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LIVING HOPE- Hoping against Hope: 09/26/17

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By , September 26, 2017 5:03 pm
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We began our second lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  I Have a Hope by Tommy Walker, Solid Rock by Austin Stone and King of My Heart by Bethel.

Kathy continued the study with an examination of Abraham, our biblical example of faith and Living Hope.

Tramp For The Lord

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By , November 8, 2013 7:33 pm
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 This week in class we talked about how to “number our days aright so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Ps 90:12) Living within the parallel boundaries of faith and love is one of the biblical strategies we discussed. This article is based on that principle (previously posted on April 22). Be sure to listen in to the Times of Refreshing series for more on this topic. It can be accessed under the resources tab of this website.

 

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Proverbs 3:6 MSG

 

Something stirs inside me when I hear the sound of trains passing early in the morning and late at night. It brings to mind images of migrant workers in the Great Depression. I imagine them, having exhausted the resources of a place—day jobs and handouts—hopping on board, this their act of faith. They move out, believing there is something more waiting for them at the next stop.

 

Our lives as believers are not so different. We hear the call of Jesus, “Follow Me,” and onward we go. Jesus, who had no place to lay His head, certainly modeled this lifestyle for us. Early in the morning, He got His marching orders for the day and then set out to follow His instructions. Abraham, who we might say is faith personified, followed God to a place he didn’t know.

 

Do you ever feel like the life you live is little, that it can’t amount to much? How can it with so much earthly baggage to tote? It often seems that I am more like a drifter than a soldier of God. When I am in that place, I find solace in the journey of Paul. I think of him as a bit of a tramp, his tent-making supplies gathered into a knapsack and the Gospel burning in his heart. He meandered, it would seem, across Asia into Europe sewing and preaching and sowing. But he went as the Spirit bid him (see Acts 16) even when led into trouble and prison.

 

It’s not that surprising that a tramp would have a firsthand acquaintance with a jail cell. One of my spiritual role models is Corrie Ten Boom, and she did time in Auschwitz. In her story of enduring faith, she testifies, “no pit is so deep that the love of God is not deeper still.”  And, though her account about living victoriously in a prison camp is miraculous, it is her later writings that mean the most to me.  In “Tramp for the Lord,” she chronicles her life after prison, in the daily trenches of decision-making and doubt and relationships.  Corrie demonstrates, as did Paul, the powerful lifestyle of getting on board with the Lord, pressing on to know Him and His upward call.

 

Citing Galatians 5:6, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love,” my friend and teacher John Riddle explains how we can live this way. We follow Jesus on the parallel tracks of faith and love. I can have faith that wherever God leads me holds the best of all possibilities because His love for me is perfect.

 

Join me in asking God to help you live like this: Lord, I covet the joy of watching You move and the faith to simply follow. Transform my thoughts and conform my will so that I can more readily get on track with You. Wherever You lead me, God, that is where I want to be. Make me into a Tramp for You, Lord!

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All Those Other Voices, 10/08/13

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By , October 9, 2013 9:42 am
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We entered the courts of the Lord with 1) You Are My All In All by Dennis Jernigan and Natalie Grant, 2) Man of Sorrows by Hillsong, and 3) Here’s My Heart by David Crowder.

We discussed the different voices that we hear such as FEAR and FLESH, and were encouraged knowing that we have the CHOICE to enter the secret place of God’s presence so that the VOICE OF TRUTH becomes the loudest voice we hear.

The Promise and the Process, 09/24/13

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By , September 25, 2013 11:06 am
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Yesterday we exercised our faith muscles, just like our ancestor Abraham (Rom. 4:20), as we praised to 1) Come Thou Fount by David Crowder  2) The Lord Our God by Passion and 3) Help My Unbelief by Red Mountain Church.

 

We then examined Hebrews 4 looking at the PROMISE of God’s rest, the PROVISION of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit, and the PROCESS.

The Big Picture, 09/17/13

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By , September 18, 2013 8:49 pm
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We kicked off our year in praise with 1) Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy, by Beth Moore  2) The Lord Our God by Passion and  3) Healing Rain/Let It Rain by Jacque Deshetler. Unfortunately, due to broken equipment, we do not have a recording this week. Kathy began our journey of refreshment by addressing some reasons we struggle with unbelief, and how the mind is the gateway of belief. She drew our familiar circle diagram with the outer circle being the body, the middle circle representing the soul (mind/will/emotions) and the inner circle being our spirit. She went further to identify the spirit as the place where our RECEIVER is and how lies(that reside in our minds) block us from receiving the truth in our inmost being. Acts 3:19 tells us to “Repent, therefore, that times of refreshing may come…” Repent means to change our mind for the better. In other words, to re-think from God’s perspective. As we receive God’s truth in our inmost being, rivers of living water flow and the fruits of the Spirit grow.

