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GOD’S NAMES: A Portrait of His Heart – Christ, The Liberating King – 03/15/16

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By , March 16, 2016 2:25 pm
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We sang Counting On God by New Life Worship, Every Good Gift by ONE – A Worship Collective and Rock of Ages by Chris Rice in praise and worship this morning.

Kathy began a new name of God- Christ, The Liberating King!  She explored what the name Christ means, and the concepts of the Open Door (Rev 4:1-2) and Table Set for us (Rev 12:10) provide a new perspective in our relationship with Him.

GOD’S NAMES: A Portrait of His Heart – God of All Comfort – 1/26/16

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By , January 27, 2016 8:55 am
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We began our spring semester with praise and worship singing:  Prepare the Way by Millieum Worship, Anchor of Hope by Ellie Holcomb and In Christ Alone with The Solid Rock by Travis Cottrell.

Kathy introduced us to a new name of our heavenly Father, the God of All Comfort.  Through the example of Paul and his second letter to the Corinthians she lead us through the ideas that there is purpose in our pain and how we can receive God’s power and comfort through our weakness.

A New Song

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By , July 7, 2013 10:10 pm
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He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.

 Psalm 40:3 NLT

 

I first discovered the power of praise as a desperate, fruitless Christian in the early 90’s. My life was practically devoid of love, joy, and peace. I was willing to try just about anything to find the abundant life that I knew Jesus had promised. So when the opportunity came along to go away for a weekend of prayer and praise, I decided to give it a try.
 
My only acquaintance with singing to God had been on Sunday mornings with the Baptist Hymnal or joining choruses of “Pass It On” around a campfire. But on that fateful weekend, I spent a big portion of those days singing praises to the Lord. It is no exaggeration to say that I was changed forever and so was the way I relate to the Lord.
 
That time of praise was so potent that I came home and immediately invested in the tools to make praise a lifestyle. I was a stay-at-home mom whose husband had an unpredictable income, yet I raided my stash of savings to start a music collection and get a 6-disc CD player installed in my car. (They weren’t standard in those days.) My kids and I ran errands to the sounds of Don Moen, Darlene Zschech and Judy Jacobs, singing along as we went.
 
I found that my praises silenced the chorus of condemnation that had been playing in my head for years. Only later did I find the Scripture that says just that: “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2 NIV)  Whenever we sing of God’s mercy, the barrage of accusation is drowned out by the truth of God’s grace.
 
Rehearsing the truth in song became a source of joy in my life. When I found a song lyric that ministered to me, I’d search for verses to support it. If there was a principle that I sought to integrate into my life, I would create a playlist of spiritual songs on that topic. Somehow singing the concepts helped them burrow deeper into my soul—I literally sang them into my life.
 
Today I have collected over 4000 praise and worship songs. So many of those songs represent significant moments in my journey with the Lord. “Rejoice Africa” will forever take me back to the sweet presence of God’s Spirit impacting a boys’ soccer tournament. In the days when my father lay dying in ICU, “Made Me Glad” was my lifeline. “You Have Been So Good To Me” represents a turning point in my understanding of God’s character, the day I became fully convinced that His perfect love surrounds me and everything that concerns me.
 
It is my hope that you, too, will discover the powerful blessing of praising the Lord. To that end, I have compiled a list of songs and albums that have been meaningful to me and to the members of Divine Design’s Servant Team. I pray that you will soon be able to say that God has put a new song in your heart!
 
Favorite Artists:

Tommy Walker
Travis Cottrell
Klaus Kuehn
Gateway Worship
Paul Baloche
Michael W. Smith
Chris Tomlin

 

Favorite CDs:

“Revealing Jesus” by Darlene Zschech
“White Flag” by Passion
“Counting On God” by New Life Worship
“Alive Forever” by Travis Cottrell
“Revival At Brownsville” by Lindell Cooley
“Cover The Earth: Lakewood Live” by Various Artists
“WOW Hymns” by Various Artists
“Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern” by Various Artists
“Greatest Hymns” by Selah
 

Favorite Songs:
 
From Sissy:
“Whom Shall I Fear ” by Chris Tomlin
 
From Dana:
“The Stand” by Hillsongs
“Reign In Us” by Starfield
“Great I Am” by New Life Worship
“Hello, My Name Is” by Matthew West
“I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin
“Stronger” by Hillsongs
“Hallelujah We Will Sing” by Tommy Walker
“One Thing Remains” by Passion
 
