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Re-Thinking Sabbath Rest, Part 1 – 04/15/14

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By , April 16, 2014 5:12 pm

Yesterday we worshipped by singing How Great Thou Art by Paul Baloche, The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfill, and Jesus I am Resting Resting by Tricia Brock.

Kathy began her teaching on Sabbath rest using mainly excerpts from Exodus 20 (8-11) and Deuteronomy 5 (12-15), showing us that the Sabbath is a gift to us. Obedience to the Sabbath leads to blessing and freedom. We learned that Sabbath is 1) Counter-cultural – we have bought into half-truths about why we can’t rest on Sunday. 2) Supernatural – keeping the Sabbath helps us remember that He is the Lord who makes us holy and sanctifies us. 3) an Art – keeping the Sabbath takes practice and there is no set formula.

Re-Thinking Work, Part 4 – 03/18/14

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By , March 19, 2014 4:27 pm

*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 1 – 02/25/14

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By , February 26, 2014 4:30 pm

We sang 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil  2) The Well by Casting Crowns and  3) I Stand Amazed by Chris Tomlin


We began our mini-series on re-thinking work by focusing on Deut. 10:12 and discussing what it means to (1) Fear the Lord (2) Walk in His ways (3) Love Him and (4) Be whole hearted.

Breath of Fresh Air, Part 2 – 02/04/14

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By , February 5, 2014 2:38 pm

This week we sang 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil 2) Breathe by Rebecca St. James and 3) Just As I Am by Travis Cottrell.

Kathy did a hefty review since many were absent or left early due to the snow last week. She then taught out of Psalm 50 reminding us that 1. God is always speaking, and correction is our friend 2. God sees our hearts and does not condemn 3. God doesn’t need our _____ 4. Everything belongs to and is controlled by God. She also gave examples from her own life of: 1) Open doors and 2) Old scores

Breath of Fresh Air, 01/28/14

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By , January 30, 2014 12:22 pm

*Please note, there are a few seconds of distortion near the beginning of the recording. It only lasts for a few seconds and the remainder of the recording is clear.

We kicked off our second semester in our new location with praise singing 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil 2) Breathe by Rebecca St. James and 3) Be Thou My Vision by 4Him.

How thankful we are to God for His provision in so many ways as we begin a new semester in a new room at Covenant. Kathy’s teaching on the fresh breath God offers us was so timely and REFRESHING:)!

Rethinking Time: Part 2, 10/29/13

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By , October 30, 2013 5:37 pm

We sang 1) Everlasting God by Passion 2) The Lord Our God by Passion and 3) How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin.

We continued to look at more characteristics of Kairos time. It is SLOW, SANCTIFYING, and can seem SUDDEN.

Rethinking Time: Part One, 10/22/13

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By , October 23, 2013 7:32 pm

We sang 1) Today Is The Day by Lincoln Brewster  2) The Lord Our God by Passion  3) 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman.
We examined God’s view of time: 1) It is EXPANSIVE – God sees the end from the beginning. 2) It is EXPENSIVE – He sacrificed all.  3) We should be EXPECTANT

Death, Discipline & Delight – 10/15/13

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By , October 16, 2013 1:56 pm

*This week’s recording is difficult to hear. I apologize for the inconvenience. – Dana

This week we listened to Tommy Walker’s “I Give Thanks” before singing 1) The Lord Our God by Passion and 2) Praise the Father, Praise the Son by Chris Tomlin. Due to technical difficulties we missed out on singing Blessed Be the Name by Tree63, but it is a great one!!

We looked several passages including Hebrews 12 and Isaiah 53 examining how doubt and disobedience block us from entering God’s promised rest. Kathy also reminded us that it takes discipline (a.k.a. training) to enter and maintain that rest, but that perseverance leads us to delight in the Lord. Again we heard testimony of how the practice of giving thanks in all circumstances shifts our focus to the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

All Those Other Voices, 10/08/13

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By , October 9, 2013 9:42 am

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.


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By , October 7, 2013 7:35 pm

This post is an excerpt from a recent email I received from my precious friend Debbie Brazeal. Debbie’s prayers and insights are always a source of encouragement to me. I know you will be blessed by what God revealed to her.



Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

Ephesians 4:23

I have had this deep-seated wish that sometimes, when I am with a trusted friend, they could touch my mind and read my thoughts and emotions. They could help me to make sense of it all without me having to try and explain myself! I get confused about where to even begin so many times!
I liked Star Trek growing up. I have a picture in my head of Spock touching someone’s mind and connecting as he reads all their memories and the interpretation of them.
Wednesday morning I felt really physically bad (getting a cold with fatigue). As I came to Jesus to pray, I realized I did not believe when I felt bad physically that I could receive times of refreshment! I confessed it and that is when He [showed] me that I could touch His mind and let him have all those emotions and thoughts! As I did that Spock thing, I got refreshed!!
I then opened my Bible randomly to Song of Solomon 2:9-13:  
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; he is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!  
I remember thinking that this book of the Bible no longer applied to us since we are past our youth. The Lord planted a truth in my heart! He said this is specifically for us! It is what we are becoming, His youthful bride! It is the upside down kingdom! Though our bodies are wasting away our youth is being renewed like the [eagle’s]!  
When we actually were [youths] we could not connect as deeply as we can now with Christ. He is overjoyed with our new ability to receive His love and devotion on a deeper level. He even told me we will be more youthful to Him in the next decade because our spirits are being transformed into more righteousness, which allows us to love Jesus [more deeply]!!  
Townsend and Cloud’s teaching on grief talks about the importance of recognizing [the loss of a] dream or lost reality… Through community we are given a new thing to take hold of that helps to get over our grief! He compared it to a trapeze artist…you cannot let go of the old bar till there is a new one to take hold of!  
… May we be freer to take hold of the eternal reality that Song of Solomon is for us! Jesus is crazy in love with the Jesus in us!! He is happy with how we are progressing and what we are and will become! … We are getting an UPGRADE!!!!

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV

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