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Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 1 from John 11

BGTC stone wall with snow on Feb 24 2015Greetings from beautiful snowy Asheville!  Wherever you are reading this, we hope you stay dry and warm.

For those of you who have been attending our Bible study here at The Cove, in person for the last several weeks, you know that we were snowed out for Kendra’s last session.

After the snow cleared, Kendra came in and video recorded the message she prepared for that last night and we are rolling it out here in our blog in three segments.  The first video focuses on John 11: 1-32.  Please read this scripture before viewing the video.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content (yes, it is a repeat from last week, but we want to keep current with what’s in the video).

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question: When has God decided to wait in your life?

Video 2 will be featured next week (Tues. March 3) and video 3 (Tues. March 10).

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Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11 (Excerpts)

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 4:       When Jesus heard it (that Lazarus, the one He loved, was sick) He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.

Verse 6:       When He heard it, He stayed two days longer where He was.

Verse 14:     Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

Verse 15:     “I am glad for YOUR sakes I was not there, so YOU may believe.

Verses 25-26a: “I AM the resurrection and LIFE, he who believes in ME shall LIVE, even if he dies, EVERYONE who loves and believes in ME shall NEVER die.

Verse 26b:   DO YOU BELEIVE?

Verse 27:     She said to Him, “YES, Lord. I have believed You are CHRIST the SON of God even He who comes into the world.”

Verse 32:     When Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, fell at His feet, saying, “Lord, if you had, my brother would not have died.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 4: There is so much more to our suffering in life than “just to kill us,” which is surely what God wants to do, right? How many of us hold this view of God? IF He is good, how can He allow suffering? God allows suffering to show us His goodness. God allowed two sisters to lose a brother, and a brother to lose his life, to show them His love. We have so many misunderstandings about the compassion and love of God. We think God’s love should look like our personal definition of love. God is not bound by our finite thoughts or feelings, and this is a GOOD thing!

Verse 6: Love often waits, not out of hate, evil or power issues, but out oflLove. We do not understand the compassion of a God who loves us with a relentless love. Trust God in the waiting, even if there is excruciating pain associated with that.

Verse 14: We do not serve a God who is unaware of the difficulties and suffering of life. Jesus does not skate over the facts; He sees it how it is, plainly—there is no time to live in denial. The reality of life is hard, and we serve a God who is not ignorant of that.

Verse 15: Our sorrow, suffering and heartache is not in vain. THERE is Purpose in the Pain, which brings hope. Jesus is more concerned with my eternal soul than with my temporary comfort.

Verse 25-26a: Jesus meets you in the middle of the pain and suffering. You never find Jesus hiding out or running from people, did you realize that? Jesus runs to the hard situation here, full of grief, blame, hurt, tension, and feelings of personal abandonment from Mary and Martha… (ever feel that same way about God?) Jesus waited, yes, but now He will weep with His handmade creation. Jesus tells EVERYONE CLEARLY who He is. Everyone WILL have a confrontation with Jesus, what you do with that is your choice. Jesus either is who He said He is and IS the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE, OR Jesus is the worst kind of humanity, a LIAR who has basically played the role of “pied piper” for ages… NOT bringing people to life, but death. There is no in between. If Jesus isn’t the SON OF GOD, then He truly isn’t even a good man or a prophet. Some think that Jesus is being very “exclusive” here… it’s Him or nothing. I see that as very clear. ALL roads DON’T lead to heaven… but the great thing here is that GOD is CLEAR about which One does!

Verse 26b: YOU MUST DECIDE ABOUT JESUS.

Verse 27: The hard times are where our faith turns from being something theoretical to being real. It’s not to stroke the ego of Jesus that Martha needed this moment; this moment is for Martha so that she can see, and know in her heart, what she believes. If you want to know what you truly believe about God, your belief is proven in the challenging and hard moments of life, when challenges force choices out of you. Martha worshipped Jesus IN it. This is what it looks like for faith to travel from being talked about in Sunday school circles to being lived out in your life. Your faith (or lack of it) is forced out, in moments like this.

Verse 32: We all have these statements, don’t we? “Lord, if You had…. then….” In the middle of her questions—her grief—notice Mary does not shake her fist and spew her ideas of justice and the love of God, Mary sees Jesus in it and falls at His feet, worships in the middle of her grief, knowing that just because she lost a brother, it doesn’t change the FACT of who Jesus is. All things are under His feet… even those things that He allows in our lives that we wish He didn’t. Often it is the hard stuff—the stuff for which we have more questions than answers—that brings us to the feet of Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 4: What do you believe about God? Is He a God who cares less about your suffering and is the cause for it? OR Do you believe God is good and wants to use the suffering for a greater purpose? Are you willing to let God use your suffering to bring Him glory?

