Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ladies Summer Bible Study

2010 Ladies Summer Bible Study
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Focus on the Foundational Principals of Christian Living
Charles F. Stanley
Week 9
The Four R's of Spiritual Growth

This lesson is in 4 parts.....


None of us automatically grows spiritually. Each of us must choose to grow....and we must choose to continue to grow. We must never be satisfied with our current level of spiritual strength. We must always seek to become stringer, more mature, and more effective in the Lord.


2 Peter 3:18 says "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
This is now a nice statement of encouragement or support. It is a command from the Lord.


In God's Word, we find 4 keys that are prerequisites to growth, no matter how mature a person may be in the Lord. Today, we'll look at the last 2. Sorry for the delay....




Reflect on God's Work





You must gain an understanding of what God desires to do in you and ultimately what He desires to do through you.Ephesians 2:19-22 says





Put those verses in your own words.


What principle is Paul addressing here?


How do these verses demonstrate that all Christians can learn from God's involvement in the lives of other Christians?





In what ways have you been blessed by God's work in those He has places in your life and in the lives of those who have gone before?








Response to Trials


Rather than running from trials, ask the Lord why He has allowed a specific trial or test to come into your life. Look for the lesson He desires to teach you or the character trait He desires to strengthen. At the same time, ask God if the trial you are experiencing is a chastening from Him. Ask the Lord, "Is there something in my life you want me to change?"


1 Peter 4:12-13 says


When have you gone through a fiery trial that actually strengthened your character?


What trials might God be using right now to make you more like Christ?


What are we called to rejoice in when we face trials?


How can rejoicing make a trial more helpful?






"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Walk The Walk Wednesday







Aspartame

Disclaimer, if you have any symptoms it is important to investigate them with your Dr. Just because you drink diet coke doesn't mean you have Aspartame poisoning. A thorough investigation with your Dr. regarding your symptoms can actually be something more serious going on, so it’s important to investigate that with your Dr. and be an advocate for yourself. As this article discusses, it’s just probably better to put the diet cokes away. God didn’t create it-it’s man made just like margarine and flies won’t even eat margarine. If nature reflects it, then why would it be good to ingest it? So with that being said, what you put in your body that is not from the Lord maybe an attack on your body as an outcome. Just some thoughts to think about.



This was ultra hard to write on since I love diet cokes!!!



Phenylalanine is a hidden danger to anyone consuming aspartame. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in diet drinks. Aspartame is primarily Phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is an amino acid a “building block” of protein also found largely in meat, fish, eggs, cheese, bananas, and milk. Babies at birth get tested for PKU disease. Some babies are born with the inability to break down this certain amino acid with PKU. If they cannot break down this amino acid they develop brain damage as a result and their diets must be very regulated in order to survive as many foods and drinks contain phenylalanine. Look on the back of your diet soda. In big bold letters the drink reads “CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE” or “PHENYLKETOUNURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE”. People with certain medical conditions, such as PKU, tardive dyskinesia, and Parkinson's, may be more susceptible to side effects. Although a normal dietary intake does not usually cause problems for most people, unusually high doses may cause side effects.

Side effects include:
Eye
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
decreased tears
trouble with contact lenses
bulging eyes
Ear
tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment
Neurological
epileptic seizures
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
severe tremors
Psychological/Psychiatric
severe depression
irritability
aggression
anxiety
personality changes
insomnia
phobias
Chest
palpitations, tachycardia
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure
Gastrointestinal
nausea
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
abdominal pain
pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
hives
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
menstrual changes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
severe PMS
Other
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
death
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
peptic ulcers
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
severe depression
aggressive behavior
suicidal tendencies
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Epstein-Barr
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Grave’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
ALS
Epilepsy
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
EMS
Hypothyroidism
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Fibromyalgia
Lupus
non-Hodgkin's
Lymphoma
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)





For more information on how to detox from this very harmful chemical this is a wonderful website to research on your own. www.sweetpoison.com or a good read on this is “Sweet Poison: How The World's Most Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Killing Us--My Story” by Dr. Janet Starr Hull. Dr. Janet Hull's aspartame expertise is based on her professional background. She holds a Doctorate in Nutrition, a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, is an international geographer and geologist, a former university professor, firefighter and Hazardous Waste Specialist and Emergency Responder. She is a Licensed Certified Nutritionist, certified fitness professional, author and aspartame victim.








