Free Friday: The Patriarchs

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Update: Congrats to Mary for winning this giveaway!

I’ve got a hands-down favorite, y’all: The PatriarchsThe Patriarchs, Beth Moore

The Patriarchs pulls back the curtain a bit and allows us to imagine and accept that these chosen, set-apart men who were promised blessings and experienced covenant with the Lord, those guys were human. Their weaknesses, shortcomings and sin were real parts of their lives. Sure,  that’s encouraging, maybe it levels the playing field a bit. We get a good look at these men who are foundational figures of the Old Testament. You’lll get a good look at the family history and dynamics of these men—it’s informational and educational in that way.

But here’s what I loved about the study:

The we get a greater look at our God, who keeps His promises. As long as I can remember I’ve “known” that God makes promises. To this day I remember every word of the old hymn “Standing On the Promises.” But studying The Patriarchs fixed my thinking. My feeble view of promises didn’t hold a candle to the irrevocable covenant promises of our God.

To this day, eight years after doing the study, I still recall specific lessons from the session on  Joseph and the reconciliation of himself to his brothers. The study allows you to enter into that moment, imagine the tensions and emotions that were likely present and the sacredness of that family moment. I saw for the first time the beauty of God’s gentleness toward Hagar. And teachings from the last week’s session about endings and how we are not wired for goodbyes, well, that lesson has helped me make sense of difficult days.

Hands-down, y’all. It’s my favorite.

What story from Scripture resonates with you the most (aside from the Gospel)?

Leave a comment answering the question, and you’ll be entered to win a Patriarchs small group kit, which includes the leader pack and five member books (a $250 value!).

By entering today’s giveaway, you acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rulesToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (10/22/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.

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  1. says

    When Jesus was at the wedding and His mother had come to Him with concern about the wine, He had to speak to her in a way that showed His authority over her. She had already submitted to His guidance by coming to Him; now He responded in a manner that separated Him from her motherly authority over Him. As I have raised my two sons I have often reflected on that moment, and as they have grown into strong, protective men I have been thankful for Mary’s example of allowing your male children to be men of God. I know that’s an odd Bible moment to speak to a heart over the years, but isn’t that just one more wonderful aspect of God’s Word?

    • sandragg says

      Dolly, this has become one of the favorite moments in the bible for me and my son. It was recently I saw it in a different light that made both of us smile. It looked as if Mary was giving Jesus a nudge to solve a problem as only Jesus could and he responded with “Dear woman”. We both saw the excange between them as something similar in our relationship so now he sometimes answers me beginning with “Dear woman”.

  2. Chrissy Jones says

    I think the story of Gideon resonates most with me. I can relate to a guy who was weak, scared, and often doubtful of God. But God used him for his glory! What an amazing God!

  3. Mary Geddings says

    Without question, my favorite Bible story is the woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with pure nard. Because she was forgiven much, she was very, very grateful. I am very, very grateful! Thank you for the opportunity to register for The Patriarchs giveaway. I would love to do this study with my friends.

  4. Suzanne Christian says

    A favorite message for me is the Prodigal Son. It clearly speaks of unconditional love and forgiveness. I am always in awe of how the “father” welcomed his pig pen dwelling, slop eating son home and into his heart in spite of his rebellion and estrangement. Our Abba is always there to welcome us back into HIS arms and cleanse us from all our sins.

  5. Melissa says

    One of my favorite stories is the story of how Esther saved her people. She allowed God to work in her life. He used the circumstances in Esther’s life, as He uses the decisions and choices made by of all of us to providentially work out His divine plans and purposes.

  6. Debbie R. says

    The story of Joseph was one of my favorite stories because like him what I went through when I was younger and still do at times with my own family is all meant for my good and God’s good, to grow me closer to God, and for me to be a witness to them.

  7. Judy Wright says

    The story that resonates with me the most is the story of Joseph. He had a lot of reasons to become bitter and unforgiving of people in his life, yet he overcame these obstacles and lived in a way that must have made God proud of him.

  8. Shannon Schuster says

    The woman at the well I love her! …althougth my sins are a bit different, I total relate to her and I live to run back and tell people!!

  9. Susan Akula says

    This is a hard question! So many inspiring stories about ordinary people following an extraordinary God! I think I have to go with Joseph forgiving his brothers. “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Such a picture of love and mercy!

  10. Mona says

    One of my favorites is the woman who was fixing to be stoned for adultery…would have loved to have seen what Jesus wrote, drew, etc in the sand that caused the accusers to drop their stones and walk away. I know we all have our own “ideas” of what he wrote….

    Would love to win this study! Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. Brenda says

    The story if Ruth and Niaomi. I LOVE how God shows Ruth to trust her elder, and how in the end of the story her sacrifice (leaving her country) is rewarded ten gold when she is granted a new homeland and husband.

  12. Denise says

    The story of Paul, all of it really! How the Lord can change someone so drastically after the terrible sin’s he’s committed against God, and others. Also a story of forgiveness from not only God but His people also.

  13. says

    I love the story of Hannah, Elkanah, and their son Samuel. Hannah’s fervent prayer reminds me that I can go to God boldly with the desires of my heart with confidence that He will answer and His will is always perfect. Though Hannah lived for years in longing, God blessed her and made her cup run over with joy. I pray that my life can encourage someone in the say way and pray that my offspring will be instruments of God as Samuel was.


  14. Melani says

    I love the story of the prodigal son. When the Father sees the son off in the distance, he ran to him! No matter how far away we run for our Father he is waiting and watching for us to return so he can run to hold us!