Verse 6: Are you waiting for God to move and fix things how and when you think they need to be fixed?

Verse 14: Are you willing to be raw and real in the presence of Jesus? Did you realize that He knows the pain, He can plainly see it, and you can just lay it out to Him and call it what it is?

Verse 15: Are you willing to ask God what He wants to do with your pain?

Verse 25-26a: What will you do with Jesus? Who do you say that He is?

Verse 26b: DO YOU BELIEVE?

Verse 27: What do your actions say about your belief, in those hard situations, the crossroads of your life when you are hemmed in? Do your words and actions agree?

Verse 32: Are you willing to just fall at the feet of Jesus in the middle of your pain and let it out? Do you feel guilty telling God you don’t get it, or if You had….? Isn’t it great that we can just lay out our realness at the feet of Jesus and it is not held against us? What posture do you have in your pain in the presence of Jesus?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: John 11:35-40

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 11 (Excerpts)

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Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11 (Excerpts)

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 4:       When Jesus heard it (that Lazarus, the one He loved, was sick) He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.

Verse 6:       When He heard it, He stayed two days longer where He was.

Verse 14:     Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

Verse 15:     “I am glad for YOUR sakes I was not there, so YOU may believe.

Verses 25-26a: “I AM the resurrection and LIFE, he who believes in ME shall LIVE, even if he dies, EVERYONE who loves and believes in ME shall NEVER die.

Verse 26b:   DO YOU BELEIVE?

Verse 27:     She said to Him, “YES, Lord. I have believed You are CHRIST the SON of God even He who comes into the world.”

Verse 32:     When Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, fell at His feet, saying, “Lord, if you had, my brother would not have died.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 4: There is so much more to our suffering in life than “just to kill us,” which is surely what God wants to do, right? How many of us hold this view of God? IF He is good, how can He allow suffering? God allows suffering to show us His goodness. God allowed two sisters to lose a brother, and a brother to lose his life, to show them His love. We have so many misunderstandings about the compassion and love of God. We think God’s love should look like our personal definition of love. God is not bound by our finite thoughts or feelings, and this is a GOOD thing!

Verse 6: Love often waits, not out of hate, evil or power issues, but out oflLove. We do not understand the compassion of a God who loves us with a relentless love. Trust God in the waiting, even if there is excruciating pain associated with that.

Verse 14: We do not serve a God who is unaware of the difficulties and suffering of life. Jesus does not skate over the facts; He sees it how it is, plainly—there is no time to live in denial. The reality of life is hard, and we serve a God who is not ignorant of that.

Verse 15: Our sorrow, suffering and heartache is not in vain. THERE is Purpose in the Pain, which brings hope. Jesus is more concerned with my eternal soul than with my temporary comfort.

Verse 25-26a: Jesus meets you in the middle of the pain and suffering. You never find Jesus hiding out or running from people, did you realize that? Jesus runs to the hard situation here, full of grief, blame, hurt, tension, and feelings of personal abandonment from Mary and Martha… (ever feel that same way about God?) Jesus waited, yes, but now He will weep with His handmade creation. Jesus tells EVERYONE CLEARLY who He is. Everyone WILL have a confrontation with Jesus, what you do with that is your choice. Jesus either is who He said He is and IS the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE, OR Jesus is the worst kind of humanity, a LIAR who has basically played the role of “pied piper” for ages… NOT bringing people to life, but death. There is no in between. If Jesus isn’t the SON OF GOD, then He truly isn’t even a good man or a prophet. Some think that Jesus is being very “exclusive” here… it’s Him or nothing. I see that as very clear. ALL roads DON’T lead to heaven… but the great thing here is that GOD is CLEAR about which One does!

Verse 26b: YOU MUST DECIDE ABOUT JESUS.

Verse 27: The hard times are where our faith turns from being something theoretical to being real. It’s not to stroke the ego of Jesus that Martha needed this moment; this moment is for Martha so that she can see, and know in her heart, what she believes. If you want to know what you truly believe about God, your belief is proven in the challenging and hard moments of life, when challenges force choices out of you. Martha worshipped Jesus IN it. This is what it looks like for faith to travel from being talked about in Sunday school circles to being lived out in your life. Your faith (or lack of it) is forced out, in moments like this.

