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Helping women grow in Biblical literacy, discernment, discipleship, Christian living, and our awe and wonder of God.

In Awe & Wonder Kristen Hamilton

    • Christianity

Helping women grow in Biblical literacy, discernment, discipleship, Christian living, and our awe and wonder of God.

    What Is Awe?

    What Is Awe?

     



    On this episode of In Awe & Wonder podcast, I'm talking about awe. This is a discussion of chapter 2 of the book, "The Joy of Fearing God," by Jerry Bridges.



    I also take a detour to talk for a few minutes about defining faith, and then about how we can trust God. We see and experience bad things that God allows in our lives, (things that are not a direct result of a sin we committed, such as miscarriage or natural disasters), so He doesn't seem "safe." However, He is good, perfect, compassionate, and loving. We have to come to a place of trusting God, Who isn't safe, but He's good.



    I have fallen behind in trying to post an episode every week. Life happens. Thank you for grace on that. This book discussion will end up going on through the beginning of 2021. I'm trying to get into a routine...but the study will take as long as it takes.



    Our Bible memory verse is Hebrews 12:28-29, "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and this offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."



    For contact info, memory verse printables, and a reading schedule, visit my site: www.kristen-hamilton.com



    Keep reading your Bible!







     

    • 52 min
    What is the Fear of God?

    What is the Fear of God?

    We are discussing the book, "The Joy of Fearing God," by Jerry Bridges. {Affiliate link} This episode of the podcast gives an overview of connections to the fear of God. We examine several passages of Scripture and start connecting some dots. This discussion focuses on the fear of God as associated with knowledge, wisdom, and relationships.



    Here are the passages that were mentioned from the study guide:





    * For the people who were actually present, what meaning did the words 'fear God' convey?

    Exodus 9:27-30

    Exodus 20:18-21

    Deuteronomy 31:9-13

    Joshua 4:15-24

    1 Samuel 12:16-25

    2 Samuel 23:1-4

    1 Kings 8:37-43

    2 Chronicles 19:4-10

    Nehemiah 5:1-9

    Acts 10:27-35

    * What is the fear of God closely associated with in each of the following passages?

    Leviticus 25:17

    Deuteronomy 10:12

    Joshua 24:14

    Job 28:28

    Psalm 2:11

    Psalm 33:18

    Psalm 128:1

    Psalm 147:11

    Proverbs 22:4

    Isaiah 8:13

    Zephaniah 3:7

    * Proverbs 14:27 speaks of the fear of the Lord as being "a fountain of life" or "life-giving fountain." How is that concept supported by what you see in the following passages?

    Psalm 103:11-13

    Psalm 111:5

    Psalm 111:10

    Psalm 128:1-4

    Psalm 145:19





    Our Bible memory verse is Hebrews 12:28-29, "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and this offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."



    For contact info, memory verse printables, and a reading schedule, visit my site: www.kristen-hamilton.com



    Keep reading your Bible!

    • 34 min
    A Book Club Introduction

    A Book Club Introduction

    After being MIA for some months, circumstances have changed and the In Awe & Wonder Podcast/Blog is ready to be back on a regular basis. This episode introduces a book that I will be discussing: "The Joy of Fearing God," by Jerry Bridges. This discussion will go weekly through the end of 2020. (There is a study guide included in the back of the book.)



    More information on this "book club" is on the In Awe & Wonder Blog in this post: Book Club Details. This post provides the reading schedule if you would like to get the book and read along. (Purchasing the book is not required. Just tuning in to listen will still be edifying.) We will be working on Scripture memory verses during our book discussions. I made a PDF printable page and a PDF printable bookmark with the first memory verse on them for memory tools, also found on the post linked above.



    Our first memory verse is:



    "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:28-29



    Next week's episode will be an intro of the book, based on the first chapter of the book. I'd like to know - what do you think of when you hear the phrase "fear of God?" Leave a comment here or on the In Awe & Wonder Blog.



     







    Here’s how we can connect:



    You’re invited to “like”/follow the public Facebook page:

    In Awe & Wonder Podcast / Blog



    Women may request to join the private Facebook group: In Awe & Wonder



    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram.



    You may support the blog and podcast by making a donation on our Patreon page.



    If you’d like to send a private message, you may email me at or leave a voicemail at 724-237-5319.



    Thanks for listening! Keep reading your Bible!

    • 21 min
    Reboot: Looking Ahead

    Reboot: Looking Ahead

    The In Awe & Wonder podcast is to help women grow in Biblical literacy, discernment, sanctification, Christian living, and our awe and wonder of God.



    To promote Biblical literacy, Bible study, and Bible interpretation, we will be discussing what’s in the Bible; reading verses & passages; doing Bible studies; talking about resources for study; hermeneutics; canonicity; sola Scriptura; and Bible memory.



    To practice and grow in discernment and filter things through a Biblical lens with critical thinking – learning to pause to objectively analyze something before accepting it as true, we will be recommending solid resources; discussing Biblical theology and doctrine; occasionally analyzing current events, cultural issues, and things we see on social media.



