Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Morning Pick Me Up

Hymns The way we might sing some well-known hymns if we were being honest about how we sometimes FEEL:

1. I Surrender Some
2. There Shall Be Sprinkles of Blessings
3. Fill My Spoon, Lord
4. Oh, How I Like Jesus
5. He’s Quite a Bit to Me
6. I Love to Talk About Telling the Story
7. Take My Life and Let Me Be
8. It is My Secret What God Can Do
9. There is Scattered Cloudiness in My Soul Today
10. Where He Leads Me, I Will Consider Following
11. Just As I Pretend to Be

 How do you worship when you don't "feel" like it? Think about who GOD is and not on how you are feeling. The wonderful news is that Salvation is not a "FEELING". If you have accepted Christ as your Savior and Lord, then you are a child of God and that is a FACT! PRAISE GOD for that!!!!

 Have a great week!
 K




 "For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Recipe

Creamy Mediterranean Spread

What You Need
1pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1jar (7 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained, chopped
1pkg. (4 oz.) ATHENOS Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese
1/2cup chopped kalamata olives (about 40)
1/4cup KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
2Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley



Make It
SPREAD cream cheese onto bottom of pie plate.
COMBINE remaining ingredients; spoon over cream cheese.
SERVE with RITZ Crackers.


Kraft Kitchens Tips
Substitute
Prepare using KRAFT Greek Vinaigrette Dressing.
Make Ahead
Red pepper topping can be prepared ahead of time. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 24 hours before spooning over cream cheese as directed.


Enjoy!!!
K
































"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Tips, Trivia, and Tidbits



I love my Sunday School Class. I not only love the unity of spirit in that we all want to be disciples of Christ, but I also love the diversity of backgrounds, opinions, and levels of Spiritual Maturity represented in our class.


Over the past year, our little class really had a growth spurt and it has caused me to wonder why people attend (or don't attend) Sunday School. I did a little online research and I discovered that there is a tiny discrepancy between what Sunday School "promises" and what Sunday School Members "expect". Here are 2 examples that illustrate the discrepancy...


I found these "8 reasons to join Sunday School" listed on a random church website:


1. You will understand the Bible better in a Small group.


2. You will begin to really feel like part of God´s family.


3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.


4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.


5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.


6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!


7. You will deepen your understanding of worship.


8. You will be a New Testament Christian


THEN, I found these 3 reasons why people said they actually joined Sunday School:


Elmer Towns wrote 154 Steps to Revitalize Your Sunday School and Keep Your Church Growing.


THEY ARE LOOKING FOR FRIENDS.


THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HELP.


THEY ARE INTERESTED IN THE TOPIC, TEACHER PERSONALITY, OR PRIMARY TEACHING METHOD.



The most impressive thing that I discovered is something I have heard expressed in many different ways over the years....People are looking for friends. People want to feel like they belong. People want to feel like it matters that they are present. When they are absent, they want to know that they were missed. When they hurt, they want to know that someone cares.



We put a lot of pressure on a Sunday School teacher to make a class "work", and it IS the teacher's responsibility to make sure that he or she teaches God's Word...but it seems that the things that people are really looking for from a Sunday School class are things that the teacher really can't do alone.


As we, the class members, are growing into disciples, we can practice sharing the Love of Christ with those in our class. We can practice being alert to hurts and needs. We can practice mentoring. We can practice so that when we are called to be disciples out in "the world" and called to love the "unchurched", we will be experienced and hopefully these things will be natural to us.


What better place to "practice" loving like Jesus loved than in a Sunday School Class? As I mentioned earlier, my class is made up of a diverse group of people. We have different needs and are in different stages in life. There are NUMEROUS opportunities each day to let someone know that they are loved and valued.


What better way to mentor our less mature Christian brothers and sisters on how to care for each other, forgive each other, and see each other as Christ sees us than by caring for them, forgiving them, seeing them with Christ-filled eyes and loving them like Christ does?


After all, we are all works in progress...


Perhaps this post was better suited for "Thursday Thoughts"...oh well....



Have a great day!


K








"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.