Verse 32: We all have these statements, don’t we? “Lord, if You had…. then….” In the middle of her questions—her grief—notice Mary does not shake her fist and spew her ideas of justice and the love of God, Mary sees Jesus in it and falls at His feet, worships in the middle of her grief, knowing that just because she lost a brother, it doesn’t change the FACT of who Jesus is. All things are under His feet… even those things that He allows in our lives that we wish He didn’t. Often it is the hard stuff—the stuff for which we have more questions than answers—that brings us to the feet of Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 4: What do you believe about God? Is He a God who cares less about your suffering and is the cause for it? OR Do you believe God is good and wants to use the suffering for a greater purpose? Are you willing to let God use your suffering to bring Him glory?

Verse 6: Are you waiting for God to move and fix things how and when you think they need to be fixed?

Verse 14: Are you willing to be raw and real in the presence of Jesus? Did you realize that He knows the pain, He can plainly see it, and you can just lay it out to Him and call it what it is?

Verse 15: Are you willing to ask God what He wants to do with your pain?

Verse 25-26a: What will you do with Jesus? Who do you say that He is?

Verse 26b: DO YOU BELIEVE?

Verse 27: What do your actions say about your belief, in those hard situations, the crossroads of your life when you are hemmed in? Do your words and actions agree?

Verse 32: Are you willing to just fall at the feet of Jesus in the middle of your pain and let it out? Do you feel guilty telling God you don’t get it, or if You had….? Isn’t it great that we can just lay out our realness at the feet of Jesus and it is not held against us? What posture do you have in your pain in the presence of Jesus?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: John 11:35-40

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 18:1-12

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 18:1-12

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 1: When Jesus had spoken these words, He went where there was a garden into which He & His disciples entered.

Verse 2: Judas was betraying Him, knew the place

Verse 3: Judas, the Roman cohort, and officers from the chief priests & Pharisees came with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

Verse 4: Jesus, knowing ALL things coming, went forth and said, “Whom do you seek?”

Verse 5: Jesus the Nazarene. He said to them, “I AM He.” Judas standing with them

 Verse 6: When He said… they drew back and fell to the ground.

Verse 7: Again, He asked “Whom do you seek?” They said, “Jesus, the Nazarene”

Verse 8: Jesus answered, “I told you, I AM He, if you seek Me, let these go.”

Verse 9: that the word be fulfilled, “Of those whom Thou hast given Me, I lost no one.”

Verse 10: Simon Peter having a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, cut off his right ear.

Verse 11: a.) Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword in the sheath; b.) the cup My father has given Me, shall I not drink?”

Verse 12: The Roman cohort, the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:

Verse 1: Be driven to your knees to gain courage to stand.

Verse 2: God’s plan is not always what we want it to be. The devastating hurt of betrayal was part of God’s perfect will. God’s will is just that…. God’s will. God is Trustworthy. These are the challenging times that force choices out of us—believe Him! Even in this…even in this.

Verse 3: What others mean for evil… God turns around for good. This world will show its power against Jesus; however, “These things I have spoken to you so that IN ME you may have peace. In the world you WILL have tribulation, BUT TAKE COURAGE I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus overcomes the world HERE…REDEMPTION will prevail.

Verse 4: Jesus—knowing EVERYTHING that was coming—didn’t run from God’s will, even when it was going to be overwhelming suffering. He ran to it…. Jesus went FORTH, compelled with compassion, “splagchizoma,” deep in His soul for you.

Verse 5: Jesus doesn’t run away. The decision was made before the beginning of time. Compelled to stand His ground, proclaim His name. No need for the traitor to beat the bushes and drag out the Rabbi by His tunic. No need even for Judas to kiss Jesus to show who He was. Jesus, compelled for the sake of His name to step up and proclaim who He is! He is I AM.

Verse 6: Bowled backward at the name of Jesus and the power of His Word. This would give them room for pause and space for repentance. “At the NAME OF JESUS every knee will bow” (Philippians 2:10). Jesus is a confrontation that we all must face.

Verse 7: “Whom do you seek?” The crowd has been given grace here, another pause to reconsider the action they are about to take. Jesus, still relentless for His handmade creation, gives us a choice.   All authority is under the feet of Jesus, period.