  15. Kate Long says

    The woman with an issue of blood in Mark 5. She pressed through the chaos of the crowd to get to Jesus. She knew He was the only one who had the power to heal her. I love how desperate she was. She knew that, while she may not be able to have a face to face conversation with Him because of the people, just touching the hem of His garment would bring her healing.

  16. Darlene McAdams says

    Mary (mother of Jesus)….I am always blown away at the courage this woman had. From the time the angel appeared to her to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  17. Evelyn says

    I love the story of Elijah. He was confident in God’s power on Mt. Carmel, which physically took a toll on Elijah. But he still could outrun a horse and chariot! God’s power is never exhausted!

  18. Annette says

    Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac has always touched my heart and soul. Obeying and following God are foremost in my mind in my current season. Things that I hold dear cannot be held as idols in my heart. They are truly SAFE in God’s arms. God Is Who He Says He Is, God can do what He says He can do, I am who God says I am !! , I am who God says I am, I can do all things through Christ , God’s Word is alive and active in me. I’M BELIEVING GOD

  19. Sherrie Phillips says

    Yet with so many uncertainties in life, a continual thought for me has been, “Do your job well, tend My sheep well, and I AM the God of Israel…as I AM to you! My God is the same God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah…..etc. and His promises are everlasting!
    … “LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.” 1 Kings 8:23

  20. Bonnie Wallace says

    I’ll never forget reading this scripture in a new light, while enduring the current circumstances I was going through. Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” This verse has taught me joy in depending on God’s promises. When God makes a promise, He will fulfill it, even if it seems completely impossible. He never fails to amaze me!

  21. Becky B says

    The story of the Israelites reassures me that even though I keep making the same mistakes (like them), god will never give up on me!!

  22. Debbie Manthe says

    The story of reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers in Genesis. This is the Romans 8:28 of the Old Testament. So encouraging that we are reconciled to God through Christ and His death on the cross and then we can be reconciled to one another as we extend grace and mercy to others that the Lord did for us!

  23. Kelly B. says

    I love the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. I love the fact that Jesus came to her!! He sought her, convicted her, forgave her, saved her, and redeemed her right there where she was at!! He also came and found me at my well. Thank you Lord! Praise your mighty name!

  24. Stephanie says

    Jesus praying to God in the Garden. If our Savior found it necessary to have alone time to speak to God through prayer, shouldn’t we all be compelled to do the same? We did an Easter play at my church five years ago, illustrating this very scene and it was at that moment that I realized the importance of praying with God and the importance of having that close relationship with Him through prayer.

  25. Julie Peters says

    The story from Scripture that resonates the most with me is the story of Joseph in Genesis. He went through so many trials, yet God was with him the whole time, putting those trials to work for Joseph’s benefit in the long run. It inspires me to know that no matter what I may be facing, there is a Big Picture that only the Almighty can see!

  26. Brandy says

    The Prodigal son – I’ve been all of these characters at different times in my life – and have experienced the mercy and love from, and pursuit of, the Father that this story so beautifully illustrates. It just…never gets old.

  27. Marci Parker says

    The story that resonates with me the most today is when Moses is asked to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and he tells the LORD that he is “not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Ex. 4:10) It is often that we make excuses for not doing what the LORD asks of us.

  28. Sheri says

    One of my favorites is Stephen before the Council and his subsequent stoning. What a brave, confident, knowledgeable, loving, full-of-the-Spirit man he was! Very inspirational.

  29. TJ Hurt says

    Gideon…just finished P Shirer’s new study! Would love to do this oldie, but goodie with my Bible study friends!

  30. says

    I identify most right now with Paul’s thorn in the flesh experience.

    Just this morning I was thinking about this study, which I haven’t done. Perfect timing! Thank you for the giveaway.

  31. Kim Hutchins says

    My favorite story would be about David . He was picked to be the king . He wasn’t the most beautiful or tallest . But he was a man after Gods own heart . He was not perfect by any means bit God loved him and forgave him and used him .

  32. Tanna says

    When Jesus stopped the men from stoning the woman. And said to them whoever lives without sin in his life cast the first stone.

  33. Miranda W says

    A story that resonates with me is how the Lord used Rahab to save the two spies. God can use anyone!
    “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” -James 2:24-26

  34. Judy Cochran says

    I love all of Beth’s studies, haven’t done The Patriarchs yet, but the one that stands out most in my mind was “To Live is Christ.” I had just started the study with a ladies class when my husband died suddenly. That study kept me in the Word for 13 weeks and Week 5: An Unfamiliar Road spoke to me because I was now walking a path that I had never walked before.

  35. Denise Hill says

    The story of Joseph has always been my favorite. I love how he keep going through hard times and constantly trusted Godwas in control of his life. He cintinued on in his life no matter how hard it was.

  36. Deborah says

    The woman caught in the very act of adultery. Jesus said ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone”. The miracle I’ve found in those words is that there WAS one without sin – and he DIDN’T cast a stone at her… beautiful example of the grace we need to extend to one another.

  37. sheila alger says

    the story of Gomer and Hosea. How Hosea trusted God even though it would not have been something the world approved of, to fall in love with a prostitute and how Gomer didnt think anyone could love her and took awhile to believe Hosea did. How Hosea did not give up on her is truly how we should live as christians but it is so against our human nature.

