Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study Week Three On Priscilla

Priscilla or Prisca 
The last two weeks we have been focusing on women from the Old Testament.  This week we will be studying a New Testament believer.  Her name is Priscilla, also known as Prisca. 
Bible Gateway is a great resource on both Priscilla and her husband Aquila.  This is what is says about their names:
Priscilla is the diminutive of Prisca, feminine of Prisca meaning “primitive,” hence, “worthy, or venerable,” as belonging to the good old time. This name is also found as a family name in the earliest Roman annals, and appears in the form “Prisca” in Paul’s Second Epistle to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:19). Cruden says Priscilla means “ancient, old-fashioned simplicity.” It is also interesting to note that Aquila, Priscilla’s husband, had the family name of the commander of a legion, for it means “eagle”—emblem of the Roman army. Both names are Roman. From the prominence given in Roman inscriptions and legends to the name Prisca it is concluded that she belonged to a distinguished Roman family.

Read each of the passages where both Priscilla and her husband Aquila are mentioned.  Write down anything that you learn from these passages. 
Romans 16:3-5

1 Corinthians 16:19-20

2 Timothy 4:19

Acts 18 (the whole chapter)

Even though these passages always mention Priscilla and Aquila together let’s make both application on marriage, but also on her as a women.  There are women that are not married that can gain great application from Priscilla.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Printable Calendar February 2015

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God's Glory Described by John Piper

Powerful video on "What is God's glory?"  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

God never worries so He is the perfect One to pray to!  
Pray and give it all to the Lord.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study Lesson 2 - Bathsheba

Read the whole chapter of 2 Samuel 11.   Write down everything that you gather from each person and circumstance in this account.   Before you begin I want to give you a little background on the roof top bathing. 
                “…She was purifying from her uncleanness; this clause is added in a parenthesis, partly to show the reason of her washing herself, which was not for health and pleasure, and to cool herself in a hot day, but to purify herself from her menstruous pollution, according to the law in Leviticus 15:19;”  Gill’s Commentary
This is not just his opinion, but many scholar’s opinion on the subject.  Bathsheba was still very much in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it gives a little insight.

Eliam (Bathsheba’s Father) – 2 Samuel 23:8,34 
What was Eliam?

Uriah the Hittite (Bathsheba’s Husband)– 1 Chronicles 11:26, 41 and 2 Samuel 23:39. 
What was Uriah?  It is interesting to note that both Eliam and Uriah were in the King’s guard at the same time. 

David (King and husband after Uriah) and Solomon (Son of Bathsheba and David) –2 Samuel 12:24, 1 Kings 1, 1 Kings 4:29-30, Matthew 1:6.

After reading who she was in regards to her relatives and circumstances give a summary of Bathsheba.

How does God use us despite our circumstances and sin?

What are some things that we can learn from Bathsheba that relate to 2015?  How should we safeguard ourselves from situations like this?   What other application can we gather from the life of Bathsheba?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study Lesson One


 Many times when we read Scripture we may not get the full context of an event or account because we don’t read the full account, which may be in several different parts of Scripture.  This is true for the story of Abi.  We know little about her, but we can gain much understanding of what she went through, her life, and her children by what we can gain from Scripture about her dad, husband, and sons.

Her dad was Zechariah

“He (King Uzziah) continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding[a]through the vision of God; and [b]as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him.” 2 Chronicles 26:5
“And [a]I (Isaiah) will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”  Isaiah 8:2

We know that Zechariah was a man of understanding through the vision of God.  We don’t know much about Zechariah, but we do know that He loved God and had a good testimony.   We also know that he named his daughter Abijah which means – My Father is Yaweh.  This was a unisex name.  Names were very important in the Bible and much thought went into a name to give great meaning.  If you weren’t a devout follower of God you would not name your child Abijah.  We don’t know much about how King Jotham and Zechariah planned for their children to marry, but they were married at a young age and had 2 children…that we know of. 

