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THINK AGAIN-Cultivating the Mind of Christ; Inner Healing Prayer: 04/11/17

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By , April 12, 2017 11:11 am
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We had a special teaching from Martha Bailey on how to do inner healing prayer.  She shared personal testimony and examples of how to process alone with Jesus and the model of praying with two other people.

How Relationships Work: Love/Hate Relationships – 10/14/14

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By , October 14, 2014 10:07 pm
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This morning we sang “Man of Sorrows” by Hillsong Live and “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. Kathy reminded us that choosing the fruits of the Spirit is NOT about performance. We are choosing to STOP and CONNECT with the Lord, asking Him what He wants to produce in us in that moment. Remember – CONNECTION, CONNECTION, CONNECTION. All of these lessons are in the context of RELATIONSHIP.

We continued to learn how relationships work by examining FORGIVING LOVE and how sometimes we need to “forgive” God…not that God ever needs to be forgiven; He is perfect. Sometimes we FEEL offended, we FEEL disappointed, we FEEL hurt and we need to reconcile those feelings by extending forgiveness and reconnecting with the lover of our souls.

Rethinking Time: Part 3, 11/05/13

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By , November 7, 2013 8:07 am
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* Focus on the Tool and Technique: Timeline this week for homework. We will begin this work now, and begin discussing it next week, but will continue it through the holidays. There is an alternate page called “TimelineSquares” (print several) that you can use if you don’t want to use the poster board/post it notes. There are many ways to do it, the point is to get with the Lord and ask Him what is on His heart for you and your timeline. Please contact Kathy or your group leader if you have any questions.

This week we had technical difficulties during praise and so we sang the Doxology accapella:).

We continued to look at God’s view of time as EDUCATIONAL, EXCLUSIVE(LY) HIS, and ETERNAL.

Confirm Confirm Confirm

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By , October 15, 2012 9:42 pm
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Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30

 
It was a time when answering machines and landlines were the main means of communication for most people. Texting was nonexistent. Cell phone numbers were closely guarded to avoid racking up charges for excess minutes. It was also the time when I was investigating what the Bible had to say about what I could expect from God when I needed answers.
 
As I searched the Scriptures I found both Old and New Testaments filled with accounts of God’s supernatural guidance to those who asked. It was clearly the norm to be led by God’s Spirit. Being a list maker, I began to catalogue a growing number of promises to today’s reader. The evidence was overwhelming that God will instruct and teach His people. As we acknowledge Him, He will direct our paths.
 
Eager to experience this for myself, I started with what I considered to be the “big stuff.” As I faced decisions that involved a significant investment of time or money, I asked God for the wisdom He promises in James 1:5. Praying for specific answers taught me the patience I lacked as I waited on His tailor made solutions. To my delight, God faithfully delivered the wisdom I needed on time every time.
 
If God would come through for me in weightier matters, maybe I should ask Him about the details of my day. After all, Jesus said that I am so important to Him that He numbers the very hairs on my head. As a woman with a thick head of hair, I’ve always loved that thought! In my mind’s eye I can see a gigantic tally in heaven with my name on it. Every time I shampoo or style my hair, the number changes to reflect my current hair count.
 
Armed with this Scripture and God’s record of answered prayer, I approached Him boldly. I had a conflict on my schedule that included a hair appointment. “Lord,” I prayed, “I really don’t want to cancel that hair appointment. But, more than that, I want to know what You think best. Will You confirm if it is okay to keep it or not?” With that, I left the house for my morning running date and a quick trip to the grocery store.
 
As I was unloading my groceries, I noticed the blinking light on my answering machine indicating three new messages. Reaching for pen and pad, I heard the words, “This is Rhonda from Oak Street Hair Group, calling to confirm your appointment.” “Oh no, not that,” I thought. I still needed God to show me what to do. Message number two interrupted my thoughts: “This is Rhonda from Oak Street Hair Group, calling to confirm your appointment.” “Didn’t she already say that?” I wondered, a bit distracted. The third message got my attention: “This is Rhonda with Oak Street Hair Group, calling to confirm your appointment.”
 
I was astonished and exhilarated as I realized that the God of the universe had answered my prayer for confirmation! About a hair appointment. I began dancing around my kitchen, laughing and shouting, “God, You are so amazing! You are awesome! You are so funny!” Wouldn’t you love to know what God did to get Rhonda to call me three times in a row?
 