  38. Kerri Mullins says

    The story of Abraham and Isaac and the faith it required to be willing, the rescue from the Lord and the symbolism and hope of the gospel coming in the future. This was a hard choice though. I love so many of them.

  39. Katherine says

    My Bible study group is doing Daniel right now, so this story is fresh on my mind – the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and their great faith in God: “But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (Daniel 3:18 HCSB)

  40. Holly says

    The story of Joseph. It gives such hope that while our lives may be in the pits for now, the Lord is using this time for great character building for the beauty of what lies ahead!

  41. jenna rideout says

    Jesus multiplying the fish and loaves of bread. So amazing to hear as a child and today it still amazes me!!! Nothing is too big for our God :)

  42. Jen Rice says

    The story of Jonah… No matter how far we try to run from God he will make a way for us to get where we are supposed to be and his story just reminds me over and over that being angry about something or someone doesn’t do me any good… I am the one who suffers from trying to run or hold into anger!

  43. Wendy Winger says

    The story of the prodigal son. My late teen, young adult children have turned away from God and us (their parents) to pursue what they think is better for them in the world. I always think back to this story as a way to mentally prepare myself for them humbling themselves and returning.

  44. Judith whoolery says

    I like the story of Esther. She had to overcome fear and accept the courage offered her by God to save her people. Would love to have this bible study to do as I have just taken over as leader for a woman’s bible study group. Love Beth Moore and how God uses her to speak to women.

  45. Lynn Durham says

    Mary and Martha. I identify more with Martha being distracted with life in general but want to be like Mary focused on Jesus.

  46. Courtney says

    Never really studied it until this week in our group and the story has touched me more than I ever thought possible. Jacob becoming Israel. His wrestle, old reputation gone and becoming new! Amazing.

  47. sarina williams says

    I love David! How we get to watch him mature, grow, fail, and succeed! All the while Loving God through his highs and lows. He pours his heart out on the pages of the psalms! So much has been learned from Davids life and walk!

  48. Bethany Scott says

    The story of the Israelites from the time they left Egypt until they entered the Promise Land (Ex-Deut). I think my favorite part of their story is the building and institution of the tabernacle. The idea of God dwelling among his people above the mercy seat is breath-taking. Even getting a small grasp on this story has profoundly influenced the way I approach Scripture as a whole.

  49. Teresa Prisock says

    One of my favorites is when Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendnego would not bow down and worship the image of gold. God was with them in the furnace! They came out unbound, unharmed, not one hair on their heads was singed, their robes were not scorched, and they had no smell of fire on them. Just remember when we go throught tough times and going through the fire God is always there and we will come out unharmed.

  50. Teresa Cruse says

    I love the story of the woman who sent for Elijah because she was about to lose her son’s to cover her late husband’s debts. Elijah instructs her to gather as many empty vessels as she could and to start pouring the oil she had on hand into each vessel, filling each one until there were no more oil. When all the vessels were full she was able to sell the oil to cover her husband’s debts…..and then some…….when you stand on the promises of God and He delivers……..PREPARE FOR OVERFLOW!!!!!

  51. stephanie dumire says

    My favorite story is the Prodigal Son. My father/pastor preached on this the day he was suddenly and unexpectedly taken to heaven. It was God’s message to me and my three siblings that would end up being each one of our life stories in one way or another. God never stops looking for us when we wander and He forgives. So beautiful a picture of love.

  52. Nancy says

    I love when Peter takes that step of faith and as he gazes towards Jesus he is able to walk on water. God continues to use this to remind me to not be afraid, have faith and fix my gaze on the One Who gave His life for me. With God all things are possible.

  53. Dodi Timbrook says

    I would love to win this study. I don’t know that much about the Patriarchs. I know Beth will teach it in such a way that I “get it”. Thank you!!

  54. Jenny Harwood says

    When Elisha left everything to follow Elijah – even butchered the oxen he was previously using to plow his family’s field and celebrated, showing his complete commitment to leave his current life and go with where he believed God was calling him.

    1 Kings 19:19-21 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.

  55. Amanda Trumbull says

    The story of Job probably resonates most because of all the heartache he went through, yet still chose to trust God. I especially like the end chapters where God puts Job in his place by asking him questions. Great questions to put me in my place too.

  56. Kimberly Ray says

    This is an amazing study. We have done so many Beth Moore Bible studies in my Thursday night group. She is our favorite teacher and have recently gone to see her in Tulsa! It would be wonderful to win this and have this resource available to other women’s bible study groups in our area.

  57. Judy Evertsen says

    I think the story about the blind man who called out to Jesus. All the people told him to be quiet, but he kept calling all the more. Jesus stopped and asked him what he wanted and then healed him. That’s the Readers Digest version. I just think it’s cool because Jesus wasn’t put off by his insistance, or his “not worthiness”. It’s hard to really explain. It’s just that I’m like that poor blind beggar. Sitting by the road, hearing that it’s JESUS coming past and I’m like “OVER here!!! Jesus…..OVER here!!!!” :-)

  58. Debbie Risinger says

    Peter as he was walking on the water to Christ and then started sinking when he took he eyes off Christ. But honesty anything about Peter touches me as I tend to see myself in his life too often!

  59. Julie Stephenson says

    Without question it has to be the story of Esther. She looked fear straight in the face and stared it down. After seeing the Esther Bible study I began to examine the fears in my own life, and was able to take each fear and look through to the other side, to work through what would happen if the fear really materialized. And then…one of those DID happen. My husband lost his job and we almost lost everything. For five months it was an emotional roller coaster of fear. However, time and time again, I was able, because of that study, and the story of Esther, to know that no matter what happened, God would deliver. And guess what…HE DID. We serve a great God.

