Interrupted Intro

Franciscan priest Richard Rohr observed, “We cannot think our way into a new kind of living. We must live our way into a new kind of thinking.”

Well, here goes nothing! Today is the first official blog bible study. I hope everyone has their book. If not, I have attached the pdf of the first week InterruptedSample. No excuses now!

Let’s take care of the business first. Please introduce yourself to us by commenting here with your name, state, and what you hope to gain from this study. Also, I need a working email for each one of you. There are some songs and other extras that I need to send to you each week.

This week you will complete the first week’s session “The Poor” p. 13-31

Next Monday, I will upload a short five-part video that will document the story of a group of people discovering Jesus in the lowest and the least of their community, and serving Him there.

I will post different questions for each of you to pick and choose which ones you personally want to answer. Then comment away. We can comment and discuss as much as we need to encourage, spur on, and create a blog community of believers who want to allow Jesus to “Interrupt” their lives.

I want to share with you why I picked this study. I read the book version of this study a few months ago and downloaded the first week’s bible study and I was hooked when I read this quote:

“I developed a spiritual form of bulimia where I did my devotionals, read all the new Christian books and saw the Christian movies, and then vomited information up to friends, small groups, and pastors. But it never had the chance to digest. I had gorged myself on all the products of the Christian industrial complex but was spiritually starving to death. I was marked by an overconsumption but malnourished spiritually.”

THIS WAS ME!

I am praying for each of you as we begin this new adventure together.

Do your homework!

24 thoughts on “Interrupted Intro

  1. Hi, I’m Amy. I live in Louisiana and go to church with Kasey. We’ve known each other I guess since both our ages were single digits. Our dads did ministry together in South Carolina many years ago.

    I saw a video about this study several months ago and it interested me. Since then, my dad died after an almost year-long battle with brain cancer. I’ve been hesitant about jumping back into Bible study because my heart and brain are still tender.

    But I need accountability, community, and most of all, I need all the time with God I can get. And I love Kasey. So here I am.

  2. Hi, my name is Melanie and I live in Colorado, where winters are cold and gorgeous and not the torture that Brad and Kasey make it out to be. I have lived here 12 years and hope to be here until I die.
    I am doing this study because Kasey told me I was doing this study, just like she MADE me get texting and get a FACEBOOK account. Seriously, Kasey is one of the few people I have studied GOd’s word with that provides the iron to sharpen my iron. We have been able to reach depths in His word that has challenged me and grown me. We don’t always agree and we can get into some heated “conversations” but it is what I need to strengthen my walk and belief system.
    I have never done an on-line study before but I am willing to give it a shot. I look forward to “meeting” and studying with all of you!

  3. Hey Ladies! I’m Kelli and I live in Bossier City, LA. Kasey and I go to church together. I have two young children, Emma, 4 and Ethan, 17 months. I thought the online Bible Study was a great idea because it is hard to find child care. I hope to take my relationship with God to a whole new level! I’m looking forward to digging deep in the Word with you girls.

  4. Hey everyone! I’m Kelli and I live in Louisiana. I know Kasey from church. I have two young children, Emma, 4 and Ethan 17 months so an online bible study is PERFECT for me (thanks Kasey). I am looking forward to digging deep in the Word with you girls! My e-mail is Keltaylor79@yahoo.com

  5. Hello, I’m Sherri. I am a new mom who hasn’t quite gotten used to managing Bible studies on top of my son’s schedule, so online sounded great! I’m very excited about getting into this study and virtually meeting everyone!

  6. I’m Krystal, I live in Amarillo, TX. Like some of the others the Ewing family holds a dear place in my heart. We met them in Albuquerque and have never met anyone like them since! I could say a thousand things about them, but it would be way too long!

    I am excited to do this study with you ladies! From everything I have read about it, this study is just what I need for the season I am in. Here we go!

  7. Hi! My name is Lindsay and I live in Albuquerque, NM. I have known Kasey for about 12 years and we have always loved to study the Word together. This is a fun opportunity to do this from many, many miles away. Plus, I see Krystal’s doing it too which is a lot of fun. I also saw this awhile back and was wanting to check it out, really being drawn in by the same quote Kasey referenced.

    I personally am going through a yucky time right now, so I am so excited upon reading this to see the “holy passion” the Lord raises up in me. I know that He’s going to do amazing things through this fun group.

    1. Glad you are in Linds…this will be like old times! Well, except we won’t get to see each other face to face! Can’t wait to get your wisdom and perspective throughout this study!!

