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February 10-12 will be a dynamic weekend of prayer and fellowship, and you can pick a group to meet with here.
Ladies are invited to join together for Bible Study where we learn from God’s Word, from our lesson, and from one another! We have two groups that meet on Tuesdays, one in the morning and one in the evening.
Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study
Morning Ladies Bible Study will kick off their winter study of Beth Moore’s book, Entrusted, a Study of 2 Timothy (cost is $18), with brunch on January 3 at 9:45am in the Chapel. Ladies whose last name begins with M-Z, please bring a dish to share. Childcare is available. Invite a friend! For more information, please contact Sue Adams, (suebadams1116 at gmail dot com).
Tuesday Evening Ladies Bible Study
Evening Ladies Bible Study will begin their winter study of, The War Room (cost is $8), on January 10 at 7pm in the Upper Room. Based upon the movie, The War Room study uses short movie clips to illustrate session topics that include lukewarm faith, accountability, gospel, grace, spiritual warfare, and prayer. Please contact Lisa Jenkins, (lisamiljenk at gmail dot com) for more information.
For more information on our Women’s Ministry, check out our webpage!
Join our Pastor this fall in the Upper Room at 6:30pm for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study as we continue the video-based study on David Platt’s book, Counter Culture (Cost: $16), and engage in post-sermon discussions on “What Does the Bible Say About Men and Women?” Here’s a look at the schedule:
September 9 – Counter Culture – Wealth
September 16 – Post Sermon Discussion – Are Men and Women Equal in God’s Eyes?
During one of the most volatile periods of the current economic crisis—a week in which global stock markets declined by $7 trillion—Philip Yancey received a call from an editor at Time magazine. The editor’s question was simple: “How should a person pray during a crisis like this?” Here is a summary of what Yancey shared in response, as printed in Christianity Today:
The first stage is simple, an instinctive cry: ‘Help!’ For someone who faces a job cut or health crisis or watches retirement savings wither away, prayer offers a way to voice fear and anxiety. I have learned to resist the tendency to edit my prayers so that they sound sophisticated and mature. I believe God wants us to come exactly as we are, no matter how childlike we may feel. A God aware of every sparrow that falls surely knows the impact of scary financial times on frail human beings.
If I pray with the intent to listen as well as talk, I can enter into a second stage, that of meditation and reflection. ‘Okay, my life savings has virtually disappeared. What can I learn from this seeming catastrophe?’ A time of crisis presents a good opportunity to identify the foundation on which I construct my life. If I place my ultimate trust in financial security or in the government’s ability to solve my problems, I will surely watch the basement flood and the walls crumble.
A friend from Chicago, Bill Leslie, used to say that the Bible asks three main questions about money: (1) How did you get it? (Legally and justly or exploitatively?); (2) What are you doing with it? (Indulging in luxuries or helping the needy?); and (3) What is it doing to you? Some of Jesus’ most trenchant parables and sayings go straight to the heart of that last question.
The same week that global wealth shrank by $7 trillion, Zimbabwe’s inflation rate hit a record 231 million percent. In other words, if you had saved $1 million Zimbabwean dollars by Monday, on Tuesday it was worth $158. This sobering fact leads me to the third and most difficult stage of prayer in crisis: I need God’s help in taking my eyes off my own problems in order to look with compassion on the truly desperate. What a testimony it would be if, in 2009, Christians resolved to increase their giving to build houses for the poor, combat AIDS in Africa, and announce kingdom values to a decadent, celebrity-driven culture. Such a response defies all logic and common sense — unless, of course, we take seriously the moral of Jesus’ simple tale about building houses on a sure foundation.
How would you respond to Yancey’s last question? During this time of financial insecurity what is your money doing to you? Is it causing you to fear such that you have focused on self, forgotten God’s promises, and reduced your tithes and offerings to kingdom causes?
In Malachi 3:10 God says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
Keep the SON in your eyes!