It is so important to be know what it is that we are putting in our bodies! God created so many wonderful things to eat and drink. Water is the perfect fluid for our bodies and fruit juices are full of vitamins!








Following His Lead~


Danyelle

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ladies Summer Bible Study



2010 Ladies Summer Bible Study
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Focus on the Foundational Principals of Christian Living
Charles F. Stanley
Week 9
The Four R's of Spiritual Growth


This lesson is in 4 parts.....


None of us automatically grows spiritually. Each of us must choose to grow....and we must choose to continue to grow. We must never be satisfied with our current level of spiritual strength. We must always seek to become stringer, more mature, and more effective in the Lord.


2 Peter 3:18 says "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
This is now a nice statement of encouragement or support. It is a command from the Lord.


In God's Word, we find 4 keys that are prerequisites to growth, no matter how mature a person may be in the Lord. Today, we'll look at the second one.


Receive Godly Counsel





God has placed Christian brothers and sisters in your life to encourage you, to admonish you, to teach you, and to give you godly counsel regarding God's unique purpose and plan for your life. James 1:19-20 says




"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."


What is involved in being "swift to hear"?

Why must we be "slow to speak"?

What role does wrath play in one's willingness to hear wise counsel?

How does wrath keep God's righteousness from being produced?

We are often quick to seek advice from friends and family whom we know will tell us what we what to hear. Often times we are not so swift to hear from someone who does not support out point of view. God sends all sorts of people into our lives to guide us and help us grow and mature spiritually. A person who reminds you of what God desires and commands is more valuable to you from an eternal perspective than one who is faithful to take your side in every situation.

Father God,
Help me to always seek godly counsel. Thank you for the people you have put in my life that are quick to remind me of Your Word. Help me to recognize them and help me to be swift to hear what you have to tell me through them. Help me to be slow to speak, Lord. Help me grow to be less concerned with what I need people to know about me and my circumstances and more concerned with what I need to know about you and what you want for me and from me.
Amen




















"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx

Ladies Summer Bible Study

2010 Ladies Summer Bible Study
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Focus on the Foundational Principals of Christian Living
Charles F. Stanley
Week 9
The Four R's of Spiritual Growth


This lesson is in 4 parts.....


Learning: If God loves me, why do I have to suffer?
Growing: How can I learn from those who are wise??


None of us automatically grows spiritually. Each of us must choose to grow....and we must choose to continue to grow. We must never be satisfied with our current level of spiritual strength. We must always seek to become stringer, more mature, and more effective in the Lord.


2 Peter 3:18 says "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
This is now a nice statement of encouragement or support. It is a command from the Lord.


In God's Word, we find 4 keys that are prerequisites to growth, no matter how mature a person may be in the Lord. Today, we'll look at the first one.


Ready to Face Failures

Is there an area of your life where you have experienced repeated failures? Can you point to certain faults that you seem to have had all your life? God has a great desire to see you made whole and will pursue the faults and failures that fragment you and cause you to be dysfunctional, uneasy, or deeply frustrated. He will continue to move against any obstacle that stands in the way of your wholeness or intimacy with Him .



Hebrews 12:1 says Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.



What is the race that has been set before you?

In what areas do you need more endurance?

What sins frequently ensnare you?

What weights are slowing you down?

What will you do this week to get rid of these things?



Father God,
Help me to see the things which weigh me down and keep me from running the race you have set before me. Help me to understand what my Race is, what it is that you want to do through me and help me to enbrace that as the goal for my entire life. Help me Lord, not only to identify the sin or sins which are slowing me down, but create in me a love for you that makes my desire for sinful things pale by comparison. Lord, you know my heart and you know what I am in need of. I love you and I thank you dor loving me.
Amen















"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Walk the Walk Wednesday



Gym mentality Vs. Walk the Walk Mentality





"Christians, your body is the Holy Spirit's temple, you want it to function right and be healthy."



There is little spirituality at many fitness gyms. The focus in a gym is on achieving a sexy body- often acheiving a sexy body over a healthy body. Most Christian women, women who view their bodies as the Temple of God, are uncomfortable with this "sexy" and "sexual" focus. Many Christian women want to be healthy and strong, not a object of lust.


Such was the motivation for a trend in faith-based fitness, where divine inspiration comes with perspiration. This year our Walk the Walk group will be doing “Body by God" classes. These classes are being taught at dozens of gyms and churches across the country. Prayers Get Physical: Body by God promises to be more than just the latest workout fad.


