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Kendra’s Bible Study…Exodus 14: 10-14

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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Exodus 14: 10-14 

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.

10.    Israel looked, the Egyptians were marching after them, they became frightened & to the LORD
11.    They said to Moses, “Why have you dealt with us this way? Bringing us out of Egypt?
12.
   Is this not the word we spoke, “Leave us alone to serve the Egyptians?”
13.  Do not fear.  Stand and see the salvation of the LORD.
14.  a.The LORD will fight.
       b. You keep silent.

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.

10.   When I am looking down at the shadow I will miss the LIGHT which is UP.  Don’t give so much power to my circumstances, give the power to the One who is sovereign over them.
11.  I’m so quick to downshift into thinking God hates me and wants me to suffer, when really the intent here is complete and total deliverance.
12.  God will not stop chasing, seeking, and keeping His Word to (His people) me regardless of my response to Him.
13.  God knows I am struggling, He knows it’s hard, that is why He hasn’t asked me to fight, He has just asked me to stand.. knees knocking and hands shaking.
14.  a. God does the work… a lot of times though, it is not done in the way I want or in a way that makes me comfortable.
b. BE still and know I AM God, yes, I AM talking to you.  Just stop… stop… and look for Me, because when you do, you will see me fighting for you for the sake of My name.

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?

10.   Where am I looking in life for deliverance and answers? Dr Phil? The most recent book published on 10 ways to “Un-Slump” yourself? Everywhere and everyone else but the One who died in order to walk with me through these times when I am in the valley of the shadow of death?
11.    Do I think God wants to deliver me, or make me suffer?  Honestly. It’s time to drop the Sunday School answers and be honest…. lay it out to Him, (BTW, He already knows)
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2.   When has God kept His Word to me regardless of my response to Him?  How is God keeping His Word to me today even though I may be shaking my fists @ Him?
13.   Am I willing to be honest with God? He knows already… Where has God asked me to trust Him and have the courage to stand?  Through a disease, an addiction, my past or present circumstances, through a situation that has left more questions than answers?  Will I “hold the line” clinging to His very promise to me in His Word?
14.   a. Have I been expecting God to work in a certain way, an easier way that makes sense to me? Am I begging God to change my situation promising I will then believe, when God is begging me to believe Him and watch how He changes my situation?
b.  Do I really believe God will fight for me? When has God fought for me?  How do I need God to fight for me? Again… lay it out, the way my sheepie eyes see it… God speaks “sheep” He will understand.

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

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.              

My God will NEVER let go…. Help my unbelief.  STAND where He has asked, knees knocking, hands shaking, eyes open God will deliver, even me. 

HOMEWORK: Do the Three Questions on Exodus 33… read it… whatever verses stand out to you… do them!

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

Kendra Graham Bible Study…Joshua 8:1-10

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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8: 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.

1a.  The LORD said, Do not fear or be dismayed.
1b. Take all the people of war with you.
1c. Go to Ai.
1d. I have given: the king of Ai, his people & land.
2a. Do to Ai & its king like Jericho, only take spoil & cattle.
2.b. Set an ambush for the city.
3. So J
oshua rose with all the people of war to go to Ai.
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. He commanded, “Ambush the city, be ready”.
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. They will come out after us, so we will flee.
6-7. Rise from your ambush. When you seize the city, set it on fire according to the Word of the LORD.
9-10. So Joshua spent the night there, rose early, mustered the people and went to Ai. 

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.

1a.  God RENEWS our confidence in Him w/ the promises in His Word.
1b. God kindly RESTORES the ENTIRE nation, my past sin does not disqualify me for present service to the King of kings.
1c. God REDEEMS my past often times by wanting to replace THAT PLACE that has a testimony of failure with a testimony of His victory! (It HAD to be Ai before they moved on, or that past would beat them down time after time after time… festering in the back of their heads and hearts burdening them with shame…).
1c. God REMINDS His people that His plan and calling on their life has not changed in the least, and reminds ALL of them His promise still stands…. His promises have no expiration regardless of my actions.
2a.  God does NOT hold my past against me! Regardless of my past failure, my present obedience will end in BLESSING.  This time they get a material blessing too! Often times God wants to bless me, but I turn it down knowing I don’t deserve it.
2b.  God gives Joshua the plan.  Trust in God to lead you where and how you need to be led…. not necessarily where I want to be led.  God will always reveal His plan.  I need to be careful to do all (Joshua 1:8).
3.  God uses everyone to obtain the victory.  It is not up to one part of the body of Christ, but the body of Christ as a WHOLE.  YOUR PERSONAL OBEDIENCE MATTERS!
4. God’s instructions are clear. Don’t change them or add to them.
5. Joshua follows God’s plan for an ambush. Don’t try to use another plan or way than the one God reveals.
6-7. Wait… hold in position until it is time to go! HAVE PATIENCE in my holding pattern!8. Be careful to listen to and obey because it is the Word of the LORD… truly truly.
9-10:  When God asks me to do something, don’t delegate it out.  Rise early to obey.  ‘Lead by deeds not words’ (George Washington)

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?

