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Beyond Blessed

Before you wake up and find yourself in unexpected or additional debt this holiday season, come be a part and accept this invitation to learn the power of wise, prudent, and skillful stewardship of your financial resources.

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, join Ginger Green in discovering the tools you need to free yourself from the oppressive pressure of poor financial management, as she explores Beyond Blessed by Robert Morris. Because who doesn’t want to eliminate financial stress? Who doesn’t want to get out of debt, reach their financial goals, and experience the joy that God intends for us, and to be free to bless others with their resources?

In Beyond Blessed, Pastor Robert Morris shares the importance of being a good steward, not only with your finances but with every part of your life. He will provide practical lessons on taking your finances to the next level. Through biblical principles, personal stories, and incredible testimonies, you’ll learn how to be a good steward and that when you properly manage your finances, blessings will pour into all areas of your life.

This guide will help you increase and go further with what God has given you so that you can live beyond blessed.

Solid Foundation Part 2

“A lie believed as truth will affect your life as if it were true even though it is a lie”

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the way a lie can affect our life. They touch on topics of lies that our society has convinced us are true and on lies that we have believed about ourselves. Each lie affects our life differently but they are all still lies which affect our lives in a negative way. We reject the truth for a lie and Jesus is Truth, therefore we reject Him.

School Day Devotions mentioned in the broadcast are available here

The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green opens The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read by Christopher Ash.

 

Leadership will be held accountable by the Lord and much is required of them but if we are not vigilant, we will get so caught up in all we think leadership should and shouldn’t do… (often based on our personal preferences and not scripture) we will forget that our Pastors are people too. Which brings us to today’s feature.

The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (but is too embarrassed to ask) written by Christopher Ash.

Now, “why would your pastor be embarrassed to as you to read this book”? Because it tells you how to care for them. But, isn’t that the wrong way around? When a friend asked Christopher what he was writing about, he explained that he was trying to write a book about how we care for our pastors. “But surely”, his friend said, “they are supposed to care for us, aren’t they?”

You do need your pastor to look after you, and so do I, Ash writes. We need and should deeply appreciate, those who care for us pastorally, who keep watch over our souls, who love us and pray for us. But we should remember, there also is the aspect of us caring for them.

So, come be a part because what Christopher Ash writes about in this book is a very important topic and widely neglected. You may not have ever thought about it, but Christopher Ash certainly hopes you will.

Solid Foundation Part 1

“According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss how to build upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. The daily struggles of life can take its toll on our Christian walk in applying the scriptures that will help us stand in our faith in the heat of the battle. Finding truth; which is the person Jesus Christ, will give us the right perspective in thinking to overcome many adversities. Jesus is preparing a home for us in heaven and the home He is preparing has to do with how we are living here and now. What are you sending up; gold, silver, and precious stones or wood, hay, and stubble?

Emotions in Dark Times

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss that there are times in our lives when the Lord appears to pull back the comfort and grace that we all want and need each day.  We start to question His goodness and protective care.  When we do, we open ourselves up to another set of messy emotions.   If we do not bring our thoughts captive we can fall under the control of the enemy, unknowingly. The Lord’s silence may simply be His stretching us to grow in deeper faith and trust in Him.

 

However, if we fail to put on the full armor of God, be ignorant of Satan’s devices, fail to resist the enemy by steadfast faith, or have an unteachable spirit; we can easily open the door to enemy influence.   Pride can come out of our thinking, personality, and emotions in 100 different ways.  We are not to spend our time focusing on the enemy, taking our eyes off of the Lord, who is our strength, shield, and foundation for overcoming.  Nevertheless, we are to look into the Word of God and find out how the devil’s tactics are shown as examples from the scripture.

Thirty-One Kings by A. B. Simpson

The enemy cannot read our minds, but he can plant thoughts from external sources and internally stored memories.  If we resort to listening, then our behavior will show that influence in our actions and the enemy will know how to further his cause in us.  Remember, he can hear what we say and do. He is an expert in deception and blindness.

Satan’s downfall of defeat for eternity was in his prideful desire to be worshipped as a god and he wants to take us down that same road of worship of self. We all must battle the spirit of pride in our lives but can learn the mind of Christ to counter false thinking.

We examine scripture today that builds truth deep within our inner being to keep us from taking this destructive detour.