    To discuss matters of sanctification – how God grows us via progressive sanctification, though not achieving total sanctification while on earth – especially as it pertains to lessons learned through suffering, we will be discussing the attributes of God – learning Who He is; our identity in Christ – learning who we are in Him; the fruit of the spirit – qualities the Holy Spirit manifests in the life of the believer; and our salvation and eternal life to come.



    To promote practical Christian living, we will occasionally discuss things such as ways to share the gospel; raising teen girls in a godly way; tips for moving long distances; stewardship by ways of meal planning, grocery tips, and thrifting; how to find a good church; doing ministry in the local church; friendship; and marriage.



    To raise awareness of the degree of awe, wonder, and reverence we should be giving to God, we will be making sure our focus and recognition is on the Creator instead of the creation and practicing the praise, thanksgiving, and obedience we ought to give to God as we glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. We will give proper authority and sufficiency to God’s Word; work on our prayer lives; recognize the beauty in nature; recognize common grace for all, and the means of grace for Believers; blessings we may have; people that God puts in our lives; and recognizing our responsibility to live holy lives.



    Typical episodes will include Bible study, Bible memory, praise, prayer, the gospel, and a sprinkling of the attributes of God, stories of martyrs, stories behind our hymns, and promoting other podcasts, ministries, and resources. We may do book clubs from time to time, where I will announce a book, whomever wants to read it can do so, we will discuss on social media, and I will discuss some of the topics from the book on the podcast. We will do Bible study in the same way, by announcing materials and passages to study, whomever wants to participate can do so, we will have discussions on social media, and I will cover some of those topics on the podcast.



    I am not a theologian, have not attended seminary, and do not claim to know more than others. I am learning and growing along with everyone else.  Come along with me to study and learn.



     



    Note: Our first Bible study will be the book of Philippians. After this series drops, there will be one Intro to Philippians in mid-January. Our study will run for 8 episodes over February, March, April & May.



     



    You can connect in the following ways:



    Blog: http://www.kristen-hamilton.com/



    In Awe & Wonder Facebook - private group (for women only): https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiveSolas/



    In Awe & Wonder Podcast/Blog Facebook - public page: https://www.facebook.com/InReverenceofGod/



    Email: InAweWonderPodcast@gmail.com



    Voicemail: 724-237-5319



    Twitter: @KristenHami



    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/inawewonder

    • 29 min
    Reboot: Earthly Trials

    Reboot: Earthly Trials

    I’ll be talking about my two birth defects, miscarriages, pregnancy complications, kids in the NICU, a child with sensory processing disorder, and a husband with a brain tumor. I’d like to say upfront, that if hearing about miscarriage or pregnancy is not something you want to listen to, I give a warning when I’m going to start talking about them so you can skip ahead or stop the episode. I’m going to do my best not to get into many details of the miscarriages or pregnancy complications, but I want to discuss them in general because they have been part of my growth and maturity in many ways.



    This book was a valuable resource: "Safe in the Arms of God: Truth from Heaven About the Death of a Child" by John MacArthur



    For a Christian, God will use each person and each defect in different ways – for our sanctification and growth, and for His glory.



    Psalm 139 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”



    My birth defects have taught me so much about the sovereignty of God. He formed me in a way that would seem negative to other people, in some countries the cleft palate would have caused parents to even reject me, yet He did it and He did it for my good and His glory. Will we not accept everything from God, whether good or bad? And above all, He was immeasurably merciful to me by having me born in the time and place that He did.



     



    Note: Our first Bible study will be the book of Philippians. After this series drops, there will be one Intro to Philippians in mid-January. Our study will run for 8 episodes over February, March, April & May.



     



    You can connect in the following ways:



    Blog: http://www.kristen-hamilton.com/



    In Awe & Wonder Facebook - private group (for women only): https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiveSolas/



    In Awe & Wonder Podcast/Blog Facebook - public page: https://www.facebook.com/InReverenceofGod/



    Email: InAweWonderPodcast@gmail.com



    Voicemail: 724-237-5319



    Twitter: @KristenHami



    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/inawewonder

    • 33 min
    Reboot: Reforming

    Reboot: Reforming

    This episode is the second in the four-part "Reboot" series. This time, I talk about my history in light of my upbringing, "testimony," and churches we have attended in all of our moving around. I have seen and been part of a cross-section of American Evangelicalism that has led to bringing me around to being Reformed.



    Doctrine, theology, church history, how to watch for false teaching, and how to filter things through a Biblical lens was not explicitly taught in any churches I had attended. When I got on the path of studying these things and attending a Reformed church that does teach these things, I dove in and have been learning a great deal.



    This is how God drew me to Himself.



     



    Note: Our first Bible study will be the book of Philippians. After this series drops, there will be one Intro to Philippians in mid-January. Our study will run for 8 episodes over February, March, April & May.



     



    You can connect in the following ways:



    Blog: http://www.kristen-hamilton.com/



    In Awe & Wonder Facebook - private group (for women only): https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiveSolas/



    In Awe & Wonder Podcast/Blog Facebook - public page: https://www.facebook.com/InReverenceofGod/



    Email: InAweWonderPodcast@gmail.com



    Voicemail: 724-237-5319



    Twitter: @KristenHami



    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/inawewonder

    • 30 min

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