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As we studied 1st & 2nd Peter, one thing was impressed on me… We need to know our Bibles. To not just hear the Word preached to us, but to intimately know what God is saying through our own personal knowledge.

There is a hunger that is growing deep within the hearts of women. A hunger to read and to study, a hunger to search out Truth, a hunger to spend time alone with God each day.

Let me share some of my experiences with you…

I started facilitating for Love God Greatly shortly after the birth of my fourth baby. I was hungry for time with God, and yet with three young children and a baby, it was almost impossible to participate in any Bible study. Sunday mornings were difficult enough just getting to church, where my husband pastors. I’d spend the service trying to keep them quiet and relatively well behaved, then come home to read my husband’s sermon because I’d missed most of it in the service.

I needed more, but I knew that I couldn’t do it on my own – life often gets in the way of our true needs. I needed the accountability that comes with not just participating, but facilitating the group – that way, I couldn’t take a day off when things were busy, because I knew women would be counting on me. I could do my study while nursing a baby at 2:00 am, or involve my children as their evening devotions. Not doing it was no longer an option.

It was a commitment, and one that I am so grateful that God led me to. I started with a small, faithful group of friends – some of whom still study with me! My groups have grown in number, as has my family – I’m currently expecting our sixth baby in August! And I still rely on my groups… Yes, I am their facilitator. But really? My group members have become dear friends, truly sisters in Christ. Their study has enriched mine, drawing me closer to Jesus. When I’m having a difficult day, I am free to share my heart with them. When they struggle, we all support each other in prayer. When someone celebrates, we all celebrate!

Is it easy? No. But it’s so incredibly worthwhile!

If you have never facilitated a Love God Greatly study, but feel that God is prompting you to facilitate our upcoming study of Psalm 119, you are welcome to apply for our New Facilitator Training.

This one week course will teach you all the basics you need to know to facilitate a group. How to find the facilitator resources and set up your group, how to SOAP, how to post, and where to find help. It’s designed for women who have never facilitated a study with us before. This training will need approximately an hour of your time each day, at the time of day that suits you best.

Please know there are a limited number of spots available in this training course which is intended for women who already have a group of friends to lead this summer. If you would like to be a facilitator for our summer session and participate in our upcoming training, invite some of your friends to study with you, then apply! 

Course Dates:

May 25th to May 29th ~ Application deadline: Wednesday, May 20th

June 1st to June 5th ~ Application deadline: Sunday, May 24th

To apply, please fill out this form. Please know, due to the number of applications, we will not be able to acknowledge every application that comes in. Applicants will be notified by email the Friday before each course begins. Please be sure to check your spam, junk, or bulk mail folders!

We are so thankful to you for your willingness to help the women in your life, dig into God’s Word!!! Together, we can reach women in all corners of the world with God’s Word!

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Serving because of His grace,

 

Amanda

 

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How then should we live? A letter to my children in the last days…

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To my precious four,

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like if you would have grown up in a different time in history. A day when the world wasn’t so cynical. When tolerance wasn’t a religion, when success meant more than money, and when more people genuinely looked out for each other. But different times only would have come with a different set of challenges in this sin-sick world. God’s purposes for us – for our family – are in the here and now. 

So let’s embrace where God has us.

I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that Jesus is coming back. I know that’s hard to grasp in the middle of responsibilities and friendships and growing up with seemingly unending opportunities ahead of you. But he is, and that should change how we live now. Hear me, sweet one. The size of our house, the newness of our cars, the clothes we wear, and the thrills we seek after? They’ll all be gone one day. Don’t be distracted by their temporary allurement. Living our lives for what lasts starts now, not later.

So how then should we live?

Until Jesus comes back, the world will busy you and speak confusion into your life, seeking to lure you away from your first love. Dear one, anticipate Christ and his return. Long for him more than anything else, and hold fast to his promises like never before.

Live today like Jesus might come back tomorrow.