1a.Am I allowing God’s Word to give me confidence or do I tend to believe others and the words going around in my head instead?
1b. Have I settled to believe the lie that God cannot do anything with me because my life was or is a mess?
1c.  Do I know the promises God has spoken over ME?
2a. Do I think God is always trying to find new ways to beat me down with consequences over my past?  Do I have the courage and humility it will take for me to 1. obey God, and then 2. accept His blessing!?
2b.  Am I willing to ask God what His plan for me is?  Or do I just want Him to bless my plans for me?
3.  How and where is God calling me to obedience?  Do I realize my obedience matters A LOT to God and is a BIG DEAL???
4. Do I beg God for direction only when I get it I beg for another set of instructions that I am more comfortable with?
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Do I tend to make God’s plans more palatable to coincide with my own idea of common sense?  If I sprinkle my plans… with God’s plans… hmmm?
6-7. Why is it so hard to WAIT on God’s timing?
8. Am I careful with the instructions God has given me, and am I careful to do all He is asked, NOTHING MORE (We LOVE to do more… makes us look better, in our eyes, right? and careful not to pick and choose the things I like).
9-10.  Is it time that I acted on those things I have claimed for so long to believe?

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??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.
OBEY.  LET GOD DEAL WITH THE THINGS IN MY LIFE HE NEEDS TO DEAL WITH TO BRING ME INTO A RESTORED PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.  PRESS IN.  FACE IT. REFUSE TO RUN. God’s plans are right.

HOMEWORK:  Do the Three Questions on Acts 16:22-32  OR EXTRA CREDIT: 16:6-40!

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

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 10: 1-10

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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 10:1-10

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.   Truly truly I say to you.
2.  He who enters by the door is a shepherd
3.  He calls His own sheep by name
4.  He goes before them
5.    A stranger they will not follow  – the voice of others do not resonate like Jesus
6.    They did not understand
7.   Jesus said AGAIN, Truly truly, I say to you.
8.  All who came before are thieves, the sheep did not hear them
9.   I AM the door, ANYONE enter through me & be saved
10.  (a) The thief comes to: kill, steal, destroy.
10.  (b) I come that they have life, abundantly

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.

1.  What Jesus says is the TRUTH, trustworthy, and His message is to me.
2.   The shepherd has nothing to hide, he comes through the door to claim his own. No need to trick anyone into following, nothing to hide, all is in the open.
3.   Our names have not slipped His mind, he knows my name and calls it. God doesn’t just say, “Hey ya’ll there at the Cove Tuesday night, come on, let’s roll” He calls each of us individually, because He knows our names and each of us is important enough to Him to come to and call personally.  I am personally important to the King of kings.
4.   Jesus is not asking us to go anywhere that He is not present.  Jesus leads from the front, not poking and prodding us from the rear.  Jesus doesn’t lead from a big armchair saying, “OK, Judy, you go left 5 paces, then turn 38 degrees clockwise… Paula, you take 10 steps back, then make a sharp right turn.”  He leads presently by going before us.  Jesus does not “drive” us out either.  He leads us. There is a difference. God forces me no where, He beckons, and wants me to follow Him.
5.   No voice like the voice of Jesus penetrates and draws our hearts to follow.
6.   Sometimes we just don’t “get” what Jesus is saying, or where He is leading & it’s ok.
7.   I LOVE the fact that Jesus is patient and will explain it again, in another way.  I seem to process things slower, and don’t understand a lot, yet the love of Jesus is so evident in His patient continual explanations. Jesus does not give up on us.  Here, He is continuing to explain to a group of people (Pharisees) who don’t want to get, nor will ever get it, but it doesn’t matter to Jesus… He seems to give up on none of His creation!  How comforting.  8.   Other people, things and ideas will try to trick and deceive, but true discernment is found in Jesus.
9.   Jesus is THE WAY to be saved.  You may think that exclusive, I see that as very clear.
10. (a) Others will always try to take the place of Jesus, but will always be found out in the end to be a fraud in the end and will leave me wanting, hurt and torn up.
10. (b) A life of abundance depends on me following Jesus. Take this world, but give me 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?

