In this stuJesusoverdarknessdy we explore the troubling question of how a good God can allow evil to exist, and His plan for bringing it to an end.  We will also explore some of our definitions of “good” and “evil” as applied to people and the things that may happen in our lives.

Why Bad Things Happen




sufferingIn this Bible Study we take up the subject of suffering and the Christian.  It is hoped that the students will learn to rejoice, even in suffering, even as their Savior.  They may do this as they follow the example of Christ, in the knowledge of the Father’s love, under the power of the Holy Spirit, and with the certainty of future glory.

Suffering PDF

This study on prayer is intended to help students in their prayer life.

Pray Without Ceasing PDF


A Bible study on typology and Christ in the Old Testament.  Jesus teaches us that all of the Old Testament Scriptures speak of Him.  In this study I explore just a few of the types that painted pictures of the coming Messiah.

Typology And Christ PDF



At His Throne I am offering the following brief Bible Study on Heaven.  This is the leader’s guide which includes the answers.

Heaven Bible Study PDF


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This study is intended to help one better understand the biblical teaching about angels.  If your vision of angels has been one of chubby archers and bumbling apprentices working for their wings this study will be eye opening.  I encourage you to take some time to discover the dangers and blessings presented by these spiritual beings.

Angels Bible Study PDF

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In response to the parishoner’s need for Bible studies and resources outside of church, Pastor Umbarger has established this blog (which is linked from our main website:!)

This blog will be frequently updated with:

  • Downloadable Bible study worksheets
  • Comments or answers from the Pastor to questions raised in class
  • Occasional resources the Pastor may find helpful to you.
  • And other notes and items as time goes on.

You are encouraged to make comments or ask questions by ‘commenting’ on the individual posts. (Please remember that your comments are public, so private correspondance with the pastor is best done by another means.)

I hope that this blog will be a great service to the members of St. John’s Lutheran Church and anyone else who stumbles upon it.

For Pastor Umbarger,

Vicar Phil Booe.