TIMES OF REFRESHING WORKSHOP

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By , March 30, 2014 10:48 pm
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Hi Everyone!
 
Just a quick reminder about our workshop on Tuesday, April 1st. Really no preparation is necessary other than coming with an open heart and mind. The worksheet from March 18th, “Re-Thinking Work, Part 4,” does provide a good way to review the concepts we’ve been studying. It may be helpful in bringing to mind questions you’d like to ask or testimonies you want to share. Please don’t feel the need to fill in all those blanks—just come and, no doubt, you will be blessed!
 
Let’s ask God to use this time to help us re-think rest, work, and time and how to access the Times of Refreshing that He has promised to all His children.
 
Looking forward to our time together!
 
Love to you all,
Kathy

No class tomorrow!

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By , March 24, 2014 12:00 pm
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Hi all! This is just to remind you that we will not be meeting tomorrow due to Spring Break. We WILL meet April 1st for our workshop. You can print the homework from the “Re-Thinking Work, Part 4” post. We look forward to seeing you then!

Re-Thinking Work, Part 4 – 03/18/14

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By , March 19, 2014 4:27 pm
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*NOTE: We will NOT meet next week due to Spring Break but will come back together April 1.

**Also Note: There is some interference in the recording that begins at about minute 27 and lasts approximately 3 minutes.

 

Praise time was interesting as we had many technical difficulties. However, God knew what He was doing when He led Kathy to pick 2 familiar hymns for the playlist. We sang  1) Sound Of Your Voice by Third Day  2) Trust and Obey by Big Daddy Weave and 3) Blessed Assurance by Third Day.

 

We continued our Re-Thinking Work series learning more about I. The Battle, II. The Best, and III. The Test.

Re-Thinking Work, Part 3 – 03/11/14

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By , March 12, 2014 9:32 pm
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We praised to 1) Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin, 2) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil, and 3) Holy, Holy, Holy by Gateway Worship.

Kathy continued our mini-series this week discussing the topic of FEAR. Focusing on Jacob’s story in Genesis 32, we looked at I. Fear of Man, II. Fear of Lack, and III. Fear of Failure.

Take Me Higher

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By , March 10, 2014 5:37 pm
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TAKE ME HIGHER

 

From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].

Psalm 61:2 AMP

Helicopter

 I’m not a big fan of many modes of transportation. To me they are necessary evils that I tolerate for the greater gain of going someplace wonderful. The main reason I never could be persuaded to go to Hawaii until last November was the flight. Being confined on an airplane for such a long time was a major deterrent. Add to that all the boats, small planes, and helicopters involved in many of the recommended activities, and Hawaii was not even on my bucket list.

 

However, it was Bob’s turn to choose a vacation destination and Hawaii is where he really wanted to go. And now I’m so very glad that he did. What I experienced on the next to last day of our trip was reason enough to make the journey. We were on the “Big Island” of Hawaii with its wildly varying landscape. Did you know that all but two of the earth’s ecosystems are found right there on one island? Remarkable!

 

Almost everyone we knew who had visited this exotic place had insisted that we do the helicopter tour. I endured this advice all the while thinking to myself that a helicopter trip just was not going to happen. But my resolve weakened after 10 days of doing all the things that charm me most. Sweet Bob had gone along with everything that was my idea of a good time. I had lined up dinners of fresh, local ingredients prepared by widely acclaimed chefs as well as taking shopping and exercise breaks whenever my heart desired. So how could I refuse him this one thing?

 

To have any chance of enjoying this excursion, I had some work to do. There was the hurdle of the price tag–it was outrageously expensive. I just had to quit thinking how many fun souvenirs I could buy with that money. The van was to pick us up at the hotel lobby at 6:30 a.m. Really? We’re on vacation, for heaven’s sake! But my history with small vehicles and vessels was the worst obstacle. The close proximity, fumes, and motion almost always make me nauseous. Ugh. But I wanted to rise to the occasion for Bob’s sake, so I began preparing the way by trying to see it as he saw it.

 

John the Baptist prepared way for the world to know Jesus and his main message was to repent, to think again. That’s the essence of the word repent—to take another look (re-, a do-over) and see things from the highest place (-pent, as in penthouse). The beauty of this idea is that it isn’t hard to work up a change of mind or change of heart once you really see something afresh. The main requirement for repentance is to come with open heart and eyes, game that there may be a better vantage point to be gained.

 

That’s what I had to do to board that copter. I had to rethink, to change my mind for the better. I set my alarm clock determined to go with a good attitude. Although it was uncomfortable, I made the choice to take advantage of this rare opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of God’s amazing handiwork.

 

What I saw from the helicopter was stunning. I was awestruck by the greatness of God and by the limits of my human vantage point. These spectacular scenes will always serve as a reminder of how much more there is to discover about any given situation. I am motivated to think again whenever I face a daunting circumstance, knowing that there is much to be gained by seeing things from a higher place.

 

Waipo Valley

Hawaiian Farmland

Molten LavaHawaii Mountain Sunrise

Lava FieldsHawaiian Coast by Copter

Rethinking Work, Part 2 – 03/04/14

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By , March 5, 2014 11:43 am
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We praised God in song with 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil, 2) God of the Impossible by Sara Reeves, and 3) On Jordan’s Stormy Banks by Jars of Clay

 

Kathy continued our mini-series on redefining work as we looked at:  I. Work got warped (Genesis 2, 3, 17), II. the Weight of Work (Exodus 33), and III. Worship in work (Psalm 90).

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