The official website for the Monroe Bible Quiz Team from Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 16

This week (December 30 thru January 5), please study Acts, Chapter 16.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, ChristNotes.Org)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: For some people, the best way to make the Bible a priority in your life is to put it at the start of every day. Rather than waiting for after homework, dinner, or whatever else you normally put before studying, consider setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier in the morning and spending that time reading thru that week's chapter. This can set the tone for your day, and give you a chance to apply the lessons of the chapter in your daily life.

Upcoming Events:
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, December 29, 2014

REMINDER: No Practice Tonight!

No practice tonight due to New Years Eve Week.  Thank God for a good 2014, and pray for an even better 2015!


Sunday, December 28, 2014

HUMOR: Taking Jesus for a Ride

Not mine.  From here.
The pastor was looking over the cr├Ęche the day after Christmas when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing. He went outside and saw a little boy pulling a new red wagon. In the wagon was Jesus.

We walked up to the boy and said, "Hi, there. Where did you get the baby Jesus?"

The boy answered honestly, "In the church."

"Why did you take him?" the pastor asked.

"Well," said the boy, "I prayed to the Lord Jesus and asked him for a wagon for Christmas. I told Him that if He gave me one, I'd take Him for a ride in it."

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Coaches!

Happy birthday, Jesus!  Thank you for coming into the world to show us your love!


(Sorry for the "Happy Holidays" at the end of the video.  It was the only option offered.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

THIS WEEK: Review Acts, Chapters 12-15

This week (December 23 thru December 29), please review Acts, Chapters 12-15.

There is no practice next week.  Use the time to review and enjoy your families.

If you need the materials to review/study any specific chapter, please click on the link below:

Study Tip:  Wednesday is Christmas Eve and the Wednesday after that is New Years Eve.  It may be tempting to lose yourself in holiday cheer and forget all about Bible Quizzing.  DON'T DO IT!  Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the very man that the apostles are spending all of Acts talking about.  Set aside some time each day over the next week to review, and you'll find your Christmas season substantially enhanced.

Upcoming Events:
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, December 22, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 15

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.





Saturday, December 20, 2014

PHOTOS: Coach Mark's Pictures from the Combined Monroe/Trumbull Practice

This past Monday, we had a combined practice with both Monroe and Trumbull.  (And we're doing it again next Monday with Acts 15!)  Click here or on the image below for the whole set!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 15

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  And after  // there had been much debate…
ANSWER:  …Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. (Acts 15:7)

QUESTION:  And God, who // knows the heart,…
ANSWER:  …bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:8-9)

QUESTION:  But we // believe…
ANSWER:  …that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (Acts 15:11)

QUESTION:  After // this I will return,…

ANSWER:  …and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.’ (Acts 15:16-18)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 15

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 15:6, the apostles were what?
ANSWER:  Gathered together (apostles and elders) to consider this matter.  (cf 4:33; 15:6)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 15:7, you know what?
ANSWER:  That in the early days God made a choice among you that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.  (cf 1:24; 2:22; 10:36, 37; 15:7; 19:25; 20:18, 20, 34)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 15:11, who will be saved?
ANSWER:  We, just as (they) the Gentiles will (through the grace of the Lord Jesus).  (cf 11:14, 15:11; 16:31)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 15:15-16, what is written?
ANSWER:  After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it.  (cf 1:20; 7:42; 13:33; 15:15; 23:5)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 15:22, they sent whom?
ANSWER:  Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers.  (cf 8:14; 11:22)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 15:22, who was called Barsabbas?
ANSWER:  Judas.  (cf 1:23; 15:22

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 15

This week (December 16 thru December 22), please study Acts, Chapter 15.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, ChristNotes.Org)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip:  The habits of studying and memorization you form now will last a lifetime. And the scripture you memorize now will always be with you.  Remember, every day as you study, that you're not just studying for the next practice or the next quiz, you're studying for life!

Upcoming Events:
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friends and Competitors

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 14

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.



