Small steps in faith

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Review of "Gathering the Threads" by Cindy Woodsmall

This is the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove Series. Ariana has returned to her Amish family but not without struggles.She has become an independent thinker which has created conflicts with her Amish parents, boyfriend, and the church. She struggles with her Amish faith and way of life and the new English ways she has learned from her birth parents. She struggles to find who she really is in her work and in love. The book does a great job in exploring the characters and all the relationships between the Amish characters and those who have left the faith. It also brings a close to the mystery of why Quill and Freida had to leave and how the Amish culture is impacted by the laws of the English world. The relationship of the 2 girls who are switched at birth is also developed. The story is a feel good , positive story with twists along the way. I would highly recommend the entire series. Disclaimer. I received the series from the publisher at no cost to review

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Fraying the "Edge". #2 The Amish of Summer Grove"

I enjoyed the second part to this trilogy even more than the first book. It took the two girls, who were switched at birth, and put them with their biological families. How they adjusted and their experiences in their new worlds were detailed and emotional. I really felt connected to Arianne and Skylar. The side stories of both sides and their interactions with family members made the stories move fast. The ending with the girls returning to their original families left them confused with their beliefs and feelings. I can't wait to read the third book to see which life they choose. I love how the culture and faith of the Amish is included.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

I really enjoyed this book as much as her others I have read. She has a great way of developing the characters . With the mystery of the switching of the babies and the impact on the entire family, I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. The ending leads into the next book. The Amish lifestyle, faith, and language are special additions to the story. I can't wait to read the 2nd in the series

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christ in you

My notes from the sermon by Rennes Bowers on 11/27

Nothing is coincidence
The Son can do nothing of his own accord.
How did Jesus live his life?
Need to look at the root not just his fruits
He lived as a man.he did these miracles as a man in dependence of his Father
John 20 Father sent Jesus and Jesus sends us with the indwelling presence of Him in us
He breathes into them the Holy Spirit.
Jesus teaches on:
1. Kingdom 2. Father 3. Life
Creation...author of life
Plan..eat from the tree of life
We ate from the wrong tree...the tree of knowledge of good and evil
The Christian life is not to pursue good and avoid evil
It's to live with God in us
Gospel of John is about life
bios=measurable life
psuche=soul life
zoe=God's eternal divine life
Passover..blood
lamb=they eat if for strength for the journey
blood=salvation
zoe=life
lamb(Christ) in you
Jesus is Zoe
Galations 2:20
You can't live robotically
We are the vessel He lives in
Broken vessels..God flows through you to others
God puts lambs in our lives

"John 9:1-17"

My notes from Jasons' sermon on 11/20

No reference to healing with blindness by God in the Old Testament
No reference to disciples healing blindness in the New Testament

In the gospels, there are many examples of Jesus healing the blind
Isaiah The Messiah gives sight to the blind
Jesus is showing He is the Messiah to the Jews

Observation #1
The blind man could not see Jesus but He could see him
Jesus stops and helps those who are blind..even spiritually blind. We don't seek God if left to ourselves
To be like Jesus....don't overlook the disabled

Assumption in that cultrure..specific suffering results in specific sins that caused it
God has a purpose for all of us...there is no accident or mistake
Look at the world through the lens of the WORD
Exodus 4:11

Observation #2
This man's blindness as purposed by God
Differently enabled..not disabled
Doesn't mean you can't pray for healing
Life with disability with Jesus is better than life without disability without Jesus

Observation #3
Jesus wants his disciples to co-labor with Him in the works of God
Ephesians 2:10

Observation #4
Jesus wants his disciples to do God's works with a sense of urgency
There is an enemy working in this world
Don't waste your life
Jesus got his hands dirty to heal a man
Pool of Siloan=sent
Jesus=sent

Observation #5
The pool of Siloan is a picture of Jesus
Need to be washed whiter than snow

Observation #6
The changes in the blind man's life caused the crowds to ask questions
Started off thinking of Jesus as a man then sees him as a prophet...later in John he sees him as the Messiah

John Newton
By the grace of God I am what I am..no longer a slave to satan and sin