1.   Where do I go to find Truth (the news, a friend, a spouse, a church)?  Does Truth even matter to me at all? Is my life based on the Truth of God’s Word, or the lies of the world?
2.  When have I been tricked into believing someone or something is true only to let down later?  Have I taken time to read the Words of Jesus and realize He put it all out there and was faithful to every last thing He said He would do?
3.  Have I ever felt that I have fallen through the cracks of God’s mind?  Why is it so easy for me to say I am insignificant, when Jesus Himself has said He not only knows my name, but calls my name?? Did I realize my God was such a personal God? When has He called my name?  Are my eyes in His Word and my ears tuned to His voice?
4.  Am I easily led by the Word of God with Jesus in the lead or do I have to fight everything wanting God to bless my path instead of walking down His path that is already blessed? Do I require a bit for my mouth so I will go or is my heart willing?
5.  Did I know following the lead of Jesus will never fade out with the fad?
6.  When have I been in need of further clarity in God’s leading? Where do I go for clarity? Is God’s Word first or last on that list? Did I realize how patient a teacher God is?
7.  When has Jesus patiently waited for and taught me?  When have I refused to give others the patience that Jesus has and is giving me?
8.   Do I go to God’s Word when I need discernment?Where am I in need of discernment today?
9.  Is it easier for me to believe There is one heaven, but many roads to it”?  Why? How much more confusing would it be for us if there were many roads?
10. (a)  When have I been let down by what I thought would make me happy and whole, only to find out when I received it I either wanted more, or I realized it just wasn’t enough, all that I hoped for?
10. (b) Did I realize Jesus came to give me an abundant life? Did I realize the life I have been looking for is the life that is only found in Jesus?  On who or what is my life ruled by now? Ambitions for a better job, better kids, better house, better marriage….

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??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.

Jesus does not force me to follow Him, but when I follow where He leads, I will find the abundant life He created me to have.  Where is Jesus leading me, and do I have the ears to hear, the heart to listen and the faith to follow?

HOMEWORK:  Do the Three Questions on Joshua 8:1-10  OR EXTRA CREDIT: THE WHOLE CHAPTER!

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

Kendra Graham Bible Study…Psalm 23:1-2

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice…the application)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from PSALM 23:1-2

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  FACTS

1.   The LORD is my shepherd
2.   He makes me lay in green pastures, He leads beside quiet waters.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  THE LESSONS

1.   We are all led by someone or something, the LORD is a shepherd
2.   The LORD leads us to places of provision and REST.
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b. The LORD leads each lamb from the front, He doesn’t drive them from behind.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? APPLICATION

1.   Who or what is the driving force behind what I do or don’t do?
2.   Do I believe God has my best interests at heart or do I think He is kind of a “Pied Piper” shepherd just waiting to lead me right off a cliff? Do I believe God will provide for me?
2b. Am I willing to be lead by the LORD or do I just prefer to pick the places and beg Him to bless them? 

 Homework: JOHN 10: 1-10

Kendra’s Bible Study…Psalm 1:1

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Psalm 1:1 

What Does it Say?  FACTS
1a. Blessed is the man who does NOT walk in counsel of wicked
1b. Blessed is the man who does not stand in the path of sinners
1c. Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of Scoffers (mockers)

What Does it mean?  LESSONS
1a .A blessed man (a happy man) by God’s definition does not listen to or take advice from wicked men or women.  Wicked men and women are defined by those who are against God.  In this ever changing culture, there is a HUGE undercurrent of people avidly against God and anything His Word has to say.  Do not go to these people for advice on making life choices, family choices or business choices.  Their focus is not godly.  Wisdom comes from being choosy about who influences your life. 

1b. A blessed man by God’s definition does not stand in the path of sinners.  What does that mean?  Do not take up a lifestyle that is contrary to God’s Word thinking that you will be strong enough to say no and that you will only go “so far”.  I have heard people say that they have to experience what it is like to be a drunk so that they can witness to drunks.  This thinking is absolutely skewed.  Do not put yourself in positions, places or circumstances where making a godly choice is next to impossible. Live your life as an example of the light of Christ.  People are drawn to the Light, out of the darkness, if you become darkness, not only will your testimony become unnoticeable, you put yourself in a personal dangerous and precarious position.  We are to be in the world but not of the world (John 17:11-17).  

1c. Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of the scornful (mockers).  Do not make light of, scoff at or mock God’s holiness and His laws.  We have reached an incredibly low level in society when it seems like every sitcom, book and commentary takes time to mock the standard that God Almighty has put in place. If we respect God’s holiness and His laws, and we will be blessed and wise. 

