Ruth: A Study of Redemption, Week 3 – 02/26/13

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By , February 27, 2013 3:56 pm
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This week Kathy talked about the call of God. We also looked at several biblical names and how they reflected God’s unique purpose for each person. In our challenges, we were reminded to focus on the promise of God rather than the problem.

Corrected Worksheet for 02/26/13

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By , February 27, 2013 11:59 am
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Hello! The worksheet that was handed out in class yesterday was incomplete. Click on the title link above and then on the link for the corrected handout to print for your homework this week. The corrected handout will also be loaded to the website with the audio later today.

Watching My Step

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By , February 25, 2013 6:58 pm
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He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.

Psalm 91:11 NLT

 

 

In December, the streets of New York City are filled with people. Tourists in colorful toboggans and scarves crowd the sidewalks as they pause to capture holiday scenes on smart phone cameras. Native New Yorkers, dressed in black from head to toe, move past with purpose, eyes ahead. Their booted feet find gaps on the damp concrete, their rhythm in sync with the traffic signals.

 

I’ve learned to get in the wake of a New Yorker when I’m in the city. Following a sure-footed local saves precious minutes as I attempt to squeeze the maximum number of stops into a limited amount of time. Last December I had a day in the Big Apple. My husband was in meetings and I had Christmas shopping to do. List in hand and charge cards in purse, I hit the streets early. First stop: Bloomingdales.

 

I had to cross Fifth Avenue en route. The congestion got really thick as I approached this landmark street. Crowds swarmed in front of famous stores like Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman. My progress was slow until I noticed an undaunted local nudge past. That’s my pathfinder, I thought. I’m not sure she noticed as I got in step behind her. This woman was a master at plowing through the masses of people without being rude. She gained a few seconds advantage at every intersection as she knowingly anticipated the exact moment the light would change.

 

At the corner of 5th and 58th we (my New York way-maker and me) had to stop for a red light. I was watchful; ready to step out the instant it was safe to do so. A flash of green and here we go. Instinctively I looked both ways as we made our way onto the pavement. Above the traffic noises I heard a voice behind me shout, “Watch out!” I glanced left and, barreling through the intersection was a city bus, veering toward us.  I jumped back onto the curb just as the bus zoomed past and screeched to a halt inches beyond the crosswalk.

 

I looked over my right shoulder to see who had warned me. There, leaning against the bus stop booth, was a man in work clothes. His blue eyes twinkled beneath a hard hat as he directed a smile my way. I smiled back. “Thanks,” I said, feeling this was hardly adequate. But the crush of people behind me forced me into the street. As I looked back for another glance at my protector, the word that flew through my mind was “angel.” I looked him in the eye and mouthed, “You’re my angel.” He just grinned.

 

The Bible depicts angels going up and down between heaven and earth doing God’s business, ministering to and protecting His children. The Scriptures are full of stories and teaching about the reality of these heavenly beings. These passages have prompted me to pray regularly for angelic intervention. Was it an angel that alerted me that day? I can’t say for sure. What I can say with confidence is that God has promised, “The angel of the Lord guards all who fear him, and he rescues them.” (Psalm 34:7)

Ruth: A Study of Redemption, Week 2 – 02/19/13

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By , February 20, 2013 10:36 pm
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We continued our study in the book of Ruth looking at negative consequences of bad choices, as well as the redemption God offers when we repent and return.

“Ruth: A Study of Redemption” Resources Now Available Online

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By , February 18, 2013 8:49 pm
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We’re pleased to announce that the introduction to the new series “Ruth: A Study of Redemption” is now available online. No passwords or fees are required. We invite you to listen in and to share this wonderful teaching with your friends.

Ruth and Naomi are in circumstances that parallel those of our own lives. They have experienced losses and disappointments and an uncertain future. We’ll see, as this story unfolds, that there is someone who cares and desires to fill our future with hope. Through God’s provision of a Redeemer (Boaz for them, Jesus for us), an amazing transformation takes place. The same God who proved Himself on their behalf will do the same for you and me today.

The weekly message and handouts will upload on Wednesday afternoons and can be accessed 24/7 at www.divinedesigndiscipleship.com under our Resources tab. Please join us at a day and time that is convenient for you as we embark on this journey of knowing God as our Redeemer.

Blessings!

Your friends at Divine Design

Ruth: A Study Of Redemption 02/13/13

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By , February 13, 2013 8:51 pm
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We kicked off our second semester with a brand new series – “Ruth: A Study of Redemption” – taught by Kathy. We looked at the circumstances of loss Naomi and her daughters-in-law were facing. Kathy shared a personal example that involved a great loss suffered by another class member, and how God redeems our losses and turns curses into blessings.

On the Move

By , February 11, 2013 4:08 pm
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You are God’s building…Surely you know that you are God’s temple

and that God’s Spirit lives in you!

 1 Corinthians  3:9, 16 GNT

 

The master craftsman works, painstakingly fitting the pieces together. Having carefully chosen his tools, he wields them with skillful hands. His progress is sometimes obvious, but, more often, frustratingly slow.

God is building His church, reshaping our lives into what He originally intended. He designed us to experience perfect love and security. But life in this fallen world has taught us that it isn’t safe to trust. Or, as my friend Missy would say, “our ‘trusters’ got broken.” Our trusters need to be rebuilt and the tools God often uses are the things that we hold dear—our children, our health, or our homes.

In Missy’s case, the tediously long process of selling her house was God’s tool of choice. She and her husband Mike have prayed and waited to see God move for two long years. Read her account of what happened and how her truster grew stronger in the process:

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About 2 years ago I put my house up for sale. We prayed about it and faithfully put it on the market. We had lots of viewers but we also had lots of rejection (lots and lots). You know me–I don’t take rejection very well–and was quite upset when we took the For Sale sign down. I didn’t understand why God wanted me to stay here and allow Tristan to drive so far away to school (that was one of our reasons for selling).

Mike and I had been planning to put it on the market again in the near future. One day in October, a realtor knocked on our door out of the blue and asked if he could sell our house.  Well, I told Mike I felt like this was God and he agreed.  Long story short, we met with the realtor at the end of November and listed our house in the most hectic time of year.

I just wanted you to know the spirit of peace that has been upon me and Mike has been amazing.  God had plans for me and my truster!!!!! He wanted to show me that His timing is perfect and that His plans are better and that He can be trusted with ALL of the details.   He was in a mood to “show off”!  God brought 2 buyers. Not 1 but 2.  And if that wasn’t enough, they got in a bidding battle over my home. AND not only did that happen but the details of it all are simply a miracle in itself. The couple that is buying our home is paying cash for more than the asking price, not using an appraisal, paying the closing, buying their own warranty, and accepting the house as is. Now that is showing off!

I know that I have already had a breakthrough. But I am not finished.  Mike and I have decided to build a house in Ross Bridge and we are at peace for the first time ever about where we are going to live and how much the house is going to cost and where our kids are going to school.  WOW.  I want more of that peace.

Needless to say, it has been a busy but blessed Holiday around the Widra home and I just wanted to share my breakthrough.

Blessed beyond my belief,

Missy

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Missy Widra was a young mom, her son just a toddler, when she first came to Divine Design. Her biggest struggle was trusting God. Her son Tristan is now a high school junior. It has been such a joy to watch Tristan and his mom grow!  Time and time again over the years Missy has chosen to trust God, even when circumstances would tell her otherwise. I’m thrilled to tell you that she and her family moved just last weekend. There is no doubt that God is trustworthy and He is on the move!

 

Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you.

2 Peter 3:8-9 MSG

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