Because he might. Love God and love people with all that you have. Forgive generously, because you have been forgiven much. Keep short accounts, remembering that you may not have tomorrow. Pursue holy living not just for the sake of rule-following, but because there is safety, peace, and joy in living God’s way, because a lost world is watching, and because your Jesus – the One who died in your place – is worthy of it. When Christ returns, oh that he may find us diligently pursuing after him.

No matter how crazy this world gets, live in confidence knowing that God has the last word.

Because you are his, you are heirs to an inheritance that never perishes, spoils, or fades. When bad news comes, when doubters rise up against you, when it feels like the world is winning (and sweet child, it will feel like this more often than not)… cling to the peace that can only be found in Christ. When you lay your head on your pillow each night, rest in the One who is in control of all things; the One who has all power to save; the One who is coming again to rule and reign over all.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart because for you, child of God, all is well.

Because you know this great peace, you mustn’t keep it to yourself.

Speak truth in love, even when it’s not popular. Find your identity in Christ, not in the approval of man. Tell of God’s free gift of salvation while there’s still time. When others divide and quarrel and waste away their days, rise above to love deeply and be the feet that bring good news. Time is short, and oh, how the world desperately needs to hear it.

Stand firm, my child.

The world won’t be shy in fighting for your allegiance, and so you must be ready to fight back. Be careful and on guard, weighing everything against Scripture. Don’t give in to weak and twisted truth, but instead grow in your knowledge of God so you won’t be led astray. There will be a thousand voices calling your name; quiet yourself long enough to hear his still, small voice that says, “This is the way; walk in it.” It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

Finally, adore Christ.

Adore him much more than you adore sports, the latest gadget, fame, or your plan for a perfect life. Never stray far from the foot of the cross so that you can be reminded of the precious blood that was shed for you. Never forget that you deserved death, but instead he gave you life. And let your life reflect the wonder and awe that shines brightly in you because you just can’t get over the fact that Jesus saved you.

Oh my child, I know it’s hard to imagine, but one day you’ll see Jesus face to face. You’ll see him and every sacrifice, every tear, every trial will fade in comparison to his glory.

Hold tight.

Stand firm.

Never give up hope.

One day our faith will be made sight, and we won’t regret one single day of living for him.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. ~ Revelation 22:20

Come, Lord Jesus…

At His feet,

*LET’S TALK: If you knew Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what changes would you make today? 

*On this final day of our study, share how God has used our time in #1&2Peter in YOUR life…

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3 Things We Should Be Doing as We Wait for Christ’s Return…

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I remember reading this passage when I was in high school and it terrifying me.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…”- 2 Peter 3:10

I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of surprises…

I like knowing what to expect…the time of the event, the date…you know, the exact details.

Yet, here we see Jesus promise He will come back and when He does it will be sudden and without warning…but no exact details are listed.

Though, we are not given a day and time…we do know as each day passes, we are one day closer to His final return.

For this reason, I earnestly pray and fast for my family and friends who are not saved.

Taking this truth to heart, how are we to live our lives? Peter tells us in verse eleven and twelve…

“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming..” 2 Peter 3:11-12

1. We should live holy and godly lives…

“Christians should be different, not odd. When you are different, you attract people; when you are odd, you repel them.”- Warren Wiersbe

We are called to live “holy” lives…lives that are set apart for God.

We are called to live “godly” lives…lives devoted to pleasing God out of our love for Him. Lives that desire to love God with all our mind, heart and soul. Every area of our life is focused on seeing the world through His eyes and loving out of the overflow of His heart.

 

2. We should look forward to Christ’s second coming…

Realizing Christ is returning should make us invest our precious days in what truly matters….God and others.

Everything else….all the possessions we have worked so hard for will be destroyed, only what is eternal will last.

That’s why we need to run our race well now.

That’s why we need to stay focused on what is truly important in this life and not get sidetracked by “things” that won’t go with us into eternity.

We need to be earnestly watching and working toward our Beloved’s return…thanking Him for His patience as He waits for our dear friends and family to repent and turn to Him.

