Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pray Before You “Eat”…Eve!

What if Eve had prayed before she’d bitten the fruit? What if Adam had prayed? There is that split second that exists between contemplation and decision/action. Had either of them considered prayer at all? What would have happened if either of them had prayed?

We know happened. Neither prayed. Eve considered the logic of what the serpent was telling her and arrived at what seemed to be a very reasonable and logical conclusion….BUT IT WAS THE WRONG CONCLUSION!!!!!!!!!!! It was based on lies and was itself a lie.

What about Adam? The Bible says he wasn’t deceived. So it’s safe to say he just jumped to conclusions. Why, oh why didn’t you stop and pray Dad?

I’ve been thinking about this for a few years now until I realized this week,Esther, what if you had prayed FIRST? OMG! The ramifications of this were staggering and I just wanted to cry.

How many times have I been at the tree with the forbidden fruit? How many times have I conversed with the serpent (since when do they talk, btw?)? HOW MANY TIMES have I arrived at the wrong conclusion and led others to follow me in my sin?

I’ve spent a few days repenting. I’ve also spent a few days rejoicing in the Lord.  God has given me a gift. Regardless of the pain truth sometimes brings, it’s a gift. This gift, I’ve determined to share with the world on as many stages as God allows me to plant my feet upon. There are so many applications for this.

I love the book of Genesis. I love the Genesis TeleBible Studies that we have each week. God has given us a chance to revisit overlooked themes and under-appreciated Truths. My life is changing. My character is changing. My heart beats for God like it never had before. I want more. And I want to share.

Until my next entry…don’t wander from “Adam” (the 2nd one), stay away from the tree, serpents can’t talk (and if they do, it’s not the truth), and FIND THE TREE OF LIFE.

See you Monday. And please, don’t forget to SHARE and LIKE.

ILY

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My Jesus

Some who battle false apparitions from dead relatives conjure up the courage to say “that’s not my mother/brother/father.”

Today as I encountered an email of a very warm, gentle, compelling Jesus yet with a ever so slight, New Age agenda, I said to myself, “that’s not my Jesus.”

Our Jesus can only be revealed by the Holy Scriptures. Any other version may feel easier, but it’s just a virtual Jesus.

And virtual is NOT actual. -JCF


Supernatural Problems Demand Supernatural Solutions

Got problems?

All hands are raised.  Got solutions?- few hands raised. While there is no shortage of problems, there seems to be a shortage of solutions.

It’s amazing; when you take the time to look at your own life- you realize that your BEST ideas have gotten you where you are. If God is Omniscient, then wouldn’t it be safe to see how to apply His solutions to our problems? Omniscience has to bring more to the table. I’m just saying.

The Bible keeps it real: our problems and their solutions impact our destiny; therefore, we cannot ignore the supernatural component.

Tonight’s lesson, The Solution, deals with this topic.  While there aren’t ‘plenty’ of seats…there are ‘seats’ in the teleconference. Invite your friends by SHARING this article and/or LIKING us.


WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Elivis, Frank, Tupac, Michael Jackson, …and my loved one: where are they? Yes, they’ve ‘passed away’, but what does that really mean? Where are they? heaven? hell? purgatory? in space? What are they doing? And while I’m asking, what will it mean when I ‘pass away’?

These were the questions we explored during Monday night’s TeleBible Studies. There are SO many competing answers and beliefs regarding death and life after death. It’s flabergasting actually. Where does one begin to find the RIGHT answer?

You begin with a worldview. If that worldview involves God (the most logical) then you must go to Him and see what He says about the matter. That’s what we did Monday night, and in so doing, the questions got answered- logically and satisfactorily. The matter was settled.

I encourage everyone to seek out the answer to these pertinent questions. Review what we studied Monday night. Download Lesson 4 and complete it while following along with the audio from that night. Then share with your friends.

Lesson 5 is now available for download. I hope to ‘see’ you Monday. Our study hall is filling up, but there’s room for you and a few of your friends.

Share this post/link with your friends and LIKE us. Let’s not keep the “Good News” to ourselves.


God is Real and Can Be Trusted

How do I know?  Because I’ve tried Him for myself.

4 years ago I decided not to renew my teaching contract with the public school system. I had felt God’s hand on me and decided to answer His call to lay all on the altar, be His, and work for Him full time.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t fully comprehend what that meant- but I did know what I didn’t want it to mean…poverty! My willful blindness needlessly delayed my understanding of the totality of surrender involved with “being God’s”.  

It wasn’t until I was months in this “working-for-God-thing” that I began to realize the serious, enormous, and wonderful implications involved in surrendering to God:

1] I have to trust God.
I DID NOT TRUST GOD.
I was coaching a client one evening who was pondering a major career move she felt was inspired by God. She was very perplexed, so I finally asked her, “Can God be trusted?” That was her light-bulb-moment…and, to my surprise, it was mine too. I realized then that I did not trust God (which was why I had launched a coaching practice rather than a ministry-smh). It was an embarrassing and sobering realization.

 2] Total dependence is required.
As a modern, independent, hard-working woman, I’ve had to learn how to allow God to “hold the door open” for me. “I got this!” has since changed to “God’s Got This!” (thank you Beverly Murphy).

3] I am wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.
I’m not who I thought I was. I had clothed my character with the garments of education, religion and social grace-with a dash of NY toughness. God has shown me the shoddiness and ill-fittedness of said apparel and has engaged in a work to clothe me with His righteousness so that the shame of the real me remains hidden. Cover me Jesus!

It’s been 4 year and two months since that fateful day. God’s hand is still on me, I am still His, and I still work for Him full time (while I make ‘tents’ on the side). GOD IS REAL! And He has proven Himself worthy of my puny trust. 

These 4 years have been a delicious romance…and THAT, (Mr. you-know-who) is why I’m glowing- and thank you for noticing! 🙂  I never knew this was possible.

Invite your friends and family to our next TeleBible Study this Monday. It really is a blessing. Support us, link to us,  “Like” this site and “Share”  it. Use this medium as a witnessing tool.


Are You Missing Out?

These Bible studies have helped me dig deeper in certain Bible stories, and has increased my longing for worship and time with God even more. Hearing others get involved in Bible discussions in her study has led me to read more and also participate more confidently in biblical discussions. These Bible studies have truly been a blessing and a great addition to my worship experience.- JLW, Texas
Have you been missing the weekly Telebible studies? The above testimonial is being shared with you by someone who elected to ‘miss out’ on Bible Studies, but now is in place every week, loving the Lord and His Word.

I encourage you to come to Telebible Studies Monday nights or to download the audios.  Most importantly, tell your friends. Let’s put Facebook, et al., to better use.


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