It’s been four years since I’ve been in Israel. I’ve been amazed at the changes . . . the amount of archaeological work that’s been completed at Megiddo and Caesarea Maritime, and the amount of new building in
cities like Nazareth and Tel Aviv. Israel shows signs of activity and growth
However, the Sea of Galilee has been a shock to me. The water level is greatly reduced. There’s extended shore in… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on January 1, 2011 at 10:49pm —
We were in Nazareth today. Not really in, but overlooking the city. I did some research before I came about the city that was Jesus' hometown as a boy. Here's what I discovered:
1. There were probably only about 120 or 150 people living there, and probably about 20 homes. Everybody there knew everything about everybody else. It was a small town.
2. The town was located in the base of the basin and was considered one of the most beautiful places in all of… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on January 1, 2011 at 10:02am —
I'm the world's worst at New Year's Resolutions. When I make them at all (which after years of guilt-filled feelings of disappointment for my inability to keep my resolutions) which isn't often, I tend to look at the things in my life that I don't like and try to fix them . . . weight gain, lack of exercise . . . Sound familiar?
This year, I met two adorable children on a senior adult trip to see the Christmas lights north of Atlanta. The children serenaded me all the way… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on December 28, 2010 at 6:30am —
Last weekend, we attended an early Christmas concert. It was amazing. One line from one song caught my attention: Darkness Upon Darkness. I never thought about the idea that it can be MORE than dark. True darkness is already complete. Years ago, we took a tour of Mamouth Cave in Southern Kentucky. Deep within the cavern the lights were turned off and we experienced COMPLETE darkness. Our eyes didn't adjust; we could see nothing. As a claustrophobic, the darkness was overwhelming, even… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on December 7, 2010 at 7:30am —
Years ago, our family was headed out of town on vacation after some really difficult days at the church. My husband asked that we not discuss anything about the church while we were gone. I snapped, "Well, if we don't talk about the church, there's nothing left for us to talk about." He responded by creating a two-page, single-spaced list for me of discussible topics. The list reminded me of how deep our relationship ran throughout our lives.
A friend of mine has put forth… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 22, 2010 at 10:08am —
I'm preparing to teach Bible study tomorrow on verses from Genesis 12 and 13. One thing sticks out to me tonight . . . when God called Abram, He didn't give him any details. He only told Abram to go "to the land I will show you" (Gen. 12:1). There are times in my life when a couple of words or a phrase jumps out at me. This is one of those.
I've talked to a lot of people lately, some through this network, who have lost their jobs and are struggling to know what to do next.… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 20, 2010 at 9:12pm —
On Monday, I wrote about spending much of my weekend welcoming the 450 new members who have joined the network since Thursday night of last week. Members keep joining. We have now reached a membership of 800 . . . way beyond anything we could have anticipated so quickly.
Based on what I've seen and what I've individually heard from members, here are a couple of observations:
(1) God is at work through this network. To paraphrase Rick Warren,… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 10, 2010 at 7:00am —
The first day the Network launched officially (back on Oct. 21), I drove six hours to a writers' retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. I arrived late afternoon and began sending welcome notes to members who had signed on during the day. Within the first 20 minutes, I realized something special was happening––people throughout the world were grabbing hold of the network as an opportunity to share with others disciples, to enter into a continuing conversation about discipleship, and to find… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 2, 2010 at 7:06am —
The Discipleship Network has already reached people all over the world. In fact, we have members from every continent. God is at work throughout the world! What a great opportunity for us as members to support each other world-wide and to join the global movement to discipleship.
If you haven't already started, please get involved. It's so easy to read what others have shared. We want to hear from all of our members. The next time you read a forum, share an idea, a… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on October 28, 2010 at 8:30pm —
I recently taught a Bible study on the Great Commission. I wonder how many times I've read or studied or taught or heard someone else teach on or preach on those verses. Obviously, this was not unchartered territory for me. But God used that opportunity to help me think through this passage in a new way.
First, if we study Matthew 28:19-20 without digging into verse 18, we've skipped the most important part. The power of the passage is found in verse 18––"All authority in… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on October 23, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Awhile back, I worked on a Habitat for Humanity home. During the afternoon, all work came to a stop while a small group worked to square up the framework on the house and the roofing tresses. A group of almost 50 workers stood back and watched them work, pushing one wall and pulling another, until the framework was completely squared. Only then did the rest of us go back to work to put the outside “skin” on the frame.…
Added by Margie Williamson on October 20, 2010 at 8:34am —