Feasting on the Word

As we gather together to give thanks this holiday season, we will no doubt be seated in front of a table of delights. But, as we feast on the natural food in front of us, we cannot forget to feast on the food that feeds our souls. The Word of God is a precious gift to believers. It is a love letter from the Father to His children; it is His story of redemption for a people enslaved to sin; it is our hope in dark times and our compass to keep us on His path.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NASB).

Reading the Word is vital to thriving—it is our lifeline. Jesus relied on the Word of God in the desert when tempted and proves our ultimate pattern for living an overcoming life. When we hold the Word in our hands we hold a treasure. Psalm 119 is poetic praise of God and His Word. One need only read through this psalm one time to feel the psalmist’s desire to know God and to know Him through His Word. He knew if he had God’s Word hidden in his heart, he would thrive; he would live. It did not matter what came his way, he would keep God’s Word with all his heart (see Psalms 119:34).

We live in a time where many things are vying for our attention. The culture demands that each can do what is right in his/her own eyes, which is contrary to God’s Word. Thus, the Bible is viewed as intolerant and irrelevant. It’s not easy to thrive in such a culture. But eating God’s Word—devouring it—makes it possible to bloom where you are. The Old Testament prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah, and John the Revelator also lived in trying times, pressured to live by a different standard than the Lord of Glory’s. All three were instructed to eat the scroll containing God’s Word.

“The diet of Holy Scripture for all three of them issued in sentences of tensile strength, metaphors of blazing clarity, and a prophetic life of courageous suffering…these three rough-and-tumble prophets…responsible for the spiritual formation of God’s people in the worst of times (Babylonian exile and Roman persecution) ought to be able to convince us of their gut-level necessity: Yes, eat this book (Peterson, p. 21).

“You who know, O Lord, Remember me, take notice of me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; know that for Your sake I endure reproach. Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:15-16 NASB).

Do you want abundant life? Eat this book. Do you want joy and peace? Eat this book. Live, breath, eat, sleep, God’s Word. It is your oxygen. Eat this book and it will cause flesh to grow on your dry bones. You will bloom and thrive through any situation. You will be filled to overflowing. You will have life and have it more abundantly. Yes, eat this book!

Note

Peterson, Eugene. Eat This Book. Grand Rapids Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

Ladies’ Night In – TONIGHT!

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Our last Ladies’ Night In Bible Study of the year is TONIGHT! Invite your girlfriends, family,and coworkers to be a part of our fun girls’ night full of delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and incredible teachings. Hope to see you tonight, November 18th @ 6:30 PM! Click on the image above to sign up online.

No Matter What the Season…Always Be Dressed for War

By Judy Nelson

Attention, Princess Warriors! Whether we’re fighting for a parking spot in the holiday shopping rush or hoping the snow will stop so that shoveling won’t take as long, the devil likes to try to sneak in and attack us at any opportunity we give him. If our prayer life is faltering, a perfectly good day can go downhill in a hurry when we don’t recognize the battle for what it is and start out each day with prayer.

In Ephesians 6:11-12, the apostle Paul encourages us to: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand up against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (KJV).

I pray this way daily, and I encourage you to do the same:

Father, I put on the Belt of Truth. Your Word is truth. You said we will know the truth and therefore be made free; I am free – free from the traps the enemy would set for me (Ephesians 6:14, John 8:32).

I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness knowing that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I guard my heart with Your breastplate because out of my heart flows the very issues of life (Ephesians 6:14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Proverbs 4:23).

shod my feet with the Gospel of Peace. Peace is my foundation. I will bring peace wherever I go throughout the day. I am a peacemaker and a peace carrier. I thank You for the peace that passes all understanding (Ephesians 6:15, Philippians 4:7).

I lift up the Shield of Faith which covers me from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I thank You for the measure of faith that You gave me. I thank You that my faith is strong and growing through hearing Your Word. By that faith, every fiery dart is quenched (Ephesians 6:16, Romans 10:17).

I take on the Helmet of Salvation. The blood of Jesus covers my thoughts. I declare my thoughts are God’s thoughts because I have the mind of Christ (Ephesians 6:17, 1 Corinthians 2:16).

I wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word. Father, I take Your Word and speak it as Jesus did when He was tempted. Your Word will accomplish all you send it to do. I cut off the words of the enemy against me and proclaim the promises of God over me. I am the head and not the tail, I am above and not beneath, no weapon formed against me shall prosper, I am the healed of the Lord, and I will live long upon the earth and declare the works of the Lord (Ephesians 6:17, Matthew 4, Isaiah 55:11, Deuteronomy 28:13, Isaiah 54:17, Psalms 118:17).

pray in the Spirit, knowing that I am building up myself on my most holy faith. I will pray in the Spirit when my words are not enough. As I pray in this regard, I will find that I have strength for my day (Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20).

If your day begins with prayer and putting on the armor of God, the enemy will not overcome you! All day long, you will be aware of all his sneaky attempts to trip you up and cause you to fall. Do as Paul said – put on the whole armor of God, and stand against the attack. The Word is like a sword, which will cut off the attack before it gets near to you. Always be dressed for war!

Ladies’ Night In – November 18th

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Don’t forget about Ladies’ Night In Tuesday, November 18th @ 6:30 PM! It’s not too late to sign up! Click on the image above to sign up online. No Matter What the Season…Always Be Dressed for War By Judy Nelson Attention, Princess Warriors! Whether we’re fighting for a parking spot in the holiday shopping rush or hoping the […]

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Ruth and Naomi: A Functional Mother-in-Law Relationship

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As we draw closer to the holidays we reminisce about fun meals, gathering with friends, family and, of course, your mother-in-law. Now, don’t let your head fill with negative images and connotations just because you read the word “mother-in-law.” God’s plan for us is to have life more abundantly and this is evident through the […]

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Ladies’ Night In – TONIGHT!

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Our Ladies’ Night In Bible Study is tonight, October 28th. Invite you girlfriends, family and coworkers to be a part of our fun girls’ night full of delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and incredible teachings. Hope to see you tonight, October 28th @ 6:30 PM!  Sign up online today by clicking on the image above.  

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Ladies’ Night In

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Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Ladies’ Night In Bible Study Tuesday, October 28th @ 6:30 PM! . We have incredible classes for you to choose from! So, invite some girlfriends and be a part of our fun girls’ night full of delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and incredible teachings. Sign up online today by clicking […]

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A Taste from My Home

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  As I sit and watch the aspen leaves change to a crisp glowing yellow, the urge for warm, scrumptious soups full of harvest vegetables grows in my stomach. Growing up in South Africa, Lamb Bredie was a traditional stew of lamb and vegetables that my mother served frequently. The dish gets its name from […]

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Power and Poise: Radiating in the Workplace

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Have you ever seen a career woman at a conference or in the workplace and thought that she was beautiful? Maybe it was the way she spoke or presented herself that impressed you or, you might have been swayed by the way she was dressed. How do we define beauty in the workplace? My very […]

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Ladies, Fall is officially here and our second session of Ladies’ Night In is this tonight, September 30th!   We’ll see you tonight for delicious food and fellowship at 6:30 PM in the foyer.  Remember, the classes you chose run for the entire semester. Our amazing teachers are excited to dig deeper with you into God’s Word. Don’t forget to bring your […]

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Ladies’ Night In Bible Study

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Ladies, Fall is officially here and our second session of Ladies’ Night In is this coming Tuesday September 30th!  Our first session on August 26th was a great success, thanks to you. Please join us again for delicious food and fellowship at 6:30 PM in the foyer.  Remember, the classes you chose run for the entire semester. Our amazing teachers […]

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