Let’s Study the New Testament Together in 2017?

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In 2016, hundreds of Tirzah girls from around the world read the Bible in full together with #TirzahintheWord. Some of us are currently finishing up the final few pages of their Bibles, others are still working through the Bible, and a few gave up along the way.

When we asked you what you wanted 2017 to look like for Tirzah, the overwhelming response was the desire to focus on Bible study and prayer. You wanted to go deeper into the Word and build up a thriving prayer life. We agree Bible study and prayer are the foundation of a believer’s life, so we spent the last couple weeks praying on how to logistically make your requests happen.

As a result, we’re excited to introduce our virtual Bible study group: Tirzah in the Word, where we’ll study the New Testament together in 2017.

Because we firmly believe that the most valuable thing we can teach you is how to study the Bible and pray. With those skills, you will be prepared to live out a Godly life boldly and courageously.

In our members-only Facebook group, you will get access to:

  • a tight-knit community of young women who are striving to live a set apart life
  • a reading schedule to read the New Testament in 2017
  • bi-monthly video Bible studies hosted by our Editor-in-Chief, Yelena Bosovik; Community Director, Chanel Caulfield, and other special guests (it could even be you!)
  • access to accountability partners and small groups (connect with others on a smaller scale via text messaging)
  • a 10% discount on all current and future Tirzah products and devotionals.

For a ONE-TIME fee of $19.99 you’ll have access through December 31, 2017 to a virtual Bible study group – we’ll pray together, study the Word of God together, and empower you to live a set apart life in the modern world.

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We hope you’ll join us and make this investment to establish a strong foundation of accountability, Bible study and prayer in the coming year and for the rest of your life.

We know some of you may be hesitant to make the investment (we’ve probably spoiled you a bit keeping our ministry 100% free for the last three years). But if you’ve been blessed or encouraged by our website even a tiny bit, please consider supporting us as we continue to grow our ministry. For full transparency, it costs a couple thousand dollars a year to run this ministry – I’ve done my best to pay for it out of pocket myself, but it’s no longer sustainable for me to keep producing all the content and financially providing for this ministry on my own. We will do a fundraiser later on in January, but for now, we wanted to give you something tangible and live-giving to invest in.

We’ll also host a webinar on January 7 with more information and a sample video Bible study to discuss Tirzah’s future and vision for 2017. You’ll get a sneak peek into how I do my Bible study and have the chance to see Scripture come to life. We’re working behind the scenes to make this webinar happen so stay tuned for the details soon.

Finally, please bear with us we work out the kinks of this new venture. This fell into place within days so we’re working as fast as possible to get everything organized and into your hands within the next few days.  Our theme for the coming year is “cultivate” so we hope to grow slow and steady (more on this in our upcoming webinar!).

Although Tirzah Academy won’t officially launch until Spring 2017, join today as we build up a community of Tirzah girls who are transforming the world around them by being the light. It is possible to live a Godly life in the modern world and we want to be the ones who empower and equip you to live out your faith courageously and boldly for such a time as this.

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Day 356: The Dark Days Are Coming (Nahum, Revelation 13)

The book of Nahum is full of woe, wrath and destruction. It’s not a pleasant read, and I’m sure most Christians don’t ever get around to reading or studying it. But there are beautiful gems of grace sprinkled among the passages:

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” -Nahum 1:7

What a reminder this is to us that even in the midst of darkness, God is still good. But then verse 8 reminds that even God’s goodness has a limit when humans unabashedly continue in their corrupt and evil ways:

“But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, and darkness will pursue His enemies.”

Because although our God is slow to wrath and ready to forgive, He will by no means acquit the wicked. When people blatantly disregard God’s instructions and continually sin against Him, eventually, there will be consequences. One day soon, God will come to judge the earth and its inhabitants.

For some, that is a scary thought – especially after reading prophecies like this book that show the depth of God’s jealousy and wrath. But like with Sodom and Gomorrah, God will spare the righteous. He will cover with His protection those who remain faithful to Him and trust in Him. Tens of thousands will fall to your left and right, but you will be under His protection. Terror, war, natural disasters will continue to take the lives of many, but remember that this life is only temporary and the righteous will inherit the Kingdom of God. For our lives are hidden in Him.

So, don’t worry about the threats and disasters that, unfortunately, have become common in our world today. You are hidden under the wings of the Almighty. He will not allow harm to come to you. There will be hardships, but He will be your strength. Because you can’t lose a life that you’ve already given to Christ. You are now His and whatever happens around us, won’t touch His children.

Day 355: The Enemy (Micah 6-7; Revelation 12)

“For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” -Revelation 12:12

Have you noticed that whenever you start getting closer to Christ, things get really difficult? A toxic ex-boyfriend pops up promising to do better this time, a temptation or old addiction seems to be everywhere, or your little sister starts driving you nuts until you lose your temper. Whatever your weakness is, it seems to abound.

Because the enemy doesn’t go after lukewarm Christians or unbelievers with the same gusto as he does with those who are actually growing in their faith. His goal is to take out as many Christ followers as possible while we’re on this earth. And seeing us making an effort to follow God makes us a threat to his mission.