Friday, December 12, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 14

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  Men, // why are you doing these things? 
ANSWER:  ...We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. (Acts 14:15)

QUESTION:  Yet he // did not leave himself...
ANSWER:  ...without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:17)


QUESTION:  And when they had appointed // elders for them... 
ANSWER:  ...in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14:23)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 14

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 14:1, who believed?
ANSWER:  A great number of Jews and Gentiles.  (cf 4:4; 8:13; 11:21; 13:12,48; 14:1; 17:12, 34; 18:8)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 14:15, we bring you what?
ANSWER:  Good news.  (cf 13:32; 14:15)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 14:27, when they arrived, they what?
ANSWER:  Gathered the church together (and) they declared all that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.  (cf 1:13; 13:5; 14:27; 17:10)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PHOTOS: Coach Mark's Pictures from the Christmas Party

The paparazzo caught lots of fun and hilarity at the Christmas Party.  Click here or on the image below for the whole set.
Quiz Team Christmas Party 2014 - 083

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 14

This week (December 9 thru December 15), please study Acts, Chapter 14.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, BibleStudyTools.Com)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: Are you taking full advantage of the tools available to you for studying?  While we provide commentaries, MP3s, puzzles, lists of reference and FTV questions, scripture portions and keywords, many quizzers wind up just doing the same old thing and just read the chapters for their studying.  There is nothing wrong with that, but it can become old hat after a while and you can lose the excitement that comes with new discoveries.  Consider really digging into ALL of the tools at your disposal to reignite your excitement for Bible Quizzing!

Upcoming Events:
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, December 8, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 13

f you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.


Friday, December 5, 2014

REMINDER: THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IS *TONIGHT*!

The Annual Bible Quiz Team Christmas Party is TONIGHT!  We're looking forward to seeing everyone and having a lot of good food and fun.

START TIME:  6:30 PM
END TIME:  About 8:30 PM
WHERE IS IT? Beacon Hill Church in Monroe
WHO IS INVITED?  Quizzers and families
WHAT DO I BRING?
Each family should bring a potluck dish
Each quizzer should bring a wrapped $5-$10 gift for the Yankee Swap

Bible Quiz Team Christmas Party 2013 (1/10/2014) - 078

Thursday, December 4, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 13

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  While // they were worshiping… 
ANSWER:  …the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:2-3)

QUESTION:  Before // his coming,…
ANSWER:  …John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’ (Acts 13:24-25)

QUESTION:  And when they had carried // out all that was written of him,…
ANSWER:  …they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. (Acts 13:29-31)

QUESTION:  And we bring  // you the good news…
ANSWER:  …that what God promised to the fathers,  this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ (Acts 13:32-33)

QUESTION:  Let it // be known to you…
ANSWER:  …therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: (Acts 13:38-39)

QUESTION:  And Paul and // Barnabas spoke out boldly, …
ANSWER:  …saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. (Acts 13:46)

QUESTION:  For so // the Lord has commanded us,…
ANSWER:  …saying,“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Acts 13:47)

QUESTION:  And when the // Gentiles heard this,…

ANSWER:  …they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 13

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:3, they laid their hands on whom?
ANSWER:  (Them) Barnabas and Saul.  (cf 6:6; 8:17; 13:3)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:5, when they arrived, they what?
ANSWER:  Proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews (at Salamis).  (cf 1:13; 13:5; 14:27; 17:10)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:9, who was filled with the Holy Spirit?
ANSWER:  Saul, who was also called Paul.  (cf 4:8; 6:5; 7:55,11:24; 13:9)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:12, who believed?
ANSWER:  The proconsul.  (cf 4:4; 8:13; 11:21; 13:12, 48; 14:1;17:12, 34; 18:8)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:30, God raised whom from the dead?
ANSWER:  (Him) Jesus.  (cf 3:15; 4:10; 13:30)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:32-33, we bring you what?
ANSWER:  The good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus.  (cf 13:32; 14:15)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:33, what is written?
ANSWER:  “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.”  (cf 1:20; 7:42; 13:33; 15:15; 23:5)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:38, let it be known that what?
ANSWER:  That through this man the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  (cf 13:38; 28:28)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:45, who were filled with jealousy?
ANSWER:  (They) The Jews.  (cf 5:17; 13:45)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:48, who believed?
ANSWER:  As many as were appointed to eternal life.  (cf 4:4; 8:13; 11:21; 13:12,48; 14:1; 17:12, 34; 18:8)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 13:52, who were filled with the Holy Spirit?

