Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Resisting the Grace of God

"Can a person successfully resist the grace of God?" At first, my thoughts moved into the theoretical, the hypothetical, and the theological. However, as I prayed and meditated, I found myself asking God to clear all my thoughts so that I could hear what I needed to hear. Before long, I found myself asking not about Calvanism nor Arminianism, not even Rebeccaism, but I began to ask, "God what really is your "grace." Is it favor? Is it mercy? Is it kindness? Is it empowerment? Is it understanding? Is it beauty even? What if its all that??? Is it possible to resist it? reject it? be hardened by whatever --life-- so much that I reach for it and somehow can't seem to hold on to it? By experience, I would have to assert that sometimes I can see, feel, and hear "grace" pursuing me but that has not always been the case. In my past, I didn't know how to "let" grace in. I wanted to, but my mind, soul, spirit, and actions were somehow unexplainably separate from that grace. Grace was there, but I didn't know how to hold on to it. Thank-God, it held on to me.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11 We All Cried Out to God

Remember that on 9/11 Americans lost their lives, not any particular faith group. It was no question that we all needed God. The Cry to God was loud and helpless. We all reached out with great compassion, love, and respect and helped each other. Let's remember that and learn from it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Series: What's In the Bible & Why Do I Care?
January's Lessons: What's in the Bible & How Do I Use It?
Jan 27 - Feb 3 Chapter 2 History

Please be in prayer for Pastor Rebecca. She is currently has a mild infection. On today, Feb 3, Megan Manning will fill in on Chapter 2.

Stuff you should know: Be able to recite the books of the Bible from Genesis through Esther. We will go over this on February 10. Be able to explain the difference between General Revelation and Special Revelation. Seek to notice and understand the various literary forms used in the Bible. Put at least 1 Bible fact to memory.

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Ponder this: How do I become more consistent with my spiritual disciplines? Bible study? Prayer? Fasting? Fellowship? Church attendance?

Love you all, Pastor Rebecca

Friday, January 22, 2010

What's In the Bible & Why Do I Care?

Series: What's In the Bible & Why Do I Care?
January's Lessons: What's in the Bible & How Do I Use It?
January 20 -January 27 Chapter 1 How to Use the Bible


We studied this week about revelation. There is General Revelation and Special Revelation. This week we concentrated on General Revelation. General Revelation is related to natural ways in which God reveals God's existence. We experienced "Aha" moments as we each personally read from these scripture and learned that God revealed Himself through Creation, History, & Humanity: Creation: Ps 19:1; Ro 1:20; Acts 14:15-17; History: Job 12:13-25; Ps 98:2; Is 40:5; Acts 4:15-17 Humanity: Acts 17:22; Ro 2:14; Ps 19, Mt 5:45, Ro 1:20.

We also learned about differing Bible translations and paraphrases, about the Apocrypha, and how to find a reference in the Bible.

We learned the 1st 5 books of the Bible known as the Books of Moses and the Law/the Torah/the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Your assignment:
1.Re-read the scripture regarding General Revelation above.
2.Write in your journal how God reveals something new to you?
3. Jot down any questions you may have and also write any comments or questions in the comment section here.
4. Memorize the 1st 5 Books of the Bible.
5. To be prepared for class, read Chapter 1 and the next section on your handout entitled "God has revealed Himself through Special Revelation." Look up all related scripture and jot down notes and questions.
6. Look up any words you don't recognize.

Remember that you are on a journey. Right now you are learning to how to strengthen your legs so that you can walk a long way. Remember that God loves you regardless of your past, present, and future!

With the love of Christ,

Pastor Rebecca

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