Ben Lerner, author of "Body by God," says his workout has staying power.



"The bottom line is we are called to honor God with our bodies, no matter what size, shape, or age we are." This is a commandment by God.


Body by God is not the only program of its kind. "What Would Jesus Eat," "The Prayer Diet" and "The Hallelujah Diet" are other popular titles aimed at devout Christians who want to keep body and soul together. Walk the Walk will be drawing inspiration from these books as well.


Many ladies that have confided that they do not feel at home in regular gyms:


"With most modern gyms, the focus is on wearing tight clothes. It seems as though a lot of people stare at you, that getting attention is the reason for going."

In Contrast:

"Walk the Walk is Christian fellowship. We don't compare ourselves with anybody else. We talk about our weaknesses and adress them for what they are....sin and the bondage of sin.”

We do hold ourselves accountable to each other, but only after we are accountable to our creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. In Walk the Walk, we know that if we lean on our own wants, desires, and temptations we take Christ out of the focus of what we are doing and why we are doing it. In Walk the Walk, we strive to focus on CHRIST 100%. Having Jesus Christ in control makes temptations, desires, and wants much more easily recognized as sin and from Satan. We are constantly learning how to battle and defeat the bondage of fatigue, obesity, over eating, or, at the risk of being offensive, the often over looked sins of slothfulness and gluttony. We are choosing to be active - to get up and move.

We believe that God wants you to start at where you are, right now, today, and move forward each second after that. He deserves our commitment.


He died on the cross for us. He gave us our bodies so that we could use them to serve Him.


Show him your love today by saying “I’ll Walk the Walk for You, Lord!”


Following His Lead~
Danyellle



"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx

Ladies Summer Bible Study, Week 8

2010 Ladies Summer Bible Study
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Focus on the Foundational Principals of Christian Living
Charles F. Stanley
Week 8
Involvement With Other Believers


Learning: Is it really important to go to church?
Growing: What difference can I make in the church??

One of the most important Spiritual Disciplines you can develope is faithful involvement in the local church. Christian television, radio, and tape ministries are certainly good things, but they are no substitute for regular attendance and involvement in the worship services, ministry outreaches, and educational programs of your church.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says:
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching

What does it mean to "stir up love and good works"? Why do such things need to be stirred up?

Why is it necessary that other Christians be involved in that process? What role does the church play, according to these verses?

THE BODY OF CHRIST
No Christian has ever been called to "go it alone" in his or her faith. We need each other.

4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:4-8

OUR MINISTRY TO OTHER BELIEVERS
Jesus made it very clear that out foremost ministry to other believers is to love them.

John 15:12: This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

As Members of the BODY OF CHRIST, we are to:
Pray for one another James 5:16
Speak well of one another James 4:11
Speak truthful and admonishing words to one another Romans 15:14
Be hospitable and giving to one another 1Peter 4:9-10
Comfort one another 1Thessalonians 5:15
Pursue the common good 1Corinthians 14:26
Bless one another 1Peter 3:8-9

OUR SERVICE TO OTHERS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
Jesus sent His disciples out two by two. Luke 9:1-2 says that He gave them power and authority over all demons, and power to cure diseases. He told them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
On another occasion, Jesus sent out 70 of His disciples, again two by two and He said to them:
2 “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
9 Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’
He is saying the same to us; we are to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom of God.

TAKING ON THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
Good News for the Oppressed
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.[a]
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,[b]
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,[c]
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
Isaiah 61:1-3

What roles of the church does Jesus describe in these verses?
Which of these roles are you involved with?
Which of these ministries have you been the recipient of?


We are never called to "go it alone" in our faith, and we are never called to "go it alone" in ministry to others. As the body of Christ, we are to work together.
1Corinthians 12:25-27 says:
so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it

Have you ever experienced pain in one small part of your body, such as a stubbed toe?
How did you react to the pain?
Why is it important for all Christians to be involved with the local church?
What happens when one part of the body is separated?

Today: I am a part of Christ's Body, and therefore I must remain connected to the other parts of His body.
Tomorrow: I will become involved in the ministries of a local church on a regular basis.


Hugs!
K


"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx

Monday, August 2, 2010

Faithful Giving

2010 Ladies Summer Bible Study
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Focus on the Foundational Principals of Christian Living
Charles F. Stanley
Week 7
Faithful Giving


Learning: What is the reason for tithing?
Growing: What is considered a “correct” tithe?