ANSWER:  The disciples.  (cf 2:4; 4:31; 13:52)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 13

This week (December 2 thru December 8), please study Acts, Chapter 13.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, BibleStudyTools.Com)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: Christmas is now bearing down upon us, and if you're like me, you are a little bit overwhelmed with everything that has to get done.  How can you fit your studying for Bible Quiz Team into the schedule?  They key is to set clear and simple goals.  Consider creating a to-do list for each day of tasks that must be done before bedtime, and checking them off as you go.  AND make sure "study Bible Quiz Team material" is on that list!  Having a list can help focus you, and keep you from accidentally drifting off into unproductive activities.

Upcoming Events:
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, December 1, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 12

Practices resume tonight!  If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

REMINDER: THE CHRISTMAS PARTY IS COMING!

Remember, the Annual Bible Quiz Team Christmas Party is only a short time away!  Be sure to get it onto your family calendar ASAP, and start shopping for your potluck dinner and gift game entry.

WHEN:  Friday, December 5
START TIME:  6:30 PM
END TIME:  About 8:30 PM
WHERE IS IT? Beacon Hill Church in Monroe
WHO IS INVITED?  Quizzers and families
WHAT DO I BRING?
Each family should bring a potluck dish
Each quizzer should bring a wrapped $5-$10 gift for the Yankee Swap

Bible Quiz Team Christmas Party 2013 (1/10/2014) - 030

Friday, November 28, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 12

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  When Peter // came to himself,...
ANSWER:  ... he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” (Acts 12:11)


QUESTION:  And the people // were shouting,... 
ANSWER:  “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.   (Acts 12:22-23)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 12

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 12:24, the word of God what?
ANSWER:  Increased and multiplied.  (cf 6:7; 12:24)

Yes, just one reference question.  You've got it easy for the holiday week.  :-)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 12

This week (November 25 thru December 1), please study Acts, Chapter 12.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, ChristNotes.Com)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: Are you taking full advantage of the tools available to you for studying?  While we provide commentaries, MP3s, puzzles, lists of reference and FTV questions, scripture portions and keywords, many quizzers wind up just doing the same old thing and just read the chapters for their studying.  There is nothing wrong with that, but it can become old hat after a while and you can lose the excitement that comes with new discoveries.  Consider really digging into ALL of the tools at your disposal to reignite your excitement for Bible Quizzing!

Upcoming Events:
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, November 24, 2014

REMINDER: No Practice Today!

There is no practice today for Thanksgiving Week.  Use the extra time to think of all the ways you're thankful for Bible Quizzing this year!  ;-)


Sunday, November 23, 2014

BIBLE NEWS: Putting Abraham on Trial

There are many ways to catch the attention of an audience for the Bible, but I am hard pressed to think of one more shocking than "We're putting the patriarch Abraham on trial".  But Temple Emanu-El in New York City is doing just that to get their people interested in the story of Abraham and Isaac.
Presiding over the Old Testament-inspired case will be U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. Representing Abraham will be high-profile defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will lead the prosecution.
“Let’s be honest here—if I put an ad asking people to come study Bible on a Sunday morning, not many people will come,” said Gady Levy, the new executive director of the synagogue’s Skirball Center, which is hosting the event.
With this program, he said, “people are going to come and study Torah. But they’re going to do it in a creative way—and in a way that makes religion relevant to their lives.”

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Coach Matt!

Today is Coach Matt's birthday!  If you get a chance, drop him a note to wish him a happy day (or shake his hand on Sunday).


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Short & Easy Options!

If you've been avoiding "Finish the Verse" questions because of their difficulty, a review week is your chance to try them out!  Here is a list of the shortest and easiest FTVs from Acts 1-11.  Pick one or pick a few.  You never know when they may make the difference in an important quiz.

