…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
This is a guest post by Caryn Turner, member of the Women's Ministry Leadership Team:
As I reminisce over the past six Spring Conferences that I have attended, I am full of joy! However, I am also saddened for the ladies that I have interacted with over those years who do not attend the conferences- the ladies who have said, "I'm not the Women's Ministry type" or "l don’t do Women's Ministry."
We are routinely drawn to slip into one of two ditches: legalism on one side and lawlessness on the other.
Our God is a commandment-giving God. Jesus said if we love him, we will keep his commandments.
So while we are saved by grace through faith apart from our works, we miss the point of grace entirely if we think it means that we can sin with impunity.
We are not saved by our works, but our works are evidence that we are saved.
The Bethlehem Women's Spring Conference, Be Holy For I Am Holy; Growing in Holiness...How?, will be held April 25/26. Nancy Guthrie will be the guest speaker. We will also feature "testimoments" from three Bethlehem women; one of those sharing her story of God's grace in times of trial and loss will be Emily Thiel, who writes:
This year's Women’s Ministry theme is very practical—how to grow in holiness. And our speaker for our 2014 Spring Conference, Nancy Guthrie, will address the glorious truth that we are holy because of our position in Christ, and yet we have been commanded to be holy and to pursue holiness.
Last week this blog posted a couple snippets of John’s remarks at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors. He spoke again, and here are a few other snippets:
There is more joy to be yours than you now have.
Union with Christ produces action!
Satan is servant, not master.
“Nothing in the universe is more important than union with Christ.
“God is more zealous for your fruit-bearing than you are.”
Last week in referring to how he speaks to his children about obedience, he said:
Do it right away.
Do it all the way.
Do it with a happy heart.
"Investing in relationships can be messy, but it’s so worth it - you’ll wonder why you waited so long.”
This is the second in a series of posts by guest author Laura Wifler highlighting our Titus 2 Mentoring Ministry. We invite women college age and older to come January 25 to hear more details on this ministry and learn how you may join a Titus 2 group. Registration deadline is January 18.
You can fool all the people some of the time.
You can fool some of the people all of the time.
But you can’t fool God ANY of the time.
It’s not how you mark you Bible; it’s how your Bible marks you.
—Greg Laurie, to a group of men that included yours truly
A letter from Joe Smith, President, Fidelis Foundation (Minneapolis):