What Does it Mean to me?  Applications
1a. Where do I go to get advice?  Do I prefer godly advice, based on the Word of God, or do I prefer worldly advice based on how I can get ahead?  What advice to I tend to follow?  What advice is easier to follow?

1b. Am I light to those around me of Christ or do I blend into the background hardly noticed because I’m just “one of the guys”? Do I want to be a light?

1c. Do I take God’s Word seriously?  How is God’s Word impacting my daily choices?  Is my life a testimony of respect or mockery toward God and His Word?  

Homework: Psalm 23:1-2 

If you are in the Asheville area we will be studying together for the next 7 weeks (on Tuesday evenings) Psalm 23.  This is a free woman’s Bible study!  Come join us.  I will try to keep things up to date online, but it’s nothing like being here at the Cove personally!  CD’s are also available in the bookstore for both the women’s studies (am & pm studies) if you can’t make it.  Call 828-298-2092 for more information about the CD’s or go online to read more about the Bible studies offered!

Women’s Bible Study at The Cove Starts Tomorrow

The Cove’s annual women’s Bible study begins tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8th)!

Come experience inspiring Bible teaching, meaningful worship, and rich fellowship with other women in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove.

Jane Derrick is back for her 16th year of teaching at The Cove.  Her study titled “Be Still, My Soul, and Know Your God” is the theme this year with teaching from the book of Psalm.

Jane’s 8-week Tuesday morning session begins at 9:45am.  An optional $10 lunch is available for purchase each week, but you must register for the lunch the Friday prior to each week.  

See Jane’s personal invitation here.

 

Kendra Graham, nurse, mother, soccer coach and wife to evangelist and Cove Executive Director, Will Graham, will be focusing her study, “Oh, the Places He Leads!”, on Psalm 23 and various other scripture texts providing an exciting journey through God’s word. 

Kendra’s 7-week Tuesday evening session begins at 6:30pm.      

See Kendra’s invitation here.


Bring a friend, your church group or a neighbor and join us this week.  Newcomers are always welcome.  While the Bible studies are free, we do ask that you register.  Call 1-800-950-2092 to register or visit www.TheCove.org/womens-events.    

See you tomorrow!

A Special Christmas Scripture Study by Kendra Graham

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Luke 2:8-20

What does it say? The Facts. 

8.  In the same region shepherds were keeping watch by night
9.   An angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, they were afraid
10. Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy for all
11. Today, is born a Savior, Christ the Lord
12. This will be a sign, a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger
13. Suddenly a multitude of heavenly host praising God
14.  Glory to God in the highest on earth peace with whom He is well pleased
15.  The angels had gone, the shepherds began saying, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing the Lord made known to us”
16. They came in haste. Found the baby as He lay in the manger
17.When they saw, they made known the statement told of the Child
18. All who heard it pondered at the things told by the shepherds
19. Mary treasured and pondered these things in her heart
20.  The shepherds went back glorifying and praising God, all they heard and saw was just as had been told them

What Does it Mean? Lessons we can learn.