From Martha:
“Just As I Am” by Travis Cottrell
“Jesus Paid It All” by Kristian Stanfill
“All My Fountains” by Travis Cottrell
“Who Am I” by Casting Crowns
“Voice Of Truth” by Casting Crowns
“Deep Cries Out” by Bethel Church Live
“A New Hallelujah” by Chris Tomlin
 
From Phyllis:
“Blessings” by Laura Story
“Holding On” by Jamie Grace
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
“Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go” by Indelible Grace Music
“The Power Of The Cross” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
“We Win” by Dennis Jernigan
“You Are My All In All” by Dennis Jernigan
 
From Donna:
“Never Once” by Matt Redman
“Broken Hallelujah” by Mandisa
“In Christ Alone (with the Solid Rock)” by Travis Cottrell
“How Great Thou Art” by Chris Rice
“How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood
“I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin
“The Struggle” by Tenth Ave North
“By His Wounds” by Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall, and Stephen Curtis Chapman
 
From Debbie:
“Abba Father” by Klaus Kuehn
“Awakening” by Chris Tomlin
“Love Like Fire” by Hillsong Live
“Roar From Zion” Klaus Kuehn
“Whisper His Name” by Deluge
“Be Thou My Vision” by 4Him
“Counting on God by New Life Worship
“Standing” by William McDowell
“God Of The Impossible” by Sarah Reeves

 

Belief Statement

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By , September 15, 2010 7:01 pm
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The Bible—All scripture is God’s holy and infallible Word, the very definition of truth. (2 Tim 3:16, Is 55:11, Jn 17:17) “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb 4:12 NIV)

The Trinity—There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Mt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14)

Jesus Christ—Jesus Christ, the eternally existent Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and was resurrected in order to atone for the sins of those who trust in Him alone for salvation. (Mt 1:16, Heb 4:15, Jn 20:25-29, 2 Cor 5:21)

The Holy Spirit—Every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation, providing the guidance and power to follow Jesus. (Eph 1:13, Jn 16:13-14, Rom 8:11)

Salvation—Without Christ, we are spiritually dead and separated from God. By His grace, God forgives the sins of those who believe in Christ alone for salvation, making them forever children of God. (Eph 2:1, Is 59:2, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8-9, Jn 1:12)

Faith—The call of every Christian is to live by faith. It pleases God when we take Him at His word and rest in His character. (Rom 1:17, Heb 11:6) Jesus told His disciples, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (Jn 6:29)

In the Beginning

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By , September 14, 2010 9:37 pm
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I often marvel at the power and creativity of God when I consider how I arrived at becoming a Bible teacher and leader of a discipleship ministry. After all, I was the woman who had vowed, “I’ll do anything but teach” when my father urged me to use my gifts in a classroom just as 7 of his siblings had. Instead, I pursued a degree in pharmacy and a career in pharmaceutical sales. All along, however, I was aware that God had planted a deep love for His Word in my heart and an intense longing to do something of lasting significance. I assumed that marrying and having children would quell these rumblings, but realizing these dreams only made the desire for eternal things more intense. After a yearlong wrestling match with God, I finally agreed to leave the workforce and become a full-time mom. Almost immediately, the Lord began to present me with opportunities to work for His Kingdom. To my great surprise, not only did I participate, but I actually enjoyed ministry!

I’ll never forget the day that the direction of my life was forever changed. I heard Psalm 119:65 explained for the first time. Its basic meaning is that I can expect God keep His promises and interact with me according to what He says in the Bible. Suddenly, I saw my relationship with Him in a new light that was shockingly simple. I am free to approach God (in fact I am invited to do so!) asking Him to make His Word my personal experience. All my years of acquiring Bible knowledge were about to culminate in what Jesus modeled for us—a lifestyle of discipleship. To say that I was excited is an understatement! I furiously began applying all the principles and promises of Scripture and found, to my great delight, that God is completely faithful to fulfill His Word. This discovery was too great to keep to myself. I soon had 3 other women meeting around my dining room table seeking to apply the Word of God to the issues of their lives as well. As I have continued this pursuit over the years, the Lord has not only grown me spiritually, but has called other women to join me in the journey. The ministry of Divine Design Discipleship has become a community in which many women of faith have learned to know God and experience life according to His design.