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**If you were at study on Tuesday and picked up our playlists for this year, please note that the website hosting the playlists is currently down. You can, however, go directly to iTunes and look the songs up and purchase them that way.

Week 4: Doorway to Deeper Worship – Kathy Girardeau

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By , June 28, 2013 10:30 pm
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We finished our series on Drawing Nearer To The Heart Of God this week with Kathy leading us through the end of Revelation 3 and the beginning of Revelation 4, tying all 4 weeks together. Debby opened praise with Psalm 148 and we watched an amazing video to go with it which you can view here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWKm-LZWm4.

Note: There is periodic static on the first half of this recording that we were unable to remove without deleting important parts of the teaching. We have chosen to make the complete recording available to you, even though it is not up to our usual standards, so that you may have the full benefit of all the teaching.

Making Praise Personal, Part 2 – Kathy Girardeau

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By , June 20, 2013 9:04 pm
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This week Kathy Girardeau shared some of her own personal praise journey, using James 1 as a backdrop for tapping into the promises of God in times of trial.

Tramp For The Lord

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By , April 22, 2013 1:44 pm
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Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Proverbs 3:6 MSG

 

Something stirs inside me when I hear the sound of trains passing early in the morning and late at night. It brings to mind images of migrant workers in the Great Depression. I imagine them, having exhausted the resources of a place—day jobs and handouts—hopping on board, this their act of faith. They move out, believing there is something more waiting for them at the next stop.

 

Our lives as believers are not so different. We hear the call of Jesus, “Follow Me,” and onward we go. Jesus, who had no place to lay His head, certainly modeled this lifestyle for us. Early in the morning, He got His marching orders for the day and then set out to follow His instructions. Abraham, who we might say is faith personified, followed God to a place he didn’t know.

 

Do you ever feel like the life you live is little, that it can’t amount to much? How can it with so much earthly baggage to tote? It often seems that I am more like a drifter than a soldier of God. When I am in that place, I find solace in the journey of Paul. I think of him as a bit of a tramp, his tent-making supplies gathered into a knapsack and the Gospel burning in his heart. He meandered, it would seem, across Asia into Europe sewing and preaching and sowing. But he went as the Spirit bid him (see Acts 16) even when led into trouble and prison.

 

It’s not that surprising that a tramp would have a firsthand acquaintance with a jail cell. One of my spiritual role models is Corrie Ten Boom, and she did time in Auschwitz. In her story of enduring faith, she testifies, “no pit is so deep that the love of God is not deeper still.”  And, though her account about living victoriously in a prison camp is miraculous, it is her later writings that mean the most to me.  In “Tramp for the Lord,” she chronicles her life after prison, in the daily trenches of decision-making and doubt and relationships.  Corrie demonstrates, as did Paul, the powerful lifestyle of getting on board with the Lord, pressing on to know Him and His upward call.

 

Citing Galatians 5:6, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love,” my friend and teacher John Riddle explains how we can live this way. We follow Jesus on the parallel tracks of faith and love. I can have faith that wherever God leads me holds the best of all possibilities because His love for me is perfect.

 

Join me in asking God to help you live like this: Lord, I covet the joy of watching You move and the faith to simply follow. Transform my thoughts and conform my will so that I can more readily get on track with You. Wherever You lead me, God, that is where I want to be. Make me into a Tramp for You, Lord!

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Ruth: A Study of Redemption, Week 8 – 04/16/13

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By , April 17, 2013 8:06 pm
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We wrapped up our study of Ruth this week as we examined chapter 4.

Trumpet Call – 03/12/13

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By , March 13, 2013 4:12 pm
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Today Dana shared two stories from her own life where God called her to a painful place she had not known. She walked us through how she chose to stay in relationship with God and others and how it resulted in stronger faith and knowing God in a new way. She then presented some exercises and questions to help us look at our own challenging circumstances to identify the work God might be doing in our lives.

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