Verse 8: Jesus is not overwhelmed by the mob, He is in charge! Commands them to let disciples go.

Verse 9: The Word of Jesus is strong, powerful, and faithful! Jesus’s Word WILL be done. AS He speaks it, it is so, it is done, it is completed! We can take the Word of Jesus to the bank. It is valid, true and will always be proven. Why do we not live our lives believing and trusting God’s Word as if it is already done?

Verse 10: Your compassion to “help” Jesus and protect Jesus can often collide with His plan.

Verse 11: a.) We often do things because the heart behind it is right; we want to help because we love Jesus, so we try to “fix” things, to bring justice to the situation, and what we end up doing is making a bigger mess. Don’t try to shield the people you love from the pain and suffering they must endure. God is at work. Now is where belief becomes real. b.) Jesus shows total submission to the Father—trust—there is no pro/con list to be made. If the Father hands me this cup, I will drink all of it, even if it is sour; I trust Him that much.

Verse 12: Jesus could have walked away unscathed… all He would have had to do was keep saying His name, “I AM,” thus keeping the mob on the ground. BUT God… compelled His own love toward us in that while we were STILL ENEMIES (in the mob), Christ DIED FOR US. (Romans 5:8) Jesus allowed Himself to be bound, for you and for me. Sometimes it is the will of God for you and me to be bound.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 1: Where has God called you to stand? What has God put before you that may go against all your logic, will and desire? When have you been strengthened by prayer? If you are not praying, why is that? What is keeping you from the throne of God? Fear? Unbelief?

Verse 2: What challenging situations have you experienced in your life—or are experiencing this very minute— that put your belief or lack of belief to the test? What will you do? What do you really believe? What do your actions say you believe?

Verse 3: Have the hard things in this world, and the cruelty in this world driven you to Jesus or away from Him?

Verse 4: Are you willing to be blessed and broken for the glory of God? Are you willing to do great things for God, even if they involve suffering?

Verse 5: Do you believe Jesus is who He said He is?

Verse 6: What happens in your heart and life when you hear the name of Jesus? Do you stand defiant with fists raised? Or in awe with knees bent? Who do you say Jesus is?

Verse 7: What will you do with Jesus? What is your choice?

Verse 8: When things feel like they are spiraling out of control in your life and the world, isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus is in charge?

Verse 9: Do you know the Word of God? What is God’s Word for you? Do you care? What is the evidence that you care one way or the other?

Verse 10: When have you thought you knew better, and you went ahead with your instincts instead of waiting to see what Jesus had for you? How did that work out?

Verse 11: When has suffering in your life or in the life of someone you know produced a closeness with God in the end; but during the dark time, it was so hard to let them go and allow God to work through it? Did you ever think that suffering is something God would want to use in your life for His glory? “The suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18 b). Am I just wanting Jesus for the good and easy times, or am I willing to be poured out like a drink offering for His name’s sake?

Verse 12: Have you ever thought about the possibility that God’s will is for you to be bound…. in a bad marriage, in a disease, in a job, in a house with little kids, in a city you don’t like….? We naturally try to get out of everything that hurts, but have we ever considered that God needs us to trust Him—even through the suffering, so that He can show us Himself in a greater way?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

God with skin on, Jesus, is relentless for me… oh that God would instill that same relentless drive in me for Him.

Homework: John 11:38-45

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 4:3-10

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 4:3-10

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verses 3 & 4: He left Judea, and HE HAD to pass through Samaria.

Verse 5: He came to a city in Samaria, Sychar.

Verse 6: Jacob’s well was there, Jesus was wearied & sitting, it was about the 6th hour.

Verse 7: There came a woman of Samaria to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”.

Verse 8: The disciples had gone to buy food.

Verse 9: The Samaritan woman said, “How is it that you being a Jew ask me for a drink, I am Samaritan woman.”

Verse 10: Jesus: “If you knew the Gift who says, “Give Me drink” you would ask, you would ask Him & He would give living water.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verses 3 & 4: God with skin on, Jesus, who had eternity to plan out His steps, stops everything that He had to do, and specifically, on purpose, is compelled to go to a scandalous place with one person in mind. Jesus goes to extremes personally for me and for you.   Grace is personal. God meets us where we are.

