Ephesians 3:20-21 (New International Version)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ready For A New On-Line Study

I am so excited to begin another Bible Study and draw closer to our God, aren't you! If you haven't got your book yet, you can order one from Kelly Minter's site (click on her name in the list on the right hand side of the blog) or LifeWay carries them. There's a LifeWay in Springfield or you can order from them on-line.
We are excited to begin this study on "Confronting Our Modern-day Idols". I hope you will join us for this eight week study! We start this week!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Nothing Like A Good Book

Yesterday morning, I had no idea how our day was going to roll out. We had lots to do; things we needed to do and things we wanted to do. It simply wasn't going to be possible to do it all, so I decided to adjust and move with the flow. We needed to prioritize, JD needed school supplies and school starts next week. Today would be the only day we had to do this together (although....separate might be the preferred choice, lol.)
We also had to realize that Tom needed a semi-stress free day. He has MS and needs to take his shot tonight (we adjust to this schedule, it's much easier on him this way.) He needs to stay in an air conditioned environment for the biggest part of the day...this helps narrow things down, too.
House work also needs to be caught up and we had a fish fry/blue grass music event at church. Hmmmmmm....well this is how we worked it all out...
We took JD to get his school supplies, (even found him some Nike's for $35 at Shoe Carnival), went to the Tool Store for Dad, and headed over to the Family Reunion in time for lunch. Wahooo, this was something I really hoped would work out.
We had a blast, eating, visiting, playing Frisbee in the gym, taking pictures (that part was fun when we acted up for the pictures). My sister, Joyce, joined us for our Ruth Bible Study and we've decided to do Kelly Minter's study, "No Other Gods" next. My cousin, Patty, joined us, too. It was fun discussing some of the aaahhhaaa moments during that great study. It really imparted a change in our lives we didn't expect and we are looking forward to starting our new study in September.
Meanwhile, Joyce walked in with some new books she picked up at the book store. Among her stack was some Yada Yada books. I've read book one and two, I have book five and seven but haven't found the other books so I set this set aside. After the excitement and feel of Joyce's stack of fresh new books, I decided ....why not just pick up with what I already have! Soooo here we go! While on break between studies, I'm enjoying Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught. I hope to blog about some of the lessons God brings me though while enjoying this story.
What are you reading now? I'd love to hear suggestions and lessons learned from some of your favorite books!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Week 6 Day 5; The Lineage of Christ

Who knew...studying the lineage of Christ would be so uplifting and represent the love, grace, and "hessed" of our Lord and Savior? Reading Ruth 4:18-22 and Matthew 1:1-16...normally I would skim through these sections. They simply didn't mean much, yet I know God put them in his word for a reason. As with all scripture, (Romans 15:4) For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

This study has really been a study of hope, hasn't it? I love how Kelly Minter wrote about it, a study "about a Moabites who loved the God of Israel, who packed up her belongings to the care of a woman who wasn't blood and who didn't want her, who risked her life in the fields, who risked her life on the threshing floor, who drew the eyes of a noble man, married him, bore a son, and then placed the baby on the breast of the mother in-law she so desperately loved. Ruth." (p. 160)

Yet, the entire lineage of Christ is compiled of many stories of love, trust, and obedience. From the blood line of Abraham through Tamar, through Ruth, David and Bathsheba, and on to gives us a Savior. This blood line isn't perfect or majestic, but it's beautiful in the eyes of God.

What was the most memorable moment of this study for you?