Bible Studies

The bible studies presented here were developed by Rick Mittelstedt and are being shared by Seed of Woman, knowing that he would want these truths shared. 

 

About the Author

Rick Mittelstedt self portrait

Self Portrait

 

Rick Mittelstedt has been creating artwork professionally for over thirty years. His first efforts at drawing caught the attention of his 5th grade teacher who thought it was inappropriate for him to create sketches during class. That trip to the principal’s office only inspired him to continue to draw and sketch…but his next efforts were comic book superheroes. He still has the personal letter from Stan Lee encouraging him to continue drawing which further motivated his artistic pursuits.

His artwork helped pay his way through college, completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in geophysics; Masters Degrees in Space Science and Ancient Semitic Languages and later advanced doctoral study in Ancient Archaeology.

His work experience as a geophysical analyst traveling throughout the southwestern United States and his work at NASA during the first Space Shuttle flights inspired his early oil paintings. Over a 1000 of his art pieces hang in private personal collections, as well as, private corporations and government space agencies throughout the United States.

Fifteen years ago while exploring the ancient archaeological ruins in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, his artistic efforts began to merge with his education and his creative artwork began to take on a voice of inspirational fantasy. His new work on the Genesis Project and science fiction and fantasy artwork are expressions of that voice.

Rick Mittelstedt creates his artwork in association with a group of other artists affliated with Mountaintop Vision Studios secluded in the Rocky Mountains.. He works in traditional oil media on linen and canvas, but has expanded his creativity to the digital media.

He lives in an off -the- grid, self -sustainable home he built with his own hands [with alot of help from his family and close friends] . His studio is located high in the Rocky Mountains where he lives with his family, four blue heelers, and assortment of friends like bears, elk, deer, chipmunks, blue jays, and bobcats.

 

Rick Mittelstedt, passed away on July 8, 2014, but he will live on in our hearts and in the sharing of his works.

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16 thoughts on “Bible Studies

  1. Wasn’t surr where to post but thougjt under Bible Studies was fitting. This morning I read in Mark 6. It was difficult for me to hear when reading thru familiar verses, wasn’t sure if it was just me reading into things or actually hearing from the Spirit. I began weeping as I read verse 34 though: Yeshua saw the crowds and had compassion on them as he saw them as sheep without a shepherd. It was in part because of his compassion and also because I felt the compassion in me as well and I was overwhelmed with love for Him and then excited that He and I are the same in that feeling compassion towards the wandering. Also that I need and want His compassion and that I desperately want and need Him to be my Shepherd.

  2. Last night during a worship service they sang the song Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave. All I could think while singing it was about how we talked about being the new creation or not. Am I going to stay shackled to my sins or am I new, free, redeemed? I am a new creation and He that began this work in me will be faithful to carry me thrpugh to completion. I read in Colossians 3 and really all of it spoke to me. That I have been raises with Christ, to keep seeking the things above. To put off the deadness of this world, and in verse 5 Paul mentions passion as one to consider dead. Which caused me to think that pursuing this job/career because of it being a passion of mine may not be the correct thinking. In verse 12 Paul urges us to put on a heeart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving eachother, and putting on love. I sew how I have been lacking and where to be putting my attention and as he writes in verse 23 to do our work with all of our souls for the Lord and we will recieve the reward of inheritance. So I’m going to keep seeking, putting on love and work hard in all things for Him.

    • awesome Amanda. Just believe what He says about new creation..leave the dead body, filthy rags behind and move forward. Do not doubt so that He may open the doors to you of love, peace..etc. I will be looking for your next post. hang in there

