Why You Should Attend Come Away {the retreat}

Hello there!

I’m popping in today to toss out some reasons why you, dear woman friend, should consider coming to Come Away {the retreat}. I’ll be honest with you….there will not be any ‘rock star’ Christian speakers at Come Away, nor will there be a famous worship leader. We will not have catered meals or spa treatments or a book store.

May I share with you what we will have at Come Away {the retreat}?

We will have:

Quiet time

Hearing from Jesus through Scripture

Worship

Quiet spaces for talking with Jesus

Jesus (our own personal ‘rock star’)

A safe space for heart work

Tasting Grace style meals

Chocolate

A beautiful cabin nestled in the north Georgia mountains on Lake Blue Ridge

May I also share with you quotes from some of the ladies who have registered? In their registration letter/email I asked them to tell me where they have been and where they are now from a spiritual perspective. I also invited them to share why they would like to attend Come Away {the retreat}. Here is what some had to say.

 

Why You Should Attend Come Away

 

 

Why You Should Attend Come Away Retreat

 

Sweet friend, do you need a faith booster? Do you desire to have an intimate walk with Jesus? If so, Come Away may be just what you need. Please click over HERE to find out more about Come Away {the retreat}.

 

SDG/FCA!!

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What Does the Bible Say About The Day of the LORD?

Ladies, are you considering attending Come Away {retreat}? If so, please do not delay. Only a few spaces remain so click over to THIS POST to find out more information and how to register. I hope you will join me in September!

 

Very often in Scripture there are concepts that cannot be fully studied without taking a few side trips. Early in our study we did just that when we ventured out of Revelation and into Nehemiah and Daniel, Daniel, and Daniel. For the next few weeks we are going step out of The Revelation and take several excursions into both the Old and New Testaments in order to explore what Scripture says about the ‘Day of the LORD’. It is impossible to study the rapture without also studying the Day of the LORD because the timing of the two events are inextricably tied together. After much study it is my personal belief that the rapture takes place immediately before the beginning of the Day of the LORD. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

We will be taking a look at the many places in Scripture where the phrase ‘Day of the LORD’ is used. It is needful for us to do this in order to piece together exactly what takes place and when it all happens, so pack a lunch, friends, we are going on a lengthy trip through the Bible.

 

The Day of the Lord Part 1

 

 

Because ‘context is king’ I will be giving you references for large passages of Scripture that I hope and pray you will examine in your own personal study time. Additionally, I will offer you the verses that I feel are crucial for you to see completely written out. Following each Scripture, I will list for you the major happenings that are detailed in that passage. From this we will build a profile of ‘the Day of the LORD’.

Are you ready? Let’s go. (All Scripture references are from the ESV)

 

The entire book of Obediah, with a focus on Obediah 1:15

 

 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.

 

Obediah is prophesying to Edom (the descendants of Esau), as well as to all nations, in approximately 560 BC. This prophecy concerns the way that Edom and all the nations have treated Israel.

 

The entire book of Joel, with a focus on Joel 1:15, 2:1 and 2a, 11, 30 and 31, and 3:14

 

Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes. (1:15)

Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! (2:1-2a)

The LORD utters his voice before his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; he who executes his word is powerful. For the day of the LORD is great and very awesome; who can endure it? (2:11)

And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (2:30 and 31)

Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (3:14)

Written to Judah and the nations sometime after 586 BC, Joel tells us several things about the Day of the LORD:

  • It is near
  • It is a day of darkness, thick clouds, and gloom
  • It is great and very awesome (not a good kind of awesome!) and is not something that people will be able to endure
  • Before the day of the LORD takes place there will be wonders in the heavens and earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sun shall be darkened and the moon turned to blood. (Remember Seal #6, Trumpet #1, Trumpet #2, Trumpet #4, and Trumpet #6?)
  • God will use the day of the LORD to judge the nations in the valley of decision, or the valley of Jehoshaphat.

Examining the entire book of Joel will reveal that there will be a ceasing of the grain and drink offerings because of the Day of the LORD. We also find that the Lord will shelter His people  and strengthen them. Remember this. We will come back to it because it is highly significant when we begin to piece together a timeline.

 

Amos 5, with a focus on Amos 5:18 and 20

 

Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light. Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

 

That’s pretty self-explanatory. Darkness and gloom. No light or brightness. I feel that this is not only speaking of physical darkness, but also spiritual and emotional darkness.

