I just finished this Bible Study and it was an awesome one! There were a few quotes that I had saved on my computer to blog about, but I never got to them. But I didn’t want to lose these thoughts, so I share them below as thoughts for your morning.
Obedience to God is often wrought with a slew of obstacles that persuade us to change our minds. I used to think that my choice to obey in any given situation was a one-time decision, but now I realize that obedience might mean having to make that same choice several times a week, a month or a year. – Kelly Minter, Ruth, p. 24
I don’t think that Ruth’s or Joseph’s determined obedience had much to do with will power at all, and to think so only encourages us to live by our own strength and self-righteousness.
(In these stories] we simply cannot miss the fact that …obedience stems from their commitment to God. This is an enormous truth that will sustain us through times of temptation and trial that urge us to forsake the path that we are on. We won’t be able to last if our motivation is based on anything but our relationship with God. …only a love for Christ will sustain a long term commitment to obedience. Kelly Minter, Ruth, p.25
For more information on this Bible Study as well as Kelly’s other works, please visit her website. (http://www.kellyminter.com)
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Luke 9:24
I’m deep into Kelly Minter’s new Bible Study of Ruth. Kelly does a wonderful job of comparing Boaz and his sacrifice for Ruth to God and his sacrifice for us. On page 132 of her the Bible Study book, Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy, she shares this thought.
You may be laying your life down for your children or maybe for your husband. Perhaps you’re about to get married or enter an altogether new level of self-sacrifice. Or maybe you’re single and you’re giving your life to friendships, family and ministries. Maybe you’ve been asked to take care of your parents, or you’ve taken in a family member or you’ve adopted a child. All I know is that laying down our lives for others, for the sake of Jesus, is never wasted. No matter how quiet, how humble, how thankless, God is making a name for you — one that will last an eternity.
Prayer, Father today may we be more concerned with pleasing you than pleasing ourselves or others around us. May we focus on your small still voice instead of the other voices that tend to be screaming for our attention and affection. May we lay it all down, for the heart of Heaven! (from “More of Him, Less of Me,” a blog posting by Dan Gould)
One of the things that I have been blessed by in Florida is a few close friends that God has given me through my Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study. The blessing is a little bit of a surprise to me in several ways. Over my life, my friends have tended to come from work or school, but now that I am no longer working or going to school, I expected friendships would take longer to develop.
Second, when I do make friends, they tend to be casual/social friends that I enjoy being with, but I never really let get too close to me. I can probably count on two hands the number of friends in my life that I have let get really close to my heart, friends with whom I could share anything. They were rich friendships with human beings who God put in my life, but they have also been the relationships with the greatest heartbreak. When you open your life up to someone, it is a lot harder when a confidence is broken or when a close friend, often by relocation or death, just disappears. Subconsciously, I think that the loss of close friendships has made it much more difficult for me to open my heart to new ones.
But here I am in Florida and I feel God is pushing me in that direction – to trust Him and not be afraid to open up and share my life with my new found friends. I also think that God is trying to teach me to depend on Him above all else for the close emotional intimacy that I need in my life.
One of my new close friends whom God has blessed me with is Shellie. I can’t even begin to describe the richness that Shellie and several others here in Florida have brought to my life. Shellie owns one of the local magazines here in Parkland that focuses on community and family life and she asked me to write an article for the January edition. The article focuses on dealing with grief in the New Year and you can find it on page 5 (Its All About Community) of the following link. I thought I would share it here as well.
Spectator Magazine — January 2010
Most of our pastors were on vacation this weekend (after conducting 11 Christmas services for 9,400 folks). So Don Davis came in to serve as our guest speaker and preached a sermon called Krispy Kreme Christians to start our new year. The sermon was pretty convicting, so I thought I would share it with all of you.
You can also find this sermon on the Church by the Glades website under “Podcasts” and if you are lucky you can get the video version of the sermon under “Watch Online,” but as of this posting, the video version had not been posted. Happy New Year!