Interview with Missionaries Dan & Lindy Broyles

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dan and Lindy Broyles, missionaries in Tanzania, Africa to discus how they came to do that type of work and how the role of the Bible helps them in their daily walk with Christ but also helps them in their work with the local population.

Tell me about yourself and family

Lindy and I are proud parents of three children; Peter who is 6, Lucy 4 and Jack 2 years old. We have been living in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for the past two years. The reason why we have come to Africa is because of Jesus Christ and His glory. Our mission as a family is to always put Christ at the center of our lives and obey Him through the grace that He extends to us every day. We want our children to grow up experiencing the power and grace of God for themselves not only through his Word but also through daily life. Even though ministry has its rewards and brings a sense of value to life, it definitely does compare to just simply being with God, spending time together as a family and growing in faith and trust in the Lord Jesus is what our family values most.

How did you come to know Jesus?

I grew up in a Christian family where we went to church most Sundays. After church one Sunday when I was six years old, I accepted Christ Jesus into my heart. It was the truly the best decision I have ever made and my life has had dramatic change over the years of following Christ. It was not always easy, for example having to deal with rejection and self-hatred issues during middle and high school. Learning how to forgive people and let go injustice that has happened in my life and been difficult but rewarding. Through learning about freedom and authority we have in Christ, those strongholds are continuing to be dismantled which results in a greater ability to do what Jesus has called me to do with this life.

Tell me about your decision to move overseas?

In 2003, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Namibia for one month. This class centered around political science and so we were studying the government of Namibia and what type of projects they were involved in to help develop their country. One of the projects was an orphanage specifically designed to house AIDS/HIV infected children. I had never seen anything like this before where there was no hope. These children were going to die because of this disease and yet they were so thankful for everything that they had been given. Whether it be toys or clothes, most of the kids had a smile on their face and joy in hearts and I was an emotional wreck. When I saw the living conditions of these kids and realized that 50% would die before the age of 12, my problems seemed like nothing compared to these precious children. I had an Isaiah 6 moment with the Lord and right then and there I knew what Jesus was calling me to. I wanted to share the love of Christ with these kids, pray for healing, pray for freedom and show them that even though they had no earthly parents, there is a Father in heaven who loves and cherishes them so much that He can’t stop thinking about them. The vision to move to Africa was planted that day and 13 years later, Jesus has brought us here to Tanzania to help orphan children know the love of Christ and provide for their basic needs.

How does using a study Bible help you in your work?

Using a Bible helps in speaking truth to these orphans here in Tanzania. They need to know truth and what Christ says about them to defeat the lies on the enemy that have been planted in the hearts. Seeds of rejection, loneliness, abandonment and self-hatred can be defeated with the Word of God. Speaking the truth and teaching the kids verses where it talks about God being our Father is key to defeating the enemy’s lies and strongholds that he has setup in these kids. Psalm 139 and other Bible passages similar to it are powerful weapons to demolish and uproot these strongholds.

Why do think its important for Christians to use a study Bible?

The reason its important is because study Bibles have really good resources in them for connecting different passages of Scripture together. If you are researching and wanting to know about a certain topic, a study Bible can give you multiple references to new and old testament scriptures based on the topic. So the person can get a very rich and detailed understanding of what the Bible says in regards to a lot of different concepts.

How can people connect with and support you?

We would love to be connected with people so God’s amazing power can be demonstrated. We want to show what He has done and what He is doing. Partnering financially and prayerfully with the plans of God is a blessing not only to those who receive but to those who give. Currently we are caring for three orphans, which includes housing, food, school, etc. We have a Facebook page Moyo Wakila Mama where you can see what we are up to. Also if people want to partner financially people can go to giving.younglife.org. There you can search by our last name or our area number (Broyles/X465). People could also mail in checks to Young Life at PO Box 2920 Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Make checks payable to Young Life, designated for X465/Broyles.

Why is the NIV Study Bible Worth Considering?

There are a lot of quality Bible translations available for people to turn to today. The list of different versions ranging from the New King James to the English Standard Version is enough to make your head spin if you don’t know what to look for. This is why it important to become familiar with the New International Version or NIV Bible so that as you choose your Bible you are aware of all of your options.