This website is offered so that you might take advantage of the testimonies, tools and techniques that have proven helpful in my journey. I pray that God will bless you as you explore them.

I Asked for Life

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By , September 12, 2010 3:31 pm
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“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.” ~ Galatians 5:22-24 TM

Recently, the lyrics to the song “I Asked For Life” by Kim Walker really got my attention. “I asked You for life, and You sent Your son to die for me. I asked You for hope, You came in the night and gave me a dream. I asked you for freedom; You broke every chain and gave me the keys.” I thought the answers to the requests made in this song were rather unexpected. We ask for life, we expect life. We ask for hope, we expect for God to give us hope, etc. Oftentimes we miss the answer God is giving us because it doesn’t come in a package we expect. What can we expect? Well, we can expect what 1 Jn. 5:14-15 tells us “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” So, if we ask God to breathe life into a dead place, we can know that God WILL do it, but it most likely won’t be an instant impartation. Most likely we will receive it as we walk through the circumstances God has prepared for us. Satan would use this time to tell us that God isn’t listening, that He doesn’t care, that we don’t deserve it, that we “missed” it somehow. Rather than giving in to Satan or to our flesh, we must choose to stand on the promises of God and EXPECT His answers. When we don’t see God at work, rather than questioning Him we declare what is true of God and question our own responses to that truth. God’s answer to the request for life was death. To give us life, He gave His Son over to death. Often He gives the same gift as we ask for life in the dead places of our heart and life…He calls for death – death to self, death to our own agenda, death to our own way, etc. We must die so that we can truly live. Death hurts, but the abundant life that comes in its place is of greater worth than anything we would seek to hold on to.

I am an Insider

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By , September 12, 2010 3:27 pm
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“Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in –insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin.” ~ Colossians 2:11 Msg

Lately the Lord has been showing me that my tendency to control my loved ones is rooted in a desire to help them fit in with the world. I have bought the lie that they must blend in to be accepted. Though I thought I was protecting my people, God has recently shown me that what I am really trying to protect is my own fit with the world and my own image with others. None of us want to be rejected; we have a deep longing for love and acceptance. However, what we often fail to remember is that true love and acceptance is found in God alone. If I live my life following the patterns of this world – what is socially acceptable, or in fashion – I am doing what God tells me not to do. God tells me not to conform, but to be transformed. When everything in my flesh screams, “Blend in”, He says, “Be Separate!” This earth is not my home, so why do I keep trying to make myself fit so comfortably here? God calls me to find my sense of belonging in Him alone. He tells me I am an insider, one who belongs to Him, because of what Christ has done for me. I don’t have to go through the secret initiation rite. I don’t have to find references, write a resume, keep a list of laws, or impress the right people. I am already in!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for trying to find my sense of belonging in people. Help me to embrace the fact that I am your precious child and that I belong to you. Help me then to see my loved ones as yours as well, and keep me from trying to mold them to the image of the world. AMEN…so be it!

Not the Fixer … Be OK with Being Quiet

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By , September 12, 2010 3:26 pm
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1 Corinthians 2:1-5 TM — You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who He is; then Jesus and what He did—Jesus crucified. I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

This one thing I want to put into practice as a wife, mother, friend, discipler, etc… It is not my responsibility to have all the right answers or solutions to every problem. I am not the fixer! When someone I am called to, comes to me for help, I need to LISTEN… then I need to take a HOLY PAUSE and give Jesus a chance to step in. Sometimes He will give me something to say. Sometimes He will have me say NOTHING, but just listen or give a hug. I am not the problem solver. HE IS!! I need to be okay with being quiet sometimes. It is not up to me to have all the answers.

Pray: Dear Lord, please forgive me for the times when I take on Your job of being the fixer. Forgive me for taking pride in getting it right or having the answers. I do a disservice to those I love when I ask them to settle for my limited knowledge and understanding rather than seeking the highest and best that can only come from You. Help me wait on You and TRUST that You love better than I ever could. Help me remember that Your ways are higher than my ways and that Your ways are ALWAYS right.

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