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Meet the Author

Patti Smith has been involved in worldwide ministry for most of her adult life. After serving as a missionary in Latin America, she and her husband, Dwight, founded Saturation Church Planting International (SCPI), which has led to her ministering in more than fifty nations of the world. Patti carries a burden for helping women discover their Creator by spending daily time with Him in His Word, the Bible. After many years of participating in and leading Bible- study movements for women, Patti created the Pressing On to Know Him Bible study guides, a series of simple and concise studies on the books, people, and teachings of the Bible. Tens of thousands of women around the world in evangelistic groups and house groups use this material, which now exists in more than ten languages. Patti and Dwight live in Colorado. When they are not on the road, they split their time between their four children and twelve grandchildren.

Patti Smith
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Philippians is often called the book of joy. In it the Greek words “joy” and “rejoice” are used fourteen times. This joy is not dependent on circumstances but responds in triumph over circumstances, turning adversity to advantage. Is this not a secret we would all love to develop in our lives?

Women of the Bible

The Bible stands apart in the way in which it exalts women. The different descriptions of men and women in Scripture are purposeful and far from demeaning to women. From the very beginning, women have been esteemed by God.

Women have played vital roles in the progress of redemption, in God’s story of grace, in both the Old and New Testaments. God inspired the writers of Scripture to record accounts that seem to go the extra mile to ennoble women, acknowledging the importance of the influence of women in the family, in society, and in the work of the gospel.

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The Colossians were known for their faith, and Paul wrote to encourage them to remain faithful. The true gospel had been brought to them by way of Epaphras, so their faith was based on the knowledge of who Christ was and what God had done through Christ for their salvation. From this faith they understood that they were called to a lifetime commitment to walk in relationship with God.

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