8.   The shepherds were the outcasts of society.  Shepherds were also considered “unclean” so a shepherd could not go to the temple, they were too filthy.  Imagine being told you were too dirty to worship God!  You were not even invited!  When a shepherd went to town they must yell, “Unclean” so people would quickly run away.  They did not have a thrilling job, but a very difficult, hard and often times dangerous job for little pay.  Shepherds had to work 24/7, often times in very harsh conditions.  What do you think a shepherd thought about at night?  Do you think they pondered their importance to God?  If I were a shepherd I would be tempted to think God cared about everyone,  except dirty ole, ignored, outcast, me.  It’s easy to believe the lie that I am insignificant.
9. God can bring light to even our darkest nights.
10. The words spoken from heaven were not words of condemnation or judgment but of joy, excitement, kindness and love and they are for you, shepherds.  Angels from heaven? Surely they must have a message for someone more important than just a shepherd.  No, sweet shepherd, you have not been overlooked, you have not been cast aside! Heaven has news, the first of the news was entrusted to those society had sidelined and deemed “outcast”.  The message was not just for the shepherds though, but for ALL people!!!  This includes you and I!  Hope, REAL HOPE in a hopeless dark place where we are tempted to think we are abandoned and forgotten…. yet no! Heaven sees you and I and is shouting and praising the birth of Jesus!  Jesus has come for you and me!
11. Jesus, this Savior is for us!  “For unto YOU THIS DAY!”  A Savior!  The shepherds you see were looking for just that!  A savior!  The government that had promised freedom, yet brought oppression.  The government that had promised ease yet had brought them extremely high tax burdens instead, The government had promised freedom for all, yet brought fear and slavery.  A savior was needed.  A Savior IS NEEDED still today.  Heaven still rings with the TRUTH, Jesus, a Savior was born that very night in Bethlehem for ALL people!
12. Heaven is clear on how to find Jesus.  No two ways about it.  No confusion.  God is not a God of confusion but clarity! (I Corinthians 14:33). Jesus is also close and easy to get to. Jesus is not hiding from us but begging us to come!
13-14.  Glory to God in the highest and Peace on earth.  Heaven sings of it at the top of their lungs!  Peace in a time of distress! Peace in a time of burden! Peace in a time of turmoil! Peace in a time of despair!  Peace in a time of depression! Peace in a time of heartache and despair!  Peace between God and man, a relationship that had been strained by sin since the beginning will be at peace through Jesus! This is something to sing about!  15-16a. The shepherds decided to go straight away in haste to Bethlehem.  They did not search the “Yelp” app for a sheep sitter in the area, they did not wait until they could get cleaned up first to go see Immanuel, God with us. The shepherds did not write a list of pros and cons on why maybe tonight is or is not a great time to go.  Jesus was there, in the manger, that night, if they didn’t go then, they would have missed the opportunity.   Each shepherd had to decide and go for himself… Phil could not go for David, Josh could not go for Jim, they all had to make that personal decision for themselves.  There was no one excluded from the invitation, there was room for all.
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6b.  The shepherds found the baby in the manger.  Jesus was found right where heaven said He was!  God’s Word is true, and the Shepherds experienced it that night.
17.  After the shepherds experienced God’s Word to be true, they could not hold it in, they told what had happened.  No longer did it matter if people thought they had eaten some bad fish on that hill that night and hallucinated… how many times did they say on the way to find Jesus among themselves, “No one will believe us… let’s just agree that what happens on the hill stays on the hill…”  yet, after they saw Jesus, they could not hold in the message of heaven!  A Savior indeed was born and God leaned His angels out of heaven to tell them, the shepherds!
18. When people hear your testimony of how Jesus changes your life, there will be wonderment!  It didn’t matter that the shepherds were outcasts anymore, they had been changed by Jesus, and everyone had to hear!
19. Mary is reminded that God’s Word is true.  How she may have needed the shepherds story.
20. The shepherds were changed.  You can’t come to Jesus and go back the same! What did the baby “do” for them?  Did they go back with a million dollars?  A new house?  Were they able to pay their bills all of a sudden?  What about a new job, so they didn’t have to be outcasts any longer?  Jesus, you see, changed the state of their heart!  They saw that night how precious they were to God!  Freedom, peace and joy are not hinged upon a physical location or a certain job or way of life, freedom, peace and joy are a state of the heart that only Jesus can give.  The shepherds experienced it that night.  People even today are hearing the testimony of the shepherds and coming to Jesus! What is the state of your heart today?

What Does it Mean to Me? So now what do I do with that?

8.   Do I know Jesus was born for me?  Am I tempted to think the story of Jesus at Christmas is for everyone else but me because I have fallen through the cracks of God’s mind?  Do I realize I am NOT insignificant to God?
9.  What causes me to think I am a lost cause in the darkness unable to be seen by a loving God?  Do I realize the One who breaks the darkness also reigns over it?
10. Am I in need of real hope that won’t pick me up to let me down?  Will I finally choose to put my hope in Jesus who will not disappoint?  And the HOPE of JESUS does NOT DISAPPOINT us, because God has poured out His love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.”  Romans 5:5
11. Did I realize God sent Jesus, for me?  To whom do I look to for Truth? Does it seem like I have trusted in everyone and everything else only to be let down?
12.  Did I know God was so clear on how to find Him and does that fact bother me?  Am I looking for another way to God?  Am I tempted to think Jesus is being exclusive, when really, Jesus is just being clear and simple lacking confusion? John 14:6 Jesus said, “I AM the way, the Truth and the life, NO ONE comes to God EXCEPT through ME.”
13-14.  How many of us need the peace of Jesus with all the chaos in our lives?  Do you have that peace with God that Jesus came to bring?  Is it time I stopped looking to the world and its leaders and friends for this kind of superficial peace and went straight to Jesus who died to give it to me? What or who am I allowing to keep me from coming to the Prince of Peace?  Isaiah 9:6.
15-16a. Am I waiting to get things straightened up in my life before I go to Jesus? Do I realize I can never get things fixed without Jesus?  Have I been hoping that someone else would go first, or for me?  What personal decision have I made about Jesus and am I confident with that decision if I were to enter eternity this moment?
16b.  How many times have I been let down by other’s definitions of the word “Truth” in my life, my job, my family, my governmental leaders? Am I ready to go and see for myself that real Truth is only found in Jesus?
17-19.  How has Jesus changed my life and who needs to hear about it?  How do I need Jesus to change my life so I will have a testimony of God’s power to tell?
20. Do you need Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Wonderful Counselor, and Everlasting Father to change your life this Christmas? Did you know you too can have the same testimony the shepherds had that night?  Jesus came for you!

