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Fear or Faith

By: Emily Dean
Ladies, I want to share with you about something I am really good at. In fact, I could really consider myself an expert in this. I am really good at being afraid. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Have you ever felt so well acquainted that fear could be your constant companion? Whenever a frightening situation comes up, I know immediately how to be afraid. What I'm not always so good at is exercising faith in the midst of fear. Since childhood I have experienced all kinds of fears: fear of the dark, fear of bad weather, fear of mice (what can I say...I grew up in the country!), fear of people (people pleasers, anyone?), and fear of public speaking just to name a few. The last one is the most ironic because as a ministry wife and teacher I have found myself in front of more than my share of crowds! Where...

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 11

I've often thought of joy as a place of deep contentment. Contentment has been this illusive place that I've sought after but found that in my own strength I could not seem to get myself to this place. It has been a process of God shaping and changing my heart where I have been wooed into His rest that I have found this deep peace and contentment into whatever circumstances He has led me. Does that mean every situation is fun? No, not even a little bit. But the more I've pursued Jesus, the more I've found purpose in each moment--even the smallest, seemingly pointless ones. God is near and at work ALWAYS. He is moving to complete His work in me (Philippians 1:6) and His Kingdom work in the hearts of those around me. It is here, that I find rest and contentment. In this final lesson, Paul challenges us with the secret of being content in any...

Super Mom

I longed to be a mother, but I was barren for the first twelve years of marriage. Our journey was as follows; Declared barren Five failed open adoptions One still born birth in the six month of pregnancy High-Risk Pregnancy in our twelfth year of marriage Mother's Day was always a brutal reminder that I was still not a mother.  As the Pastor's wife, I couldn't or didn't feel as if I could show any disappointment or sadness, so I put a smile on my face and got through the day.  I even prayed with other motherless women. I relate to Hannah of I Samuel!  She was the example of a desperate woman of God.  She carried her burdened heart to the Lord, and He heard her cry!  (I Samuel 1:8-28) She became the ultimate Super Mom!  Hannah gave birth to Samuel and faithfully carried out her commitment by giving him to the Lord. Super Mom's are not exclusive. You know you are a...

Following Jesus Takes Grit!

By: Jodi Aiken
Have you ever made a promise to God not knowing what kind of resolve it would take, but you were all in? In my late twenties, God called me to follow Him into ministry. In yielding to His calling I promised God, I would never turn down an opportunity to share with others about the mercy, grace, and redemptive power He granted me. I committed to following Him anywhere, anytime, and at any cost. Little did I know what kind of grit I would need to keep my commitment. There have been seasons when I wanted to retract my promise -  Seasons that were too hard, too overwhelming, and too painful to forge ahead. Have you ever wrestled with keeping your promise to God? Maybe you have been hurt by others within your church, and you’re ready to throw in the towel and quit. Your clenched fist raised in the air, you have wanted to...

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 10

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" I'm not sure about you but that one line causes me to start humming a song I learned as a child. If you aren't familiar with a song with that phrase, don't stress. You are saved from the torture of a sing-songy song stuck in your head. Though many of us have heard this familiar verse, the reality of living it out seems to be an overwhelming endeavor. How are you supposed to actually live out joy when life is falling apart around you? In this week's lesson, we'll consider what happens when we yield to our growing knowledge of who God is and His work in our lives. We're going to take a look at the hows of rejoicing in the Lord ALWAYS.

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 9

I'm so proud of you for making it to lesson 9. It's never easy to stick with something for this many weeks. I'm certain that God has spoken to your heart as you have allowed His Word to wash over you. In lesson 9, Paul reminds the Philippians of how important it is to find unity with one another. He is moved with compassion for the lost when he pleads with the Philippians to seek to find common ground. Paul reminds the church that the lost are headed for hell and as believers they shouldn't be so easily led astray by the worlds' ways because they are citizens of heaven. They belong to God and one day they will experience transformed bodies when they go home. In this lesson, we cover the immediate context Paul is referring and practical application for us, as believers, living in a fallen, broken world.

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 8

Many Christians have become really good at listening to another sermon or Bible study and being reminded of what they should be doing. Unfortunately, education hasn't always led to execution because while we've become familiar with what we should be doing, we lack the steps to actually do it. In this week's lesson, we consider not only that we should be in hot pursuit of Christ, but we also consider the how-to's of nurturing hearts that long after Him. As you begin this lesson, take time to slow down, talk to God about your heart right now. Ask Him to draw you near as He transforms you into His likeness.

Unleashing Grace

By:  Bobi Ann Allen But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.--1 Cor. 15:10 Have you ever been robbed? When I was a girl, my family’s car was broken into while we were on vacation one summer.  Talk about a downer.  The thieves didn’t take much but all of us were shaken by the fact that someone had entered into our space uninvited and pilfered through.  We went back to the hotel, packed our things and went home.  Our trip was tainted and we just wanted to be back in our own house where we felt safe. As believers, we constantly deal with a thief, he is the accuser and the Enemy of our soul. Scripture references him and says “The thief comes to steal, kill and...

Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 7

You've made it to lesson 7! Congratulations. Let's be honest, sticking with a study for this long is hard. There are all sorts of reasons to stop or skip or procrastinate. Thankfully studying through an online platform allows you the luxury to pick back up when you get behind. In our previous lesson, we considered evidences biblically, historically and within the nature of a yearning for Christ. By considering evidence of an obvious hunger in others, we posed the question, "why don't we?" It was a question that stung. We don't want to go there because it addresses how easily satisfied we've become with the little bit of Christ we've aattained and enjoyed. In this week's lesson, we take this same idea and look at it from a different direction. It may seem silly to really think through the why of knowing Jesus more but if we don't, why would purposely pursue more...

Lesson from the Fishbowl

By: Donna Avant Recently my husband, John, purchased a fish and a fishbowl to use in a sermon illustration.  His plan was to give away the fish and the fishbowl the next week.  However, he grew fond of the fish and, oddly, I have also.  He confessed last week to our entire congregation that he has found himself on occasion talking to the fish he has now named, D.O.C. (Disciple of Christ)!  I promise you that John has not lost his mind.   The truth is this little black beta fish has reminded us both of some very valuable lessons we have learned over 38 years of being in the ministry. The transparency of the fishbowl is crucial.    Upon becoming a pastor’s wives 38 years ago, I was told that fishbowl life was terrible.  Everyone would be watching me; everyone examining my every move.   Yet, what I have discovered is that living in a fishbowl is actually...