Thursday, March 18, 2010

DNOW....ACT NOW!

Hi Girls!

I want to encourage each of you to get your registration forms and money in by THIS SUNDAY, March 21st for our 2010 D-NOW! The cost is only $40, but will go up after March 21st. You can find envelopes to fill out at The Point or at The Illumination Room.
What is DNOW? April 1-3 we will have a HUGE in-town retreat for students in grades 6-12th. Dan DeWitt and Zach Dodd will team up to lead our services. Check-in begins at 7 PM on Thursday, April 1st in the Fellowship Hall and DNOW will conclude on Saturday night with a Camp Cherokee Preview Service at 6 PM (also with opportunity to sign up early and save big on camp registration!). Students will stay in host homes on Thursdday and Friday night and the cost includes all food, materials, t-shirt and more! We will have awesome group activities, worship, Bible study, service projects and more! It's a super fun week full of energy and packed with friends! You don't want to miss out! Invite your friends and sign up! Price goes up to $55 after THIS Sunday!

Also, GIRLS! Don't forget THIS Sunday, March 21st is also our Girls Service Day! Don't miss this opportunity to serve along side your besties as we encourage kids at the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home. Be sure to bring a baked good, like cookies or brownies and an item to donate like laundry detergent or paper products! Meet at the Illumination Room at 2:30; we will be back by 5:00.


See you there! Love serving with my FBC GIRLS!

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More than a Moment

Hi Girls!

First off, if you are looking for the March DIG Questions, those are on the previous post.

I just got back from a weekend in Tallahassee where my primary reason for going home was to speak and pray at my sister-in-laws investiture...which is the robing ceremony and commissioning service for naming her a Judge in the Direct Court of Appeals for the state of Florida. Pretty impressive if I do say so myself, and I am so incredibly proud of her and honored to call her family and friend!

I had the sweet privilege of giving a personal testimony of her character and faith in Christ and as I began to pray over what I wanted to convey to this room of VIP's (yes, very important people haha), I realized that the most important trait is a life that reflects, honors, and serves our God, which is something I have witnessed in the decade that I have known my sister-in-law.

This trait is really more of a lifestyle and the idea of it and how I wanted to convey it to you as well has been on my heart and mind and in my prayers for the past month. It is not just a moment that defines you but the perseverance of a lifetime. So often I see people counting on specific instances in which they have made a "good decision" or even a "Christian decision" and they bank on those moments to define them as a Christian, but in reality those instances are far and few between making them just: random instances. Our Christian faith is not marked by a nice gesture here and there but yet through consistency, and it is because of this consistency that when you do "mess" up, talk out of turn, are rude...whatever it is, you aren't marked by that instance either, but yet by the race you have been running. This defines your character.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV

Let's look at this verse above. If you are involved in our church, in our Bible study times, in our Girls and Youth events, YOU are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses! Be encouraged and use it! Next, continue to surround yourself with Christian peers and adults both at Church and away from Church (school, hang outs, weekends, etc.) so that you have the accountability to "lay aside every weight and sin" that would hinder a character of Christ-likeness. Finally, be ever looking to Jesus so that you CAN endure this race, a race that HAS been set before you from eternity past. YOU have a purpose and it is to glorify God! But know that looking to Jesus includes being in the Word and in prayer consistently. It means participating in godly activities and serving others...and it means respecting others in your attitude and words (including your parents!). The great news is that you aren't running alone. So jump in and run with us! Why? Because Jesus IS the "perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." AMEN!

Girls, I am running with you! Here to help you live a life that reflects, honors and serves our God. But you have to surrender to Him first and stop seeking to reflect, honor and serve the lies of the world and our culture. I am praying for you and here for you! Use your cloud of witnesses and join the race the Lord has set before you.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

MARCH DIG QUESTIONS! :)

This month’s DIG Questions come from this week’s Quiet Time passages (week 25) which are John 5 – 6. I am using the NIV translation for these questions. Comment your answers and the first three to respond will win a “date” with me for ice cream, coffee, lunch, or dinner! Regardless of who wins, this is a great exercise to do to help you retain what you’ve read this week! Happy Digging!

1) Where did Jesus go for the fest of the Jews?

2) How long had the paralyzed man been paralyzed before Jesus healed him?

3) What day was it that Jesus had done this healing?

4) What two things was Jesus doing the outraged the Jews so much?

5) He who does not honor the Son does not honor who?

6) What does John 5:24 say?

7) How many barley loaves and fish did the boy have and how many baskets of leftovers were there (John 6)?

8) How far out was the boat before they saw Jesus approaching by walking on the water?

9) How did Jesus respond when they asked Him, “"What must we do to do the works God requires?"

10) Who is Jesus referring to when He calls one of His 12 disciples “the devil” as he will be the one to betray Jesus?


Place your answers in the comment section of the blog. Excited to receive your answers and plan a “date”! Enjoy your time in the Word!

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