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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 80, 84

    PSALM 80 and 84 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Psalm 80 A psalm of Asaph. For the director of music – to the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant” This psalm is a communal lament and a prayer for restoration. It was likely written after the nation, or at least the northern portion […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 73,77

    PSALM 73 and 77 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Book III (Psalms 73-89) Psalm 72 ends with 2 verses of doxology/praise, and a final statement that is almost certainly added by whoever edited the collection of Davidic psalms: “This concludes the prayers of David, son of Jesse.” Psalms 73 begins the collection of psalms […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 21-22

    REVELATION 21 – 22 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The New Jerusalem God continues to show John a vision of the future and of things that lie beyond our human understanding. To do this, God yet again uses echoes of images drawn from throughout scripture, from Genesis forward. God has been revealing his plans […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapter 20

    REVELATION 20 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Two Resurrections This chapter of Revelation contains events puzzled over and debated by many theologians and students of the bible over many years. It has resulted in varying views of the Millennium, the thousand-year reign. We must first considerif the thousand years is symbolic rather than literal, […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapter 19

    REVELATION 19 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Lamb’s Victory! As the world is mourning the fall of Babylon, God calls His people to celebrate. “Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.”(18:20) The celebration begins over the fall of the […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 17-18

    REVELATION 17 – 18 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Babylon the Great: The Prostitute God remembers Babylon the Great and gives her the cup of His wrath (16:19). Chapters 17 and 18 describe this great prostitute of the world, along with her punishment and fall. John’s use of a prostitute as a metaphor is […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 16

    REVELATION 16 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The first 4 Plagues (16:1-9): God calls the natural elements of creation (earth, sea, rivers, sun) to pass judgment on human beings who have abused their position as God’s image bearers within creation. o In the Trumpet judgments the destruction was partial, one third of earth, sea, […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 14-15

    REVELATION 14 – 15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Harvest Is Coming! John continues to make the contrast between the view from heaven and the view from earth. The Lamb and the 144,000 (14:1-5): “They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” 144,000 = literal or symbolic? 3 (#for God) X 4 (#for Creation) […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 12-13

    REVELATION 12 – 13 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Woman, The Dragon, and Two Beasts John again surprises his readers. We might have anticipated the “third woe”, announced in 11:14, but instead the next 3 chapters relate visions of the conflict between the church and the powers of evil – a war in […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 10-11

    REVELATION 10 – 11 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Seventh Trumpet Another pause, as between the sixth/seventh seal, to hear from God about prophets and witnesses, and to get another heavenly perspective. The Angel with the Little Scroll (10:1-11): Messianic Angel Daniel 10:4-12:13 Revelation 10:1-11 Angel appears to Daniel, 10:5-6 Angel appears to […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 8-9

    REVELATION 8 – 9 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Six Trumpets Imagery: Trumpets were used in bible times to issue a warning to people or to summon them to battle. Trumpets were also used for celebrations and festivals, or to call the people together for special times of worship. Lastly, trumpets are associated with […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 6-7

    REVELATION 6:1-8:5 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Seven Seals First Seal (6:1-2): White horse Bow & Crown Conquest Second Seal (6:3-4): Red horse Sword Bloodshed/War Third Seal (6:5-6): Black horse Weighing Scales Famine Fourth Seal (6:7-8): Pale horse Death & Hades Kill w/sword, famine, plague, beasts Imagery – Four Horsemen, associated with war; […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 4-5

    REVELATION 4-5 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Throne Room A heavenly perspective for our earthly encouragement. Glory, worship, and worth. The One who sits on the throne (4:1-11): Throne – mentioned 45 times in this book. What is the significance of a throne? Jasper and carnelian – translucent jasper, red carnelian; brilliance of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 2-3

    click here to download  REVELATION 2-3 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia – 7 specific churches, or 7 ages of church history, or 7 messages for all church and believers? Address Titles of Jesus (often from 1:13-18) Commendation/Strength Criticism/Weakness Correction/Consequences “He who has ears…” Promise to overcomers […]

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  • A study on the book of Revelation Chapter 1

    click here to download    REVELATION 1 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Overview Genre (kind of literature): Apocalypse (1:1): a disclosure, unveiling or revelation, often involves revealing visions of an intermediary who is to communicate for God. This kind of writing used a great deal of symbolism, particularly in representing cosmic struggle of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 63,65,67

    click here to download   PSALM 63, 65, 67 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Psalm 63 A psalm of David.  An expression of longing for God.   Recall a time when you really longed for something/someone When David was in the desert of Judah (1 Samuel 23:14 or 2 Samuel 15:23) Used for […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 50, 51

    click here to download  PSALM 50 and 51 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Psalm 50 A psalm of Asaph.  A teaching psalm about True Worship.   Asaph was one of David’s three choir leaders (1 Chron.6:39, 16:5)   Stanza 1 (vs.1-6): The summons, the subpoena.  Call to appear before God in court; prepare […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 42, 46

    click here to download   PSALM 42 and 46 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Psalms “Book II” (42-72)  – the use of God (Elohim) predominates, rather than the use of LORD (Yahweh) which was most common in Book I. Book I : 272 Yahweh, 16 Elohim Book II: 30 Yahweh, 164 Elohim   […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalm Chapter 24,29

    click here to download   PSALM 24 and 29 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins     Psalm 24 This is a processional psalm that may have been written when David brought the ark to Jerusalem.  It is often used by churches when celebrating Christ’s ascension into the heavenly Jerusalem.   Prelude (vs.1-2):  The whole […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalm Chapters 23

    click here to download    PSALM 23 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Psalm 23 Psalm 23 is almost certainly the best loved and best known of all the psalms.  Many can recite the psalm from memory or sing it to more than one tune.     It is used often at the sick bed or […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalm Chapters 19, 22

    click here to download    PSALM 19 and 22 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Psalm 19 A prayer of praise.  Described by C.S. Lewis as the finest poem in the world!   Celebrating the God of Creation (vs.1-6): Creation reveals God’s Glory! The soundless voice of Creation speaks of God (vs.1-4a) The penetrating […]

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