  60. Aurora Quiñones says

    Thank you Lord for allowing Beth Moore to teach us about your word….
    (Are any of these studies in spanish–would LOVE to share them with the sisters in Cd. Obregon, Sonora, Mexico!)

  61. Zena Lewis says

    My favorite Bible passages would have to be in the 5 chapters of the book of James. The challenge to be true Christians in our walk not just our talk. The challenge that James gives us is to look at trials in our life as blessings because of how we grow. Jesus appeared to those who needed him most . He appeared to James in this book. He appears to me.

  62. Sandy Dershem says

    Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Wouldn’t it have been great to have been there to see God’s mighty power?

  63. says

    Well many “stories” of the Bible resonate with me but the one I have actually experienced in a similar way is the story of Abraham and Isaac.. Over 30 something-plus years ago (He just had a birthday this month, hallelujah!!) my little brother at 3 months old (diagnosed earlier with Spinal meningitus) stopped breathing and went into “code blue”. My mother was the one that, like Abraham, had to give up my brother to the Lord in complete obedience and accept the fact of this outcome. “BUT THEN”, as soon as my mother gave him up, the Lord revived him. He is a walking miracle who serves the Lord today and now has a 3 little ones of his own. I would really love to study The Patriarchs….to me these are our spiritual forefathers of our faith. I wanna know everything about them and hope I didn’t miss anything! Thanks!

  64. Candice says

    The stories of the kings of Isreal and Judah. Those who walked in the ways of David and those who didn’t. Consequences and triumphs. All leading to The King of Kings!

  65. Renee says

    Recently, it has been the women who traveled with Jesus and his disciples that have made an impression on me. There were in the thick of things throughout His ministry, death, resurrection, and on to Pentecost. I have wondered what motivated them to leave home, when that was something woment of that day rarely did. Thinking about them has really challenged me to think about my life and my commitment.

  66. Brooke says

    I would have to say the story of Ruth. Poor and working hard to live she is rescued by a man who loves her and takes her in and blesses her abundantly. This is what Jesus has done for me.

  67. says

    David facing Goliath is ONE of the events in scripture that resonates with me. David had built a relationship of trust with God. God had shown himself to be faithful and trustworthy in the past so when the time came that someone had to face Goliath, David, although fearful, could trust that God, his and their Lord, was more powerful than any who would come against them.

  68. Yanna Westmoreland says

    Martha and Mary. It was a wonderful day when I realized I was a Mary in a transformed Martha personality. I learned to sit at His feet. Thank you Beth Moore for following Him and showing me how with your studies.

  69. ellen says

    The story of the grieving widow who’s lost her son in Luke (chapter 7, I think) where it says that Jesus’ heart goes out to her and he raises her son from the dead. Wins my heart anew every time.

  70. T J Hurt says

    The story of Gideon is fresh on my mind…we just finished P Shirer’s study; however, I would love to lead a group of ladies through this Bible study! (Pleasant Hill BC in Columbus, MS)

  71. Chris Reuss says

    I like the story of Peter jumping out of the boat to walk on the water with Jesus, then getting scared. That’s me!

  72. Trace Andrew says

    I love the story of Ruth and Naomi…the preparation for the trip they took, back to a land that was now filled with the Spirit of the LORD. The LORD had me do a study on this, amazing the preparation for the traveling, the items they would need to make the journey successful, the waiting until the LORD said “Go”. His unfailing love that traveled with them and stayed with them. Love between a woman and her daughter-in-law. Great lessons!

  73. Stephanie Williams says

    Esther. For many years I thought I was limited in what I could do for the Lord because I was “just a woman” even though I had a yearning to step out to do more. Then I heard a message titled, “Just a woman”, and he talked about Esther, Ruth, Rahab, Mary…the list was endless, but he focused on Esther. I know God was using that story to let me know that He had a work for me to do. It moved me to a completely new and deeper love with Him.

  74. J. A. McLaughlin says

    dear Beth, I just left my “Beth Moore” group when my family moved to OR. I miss you and my friends so much. I need help finding friends here. It is so hard. Maybe starting a new video study would help bring the right ladies together. Your video studies helped turned very eclectic individuals into friends who were there for each other many times. Waiting on the Lord., Julie

  75. Mandy Oliver says

    This week it has been the story of Rahab. What she had been thru is not really that different from what many of us have been thru. We are no better than a prostitute. Maybe we’ve chosen to take different roads & make different choices, but in the end, we’ve all made choices that have left us disappointed in others as well as ourselves. But the good news is, that Rahab’s story allows us to see that with every disappointment, God has a divine reappointment!

  76. Elena Dench says

    I have two that I can’t choose between:
    The story of Job, showing that no matter what we are faced with, God is always there and will help us through. To always remain faithful to God, because He is always faithful to me!
    The story of Joseph and his brothers, showing me that I CAN and SHOULD be full of grace and forgiveness of others, just as Joseph forgave his brothers and just as God has forgiven me!

  77. says

    My favorite scripture is LK; 21 when the women very early in the morning went to Jesus tomb. They found an empty tomb!! Death had been conquered for all who believe. Glory. I would be truly blessed to study The Patriarchs.

  78. Kelly Ferguson says

    Daniel being taken into Babylon and setting himself apart. This was my favorite study I’ve ever done and at that time in my life it resonated with me so much. That was when the Word truly came alive to me for the first time in my life.