 

Isaiah 13, with a focus on Isaiah 13:6 and 9

 

Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come! Behold the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.

The day of the LORD is a judgment on sinners (those who do not accept Christ) from God. Might this suggest that Christ followers will not be present for it?

This is a good place for us to take a break. Next time we will step back into the Old Testament and look at more verses that reference the day of the LORD. Until then, I encourage you to ponder what we have learned about the rapture and the day of the LORD.

SDG/FCA!

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Come Away {retreat for women} ~ Registration Now Open

Come Away {retreat for women} ~ An Intimate Retreat with Jesus

Register NOW!

Come Away Retreat

 

I wish I could express how much desire I have in my heart for women to have that best-friend relationship with Jesus, to trust Him completely. The Lord and I have talked about this retreat for months. I know, without a doubt, that God ordained it. He planted the idea in my heart about 2 years ago, and gently confirmed it over and over. I have prayed over it; I have asked for His guidance and thrown out more than one fleece over the whole thing. He has been so faithful to give me what I need at each step of the planning. I continue to ask Him for more….more wisdom, more insight to serve 7 ladies who long to have a more intimate walk with Jesus. I have asked Him for the big things (the venue, the teachings, the worship leaders) and the very small things (décor, food, gifts). My heart’s desire is that Jesus be in every detail.

Even though I have not known the identities of 7 ladies who will attend, I have been praying for YOU. I’m confident that God knows who you are and is gently preparing your heart to attend Come Away.

So, today is the day that registration opens. Would you like a bit of a recap of the retreat?

At Come Away we will spend the weekend engaged in worship, the Scriptures, prayer, and tuning our hearts to the frequency of Jesus’ heart. Come Away {the retreat} will offer 7 ladies the opportunity to tuck away in a beautiful cabin in the north Georgia mountains and carve out time for Jesus. There will be three sessions of worship and Bible study, as well as ample private time and space for personal Jesus time. We will seek to lay down the distractions of daily life and social media and turn our gaze toward Christ.

A glance at the weekend:

FRIDAY – September 15th

Arrival by 5pm

Check in and settle in

Dinner

Session #1 – worship and teaching

Evening Assignments and Fellowship

 

SATURDAY – September 16th

Breakfast

Session #2 – worship and teaching

Focused prayer time (corporate and individual)

Lunch

 

Afternoon at leisure

 

Tasting Grace style dinner

Session #3 – worship and teaching

Evening Assignments and Fellowship

 

SUNDAY – September 17th

Breakfast

Final prayer time

Commissioning

Departures by 9am

 

Optional: Attend church at 11am with Leah at Vertical Church in Blairsville

 

NOTE: Schedule is subject to a tweak or two

 

Come Away retreat

 

What You Need to Know:

 

DATES:  September 15-17, 2016

 

LOCATION: Blue Ridge, Georgia – about an hour and a half drive north of Atlanta

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Tippy Canoe cabin is a lodge-style lake home on Lake Blue Ridge that features traditional mountain furnishings. The kitchen is equipped with both modern appliances and functional antique appliances. Comfortable living spaces are situated throughout the homes three floors, one of them containing a home theater. Fireplaces include a wood burning and a gas burning fireplace, as well as an outside fire ring. All bedrooms for attendees are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin.

There are six bunk-style (twin on top, full on bottom) beds on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin and one private queen room on the 2nd floor. Two full and one half baths round out the sleeping spaces.

 

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COSTS: accommodations, all sessions and material, and all meals are included in the price. This is early-bird pricing. After July 15th, the prices increase by $50.

Bunk-style beds – $300 per person

One private queen room – $350

 

REGISTRATION:

I am seeking women who are serious about developing an intimate relationship with Jesus, therefore, registration will require a bit more of a commitment than simply paying the fee.

 

  1. Beginning now, be willing to commit to pray over your time at Come Away, asking the Lord to give you a prepared heart for what He desires to do that weekend.
  2. In a letter or email, tell me your story (where you have been and where you are now spiritually) and why you desire to attend Come Away. I will need to have this piece of the registration in my hands before you pay your fee. Do not send money with your letter. I will prompt you to register and pay your fee once I receive your letter. My email address is info@leahadams.org and my mailing address is PO Box 113, Blairsville, GA 30514.
  3. Registration will be first come, first served.
  4. Because of the intimate nature of the retreat, we will not be able to accommodate children or babies.
  5. You may pay the fee in full, or in two installments of 50% each with the final payment being due September 1st. Your fee is refundable up to August 15th with the exception of $75. I accept checks, cash, or Paypal (info@leahadams.org and choose ‘send money to friends or family’).
  6. Take advantage of early-bird pricing now because the fees will go up by $50 after July 15th.