The basic understanding of all believers in Jesus Christ is that everything we have received in this life is a gift to us from God…every minute of every day, every ability we possess, every opportunity we are given, every child that we bear, every item of material wealth, and even our abilities to express love and have faith. God gives it to us first, and it is out of the abundance of our supply to us that we give.



Three Attributes of our giving:
• Cheerful Giving – 2 Corinthians 9:7, Luke 6:38, Matthew 10:8
• Consistent Giving – Malachi 3:8-12, Luke 11:42, Matthew 25:37-40, Mark 1:41-44
• Generous Giving – Acts 4:34-37, Romans 12:8, 2 Corinthians9:6


Our giving is a direct expression of our trust in God. It is a sign of our willingness to let go of the controls of our life and our material well being and let God direct us, use us, and bless us as HE desires.

What does Psalm 34:8-10 say that those who seek the Lord will not lack?

Is this the same as saying, “If you give to God, you will get everything you want”?

Is it the same as saying that if you give more, God will answer your prayer?

What is the difference?

Maybe the question we need to ask ourselves is not “Will God supply my needs?”

PERHAPS the question we need to ask ourselves is “Do I truly believe that God knows what I need and what is good for me?”

“Do I believe that God will not ask more of me than I can bear?”

Or, better still, “Do I truly trust what God thinks is best for me?”


Today: The Lord wants me to give back to Him some of the blessings He has given me.
Tomorrow: I will begin a regular schedule of tithing this month and will work on doing it cheerfully.
 Giving is not the price you pay for answered prayer.
 Giving is not a tool for bargaining with God.



Giving is an expression of TRUST in GOD.


I have to ask myself the question, “Do I trust Him?” If I say I do, and my giving does not reflect that, then my actions are in conflict with what I say that I believe. We have all heard the saying “actions speak louder than words” and this is definitely true in many things, giving included. God will ask us to give different things, according to what HE has chosen to bless us with. If God places in my heart the conviction that I should give something, and I “can’t”, then my actions say that I do not trust God to know what I need.


God will not ask you to give something that will not bring blessing on you in the giving. Perhaps you would have to discontinue your cable TV in order to tithe. What blessing could come from that? From discontinuing your internet service? From cooking at home rather than going out to eat? From giving up your favorite TV show in order to study a lesson to teach in Sunday School? From giving up your Sunday Afternoon nap to visit someone in the hospital?

PRAYERFULLY consider what God would have you give back to Him. Remember that this includes, but is definitely not limited to, your money.

If something crosses your mind and your reaction is “NO! I couldn’t live without that!”, then there is a great possibility that that is indeed the very thing that God wants you to let go of. Do you trust that He will bless you if you let it go? Remember that God blesses us in ways we cannot imagine. We deny ourselves those blessings when we hang on to tightly to what God has given us.


Jesus said that, when we give, what is returned will be in “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over it will be put in your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38


God multiplies our giving in ways we cannot understand, but surely can receive.



Father God,

I say that I am blessed beyond measure. I say that all I have comes from you. I say that all I have is yours. Still, even though I do say these things and even though I know that they are true, I am not willing to give parts of everything you have given me back to you. There are many things that I think I could not live without. I like...even love what you have blessed me with and cannot imagine giving up the good things you have given to me because it is hard for me to imagine there being things that are better for me than what I already have.

Help me Lord. Help me to step out in faith and give my tithe....when I first get paid, not after I get everything else taken care of. Help me to step out in faith and give you a tenth of my FIRST fruits, not a bit of what's left over when everything else is taken care of.

Help me Lord to step out in faith and offer generously what you have blessed me with. Help me know what it is that you want me to give...my time? my talent? my knowledge? my abilities?

Lord, I do trust your word and Your Word tells me that you will give me what YOU know that i need and that you will give it in full abundance. Help me Lord to trust that Your way is BEST and that you do truly know what is BEST for me.


I love you Lord. Forgive my selfishness and my desire to hold on to what you have so freely given. I want to serve you. I want my life to be a testimony of Your love for your children. I want my life to be a living sacrifice to you.


Draw me near to you Lord and hold me close. Give me the courage to let go of the things I hold so tightly in my fist and the faith to believe that You will not ask me to give more than you have.


Amen