~ Parachute Band
This morning,a friend from church sent this video to me ; I just had to share.
May God's Holy Spirit fall on you in a new and refreshing way today and EVERY day!
Continue to seek Him...
Thursday, January 31, 2008
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Workplace leaders, business owners, professionals, and ministry leaders will come together from across the US and world to Atlanta, Georgia on January 24-26, 2008 for a powerful conference to learn how to become strategic influencers in the 7 key areas that shape society. 8 main sessions and 18 workshops will focus on re-claiming our society for Christ. Reserve your spot today. http://www.sevenmountains.digbro.com/
Monday, January 21, 2008
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of a great man...a man with a dream.
Do you ever wonder what Dr. King would have to say to us today? He was a man of passion and purpose. His life made an impact on so many lives...many of whom were so inspired that they follow in his footsteps to bring "his" dream to fruition.
Tonight is the first club call of 2008 for the Pink Collar Club and it's titled: I Have A Dream. We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and we honor you and your dream.
Write your dream in one sentence and share it on our club call tonight.
The Dream Behind The Pink Collar Club
You Share Your Dreams
Godly Woman, Godly Dream: 20 Principles Of A Godly Dream
Call (712) 775 - 7000 and Enter 1081996# at 7:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Have fun! Let me know how you like the game!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Escaping Bondage and Brokenness for Freedom in Christ
"Dr. Ganz has the detailed heart-probing insights of a doctor, along with the love and concern for people that comes from 25 years as a pastor. In this practical and easily read book Ganz exposes the patterns of thought and behavior that trap us and keep us from the freedom God offers His children. Not me-centered freedom, but true freedom found in Christ that impacts every area of life."
From the Introduction:
How long will God‘s people be so ignorant of the freedom they have in Christ? Paul said he was “free from all men” (1 Cor. 9:19). That doesn’t mean that we owe them nothing (we owe them love!), but simply that we are not under their crushing judgment. The only judgment that matters is God’s judgment on our sin, which Christ has received on our behalf. The destruction of biblical freedom disintegrates the vibrancy of the Christian life.
My desire is that Christ’s people will drop all their self-defeating defenses, their extra-biblical inflexibilities and instead:
1. Come to God in humble dependence upon Him and His grace, find, and practice the freedom He has given us in Christ.
2. Come to His Word, appropriating it and living it in joy, instead of forcing it to fit our own pre-Christian prejudices.
I want to see God’s people set free from their crippling estrangement from a personal relationship with Christ and brought into deeper fellowship with Him, a fellowship in absolute truth. Jesus declared, “I am the truth” (John 14:6) and that, “the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). The truth is infallible because He is the truth. I am concerned that we have misinterpreted that truth and turned it into bondage.
My basic presupposition is that Jesus Christ is truth, and He gives freedom. Thirty years ago I came to the realization that Jesus is the truth, and so concluded that unswerving obedience to Him is essential. I have sought to honor that commitment, but only recently have I understood and experienced what His freedom means. We must be as deeply committed to exercising that freedom as we are to believing in the truth.
This book is for Christians. While I hope that many who are not Christians may read it and be drawn into the freedom found in fellowship with Christ, my principal goal is to reach Christians who hunger and thirst after the meaningful life of freedom in Christ that they never seem to attain. It is for all who stumble and fall, who think they can’t get up but hate lying there. It is for those who have squandered their lives living everyone else’s dreams but have never lived their own calling in Christ. It is for those who have fought for freedoms but still are not free.
It is my prayer that this book will help God‘s people become what they are meant to be in Christ: FREE!
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This is my desire for each one of you!
May we all hunger and thirst after God's righteousness.
Friday, January 18, 2008
You are invited to attend the Pink Collar Club's 1st Conference Call of 2008!
Monday, January 21st @ 7:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
Join the PCC for the first club call of the new year as we discuss Godly women with Godly dreams...that's you!
Come prepared to share your dream (in one sentence please) and listen to the dream that is the Pink Collar Club.
Randee will also share with you a portion of workshop she created entitled Godly Woman, Godly Dream: 20 Principles Of A Godly Dream.
Call (712) 775-7000 and Enter 1081996# (Long Distance Charges May Apply)
If you haven't joined the Pink Collar Club yet, I encourage you to do so. The membership is free! Come join a Christian network where you can converse with other Godly women and also share your voice! It's one of my favorite places to hang out online; I hope to see you there! Please stop by my page and add me as friend. :)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
God's Love at Work is pleased to announce their 1st free teleseminar of 2008, "Balancing Work and Family." This topic is the first of this year's series called "Practical Wisdom for the Workplace."
Their guest speaker is Marcia Malzahn, author of "Devotions for Working Women: A Daily Inspiration to Live a Successful and Balanced Life." This devotional will encourage women to reflect on the way in which they live their lives personally and professionally.
You can also read Marcia's workplace testimony called "How God Promoted Me In Corporate America."
You can learn more about Marcia at http://www.marciamalzahn.com/
Great interview! enJOY!!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Created: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
... on Feb 10 (the Sunday before Valentine's Day) everyone at your church was given a Valentine's Plan of Salvation card? And in fulfillment of the Great Commission, they are challenged to give their Valentine's Plan of Salvation card to someone else outside of the church community.
Each card comes with a 100% money back guarantee.
Monday, January 14, 2008
By Dawn Jones
I learned it in the third grade. At the time I considered it a scary thought, but fun to practice. “If you ever catch on fire,” the big fireman wearing the shiny red hat told us, “stop what you're doing, drop to the floor and roll. O.K., let's all try it.” That's when the action began. Our gymnasium was instantly transformed into an imaginary burning inferno. The boys screamed and fell over like they were being shot and the girls delicately got on their knees, then to the floor, and we all began to roll. The idea was this: If we ever found ourselves in a position where our clothes caught on fire, our response must be instinctive and immediate. There was no time to think. We must prepare today for a possible trial tomorrow.