Sharing Life: 3 Ways to Help Mentor a Teenager

Today it is my privilege to welcome Sarah to my Sharing Life series. We met in an online blogger’s group and I have found her to be engaging and serious about reaching out to teen girls. She is the founder and operator of Transformed4More.com, a ministry for teenaged girls. She has a heart for teenagers and wants them to realize that the false ideas and fantasies the world sells them will never fulfill them. That is something only God can do.

Please connect with Sarah using the links at the end of this post.

 

3 Ways to Mentor a Teen

 

Oh, the teenage years. Whether they were the best days of your life, or you’re glad you only had to do them once, most can agree it proves a stressful time. Parents, teachers, friends, dating, driving, getting your first job, preparing for adult life in such a short span can be overwhelming at times.

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic shift in our culture towards the acceptance of sin in virtually any form. Today, it is more important than ever to be sure you are setting an example for Christ and mentoring any teenager or young person you can.

The thought of mentoring a teenager can seem intimidating to some; however, today’s post is geared to help you overcome your fear and show you how to help mentor any teen you come in consistent contact with. So how do you help?

Don’t let fear stop you

What if they don’t think I’m cool?”

“I haven’t been in high school in 20 years, what do I know about teens today?”

“What would we talk about?”

“What if I mess up?”

Fear commonly gets in the way when we attempt to do God’s work. Don’t listen to the fear; it is not of God. In fact, the Bible says “Fear not” over 300 times!

Many people think teenagers are particularly judgmental.  This may be true in how they relate to their peers, but, honestly, it does not often stretch to adults. Most of the time, they appreciate the chance to talk about themselves and have someone take an interest in them.

Don’t let the fear of “what if” stop you from making Kingdom impact.

 

Be consistent

Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Does this mean you have to mentor a teen forever? No, but since we are to model the life of Christ, this verse reveals the importance of consistency.  This trait proves a key factor in building a mentoring relationship.

If you want to be a true mentor, you need to be consistent with your time. Whether it’s checking up on them Sunday at church, coffee on Thursday nights, or get togethers every other week,  being intentional about your time goes a long way in showing the teen that you genuinely care. They can “smell” fake. I swear.

 

Listen more than you talk

James 1:19 stresses, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

When mentoring, it can be hard not to want to share your expertise and life experience that you feel would help your teen. However, always do more listening than speaking; sometimes all they need is for you to listen.

After you feel like they’ve “gotten it off their chest,” ask if they would like your advice or if they’d like to know how a similar situation happened to you. Realizing that you truly listened to them will make them more open to your stories and advice.

 

In Closing

 It’s been said, “Whoever wants the next generation will get them.” Satan is fighting hard to add to his numbers. We need take steps to do whatever we can to win this next generation for Christ. Is there any teen in your life you could invest more in to? Are there mentoring opportunities you’ve always wanted to do, but fear is holding you back? Don’t let it!

Never be afraid to do Kingdom work. If God is with you, who can be against you?

Sarah Tranformed 4 More

 

You can connect with Sarah in several ways:

Social Media:

Instagram: Transformed4More

Twitter: @Transformed4Mor

Facebook: Transformed4More

Pinterest: Transformed4Mor

You Tube: Transformed4More Ministries

Website: Transformed4More.com

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Is The Rapture a Real Thing?

Friends, summer is here! While I do not have children to tend to, summer does beckon me to a different pace of life. To that end, you will not find me here tapping out posts on a regular schedule for a couple of months. I am going to offer myself grace to rest and read a few books and visit with friends and loved ones. I am also going to spend a fair amount of time and energy this summer writing the teaching sessions for the Come Away retreat (Want to know more about the retreat? Click HERE). Oh, I will be posting, but it won’t be three times a week. It might only be once a week. Now, on to today’s post!

 

For 17 months I have known the day would come when we needed to peel back the layers of Scripture and look at one of the most hotly debated topics therein….the Rapture. Well, people, today is the day. In fact, we may take several weeks to explore this topic.