QUESTION:  None  // of the rest dared join them,…
ANSWER:  ...but the people held them in high esteem. (Acts 5:13)

QUESTION:  But Peter and // the apostles…
ANSWER:  ...answered, “We must obey God rather than men.  (Acts 5:29)

QUESTION:  And when he had said these things, as // they were looking on,...
ANSWER:  ...he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. (Acts 1:9)

QUESTION:  For John // baptized with water,…
ANSWER:  ...but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. (Acts 1:5)

QUESTION:  This Jesus is // is the stone…
ANSWER:  ...that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. (Acts 4;11)

QUESTION:  But what  // God foretold…
ANSWER:  ...by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. (Acts 3:18)

QUESTION:  And there is // salvation in no one else,…
ANSWER:  ... for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

QUESTION:  And they // devoted themselves…
ANSWER:  ...to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)

QUESTION:  Then they // left the presence…
ANSWER:  ...of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. (Acts 5:41)

QUESTION:  He said  // to them,…
ANSWER:  ... “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. (Acts 1:7)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THIS WEEK: Review Acts, Chapters 1-11

This week (November 18 thru November 24), please review Acts, Chapters 1-11.

If you need the materials to review/study any specific chapter, please click on the link below:


Study Tip: It's tempting to use review weeks to sit back and watch TV instead of studying the old material.  But these are key opportunities to solidify your knowledge of sections on which you are weak.  Take a moment to read thru the chapters and identify areas of weakness.  Then find someone to sit with and quiz through those rough spots.

Upcoming Events:
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, November 17, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 11

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

PHOTOS: Coach Mark's Pictures from the Trumbull Quiz Meet

The paparazzi were out in force at this month's Bible Quiz Meet in Trumbull, CT.  Click here or on the image below for the whole set.

Trumbull Quiz Meet (11-1-2014) - 19

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 11

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  If then God // gave the same gift...
ANSWER:  …to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” (Acts 11:17)

QUESTION:  When they // heard these things…
ANSWER:  …they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”   (Acts 11:18)

QUESTION:  So Barnabas // went to Tarsus…

ANSWER:  …to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (Acts 11:25-26)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 11

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:1, the apostles heard what?
ANSWER:  That the Gentiles also had received the word of God. (cf 8:14; 11:1; 14:14)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:14, who will be saved?
ANSWER:  (You) Cornelius and all your household.  (cf 11:14, 15:11; 16:31)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:16, John baptized with what?
ANSWER:  Water.  (cf 1:5; 11:16; 19:4)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:17, God gave them what?
ANSWER:  The same gift as he gave to us.  (cf 11:17; 13:20)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:21, who turned to the Lord?
ANSWER:  A great number who believed.  (cf 9:35; 11:21)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:24, who was full of the Holy Spirit?
ANSWER:  Barnabas.  (cf 4:8; 6:5; 7:55, 11:24; 13:9)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:24, who were added to the Lord?
ANSWER:  A great many people.  (cf 5:14; 11:24)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 11:27, in these days what?

ANSWER:  Prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  (cf 6:1; 11:27)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 11

This week (November 11 thru November 17), please study Acts, Chapter 11.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, ChristNotes.Com)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: For some people, the best way to make the Bible a priority in your life is to put it at the start of every day. Rather than waiting for after homework, dinner, or whatever else you normally put before studying, consider setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier in the morning and spending that time reading thru that week's chapter. This can set the tone for your day, and give you a chance to apply the lessons of the chapter in your daily life.

