Monday, August 31, 2015

Here We Go....



#TheCircleMaker

Hello all you lovely ladies - who's ready for Bible Study?!* Our very first Facebook Live is this Thursday night at 8 pm. Every week in addition to our reading I have something fun and different planned. So, you don't want to miss! So here we go....

Here’s the weekly plan! Each week there will be chapter assignments and a memory verse.
Be sure, if you haven’t already, to send me a Facebook friend request so I can add you to the God’s Girls Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/CherylCooperHoward. 

Week 1                                                                                          Sept 3rd
Read Chapter 1

Our memory verse this week is: “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.


Week 2                                               Become a Circle Maker             Sept 10th
Read Chapters 2-3

Week 3                                               Praying Through                        Sept 17th
Read Chapter 4

Week 4                                               Dream Big                                   Sept 24th
Read Chapters 5-7

Week 5                                               Praying Hard                              Oct 1st
Read Chapters 8 & 9                          21 Day Prayer Challenge

Week 6                                               Pray Harder                                 Oct 8th
Read Chapters 10 & 11

Week 7                                               Praying is Like Planting              Oct 15th                                    
Read Chapters 12-14

Week 8                                               SmartGoals & Goal List              Oct 22nd
Read Chapter 15

Week 9                                               KeepCircling                                  Oct 29th
Read Chapters 16-18

Week 10                                             The Finale                                       Nov 5th 
Epilogue – It’s Time to Say Good-Bye



Link to Notes - Click Here

Thursday, August 27, 2015

#TheCircleMaker




What You Need to Know

Here are a few helpful things for the “New to and Not so New to Online Bible Studies” that might help you have the BEST online Bible study experience.  In fact, whether you’re new or a returning participant & friend, read this! If after you read this, you still have questions, email me back.

1.  The study takes place right here and on our God’s Girls Facebook Page.  This is your #1 source of information. The study is run on Facebook, and you have to have like me Facebook so I can add you to the God’s Girls Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/CherylCooperHoward.  

2.  Every Monday of the study, I’ll share a basic overview and introduction of that week’s lessons to help you prepare for the week. 

·        Every Thursday at 8 pm, for approximately one hour, we will meet up live on Facebook to discuss the week’s assignment, fun activities, a time of sharing God’s Word and occasionally PRIZES!!!

3.  There will be Bible study activities emailed to you & posted on the God’s Girls Facebook page on various days during the week.  There will be homework and study ideas, memory verse suggestions, discussion questions, video messages and opportunities for you to share. All of this is optional.

4.  You’ll need the book (or e-book) we are studying in order to participate in this Online Bible Study. We will be using only the book. You will not need any other materials, such as a participant’s guide or DVD.  You can order or pick up the book almost anywhere books are sold; books can also be purchased at the CCMV Campus Bookstore, aka “Watermark.”

5.  Other items that will be helpful for this study:  a Bible, a notebook/journal, pen or pencil and highlighter.

6.  You will get out of this study exactly what you put in to it. Your Bible study leaders will encourage you to keep up with our schedule by carving out a specific time to work on Bible Study. Make this study a priority. You signed up.  That means you are making a real commitment to this study and that’s great! You can do this!  Make this a priority in your life. You are worth it! And you won’t regret it!


Many Blessings,
Cheryl
#TheCircleMaker


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Who then...will tell them?

If not me...who then will tell them?

Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
    declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it! (Psalm 22:30-31 NIV)

Future (unborn) generations are depending on our faithfulness today. As we teach our children about the Lord, so they will teach their children and their children's children. If we fail to tell our children about the Lord, we could very well be breaking the chain of God's influence in generations to come.

We must view our children and all the young people we meet as God's future leaders. If we are faithful in opportunities today, there is a good possibility we may be affecting the future.

If we want our children to serve the Lord, they must hear about Him from us. It is not enough to rely on the church or those with more knowledge to provide all the Christian education. We must reinforce the lessons of the Bible in our homes.

It's time to stop playing church and be the church. No more pew-warmers. Faith is an action word. Jesus said GO and make disciples - we (believers, Christ-Followers) are the disciples!

How/where did you hear about Jesus?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Take a Step of Faith



Take steps of faith...
Plant seeds of greatness to...
Reach your full potential...

Have a pioneering spirit!

I am strong in the Lord,

I am will able to do what
God has called me to do,

If God be for me, who can be against!

Read 1 Kings 17:3-7 & 9; Esther 4:1-4 & 16

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blessed!

You became a blessing to others by allowing Jesus to work in you and through you - and His life is the best life there is!




