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by DaySpring September 14, 2016
Denise J. Hughes is a passionate student of the Bible and serves as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, a popular conference speaker, and the editorial coordinator for (in)courage. She lives with her husband and three kids in the Los Angeles area.
Do you have a motto, mission statement, or a Scripture that you feel best defines you or your approach to life? What can you tell us about it?
The guiding principle in my life comes from John 1:14, which says Jesus “came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” As followers of Christ, we are pilgrims on this earth, journeying together to become more like Jesus, full of grace and truth. In our brokenness, we tend to fall to one side or the other. We tend to be natural Grace Givers or natural Truth Tellers. I am a Truth Teller. But I’ve been on a journey of growing in grace too. I want my thoughts, words, and deeds to be full of both grace and truth, in the likeness of Jesus Christ.
What does success look like to you?
When I think of success, I think of Archippus. Near the end of Colossians, Paul stops to speak directly to him and says: “Tell Archippus: ‘See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord’” (Colossians 4:17 NIV). Archippus received a call from God to do a specific work for the Kingdom. We don’t know what he was supposed to do, but whatever it was, we know he needed to finish it. That’s my definition of success: completing the work God called me to do.
What does your free time look like?
When I’m alone, my free time looks like a cup of tea, a quilt, and a stack of books.
When I’m with my family, my free time looks like a game of Settlers of Catan or a game of football on TV. Go Green Bay Packers!
In a sentence or two, what would you say is the central message of your work?
Psalm 107:20 (HCSB) says, “He sent His word and healed them; He rescued them from the Pit.”. This is my story. God rescued me from the Pit. God’s Word has healed my mind from unhealthy, destructive thought patterns that became choices that led to the Pit. This is the message of my work, my life. God’s Word heals. When we immerse ourselves in truth, we overflow with grace.
What was the genesis of your idea for these Bible studies? How did you get here?
I’ve always enjoyed scribbling words on paper, so when I began studying God’s Word as a young adult, I wrote down Bible verses to help commit them to memory; I wrote out whole psalms to meditate on them; I even wrote out the passages I struggled to understand. Writing the Word became a regular part of my daily quiet time. I do love the wonderful tools we have available to us through commentaries and lexicons and the sort, but my favorite time in the Word is when it’s just Jesus and me — with a Bible, a journal, and a pen. As I write His truth on paper, He writes His truth on my heart. Word Writers is an inductive Bible study that invites women to join me in writing the Word.
“Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness” Isaiah 30:8 (NIV).
Check out the Bible studies by Denise J. Hughes' Bible - Word Writers, Ephesians and Word Writers, Philippians.
To read an excerpt from Word Writers, Philippians, click here.
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Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thess 5:11 CSB