Some folks have strongly held opinions on the rapture that have caused divisions among churches and friends. May it not be so in this space. Prior to my in-depth study of Revelation, I was one who simply hoped for a pre-tribulation rapture in order to avoid the intense suffering that is detailed in Revelation. I really had little Scriptural support for my stance. After spending time in Revelation and other books of the Bible, I feel like I have a better understanding of when the rapture MIGHT occur.  I say ‘might’ because there are cogent arguments for each of the possible times of the rapture….pre-tribulation, mid-trib, post-trib, and pre-wrath. I will also tell you that my guess about when it may occur MIGHT has changed over the years.

 

Is the Rapture a Real Thing?

 

 

Today we will take a couple of excursions outside of Revelation to gather Scriptures that pertain to this most interesting topic, but first let me tell you that the word ‘rapture’ is never used in Scripture. Nope! Not once. This word comes from a Greek word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that means ‘to seize, catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force). (Strongs)

Let’s take a quick look at that broader passage:

 

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 

14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 

15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 

16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 

17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 

18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

Let me explain the context of this group of verses. Paul was teaching the church at Thessalonica concerning what happens to believers after they die, a topic about which there was some confusion. Scholars believe that someone was teaching that all those who had already died would miss the second coming of Christ. Paul was seeking to set the record straight.

So, what we have in these verses is this:

  • Jesus descends from heaven and issues a command, presumably  “Come up here”, “Y’all come”, or something similar.
  • Those who have died in Christ will rise first.
  • Those believers who are alive at that time will follow and be ‘caught up’ (rapture) together with the dead in the clouds (not on the earth, so this is not the second coming of Christ to earth) to be with the Lord.

A passage that corresponds to the 1 Thessalonians passage is found in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. Let’s take a look at it.

 

51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 

 

Again, this is Paul speaking about what happens to the mortal body of a believer in the end. He addresses both those who have already died and those who are alive at the time. Everyone will get a changed body. Here is what happens according to this passage:

  • A final trumpet will sound (can we surmise this is the 7th trumpet? Perhaps.)
  • Things are going to happen F-A-S-T
  • The dead in Christ will be raised and changed
  • The living will be changed

Okay, let’s put a wrap on today’s study. What do we know about the rapture at this point that establishes it as a fact?

  • A trumpet is going to sound
  • Jesus will descend from heaven and call his children to meet Him in the air/clouds
  • Those who have already died will rise first
  • Those who are still alive will rise next
  • We will all get new bodies

Pretty stout evidence that the rapture is a real event, I’d say. I hope you will join me next time as we look at an event that is closely tied to the rapture. Until then,

SDG/FCA!! 

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Come Away {the retreat} – Carving Out Time With Jesus

Is your relationship with Jesus all that you desire it to be?

Would you like to feel closer to Him? To trust Him more? To feel His peace in your heart?

 

You can! The thing is, you have to make the choice to feel closer to Him…to trust Him more…to feel His peace. It is all up to you.

Jesus has already done what is necessary to establish a warm, tender, intimate relationship with you. He initiated it, now you must walk into it. It will not happen by chance, I promise.

A close and intimate walk with Christ requires intentional relationship building efforts on your part. While I do not claim to have cornered the market on this, I do believe that I have learned a thing or three in my 52 years that I would love to share with a few women who are hungry for more of Jesus.

If you are a woman who longs for more of Jesus…more of His love, more of His presence, more of His peace, more of His joy….I invite you to join me September 15-17, 2017 at Come Away {the retreat}.

 

 

Come Away Pinterest

 

At Come Away we will spend the weekend engaged in worship, the Scriptures, prayer, and tuning our hearts to the frequency of Jesus’ heart. Come Away {the retreat} will offer 7 ladies the opportunity to tuck away in a beautiful cabin in the north Georgia mountains and carve out time for Jesus. There will be three sessions of worship and Bible study, as well as ample private time and space for personal Jesus time. We will seek to lay down the distractions of daily life and social media and turn our gaze toward Christ.

