The Cross and the Corinthians

“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” 1 Cor. 2:2.

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie, and Sharon dig into the counsel Paul is giving to the Corinthian Church to help uncover their blindness about the cross of Christ.

They were very intelligent people and they were using their own intellect to understand the cross, but God’s wisdom is not received by the natural man. Even as Believers, we can begin to think that the cross of Christ is the one-time act of love that Jesus died for our sins. However, His sacrifice on the cross benefits our life for all eternity.

The cross provides all that we need to live victoriously. It paid for our sins by the blood of Jesus. It also took care of our flesh by the crucifixion and defeated the power of Satan in our lives by the resurrection.

There was nothing left undone. Jesus did pay it all so that we could have life abundantly free from sin and death.

So join in the conversation as we discuss the Cross and the Corinthians.

Forgiving Forward

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Forgiving Forward by Bruce and Toni Hebel. This is not the average “forgiveness” book.  Heavy with experiences made practical and answering questions many are not even asking; makes this a life-transforming book and one that should be in your library.

 

Forgiveness is foundational to a life of faith.  It is so much more than saying, “I am sorry.”  True forgiveness will take us out of our comfort zone and required a renewing of our minds.  Our natural minds cannot work from logic and reason in this matter because it is a supernatural work provided by The Supernatural God.  We are told to forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:30.) Whatever has been done to me from another’s sin nature, I have done to Christ with my sin nature. All sin, no matter the degree required Christ to go to the Cross and pay the price.  The words may be simple but the process is complex in that our hearts must be made right before God with having our speech free of corrupt communication and only for edification to the hearer, being free from grieving or quenching the Spirit and getting rid of bitterness, extreme anger for harm to another person, and other thinking that is of the flesh with corresponding negative emotions. (Ephesians 4:29-31.)

Many often quote John 8:32 “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”  However, there is a key to that reality being applied and that is found in the preceding verse 31, “IF you abide (to be at home)in ME and My words abide in you, THEN, knowing and applying the Truth can be made practical for necessary forgiveness releasing burden and guilt that unforgiveness carries.

Lord Teach Us To Pray

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

 

This week on Sharin Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the importance of prayer. It seems to be an area of struggle among many believers. Most times we pray in the manner we have heard others pray, but rarely feel a real connection to the Lord and wonder if our prayers are really going anywhere. Some describe their prayers as hitting the ceiling and falling to the floor. There is a Christian song that talks about all the things that happen while the church is asleep. We may not be literally asleep but we have a clever enemy that is very good at deception. Could the root cause of downfall that we see in society today be because the church as a whole doesn’t know how to pray? Join the conversation to discover why we should say, “Lord, Teach Us To Pray”.

Predators in Our Pulpits

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines Predators in Our Pulpits by W. Phillip Keller. Across the centuries since Christ came along in human form as a service, men and women of all creeds have had to examine their motives for ministry in the light of his humility and other self-denial. Why do they serve at all?

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green examines Predators in Our Pulpits by W. Phillip Keller. Across the centuries since Christ came along in human form as a service, men and women of all creeds have had to examine their motives for ministry in the light of his humility and other self-denial. Why do they serve at all?

It is a question of extreme importance. And while many stay glued to their TVs every night questioning the motives of our local, state, and national leaders, many take for granted the leadership in our churches – failing to hold accountable our spiritual leaders for the truth or lack of truth they speak.

Yet today’s author asserts the greatest threat to the church of Jesus Christ today is not from without, but from our own leadership within. He asks:

· Are our leaders guiding us to an authentic relationship with Christ, or are many merely providing balm for everyday life?

· Why are we hearing less and less of the true gospel message?

· Are we neglecting the unsaved and failing to provide answers for Christians living discontented lives?

· How deeply committed are we to proclaiming God’s truth and adhering to his commands?

In the face of today’s spiritual perils, W. Phillip Keller presses every Christian layperson to examine the state of the Christian church and depend upon Christ alone in his book, Predators in Our Pulpits.

To Know Him

“Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” Romans 6:4.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the privileges we receive from the price Jesus paid on the Cross. As we live in this “age of grace,” where we receive many benefits from God as His children through the sacrifice of Christ, we forget that we have a responsibility in the relationship with Him. Romans 12:1-2 are beautiful verses that lay out a game plan for the relationship with God being a two-way street. But, our greatest responsibility is to know Him, and we find that everything else fits together when we spend time to know God.

So, You Want To Be Like Christ

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes us through So, You Want To Be Like Christ by Charles Swindoll.

 

In a world bent on enticing us away from growing deeper in love with Christ, we must ask ourselves, “how on earth do we become more Godly?”

Best-selling author and beloved Bible teacher Charles Swindoll says, “the secret lies in our returning to the basic disciplines of Christ. Religion won’t cut it! We live in a spiritual hothouse where we talk religious-talk, send out religious letters, write religious pamphlets, and do religious Bible studies. It’s so easy to become religious instead of Godly.”

The Bible says we must “discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness.” If you really want to be like Christ, then come be a part as Charles Swindoll provides 8 essential disciplines to take you there in his book, So, You Want to Be like Christ?

Swindoll asserts, in the process of developing these eight essential disciplines in your life, your relationship with Christ will flourish, and you will become more godly because they go hand-in-hand. This powerful book can help you set your feet on the path to godliness, even in the midst of an increasingly godless world.

Commanded to Judge

“And I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment that you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” Phil. 1:9-11.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon continue to discuss the controversial topic of judging. Philippians 1:9-11 describes why judgment is important in our daily lives and how it brings glory to God. When we understand the right definition of judgment and practice judgment according to scripture, we will know better why we are commanded to judge.