 

3. We should be active in praying for His second coming…

“…and speed it’s coming.” 2 Peter 3:12

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” we are invited to pray and participate in the ushering of Christ’s return.

“If God’s work today is calling out a people for His name (Acts 15:14), then the sooner the church is completed, the sooner our Lord will return.”- Warren Wiersbe

 

Ohhh friends, what an amazing future we have to look forward to. Let’s not waste our lives on the temporal…let’s invest our days wisely, pouring our lives into others, sharing Christ and putting our faith into action.

A world is watching and we don’t have much time…what if THIS is the generation when Christ returns?

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Today let’s do something a little different. For those of you who have friends or family members who are not saved, go ahead and leave a comment. It can just simply be “friend” or “loved one”….then let’s earnestly pray over the friends and family members listed. After you leave a prayer request comment on our blog, go and pray over someone else’s loved one and leave a comment stating that you are praying for that person. Let’s join together and pray that God will move powerfully in these dear friends and family members lives and they too will receive God’s free gift of salvation!

 

Love God Greatly!

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Week 8 – These Are The Last Days

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Welcome to our last week of our 1 & 2 Peter. This has been a wonderful study that has challenged us and hopefully grown us.

Peter has had a lot of hard things to say in this letter, but in chapter 3 he begins to switches gears and starts off by addressing his readers as “dear children” to remind them  of the affection he has for them.  An affection like a father has for his children, who speaks hard truth in love. He is concerned for their spiritual well being and wants to “stimulate them to wholesome thinking.” He desires his readers, and us, to be aware of the dangers that surround us, particularly when it comes to false teachers and the fact that truth is only found in Christ.

Peter tells us in these last days we will encounter scoffers and those who follow their own evil desires.

Christians often get upset and are even surprised when the world acts in a way that is contrary to the gospel. Peter is telling us that this should not surprise us because this is how people act who don’t have a heart for God and his way.  They mock, they are skeptics, they blow off truth.

It is natural that non-Christians don’t want God mentioned in public. It shouldn’t surprise us that the world not only tolerates sin, but celebrates it, calling evil good and good evil.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
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The world is perishing. The world is headed towards hell. And Peter says, these are the last days.

What does that mean for us? While there are many things that we could say about this, I want us to focus on two things

1. Persevere

Life can become very frustrating and discouraging. Not only do we see the sin around us, but we also are very aware of the sin inside of us. I don’t know about you, but I get discouraged easily.  But remember who lives in you, God the Holy Spirit! And he will continue to teach you and guide you through the Word of God.

I can guarantee you that there will be hard days ahead for all of us in various degrees.When we enter these hard times remember that Christ is coming!  Keep trusting Jesus and his word. Know the promises found in scripture and find hope and joy in them.

The best way to persevere through this life is to always focus on the cross. That is where our hope is found. That is where our salvation was bought, that is where the lost are found and become a part of God’s loving family. That is where our joy is made complete. Because through the cross Jesus becomes ours, and we are his, and with him we receive all the spiritual blessings talked about in the Scriptures.

2. Preach

It is easy to get wrapped up in this world and to think it will go on forever, but  the days of God’s patience are coming to an end. He is extending a huge amount of grace on the world, but judgment is near and we need to tell everyone of God’s offer of forgiveness through his son, Jesus.

Often times our minds go to our neighbors or other people we know who need to find Jesus – and this is good, but this is also true of those people who live in our homes. Our children need to hear the good news of the gospel constantly. Maybe some have unbelieving husbands; they need to hear and see the gospel lived out and talked about. Maybe some have siblings or parents living with them; they, also, need to hear the beautiful promise of the gospel.

So our challenge for this week is this:

Commit to praying, and

  1. Search your own heart and life to see where you may been tempted to take God’s word lightly and to compromise his truth.  Ask him to not only keep you from compromise, but, instead, to really love truth with all of your heart, mind and soul.
  1. Make an opportunity to share the good news of Christ’s death with someone who needs to hear it. This could be your kids, other family members, friends or even strangers.