But you must remain strong in the face of the enemy’s efforts to derail you or tempt you away from Christ with empty, shiny promises. Keep your eye on the prize – keep growing and moving forward, because our time here is only temporary. Be the kind of woman who when you get out of bed, the devil has to start working double time – knowing that to be able to knock you down would take extraordinary measures because you are that deeply rooted in your faith.

Day 354: He Shall Be Our Peace (Micah 4-5; Revelation 11)

“And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; And they shall abide, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth; and this One shall be peace.” -Micah 5:4-5

This chapter provides one of the clearest Old Testament prophecies of Christ’s coming, and the key description is “and this One shall be peace.”

This time of year, we hear that a lot: peace on earth. It’s a buzz word that appears everywhere, but do we actually live out this peace?

I recently found this quote and I love it:

“Worry is belief gone wrong. Because you don’t believe that God will get it right. But peace – peace is belief that exhales. Because you believe that God’s provision is everywhere – like air….we could be someone else’s peace – someone else’s God-given provision.” -Unknown

Be peace this season. When crowded lines in stores leave people pushing, shoving, and cutting in line…be peace. When family drama threatens to erupt at Christmas dinner, keep the peace. Be the person who is calm in the midst of chaos, whose faith is deeply rooted when doubt overflows.

The only way you can be that peace is if you are abide in Christ. Because He is peace and He fills His children with peace. Not just at Christmas time, but all year round.

 

Day 353: People Are Watching (Micah 1-3; Revelation 10)

Too often we forget that as the light of the world, people watch our actions. We may think we’re no one special  – that no one cares how we live unless we’re famous or in a position of leadership. But people do notice.

When you say you’re a Christian, but you’re known to cut corners at work or cheat in school; or when you curse, lie, speak badly about others behind their back or a dozen other things that even the world knows believers shouldn’t do…people notice. Classmates, co-workers, family members who aren’t believers and even those who are believers – they notice.

In Micah 1:13, God points out that the city of Lachish was the beginning of sin. The people there started to live in sin and corruption, and their influence spread beyond their city walls into the rest of the region.

So, when people look at us as Christians and see us sin intentionally and repeatedly, they with time may begin to think that if we’re doing it and we’re fine, then it must be okay.

We are all sinners. And we all know that the only example we should look up to is Jesus. After all, it can be dangerous to build up humans who make mistakes as our spiritual leaders. But we all do it – in the bloggers, Christian authors, pastors, or Instagram accounts we follow. And in turn, people may do it to us too.

So, be mindful of how you live. If you know doing x, y, or z will cause a spiritually younger Christian to stumble or take offense, then refrain (or at least don’t do it in their presence or brag about it on social media). Don’t be patient zero for sin in your family, friend group, school or church. If you’re going to be the light, take the responsibility seriously.

Day 350: It’s Worth To Live a Set Apart Life (Amos 7-9; Revelation 7)

Darling, I know it’s difficult sometimes. It’s hard to stay faithful when everyone around you seems to be living as they please with no worries or fear of God. You doubt your beauty because you’re not covered in a facade of makeup, fitness trends and the latest clothing trends. The snapchats of your friends partying while you’re at home on your own make your heart hurt. A bad breakup because you refuse to have sex threatens your resolve to save yourself for marriage. Or maybe the pain of an illness, the death of a loved one, job layoffs and finals week have worn you down to the core.

Because when it seems like you’re the only one living a set-apart life in a world running so quickly away from God, there are moments when you wonder if it’s worth it. 

In those moments, I encourage you to read (and memorize!) this passage:

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands…And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.

And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” -Revelation 7:8, 14-17

Reading this always gives me chills. That is what is waiting for us, y’all, when we reach those heavenly gates. This is worth it, so please don’t give up. Stay the path till the very end.

Day 349: Humble and Kind (Amos 4-6; Revelation 6)

“Hate evil, love good; establish justice justice in the gate.” -Amos 5:15

At the time this book was written, Israel was filled with false accusations, bribery, injustice and corruption, so the Lord urged them to reform their legal and social system.

The same problems plague our societies and communities today. It is easy to turn a blind eye though – pretend the problems don’t exist, cast the blame on the other political party, or claim that we’re too young or just unable to make a difference.

But that isn’t true. If you look at world history and the stories in the Bible, some of the most radical changes began with one courageous person with a just and good character.

We all love stories where the good person who is often in the shadows suddenly steps into the limelight and changes how things were always done. It’s why fairy tales and novels are filled with ordinary girls who become princesses and then change kingdoms.

What makes those kinds of people special is that they remain the same even when they suddenly achieve fame, wealth or power. They are gracious, just, and good to all people even when they are “nobodies,” and because their character is established on a firm foundation of humility, kindness and justice, when God gives them more, they are able to transform the world around them to be more like them.

Maybe you feel like you have very little influence today to impact a cause or situation where you see corruption, evil or injustice. That’s okay. Some day you will. For now, start small. Stand up for the girl being cyber bullied in your grade. Get involved to volunteer on a political campaign or for a non-profit that advocates a cause you are passionate about.

Be good and just in all of your daily interactions with all types of people  – from how you react to a mistake at work to your friendships and finances. Be faithful in the small things and some day, God will entrust you with more.