Since its first publishing in 1978 the NIV translation of the Bible has quickly become one of the more common translations found in churches across America and the globe. This is the result from regular revisions and effective distribution by the publisher Zondervan.

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Using Study Bibles for Fruit of the Spirit Study

I recently led a small group meeting with several other families. We agreed on a format where the youth pastor would teach the kids a similar topic as the adults. The focus of our time was discussing the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)

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Interview with Pastor Mike Riches

I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Mike Riches, head pastor at Harborview Fellowship Church in Gig Harbor, Washington to discus how as a pastor he uses a study Bible to enhance his personal study and lesson preparation for his weekly sermon requirements. As a pastor he a different view of the Bible because it is his work place.

How did you come to Christ?study bible

I came to an understanding of what it means to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, to have my sin forgiven, and to be guaranteed an eternal life as a teenager. My dad had a saving relationship with Jesus Christ just before I became a teenager. It was his changed life, which included a passionate devotion to living for Jesus that most influenced me. Several years later I too surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and received Him as my Lord and Savior.

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Interview with Tyler Connell of the Ekballo Project

I recently sat down with Tyler Connell, who hails from the Pacific Northwest to ask him how using a study Bible has helped him in his work as missionary and evangelist. He has spent the last few years traveling the globe sharing the good news of the gospel to those who have never heard the story of Jesus. Additionally, he comes back to the United States to motivate and recruit young people to help fulfill the great commission.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

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Interview with Seminary Professor Michael Chan

I recently sat down with Michael Chan, a seminary professor at Luther Seminary to discuss how study Bibles have impacted his work in the classroom and his personal walk of faith. Enjoy the reading below as you are challenged to grow in your faith and learn how to use the Bible in today’s times. Read to end to learn how to connect with Michael.

Tell me about yourself

My name is Michael Chan, and I have been married to Katherine Chan for 13 years. Day in and Michael Chanday out, she remains one of the most important ways I encounter Christ in the world. I also see God at work in the world through our young daughter, Eden Chan, who entered our lives almost two years ago.

I currently teach Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. My teaching load typically includes topics like Hebrew, Aramaic, Jeremiah, and Daniel. I love teaching, and consider myself profoundly blessed to be able to teach the Old Testament for a living, and to participate in the shaping of the church’s future preachers, evangelists, and leaders.

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Interview with Children’s Author Lauren Nelson

Recently, I sat down with new Christian children’s author, Lauren Nelson to talk about her journey of faith, the process of writing a new children’s book and how using a study Bible impacted her writing process. Below we discuss her new book and how it might be a great match for you and your child.

Tell me about yourself?

My name is Lauren Nelson and I am a mother of two beautiful children; Kyah, who is 8 years Study Bibleold and Noah, who is almost 4 years old. I am married to a pastor and he is my best friend! This past year I became a published author of a children’s book entitled, “SHEroes of the Bible: Women of the Old Testament.” The book is a compilation of 9 stories of 14 women from the Old Testament who trusted God in the midst of some scary situations.

I have always connected with the women from the Old Testament. From the time I was a young child, there was something about their determination, their bravery and courage that I wanted, that I knew was buried somewhere deep within me. I especially connected with the women who were warriors and fought in battles against those who wanted to oppress them. I wanted to be just like them!

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Bible Study with Your Children

It is important as adults to remember how much children can really understand when it comes to studying the Bible. I remember being a young child and sitting with my dad as he would read me Bible stories. Children love to learn and love to spend time with their parents. There are so many fun, interactive and applicable ways we can study the Bible with our children. Here are some ideas:

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What is Olive Tree Bible Software?

I am not sure about you, but every weekend when I go to church it seems more and more people are turning to their smart phones to read the word. With phones having so many options and features on them, they are providing new ways for individuals to have access to and read the Word. As a result I have been spending the last few days digging into the best study Bible apps that could be used instead of or in addition to your hand held study Bible. There are a lot to choose from and many options that are great for your personal growth.

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