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Sonja Corbitt 2018-06-18T12:24:56+00:00

Sonja erupted on the scene with her explosive book, Unleashed, where she shared how the Holy Spirit is freeing her from her patterns of toxic relationships, self-medicating habits, awful circumstances, and overwhelming desires.

Now she’s showing up everywhere. Her 13-episode Unleashed series, perfect for study groups, aired weekly on CatholicTV, Focus TV, and Christian Associates TV. Soon after, Fearless also aired on Catholic TV stations across the country, and her radio show Bible Study Evangelista launched on Real Life Radio, Breadbox Media, and St. Gabriel Radio.

Look for her newest release: Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Roots of Catholicsm with Ascension Press, spring of 2018.

Sonja writes regularly for Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure Bible Study Blog and in Magnificat magazine, and speaks around the world.

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06_”How”: The Resurrection of the Dead Stick

I have found in explaining my conversion that nothing irritates people like the priesthood. The priest is usually a person’s first direct exposure to Church hierarchy, and let’s face it, authority just rubs us all the wrong way when it doesn’t conform to what we think or want.

Institutional priesthood is God’s idea.

Welcome Todd, Kandy, Mandi, and Maribeth, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me 🙂

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Write a note of thanks and appreciation to your parish priest.

I | Ignatian – Imagine you are present by the Sea of Galilee as Jesus chooses fishermen Peter, James, and John to follow Him. Use all your senses to imagine you are there. How do you feel when He chooses you, too?

A | Augustinian – Did anything about today's show help you appreciate your priest and the priests you know, more? Did anything convict you about how you view and talk about your priest?

T | Thomistic – Use the prayer in the E – Entrust step, below, to list by name the priests that come to mind as you read and pray.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word journal. Or get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)
The Daily Prayer For Priests by St. Therese of the Child Jesus
 
O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in Purgatory. But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).
 
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.  + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Notes and References
The institutional priesthood: “The priest’s office shall be theirs by perpetual statute. Thus you shall ordain them” (Ex. 29:9).

The lay priesthood: Ex 19:3-6, 3 And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel… 6 …you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

1 Peter 2:5-9, And like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Numbers 16:1-11, the people rebel against the institutional priesthood, but they are actually rebelling against God Himself: “Therefore it is against the Lord that you and all your company have gathered together” (vs 11).

Romans 13:1-2, 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God,

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

05_The “When” of the Old Testament

Rest, worship, and celebration are not luxury, they are spiritual discipline. Our liturgical feasts help us re-participate in the saving action of God in Christ by making the past events of His life present to us through our observance, by interrupting and ordering all our doing, and by inherently connecting us to all past, present, and future saints. Whose great idea was the liturgical year? It was God’s!
Welcome Lisa H, Wendy, Sarah, and Scott, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me 🙂

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – What's one thing you can do right now, to make your next Sunday more restful for you and your family? Do it or plan it; right now!

I | Ignatian – What is the most restful scenario you can imagine? Use all your senses in imagining you are there. What happens when Jesus appears?

A | Augustinian – Did anything about today's show convict you about how you treat your Sundays? Do you neglect either worship or rest?

T | Thomistic – Practice connecting the Old Testament feast days with their corresponding Church celebrations. (Hint: They're listed on the show pic.)

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word journal. Or get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, Thank you for being Lord of both time and history. Inspire me with ideas for how to make my Sundays with you more worshipful and restful for me and my family. Help me become more deliberate in observing the “sacrament of the present moment.” + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Notes and References
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: The following are the festivals of the LORD, my feast days, which you shall celebrate with a sacred assembly” (Lev. 23:2).

Leviticus 23, List of the major Old Testament liturgical feasts:

Sabbath remembers creation & rest
Passover & Unleavened Bread  remembers redemption from Egypt
First Fruits & Weeks celebration of first harvest
Trumpets celebration of New Year
Day of Atonement remembers God’s promise of forgiveness
Booths God’s remembers provision in the wilderness

 
Episode Resources
Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, Chapter 3, Keeping Time with God

Ignite, Chapters 5, The When of the Bible

Come join the chatter on the Facebook community. How does the Church's liturgical calendar keep you “in time” with God? Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
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Image Credit
Image: https://unsplash.com/@heatherz | @hthrzbrsk

By | May 7th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

03_The “Where” of the Old Testament

God revealed Himself in a particular time, to a particular race of people, at a particular geographical location. Just like He did in the times and people of the scriptures, God wants to speak to us through our own time, work, relationships, and geographical location. But to understand His ways with us, we must understand His ways with them. For that, we must know something of the when and where and through whom it all happened. We must be able to visualize the places, because the people and time and land constitute the arena in which God chose to uniquely speak, act, and intervene.

Welcome Joanna, Elizabeth, and Mark, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me 🙂

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Make a virtual pilgrimage to a holy site in Palestine. Why do you think it's important for people to make such pilgrimages?

I | Ignatian – Take a look at the view of the Promised Land that Moses and the people would have seen. Imagine what you smell and hear. If you have been to the Holy Land (I am there right now!) take a few moments to remember all you experienced.

A | Augustinian – What is the Promised Land in your life that God wants to lead you to? How far have you come? How far is there left to go?

T | Thomistic – Memorize the four geographical regions of the Holy Land.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, Thank you for the reminder that places are important. Help me make my home and heart a sacred space where you feel welcome. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Notes and References
Ignite, Chapter 3, The Where of the Bible

Get a printable pdf of the maps, below, here.