Upcoming Events:
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)


- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, November 10, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 10

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

BIBLE NEWS: Translating in the Face of Deadly Illness

Many Bible translators work under difficult conditions as they try to bring the gospel to remote and often hostile tribes. But some face difficulty in the comfort of their own homes.  Helen Sylliboy is working to finish translating the Bible into Mi'kmaq (a language of the Native Americans of Canada) in the face of extreme health problems which threaten to end her life before her work is done.
Diabetes left the 64-year-old blind in one eye and forces her to undergo kidney dialysis three times a week.
She also has arthritis that keeps her confined to a wheelchair.
Despite all that, she still spends 10 hours a day at her computer, translating...
Sylliboy also fears a heart attack could kill her.
"I want to be able to meet my creator and tell him I did my share of promoting my language and my prayers and my spirituality with others," said Sylliboy. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 10

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  And there came // a voice…
ANSWER:  …to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” (Acts 10:13-15)

QUESTION:  And he said to // them, …
ANSWER:  “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. (Acts 10:28)

QUESTION:  So Peter // opened his mouth…
ANSWER:  …and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:34-35)

QUESTION:  And we are // witnesses of all...
ANSWER:  …that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. (Acts 10:39-41)

QUESTION:  And he commanded // us to preach…
ANSWER:  …to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. (Acts 10:42)

QUESTION:  To him // all the prophets…
ANSWER:  …bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)

QUESTION:  And the believers // from among the circumcised…

ANSWER:  …who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. (Acts 10:45)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 10

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:10, who fell into a trance?
ANSWER:  (He) Peter.  (cf 10:10; 22:17)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:23, who accompanied him?
ANSWER:  Some of the brothers from Joppa  (cf 10:23; 20:4; 20:38)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:25, who fell down?
ANSWER:  Cornelius.  (cf 5:5, 10; 10:25; 16:29; 20:9)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:28, you yourselves know what?
ANSWER:  How unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation.  (cf 2:33; 10:28; 20:18, 34)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:37, you yourselves know what?
ANSWER:  What happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed.  (cf 2:22; 10:28, 37; 20:18, 34)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:38, God was with whom?
ANSWER:  (Him) Jesus of Nazareth.  (cf 7:9; 10:38)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:39, we are witnesses of what?
ANSWER:  All that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.  (cf 2:32; 5:32, 3:15; 10:39)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 10:47, who received the Holy Spirit?
ANSWER:  These people (all who heard the word), just as we (believers who had come with Peter) have.  (cf 8:17; 10:47)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 10

This week (November 4 thru November 10), please study Acts, Chapter 10.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, Biblegateway.Com)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: During the holiday season, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay focused on Quiz Team.  Parties, concerts, plays, etc. eat more and more into your daily study time. How do you cope? First, accept the fact that your life will have competing priorities and that sometimes Quiz Team can't be #1. Second, realize that we only HAVE time if we MAKE TIME. Set aside some time every day for studying. Make it the same time, as much as possible, and try to be disciplined. Eventually, study time will become a habit, and something you won't have to work so hard to keep up.

Upcoming Events:
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, November 3, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 9

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.



Friday, October 31, 2014

Reformation Day

Today is not only a day for candy and costumes.  It is also "Reformation Day" - the anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
Martin Luther was a monk and a theologian of the Catholic Church in the 1500s. He had struggled his whole life with overwhelming feelings of guilt and awareness of his own sinfulness. He finally was able to overcome this by studying the book of Romans, where he learned that salvation is a Free Gift and that Jesus Christ had already done everything required by God.  He was known for both his scholarly teaching of students, and his compelling sermons at the local church. 
Pope Leo X needed money to fund the building of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, so he sent out priests on a fund-raised selling "indulgences".  Indulgences were pieces of paper that could be bought to get loved ones who had died out of Hell and into Heaven.  (This Pope didn't start the practice.  It was well-established by this time.  But it had not been seen in Germany during Luther's lifetime.)  Some of the priests of the time were so zealous to sell indulgences that they used tactics that we'd associate with a "used car dealer" today.   
Luther was outraged to see people selling Christ's "free gift".  He put together his 95 Theses - a list of 95 statements of what Luther believed to be true - and nailed them to the door of the local church.  (This was a common practice of the time for advertisements.)  He intended to have a scholarly debate on the subject with other theologians.  But copied of his 95 These made their way to Rome, and the pope ordered that Luther be tried for heresy (i.e. teaching false things about the Bible and the Church). 
The trial and its results triggered the Reformation, whereby nations and churches broke away from the Catholic Church and formed the many denominations of Christianity we know today.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 9

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  But the Lord // said to him...
ANSWER:  ...“Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” (Acts 9:15-16)