The Lord your God will bless you ... in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10 NIV

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Do Not Show Favoritism


Genuine Faith

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. James 2:1 (NIV)  



In James chapter 2, James argues against favoritism and for the necessity of good deeds. He presents three principles of faith: (1) Commitment as an essential part of faith. You cannot be a Christ-Follower by affirming the right doctrines or agreeing with biblical facts. You must commit your mind and heart to Christ. (2) Right actions are the natural by-products of true faith. A genuine Christ-Follower will have a changed live. (3) Faith without good deeds doesn’t do anybody any good – it is useless. James’s teachings are consistent with Paul’s teaching that we receive salvation by faith alone. Paul emphasizes the purpose of faith – to bring salvation. James emphasizes the results of faith – a changed life.

James condemns acts of favoritism. Often we treat a well-dressed, impressive-looking person better than someone who looks shabby. We do this because we would rather identify with successful people than with apparent failures. The irony, as James reminds us, is that the supposed winners may have gained their impressive lifestyle at our expense. In addition, the rich find it difficult to identify with the Lord Jesus, who came as a humble servant.

Are you easily impressed by status, wealth, or fame? Are your partial to the “haves” while ignoring the “have nots”?

This attitude is sinful. God views all people as equals, and if he favors anyone it is the poor and the powerless. We should follow His example.

Why is it wrong to show favoritism?
  1. It is inconsistent with Christ’s teachings.
  2. It results from evil thoughts.
  3. It insults people made in God’s image.
  4. It is a by-product of selfish motives.
  5. It goes against the biblical definition of love.
  6. It shows a lack of mercy.
  7. It is hypocritical.
  8. It is sin.


If we say Christ is our Lord, then we must live as He requires, showing no favoritism and loving all people regardless of whether they are rich or poor.

Love God – Love People!



Read James 2:1-7


Blessings,
Cheryl

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Listening and Doing





Listening & Doing – What does that mean?

 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:22-25 NIV)

It is important to listen to what God’s Word says, but it is much more important to obey it, to do what it says. We can measure the effectiveness of our Bible Study time by the effect it has on our behavior and attitudes.

Do you put into action what you have studied?

God’s law offers us a true reflection of our sinful condition and gives us the opportunity to ask for God’s forgiveness (see Romans 7:7-8). As Christ-followers, we are saved by God’s grace; salvation frees us from sin’s control. As believers, we are free to live as God created us to live. Of course, this does not mean that we are free to do as we please (see 1 Peter 2:16). We are now free to obey God.



You are blessed to be a blessing,

Cheryl

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Making Prayer Work for You

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8 (NIV)

We need wisdom to know how to cope with trials, for wisdom provides a clear view of our situation from God’s perspective. With wisdom we perceive that what the world calls misfortune, whatever its source, is an opportunity for God to bring about his purpose. Wisdom as the gift of God logically leads to our asking for it. Here again we see verbal links to Jesus: “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matt. 7:7; Luke 11:9); “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father” (John 14:13).

Wisdom is often seen personified as: “Lady Wisdom”, who seeks to reveal herself to humanity (e.g., Prov. 1:20–21).

James directs you and I to: Ask God for wisdom; ask in steady faith. The wisdom James has in mind must surely be the kind found in the Proverbs. It is sound judgment, proceeding from a reverence for God (Prov 1:7). To ask in faith is to embrace the way of righteousness and to be committed to it. Admission of need is not reprehensible, but equivocation is intolerable to the Lord. Doubt creates uncertainty and prevents clear thinking. James is graphic in portraying indecision as erratic waves that dictate the outcome—emptiness.

The wisdom that we need has three distinct characteristics: (1) It is practical. The wisdom from God relates to life even during the most trying times. It is not a wisdom isolated from suffering and trials. This wisdom is the tool by which trials are overcome. An intelligent person may have profound ideas, but a wise person puts profound ideas into action. Intelligence will allow someone to describe several reasons why the car breaks down. The wise person chooses the most likely reason and proceeds to take action.

(2) It is divine. God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. Common sense does not lead us to choose joy in the middle of trials. This wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to living by God’s direction and results in the ability to tell right from wrong. It is a wisdom that James describes at length in chapter 3.

(3) It is Christlike. Asking for wisdom is ultimately asking to be like Christ. The Bible identifies Christ as the “wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:1-7)

Don’t be like the waves of the sea – tossed and blown by the wind.



If you have ever seen the constant rolling of huge waves at sea, you know how restless they are subject to the forces of wind, gravity, and tide. Doubt leaves a person as unsettled as the restless waves. If you want to stop being tossed about, rely on God to show you what is best for you. Ask him for wisdom, and trust then he will give it to you. Then your decisions will be sure and solid.

A mind that has but one single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in its devotions, and will be superior to all trials and oppositions.

Blessings,

Cheryl



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