This Christmas simply take a moment to pray to the God who loves you so much, He came down personally to this world to fix the gap sin (anything we do wrong, the tiniest lie, the smallest infringement, to the largest)  has placed between us.  Just as the tide on the seashore fills the smallest dent to the largest hole when it comes in, the blood of Jesus covers all we have done in life to separate us from Him, if we just ask!  Will you ask Jesus to change your heart today?  Experience the same change those shepherds did that night!  It didn’t matter that they were still “just” shepherds, they knew that God not only saw them, but that they meant everything to Him.  You mean everything to the God who created you to know Him and walk with Him through life.  This Christmas will you give your heart to Christ?  You won’t regret it.  The shepherds sure didn’t!

Lord God, thank you for coming to us!  Jesus, who is God came to make things right between us by dying on the cross, shedding His blood so that I could be forgiven.  Thank you for going to the extreme, and doing whatever it took, for me.  Overwhelm me by your love.  You died, then three days later rose again from the grave conquering the sin that has kept me away from you my entire life.  Forgive me for things I have done to separate us.  Change my heart as you changed the shepherds heart that night you were born. 

If you prayed that prayer, those same angels that told the shepherds of the birth of Jesus are praising and raising the roof in heaven, for YOU!  Jesus loves you and saw you as the reason to be born that night!  Now, begin your walk with Jesus here on earth by studying His Word, the Bible. 

Join us this year in this online study as we encourage one another daily in God’s Word!  God bless you!  Remember, peace is not a location, but a state of the heart that only God can give, for He is the Prince of Peace, why settle for anyone else? Amen and Merry Christmas! 

Homework: Psalm 1:1

If you can make it to The Cove in person, join us on Tuesday evening, January 8, 2013, for a 7-week study on Psalm 23.  It’s free!  Bring a friend, neighbor or your Bible study group.  all are welcome!  Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more information and to register.   

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 24: 5-8

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 24:5-8 

FACTS:  What Does it say?

Verse 5: I sent Moses & Aaron.  I plagued Egypt.  I brought you out.
Verse 6: I brought you out & you came to the sea & Egypt pursued you to the Red Sea.
Verse 7: A. When they cried to the LORD, He put darkness between you & Egypt, brought the sea upon them.  Your own eyes saw what I did.
Verse 7: B.  You lived in the wilderness a long time.
Verse 8:  I brought you to the land of Amorites, they fought, I gave them into your hand, I destroyed them before you.

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?

verse.5:  God delivers His people through extraordinary circumstances.  God is faithful to His people, He saw their affliction, heeded their cries for help, was aware of their suffering, and DELIVERED them (Exodus 3:7-8).  Moses and Aaron got to watch.
Verse 6:  Sometimes God allows me to be pinned in, in an impossible situation, with nowhere to go but to Him.  I am so quick to downgrade to the thought that God hates me and has it in for me when things “seemingly” get worse as soon as I turn to Him.  I see a dead end, but in reality with God, it is just the beginning of great and miraculous things to come!
Verse 7:  A. Sometimes being pinned in brings me to exactly where I need to be, the throne of grace, desperate, humble, weak, and dependent.  So often I am quick to beg God to change my situation then I will believe and obey, and God says, “Child, believe Me, obey Me, and see what I can do with your situation.”  I will have a testimony that I witnessed with my own eyes.
Verse 7:  B.  So, let me get this right…. God DELIVERS His people, just so they can suffer day in and day out in a WILDERNESS???!!!  Who needs that kind of deliverance right?!   Exodus 16:4, “…. that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction.”  Sometimes God leads me to a place that makes no sense, a wilderness.  God’s people were NOT in sin (yet), God simply wanted to teach His people to trust Him, in every situation and circumstance.  The people were going to need the lessons learned in the wilderness, in order to have the boldness and the faith it would take to conquer the promised land.  God cares about refining me and wants me to more than just “look to Him”, but learn to “LEAN on Him! It took them a LOOOOOOOOONG TIME!  God is a very patient teacher.
Verse 8:  The battle belongs to the LORD, when I follow the LORD’s lead, he leads me to some scary places sometimes, but there is no safer place than the places where God goes before me.

