Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Retro Wednesday


Retro Wednesday 2012: Q and A

By Amy Gentry


Q: Why do I feel like I am dry in my spiritual life?

A: I often get this same feeling.  It is usually after an extended period of doing the same ol’ thing.  The same ol’  daily bible readings, trying to meditate on the same ol’ email devotional, listening to the same ol’ praise songs - basically just going through the motions of what once had given me a feeling of spiritual fulfillment.

I am reminded of the story in John 2:1-11 of Jesus’ first miracle where we find Mary and Jesus at a wedding and the wine had run dry.  They had been at this wedding celebrating for a while, no doubt enjoying each other’s company and chillin’ out.  But in time - the party wound down.  Sounds a little like us? 

But Mary stepped out in boldness, she told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do.  SHE HAD AN EXPECTATION OF JESUS.

Have you lost your EXPECTATION?  Do you read the Word of the Lord EXPECTING to hear His voice?  Do you meditate on a devotional EXPECTING to be pruned?  Do you listen to praise music EXPECTING to worship?  Do you pray EXPECTING to be heard?

Have you stopped celebrating with Jesus?


Monday, July 21, 2014

Genesis Bible Study

Genesis 28 Bible Study

Jacob’s ladder

“When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.  Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.  I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:11-15. 

Did you count 8 promises???  I did.

In verse 11, the Lord waited for Jacob to get uncomfortable and isolated before He spoke to him, then he revealed to Jacob a connection between Heaven and Earth and finally made him a promise.  Sound familiar?  

Sounds a little like my own salvation story.  Share your salvation story on our Facebook Page. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Mind of Christ

The Mind of Christ
By Kim Hawkins

There is power in what you speak and believe. Do not dwell on negative thoughts (those are lies) that there is “little or no hope” or “no solution” ect. Do not let words of doubt come from your mouth.. EX: “We can’t afford that.” “We are broke.” “Our marriage is over.” etc…

When you speak of such things, and especially when you believe it in your heart to be true, so they are!  
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

Speak and definitely pray the opposite of what your eyes see. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Trust him with great faith! Speak of his faithfulness and thank him in advance for what he will do. When we speak negative and complain bitterly we are:

A)   Saying, “Lord, I don’t trust you.”

B)   are in agreement with the enemy.

Take the giant step of faith and let the spirit lead you by believing BIG and by all means, speaking it out. Our words have the power of life and death.. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

When we pray, especially praying scripture (the sword of the spirit) there is great power and the angels are set in flight on our behalf!! As described chapter 10 in the book of Daniel when the angel tells Daniel that his words were heard and that he came in response to them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Once and For All

Once and For All

God is the encourager; his voice is pure, unconditional love. He is good.

Satan is the accuser; his voice will always shame and condemn you. He is evil.

Jesus paid the debt for our sin and shame.

“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.” Ephesians 1:9

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Retro Wednesday

Retro Wednesday 2013: Shoulder to Shoulder
by Amy Gentry



Scenes from an Italian restaurant:


Boy meets girl with a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates at the door. Sitting across from each other holding hands and eating with your meal one handed so you won't be the first to let go. Candlelit table with French brand and pasta with the least messy sauce that have on the menu ... Alfredo. Gazing at each other thinking, "Wow, they really get me."




Reality. 10 years later you find yourself in another Italian restaurant with sauce on your chin, (and not too bothered by it) thinking about texting your BFF about how many calories must be in your Alfredo sauce. Oh ya... And he is still here but we can't talk because we're eating.


Is this what a friendship in marriage is supposed to look like?


Song of Songs 1:8


If you do not know, most beautiful of women,

follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds."


The friends of Solomon's wife are telling her, "Hey, lady... Why don't you go hang out by your husband’s side?!?!"


Women want romance and nurturing and we want to discuss our feelings and find out how our husbands are feeling too. They were not made like us. Not wrong but different. They were made to work, labor and toil with co-laborers. Side-by-side. Shoulder-to-shoulder.


Men thrive in relationships that are built through shoulder-to-shoulder time. As the seconds on the clock tick by men usually open up and begging to connect with those who are beside them engaging in the same activity. A prudent wife would cultivate a true friendship with her husband by sacrificing her busyness to focus on meeting his friendship needs.


Instead of:


-Sitting at the baseball game with earbuds in listening to Christian music while reading a Christian book because baseball is boring. (Done that one). Instead of watching the game, being silly and having fun together.


-Cashing in on a road trip nap instead of talking to my husband about different kinds of music. (Done this one too)


-enjoying the A/C in the house instead of making us both a glass of iced tea, grabbing a lawn chair and being with him in the yard on chore day. (Grrrr... Done that one recently).


CHALLENGE: work on a project or watch a sporting event shoulder-to-shoulder every weekend this summer.

P.S. "But we have nothing in common" is the phrase I hear most often when discussing being friends with your husband. Maybe you both don't like to digital scrapbook or watch English Rugby, but you both have The Lord and your family in common. See... You do have something in common. Start there.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Genesis Bible Study

Genesis Bible Study – Chapter 27
By Carri Pratt

“Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.” Genesis 27:35

God had planned big things for Jacob’s life.  Both Isaac and Rebekah knew this to be true.

However, Rebekah grew impatient and worried. She thought it was necessary to step in and take control, in order to protect Jacob.

What a mess she created!  She deceived her husband, encouraged her youngest son to lie, and devastated her oldest son.

Lesson learned: Let God do His own thing!

We, as God’s precious children, seem to create problems for ourselves when we are impatient and scared. When temptation and desire are tossed into the mix, huge errors in judgment can occur. The main thing to remember is that God has a plan for every life He has created.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

How much better it would have been for everyone if Rebekah had simply given God the reigns. How much better would my own personal situation be if I could give God the reigns? As Carrie Underwood proclaims, “Jesus take the wheel!”

Challenge: Give God the opportunity to work His plan for your life.