From the Editor: Thanking God For Rest


We wrap up our “Productive” study with a session about rest. The Point of the session is, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and our benefit.” We know that one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” So what does that mean? Does it just mean […]

From the Editor: 4 Actions to Create a Generosity Plan


As with nearly everything in life, generosity requires some planning. It is as much a part of our budgeting as any other expense. Or at least, it ought to be. In a recent blog post, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life, offered four very practical ideas for how we can plan […]

Productive, Session 4: Budget Crunch


By Hillary Beebe Though it was a necessary life change, it didn’t come without a cost. Our family has recently lived through a season of change. We’ve experienced changes in careers, changes in lifestyle, changes in education … and most importantly, changes in our hearts. About a year ago, I left my job to be […]

Productive Session 4: Biblical Stewardship


  By Ron Kelley Faithful stewardship requires us to be good managers of what God has provided, no matter how little or how much. A significant action on our part in fulfilling this call is found in biblical stewardship — giving to God what is rightfully His. God’s Word Teaches  God’s Word is clear that […]

Productive, Session 3: Spend Less, Give More


 by Francine L. Huff Keep living generously despite the economy. Like many Americans, you may be feeling bruised by the nation’s economic problems and may be less inclined to stick with a giving plan. It can be tough to think about writing a check toward charitable causes when you’re struggling to pay monthly bills and […]

Productive, Session 3: A Guide to Finding Significance


by Danny R. Von Kanel I don’t want to indulge in the relaxed pleasures of retirement, but I want to significantly impact my world for good.  In less than a decade, I will be facing retirement and wondering what to do with my life. I don’t want to view this time of life as Russian […]

Productive, Session 2: Betty’s Grand Adventure


By Beverly Cooper In an apartment hotel in the progressive, antebellum town of Brookhaven, Mississippi, an 81-year-old missionary is living large for Jesus.  On her latticed patio, she has a small garden filled with fragrant flowers, luscious cucumbers, and sweet tomatoes. She makes mayhaw, grape, and plum jellies from scratch and bakes dump cake, using […]

Productive, Session 2: Labor Union


by Daniel Darling  The works of monks and priests, however holy and arduous they be, do not differ one whit in the sight of God from the works of the rustic laborer in the field or the woman going about her household tasks, but that all works are measured before God by faith alone … […]

Productive, Session 1: Wanted: A Good Job


by Pete Wilson Recently, a young lady was explaining to me her plans after college graduation: “I just want a job that pays well, has flexibility, sends me around the world, offers great benefits including extended vacation options, and allows me to make a real difference.” As I stared back at her in shock, she looked me in the eyes […]

Do Over Session 5: Free Student Devotional

This is the free Student devotional for Do Over Session 5: A Fight You Can’t Win By Yourself   More than a Friend Pause Focus your mind on God by listening to your favorite worship song. Consider “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” on the album Hymns for the Christian Life by the Gettys. What […]