Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
Added by Brian Fletcher on October 27, 2011 at 9:51am — No Comments
A couple weeks ago when the weather was warm and beautiful, I took a long walk through the woods, made longer by getting myself thoroughly lost. While I wandered, God reminded me of a call He has been continually placing on my heart.
"Take my yoke, for it is easy and my burden is light." I never want to believe that, being a nose to the grindstone kind of girl with worrywart tendencies. Yet, He keeps calling me to joy. What He asks of me is prayer, praise, writing, and pursuing…Continue
Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on October 25, 2011 at 6:23pm — No Comments
As it is with most everything, starting a new project is a bit nerve racking until one settles into the norms of a group and gets to know the members.
My goal is to begin to get to know other members that are growing deeper in the knowledge of Truth, especially as we…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Such on October 23, 2011 at 3:55am — No Comments
"Fight for Joy!" I love that phrase. It is not original with me, it comes from my friend John Piper. But I love it because it characterizes every day for me. Each day I get up and face a day that has tremendous challenges. Challenges to fight for a strong and healthy marriage, challenges to fight to raise godly kids, challenges to fight temptation and lust, challenges to fight disappointment, challenges to fight suffering, challenges to lead people to a greater…Continue
Added by Brian Fletcher on October 20, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments
The Theme for GEMS this year is wisdom. We are looking into Proverbs a great deal. This is a book I have not tended to dig into much because it seemed like a big "to do" list, especially Proverbs 31. I always had the unsettling feeling that I didn't measure up and might just be the fool Solomon the Wise and your mother warned you about.
Wisdom really does not get a lot of press these days. People are smart or savvy or intelligent, but no one talks much about having wisdom or…Continue
Just over a year ago, I was at a writers' retreat, trying to figure out what to do next. I had big aspirations to write fiction, and had started five or six manuscripts, but never felt good about them. God used the ladies at that retreat to confirm not only what God had gifted me to do, but what He had called me to.
Confirmation in our Christian lives is HUGE! Sometimes, I think it would be so much easier if God would just whisper in my ear what I'm supposed to be doing. And…Continue
On Tuesday night at 1:30am my next door neighbor was robbed at gunpoint. They stole some of her jewelry and her cell phone and of course scared the daylights out of her. This is obviously quite disturbing. We live in a very nice, quiet and (usually) safe neighborhood. But this happened next door! Literally 25 feet from where I was sleeping. You can’t ignore it now that it has happened. So the big question is, what do we do now?
First, I am thanking God that my neighbor was not…Continue
Added by Brian Fletcher on September 27, 2011 at 1:11pm — No Comments
Lee and her husband are members of our church. But when her husband fell victim to Alzheimer's, they moved five hours away to a senior adult community that specialized in treating patients with the disease. On vacation with friends, two of us visited the couple this week.
It was good to see Lee.
It was good to see they were settled in a beautiful place.
It was good to know that Lee had help with her husband.
It was also…Continue
Added by Gary Brennan on August 30, 2011 at 8:50pm — No Comments
For years I have been hearing about the importance of "mentoring" in the congregation. I have even been to workshops on this topic - but I could never really get a handle on it. Then one of my Elders informed me of how much she learns by our one on one times. Once a week she would come by for prayer and we would spend 20 minutes to an hour in conversation about prayer, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, leadership -…Continue
Added by Miguel Labrador on August 23, 2011 at 5:25pm — No Comments
Over the last year or so I have been reading some books that have had a huge impact on my walk with Christ. They have caused me to rethink my commitment to Jesus, what it means to be a Christian, how to live out the Christian faith…what a life totally surrendered to Jesus might look like, and a host of other questions.
Some of these books have been: “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan; “Radical” by David Platt; “Not A Fan” by Kyle…Continue
Added by Dave Peterson on August 21, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments
I am speaking tomorrow at a chapel service in a senior adult community in Atlanta. I get to do that three or four times a year.
I love doing it and I never turn down the opportunity. The seniors there are so sweet. Several I know from our church and others I've gotten to know over the months when I can be there. Some show up in walkers or wheelchairs; others are brought with their caretakers; still others come in slowly under their own, if diminishing, steam. What always…Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on August 16, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments
What is the value of a brother or sister, mom or dad? What is the value of a faithful friend? Our society has a habit of placing value on that which is self-serving (cars, phones, houses, etc.) and downplaying relationships. Last night I was challenged with a thought, "How much value does our church leadership place on volunteers?" The measuring stick for this proposition is found in our attitude toward those we work with directly in ministry.
Allen Newell, author of a training…Continue
“Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.”…
Added by Federico Aguelo on August 8, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments
It's been awhile since I've posted . . . life has gotten in my way. I spent last week in New Orleans with my daughter and son-in-law, so I didn't teach my Bible study class last Sunday. When I returned this week, the large marker board in the classroom was covered with notes and a second marker board was beside it with one statement: "And Margie's answer is . . . " I wasn't even sure what the question was until class members began to arrive. The question was about how we see God in…Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on August 8, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
What did God say to you today? It depends on what you were waiting for God to say. I have a friend who is so intent on seeing - I know, hearing? seeing? which is it? Just bear with me a minute, after all they're both senses we don't often get right - anyway, my friend is so intent on seeing a pileated woodpecker that after a day of birding he, "hasn't seen anything!" But meanwhile my lifelist has gotten longer with warblers, orioles, etc.
My friend wants to "get on" through the forest…Continue
I recommend Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle (New York: Simon & Schuster [Free Press], 2010). It's the story of a ministry with street gangs in LA. It is very well-written and moving. Here's a quote: "Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it."
One day a former parishioner returns to visit the church on a weekday:
"Then he takes…Continue
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,…Continue
Yesterday I taught a Bible study on one of my favorite passages, Acts 16:6-9. I love this passage so much, because God uses it every time I study it to remind me of a couple of things. This is the story of Paul and his companions trying to take the gospel into western Asia, but the Holy Spirit kept putting obstacles in the way. I wonder about those obstacles . . . it's not like they were going through border checkpoints, but they KNEW that those obstacles came from God.