QUESTION:  But Saul increased // all the more...
ANSWER:  ...in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. (Acts 9:22)

QUESTION:  But Barnabas // took him...
ANSWER:  ...and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:27)

QUESTION:  So the // church...
ANSWER:  ...throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. (Acts 9:31)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 9

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 9:18, who was baptized?
ANSWER:  (He) Saul.  (cf 8:13; 9:18)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 9:25, by night what?
ANSWER:  His (Paul’s) disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket .  (cf 9:25; 17:10; 23:31)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 9:35, who turned to the Lord?
ANSWER:  All the residents of Lydda and Sharon (cf 9:35; 11:21)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 9:37, in those days what?
ANSWER:  She (Tabitha) became ill and died.  (cf 1:15; 2:18; 7:41; 9:37)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 9:42, who believed in the Lord?

ANSWER:  Many throughout all Joppa  (cf 5:14; 9:42; 18:8)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 9

This week (October 28 thru November 3), please study Acts, Chapter 9.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, Biblegateway.Com)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: Looking for more study tips from a different source? Check out StudyTips.Org for other ideas for improving your studying of the Bible and in school.

Upcoming Events:
- November 1 - Quiz Meet in Trumbull, CT
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT

Monday, October 27, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 8

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.


BONUS COMIC: Godly Coverage


Sunday, October 26, 2014

BIBLE NEWS: North Korea frees Bible-carrying man

It is easy to think of persecution being something that requires an overt act like preaching on the street corner, but in many parts of the world Christianity is offensive in even it's smallest, most personal forms.  One man was arrested in North Korea for simply leaving his own Bible in his hotel room.  Thankfully, the diplomats have gotten him freed.
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held captive in North Korea, is on his way home. Fowle was detained in May after leaving a bilingual bible in his hotel room (or in a nightclub, or in a restaurant bathroom, depending on the source, because this is North Korea). The 59-year-old was charged with "anti-state crimes."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 8

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  And Saul // approved of his execution....
ANSWER:  ...And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.  (Acts 8:1)

QUESTION:  But Saul was // ravaging the church... 
ANSWER:  ...and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Acts 8:3-4


QUESTION:  But Peter said to  // him, “May your silver perish...
ANSWER:  ...with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Acts 8:20-21

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 8

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:7, who were healed?
ANSWER:  Many who were paralyzed or lame.  (cf 5:16; 8:7)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:9, who had practiced magic?
ANSWER:  A man named Simon.  (cf 8:9; 19:19)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:12, Philip preached what?
ANSWER:  The good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.  (cf 8:5,12, 30, 35, 38, 40)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:12, who were baptized?
ANSWER:  Both men and women.  (cf 2:41; 8:12, 16:15, 16:33, 18:8, 19:5)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:13, who believed?
ANSWER:  Even Simon himself.  (cf 4:4; 8:13; 11:21; 13:12, 48; 14:1; 17:12, 34; 18:8)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:14, the apostles heard what?
ANSWER:  That Samaria had received the word of God.  (cf 8:14; 11:1; 14:14)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:17, who received the Holy Spirit?
ANSWER:  They (The men and women of Samaria whom Philip had baptized).  (cf 8:17; 10:47)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:17, they laid their hands on whom?
ANSWER:  (Them) Samaritans.  (cf 6:6; 8:17; 13:3)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:22, repent and what?
ANSWER:  Pray to the Lord.  (cf 2:38; 3:19; 8:22)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:23, I see what?
ANSWER:  That you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.  (cf 7:56; 8:23)

QUESTION:  According to Acts 8:40, Philip preached what?
ANSWER:  The gospel.  (cf 8:12, 40)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 8

This week (October 21 thru October 27), please study Acts, Chapter 8.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, StudyLight.org)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you find yourself happiest and most focused early in the day, in the middle of it, or late at night when everyone else had gone to bed? Pay attention to these patterns in yourself, and try to study accordingly. If you are a morning person, consider getting up a half hour earlier and studying before school. If you are a night owl, you may want to make your studying the last thing you do before bed. Knowing your own rhythms can be of great help when trying to put God's word into your mind and heart.