Thirty-One Kings by A. B. Simpson

 

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

There is a claim by some pastors and teachers today that “Jesus’ harsh teachings” in The Sermon on the Mount were “aimed at the religious,” and don’t directly apply to us today as born-again believers. Yet,  Matthew 5:1-2 makes it clear that these teachings were for His disciples, and His words formed the very heart and soul of their walk with God for the rest of their lives.

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green opens Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Oswald Chambers. “In light of what I believe to be a serious misinterpretation of the scriptures, I want us to look at a different point of view by one of the world’s most beloved Christian authors on the subject of The Sermon on the Mount”…Oswald Chambers.

Because to disregard even some of the words of the Lord Jesus is truly a reckless decision, both practically and theologically and we would be well served to take the time to investigate for ourselves, rather than just accepting this new way of thinking being touted from some pulpits today.

In his book, Studies in The Sermon on The Mount, Chambers gives us insights into one of the most cherished passages of Scripture. This devotional study of the Sermon on The Mount is doctrine in “work clothes”, truth becoming reality, redemption expressed. And as he does in all his works, Chambers reminds us that our focus must be on God alone and not on those among whom we live.

Emotions in Loss

“There hath no temptation (testing) overtaken you but such is common to man; but God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation also make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon extend the series The 4 M’s of Emotions to include how loss affects our emotions. Emotions are messy and sometimes it’s because we are suffering loss; grieving or mourning. Loss comes in many different ways; death, job, career, marriage, retirement, home, dreams, etc. Janie and Sharon discuss the 5 aspects of grief that we usually pass through in coming to terms with the loss. They also discuss how stress can be a factor that makes for messy emotions.

Five Aspects of Grief

His Truth Transforms Ministries, a ministry we trust has some books for “preventing emotional meltdowns” AngerAnxietiesDepressionFear, and Guilt.

Hyper-Grace

At a time when the church needs an urgent wake-up call and a refreshing encounter with Jesus, the hyper-grace message is lulling many to sleep. Claiming to be a new revelation of grace, this teaching is gaining in popularity, but is it true? Or is the glorious truth of grace being polluted by errors, leading to backsliding, compromise, and even the abandonment of faith?

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green shares Hyper-Grace written by Michael Brown which looks at the major teachings put forth by many adherents of this “great reformation” and prayerfully compares those teachings with the word of God, answering questions such as:

·       How does our sin affect our relationship with God?

·        What is the relevance of the Old Testament to our faith?

·        What does Jesus actually say about grace?

Without watering down the Bible’s true message of grace, Michael Brown gives you the facts, demonstrating the dangers of this seductive message and showing you how to keep from being taken in… As we remember to be watchful in all things and are reminded that small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Emotions are Messy

“For you (Lucifer) have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” Isaiah 14:13-14.

 

This describes the first recorded “I WILL” and reveals the heart of Lucifer when he declared he would be greater than God. Self-will must be slain before love can reign.  There is only one throne in our hearts and either self will sit as king or Jesus Christ will occupy His rightful place.

SELF is subtle and will fight to hold and maintain control of our thoughts and emotions.  Even when we choose the right path with our mind and will, self will never willingly yield its control. It loves to hide in deception and lies that we believe; for all the wrong reasons.

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon start to uncover the self-life in its many different forms and offer a pathway of practical practice to deal scripturally with a life of messy emotions that are painful, defeating, frustrating; resulting in our own agenda for life, ministry, and relationships.

Prayerfully ask that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to see “self” with the mind of Christ as the enemy and flesh will be determined to keep us blinded. Jesus Christ through His Word is the way to overcome messy emotions.

 

What on Earth is Happening?

With the turmoil in today’s world, more and more people are searching for spiritual answers. Yet religious philosophies so often contradict each other. To whom it can return for reliable information?

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at What on Earth is Happening? by Ray Stedman. Against the chaos of the current religious landscape stand the authoritative teachings of Jesus. In his Olivet discourse, Jesus described the climax of world history. He warned his disciples of the coming Antichrist, who would lead multitudes astray with his false religion.

At a time when so many prefer to speculate and sensationalize, come be a part as author Ray Stedman offers a sober, rational, thoughtful approach to biblical prophecy in his book, What on Earth is Happening? Because Christ’s message about the end of the age has never been more timely or relevant.

What on Earth Is Happening is the product of Stedman’s careful study of the Olivet discourse of Jesus, found in Matthew 24 – 25, as well as in Mark 13 and Luke 21. Here we find the Lord’s own description of the end of history – a description that dovetails with other prophetic passages of Scripture, from the Old Testament prophecy of Daniel to the New Testament Revelation of the apostle John.