A glance at the weekend:

FRIDAY – September 15th

 

Arrival by 4pm

Check in and settle in

Dinner

Session #1 – worship and teaching

Evening Assignments and Fellowship

 

SATURDAY – September 16th

 

Breakfast

Session #2 – worship and teaching

Focused prayer time (corporate and individual)

Lunch

 

Afternoon at leisure

 

Tasting Grace style dinner

Session #3 – worship and teaching

Evening Assignments and Fellowship

 

SUNDAY – September 17th

 

Breakfast

Final prayer time

Commissioning

Departures by 9am

 

Optional: Attend church at 11am with Leah at Vertical Church in Blairsville

 

NOTE: Schedule is subject to a tweak or two

 

What You Need to Know:

 

DATES:  September 15-17, 2016

 

LOCATION: Blue Ridge, Georgia – about an hour and a half drive north of Atlanta

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Tippy Canoe cabin is a lodge-style lake home on Lake Blue Ridge that features traditional mountain furnishings. The kitchen is equipped with both modern appliances and functional antique appliances. Comfortable living spaces are situated throughout the homes three floors, one of them containing a home theater. Fireplaces include a wood burning and a gas burning fireplace, as well as an outside fire ring. All bedrooms for attendees are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin.

There are six bunk-style (twin on top, full on bottom) beds on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the cabin and one private queen room on the 2nd floor. Two full and one half baths round out the sleeping spaces.

 

COSTS: accommodations, all sessions and material, and all meals are included in the price.

Bunk-style beds – $300 per person

One private queen room – $350

 

REGISTRATION:

I am seeking women who are serious about developing an intimate relationship with Jesus, therefore, registration will require a bit more of a commitment than simply paying the fee.

  1. Beginning now, be willing to commit to pray over your time at Come Away, asking the Lord to give you a prepared heart for what He desires to do that weekend.
  2. In a letter or email, tell me your story (where you have been and where you are now spiritually) and why you desire to attend Come Away. I will need to have this piece of the registration in my hands before you pay your fee. Do not send money with your letter. I will prompt you to register and pay your fee once I receive your letter. My email address is info@leahadams.org and my mailing address is PO Box 113, Blairsville, GA 30514.
  3. Registration will be first come, first served.
  4. Because of the intimate nature of the retreat, we will not be able to accommodate children or babies.

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Go HERE for more information.

Friend, I want you to know the peace and joy that comes from a close and abiding walk with Christ. Come Away!

 

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The World Celebrates The Deaths of the Two Witnesses

Ladies, I hope you are praying about joining me in September for the Come Away {retreat for women}. It will be a sweet time of intimacy with Jesus in the mountains of North Georgia. Click HERE or see the link in the side bar of my website to learn more.

 

We are back today to visit a bit more with the two witnesses of Revelation 11. We started last week by looking at the powers that God gives them during their tenure on earth. Today we move on through the chapter and learn about what happens to them as a result of their prophesying.

 

The World Celebrates the Death of the Two Witnesses

 

 

 

Vignette #2 ~ The Death of the Two Witnesses

Here is the passage that describes their deaths.

7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,

10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.

 

As a result of their testimony during the 3 ½ years they are on earth, they are killed by ‘the beast that rises from the bottomless pit’. A great question here would be ‘who is the beast?’. We are going to learn much more about this person in coming lessons, but scholars generally agree that this is antichrist. These two witnesses likely preach against antichrist and he is not happy about it, so he kills them.

Instead of being buried immediately, the bodies of these two witnesses lie in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days. The people of the world throw a big ole party to celebrate their deaths. The Scripture tells us that people exchange gifts to mark the deaths of the two who have tormented them for 3 ½ years. It is hard to imagine such a celebration over the deaths of two people, but it will happen.

 

Vignette #3 ~ The Resurrection of the Two Witnesses

11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.

After 3 ½ days of a worldwide celebration of the deaths of these two guys, God says, ‘Enough’ and causes them to be resurrected from the dead. The celebration by the world turns to great fear. Suddenly, as the world watches, the two living witnesses are called to heaven and taken up in a cloud. As you might imagine this leads to….

 

Vignette #4 ~ The World Situation

13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

In the same hour that God calls these two witnesses to heaven, there is a great earthquake that seems to be centered in the city of Jerusalem. One tenth of the city is destroyed and seven thousand people are killed. Up to now the people in the world have done everything but give glory to God. Now, it seems this event has, at the very least, opened their eyes to the power and majesty of God.

This vignette closes by telling us that Woe #2 (the 6th trumpet) is now finished and the third, and final, woe is to come. Next week we will finish our study of Revelation 11. I hope you will join me then.

SDG/FCA!!

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Whether one agrees with Jenkins and LaHaye’s timing and interpretations of the events of the end times or not, The Left Behind Series is a wonderful collection of end times fiction that makes for riveting reading. Check it out.

Does Your Life Flow Inward or Outward?