Practicing my response was a valuable lesson. Though I didn't completely understand it, stop, drop and roll would prove to be an important response to cultivate. I learned it in the third grade; I got the chance to use it 25 years later.
The fire around me was hot. The more I tried to battle the flames, the more intense they seemed to grow. At times I wondered if I would survive the ordeal, but God's word to me was clear. “Think it not strange this fiery trial you are in, as though something strange were happening to you … but rejoice” (see 1 Peter 4:12, 13). I was in spiritual combat, a conflict like I had never experienced before and it felt like the fire of affliction was going to consume me. I wasn't physically on fire, but I was in the proverbial “fire of suffering” and it was painful. Everything in me wanted to run from this trial, but jumping out of the furnace into the flames did not sound like a good idea either. How could I be refined if I did not endure the test? On the other hand, how could I rejoice when it hurt so much?
That's when I remembered my childhood lesson stop, drop and roll. Though my fire may have been one only in a spiritual sense, the response necessary to survive was the same. You see, our instinctive reactions to difficulties may not be the ones God wants us to have. They may in fact only increase our chances of being burned. Instead of relying on our carnal tendencies to persevere under trial, our mind-sets and attitude toward suffering must be a cultivated and practiced defense.
Let's look more closely at the principles of stop, drop and roll.
Stop — The last thing we should do when we're caught on fire is run. Unfortunately, unless otherwise practiced, this is most people's first reaction. Our innate “fight or flight” mechanism is a powerful and natural response. However, running only makes things worse. The fire will spread faster with running because it feeds the flame with oxygen, exactly what the fire needs to exist. As a result, running increases the damage and inflicts greater wounds. Instead, the first thing to do is stop.
The same is true in a spiritual fire. Our natural response may be to run from our problems, to escape the pain by running in the fast lane of busyness and avoidance. But that reaction of fear and denial will work against us. If we keep operating in the flesh, struggling in the strength of our own might, we will only fuel the flames around us, perpetuating the fire and inflicting deeper wounds. On the contrary, we should stop running. Stop striving. Stop trying to control the heat of our circumstances … and drop.
Drop — Assuming a position on our knees is the next best thing to do. When we find ourselves in the midst of the fiery furnace because of difficult circumstances, it's time to talk real to Jesus. Since He already knows what we are thinking and feeling, why not tell Him everything in prayer? We may even hear ourselves saying something that we did not realize was in the depth of our hearts. Talking to God in prayer is one of the greatest privileges we have as His children. That's where we receive wisdom and courage to go on. It is in the place of prayer that we find peace for our troubled souls and rest for our battered minds.
When we drop to our knees, we are not accepting defeat or surrendering to the flames to be destroyed. Instead we are accepting His love and strength to overcome.
Roll — Finally, once you have spent time with the Lord in prayer, roll that burden off your shoulders and over on to His. Then refuse to take it back. God invites us to give Him our burdens, our cares, our fears and our confusion because He alone knows how to carry it. When we roll it over to Him, we will find out what it means to rejoice. The Lord's joy comes when we find His grace in suffering.
Have you been in the fire? Do you know what it is to feel the flames of affliction licking at your faith? Then maybe it's time to stop running from the refiner's fire and let it purge you. How? By practicing this simple response: stop, drop and roll.
~ Thanks to PowerUp! for the week of Monday, January 14, 2008 from SpiritLed Woman
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
By Anahid Schweikert
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING AN UNEXPLAINED FEELING OF DISSATISFACTION? THE REASON FOR IT MIGHT BE SPIRITUAL HUNGER.
My friend was sick with frustration. You could see it all over her face and hear it in her voice as she talked about unmet expectations at her church.
"You're never satisfied," remarked her husband. Unlike his wife, he was happy with their full-gospel church, and he felt fulfilled in the ways he was serving there. Everything was in place--a beautiful new building, committees ready for action, outreach efforts underway.
But for my friend and others at her church, there was still a deep sense of dissatisfaction. It wasn't a rumbling, like complaining, but more a gnawing hunger for something more--the life-changing presence of the Holy Spirit.
I identified with my friend's feelings; I had experienced them myself. Perhaps you have, too. It may not be your church that leaves your spirit wanting; it may be your job. Or perhaps your marriage is missing something. Maybe your whole life feels empty!
Deep inside you know there must be more...
Read the complete article.
This article appeared in the Apr/May 2000 issue of SpiritLed Woman
Monday, January 07, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
PINK COLLAR CLUB
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Thursday, January 03, 2008
There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who
Could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried.
The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two
That he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror
For the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was
A blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture
Thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The second picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged
And bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in
Which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled
A foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny
Bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird
Had built her nest.... A perfect picture of peace.
Which of the pictures won the prize?
The king chose the second picture.
Do you know why?
"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a
Place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be
Calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."
That is the REAL meaning of peace.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Effective Immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines:
1. QUIT WORRYING:
Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?
2. PUT IT ON THE LIST:
Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.
3. TRUST ME:
Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.
4. LEAVE IT ALONE:
Don't wake up one morning and say, 'Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.' Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.
5. TALK TO ME:
I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.
6. HAVE FAITH:
I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?
You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.
8. BE PATIENT:
I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grew from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to do list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.
9. BE KIND:
Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical.
10. LOVE YOURSELF:
As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only: to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don't ever forget it!
~ Author Unknown