Keep the Heart

Bible studies on the issues of life.

Proverbs 27 Off-Script

February 27th, 2021

Proverbs 27 Off-Script is a Bible application study of seven verses from Proverbs 27, beginning with the reminder that we never know "what a day may bring forth." The verses covered in this study are as follows: Proverbs 27:1, 4, 5-6, 9, 10, and 17.

The Off-Script episodes are like sitting in the dining room at Francie's house with a slice of homemade pumpkin bread, a smooth cup of coffee, and the Bible. This episode also provides an example of the practical applications found in the book of Proverbs. 

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ICU: In Christ Unconditionally--Heart Conditions Bible Study

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Did God Answer Your Prayer?

February 22nd, 2021

Have you ever had question run through your mind: “Why didn’t God answer my prayer? It’s not uncommon to think like this, but underneath this question is another question: Did God fail to answer your prayer, or did He answer it differently than you requested it?

We may be praying more than ever, but are we praying with a right spirit? A spirit of fear is not from God. He is never rattled and nothing surprises Him. How can we shift our thinking from fearful to trusting?

This episode covers five ways that we can clear up our thinking about prayer, and improve our prayer lives in the process.

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A Young Mom Asked for Advice

February 19th, 2021

BONUS EPISODE: There’s a quote that says this: “Unsolicited advice is the junk mail of life.” That’s why this episode has the title, “A Young Mom Asked for Advice.” A young mom wrote to us with two motherhood questions. Since she asked, we are providing solicited advice! 

Most episodes on Keep the Heart will cover the "issues of life" affecting a general audience, but occasionally we'll do a bonus episode that is more like a breakout session. Invite your mom friends to listen. 

A Young Mom Asked-Lesson notes

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Contentious Relationships

February 15th, 2021

Are there certain things that just set you off? We will never argue our way to happiness, and the only satisfaction in winning an argument is proving that you can be contentious to the finish line. What can we do about this human tendency to be contentious? The Bible has a lot to say about this subject, but we’ll just examine a few verses in this episode, leaving room for you to continue this important topical study on your own.

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ICU: In Christ Unconditionally--Heart Conditions Bible Study

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How to Handle Discouragement

February 8th, 2021

Have you mastered the plaster smile? It’s the one that we wear when our insides are not smiling but we don’t want to reveal our true emotions. It’s easy to hide discouragement, but it’s not a solution to pretend to be fine when we’re not. Francie shares three biblical suggestions to help listeners who are walking through difficult times.

How to Handle Discouragement Lesson Notes

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Wisdom is the Principal Thing

February 5th, 2021

Some of the biggest mistakes that we've made in our lives are directly related to a lack of wisdom, but God can help us to turn that around. If you're tired of spinning your wheels in the ditch, you're ready for wisdom. Grab your Bible and turn to Proverbs chapter four.

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Developing a Daily Bible Study Habit

February 2nd, 2021

Have you been struggling to develop a daily Bible study habit? You’re not the first, and you are not alone. This episode shares insights and examples of the lessons God teaches us from His Word when we make Bible study an essential priority in our lives. Francie uses Proverbs 17 to provide examples of what we would learn through the Proverb-a-Day study system. Learn how you can build a Bible study habit that draws you closer to God and teaches you how to handle the issues of life wisely.

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How to Comfort Grieving Hearts

January 28th, 2021

In Job 16:2, the man Job gave his well-meaning friends a title: "miserable comforters." Job's friends meant to help, but they ended up causing greater pain. We could make the same mistake simply by saying or doing the wrong thing, or the right thing at the wrong time. How can we be helpful to those who are hurting? Join us for insights and suggestions on ways to be a comfort to those who are grieving.

Read more about the story of Job in the popular Bible study series, ICU--In Christ Unconditionally, Old Testament, available on our website!

ICU--In Christ Unconditionally Old Testament Case Studies

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Born Again Later in Life

January 25th, 2021

Coming to Christ later in life means that we’ll bring baggage that accumulated during those unsaved days. Baggage that a person who grew up in a Christian home usually does not have. The good news is you can unpack now. It doesn’t matter when you became a believer, you are still a part of the family of God. So, what are some of the things that may need unpacking? We'll take a look at a short list together.

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Riches, Honor, and Life

January 23rd, 2021

People are so desperate to appear popular and prosperous, they'll even spend money to fake it! God sees prosperity differently that we see it. Join Francie for this Proverbs 22:4 mini-devo on how humility and fear of the Lord are the keys to God's forms of riches, honor, and life.

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