I don’t know about you, but for me, it is so easy to fall into the world’s line of thinking.

 

I got mine, you get yours.

 

It’s all about me.

 

What’s in it for me?

 

Problem is, for a Christian, this way of thinking is completely contrary to what Jesus taught. It is also contrary to what I had modeled for me growing up. Although I never fully realized the scope of what my parents did for others until they were gone, I knew they were generous toward those who were in need…both in the body of Christ and outside of it.

 

 

Does Your Life Flow Inward or Outward

 

 

At my Daddy’s funeral, my Mother, Sister, and I greeted hundreds who came to pay their respects. Over and over people told us how my Daddy had helped them.

He paid my house payment when I was about to lose my home.

 

He came to my appliance store, bought a refrigerator, and told me where to deliver it. But he said that I was not to tell the recipients who provided it.

 

When my electricity was about to be cut off, he paid my bill.

 

He bailed me out of jail when I made a poor choice.

Then, when my Mother died, many shared similar stories of her love and generosity.

These testimonies, and so many more, were evidence of Romans 12:13 in the life of my parents.

 

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

I love the reminder offered by John MacArthur in his commentary on the book of Romans.

 

The flow of the supernatural life is outward, not inward.

 

It is true. The life modeled after Jesus is not a life of selfish ambition, but one of self-less sacrifice and offering.

Billy Graham said:

 

The smallest package I ever saw was a man wrapped up wholly in himself.

 

As I think about the life that Jesus lived, I see a life of service and hospitality to others:

He healed

He restored life

He taught

He loved

He wept

He ate with the outcast

He never heaped shame on those who sought Him out

He took my place on the cross and paid the fine for my sin

 

So, really, how can I justify being selfish and self-serving? Everything I have…my body, my money, my talents, my time, my home, everything…..is on loan to me from God. None of it is really mine, so if the Jesus-life tells me to be generous in giving and hospitable to others, how can I do otherwise?

The question then becomes whether the flow of my life is outward or inward. It is the question for your life, as well.

Outward or Inward?

 

One of the ways I seek to help women develop that outward flowing life is to encourage them to walk more intimately with Christ. September 15-17, 2017 the Come Away retreat for women will offer ladies an opportunity to lean into Jesus in a beautiful, relaxed setting. In our world of constant stimulation and social media, one must be intentional in their pursuit of Christ. Come Away with Jesus for a weekend! Click HERE to learn more.

 

SDG/FCA!!

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Super Heroes of The Tribulation – The Two Witnesses

Before we get into our Revelation lesson, I  wanted to remind you about the Come Away retreat for women that I will be hosting in September. It will be a time of intimacy with Jesus for a handful of women. I would love for you to be one of those women. Click HERE to learn more about the retreat.

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Hello there! Are you a fan of super heroes? You know…Power Rangers, Super Man, Batman, Wonder Woman…..characters that appear human but have amazing, other-worldly powers that are wielded to accomplish good.

When I was child my sister and I loved to watch Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter played a character that was beautiful and possessed amazing powers. One minute she would be an ordinary woman, the next she would spin around and around like an ice skater and in a burst of light she became Wonder Woman. She could run faster than anyone, jump higher than everyone, and those wrist bands and her magic lasso! Ah, I wanted a set of those so badly. She was the ultimate super hero in my 13-year old mind.

 

Super Heroes of the Tribulation

 

 

Did you know there are a couple of guys that will appear during the tribulation at the end of time who are a little bit like super heroes? We began our look at them in this post, and determined that it is impossible at this point to know exactly their identity. Today, let’s look on into Revelation 11 to discover the scoop on these two Tribulation Super Heroes.

 

4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

5 And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.

6 They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.

 

7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,

10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.

 

11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.

 

13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

 

In this passage we have four vignettes that we need to examine. This may take a couple of weeks, so settle in.

 

Vignette #1 – Who Are These Witnesses and What Powers Do They Possess

Vignette #2 – The Death of the Two Witnesses

Vignette #3 – The Resurrection of the Two Witnesses

Vignette #4 – The World Situation

 

Vignette #1.

Scripture makes it clear that these two men serve at the pleasure of God when we are told they stand before the Lord of the earth. The mention of olive trees, as well as the candlesticks, points to their nationality being Jewish. Scripture references to olive trees or branches almost always signify the Jewish nation. If you have studied the Old Testament tabernacle you will know that one of the key pieces of furniture was a golden candlestick that provided light for the Holy Place and pointed forward to Jesus being the Light of the World.