  3. Early this morning I read in 1 Thessalonians 4, actually made it outta bed before kiddos were up. 🙂 Verse 3 stood out: For this I the will of God, your sanctification; that is , that you abstain from sexual immorality, (4) that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, (5) not in lustful passions…. I was able to write down sanctification before having to get on with the day and saw it as needing to get back on track with where I was before in the Lord and to allow myself to be cleaned and to stay clean. However by about nap time I had forgotten pretty much what I had read and just remembered that I need to eat healthier, which isn’t really the same thing at all. Tonight I came downatairs to type this out and had been anxious about the future and the interview tomorrow. I began writing out my prayer and then read the verse if the day on my phone which is Luke 12:29-31. The verse definitely spoke to me as its the one where Yeshua says not to seek food and drink, dont worry, your Father knows whatyou need, but seek His kingdom and these things will be added to you. I felt peace and joy when reading this. When reading the whole chapter I had a mix of convictions and comforts I wrote them out verse by verse and am still a bit troubled honestly by some of it. The big one I guess is in verse 10 where Yeshua says blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable, guess I become terrified that I could have somehow done this and I don’t want to be separated from Abba. I’m not sure if I allow condemnation to be thrown at me or why I always end up feeling so bad when I read things sometimes. Perhaps just the Spirit convicting me to repent? Some of the things though I have repented of. This is where I get myself so spun around I don’t know what to think. So I come to even if I’ve committed an unforgivable sin I still will seek after Him because He is all that matters, and I will confess my sins to him and turn from any bad. I just get discouraged and afraid to read because it hurts and I don’t want to go to hell, in the past I’ve made the mistake of sticking my head in the sand (world) then to work it out with Him when I’m all confused so that I just dont have to think about it anymore. Tonight, I guess I’m seeing it’s worth continuing to seek Him and to find peace in my relationship with Him, it does still hurt though, hoping it’s just that whole being molded into His vessel is painful kind of thing and after praying more about past sins I’ll feel accepted. Writing it all out seems like I don’t have enough faith that Yeshua really took all my sins and I wish I knew how to be more certain and have that faith, just kinda feel like I’m failing l can kinda see how I let wrobg thinking take over but not sure how to combat it when Yeshua speaks of an unforgivable sin and I dont know how its committed or if I perhaps have and thats why I feel so bad about these things. I do feel great love and peace from Him at times which encourages me to thinking I’m ok and to carry on, I know even if I have done something like commit that sin it really doesn’t change my goals of knowing Abba and seekingHis kingdom so I’ll carry on! I know a long post, I hope it’s readable lol, very late here now, praying some and even feeling peace now…oh and I like verse 32 in Luke 12 there, hoping it applies to me 🙂 (Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.)

  4. Briefly read thru some things today and did some journaling.. Read in Matthew 25:31-46 ans seeing that I need to be more compassionate and giving, being sure to give to others and lay down my own life. Also read in John 14:16-31 and seeing how following His commandmenta is the way to show love and to have the relationship I want.

  5. Read in Psalms 111 tonight. The fear of the LORD being the beginning of understanding. I want to look into ths fear of the LORD and see what conclusion I am led too about what it means to fear Him. When talking with others their understanding doesn’t seem to be deep enough or perhaps I don’t understand what reverence means. Either way something I want to study deeper.

  6. Tonight I read in Galatians and in James. In Galatians 5 was struck by the verese saying doibg the law to be justified, rather then being justified by faith and I see how I have been guilty of this. Not that I saw my salvation as coming out of doing the law, but saw my worth to God as based off of it in a way. So I definitely need to examine that thibking and get it all straight. While reading in James 2about faith by works, I saw how I can also do better in this I guess both verses work together well, one telling you how not to do things and the other telling us how to do it.Been a crazy last cpl of days, but still getting in some reasing which I am grateful for, definitely longing for more though, just needing to let go of my sleep a little and actually get up earlier!

    • keep persevering, sleep will fall away…ever heard the Word…arise O Sleeper? Love you keep looking

      Rachel’s friend Connor facing the ‘you’ve stolen my kids” routine..ugh.
      I feel bad for him but he is persevering and his controlling behavior makes your dad look good.

  7. I’m sorry to hear he’s going thru all of that! I keep waking up about 10-15 minutes before the kids do but still haven’t made it out of the bed. Struggling thru the day to set aside time, and then the last couple of nights have wanted to just go tp bed I thought tonight persevere, get up and still read even if it’s a little, si when I saw your comment it made me smile. Reading in James again tonight. Read chapter 1 and had a few verses stick out.

    Verse 12: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will recieve the crown of life, which God promises to those that love him.

    Last night Justin and I had pretty much decided to go to North Carolina and then today he got fired from his job. I have kinda lost some of my resolve about NC being right for us, but when reading thru this it seems to give me some strength to carry thru. We atill aren’t positive that it’s what’s best for us (moving to NC) but still seeking after God’s plans and not losing faith that He’ll direct us. Even when trials and opposition come, persevering, holding tight to what He says is key. Which is also why we want confirmation on where to go, so that we know what we’re standing on is correct.

