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A Call for Discernment

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at A Call for Discernment by Jay Adams

 

Jay Adams in his book, A Call for Discernment: Distinguishing the Truth from Error in Today’s Church shares, that today’s church is confused. False teaching and heresy abound. Many Christians fall prey because they simply do not know how to distinguish truth from error.

Slogans are bandied about: “all truth is God’s truth.” No one in his right mind would deny that. But it is also a fact that “all error is the devil’s error.” Now, where are we? Back to square one.

We must still distinguish God’s truth from the devil’s error; sloganizing won’t do that for us. What is wrong? Why is the church so susceptible to a falsehood? How can we distinguish what teachings are truly biblical and we should follow and what teachings we should reject?

Praying From the Pits

“I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” Psalm 40:1-2.

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss where we can go in the scriptures to find some help when we find ourselves in the pits of life. Building our relationship of trust with God will help us when we are in the pits. Proverbs tells us that if we fret and stew it only leads to evil, so we need to condition our mind to get into a state; an attitude, and heart conviction of waiting patiently on the Lord.   It is hard to get into the scriptures but it is there that we will find freedom in our present circumstances. No one likes being in the pits but we all find ourselves there every now and then even if our life is a bowl full of cherries most of the time. Join the conversation as we dig through the scriptures to uncover tips for praying from the pits.

 

The Case for Easter

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel.

 

Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.

But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.

How credible is the evidence for the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history’s most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief.

Come be a part as Strobel examines:

·        The medical evidence – was Jesus’s death a sham, and his resurrection a hoax?

·        The evidence of the missing body – was Jesus’s body really absent from his tomb?

·        The evidence of appearances – was Jesus really seen alive after his death on the cross?

 

Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection probes the core issues of the resurrection.

Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality?

Overcome Fears Through His Word

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon will explore the sneaky ways fear grips us and the amazing tools God has given us. We are all faced with fears of some sort every day.  How we respond to these fears is the key to being able to overcome them. Society uses fear tactics for selling goods and services. We fear that if we forgive someone for hurting us, then we give them an open door to do it again. Fear holds us in bondage and it is easy to allow fear to take root without realizing it. Join in the conversation as we discover how to overcome fears through His word.

100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart By Robert Morgan.

 

Because, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Why? 1 Peter tells us “that we have been given great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the  world.”

Here we have the purpose, the power, and the plan for discovering what the mind of God is for His children in knowing Him.  There is nothing that can still our hearts and mind, giving quiet confidence and drawing us into His presence as hiding the promises of God within our soul.

As a child of God, we want to grow up and become disciples (learners) that desire to sit at His feet and learn of Him.  In memorizing the promises we can be pleasing to His heart and His Word brings life, comfort and hopes to us.  Take some time to focus on the promises of God and in communion with Him, ask that they are made real in your life.

Fear Fights Faith

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the many ways fear tactics are used on us every day. We face fears in our health, fears in our relationships, fears in our finances.  News reports, social media, and commercials are all places where fear can manipulate our thoughts. Join us to find the many subtle ways that fear fights faith.

 

Gods’s Best Secrets

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at God’s Best Secrets by Andrew Murray.

 

With all that’s currently going on around us, countless people are feeling increased concern and trepidation about our world at least for the foreseeable future. And while these thoughts are certainly normal considering all the uncertainty, we must remember to take every thought captive as instructed by the scriptures and filter all our thoughts through the lens of God’s word.

This can prove to be a challenging thing if in the midst of real or perceived chaos we are not vigilant and intentional. So, as Christians, how do we go about being alert and responsive to life’s dangers without falling into a state of “fear” which God’s clearly commands us not to do.

One of the most powerful and beneficial steps we can take is to be sure that we are immersing ourselves in God’s word daily. So, come be a part and join me in The Fireside Bookshelf Spring Book Challenge. Beginning on the first of next month, I will begin God’s Best Secrets-Devotions for the Hungry Soul by Andrew Murray.

 

This is an eight-month daily devotional journey and I hope that if you are not currently involved with another daily devotional book, you will pick up a copy and join me.

 

As many of you who are regulars to this program can attest, Andrew Murray is one of my favorite authors. And I believe his deep spiritual insights, unique perspective, and sound counsel are just what the doctor ordered for a country in the throes of uncertainty.

 

From the Scriptures, Andrew Murray found out that every Christian can expect God to reveal himself in an intimate, powerful, refreshing way. In these uplifting pages, Murray shares the personal revelation that he gained from spending quiet time with God.

 

As you reflect on the thoughts presented here, you will discover many of God’s Best secrets, including keys to experiencing:

·        God’s abiding presence

·        Answer to prayer

·        Success in witnessing to others

·        Joy in fellowship with the heavenly Father

·        The Holy Spirit’s guidance and keeping power

·        All that God has promised you

·        Perfect peace in life’s storms

·        Living and reigning with Jesus in heaven

·        Abundant life in Christ

 

A Peculiar People

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works” Titus 2:13-14.

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins look at the relationship that we have been privileged to have with the God of creation. We can look at our prayer life to evaluate the intimacy of our relationship with our Father. Culture can be coined by a very busy and aggressive society and as Christians in the church, we are very busy and some may say aggressive, so we don’t look different than the world around us, but God desires to purify to Himself A Peculiar People.

The Way of The Master Part Two

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green continues with the second half of a look into The Way of The Master by Ray Comfort.

 

Last week, we began a special two-part feature on Ray Comfort’s The Way of the Master. We learned from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron that only a small percentage of American churchgoers share their faith with others. In fact, a majority of Christians today have come to the conclusion that sharing the gospel of Christ is somehow not their personal responsibility.

One reason this is happening is because the enemy has very subtly diverted our attention away from our core message. Instead of preaching the good news that sinners can be made righteous in Christ and escape the wrath to come, we have settled for a “gospel” that implies that God’s primary purpose in saving us is to unfold a “wonderful plan” for our lives: to solve our problems, make us happy in Christ and rescue us from the hassles of this life.

But what unregenerate sinners really seek is a life change that brings positive results and won’t cost too much. If non-Christians respond to the gospel message only to improve their lives, they will be disillusioned when persecution comes.

So, I would like to invite you to come and be a part as we continue with Ray Comfort as he illuminates an almost forgotten biblical key that has the power to unlock the door of the human heart. A proven and effective way of making the gospel make sense to the unsaved. So rooted in the Scriptures, once you see it, you will forever wonder how you could’ve missed it. It is the biblical principle of bypassing the intellect (the place of argument) and speaking directly to the conscience-just the way Jesus did.

What Hinders Our Prayers

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised” Hebrews 10:22-23.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins continue their discussion on the importance of prayer. They uncover some beautiful promises that the Lord has given to us. It is always nice to be reminded of His promises, especially in difficult times. We are told many times in scripture to remember and many times we need someone to remind us.  In their conversation, they also discover the things that get in the way of our prayer life and finds what hinders our prayers.