The sole purpose of these two witnesses on earth during this troubled time in history is to prophesy about the return of Christ to the earth in a final attempt to turn the hearts of men to God. The protection of God rests on these two men, and anyone who attempts to harm them is incinerated by fire that comes from their mouths. Gives a whole new meaning to ‘ash in a flash’!

God has given them the power to keep the rain from falling, to turn the waters to blood, and to strike the earth with all manner of plagues. This is reminiscent of the plagues that Moses called down onto the Egyptians in the book of Exodus when Pharaoh refused to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt. Horrors designed to turn the heart toward God or God’s people.

Let’s stop here and return next week to visit the other three vignettes that surround the presence of the two witnesses on earth.

SDG/FCA!!

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When Life Looks Different Than What You Had Planned

Every week I am privileged to spend an hour or so of private time with my pastor’s sweet wife, Becca. We talk, we share, we cry, we pray, we simply do life together. She is young enough to be my daughter, and I love her as if she were. She is a beautiful, honest, all-out-crazy-for-Jesus young woman. Her heart is very much for seeing those who do not know Jesus come to Him, and she is a blessing to me in a dozen different ways.

Recently we were talking about how God’s plans often end up looking very different from the plans that we make for our life. I shared with her how true that is for me, especially in regard to ministry.

 

When Life Looks Different Than What you Had Planned

 

I told her that when the Lord called me into ministry in 2007, He made it so clear that I was to speak and teach God’s Word. He confirmed it through several avenues, and so I stepped boldly into that calling. To be very transparent, I secretly hoped I would be the next Christian teacher ‘star’….’the next Beth Moore’, as so many told me at my speaking engagements. I know….ten years into this wild ministry ride, I see how ridiculous and prideful that sounds, but I’m just being honest with you.

For about seven years all of my dreams seemed to be on track. I spoke at ladies events all over the southeast. I was blessed to write and publish four books. Ministry life was good and going according to ‘my plans’. I held on tightly to a quote I read on a flip calendar somewhere. It said something like this: It can take ten years to be an ‘overnight sensation’.

As Becca and I talked, I shared with her that when my ministry began to change, at first I was not happy with God about it. I saw other speakers going on to bigger and better things, while God seemed to be drawing down my ministry. Oh, He was not pulling me out of ministry. Rather, He was changing what ministry looked like for me. Instead of the big stage, it was more one-on-one and small group ministry. Instead of preparing messages to be delivered to a few hundred women, I was pulling together ingredients for making biscuits and pound cakes and chicken and dressing. Instead of spending time writing more books, I am spending face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder time loving on, mentoring, and doing life with women. And you know what, now I love it and I cannot imagine doing anything else.

 

God uses broken things

 

 

I had a choice about how I would respond when God changed up ministry. I could have been angry with Him and pouted. (yeah, that would have worked out well!) I could have been jealous over the speaking opportunities and book contracts that other people received. (hmmm, that would have been pretty!) Instead I bent my knee to God’s plan and have found incredible peace and satisfaction in ministry. Don’t misunderstand me, there were fleeting moments of ‘why, God?’ questions and green-with-envy jealousy, but those were only for a moment. I knew that God sees the big picture, and whatever He ordains for me is for my good and for His glory. I realized that to grasp for anything else is relational suicide as far as my relationship with God goes.

Sometime after Becca and I shared that conversation I received a text from her that made my heart so full of love for her and gratitude to God for how He is allowing me to serve His kingdom.

I love you so much, Leah. I’m so, so, so, so thankful God didn’t make you the ‘next Beth Moore” because our time on the porch feels like the closest thing to Heaven on earth to me. I am so glad you’re in my life. Thank you.

I do not always do life and ministry perfectly, but I love that He trusts me with it at all. Me! A woman who has made her share of mistakes and oopsies in life, but who falls so heavily on the grace and mercy of Jesus.

Part of the ‘new’ look for ministry for me is the upcoming Come Away retreat that I am hosting in September. I’d love for you to pray about attending.

 

Come Away Retreat

 

Come Away will be an intimate time of leaning into Jesus through worship, Scripture study, and prayer. We will set aside tweets and posts and hashtags in order to hear from Jesus about how crazy He is over us. The retreat will be held September 15-17, 2017. Pop over HERE to learn more details.

SDG/FCA!!

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