Looking To Jesus,
jen-sig

 

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No longer a slave…

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A single drop of sweat trickled down my forehead as I inhaled the thick, cigarette smoke-filled air. The hallway that led to the gate was dark and hot, and I could feel the temperature in my face rising.

“Why have you brought me here, Lord?”

Immediately after I entered in, the guard locked the gate behind me. The sound of the heavy iron slamming was their cue that I had arrived. Just like clockwork, they began making their way out of their quiet cell blocks and into the common area where we would all meet. After all, they’d be crazy to miss an opportunity to change up their all too repetitive daily routine.

It wasn’t the first time I had been locked behind those bars.

I had spent the year traveling for my job, providing health education in jails and substance abuse treatment centers across the state. I was used to this. But I never got used to the emptiness that filled their eyes.

I was there to educate, but they showed up looking for so much more…

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The world is a tricky place, the way it disguises deceit in such cleverly decorated packages. It appeals to the weak and strategically preys on the unstable – the ones who are already overcome…

Overcome by their human desires.

Overcome by their suffering.

Overcome by empty promises.

Overcome by their addiction to people pleasing.

Overcome by their desire for an easy fix.

Overcome by another’s power or abuse.

Overcome by their need to escape.

Overcome by a million empty things pursued while they desperately try to fill the empty places.

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” ~ 2 Peter 2:19

Before I had a chance to begin, she leaned over and asked if I had kids.

“No, not yet,” I answered with a soft smile.

And tears filled her eyes as she spoke of the vulnerability and seduction that led to her life behind those bars – the life and choices that had painfully separated her from her little one.

Empty, overcome, and now enslaved.

She had been promised freedom, but her misguided pursuits had left her anything but free.

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Ends up we wouldn’t ever get to the original agenda planned for that day. Instead, we landed on a much more needed truth – the One her soul was longing for all along…

“Let me tell you about Jesus, the One who overcomes…”

Have you never seen a man shut up in the iron cage? It has been my painful duty to talk with several of such prisoners. I have seen the captive shake the iron bars, but he could not break from them. He has implored us to set him free by some means; but we have been powerless. Glory be to God, the blood is a universal solvent, and it has dissolved the iron-bars of despair, until the poor captive conscience has been able to escape. How sweet for the desponding to sing – “I believe that Jesus died for me”! There is nothing, indeed, dear friends, which the blood of the Lamb will not overcome. ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Who is it that overcomes the world?

Only the one who believes that

Jesus is the Son of God.”

~ 1 John 5:5 

No longer a slave…

At His feet,

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Protecting Ourselves Against False Teachers

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From its birth to present day false teachers have troubled the Church. Paul warned Timothy about Hymenaeus and Philetus; who “concerning the truth have erred” and whose words were spreading like gangrene (2 Tim. 2:16-18). And John, in 1 Jn. 2:22, talks about those who were denying that Jesus was “the Christ” and calls them  “liars” and “antichrists.” The Apostles used strong words to express the danger of heresy and false teachers.

It now becomes clear as to why Peter wants believers to take holiness seriously and to treasure God’s truth about Jesus. The false teachers in Peter’s day, as well as the false teachers in our time, teach lies that lead people away from faith and godliness. They were and are dangerous because they steer people away from true doctrine and therefore away from God.

But before we start looking for heretics and antichrists let’s be careful. As long as the church has existed there have not only been false teachers, but also disagreements among Christians. Disagreement over doctrine is not necessarily a matter of heresy. Heresy is not about differing beliefs regarding baptism, speaking in tongues, worship styles, or even end-times views.

According to scripture a false teacher, or heretic, is someone who denies the person and work of Jesus (1 Jn.2:22). False teachers deny the trinity, the deity of Jesus (or his humanity), the return of Christ, the sufficiency of scripture and/or that salvation comes through Christ alone.