Upcoming Events:
- November 1 - Quiz Meet in Trumbull, CT
- December 5 - Christmas Party with Trumbull (in Monroe)
- January 17 - Midwinter Quiz Meet in Monroe, CT


Monday, October 20, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 7

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

BIBLE NEWS: Travelodge removes Bibles from UK hotels

Allegedly to spare religious feelings, Travelodge has decided to remove Bibles from hotel rooms throughout the UK.  While Bibles can still be requested at the Front Desk, they will no longer be placed in rooms.
The Church of England condemned the move as “tragic and bizarre,” saying that Bibles in hotel rooms are important to provide hope, comfort and inspiration to travelers.Several recent cases indicate that Christianity is not practiced as freely as was previously the case. In 2006, a British Airways employee was banned from wearing a cross at work.

There is no indication that this move is coming to the USA, yet.  But don't be surprised if the company tries to turn away the Gideons the next time they come knocking.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FINISH THE VERSE: Acts 7

Remember, the full list of FTV's can always be found at this link. The // in the verse marks the minimum number of words you need from the FTV to uniquely identify it.

QUESTION:  Yet the // Most High...
ANSWER:  ...does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,“‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things?’ (Acts 7:48-50)


QUESTION:  And as // they were stoning...
ANSWER:  ...Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: Acts 7

Remember, the full list of Reference Questions can always be found in the sidebar or at this link.

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:2, who was our father?
ANSWER:   Abraham.  (cf 4:25; 7:2)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:9, who were jealous?
ANSWER:   The patriarchs  (cf 5:17, 7:9; 17:5)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:9, God was with whom?
ANSWER:   (Him) Joseph.  (cf 7:9; 10:38)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:27, who thrust him aside?
ANSWER:   The man who was wronging his neighbor.  (cf 7:27,37)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:34, I will send you where?
ANSWER:   To Egypt.  (cf 7:34, 43; 22:21)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:37, Moses said what?
ANSWER:   (To theIsraelites) “God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.”  (cf 6:14; 7:20, 22, 29, 32, 37, 40; 15:21)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:39, who thrust him aside?
ANSWER:   Our fathers.  (cf 7:27, 37)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:41, in those days what?
ANSWER:   And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.  (cf 1:15; 2:18; 7:41; 9:37)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:42, what is written?
ANSWER:   “Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices, during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?”  (cf 1:20; 7:42; 13:33; 15:15; 23:5)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:43, I will send you where?
ANSWER:   Into exile beyond Babylon.  (cf 7:34, 43; 22:21)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:55, who was full of the Holy Spirit?
ANSWER:   He (Stephen).  (cf 4:8; 6:5; 7:55, 11:24; 13:9)

QUESTION:   According to Acts 7:56, I see what?

ANSWER:   The heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.  (cf 7:56; 8:23)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THIS WEEK: Study Acts, Chapter 7

This week (October 14 thru October 20), please study Acts, Chapter 7.

If you want to read the chapter online, click here. (Free website Biblegateway.Com)

Click here to download an MP3 of the chapter.

If you'd like to read a commentary on the chapter, click here. (Free website, ChristNotes.org)

If you want to download the puzzle for this week, click here.

Study Tip: Did you know that memories can be linked to aid in recall? Consider doing your studying to a specific piece of music (without lyrics). Then, when you need to recall the chapter for studying, humming the music may bring back the chapter to mind. Some even find that associating other keys, such as smells, can help their recall for difficult passages of scripture.

Upcoming Events:
- November 1 - Quiz Meet in Trumbull, CT



Monday, October 13, 2014

CHAPTER REVIEWS: Acts 6

If you'll miss practice this week we don't want you to miss out on the review of the chapter.  You can download Coach Mark's lesson by clicking here, or on the image below.




Sunday, October 12, 2014

PHOTOS: Coach Mark's Pictures from the Quiz Meet

The paparazzo has to duck out in the middle of the meet, so there are fewer photos than usual this time around.  But click here or on the image below for the whole set from the Quiz Meet.

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