Archive for January, 2010
On impulse a few weeks ago I picked up this 145 page book after Sunday service. I attend a Calvary Chapel, and my interested was piqued by the tag line on the cover; “Gang members, drug addicts, mental patients, society’s rejects…Chuck Smith’s amazing story of Calvary Chapel and the unlikely leaders that God Called.”
I have a basic knowledge of how Calvary Chapels got started, but I didn’t know much, and this book was good in that it provided a cursory look at how God has used some very unlikely men to bring people to Jesus.
When I say cursory, though, it is just that. Chuck shares the stories of nine men whose lives were transformed by the awesome power of God. I read with great interest and was left wanting more of their stories. He does provide names of books that give you more of the story for many of these pastors
The last chapter focuses on Chuck’s own lessons and principles for ministry that I believe are exceptional. If you’ve ever thought of starting a Bible study or church, then these principles are some that you would want to get your hands on. He provides a basic overview, but this overview is simple – exactly what Smith wants them to be. He believes in simply teaching the Bible simply, so that people can understand!
There were a few things that distracted me while I was reading; namely, the presence of more than a few typographical errors. Granted The Word for Today is not a huge publishing house, I was still slightly disappointed considering this was not a first printing. I was also distracted by an aside that Smith took during one of the stories to speak his mind on a particular issue. It wasn’t that I disagreed with the point he was making, it just didn’t seem to fit.
Overall, it was a quick and interesting read. It gives you a glimpse of the great things God has done through the weak and wounded He calls. I learned a lot about the 1960’s hippie and drug culture that I knew nothing about. If you’ve never listened to Chuck Smith, or have heard about Calvary Chapels you might just enjoy and learn something new from this book!
On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 we will be discussing the topic of anxiety from a Christian perspective. If you have suffered from anxiety or panic attacks or have overcome them, AND if you’re willing to share your testimony, please email Jolene at email@example.com. We would like to share some of these testimonies on the podcast, and will welcome call ins for that show as well.
The Godly Gals Podcast – Overcoming Anxiety
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
7pm EST/6 Central
Email Jolene at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday Jan. 24th to share your testimony on the podcast
Call into the show by calling GodlyGals on Skype
I was pleasantly surprised to find this cute book in the mail the other day. Being in a ministry that targets women of all ages, I like to keep informed about what’s out there for the youngest of our sisters. For Girls Only! Devotions, written by Carolyn Larsen and illustrated by Leah Sutherland, is right on target.
I give this one my stamp of approval. They succeed in using language that is relevant to pre-teens (Wait, you call them “tweens” now, right? I’m old. Forgive me.) with images that are just cutesy enough to appeal to those on the younger end of the spectrum they are aiming for, without making it feel too young for the older girls. I enjoyed this and I’m 25.
The subject matter is definitely age appropriate and focuses on key Biblical concepts that are important to grasp early on. Devotions are labeled by topic, all of which were things that girls of this age deal with (friends, relationships with parents, and one topic I found that accurately describes the opinion of many a middle school girl — “It’s Not My Fault!”).
For Girls Only! Devotions would make a great gift for any pre-teen girl and is the perfect starter to get our younger ladies in the habit of doing devotions.
A complimentary copy of this title was provided to me by the Tyndale Blog Network for the purpose of reviewing.
Originally posted at MissWisabus.com
January in Western New York is, by its nature, SNOWY. I know this. I have lived here all my 27.8 years. I know what the roads are like. I know to give myself extra time on my daily commute. It usually results in long, tiring days, but I manage.
There are some people, who are unfamiliar with lake snows because they are from out of town. And then there are those who, though they have lived here all their lives, refuse to accept that it is winter.
Do you mind listening to my story?
This morning was snowy, as is obvious by my title. I was on my way to work, and stuck three cars behind a large, slow-moving, salt truck/snow plow. I was on a single-lane-each-direction road and following me was the most impatient person I have yet to encounter this season. He or she would not leave the two-car lengths distance my dad taught me about. I couldn’t go any faster, and yet this individual insisted on sitting in my back seat. I focused my attention on the Bible teaching on the radio and prayed for safety. It seemed the logical thing to do, because I wasn’t going to go any faster.
I made my customary turn south, much to the chagrin of my follower. He/she was turning the same way. I was promptly passed on this unplowed portion of road. Wouldn’t you know it, but a few miles down the road, I caught up with this individual tailing another snow plow – this one only going 20mph. I watched as they attempted to pass – no luck – a car was coming. I prayed again. This one more of a demand of God to make that person stop…
He attempted again to pass the plow. On a blind curve. BRILLIANT! What a wonderful idea!
Alright, I’ll cut my sarcasm, because here was the scary part.
Another car was coming in the opposite direction – she was in her lane going slow enough for the road conditions. I watched it all happen as Mr. Speedy swerved back behind the plow and the other car swerved out of the way and promptly into a ditch. The other car, and the car behind him did not stop. All I could hear myself say was “OH LORD!”
I made a split decision. I am not usually one to stop in these instances, but this car was off to the side of the road, and everyone else had gone by. I couldn’t in good conscience just drive off, leaving the woman there in the middle of nowhere, without having checked.
Since I had already slowed down, I parked in the road (brilliant on my part as well), and ran over to make sure the person was ok. She was. I mean, she was shaken up. I told her I understood – I watched it all happen. She had a cell phone, and I stood there with her for a bit as she made a call. I had to get to work, and so I eventually left. But at least I stopped and made sure she wasn’t injured.
My point in sharing this on the GodlyGals blog?
Well, I think there are some lessons to be learned.
1. Please don’t rush. Being so hurried by things today – we sometimes forget to take our time, be careful, and consider how our actions may hurt others.
2. Follow the rules of the road and don’t try to pass a plow on a blind curve. There are rules for a reason – it’s just stupid to take a risk like that.
3. If someone may be injured, being late to work is not important in comparison to the lives of others. Stop and help.
It all comes down to THINKING - about others, and yourself; about VALUING LIFE, and acting with precaution when the situation warrants it. God created each of us, and we should not be so reckless with His creation.
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The ladies get together to talk about thankfulness and upcoming holidays.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12