These are dangerous teachings that can lead to godless living and a God-less life! Peter does not hold back when he tells us about some of the characteristics of these false teachers. They were covetous and greedy.  Like animals they relied on feelings and desires instead of wisdom, reason and insight (vs.12). They exploited others, indulged in sexual sins, rebelled against God, and were arrogant in their false teaching.

One of the ways their arrogance was seen was that they did not have a healthy respect/fear of angels (like Mary and others had) (vs10). They were flippant with God’s word. What you believe will determine how you act and what you say, and this was seen in the false teachers that Peter was speaking out against.

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Peter’s description in 2 Peter 2:10-16 is very graphic because he wants us to understand the seriousness and dangers of false teachers. But here is the thing, it is easy to blow off these verses and believe that we would never deny Christ or his work. But people don’t just fall into false doctrine. Heresy isn’t embraced suddenly, without warning. It is most often a slow and steady drift that leads away from the truth.

There are many reasons people drift from the truth and wind up believing a lie. One of them is boredom. It is safe to say that many, if not all of us, have experienced boredom in our spiritual walk. We become bored with church, with the preaching, with worship and with the word itself. This is when we begin looking for something exciting and new, something that will stir our hearts and make us feel enthusiastic and passionate. Sometimes this boredom causes us to try and have a faith that mixes well with the world. This can be dangerous. This is where compromise sneaks in and lies begins to sound good and even right.

Our protection against false teaching, and even the danger of boredom is found in the Bible.

The Bible is a living book (Heb 4:12) and sharper than a surgeons scalpel. Not only can it cut into your soul and give you life, it can revive our hearts and give us a renewed passion and love for God and his word. The Bible is filled with Christ’s white hot love for his people and only this will take away the coldness that begins envelop our hearts.

Are you bored? Do you feel listless in your faith? If you find yourself tired of the Scripture I assure you Scripture is not the problem. The heart is the problem. The only remedy is to dig even deeper into the scriptures and to pray constantly for God to keep you faithful and focused on him.

We should ask that he would protect us from seeking excitement in man-made and man-centered, emotionally driven teachings that could lead us away from the truth. Truth that brings freedom, joy and life.

Looking To Jesus,

jen-sig

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Week 7- The Profile of a False Teacher

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Counterfeits and false teachers are nothing new; Satan is the “great imitator” (2 Cor.11:13-15), and has been hard at work since he deceived Eve in the garden. (Gen. 3:1-7; 2 Cor. 11:1-4)

In the Old Testament, Jeremiah and Ezekiel had to deal with false prophets in their time, and expose their counterfeit teachings even though many continued to follow them. Why?

“Because the religion of the false prophets (teachers) was easy, comfortable, and popular.” – Warren Wiersbe

So how can we protect ourselves and our families from false teaching?

Peter, in today’s passage, gives us four warning signs to help us identify them.

1. Destructive Heresies

“False teachers use our vocabulary, but they do not use our dictionary.” – Warren Wiersbe.

False teachers “appear” to believe the fundamentals of our Christian faith, yet slowly introduce their false doctrine over time. Peter describes their words in the Greek as plastos, which is where we get our English word for plastic. In other words, these false teacher’s words were like plastic… They are easily twisted and formed into various meanings.

False teachers are known for what they deny in Scripture rather than what they affirm… pointing their followers away from, instead of toward, God’s truth.

They deny the Sovereignty of God. 2 Peter 2:1

“They deny the inspiration of the Bible, the sinfulness of man, the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross, salvation by faith alone, and even the reality of eternal judgment. They especially deny the deity of Jesus Christ, for they know that if they do away with His deity, they can destroy the entire body of Christian truth. Christianity is Christ, and if He is not what He claims to be, there is no Christian faith.” – Warren Wiersbe

Will all Christians agree on the secondary points in our faith? No. But all true Christians must agree on who Jesus is and what He has done.

Jesus is the Son of God.

God is Jesus, and Jesus is God.

