Thursday, March 31, 2011

Raising Spiritual Children Workshop May 13-14



I was purusing  http://stirthewater.com/ and tripped over this wonderful conference….in case you are close. More info is found there.

Hosting Ministry: Nexus Connection

Forerunner Christian Fellowship
May 13, 2011 to May 14, 2011


Location:

400 S. Avenue H
Barstow, CA 92311
USA
760-255-3927
http://www.deserthop.com/



Teachers: Patty Mapes




Is this for you?


For Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Leaders and everyone who wants to impact the spiritual lives of others.


This will be a lively time of Insight, Information and Impartation.


Our goal in holding this conference is to help us refocus on raising a generation who will grow up to be spiritually and emotionally whole. We don’t believe that we need more religion.


We believe that we need people who are spiritually alive, spiritually and emotionally healthy; capable of fully relating to God and each other. We hope that we can speak to Christians and non-Christians, working moms and dads, families with a stay-at-home parent, mentors and coaches, homeschoolers and boarding schoolers — you are all welcome.


We know that you have a contribution to make, and we hope that we will also make a contribution to you and your family. We want to challenge you and your children to reach the purpose you were put on earth for. Become the family that God designed you to be — the family that is different, in a very good way.




More info: Voice: 888-877-4248; Fax: 888-899-0384 Website: http://www.nexusconnection.org/



or http://www.raisingspiritualchildrenbook.com/




This post will also be placed on our other blog site:

http://parentingtwinsandmore.com/

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday.... Great Artwork - PRESSING IN

"Pressing In" by Leslie Young Marks



Don't you just LOVE this painting by Leslie Young Marks ? You see the desperation are determination in her face. I love it! What are YOU determined about?

There is actually inspired by a scene from the verses:

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Matthew 9:20-22


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 24 - 30 Days w/ Jesus - John 11 and 12 - PLOT TO KILL...

Today's Bible Challenge reading is John 11:1-57 and 12: 1-43 - Plot to Kill.....

Again, if this happens to be your FIRST DAY JOINING US...WELCOME...glad to have you!!!!
...in fact you could even leave a comment to let us know. 

Meanwhile, here is a link to DAY 1 so you can join us for an adventure with God. 

We want u to have MORE than a bible story lesson....we want to help you EXPERIENCE God!
Interacting with a LIVING God is soo much more fulfilling!



Before we DIG INTO today's reading let's make 3 points.

  1. Jesus has authority over death...Yet had emotions just like we do
  2. Because Jesus was sooo different and radical. Many wanted to KILL Him and planned their strategy to do so!
  3. Jesus was honored by a woman who gave Him her best even though others ridiculed her for it

1. Jesus Has Authority OVER Death


Because Jesus was God's Son, He had significant authority over things....INCLUDING DEATH.
We discussed this before on Day 12 of our 30 DAY BIBLE CHALLENGE. The difference in this passage is that Lazarus was a brother of his close friends!

Jesus even STARTED CRYING!!!


John 11

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. ... 

4 When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (These were Jesus' friends He hung out with)

6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then He said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

 11 After he had said this, He went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

 12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

 14 So then He told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”


In other words JESUS knew that Lazarus would die first...and then have to be healed back to life...







2. Plot to Kill.......


HOW Did the people THANK JESUS for totally healing Lazarus?


They STARTED PLANNING TO KILL

Both Jesus AND Lazarus


How is THAT for gratitude?





verses 11:45-57 gets into their evil plot to CAPTURE Jesus

Jesus of course could NOT be caught UNTIL the appointed time....they were really wasting their time.

Jesus actually TOLD the disciples WHEN HE'D DIE (see verses 12: 23-38). They didn't GET it at the time but they figured it out later....much later. AFTER Jesus died, came BACK to life and went to Heaven. THEN it all began to click for them. 


It other words God had IT ALL PLANNED!


Just like He has an exact purpose and PLAN for your life. TALK to GOD & Just ask Him to SHOW you.


Again, if you don't feel comfortable "talking" to God and need a boost....plz let us know!




3. Jesus Honored and Defends Mary

A few days before Jesus went to the Passover, Jesus was with  Lazarus, still happy to be back alive, and his sisters....a woman named Mary who Jesus had helped before...poured perfume worth about a YEAR'S worth of salary ONTO JESUS' FEET!! Then she wiped his FEET with HER HAIR.


At Her Master's Feet by Del Parson



Would you believe someone made FUN OF HER!!!!!! 


Jesus defended her.....

Jesus even PLANNED for her to be honored from that point on for the sacrifice she made to bless Him...
 
In John 12:1-11 We see that giving Jesus your best is appreciated greatly by God....then God defends you and helps you out too.

WIN-WIN partnership with the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE...not a bad deal huh?




After this Jesus, who was a Jew , Prepared to Celebrate the Jewish Holiday - The Passover With His Disciples...when He entered Jerusalem they shouted and praised him:

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. 

They shouted,
   
“Praise God!
   Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
   Hail to the King of Israel!”







too bad those same folks wouldn't defend Jesus shortly after....when He was crucified.



 OPTIONAL:
To watch The Miracle Maker animation of Jesus' life in its entirety online....(Be careful of the commercials. Parental supervision suggested for the youngers)




 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 23 - Vpost - Mark 6&8 - How Dense Can They Be? - 30 Days With Jesus


Today's Lesson Video Post - 30 Days With Jesus  Bible Challenge


The scriptures we are looking at in my post are:
Mark 6:30-44, Mark 8:1-22




FUNNY CARTOON I LIKED FROM FUNNY FRIDAYS




In part of today's scripture Jesus feeds 5,000 people!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday.... Flagging FUN!


We had sooooo much fun worshipping the LORD! 



WE had HAD BLAST!!!








Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 21 - GRACE DAY with Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friends!!!




ENJOYING your Grace Day 21?  

Remember every 7th day for the 30 DAYS With Jesus is for reading whatever in the bible you like. It is also a good day to catch up and re-read verses you didn't quite get... OR, to re-read your favorite ones.

WHAT'S the GOAL again?

To PRAY first and ask God to teach you as you read each day....to SPEND TIME with Jesus as you set time aside JUST for you and HIM to get to know each other =)

WHICH best friend do you have? 

There are not many people who end up with best friends BY ACCIDENT right?

Well, God actually wants to be your best friend!! He is crazy about you. God actually spoke about people who were close to Him in the Bible...it means alot to Him.

So.... YOUR 30 Days With Jesus Time means ALOT to God too!!! He is THRILLED to spend time with YOU and is waiting =)



  
"  Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I (God) will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. "  

Revelations 3:20 (NLT)