Beautiful Surprises in the Scriptures You Haven’t Seen Before

February 12, 2023

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Regardless of how long you’ve been reading the Bible, God has hidden a few beautiful surprises in the Scriptures you may not have seen before, and today we’re talking to Nana Dolce about them.

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Doubts and Questions

Today, we’re talking about the beautiful surprises that the Lord hides in the scriptures that you may not have seen before, and I am right there with you, sis. I haven’t seen some of the things that we’re going to be talking about before either. And that is why I am so incredibly grateful for the body of Christ.

We need one another.

I know that a lot of people are beginning to deconstruct their faith and are beginning to turn away for various reasons, and I want you to know that you have a place here if you fit into that category.

We are all on a journey to learn more about Christ, and wherever you fit into that, I just want you to know that I’m grateful that you keep showing up.

Don’t Lose the Wonder You Have

People have begun to doubt the authorship and the content of the Bible in recent times more than before. But, I have to tell y’all, when I engage with the questions our generation is asking today and open up the Word, I am more amazed by how good God is through it than I was at first.

When we invite the Holy Spirit to speak to us and show us new things within scripture, y’all, He honors that. Today we will be talking about a few themes and a few women in scripture you may not have given much attention to in the past.

Black Representation in the Early Church

I’ve been studying a lot about Church history lately. And y’all, I’m kind of ashamed and embarrassed to say that I didn’t know many of the early Church fathers were African. Did you?

I have enjoyed learning that Clement, Origen, and Cyril were African Church fathers who wrote in Greek. However, Athanasius was one of those as well, and I was so excited to find that out because I’ve actually quoted him before. I really enjoyed encountering his work and some of the things that he shared.

Cyprian, Tertullian, and Augustine were also from North Africa, but they wrote in Latin. As you can tell, I adore learning about Church history and how multiple cultures have influenced the opportunity that we have today to belong to the body of Christ.

It’s my hope that we don’t ever lose the fact that Jesus Christ himself has a variety of people within his lineage who also were identified as African and Gentile, and the Holy Spirit is still connecting us, today.

Today, we’re reflecting on Revelation 7:9-10 ESV

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Women You Should Know

Nailah Tee is a worship leader and certified coach who believes in the power of worship to transform lives.

Her natural talent for music was recognized early and led to her becoming a member of various school and children’s choirs. Since then, she has performed on large stages and provided background vocals to several gospel artists, musicians, and worship leaders.

Nailah’s debut album, Ready for Anything, evolved out of her personal poetry. Life experiences, good and bad, inspired poems which eventually became song lyrics. Her most recent single, Little Things, encourages listeners to look to look for God in all the areas of life we easily bypass.

Nailah’s heart is to help believers walk in the fullness of who they are and can be seen sharing words of encouragement and moments of worship on her social media platforms. She currently serves as a worship leader in her local church. You can find more about Nailah and her music here.

Meet Nana

Nana Dolce holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and serves as a visiting lecturer at the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Washington D.C., where she leads the seminary’s Women’s Teaching Lab. She is the author of The Seed of the Woman: 30 Narratives that Point to Jesus (2022, 10ofThose), and she loves teaching the Bible to women and training women to teach the Bible.

Nana was born in Ghana, but today she lives with her husband, Eric, the Director of Discipleship at The New Macedonia Baptist Church, where they parent their children. Her prayer is that we would enjoy the grace to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:9-10). You can find Nana’s website here.

Nana and I Talked About:

  • The Serenade Man Gives to Woman Before The Fall;
  • Redemption in Eve’s Title as the Mother of the Living;
  • How Shiphrah and Puah played a significant part in Biblical history;
  • The integrity to assess our motives;
  • And what Nana has learned about the powerful combination of prayer and integrity.

Books & Recommendations

Purchase Your Copy of The Seed of the Woman: 30 Narratives that Point to Jesus

Find All of the Things Nana Has Going On

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Meet Your Host

There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. Liv is passionate about helping women enjoy intimacy and confidence in Christ.  When Liv is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book. You can connect with Liv on IG at @candidliv.

Meet Your Cohost

Tonya is a believer, wife and mother of 3 littles. Her profession as a public servant is to help guide people through the family support process.

In her personal and volunteer time, Tonya loves to communicate the gospel of Christ and share messages of hope through IG.

Tonya is the founder of CWMS, a mentorship network that allows Christian women to connect, share and grow as they journey with God. Connect with Tonya at tonya.impactfully.

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