  79. Betty M says

    Joseph reconciling with his bros is my favorite! Now that has to be a first!! Know why?? I love the reconciling part cuz I had a sibbling who stripped me of my rightful earthly inheritance and even had me jailed on a crazy trumped up charge which was later dropped!!! Now she is facing a serious illness and I could be nasty to her but have instead treid to be as supportive as possible! I can resonate so much with Joseph in his feelings and treatment of his family!

  80. Becky Bohlmeyer says

    Job. That may sound odd, but having struggled with depression, I’m encouraged that even though Job loses everything, he never gives up on God. And when God speaks to Job in chapters 38 and 39, all you can do is marvel at the wonders He created and be in awe of what He has given us.

  81. Gloria Rudd says

    I have many, but I do love the way God protected David as the leader of Israel in spite of the way Saul and his son Absalom treated him… God does have the final judgment and word when there is injustice done to us ….. I love the illustrations of this in the little book Tale of Three Kings….

  82. Vicky Kawamae says

    The story that resonates the most with me is David. He is called a man after God’s own heart, yet he did tremendous sins, adultery and murder. Yet God loved him and used him in a mighty way. That reminds me that no matter how grave my sins, God will always love me.

  83. Elizabeth says

    Love the story of Esther. God could accomplish His will with or without her, and she chose to be strong and courageous and radical.

  84. says

    Definitely Hannah and Sarah and their stories of infertility. It’s something I struggled with throughout the first years of my marriage. God didn’t answer my prayer for a child of my own, but He has answered many others.

  85. Linda Casella says

    My favorite story is Ruth. She left her family and her religion to go with Naomi and make a new life. She took on a faith in God and stayed faithful.

  86. says

    I really resonate with the story of the Prodigal Son. As a prodigal daughter, I love knowing that there is nothing I can do that will change my Father’s mind about me. That He always comes running. And He ALWAYS will.

  87. Glenda Devoll says

    Recently reading the new book from Ann Graham Lotz, regading the story of Hagar and has given me a new perspetive and attitude towards her. She had been wounded and mistreated, by that I mean feelings hurt, by God’s people, and fled from Abrahm and Sarah, and God deliberately saught her out and found her, speakign directly to her. A woman, a servant, an Egyptian, a sinner, a slave and basically an outider, while running away. Hmm! He loves us all.

  88. Redawna Warner says

    Without even thinking about it, the word Esther popped into my brain. So, Esther it is. Love this strong, loving woman. She followed the Lords call without hesitation and her reward was so great.

  89. says

    Esther. Everything about her, within her and about her that she questions, ponders, convictions, submission. The strength and courage to believe in her God and herself at any cost. She listens and discerns, she asks for wisdom which I believe is paramount in our walk with Him. Esther gives me personally the example that God can use woman. where every when ever anytime when He chooses. She inspires me to step out.

  90. says

    The entire story of David. His love for the Lord, their closeness, his sin and repentance, all of it just encourages me! It is such an honest walk with God-the ups, downs, all of it is recorded.

  91. Sharon Griffing says

    One of my very favorite parts of scripture is when Mary is outside Jesus’ tomb crying. Jesus comes to her and asked her why she is crying. She doesn’t know it it him and asked him where Jesus’ body is. Then He says, “Mary ” . At once she recognized Him. This always reminds me that Jesus knows my name too.

  92. sandragg says

    I posted this in a reply above but want to make sure my reply is an entry. My favorite story is when Jesus turns water into wine. Recently I saw a different side to it. Probably because I have a teenage son. I saw the relationship between Jesus and his mother. It appeared to me that she thought he needed a little “nudge” to handle the problem of running out of wine at a wedding. And she knew if anyone could handle it Jesus could. But Jesus’ response to her began with “Dear Woman”. That was priceless. Now my our son sometimes makes a point to respond to my questions or “nudging” with responses that begin with “Dear Woman”. I loved seeing the relationship between he and his mother.

  93. Melissa says

    The Story of Hosea is my favorite. It shows the Faithfulness of God to love His people, even when we are unfaithful to Him and His desire to always win us back from our idolatry.

  94. Robbyn says

    Peter. He gets it. He gets what Jesus wants from him. But he keeps messing things up. Saying the wrong thing. Doing the wrong thing. But Jesus continue to have faith in him. He keeps using him. He builds his church on him. This gives me great hope.

  95. Hilary Rigo says

    Timothy, who was influenced by his grandmother, following Christ through the legacy of his family. And also because he was recognized and encouraged by Paul to do what God called him to do even though some looked down on his youth. I work with teenagers, and I am always telling them that God can use them now just as well as later, so to follow God’s leading now. :)

  96. Janet Worthy says

    Esther ~ “for such a time as this”, but “The Patriarchs” is the only one of Beth’s older studies that I do not have and I want this complete set SO BAD!!!

  97. says

    Psalm 139 where David speaks about how God has known us even before we were created. He has always had a plan for us. We are inseparable and He is always there even in the dark. God is always thinking about us. To Him each of us is as precious as an only child. To God we are all “good” and approved” (Genesis). He knows what we will do and what we will become and He has always had a plan for us. I do not want to fight that. I want to follow His call and do what He wants, say what He wants and be the person He wants me to be. Seeking and finding His divine purpose for me will make my life easier and happier and put me at peace because I will be in agreement with my divine Creator.