APPLICATION:  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME????

Verse 5:  What causes me to doubt that God is aware of and cares about my current circumstances?
Verse 6:  Do I trust God with the direction He wants to lead in my life?  What impossible situation is in my life that God is just waiting for me to turn to Him with so He can do the miraculous?  When have I been pinned in only to see God work in unbelievable ways?Verse 7: A.  When have my own eyes seen God work in an unexplainable way?  When have I gone to God in my weakness and desperation and experienced His personal faithfulness to me?  If I have not experienced God’s hand of faithfulness in my life is it because I have never allowed myself to be completely dependent on Him because I don’t believe He will be faithful to me?
Verse 7: B:  Do I have a teachable spirit, even when God leads me to places that don’t make sense, and seem to cause me more pain?  Do I trust God and allow Him to refine me in the way that is best for me?
Verse 8:  Do I believe God will go before me and protect me or do I think He will do that for everyone else except me?  What do I really believe about God?

HOMEWORK:  LUKE 2:8-20
PICK your FAVORITE verse or TWO in this Christmas passage and share in the joy of Christ’s birth!!!!
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Women’s Bible study at The Cove begins January 8, 2013.  Morning and evening options.  While the studies are free, we do ask that you register.  Bring a friend or two!  See you in January!    Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register. 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 24: 1-4

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we an come together and share the 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 24:1-4

What Does it Say?

Vs.1: Joshua gathered the tribes of Israel, the elders, judges, & officers. They presented themselves before God.

Vs.2: Thus says the LORD the God of Israel, “From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the river, Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, they served other gods.”

Vs.3a. Then I took Abraham from beyond the River, led him though Canaan

Vs.3b. God multiplied descendants, gave (Abraham) Isaac,

Vs.4: To Isaac I gave Jacob & Easu, Easu I gave Mt Seir to possess, but Jacob & his sons went to Egypt.

What Does it Mean? Lessons 

Vs.1:  I LOVE that God is not just for the head honchos.  FIRST Joshua called ALL the tribes of Israel, then the leaders.  God doesn’t just speak to the ones we put in charge, God speaks to all of us, if we will just come and listen.  How He beckons me to just come and listen to all that He has to tell me.   

Vs.2:  God reminds us to remember our past, remember from where He drew us.  God’s gracious eye to see us, call us, woo us, and love us in spite of our sinful state that kept us far from Him.  I don’t think we are to dwell in our past, but remembering from whence we were drawn should give us pause for thanks. 

Vs.3a: “I took” Abraham….  God saw, God drew, God led, God loved…. Abraham did nothing but follow.  God calls us to “Come follow Me”, Jesus, God’s son, God with skin on, said that phrase a lot in the Gospels, “Come, Follow Me”  we are invited to come and follow, not come and lead the way… no matter how gifted we are in leadership, or talented by genetics, come… follow.  Abraham followed even though he did not control the direction, timing or place he would go.  

Vs.3b.  When I choose to follow Jesus, I will see the impossible become possible, and I will see God’s faithfulness displayed day after day.

Vs.4.   Sometimes God leads others to places of “ease” it seems, then me? Oh, He leads me to places of affliction and suffering.   Regardless of the place God leads me, He is there, and if He is leading, then He goes before me…. even when the place seems like the valley of the shadow of death.  God’s faithfulness to me continues regardless of the place I find myself in.

What Does it Mean to Me? Personal Application

Vs.1: How many times does God beckon me to come into His presence, beckon me to open His Word and just listen to what He has to say to me, yet, I am too busy, or the time doesn’t suit me, or I just don’t want to?  Did I realize God has something to say to me, or do I get caught up into thinking He only has things to say to pastors and other people of that sort?

Vs.2: How did God call me?  From where did God draw me?  From what miry clay did the LORD reach down into and pull me out of so that my feet could be firmly set upon the Rock which is Jesus? 

Vs.3a Do I come to God with the heart to follow, or the heart to tell Him where I want to be, where I am gifted and where I should be?  Am I willing to follow where He leads? 

Vs.3b How have I seen God’s faithfulness on display in my life?  Have I missed seeing God’s miraculous power because I didn’t like, agree, or see the point for the places He was trying to lead me to? 

Vs.4 Have I thanked God purely for His desire to lead me where He is?  Isn’t it cool that God will go to extremes to show (me) His people His love and faithfulness?  When and how has God shown His faithfulness to me in the dark places?  When has God blessed me with places of ease where joy just seemed to flow without measure?