Verse 5: “Sychar”means purchased. This place was purchased by Jacob, re-purchased by blood through Joshua’s conquest, and now, personally purchased by the scandalous grace of a Savior. Jesus- compelled to purchase YOU, His handmade creation with His own blood. (Romans 5:8-9)

Verses 6, 7a: Jacob’s well was there: A place can “look”religious, it is not by association that we gain eternal life, but by a personal relationship with Jesus. A personal decision must be made. Wearied & sitting, it was the 6th hour: It was noon. Not a time for anyone to be coming to meet any need, yet, there came a woman. There was something very wrong with this picture. Only a shunned woman would come at noon to the well. Someone avoiding all others at all costs. This would be a clue to anyone else…stay away from this one, yet Jesus, came specifically for this shunned woman, compelled for her to the point of His bone weariness. Jesus goes to all lengths to chase us and meet us right in the middle of it all. We can avoid others, but not Jesus. AMEN!

Verse 7b: To draw water: This woman came with an empty water bucket. This woman was a picture of a scarred, empty person. Coming in the cloak of daylight, to avoid being seen, avoid being reminded of who she is. Often it’s when we are completely empty and needy that we find ourselves in the presence of Jesus. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are those who thirst …

Verse 7c: Jesus said to her, “give Me…”: It’s not about what you do, have done, or where you have been…it’s about who you are.  You are God’s handmade creation and you mean everything to Him. Your messy life, bad choices, and even your self righteousness cannot keep Jesus from coming, calling and pleading with you to trust Him with your wounded story. Jesus is not afraid of the baggage we bring to the table. He came for it, oh that you and I would give Him that which He came to take!

Verse 8: Jesus will go to any lengths to get us alone with Him, without distraction.

Verse 9: We are often surprised by the grace of a loving God toward us. Other people, we expect to receive God’s grace and favor…just not me.

Verse 10: One shunned, scarred, shamed, solitary, scandalous person is not too small a multitude for Jesus to be compelled to seek out. We are bid to ask Jesus for His gift just as we are. No cleaning up, no changing life first. Often we are more comfortable holding on to our guilt than His grace. Jesus bidding us to ask Him to change everything! God wants to meet your needs. He died to do it!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verses 3 & 4: Have you thought that you are too incidental a person to grab the attention of God? When has God extended personal grace to you? Are you in need of personal grace at this moment?

Verse 5: Do you realize how dear a personal price God Himself paid for your soul? Have you forgotten that you are precious enough to have been personally purchased by God?

Verses 6 & 7: Have you been religious in your faith, but not personal? Have you been content with knowing about God, “Oh God”, yet haven’t spent the time to know “My God?” Who do you say Jesus is?

Verse 7b: What is in your water pot? Is it full of the world? Empty and wanting? Full of Jesus? Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Jesus… what/who are you thirsty for? Where has your emptiness led you?

Verse 7c: What baggage do you bring to the well? What baggage are you not quite ready to trust a relentless, compassionate, compelled Savior with?

Verse 8: When has Jesus gone out of His way to get you alone with Him? Why do we tend to avoid being alone with God? Is it is easier to go to church or Bible study with others than it is to be alone, just you and God?

Verse 9: When have you been surprised by the personal gift of God’s grace to you? How is He stirring your heart even now? Have you forgotten the depths of God’s grace that you have received?

Verse 10: Are you willing to ask God for the gift of grace that He extends to you, personally, in the state you are in? Do you realize there is nothing you can ever do to make your scars, wounds and shame more pretty or clean? Are you so thankful for your bruised story and personal scars, because it shows your desperate need for a Savior? Will you hold on to personal guilt or God’s exceptional grace?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Allow the Word of God to fill you. Allow God’s exceptional grace to cover you today. Give that piece of baggage that you have kept hidden in the closet for years, if He wants it.

Homework: Luke 15:11-32

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Luke 5:27-32

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Luke 5:27-32

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 27a: He went out, noticed a tax-gatherer named Matthew and said…

Verse 27b:Follow Me.

Verse 28:He left everything behind, rose & began to follow him.

Verse 29: Matthew gave a reception for Him (Jesus) in his house there were tax-gatherers, sinners, reclining at table with them.

Verse 30:Pharisees grumbling at disciples, “Why eat & drink with sinners?”

Verse 31:Jesus answered: “It is not those well who need physician, but those sick.”

Verse 32:“I have not come to call righteous but sinners to repentance.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 27a: Jesus comes for you on purpose. Jesus knows where you are, where to find you and comes to speak to you. You are not overlooked, it is not a mistake you are reading this now.

