (St. Teresa of Avila).

EPISODE RESOURCES

What makes you the most impatient? Tell us your worst display of impatience in our Facebook discussion community, where you can also post or chat with others about your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway.

REFERENCES

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Patience

Patience, Meditations for a Month, Richard Clarke SJ

St. Augustine on Patience

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 4: The Peace that Passes Understanding

January 31, 2018

When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 she was asked what we can we do to promote world peace. Her answer was simple: “Go home and love your family.”

EPISODE RESOURCES

What practice brings you the most peace? Tell us how you cultivate peace in our Facebook discussion community, where you can also post or chat with others about your daily #LOVEtheWordtakeaway.

REFERENCES

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Joy

Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II Document on Joy & Hope

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 3: The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

January 31, 2018
“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls” (Mother Teresa of Calcutta).
 

EPISODE RESOURCES

What brings you joy? Tell us how you practice joy in our Facebook discussion community, where you can also post or chat with others about your daily #LOVEtheWordtakeaway.

What Christ Means by Purity of Heart article

A Lesson from the Cherubim, Sing When It Hurts article

REFERENCES

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Joy

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 2: The Greatest is Love

January 30, 2018
“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love” (St. John of the Cross).
 

EPISODE RESOURCES

The Road Less Traveled, Dr. Scott Peck

Tell us about your love bombs on our Facebook discussion community, where you can also post or chat with others about your daily #LOVEtheWordtakeaway.

REFERENCES

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Love

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Bible Study Evangelista - Episode 1: Known By Our Fruit

January 30, 2018
Jesus said they will know us by our fruit. Is the Holy Spirit producing fruit in me, or am I putting forth the rotten fruit of self-indulgence and self-reliance? Here’s how to take a spiritual inventory with St. Paul in Galatians 5.
 

EPISODE RESOURCES

How is the Holy Spirit also using the daily readings this week to speak to you about your fruit? Here’s our Facebook community where you can post or chat with others about your daily #LOVEtheWordtakeaway.

REFERENCES

Mat 7:15-20  “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Gal 5:22-25  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

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