Homework:  Joshua 24:5-8

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A Psalm for Thanksgiving Bible Study by Kendra Graham

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness; came before Him with joyful songs.
KNOW that the LORD is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His, we are HIs people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

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Kendra suggests you use the following 3-question Bible Study process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process using John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?
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Psalm 100

What Does it Say?

1. Shout for joy to the LORD

2. Worship the LORD with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs.

3. Know that the LORD is God.  He made us.  We are His people.

4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks and praise His name

5. For the LORD is good and His steadfast love endures forever. His faithfulness continues to all generations.

What Does it Mean? Lessons

1. In the presence of God, we can shout for joy because He is LORD… He is in charge.  Regardless of my personal situation, regardless of what I have and am going through, there is pure JOY in the FACT that we worship the LORD who is on the throne!  In spite of rulers who are on the different thrones of this world, in our country, or in other countries, it is the LORD who moves the hearts’ of kings.  We serve a God who is not aloof, ignorant or out of touch!  Praise! Praise! Praise! (Psalm 65)

2. Just the fact that we serve a God who beckons us to come into His presence, that should give us cause to sing.

3. God has made us to personally know Him.  What kind of awesome God is that?  My God cares personally about you and personally about me, and He wants us to know personally who He is, not just about Him.  God knows our struggles and what brings us joy, and it matters to Him, His people mean everything to Him.

4. Come today in the presence of God with true thanksgiving.  You can’t say the word “thanks-giving” without the word “giving”….. some of us may feel we have nothing left to give, and yet, here, God wants us to give thanks?  A true “sacrifice of praise” as spoken of in Hebrews 13:15.  Praising may be just that for you, a sacrifice at this time…. hard, difficult, painful, but as we put the world on pause, just for a few minutes here, and we focus on a God who loves you and loves me more than anything…. a God who loved us so much that He took His very wrath out upon Himself in Jesus, because He so desperately wants us to love and know Him (John 3:16), can we for just a minute, sacrifice our hurts, sacrifice our pain, to a God who understands and cares where we are coming from, having experienced it personally Himself….  can we truly give Him a sacrifice of praise this thanksgiving?   May we praise His name purely because we serve a God who’s name is beyond comprehension.

5. A friend my stop loving you.  A spouse may decide to leave you.  Your child may walk away from you.  A boss may fire you.  Countless people may come and go in and out of your life, but God says that His love for His people endures forever, and His faithfulness to them will continue through all generations! God has not dropped the ball or changed His mind with our generation. God loves His people and is big enough to reign every going on in the world, and personal enough to care about your hair that is on (or off) your head (Matthew 10:30), and He even saves the tears you cry (Psalm 50:8).  You matter to God Almighty even if you don’t think you matter to one person in the world, you MATTER to God, and He proved it when He came as Jesus, to shout to the world HE IS HERE, HE IS IN CHARGE and HE LOVES YOU!  For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only Son, that WHO EVER believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.  Believe God this Thanksgiving.  Believe it. Hold on the TRUTH (Psalm 119:160, John 17:17, John 8:36), in this ever changing world when you can’t tell fact from fiction. The LORD is without change (Malachi 3:6).  The LORD means what He says, and Jesus died to prove His Word to you.  You are loved by God Almighty, and that love endures for you to ALL generations, faithfully!

What Does it Mean to Me?  Personal Application

1. What causes me to doubt God is on the throne?  When has God comforted me with the fact that He is in charge?

2. When have I sung purely for the fact that God loves to hear the praise of His people in His presence?

3. Know.  A lot of times we know in our heads these verses, and what God’s Word says, but has there been a time when God has so inscribed His Word in your heart that you will never forget it because you know it?  When has God been personally proven faithful to you, so that you just don’t “know” it on the surface, but you know, that you know, that you know, that your redeemer lives?  Do you know that the LORD is God deep in your knower?

4. What aspect of God’s name brings me thanks and praise?  I praise You, Jesus, my LORD, because You are faithful.  I praise you Jesus, because You are Savior.  I praise You Jesus, because You are deliverer….

5. Is it hard to believe God loves me, personally with a love that endures and won’t fail or stop? When have I doubted God’s love for me?  Did I realize the depth of God’s love for His people?  Is there a time when I asked Jesus to forgive me and to make things right between me and this God who loves me so?  When I realize that God loves me in Word AND Deed through Jesus, How can I stop from singing His praise?  He is the LORD!  Amen and amen.

Happy, grateful, praise filled Thanksgiving to you. — Kendra Graham