    Verses19-21 was also something that stood out

    Know this, my beloved brothers:let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

    Just kind of an easy laid out how to live type of thing. I’ve been getting so beat down it feels so just this little reminder help me to hold on and remember what is important. I like the visual of the implanted word as well, Yeshua being the Word, and us recieving the Spirit.

  8. Reading thru 1 Peter tonight. The end of chapter one and beginning of chaoter 2 is what came back to mind after reading.Vs 2:1 and 2To put aside all malice and deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word,, so that you may grow in respect to salvation. And verse 1:14-16 As obedient children do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in ignorance but like the Holy One who called you be holy yourselves also in all your behavior because it is written “You shall be holy for I am holy. ”

    I think thats kind of all I have to say tonight though lol

  9. Read today in Psalm 33. Verse 1 was one that I went back to and liked seeing how the new american standard version puts things. 33:1: Sing for joy in the Lord o you righteous ones. Praise is becoming to the upright

    Seeing how our praises to Him are a benefit to us, that it helps us to grow and have a better relationship with Abba.

    Getting so close to moving time and still not exactly sure what we’re doing. I keep trying not to get stressed and do well most of the time but the my faith falters as I still am unsure as to where Abba is wanting us. Justin is being led to we can pick where ever and leaning towards NC right now. I just have a hard time knowing whats right and how to keep strong thru so much unknown and hard to leave too in a way.

  10. Yesterday I didn’t really read but had verses in 1 Corinthians come to mind. Justin and I had been discussibg our relationship, past hurts and out future, when he went downstairs the verses about marriage came to me. We readthru them again today and are devoting ourselves to a time of prayer and seeking after Abba’s approval instead of each others.

    Tonight I was reading in proverbs 12. Verse 25 stuck out to me: Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word lifts it up. I was grumpy this evening when I came home and Justin was encouraging me with scripture ans it did lift ny heart. I saw where the word good had a letter b by it and webt to thw correlating verse in Isaiah 50:4
    4 The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
    that I may know how to sustain with a word
    him who is weary.
    Morning by morning he awakens;
    he awakens my ear
    to hear as those who are taught.

    Also the verse of the day is Psalms 27:14 talking about waiting ob the Lord and I was journaling about wantibg to know what to do and neesibg an obvious answer and juat that verae veing there gave me a lot of peace to know that He is here, doea hear me, and that He will reveal his will to us.

    I had tried calling you today, but im guessing y’alls phone service is still out. I love you and praying for you!

  11. Yay! I am so happy! Was telling Justin how I have felt in a funkand how you kind of said something about the depth of where I was going with the reading, and now I feel like ive broken out of it. Journaled tgrough a lot and recieved a few answers. Camw to an understanding of the fear of God being a respect for hom, and how when we respect someone we do obey them. Like how the Ishah is to respext the Ish, the man requires respect and that is also the same for Yeshua and the Father and even the Spirit given, that we must respect Him. Also had the verse perfect love casts out all fear come to me and was stumped at first as to how it related back to the fear of God, but saw how God is love and and God casts out all fear.

    I then was asking for confirmation about goinf to Colorado and read the verse of the day on my phone which is Psalm 119:2 That Hiw blessed are those who obser ve His testimobies, Who seek Him with all their heart. This gave me some confidence in that I am on the right path. When going to the scripture seeing that 119 is the alef through tav verses I was encouraged again and reminded of the other verse I had been spoken to thru in Proverbs and goibg back to the rock which I came from and seeing how learning the Hebrew had been such a positive thing. And then once again in that the verses speak of the commandments and testimonies. Of God and how I was taught there of these things. So just all around confirned over and over again to return to CO and to the desperate seeking after of Him and continuing faith in our Savior.

    Many ither verses spoke to me as ringing so true to the prayers I had just written and truth with in me. Such as verse 5 and 6, 17, 29, 52, 71 and 74. I stopped reading at verse 80 and am wanting to continue but wanted to write this up and now will likely need to nurse Levi.

    I am so grateful for Him and for allowing me a way. I’m finally excited for my future and just overjoyed for His revelations. Thank you also for your encouragement and patience! 🙂

    • You are most welcome. Following the Father is not always easy in this world, but it is the right path and always brings Him as the reward. Celebrate daily the fact that fear will not rule in your life. Move ahead and do not look back but fast all the tests that lay ahead with boldness, faith and courage

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