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"John 8:48-58

My notes from Jason's sermon this am

V 48- Name calling from the Pharisees.
They dishonor Jesus by calling him a Samaritan and having a demon
When we stand for the things of God , we should expect some level of conflict

49-50 Dishonoring Jesus is the same as dishonoring God Opposing Jesus is opposing God
opposing Jesus..warning that God is a judge who will defend his glory
God sent Jesus to save us 3:17...not just to condemn
John 8:51 eternal life..if you keep his word...an offer of grace
John 11:35-26
We have physical death but our soul lives
John 5:24
Eternal life starts when we believe ...not when we die.
Death where is your victory

54-58 Jesus tells them who he is..even Abraham rejoiced who he is
Before Abraham..I AM...making a point about his preexistence and his presence now. I am God.
John 8:58 Jesus claims to be God. He understood his own divinity
When Jesus makes a promise, God makes a promise
Hebrews 2:14-15
Fear of death-enemy trying to keep you a slave to death

Friday, November 11, 2011

2 Samuel 9

These are my notes from Rob's sermon on 11/6
Orphan Sunday
We sang the beautiful song "Albertine" by Brooke Fraser
Videos of families who were involved with adoption

In the context of history of this chapter of the Bible
Saul is in the positon of leadership but has no heart for God
David..man after God's heart
He becomes a warrior
Saul becomes jealous of David
Saul's son, Jonathan, is David's best friend
Jonathan and Saul both die in battle
Mephibosheth is Jonathan's son
His nurse drops him and he is physically crippled

Mephibosheth was:

Fatherless
From a rival family
Damaged

David was:
Searches for him
Has kindness toward him
restores him
communes with him

Jesus goes to the morgue and puts his life on ours so that we may live
He restores our life

Look for ways God wants you to be involved with orphans

"Carried to the Table" by Leeland based on this story

Monday, October 31, 2011

John 8:37-47

My notes from Rob's sermon

"Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me"

Spiritual paternity test
God or Satan

How does the Devil raise his children?

1. He wants to raise you to see God as your biological heritage
This isn't theological...it's about faith
The Jews felt entitled
For those raised in the church, this can be a vulnerability
"I'm good because I've been raised in the church"

2. He wants to raise you to do his work
Patterns of sinning

3. He wants to raise you in the belief that knowing God does not require you to love Jesus
He's not afraid of God talk but screams in fear of Jesus

4. He wants to raise you with his desires in order to overide the words of Jesus
ex. dating
theologically....read, listen to things that contradict scripture

5. He wants to raise you to see Jesus as the liar
ex. Genesis...the snake
Jesus has never uttered a lie

6. He wants to raise you to be spiritually deaf

We are not entitled to God's grace
Christ commissions us to good work
How are your affections for Jesus? you heart? your passion?
Are you operating in the power of the spirit?
Jesus is the truth in everything
Are you humble and teachable? or are you prideful?

Knowing God....J Packard

Do I understand my adoption?
Have I sought sure assurance
Do I think of Jesus as my brother? divine authority and divine sympathy
Have I learned to hate the things that displease my father
Do I look forward to that day in heaven?
Do I love my brothers and sisters?
Am I proud of my family?
Does family likeness appear in me?

"John 8:31-38

My notes from Jason's sermon

Jesus is talking to those who profess beliefs
Abide in his words
What does that mean?
Remain connected to them in such a way action happens Producing fruit
Many examples in scripture that tell us the importance of producing fruit
What are you living out?
If tomorrow you decided "I don't believe in Jesus" would your lifestyle change?

1. Freedom's Practice
Abiding in Jesus word Ex. a chair...actually sitting in it
free from sin to free to something
Wants can conflict
True freedom to do what we're made for
The more we abide and discipline ourselves the more free we are

2. Freedom's Prerequisite
Admitting you are a slave v33
Can't base on religious heritage

Freedom is the state of having the right master...Jesus

3. Freedom's Promise
Becoming a family memeber v35
Are you a slave or are you a son? v36
free= to be set free fro the trap of sin
one who is freeborn..new birthrights
Set free to be adopted
Ex sex trade...liberation and adoption

4. Freedom's Person
Jeus the son

5. Freedom's Price
death

Are you living in the truth that sets you free?