Jesus Christ is the only Savior, and only through our faith in Him can we have eternal life.

2. Shameful Ways

We see why false teachers want to deny God’s truth and point their followers away from Scripture instead of toward it: because they want to satisfy their lusts, their desires.

Lust and desire can come in many forms. When we hear of lusts of the flesh we most often think of sexual sins. And looking through history we see that many false teachers or cult leaders definitely used sex disguised in “religion” to fulfill some of these evil desires. But lust can also come in the form of fame, power, things, and especially money.

Make sure you not only pay attention to the lives of these false teachers, but to the lives of their followers as well. They may profess with their mouths to know and love God, but their lives tell a different story.

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16)

3. Greed

Plain and simple, money is their god.

Let me make this very clear: as Christians we are called to financially support our churches and pastors – we see this in Luke 10:7, “For the worker deserves his wage.” I love tithing to my church and various other ministries because I love joining them in the work God is doing through them, and am honored to give.

But here we see that the false teachers financially exploited and took advantage of their followers. Their motives are not for ministry but for money. They are more merchandisers than they are ministers.

When giving money make sure to pay attention to how the money will be used. Is this person open to sharing how the money given is being spent?

4. Liars

They deceive and flatter with their words. They tell made up stories instead of truth.

We need to make sure that we are in God’s Word for ourselves. We need to train our ears to listen to God’s voice. Our world is filled with many voices telling us how we should live our lives. The false teacher has all the answers. He or she has a “new revealed word” to share. They have “special” insight that others don’t have.

My sweet sister, everything that we need to know about is found within the Bible.

Nothing needs to be added to it… It is complete.

“The sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3)

“The mark of a sheep is its ability to hear the Shepherd’s voice.” – Max Lucado

I read an article a few years ago about counterfeit money spotters. Instead of looking at all the different ways money can falsely be reproduced, these men and women are trained using authentic money. They spend much more time learning how genuine bills and coins are to look than they do with the false money.

The same is true with our faith. Our best defense in not being taken in by one of these false teachers is making sure we spend time with Jesus in His Word, reading it for ourselves. The better we know the Bible, and ALL of the Bible, the easier it is to spot when someone is twisting Scripture.

A few questions to think:
• What are you more impressed with, the teacher’s style and charisma, or the words he or she speaks?
• What do you remember most about the teacher’s message?
• Does the person point you to Scripture or away from it?

So thankful for you and your desire to dig into God’s Word for yourself! The better we know God’s Word, the better we can be in spotting false teaching!

 

Love God Greatly!

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Protecting the Truth

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The Apostle Peter had a heart for the church, especially for those suffering. You can see this in his first letter. His concern for the church led him to shift gears a bit in 2 Peter to focus on false teachers and dangerous theology.

Peter isn’t some angry heresy hunter, but a lover of God and his truth. This led him to not only call out false teachers, but to equip the church to defend itself against these false teachers and their false beliefs through knowledge of true doctrine. As a matter of fact, he brings up “knowledge” 16 times in this short letter.

The passage we are focusing on today reflects Peter’s concern, but it is also a famously difficult passage in the Bible. Biblical scholars have wrestled with the meaning of this passage for centuries, and I’m not able to get into all of that here. Instead, I would like to focus on the phrase, “no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.”

Truth is precious. It must be protected because only the truth reveals to us what is real; who we are, who God is, and it is the truth that saves us. The truth frees us, brings life to us, and and changes our hearts. Truth is precious because Jesus himself is Truth (1 Peter 2:7) . So when it comes to what is true we must submit ourselves to what God has revealed. Truth cannot be invented by us, nor can we determine what is true based on how we feel.

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When Peter says, “no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation,” he means that the truth of Scripture is not found in the subjective meaning we attach to it. We should not make up or invent new meanings of Scripture, and we shouldn’t let our emotions dictate the meaning of any passage in the Bible. Instead we must let Scripture itself speak, and our job is to rightly understand it as it was intended to be received.