I saved those messages for the longest time, playing them for anyone who would take time to listen. Some reasoned them away as coincidence, but not me. This very personal encounter with the living God emboldened me to ask all the more. And the more I asked, the more He answered, confirming His answers when necessary. I am forever convinced that my heavenly Father answers my prayers so that I may know how much He cares about even my tiniest concerns.
 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7

 
[For a list of supporting Scriptures, see the handout “Listening to God.” Find it in the posting entitled “Beholding Jesus: He Calls Me To Come & Follow – 10/09/12” on the Resources tab of this website.]

Fundamentals of Victory – Part 2 10-05-10

By , October 6, 2010 1:23 pm
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Today we looked at more fundamentals of victory. Simply put, we are to PRAY, WAIT, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, and LEAVE THE RESULTS TO GOD. Again we looked at the life of Paul in Acts and in Philippians and how he followed this pattern. We are instructed, as good soldiers of Christ, to (1) Pray: bring everything to God in prayer, (2) Wait in faith and expectation for supplies and instruction, (3) Follow Instructions, knowing that we might only have light to see our next right thing, and (4) Leave the Results to God, resting in His character and promises rather than in our own reasoning.  We were encouraged by the truth that waiting does not mean just sitting around doing nothing. Waiting is an active verb and means to LOOK EAGERLY FOR, to HOPE, to EXPECT. Our prayer and promise this week is found in Phil. 4:7 Amp – “And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Enjoy the Moment

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By , September 12, 2010 3:41 pm
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It is a beautiful sunny morning with promises of perfect temperatures. My plans are set for a packed Saturday…a run with a new friend, helping plant flowers, relaxing by the pool, and dinner with a treasured friend. I’m already looking ahead. But right now I am reminded to be still and enjoy Your beauty. I’m relaxing outside while the air still smells new and untouched. The birds are slowly waking up and chirping each other’s wake up call and, as it rises, the sun warms the side of my face. Ellie is content curled up at my feet while Lilly busies herself with a ball. The trees, grass, and flowers have all exploded in beauty. New and fresh. After an afternoon of being filled with teenagers, water guns, dogs, and one happy little girl, the pool is back to being peaceful and still. I wish I could bottle this up. I wish I could sit here forever, but…time moves on. In a few moments it won’t be as peaceful- lawnmowers will start humming, drowning out the chirps of the birds. The sun will rise higher so that I’ll have to squint. The warmth of the sun will intensify and steal the “new morning” smell from the air, and the dogs will become restless as squirrels scamper across the yard.

Help me to stop. Remind me to enjoy the time that You give me. Each moment, each creature, and each relationship is a gift from You. Please don’t let me miss little blessings from You in the “right now” because I am so often fixated on the “what’s next” or “what ifs.” Remind me to sit. To be still. To “enjoy the moment.” Thank You for how You lavishly pour out Your love on me through Your presence, through Your creation, and through relationships. Give me eyes to see each blessing-big or small-and each undeserved gift that You shower on me. Help me to honor You as I receive them.

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

Tools & Techniques

By , September 12, 2010 3:37 pm
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Spiritual Blessings — No matter what issue you are facing, the spiritual blessings that are
stored up for you in Christ Jesus can be your experience by faith. (PDF)

Appreciation —“Giving thanks in all things” is one of the more challenging and overlooked exhortations in Scripture. It is also one of the most powerful tools for overcoming attitudes of anxiety, discouragement, self-pity, and entitlement. This resource will yield the greatest benefit if you will commit to continue giving thanks for your issue until you can do so with a heart of acceptance and surrender. (PDF)

Adoration —This comprehensive resource is designed to give you an overview of what the Bible teaches about praise and worship. It will help you get in touch with your own belief system about this important topic and provide you with ideas for growth as you seek to go deeper in your relationship with God. (PDF)

Articulation —This resource is designed to give you strategies for reinforcing biblical truths with the words you speak. (PDF)

Listening to God —The Bible is God’s primary form of communication with His children. As you meditate on its truths, the Holy Spirit will personally apply it to your heart. This tool will help you sharpen your spiritual hearing and test what you have heard against the principles of Scripture. Use it to enrich your personal times with God and to gain clarity when seeking Him in prayer. (PDF)

Elevation —Better known as “I Feel But God Says,” this is undoubtedly the favorite and probably the most frequently needed tool in your spiritual toolbox. It is very useful whenever your emotions are keeping you from benefiting from the truth that sets you free. By encouraging you to honestly bring your feelings before God, you can receive reassurance that He knows and cares. By bringing God’s Word into your situation, it enables you to gain an eternal perspective.(PDF)

Education and Appropriation —This resource provides assistance with two fundamental elements of the life of discipleship: 1) developing Biblical thinking as you learn what Scripture has to say about various topics, and 2) making personal application of these truths by praying them into your life.(PDF)

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