Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Did you ever just need to feel cleansed?
Our Savior can do that -
cleanse you of all unrighteousness. Believe, faith can heal...the truth can set you free...
Are you ready?
Listen to the healing rain -
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A Woman's High Calling
Father, Help us to be godly representatives. Guard our minds, our voices, our hearts, and our hands to work in unity to think, speak, love, and help Christ at all times. Help us to be worthy of this calling. Amen
"Before The Face of GOD"
I first heard of Coram Deo in the amazing book edited by C.J. Mahaney:
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.--1John 2:15
Coram Deo literally means "before the face of God".
Friday, April 17, 2009
What a joy and a pleasure it was to hear the inspirational words of such prominent speakers as Del Tackett, John Trent, Gary Smalley, Gary Thomas, and one of my favorites - Beth Moore!
The music was supplied by Jeremy Camp and it was just wonderful. This week for Coffee House I would like to share some of his music with you. I hope you are inspired by it:)
(Note: if you cannot access the videos directly click on my blog site or click the link below to go to youtube, just remember to back arrow back here after)
Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat. Relax and enjoy these great gifts of PRAISE...
Beautiful One - Jeremy Camp
Chris Tomlin - Indescribable
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
I hope you have enjoyed these beautiful works. Praise the Lord!
Have a great weekend--Elizabeth
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
--a spiritual gift is an expression of faith which aims to strengthen faith. It is activated from faith in us and aims for faith in another. (Piper, 1997)Another way to put it would be this: A spiritual gift is an ability given by the Holy Spirit to express our faith effectively (in word or deed) for the strengthening of someone else's faith.
WOW! Can he put make things easy or what?!?
Basically, we are all given certain talents from the Holy Spirit. We are to learn what these are, pursue them, encourage their growth, and use to strengthen our faith and instill faith in others.
The best place to start is in the beginning: What's your gift?
Paul speaks of the gifts in various passages in the NT:
Romans 1:11-12 (New International Version)
11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
By the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him... (v.3). Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith, if service, in our serving; he who teaches in his teaching; he who exhorts in his exhortation; he who contributes in liberality; he who gives aid with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness (vv. 6-8).
7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
Repeatedly we see the use of the term unity through diversity. Even though there are only a certain number of gifts, God uses them in innumerable ways through each believer.
If you have never taken a group or class on Spiritual gifts try these fun web-sites that offer FREE assessments. I took all three to get the best overall assessment. They each have a lot of questions which makes them that much more accurate, plan on about 10-15 minutes each.
This one is from Ken Ellis:
This one is by the Evan. Lutheran Church of America:
This one is from Ephesians Four Ministries:
Keep studying and polishing your gifts.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Now Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11:
"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." (NASB)
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
11. I have learned-The I in Greek is emphatical. I leave it to others if they will, to be discontented. I, for my part, have learned, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, and the dealings of Providence (Heb 5:8), to be content in every state.
content-The Greek, literally expresses "independent of others, and having sufficiency in one's self." But Christianity has raised the term above the haughty self-sufficiency of the heathen Stoic to the contentment of the Christian, whose sufficiency is not in self, but in God (2Co 3:5; 1Ti 6:6, 8; Heb 13:5; compare Jer 2:36; 45:5).
Friday, April 10, 2009
And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;
This passage has always intrigued me and God laid it on my heart once again this week while teaching my 9-year-old. She, as only a child can do, looked at me and asked, "What does that mean? How can scales fall from his eyes, gross!"
Father, Thank you for the Holy Spirit to guide and help me. Thank you for your word that I can learn from. Thank you for the questions from a child to help me see you more clearly. Help me to see things today through my new eyes. Amen
Thursday, April 9, 2009
You have the unique opportunity to influence every person in your home. You can choose to show a godly example to your children (even when they don't appreciate it), to be a sexy, loving, affectionate helpmeet to your husband (even when he doesn't appreciate it), a helpful, prayerful woman of the church (even when no one notices it).
"She extends her hand to the poor..." (v. 20)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
1Samuel 3:1-21 relays the first revelation of God to young Samuel. Samuel lived with Eli, the prophet. But as Eli aged and was close to death, God called on Samuel. Thinking it was Eli calling him, Samuel ran to him and asked what he wanted. Eli said he didn't call him, go back to bed. Well, this happens twice more before Eli perceives that it is God calling Samuel. He tells him to go lay down and when he HE calls you again, say 'Speak Lord, for your servant hears.'(v.10)
How many times have you hoped that God could be heard so clear and so loud? What has changed that He could be heard so clearly by Samuel and not by us?
I truly think we have. We have noisy, busy, distracting lives. Think of what it was like when God revealed himself to Samuel. It was at night so it was dark, the room was quiet, and the boy was not distracted by TV, ipods, or cell phones. He was still.
Verse 19 continues to tell us that "Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground." Maybe we can't understand Him because we can't hear Him. There is too much going on in our lives, too much competing for our attention.
In 1Kings19 God's revelation to Elijah is written about. In much the same way we are enlightened to God's "style." He was not in the wind, not in the earthquake, not in the fire - but "after the fire a still small voice."
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"...Whatever things are true, ...- meditate on these things."
TRUTH...what is true?
According to Webster it can mean: fidelity, fact, actuality, the body of real things
Father, I want to meditate only on the your truth today. Guide me to discern what is true and what is a distraction. Help me to lead others to your truth and use my time and energy to further your kingdom, not my own. Thank you for your word -- the IS from the I AM. Amen