Praise God, we have been given a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who illuminates, or sheds light, on God’s truth for us. Through prayer, study, and godly counsel, God helps us understand his truth and apply it to our lives.

We must let the word of God be our only authority in faith and practice. This is what the Reformers called “sola scriptura” (scripture alone).

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t other forms of authority in the church. We have church elders and wise men who have written very helpful books, but the Bible is the only infallible authority in the church.

We believe, teach, and confess that the only rule and guiding principle according to which all teachings and teachers are to be evaluated and judged are the prophetic and apostolic writings of the Old and New Testaments alone… Other writings of ancient or contemporary teachers, whatever their names may be, shall not be regarded as equal to Holy Scripture, but all of them together shall be subjected to it…
– Jacob Andreae (1570)

This relates to how we view preaching and teaching today. We need to make sure that we measure everything by God’s revealed Word.

In our humanity it is easy to sometimes get bored with the stories and truths that we read in the Bible. Sometimes we crave something new and exciting for our spiritual walk. Other times we prefer easy, feel good words to hard truths.  But we must be very leery of any teacher who says they have “new truth.” We serve an ancient God (Daniel 7:13; Ps. 90:2) who has given us ancient truth (1Peter 1:25).

We must trust that not only is God good but so are his words, even when they are hard and make us feel uncomfortable.

“Would you prefer a comfortable lie or an uncomfortable truth?”
– Joe Thorn

Let’s be careful to listen to those who preach and teach the pure word of God, and not their own ideas or issues.

Looking to Jesus,
jen-sig

 

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The Importance of Living a Life of Gratitude

Love God Greatly

Love God Greatly

Part of living a life of gratitude is remembering what has been done for us. We are cleansed from our past…

choices we wish we had never made…
places we wish we had never went to…
words we wish we had never said…

Oh friends, we have been forgiven much.

May we never allow Satan to hold us captive because of our past, but may we also never forget and become ungrateful.

We need to live in the humble balance of remembrance and grace.

“He…has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

May it never be said that we have forgotten…

Because when we are thankful, we desire to grow and be like Christ.

We make the “effort to add to our faith” and desire to increase in faithfulness, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. (2 Peter 1:5-6)

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8

Now is not a time to be ineffective or unproductive in our families, communities….world.

“Some of the most effective Christians I have known are people without dramatic talents and special abilities, or even exciting personalities, yet God has used them in marvelous ways. Why? Because they are becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. They have the kind of character and conduct that God can trust with blessing. They are fruitful because they are faithful; they are effective because they are growing in their Christian experience.”- Warren Wiersbe

You see there is a lie that is being spoken that only those “special” Christians are making a difference for God.

The ones with the biggest followings, most book deals or largest speaking venues…

The ones with the special talents God needs to help spread His message throughout the world…

Not ordinary women like you and me…

Ahhh but don’t you believe that for a second!

God is an expert in using the ordinary to do the extraordinary!

Our job is to “make every effort to” continue working on these qualities year after year, to increase in our knowledge of Jesus, as God produces more and more fruit in our lives

We are the body of Christ and we ALL have a special part to play in this amazing story of love and redemption God is writing with our lives…

How you love, grow and serve matters!

The fruitfulness of your life matters…

Your vision matters too…

Though we know our “good works” do not save us, the overflow of a thankful life is good deeds. How can we remain unchanged if we truly understand the price Jesus paid for our sins? Our understanding should prompt us to reach out to others…

We must strive to see others outside our immediate community and not become nearsighted or blind seeing only those in our lives.

“There are some Christians who see only their own churches or their own denominations, but who fail to see the greatness of God’s family around the world. Some believers see the needs at home but have no vision for a lost world.”- Warren Wiersbe

Ohh I pray God will increase our vision as we choose to not become nearsighted.

There is a hurting world out there who needs to hear about Jesus and witness the difference He makes in our lives as we choose to grow in obedience and produce the fruit of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love…

Let’s choose to live lives of gratitude, growth and not forget…heaven is waiting and one day there will be a welcome party for us as we come home!

