Wednesday, April 29, 2015

T2W Favorite Things

T2W's Favorite Things
Carri Pratt 
I have to confess, I am a huge Beth Moore fan, and I love this study! I always considered myself to have rock solid faith, however, Beth Moore has a way of showing you, through Scripture, how it truly is. This study is helping me to look at my own personal belief system and to help me see how I view God's promises to me. I can tell you that I am experiencing a deeper faith and a burning desire to believe God at a whole new level!

From the Web Page:

Originating from a concept introduced in Isaiah 43:10, Believing God examines what it means to believe God rather than only believe in Him. Participants study the lives of Abraham and others from Hebrews 11 as examples of people who believed God. This study parallels a personal journey Beth took in coming to understand what it means to believe God.  

To find out additional information or signup for the online study click below:

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Monday, April 27, 2015

One Year Bible

The One Year Bible 
Carri Pratt

Greetings! I am always so inspired to review the blessings God’s word provides each day and each week from the One Year Bible. I am praying for you that you are being encouraged by what you are reading. (and that you are reading!)

This week I was struck by a combination of the Old Testament and New Testament passages:

Wednesday, April 22nd Old Testament reading from Joshua:
“Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 
Joshua 24:14-15

May I just say, Amen! This is our true calling, to serve the Lord and serve Him only! Now let’s take a look at what Jesus is praying before His arrest, found on April 25th in the New Testament reading:

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42

Jesus knew what He was about to endure, but He was prepared to fulfill the Father’s will no matter the cost.  Our lives should also focus on the will of God. It is about loving Him, believing Him, serving Him, and allowing our lives to line up under the plans He has for us.

It is interesting to note that Joshua means The Lord Is Salvation.  Salvation comes from faith in Jesus Christ. When we have faith to receive salvation the outcome should be good works in service to the Lord. It is our way of showing our gratitude to Him. James, the brother of Jesus, expresses this point when he writes:

“For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” James 2:26 

To clarify, performing good works does not lead to salvation, faith alone leads to salvation. However, when we have salvation, it leads us to serve the Lord and to teach our families to do the same. I agree whole heartedly with Joshua, as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord!

Challenge: Choose for yourself this day who you will serve

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Favorite Source of Inspiration

A Favorite Source of Inspiration

There’s a wonderful daily devotional book called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
What is even more handy and convenient is that Jesus Calling is also an APP! I LOVE it!! I keep the app on the main page of my phone and I can easily get a word of encouragement for the day.

I highly recommend getting this app for a constant source of strength and truth.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

Friday, April 17, 2015

Diamonds And Pearls

Diamonds and Pearls

We all struggle to keep a positive outlook when times are rough and when the pressure is on. Just don’t give in to despair and discouragement! It’s in the times of hardship that great lessons are learned and where gratefulness flows from when things are good.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mending Your Heart

Mending Your Heart

Angry outbursts, fear, insecurity, being withdrawn, numbing with drugs, alcohol, spending or busyness… they are all symptoms of a hurt(s) you have been carrying.

Healing is possible! Don’t let pain you have suffered steal the opportunity to live a full life without regret. The years pass so quickly and you don’t want to lose all that’s dear to you.

You can find progressive healing through the study and application of truth. Renewed minds and positive habits are a necessity to lives pressing onward in victory. –Beth Moore from “Breaking Free”

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Romans 8:5