Thursday, October 30, 2008
In the midst of the busyness, we had some awesome guest come in town from Virginia. Terri Simmons and Mary Goochee , from the 700 Club, took off work and drove eleven hours to come hang out with us crazy Birmingham, Basement people. They were such a blessing, and words can not describe how much we enjoyed their company. We sent them off on Wednesday morning and instantly began to brainstorm the quickest way to get them to Birmingham....permanently :-). We miss both of them so much already and look forward to our next visit together. They pour much of their time and their hearts in serving CBN, and we are so honored to walk along side them while enhancing the Kingdom and loving God's people together. Mary and Terri, we love you so much and can not wait to see you again. Thank you for sharing your time and your hearts with us. We were blessed....to say the least.
And again, thank you to the Basement Team and Basement family. It is a privileged to serve you and serve with you. We love you so much!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This is a four week study. Therefore, the next 4 Sundays we will be gathering at Clay Ridge at 5pm to continue to study the true meaning of love.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
After the High Fly Conference on Saturday night, about 45 of us packed up and traveled to Pell City for Revelation Walk. We had a great time not only spending most of the night with one another, but we all left a little more enlighten about what will take place to non-believers when Jesus comes back for us. For most people, Revelations is hard book to dive into. Therefore, a lot of us lack knowledge in that area of God's word. Every scripture is God breathed, but as followers of Christ, we could be so much more effective in reaching the lost if we were better equipped in knowing the consequences of refusing live for God. We don't have it all figured out and never will till we reach our destiny, Heaven. But, we were able to catch a glimpse of what non-believers will experience when Jesus comes to get us, and believe....you do not want to be left behind.
If you're interested here is a link to Eden Westside Baptist Church who puts on the walk http://www.edenwestside.org/
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Purity is so precious to Jesus & be encouraged that purity is something you can ALWAYS get BACK!! Never forget that ya'll are fearfully & wonderfully made & know that what you are TRULY worth is not by people's opinions but by the absolute truth of God's Word! Trust the one who will never fail you!!! We LOVE you girls!!!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Don’t be Happy WHEN…Be Happy IN! It’s far too easy to be happy WHEN life’s good-everybody loves you, you love everybody…but it’s when life throws a curve ball that we are called to be set apart as believers. Anyone can be happy in the good times, but it’s the bad circumstances of life that test our faith, that test our patience, and test our ability to bounce back and move forward without being shaken. If you see yourself as one of these that say, “I’ll be Happy when…I get a boyfriend or when I can drive or when I move out," then I challenge you to be a woman who is happy IN whatever season you are in. God is a God of the NOW. When we spend most of our time making future plans or crying over past mistakes, we miss what God is doing right NOW. When Jesus died on the cross, He gave us the Holy Spirit that would always be with all that believe-it guides us and comforts us through whatever situation we are facing.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Paul tells us to walk in this peace. It is a choice you must make everyday to get up and allow God’s peace to fill you up so when the inevitable circumstances of life hit, you will be unshakeable. Don’t worry about tomorrow; God is a God of the present and He will take care of all His precious daughters. Focus on His heart-living your life to love Him and love people, and He promises He will focus on yours.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Jesus just got finish feeding the 5,000 when He sent His disciples ahead of Him to the other side of the lake. He dismissed the crowd & then He went on the mountain top to pray. Jesus made it a priority to spend alone time with His Father. Spending time with God in prayer nurtures our relationship with Him & equips us to meet life’s challenges & struggles. Jesus joined His disciples that evening. Jesus appeared to them by walking on water scarring His disciples. Peter was not putting Jesus to the test (Matthew 4:7.) Instead he was the only one in the boat to react in faith. His impulsive request led him to experience a rather unusual demonstration of God’s power. Peter began to sink only after he took his eyes of Jesus. We may not literally walk on water, but we walk thru situations. If we focus on the waves of difficult circumstances around us without looking to Jesus, we too may despair & sink. To maintain your faith when situations are difficult, keep your eyes on Jesus’ power rather than your inadequacies. Although we may start out with good intentions, sometimes our faith falters. This doesn’t mean we necessarily failed. When Peter’s faith faltered, he reached out to Christ, the only One that could help. He was afraid, but he still looked to Christ.
What am I doing that I could not do apart from the power of God? If you want to walk on water, you have to be willing to get your feet wet first. Then you discover it is worth the risk. Never try to have more faith. Instead, just get to know God better. How would you describe your faith? Walking on water isn’t about some great thing you will do. In fact, by yourself you can do nothing of lasting value. It is about what God longs to do with you by His power & grace. But first you have to get your feet wet! Remember God has great plans for you & He wants nothing but the best for your life.