  98. Mary says

    I love the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. It always amazes me that the encounter happened when it was just him and her. It reminds me that Christ sees us past our shame, our guilt, or what others might think of us and he comes to meet us wherever we are at to share the truth. And forever we are changed. We have such a wonderful God!

    I would love to win the Patriarchs and be able to share with the women in my life.

  99. Anita Myers says

    The book of Nehemiah–my favorite. It tells a story of leadership and has some very good leadership traits to aspire to.

  100. Kiersten Griffith says

    John 4 – the woman at the well. Because I was that woman and still at times look to false wells to fill me up, but I’m learning that only Jesus can truly fill me. He is so faithful!

  101. LeeAnn Toner says

    Joshua 4

    My husband and I crossed our own Jordan River…. God was with us every step of the way
    we even have a reminder… it sits in our room to be seen each morning

  102. Rebecca Hopper says

    Joseph – “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

  103. Christi Coulter says

    Esther! Even though He wasn’t even mentioned, God was at work. It’s an amazing thing to look back and recognize God at work in me and through me even though I didn’t realize it at the time.

  104. sonja headings says

    Mary and Martha…It is so down to earth in our lives as women today..we yearn to be more of what we aren’t and yet complain more about what the other person is not doing… I could be a Mary all day long ..but I need to fulfill Marthas role also and fulfil it contentedly as doing it for the Lord… without murmuring..

  105. Jackie Will says

    The story of Abraham and Isaac. Gen.22. What a great story of faith on Abraham’s part. Also my first husband was saved by just reading this scripture, all alone, just he and the Holy Spirit, Always will be so special to me.

  106. Helen Steele says

    One of the stories that has impacted my life is found in II Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat prayered and God answered through the Jahaziel’s message to the kind. vs. 15-17. The kind and others praised God and then went to battle knowing that God would fight their battle. In some difficult times, God used this passage to help me to trust God to win the impossible battle we were facing. God gave me peace and I also was able to rest in God’s promises. God continues to use this story to remind me of who is in charge and this allows me to be at peace and not worry so much.

  107. says

    The story of Hannah. I remember when I was pregnant with my son, I did not have a relationship with Christ yet, but I remember begging God for a son and that if He granted me that wish I would dedicate him back to Him. Many years later when I gave my life to Christ I remember the pastor speaking about how this woman named Hannah, who was depressed because she could not conceive and begged God for a son and that if He did she would give him back to Him. Her face was no longer downcast when she left there and later became pregnant as God remembered her and had a son. God blessed her and gave her a son whom she named Samuel which means “because I asked the Lord for him”.

    The day I found out I was having a son my heart swelled inside. I felt the joy so profound and knew God answered my prayer. I named my son Justin which means “Just, upright, righteous”. Only God could have done that. I knew of God but did not have a relationship with Him. I was going to name him Jeremiah because I loved the name but my husband chose to name him Justin. The name fits him in every way. It was not until years later what that moment meant to me. So when I heard Hannah’s story it was as if I was hearing my own. My son loves the Lord. He has a calling on his life and I know that the Lord will bring it to pass in His time.

    Many other stories have touched my heart but this was felt parallel to me as I was able to identify with her. One of many that God used to reveal Himself to me.

  108. Tracey M says

    How to Choose………..I love the story of Joseph! He went from a normal life, to a horrible life in prison, and finally into a kings palace. I love how the scriptures show Gods blessings on him even when he could not see or feel it. It represents the hope we all have in our future.

  109. Amy Land says

    The book of Esther taught me that my Heavenly Father has promised to provide the Holy Spirit as my source of strength, courage, power and grace to persevere through life’s struggles.

  110. Sherry Delzer says

    Both Ruth and Esther resonate with me. In Ruth, I admire her loyalty to Naomi and willingness to go wherever the Lord wanted her to. Esther acted with courage and honor, even though it could have meant her life, to fulfill the Lord’s work in “such a time as this”.

  111. Barbara Clark says

    The story of Ruth and Naomi are beautiful examples of loyalty, friendship and commitment to God and to each other.

  112. Brenda Moore says

    The story of David……all the mess in his family…….and God still called David a man after his own heart…..We can have a lot of messes…and grace still shines through it all……God’s Love never fails!

  113. Lisa Golden says

    I enjoy reading Ezekiel’s vision in the valley of the dry bones. God shows His power when those bones start rattling and muscles and flesh form. Then He breathes His might breath into them and get become human.

  114. Michelle Baylerian says

    The man who was at pool st Silom for 40 yrs. Jesus told him to pick up his mat & go, that he was healed!!

  115. Kristi Best says

    Mary & Martha-There are so many times that I need to remember to just sit and listen to my precious savior!

  116. Joyce Grimes says

    The prodigal son.
    My daughter ran from God & family for 4 years. The silence and not knowing if she was alive, hungry, warm, well and safe was so hard for me. Family members were angry that she had put us through heartache. Then I got a call, it was a time of rejoicing and celebration! We are now close and can’t wait to get together. What a lesson of redemption, forgiveness and love I learned from the Lord those 4 years!

  117. Doris says

    Abraham sacrificing Isaac on Mt. Moriah and God provided the lamb to be sacrificed in place of Isaac. Abraham trusted God far more than I have and I am working on that.

