My wife, Kristy, who helps me with our podcast has been helping with another site for several years now. The site is www.comefillyourcup.com and is dedicated to providing articles and Bible study material for women. They also host 2 different annual retreats where women speakers come in and dissect the text from a book in the Bible and teach a very deep lecture series from that book.

One of the more recent endeavers of the ladies at Come Fill Your Cup has been a study guide called “Finer Grounds.” (Yes, everything over there is coffee related.) Kristy is the editor and one of the writers for the Finer Grounds series. The idea behind these studies is to give you a guided study that will take you through a book of the Bible, demonstrating how to ask the right questions and use the tools to extract God’s truths out for yourself.

We are excited to share their news, that Kaio Publications has offered to publish some of these studies into book form. The first one was just made available yesterday, and was authored by Kristy. The title is “Sanctified: Set Apart for a Purpose” and it is a study of 1 & 2 Peter.  It’s divided into 13 chapters so it would be great for a 1-quarter ladies class, or of course it would be fantastic to pick up a copy and study through on your own at whatever pace you like.

The book is listed on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com, but we would prefer you go visit KaioPublications.org and purchase directly from them. A greater percentage of the proceeds will help Kaio Publications offer more material like this and help the Come Fill Your Cup site continue to offer incredible studies such as these.

Be sure to share this link with others:

http://www.kaiopublications.org/sanctified-set-apart-for-a-purpose-a-study-of-1-2-peter/

Matt. 4:1-4

After Jesus is baptized, He is tested and tried before He begins His public ministry.

What does it mean to “fast” and what is the purpose of doing it?

What does it mean to be “tempted” and what can we learn from Jesus to avoid being carried away by our temptations?

Interview with women’s Bible study author/editor Kristy Huntsman about her new book release.

Resources:

www.comefillyourcup.com

www.kaiopublications.org

Matt. 3:13-17

Special guest co-host 2-year-old Makayla Huntsman joins this episode.

Jesus began His ministry with a ritual involving water. God personally approved and validated this event. What is this thing known as “baptism” and why did Jesus do it?  Why was John reluctant to baptize Jesus?  What change happened to Jesus immediately following His baptism?

We also discuss what is meant by the first “beattitude” to be “poor in spirit” and how we can pass this trait along to our children.

Luke 2:41-52

Joseph & Mary faithfully travel to Jerusalem for the Passover. When Jesus was 12 years old, they left without Him! Where was He, what was He doing and why?

Our children get distracted and wander off because they follow something they’re interested in. Jesus shows great maturity at age 12 by being interested in spiritual things. Are we nurturing a love of spiritual things in our children?

Luke 2:52 gives us a 4-point outline for setting goals for our children.

-grow in knowledge/wisdom

-grow in physical stature

-grow in finding favor with God

-grow in finding favor with others

A great study is to compare all the qualifications of elders from 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1 to this 4-point outline. If we can nurture our children to grow the way Jesus did, they can reach the goals that identify spiritual leaders for the Lord’s church!

Matthew 2:1-23

Jesus is visited by the Magi (or Wise Men). How many Wise Men were there? Then, Joseph & Mary have to bug out to Egypt!

What atrocity occurred at the hand of Herod the Great upon learning the “King of the Jews” had been born? Had it happened before? Just how many ways was Moses a type/anti-type for Jesus?

Find out how Jesus could fulfill the confusing prophecies stating He would be born in Bethlehem, but that He would be called a Nazarene, but also that He would be called out of Egypt! Where is He from already!!

Also check out this awesome resource for your family: www.kaiopublications.org