   

“If the firstfruit [of Judaism] is holy, then the lump [of Christianity] is holy; and if the root is holy then so are the branches” (Rom 11:16). We Christians are “grafted in” to the olive tree of faith (vs 17).

“God created the world like an embryo. Just as the embryo begins at the navel and continues to grow from that point, so too the world. The Holy One, blessed be he, began the world from its navel. From there it was stretched hither and yon. Where is its navel? Jerusalem. And its (Jerusalem’s) navel itself? The altar.” (“Navel In Popular Culture”. 2016. Wikipedia. Accessed July 6 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navel_in_popular_culture#cite_ref-136.)

The Philistines are first mentioned in the Bible as descendants of Noah (Gen 10:14).

The Promised Land was “a land flowing with milk and honey” (Ex 3:8) and “the most glorious of all lands” (Ez 20:6,15). A single cluster of grapes so heavy that it had to be carried by two men (Num 13:23-24).

A popular expression denoting the land from north to south was “from Dan to Beersheba” (Judg20:1, 1 Sam 3:20, 1 Kin 4:25).

The “rose of Sharon” (Is 35:2).

The temple was built, destroyed, and rebuilt on the temple mount in Jerusalem on the very site on Mt. Moriah where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac (Gen 22:2 & 2 Chron 3:1).

Jewish tradition (Zech 14:4) that when the Messiah comes, the resurrection of the dead will begin there. And so it did: The Mount of Olives is where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:11-12).

It is thought that the stench, desolation,

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02_The “Who” of the Old Testament

God says He is Who He is, and nothing else. In the Bible, in His own words, we see that He is a living, personal God who insists on treating the persons He has made as persons too, by revealing Himself to them. In encountering God in the scriptures we can then consider that the Old Testament, and indeed the whole Bible, is about this same gradual, increasing self-disclosure to a particular race of people just like me: the revelation of a Person to persons, like ourselves, who also actually lived in a certain place at a certain time.

Welcome Cathy C and Kathryn R, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me 🙂

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – What do you know about your spiritual ancestry? Who do you know, for sure or by speculation, in your family line has prayed for you? For whom do you pray, after you, perhaps your spiritual or physical children or grandchildren?

I | Ignatian – Read Exodus 3.  Imagine you are Moses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel as you look upon that bush?

A | Augustinian – Take some time to research the meaning of your name. If you are able, ask your parent to tell you the story of how they named you. Otherwise, tell your own child or grand-child or spiritual “child” the meaning of his or her name.

T | Thomistic – Do further research on I AM.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, Thank you for reminding me that I would not exist at all if You did not love me “from the foundation of the world,” as the scriptures say. I am who I am because You are Who You are. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Notes and References
“A name expresses a person’s essence and identity and the meaning of this person’s life. God has a name; he is not an anonymous force. To disclose one’s name is to make oneself known to others; in a way, it is to hand oneself over by becoming accessible, capable of being known more intimately and addressed personally” (CCC 203).

St. Irenaeus, who was the bishop of Lyon in late second-century France, said that to understand “the divine program and economy for the salvation of humanity” we have to understand God’s “several covenants with humanity” and also “the special character of each covenant.” (Against the Heresies, Book I, Chapter 10, no. 3).

 

Ignite, Chapter 2, The Who of the Bible
Episode Resources
Come join the chatter on the Facebook community. How do “you” feel about being a “who” of the Bible? Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, courtesy of Kristie Hynniman who does our transcriptions for you.

By | April 16th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study Evangelista, Uncategorized|0 Comments

01_Old Testament Survey

Why is the Old Testament so hard to understand? In this show we take a bird’s eye view of the first half of the Bible and break it down into manageable pieces.

Welcome Katherine G, Andrea, Rowena, Kelly K, Elise, Renee L, and Jennifer C, Bible Study Evangelista's newest friends of the show! Thank you for loving and lifting me 🙂

LOVE the Word™ is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.

L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – Take a few moments to thumb through your Bible. Look at the Table of Contents. Locate the division between the Old and New Testaments. What's your predominant feeling about it?

I | Ignatian – Below is a video of underground Christians in communist China receiving Bibles for the first time. It is illegal to own a Bible or practice Christianity there. Punishments can include imprisonment with hard labor, detention without trial, torture, beatings, and even execution.

Do you respond this way when you open your Bible? Imagine you could never again have access to a Bible.



A | Augustinian – Thinking back over your life, try to describe your relationship with scripture, especially the Old Testament, in one word. What, if anything, bothers you most about the Bible? What makes you most uncomfortable about it? How do you hope or anticipate your relationship with the Old Testament to change as you work through this series?

T | Thomistic – Commit the genres and covenants of the Old Testament (see below) to memory.

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

All scripture is 'god-breathed,' or inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16). Take a few moments to talk to Him, the “author” of the scriptures, about the gift of the Bible. What, if anything, bothers you most about it? What makes you most uncomfortable about it? How do you hope or anticipate your relationship with the Old Testament to change as you work through this series?

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Holy Spirit, thank you for the gift of the scriptures, and the gift of those who teach them to us. + Amen.

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*LOVE the Word™ exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
Notes and References
Genres

Law
History
Wisdom
Prophets, Major and Minor

Covenants – not a legal contract but an exchange of persons

Adamic – with creation, with Adam and Eve in marriage
Noahic – with a family
Abrahamic – with a tribe
Mosaic – with a nation
Davidic – with a kingdom
Messianic – with the world

Episode Resources
Come join the chatter on the Facebook community. Tell me your #LOVEtheWordtakeaway for this week's show.  
Read the Transcript
You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript here, courtesy of Kristie Hynniman who does our transcriptions for you.

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