  118. says

    Beth is rocking my World! I am in week two of the three week study, The Making of a More Honest Me! This intimate study of Jacob aka Israel, is eye opening into my own personality! I also was able to be blessed to be at the LP live simulcast in Charleston, WVa. in person! I would love to let Beth know that it happened there for me! I laid down that ONE sin that I was convinced Jesus could not forgive me for! The last straw! the last strand of connection between me and life sucking sin! I was that grey haired woman she was amazed to see come forward. <3 I left my old dead man there and now becoming a new, more honest me. What a life! My heart is full and love for Jesus (and Beth) just overflows out of me! THANK YOU! Keep 'em coming Lord and Beth. Keep them coming…. take us to that next level!

  119. Theresa LeBlanc says

    Esther – I admire her courage immensely (“If I perish, I perish”). Also, doing the study made me more aware of how God places us where we are for a reason – and has had me seeing when he placed me somewhere “for such a time as this”.

  120. Penny barrentine says

    The woman at the well means the most to me personally bc at her lowest point in life Jesus showed her his amazing grace and mercy. I can relate to this story and how we can find healing and forgiveness in Jesus Christ and use our trials to share his love with others.

  121. joan Richardson says

    The woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with her tears and perfumes….She is able to shut out Simon and others and focus on Jesus alone…oh if only I could be so

  122. says

    Lydia, seller of purple. I am a single woman who owns her own business, buy finds her greatest joy in serving The Lord. The biblical account of Lydia has always been an encouragement to me that God didn’t forget me and that I am complete in this life He has chosen for me.

  123. Melanie says

    My favorite story in the bible is of the four men who took their paralyzed friend up on the roof and lowered him down to Jesus (Mark 2). This story has so many lessons and layers to it- but probably my favorite is this: the faith of the friends brought the man before Jesus for him to be physically healed, and yet Christ healed the man on a spiritual level by forgiving him of his sins before he healed his physical handicap. It’s such an important reminder that God sometimes places people in our lives to bring us directly to Him in order for Him to do a mighty work in our lives. God has blessed me with friends who have interceded for me in this way and have been used by God in powerful ways. Sometimes we don’t understand the work God is doing through us in the lives of people in our world, but what we can’t see in the moment often ends up being life-changing if we are in tune with the Spirit.

  124. Susan Gagnier says

    By far, the story of the woman with the issue of blood. She had such strong faith and she pressed through the crowd, only to barely touch the the hem of Jesus’s robe. ‘Who touched me?” he asked? He immediately felt the power released. Upon being healed, Jesus told the woman, it is your “faith” that healed you. This story resonates with me so.

  125. Kelly Jenkins says

    My favorite story is between Peter and Jesus in John 6. Jesus had just lost many followers after a controversial teaching. He turned to Peter and asked if Peter was leaving, too. Peter looked at Him and said, “Where else would I go? You alone have the words of life.”
    It gets me every time. :)

  126. says

    Nehemiah changed my life forever!! From the way he grieve for that city to being obiediant to Gods call in rebuilding the city he was an amazing man of God!! After I study Nehemiah I was determined to allow God to empty me and fill me with Him. I listened to his call to women’s ministry and God has completely changed me in the ministry!! I am loving it and can’t get enough of our Savior…#onfireforhim

  127. Brandy says

    The story of Abraham and Sarah and the promises Gid McAfee to them. The whole story of waiting and trying to help God along when you’re sure He needs our Help but only getting in the way and mucking things up. And then when He confirmed His promise, after they’d aged and waited. . .Sarah laughed. How many times have I laughed in disbelief and sureness that He couldn’t possibly mean what He just said. And yet, despite their doubt and despite the mess they had made He still did what He said He’d do. Their doubts. . My doubts so not deter the God who keeps His Promises.

  128. says

    I would have to say the life of Peter would be my favorite. It gives me encouragement that someone who can mess up multiple times over can be a vessel through which the Lord shows His love to others.

  129. Heidi says

    A life- changing story for me was in the New Testament where Jesus is with his disciples and He sees a large crowd with a dead body. A widow has lost her only son, leaving her with no one to care for her. She is overcome with grief. Luke 7:13 says , ” When The Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, ‘Don’t cry.’ ” He then proceeded to raise her son from the dead. It was overwhelming to realize that, out of His great love and compassion , God seeks us. It is not we who seek Him, but He finds us! He understands everything about us. His eyes see our struggles and He comes after us. His heart goes out to us! He sought me , and offered me the gift of salvation and a relationship with Him, and I am forever grateful!

  130. says

    Oh, this might be the hardest ‘favorite’ or ‘most’ question I have ever tried to answer! The overarching theme of going from captive to conqueror is what is prevalent in my mind. Joshua.

  131. Anna Leach says

    At this time in my life I have quit my job to volunteer at HOPE Pregnancy Center in Killeen, TX. God has called me to minister to these women in a crisis pregnancy situation and to share the gospel with them. Therefore my favorite story in the Bible is in John 4:1-27 – the Samaritan woman at the well. Everyone deserves a second chance. As the pastor’s wife of our church I have been leading Beth Moore studies on Thursday evenings. The three studies we have done thus far have been borrowed from other churches as we are not able to afford them. We would love to have another of Beth’s studies to continue our journey with Christ. Thank you for your ministry.

  132. John Fedrick says

    The story that resonates a great deal is the story of Samuel. How he was born. How he was given to the Lord. How God Himself taught him and raised him up during a time of corruption and how he continued to walk with God regardless including the times with Saul and David and remained faithful even when his sons did not follow the Lord. God has no grand children. He has children. I remember when God had called him to judge Israel as well as being a Prophet of God, the children of Israel asked for a king. This bothered Samuel because God had called him to judge Israel and lead them in the ways of the Lord. They had no King but the Lord. God told Samuel that they had not rejected him but had rejected the Lord as King over them. Yet Samuel continued to walk with God and follow Him and told the children of Israel what it would be like to have an earthly king over them and also told them “God forbid that I should sin and cease to pray for you.” – (paraphrased) He continued to minister unto the Lord and remained a prophet and still ministered unto the Lord regarding Israel.