 Verse 27b: Jesus is compelled to come because you were created to walk with Him, know Him and need Him. The call of Jesus to you is always the same, “Come and follow Me.” The choice is left up to you. All through the Bible are choices that must be made.

 Verse 28: Jesus changes the direction of your life. You can’t follow Jesus and stay where you are.

Verse 29: (tax-collectors & sinners) You only come to Jesus when you know you can’t help yourself. Jesus is not ashamed to be associated with messy people.

Verse 30: There will be things and people in your life constantly trying to divide your loyalty and keep you from walking with and knowing Jesus. It is the realization of desperate need in your life that drives you to Jesus.

Verse 31: Blessed are the poor in spirit! The power of hope rests in the presence of Jesus.

 Verse 32: The Gospel! Jesus came for this: To fix the gap sin created that is keeping Him from His handmade creation. So of course Jesus goes to the destitute, the desperate, and the needy; those who are not denying the current status their souls are in. To follow Jesus demands your personal repentance.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 27a: Have you realized how many times God has gone out of the way to show you that you matter, yet you have missed it? Do you realize just being here now, studying God’s Word in this particular spot is not an accident?

Verse 27b: If Jesus came to fix that gap between you and a loving God who wants to walk with you and know you, are you walking with Him? What choice have you made regarding Jesus in your life?

 Verse 28: Do you just want Jesus to bless you here and now in the way you want and in the place you want or are you willing to follow Him to where He wants you to go? Do you realize that the blessing is being in His presence not His presence fixing everything the way you want?

Verse 29: Have you ever been so desperate, that you had everything else taken off the table and your only option was to go to Jesus? Have you realized the blessing of that neediness?

 Verse 30: Is the opinion of someone or the words of someone else keeping you from running to or staying with Jesus?

Verse 31: Have you ever worshipped and praised God in a state of desperation and neediness? Did you realize that maybe God has allowed this period of struggle and darkness to allow you to see how much in need of Him you really are?

Verse 32: Are you willing to turn from the pit you are in, let go of the rights you have to be there and follow Jesus?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Desperation and neediness is a blessing. Remember those times and thank God for them. Determine to listen and then follow where God leads me today.

Homework:  JOHN 4:7-15 EXTRA CREDIT: JOHN 4:1-42

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…Matthew 5:1-10

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Matthew 5:1-10 

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

(1)   Seeing the multitudes, He went on a mountain, when seated, disciples came to Him.

(2)   He opened His mouth and taught them

(3)   Blessed are poor in spirit, theirs: kingdom of heaven

(4)   Blessed are those mourn, they SHALL be comforted

(5)   Blessed are meek, they SHALL inherit the earth

(6)   Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness, they SHALL be filled

(7)   Blessed are merciful, they SHALL obtain mercy

(8)   Blessed are pure in heart: they see God

(9)   Blessed are peacemakers: called sons of God

(10)           Blessed are persecuted for righteousness; theirs is kingdom of Heaven

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

(1)   Jesus has things to say to us. He wants us to go where He is. It will take time & effort.

(2)   Jesus is not silent. Jesus, because of compassion speaks the Truth & teaches those willing to listen & follow Him.

(3)   Desperation is a blessing, it drives us to Jesus

(4)    Brokenness drives us to Jesus. Jesus will comfort the broken hearted. The world gives the illusion of peace, able to bring outward peace for a period of time, but no relief for the inward peace we strive to obtain.

(5)   Meek: Strength under control. It’s not about our “rights” to a status, position or power; our inheritance is sure. (Jesus, compelled by compassion for us, is the picture of strength under control from His start in the manger to the Garden of Gethsemane through to His death on the cross.)

(6)   The hunger and thirst of the world is always for more: money, status, power and stuff which never satisfies, it leaves us empty in the end. Our hunger and thirst is actually designed in us by God to drive us to Jesus who came to satisfy what we were created to need: To know God, walk with God and need God. Contentment is only found in Jesus.

(7)   Mercy: undeserved favor of kindness. Mercy and forgiveness which is so easy for us to accept cost the agony of the cross for Jesus. Mercy becomes essential for us to extend to others in the light of the cross.

