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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Modern-Day Idolatry

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
A few nights ago, during our time together as a family for devotions, we read a section in our book called, “Israel Forgets God.” It was a simple story - if we can call forgetting God simple - which introduces the cyclical faith of the Israelite people. As long as Moses and Joshua were alive, and leading the people of Israel - although, they would rebel against God from time to time - they would always return to him. However, there came a time after the death of Moses and later, with Joshua when those ways were forgotten. Judges 2:10 says, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers (died), another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the images of Baal (false gods).”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Girlfriend Gossip

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at our women's Bible study. When I accepted, I did so with a previously written lesson in mind. I originally thought, “How awesome. I will use the lesson I prepared for a women’s retreat last spring. I may need to tweak it, but no big deal. Little work. Easy work. Done.” Or, so I thought. I tried and tried to tweak or adjust the lesson, but God clearly said, “Don’t you think you should ask me what I think?” Uh, oh… Obviously, with a question like that, the answer was clear, I was on the wrong path. So, he told me he wanted me to talk to the ladies about gossip. “Are you kidding me? No! I will not. I mean, that’s not really you, is it Lord? That is just some crazy thought in my head, right? They already know it’s bad. After all, everybody knows that. They’ll think I am judging them. Oh no! What if I have gossipped with some of them. How awkward.” I tried to talk my way out of it. However, God was persistent and so, I gave in and I nervously did research and with shaking hands and a rapid heartbeat I told the ladies what I discovered. 

And now, I will share it with you. I know, I know, I didn’t want to hear it either. I have to admit, what I found in Scripture can seem harsh and shocking!

I guess I have always considered gossip as the “little white lie” of sins. Sure, it’s wrong, well, sometimes, right? Okay, so, it’s wrong, but it’s not that big of a deal. Now, those of us who have felt the sting, or crushing blow of gossip realize that it wasn’t little or white or innocent...and yes, it was a very big deal!



So, what is your personal definition of gossip? Pause. Think about it for a minute. Now, what is gossip, exactly? 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Faith is…waiting

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Heather Mason
So you’ve made it through the storm. The uncomfortable event in your life is resolved and you begin living in your comfort zone once again. Have you ever found yourself living this way? The process of going through the struggle, making it through, growing closer to the Lord, and after some time your life is back to “normal.” Normal meaning, going about your days, possibly spending less and less time with God because, hey, everything is going great. Do I think it is wrong to be comfortable and enjoy the pleasures God has blessed us with? No, but I realize with me, I have a tendency to go through the motions of this life and spend less time with God when everything is good. Maybe even letting the faith that I built up through that last storm drift out of my memory. But, gratefully God has a way of reminding me.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

Faith is…

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Heather Mason
Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

My husband was deployed overseas when he received news that his career in the Navy may be cut short, pending budget cuts. He waited days to tell me because he was afraid of my reaction.  For both of us, it was a major surprise to see how incredibly calm I was.  I remember telling him, “everything was going to be okay, just have faith.”

It would be seven months before we knew for sure if he still had a job. Month by month, my calmness faded; and before I knew it, I was taking things into my own hands, trying to make things happen. It got to the point, I encouraged my husband to retake an aptitude test, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, to boost his scores; which would open up more job opportunities for him within the Navy. At the sixth month mark the answer was “no,” and it looked like he may need to start looking for a civilian job.   Usually, that would be the end of this process; however, we had miscalculated and he received one more opportunity to be considered for a job. He was selected and was able to re-enlist in his current position and move forward with his career.

 Re-enlistment Ceremony, Bahrain 2/14