Husband was Prince Ahaz (who became King)

To know what type of husband Abi would have lived with 2 Chronicles 28, and 2 Kings 16 records his record as King.  Here are specific verses that describe who he was.  2 Chronicles 28:1, 21-27, 2 Kings 16:2-3,
Write down as much as you can to gain understanding into her married life.  Describe her life as you imagine it to be.  There is going to have to be some speculation here as we don’t know too much.  Put yourself in her shoes and do some thinking.  Don't go beyond what you think Scripture allows, but write down any thoughts that you have about this situation.  

Son was Hezekiah

Read 2 kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29:1-4,
Now that we have thought through her life as a wife, it may seem like she was crushed in every way because of her husband.  Now read about her son.  What is the difference?  What made this difference?  Think through the term legacy here and how important it would be to look to the future.  What all was at stake here for future generations?  Why was it so important to remain faithful to God and not give up?

How can this account of Abi be used to help us in our walk?  How are we alike, how are we different?   What is God asking me to do as a result?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Prayer Memoirs

God is doing so much in our midst that I can't help but log these things so that everyone can see the GREATNESS of the God we serve.

I want to start off by saying that there have been few times when I have seen the continual, active, alive work of God in church life as a whole.  There have been times of seeing Him, but those times would quickly fade away through lack of something, I am not sure what.  It may have been lack of desire, faith, prayer, spiritual growth... anything that would hinder us from seeing the continual work of God. 

I can only describe what is happening now like a oasis springing up in the midst of a desert land.  This oasis has become bigger and bigger to where the desert has disappeared and we see life abundant.  

What started this oasis?  Prayer.

Our church has a strong prayer emphasis with times set aside specifically for prayer.    We have seen God do the impossible in the last three years and I know this isn't a coincident.  Prayer changes everything!  As the church continues to grow to focus more and more on prayer, the members are also growing more in our focus on prayer in our daily lives.  Since February 12 we have seen 16 people come to Christ.  We have baptized 2 people with more soon to be baptized.  We have seen God work in marriages, families, personal lives, and Bible studies over the last month in ways never thought possible.  

Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.  Psalm 67:3

I am going to write prayer memoirs for the sole purpose of praising God.  I will share the testimonies of people being changed through the power of Christ, and answers that we have seen to prayer.  There is nothing that we are doing apart from God that should gain any praise.  God deserves all the glory and honor we can give Him.  So I hope these are a testament to our God, that He is still alive and active in 2014.  That He hears us and answers the prayers of His people.  Through these memoirs I will be sharing what God is doing in our midst and in the lives of His people all around us as answers to prayer.  I hope you are encouraged and uplifted, but that this also pushes all believers to pray more to the God of heaven and earth.

My new verse for the year is 
 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.   John 14:12-14

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Printable March Calendar

Hi Everyone,

February has been the toughest I can remember.  We have had illness after illness in our house.  We are finally recovering and rejoicing in it!  The verses that I chose for this months calendar have such special meaning to me right now in my life.  God has been doing amazing works in our lives and in our church.  I will be sharing some of those with you over the coarse of this month.  In March I want my prayer life to grow more than ever before, I want to grow in my personal walk with the Lord more than ever before, and I want to see Him in all of His glory more than ever before.

To download this calendar just click the link below the calendar.  I hope you enjoy!

                                                             Printable March Calendar

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Free Christian Kindle Books

I ran into these free books today while I was online and wanted to share them with you.  Many women are looking to read more this year.  This is a great and cheap way to get quality reading materials.  I hope you enjoy!

Image of Beth Moore

Click Here for Beth Moore's free books.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Printable Calendar January 2014

Happy New Year!

I truly hope that each of you has an awesome New Year.  I pray that God will do an abundant work in each of our lives this year.  Here is a free printable Calendar for you to start off the new year with great organization.  I will try to have a calendar for every month of the 2014 year.  Just click the link below the calendar to download.   Enjoy!