(8)   Pure heart: a heart “free from foreign elements”. A pure heart, one that is undivided, wholly devoted to Jesus, walks with Jesus, has a personal relationship with Jesus, therefore has the ability to see Jesus in everything…. whether joyful or mournful, good or bad, easy or hard pressed. How cool is that? That is obviously an ability given by God. Jesus is compelled for one pure focus: being the Righteous Sacrifice our sin demands.

(9)   Jesus came as the Son of God to bring PEACE between God and man. Blessed are those who introduce others to the gospel of peace through Jesus.

(10)           We will be hung out to dry because we follow Jesus, doing and standing for the right thing. Don’t be surprised, expect it. It will be ok. We serve a God who knows what is happening. Hold on.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

(1)    Are you spending time with God on a regular basis? Who or what is keeping you from God’s Word?

(2)    Are you listening to what God has to say to you? Where is God leading you? Are you willing to follow?

(3)    When has desperation driven you to Jesus? Have you ever looked at desperation in life as a blessing from a compassionate God who desires nothing more than for you to run to Him and need Him?

(4)    Where and to whom have you sought peace only to be let down? Are you broken by the turmoil of life and in need of a Prince of Peace?

(5)    Have you thought meekness = weakness? Have you thought that if you don’t “work” the system, climb the ladder, throw others under the bus, toot your own horn, you will never achieve what you were meant to achieve? Will you allow God to promote you or demote you knowing regardless, your inheritance at the top is sure? When have you shown godly “Strength under control”?

(6)    What are you looking for? Can your life be summed up by the old U-2 song, “I still haven’t found, what I’m looking for”? Will you allow your search to lead you to the one True God who you were created to walk with, know and need? What do you really hunger and thirst for? A status? A job? A spouse? A child? A bank account? Power? A technological gadget? When have you received exactly what you wanted only to be let down afterwards? Do you really want to be satisfied? Will you come to Jesus?

(7)   Once you and I truly realize what it cost, how can we not extend mercy to others? Are you quick to be merciful or dole out justice?

(8)   When was your heart so wholly focused on Jesus and undivided, that even when things were coming down around you, you had peace, confidence and the ability to see God? Have you thanked Jesus for having that pure undivided heart for you?

(9)   Are you introducing others to the Prince of Peace who died to make peace attainable?

(10)           When have you seen or experienced someone doing the right thing, only to be mocked and penalized for it? Has anyone ever assigned evil motives to something that was meant only to show the compassion of Christ? Were you surprised by it or did you expect it? Who better to understand the injustice of life than Jesus who experienced this to a level you will never have to?

LIVE IT OUT!
The Christian life begins at a very needy desperate point because it drives home OUR NEED for a Savior. When everything falls and we lose it all, we realize that beneath the rubble of all this world has to offer, when Jesus is all we have, we realize Jesus is all we need.   Satisfaction is found in a personal relationship with the God who created us to walk with Him, know Him and need Him.

COMPASSION. Jesus has a pleading compassion for His creation. we should have the same.

SPEND MORE TIME LISTENING TO WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY TO ME.

Homework: LUKE 5:27-32

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

2015 Military Marriage Retreats

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It’s our turn to serve you.

We want to support you and your marriage at The Cove by providing a FREE retreat for any active-duty service-member (Guard & Reserve too) and their spouse.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine.

Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Following are the 2015 Military Marriage Retreats:

Building a Resilient Marriage in Turbulent Times
with John Cook, February 19-20, 2015

Building a Lifelong Love
with Gary Thomas, May 29-31, 2015

Military Marriage Seminar-TBD
with Gary Chapman, September 4-6, 2015

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.

military handsThe Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For more information on our financial resources, visit our website here.

Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove

Ladies, it’s time to sign up for the free women’s Bible study at The Cove!

Both Jane and Kendra have been working diligently throughout the year to prepare their lessons and are looking forward to seeing each of you.

Take a look  at their videos below to get an idea of what to expect in January.

Jane Derrick — Is Peace Possible?
Tuesday mornings: January 6 – March 3, 2015
9:45am - 11:45 a.m.
11:45 – 1 p.m. (optional)
Jane’s study will have an optional $10 lunch available, but you must sign up the week prior to each meal by calling 1-800-950-2092.
Note: Class will not meet on February 24th

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Jane’s morning Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Jane’s video in your browser.

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Kendra Graham — Compelled: Christ’s Relentless Love For You
Tuesday evenings: January 6 – February 17, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Kendra’s evening Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Kendra’s video in your browser.

Newcomers always welcome!  Bring a friend or two.