Archive | June 2014

Connecting Points – Ladies Bible Study

On July 30th and again on August 27th, we are having a Ladies Bible study (location yet to be determined). While we will of course take time for food and fellowship, our focus will be on studying God’s word together. In addition to Scripture, discussion for both sessions will be drawn from Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald.

 

Here’s a description from the book cover to give you a taste of where we will focus in these studies:

“One of the great battlegrounds of the new century is within the private world of the individual. The values of our Western culture incline us to believe that the busy, publicly-active person in ministry is also the most spiritual.

Tempted to give imbalanced attention to the public world at the expense of the private, we become involved in more programs, more meetings. Our massive responsibilities at home, work, and church have resulted in a lot of good people on the verge of collapse.

Gordon MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness.”

As the dates get closer, we’ll provide more specifics on our discussion points. Until then, consider reading the book if you’re looking for an inspirational read for the summer, but know it is not required reading in any way.

As our church moves to its summer schedule, be sure to stay connected with your church family and especially remember to connect with your One-on-One Ministry partner.

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Prayer Reminders

PC5010Be praying for the ladies of our church, for protection of families and marriages, and for health and healing. Also, be sure to connect with and pray for your One-on-One Ministry partner.

A Devotion: Grace to Change

“…our lives are comprised of both individual epiphanies and ongoing evolutions. Change doesn’t happen in a moment, nor does it always comes slowly over time. It’s happening here and now, every day, in the big and small. And every moment is a chance to choose. To not only accept the grace in front of us, but to boldly change the course we’ve been on for so very long.” (Jeff Goins, The In-Between – Chapter 7)

Likely, you can recall times of seemingly instantaneous change in your life. These are the times when we suddenly realize a change we need to make, and we simply make it. The change can be as simple as drinking more water or going to bed earlier to more challenging like going to Wednesday evening church or even attending church at all.

You can probably identify ongoing change in your life too. This change takes place in small steps, gradually over a long period of time. Examples include adopting a healthier lifestyle and developing a positive outlook.

Change is constantly taking place in one form of another. The key involves participating in that change instead of allowing change to just happen to us. Participating involves being aware of and accepting grace.

Grace

Accepting grace means accepting that we are not perfect and that we’ve messed up and will mess up again, but realizing that God loves us enough not leave us in our mess.

God loves us enough to offer us the grace we need to learn from our mistakes and move forward in a changed life.

Grace is defined as “the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God” and “the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.”

God’s grace gives us what we don’t deserve without cost, so we can find new strength for living in victory. Grace sees us where we are, it sees the change we need to make, and it gives us the desire to make the change.

Won’t you choose to accept God’s grace today and allow it to transform your life? Doesn’t matter what you’ve done or how much change you need to make.

Grace is freely given. It’s undeserved.

Accept the gift and move from struggle to victory!

“Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4, MSG)