 

Loved by God Part Two

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green continues with the second half of this amazing book, Loved by God, by R.C. Sproul.

 

With the mastery of a scholar and the heart of a servant, acclaimed theologian R. C. Sproul continues our journey into the very heart of God… contemplating the deepest mysteries of His perfect love.

In the conclusion of this two-part feature, we will take a closer look at not only God’s immense love but also His divine wrath and also explore the incredible privilege which allows us to call our God…Father.

Once you discover for yourself the astonishing depth, wonder, and richness of God’s love, you’ll want to share it – and this book – with everyone you know.

Loved by God Part One

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green digs into the first part of Loved by God By R.C. Sproul.

 

With the mastery of a scholar and the heart of a servant, acclaimed theologian R. C. Sproul takes us on a journey into the very heart of God… contemplating the deepest mysteries of his perfect love.

We will discover with Dr. Sproul as our guide, the threefold nature of God’s love. In his book, Loved by God, we’ll encounter a new and penetrating look at the natures of eros, phileo, and agape loves. And, in this modern-day classic, Sproul will lead us into the deepest dimensions of the beloved 13th chapter of 1stCorinthians.

Once you discover for yourself the astonishing depth, wonder, and richness of God’s love, you’ll want to share it – and this book – with everyone you know.

Key Words to the Christian Life

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Key Words to the Christian Life by Warren Wiersbe.

 

Never underestimate the power of words. A judge speaks, and a man is condemned or set free. A physician speaks, and a person has surgery, or he is sent home from the hospital. A government official speaks, and millions of dollars are spent or withheld.

In our own personal lives, we know the power of words – words that can bless us and words that can cut us and hurt us. It is very important for us as Christians to know the meaning of biblical words. We need to understand these words and how they apply to our lives.

Words like justification, sanctification, propitiation, imputation, and mediation – these words make up the technical vocabulary of the Christian life and are very important!

So, come be a part as we delve into a world of words with Warren Wiersbe in Key Words to the Christian Life. Where he will help us establish a solid vocabulary for guiding our daily Christian life.

To Judge or Not to Judge

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure of mete, it shall be measured to you again” Matthew 7:1-2.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the scriptural definition of judgment. Matthew 7:1-2 tells us not to judge; however, Philippians 1:9 says, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.” Join in this challenging conversation on the topic of judgment and the examination of the question…are we to judge or not to judge?

 

If I Perish, I Perish

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green digs into “If I Perish, I Perish by Major Ian Thomas to find insights into the meaning of Christian commitment.
Do you recall a moment, a day, or a season when you came to the realization that you knew you would follow the Lord no matter what? I’m not talking about the moment you were saved, but a time later-after you’d experience perhaps some of the valleys of the shadows, after weaning from the milk of the word to meat of it, after realizing that you could do nothing apart from our Savior. A time when you truly understood that no matter the storms, no matter the trials or tribulations, you would not turn away from the Lord. Because being “in Christ” had become as essential to you as the air you breathe.

If you can not recall such a moment, then perhaps today’s showcased book will help you because it provides insights into the true meaning of Christian commitment.

I had the distinct honor of sitting under the teaching of Major Ian Thomas on several occasions during my high school and early college years. He was an engaging speaker who could make even a teenager sit up and listen as he presented solid truth with both profound insight and humor. Deep thoughts translated into practical, relatable lessons of life.

And it is with heartfelt appreciation for Maj. Thomas and his influence on my life that I ask you to come and be a part as we feature, If I Perish, I Perish-Insights into the meaning of Christian Commitment.

Loneliness: How to Be Alone but Not Lonely

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green discovers the contents of Loneliness: How to Be Alone but Not Lonely by June Hunt.  God has placed within each of us a basic need for a relationship with him and with others; therefore, our longing to belong, is natural. You may feel like the entire world has abandoned you; as if no one understands your pain and sorrow, but the Bible promises that the Lord is with you always!

 

Do you know…

· How being alone and being lonely differ?

· What leads to feelings of loneliness?

· How to identify situational causes for loneliness?

· What are the mental and physical symptoms of loneliness?

· How to overcome feelings of loneliness?

If not, come be a part, as an author and biblical counselor, June Hunt, helps us find answers to these questions in her book, Loneliness: How to Be Alone but Not Lonely.

The Riches of His Grace Part 7

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked word, yet now has He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight” Colossians 1:21-22.

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the thoughts that cause us to work for God’s approval. We are reconciled – past tense; now let’s grow in grace and knowledge by studying the scriptures to be a learner that has a testimony. Learning to go from “trying” to “trusting”. God declares that He loves us so much that He does not want to do without us.

The Complete Green Letters Part 2

This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green continues with the second part of examining The Complete Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford. “The good has always been the enemy of His best. No book can replace the Bible, and only those of the highest caliber can assist in opening His treasures. Therefore, seek the best and shun the secondary.”

 

In conjunction with the word of God, the greatest aid to spiritual growth comes through deeper-life literature. As to feeding, it must be primarily the word. But desired growth can be substantially aided by concentration on the best writings.

It makes all the difference when the awakened believer is introduced early on to the tried and true writings on the Christ-life. Even so, caution and discernment must be exercised when studying but, there are priceless truths out there for all who hunger for His best.

So, come be a part, as we search out one such example. One that had a profound, lasting influence on my life. A work I believe can truly be classified as one of the best – The Complete Green Letters, written by Miles J Stanford.

The complete green letters is not a single work, but actually a collection of five dealing with a common theme – “not I, but Christ.” In these works, Stanford presents us with a comprehensive treatise on what it means to be a Christian.