Matching Fund Drive
To finish this year without a deficit, we seek to raise an additional $24,000 in support during our Fall Fundraiser. Thanks to our generous matching donors, every dollar will be doubled through December 13.
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Storyteller Study
Updated and expanded to include 15 new devotionals! This free 7-week Bible study explores all of Christ’s major parables. Each day we will sit at the feet of the ultimate Storyteller and soak up the wisdom and hope His words provide.
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Our Mission
Living by Design Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian ministry that delivers free Bible studies to inboxes around the world.
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Free Advent Reading Plan
As you walk through this 4-week plan, you will be invited to slow down, remember, anticipate, and rejoice in all Jesus Christ has done and all He has promised to do.
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Bible Study Reinvented
Do you sometimes feel you are too busy for Bible study? All you need to complete our FREE Bible studies is 15-minutes per day and an e-mail address.
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At Living by Design Ministries, we believe God’s Word is the only source of absolute truth in a world that praises tolerance and ambiguity. We exist to help women of all ages open their Bibles, understand what they are reading, and apply the freeing truths to their lives. – Sarah Koontz, Founder

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 Articles on the  Living by Design Blog are packed with heart-focused content, practical solutions for real-life, and Bible-based training. The Bible is packed with spiritual nourishment; our aim is to provide resources to help you break it down into bite-sized pieces that are easy to digest. 

Meet the God of the Bible: A God of Love and Justice

By Joanna Eccles How do you reconcile love with the need for justice?  Darrow, the main character in “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown, once executed justice in an unconventional manner.  He ruled a set of students, and his friend Tactus defied Darrow’s clear instructions.  The punishment was 20 lashes.  Darrow didn’t want to hurt his

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2021-2022 Impact Report | Living by Design Ministries

Annual Impact Report 2021-2022 Download the Printable Report By Ryan & Sarah Koontz We can hardly believe that we are entering our fifth year as a nonprofit ministry. According to Forbes, more than 50% of all nonprofits fail or stall within a few years due to leadership issues and/or lack of a strategic plan. Starting something

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6 Truths from God’s Word for Women Experiencing an Identity Crisis

by Barb Fox I sat at a table with five strangers. The workshop leader provided instructions: “Tell us about yourself, including your current job responsibilities.”  My heart pounded as I searched for an answer.  A combination of changes in personnel and priorities had decommissioned my prior work responsibilities. Each phrase I turned over in my

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What to Do When Forgiveness Seems Impossible

By Leslie Jones Shuffling through my “people to pray for” notecards one morning, I sensed God’s holy invitation to add the name of a woman who’d deeply wounded me.  “How can I pray for her,” I questioned, “when it’s impossible to forgive what she did to my family?” Offering forgiveness felt unreasonable. I’d harbored hatred

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