  133. Karen Styons says

    Aside from the gospel, right now the story of Moses in Deuteronomy resonates with me the most. Our women are currently in study of DEUTERONOMY, THE LAW OF LOVE from Beth Moore. Now, I love homework and the digging and I miss that in this study; but the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament is a book that so translates into our present day and into our deepest need for the Word of our God to be in us that it can be nothing but God speaking. We are called to love Him with all our heart and soul and strength, but it cannot stop there. We must impress His Word on the hearts of our children, on the walls of our own homes, and in our daily lives upon all those whom we meet and know. We are to wear Christ; the time is shorter than it ever has been. Coming to God through Christ is the single most important decision any person will ever make. We know that because of God’s Word and because of the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus. For the world to know Him, we must be obedient to our call as God’s chosen children to bear fruit…fruit that will last. The Promised Land of Heaven awaits those who come to Christ, but there is also a Promised Land for each of us this side of Heaven…in Christ! Our women have also done James MacDonald’s LORD, CHANGE MY ATTITUDE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE…what a study on the Israelites in the desert! May I be obedient, not grumble, and trust God to supply all needs. (I’d love manna outside my door every morning as I’m not a cook, but Moore surely impressed upon me the need to have our family together around the table regularly and my responsibility to get that Promised Land wheat into bread; I’m into cooking again, though the kids are grown and out of the house. My husband is grateful as eating out had become a way of life for us.) Then “these are the words,” the opening of Deuteronomy, explains through Moses the history of Israel in the wilderness, the Word and heart of God to the Israelites to be obedient so that they will live long in the Promised Land, and the need for them…and us!… to be all in with Him. All in, totally obedient to the Word of God…now under the New Covenant. There was then no place for half-hearted obedience; there’s no place for that today. God hates luke-warm. To love Him with all our heart and soul and strength signifies passion for Him and for His Word. Moses wasn’t going to get to go into the Promised Land, but he was passionate for the people of God to see and obey their God and follow Joshua in. Moses passed the baton to Joshua to carry on his work, all the while trusting God. He wrote Deuteronomy out of a heart for the people he had led and loved and pleaded for over the desert years. He loved God’s people, in spite of their wandering, grumbling hearts. If we don’t know God’s Word and love and Son, if we are not passionate to love and obey with all our hearts and souls and strength, how will our children know? Fire. Passion. Moses had it for the Israelites; we must have it for those God places in our own lives. May we pass Christ on with passion. God is what Moses was about. The Moore study of Deuteronomy has led our women to in-depth discussions about our own Promised Lands in the world today. Peace and bearing fruit, and I cannot but say with passion. Passion fruit! (I smile as I type.) Yes, God through Moses in Deuteronomy has definitely lit a burning bush in our women. It is my favorite study…for now. But I love how God encompasses my heart in wherever He places me in His Word. When He’s speaking, I’m so desiring to be listening. And obeying. Deuteronomy is about God’s passion for us to be obedient. So, favorite story from Scripture? For now, it’s Moses and the Israelites and the Promised Land. How greatly God has shown me that I am living in the Promised Land He has given me this side of Heaven in being with women in His Word! No more manna on the ground. But His supplying needs and providing seeds to be planting that wheat and cultivating it and harvesting it in women and in family and in life. Bearing fruit and making bread in order to make the Bread of Life known! That’s Promised Land living! “Thank You, Father God, for desiring that we live life this side of Heaven to the full (in spite of the snakes and scorpions and dry heat that often is so much a part of life). You are with us in all, never to leave or forsake us. May we keep our eyes on You and our hearts totally involved in Your Word.” So that ‘the Words’ are the words by which we live life to the full!”

  134. Angie Miller says

    Currently, my preschooler is fascinated with Noah. How he heard from God and obeyed even though he didn’t understand. It is amazing to see the story through the eyes of a child. Brings it to life.

  135. Amy Smith says

    Right now in my life, it’s the story of Jacob wrestling with God all night before he was to meet Esau. I have read we are possibly never closer to God than when we are wrestling with HIm about something. Right now I’m wrestling. In the end, God ‘broke’ the large tendon in Jacob’s hip — he had to be broken to stop wrestling – to stop fighting. That hits very close to home for me right now – and I’m glad to know that God is very close to me right now.

  136. Heather says

    The story in the bible that speaks to my heart right now is Naaman in King’s. He wanted healed but he did not like the way God and Elisha went about healing. The story reminds me that I delay my own healing when I don’t obey God quickly. He is a loving Father to me and only wants the best for me. I need to trust that and obey so that I can participate in the plans he has for me. His plans are for good and not for evil.

  137. Margie Willis says

    Tough question, but my answer for today is the account of the early church in Acts. Peter’s miraculous escape from prison cracks me up when he goes to where everyone is gathered praying and Rhoda got so excited she didn’t even let him in. The astonishment they had of Peter being there reminds me to pray with expectation.

  138. Lisa Rettig says

    Definitely Esther. Ever since we did that Bible study, it brought it home more than ever. One of my favorite songs is Mandisa’s “Made For This” based on the story of Esther, and the words of that song just make the whole story completely resonate with me.

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