  8. Hi all! I am Anique, I live in Colorado Springs and am freezing 6 months out of the year. I have been married 15 years. I have 3 kiddos and One AMAZING FATHER! I too have suffered from spiritual Bulimia and am so anxious to learn and live. Praying for each of you and I am so excited to hear what God will teach me from each of you!
    I work 10 hour days on Moday, so I may post on Sunday night or late Monday night =)

  9. Hey everyone! My name is Kelli and I live in Louisiana. I go to church with Kasey. I have two young children, Emma, 4 and Ethan, 17 months so this online study is perfect for me. I can’t wait to dig deeper in the Word with you ladies.

  10. Hey Everyone! I am Kelli and I live in Louisiana. I go to church with Kasey. I have two young children, Emma, 4 yr. and Ethan, 17 months so this online study is perfect for me. I am excited to dig deeper in the Word with you girls.

  11. Kasey doesn’t know this yet, but I am going to join y’all. I am Paula, also from Colorado where it is currently – um – cold! I am a native to Colorado and love it here. Can’t imagine living anywhere else, so hopefully my mission field stays here. I work at at very large non-profit, you may have heard of it a time or 2. I am a wife of 14 1/2 years and a mom to a 12 year old son and a 9 year old daughter.

    I am wrapping up with the book Crazy Love and I am realizing that I am spent. I am starving to know God better and have no excuses that I don’t. I have been saved since 1987 and feel as though I am still a teenager spiritually. I want to be in a study group that keeps me on my toes and that the obsession is my one and only Savior. Sorry I am late, I really try to be one time, usually.

  12. Melanie, you’re a liar. It’s freezing there most of the time. It’s probably snowing there as I type this. 🙂

    Love ya.

  13. I am so excited to have each one if you. It is obvious that when you study the word together it not only changes you but produces lasting friendships!
    I started yesterday and I had notes that said, “wow,” “ouch!” “me too,” on many of the things she said. How about you? Did you feel the same way? Did what she say resonate with you as much as me? I hope so.
    I am still without cable and Internet. Was good for the family though. Such a peaceful night with no noise. I am not, however, happy about missing 24.
    Have a great week. I love you to pieces! That is a good thing since many of you described yourself being broken to pieces. As God slowly glues you back together, know I love you and am praying for you. And I promise in the times He is repairing your heart-those days you will one day look back on and remember them as the, let me be lame, the times that stick with you:) you are loved.

    1. I would like y’all to meet Kelli Taylor. Kelli will comment to introduce herself as soon as we figure out why the other 10x she has tried, it has failed.

      I sent her a text this week after I had started working on the bible study. I just said, “I worked on Interrupted; WOW! OUCH! YIKES!”
      This is her response:
      She quotes “My people are crumbling and dying and starving and you’re blessing blessed people and dreaming about your next house.” YOWZER! Was my response when I read that. This is oh so good.”
      Ok, ladies, what is your first response? Do y’all have anymore WORDS to add?

      1. My response was conviction. Being reminded of the interaction between Jesus and Peter. “Do you agape (unconditional love and committment) me?” Then again – “Do you agape me?” and the last reflects Peters own answer as if to say “do you even phileo (have a friendly love)me?” I could almost here the sigh in his question the 3rd time. Of course Peter was a teacher and in Acts we see so much of his renewed committment to Christ and his obedience to his call to “feed the lambs and sheep”. My conviction came with the Lambs portion. Baby new born believers. Am I taking the time to be there when they make a decision for Christ? Am I mentoring? Am I teaching? Am I meeting their needs? Many that come to Christ do so out of desperation for their current circumstance. They are lost, without food, widowed, orphaned and they live right next door. That was a thought that will require much pondering.

        I don’t know if I am posting this in the right place, but these were some of my thoughts on week 1.

  14. Hello to everyone! My name is Victoria and I am from the Tarheel state of North Carolina- a southerner born and bred. I am really looking forward to this bible study because I have not been in the Word a long time. I have been on a personal journal with depression and anxiety, mostly from my beloved father’s sudden death. I’ve been a Christian since I was 7 years old. I have had a lot of peaks and valleys. May God bless us all as we study His Word together.

    1. Hey Victoria, welcome to the blog bible study. I am very sorry for your loss. You are in great company here. As you can see, many are walking through grief and loss. We are glad to have you and know that God is going to speak to all our broken hearts here.
      Y’all are loved!

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