Because we’re not home yet, so let’s make the most of our days now…

 

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly

 

 

 

 

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With God as your partner, how have you intentionally been working on increasing in goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness or love?

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Ohh friends,

I’m so excited to announce our upcoming summer Bible study!!! Normally we do a book club in the summer but we’re changing things up a little this year! Ha! We have some super fun plans in store in the coming months and I can’t wait to share them with you, but for now let’s just focus on this, our NEW SUMMER online Bible study in Psalm 119!!!

If you’ve ever read through Psalm 119, you know how incredibly powerful it is!!! So invite some friends and join us! We’d love to have you!

Here is all the information you need to know:
1 & 2 Peter study ends: May 15th
Break: May 16th-June 14th & mentor training (2 weeks) followed by enrollment
Summer Study: June 15th-August 7th
Break: August 8th-September 6th & mentor training (2 weeks) followed by enrollment

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Do you question God’s power? Here’s why…

people in bokeh, street of LondonSoon after our engagement, my husband and I began pre-martial counseling with our pastor. One of our very first assignments was to choose a Scripture passage to memorize that would be a lifetime foundation of truth for our marriage. After much seeking and praying together, we landed on 2 Peter 1:3-4…

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

God’s power has given us everything we need. Aaahhh, yes. 

Since life was glorious in almost every way, we had no trouble believing this. We were finishing up our college degrees, madly in love, and hadn’t yet been confronted with the does-the-toilet-paper-roll-go-over-or-under great debate yet. Heh. Young and convinced of our successful future, we were confident that his power would sustain us through marital bliss, white picket fences, babies, and beyond.

And then we got married.

We laughed our way through conquering silly stuff like toilet paper orientation. I mean, reallyBut then the hard stuff came.

Job dissatisfaction.

Financial worries. 

Independent personalities.

Difficult decisions. 

Selfish attitudes.

Hard-to-get-along-with people.

Personal insecurities.

Isn’t it crazy how often our circumstances cause us to question God’s presence and power in our lives? 

In our dating years, we had intentionally taken time to grow together in our pursuit of God. Tyler’s surrender to the Lord during our college days inspired a new-found passion in both of us, and it wasn’t uncommon for us to stay up late into the night studying our Bibles and talking about the things of God.

And then life happened.

Instead of craving more of God, we craved stuff like a day off of work, a more reliable trendy car, and for the other one to volunteer to unload the dishwasher first. Oh, we still went to church faithfully and read our Bibles most days. But worldly distractions took the place of the intimacy we once had with our Father.

If you want to enjoy God’s peace and be the aroma of his grace in the world, your knowledge of him has to grow. Where knowledge of the glory and excellence of God languishes, grace does not flow. The channel from God’s infinite reservoir of grace into and through our lives is knowledge of God. We do not study the Scripture for its own sake, but because through it comes the knowledge of God, and through that grace and peace are multiplied in your heart in the church and in the world. ~ John Piper

God’s power has given us everything we need.

You see, God’s power doesn’t change. That power that raised Jesus from the dead? He’s still that God. But our perspective of him changes so quickly when we stop pursuing growing in the knowledge of our Savior.

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His divine power has given us everything we need. But we can’t stop there. He’s given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him. Notice that it doesn’t say an easy life. It says a godly life. Big difference.

Do you question God’s power?

Are you longing for more grace and peace in your heart?

Do you desire to live a godly life?

Then maybe it’s time to get reacquainted with the One who gave His life for you. 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead…” ~ Ephesians 1:17-20

Knowing you, Jesus… there is no greater thing.

At His feet,

 

{Week 6} Challenge: Do a Google search and make a list of the different names of God found in the Bible. Make a commitment to grow in the knowledge of God every day this week by reviewing the meaning of each name, reminding yourself of God’s infinite power, grace and provision in your life.

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{Week 6} Reading Plan:

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{Week 6} Memory Verse:

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