Meet Me Monday :: Sherrie Carter

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Let us introduce you to Sherrie Carter. She is our Director of Children’s Ministries and has been since 1985. You could say she is pretty much a pro!

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Read – Nancy Uriniak keeps me stocked with books from the church library – mostly historical fiction (which is sort of an oxymoron when you think about it)!

2. Morning person or night owl? Morning Person – I have to be careful not to be too cheerful too early…it annoys people.

3. How do you take your coffee? Strong and black – I learned to drink coffee in southwest Louisiana where they are known for their strong coffee!

4. What’s on your nightstand? Lamp, 3 candles in a holder, a green duck that holds change (The green duck was a wedding present we laughed about, but it has stood the test of time.)

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? My favorite smell is vanilla and the smell I hate is mold.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? American

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? My dad was in the Army and we moved every 10 to 18 months. The states we lived in include Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Virginia, Rhode Island, Texas and we also lived overseas in France.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? A wife and a mommy who lived one place more than 18 months!

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Sewing

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I have depth perception issues which makes riding escalators down and walking down stadium stairs or standing at a high place and looking out VERY scary. It looks to me as if I’m falling! Going up is not the problem…it is coming down!

Freebie Friday

Happy Friday everyone! It’s the last one in September? Can you believe it?

Today’s freebie Friday is a great resource for you to use. I stumbled upon a community of women that is online who are all about reading truth- hence their name of “She Reads Truth.” (<– That’s a link you can click to go to their website). Our whole focus this semester is to be anchored in the Word, right? So how about having a that reminder on the lock screen of your phone? When I found that they had “anchor” lock screens, I knew I had to share it with you.IMG_2419.PNG

All you have to do is download the “She Reads Truth” app from your app store. Go to the menu (3 lines in the top left corner) and click “Lock Screens.” They have anchored ones (like the one I have below) and lots of others. They also have a store with similar prints. Of course, all the credit for this goes to the women behind the scenes at She Reads Truth. I’m just simply sharing their awesomeness with you. They are set to release the android app “Fall 2014″ according to their app, so be on the lookout!

PS: Make sure and read our Disclaimer (<– That’s a link! But you can always access it at the top of our page!)

 

8 Essential Doctrines of the Christian Faith- Wrap Up From Kathy

This post follows up on what Kathy Drake finished talking about last Wednesday, September 17. We promised you the extra information, so here it is!

8 Essential Doctrines of the Christian Faith

1 Timothy 4:16 “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Perseverance in the truth always accompanies genuine conversion( see also Rom 16:17, Eph 4:14, 1 Tim 1:3, 1 Tim 1:10)

Deity of Christ—did Jesus claim to be God? Yes! John 10:22-30
Jesus demonstrates His deity by:
1) forgiving sins…Col 1:13-14
2) healing…Matt 9:27-31
3) power over nature…Mark 4:35-41
4) authority over demons…Luke 4:31-37

Original Sin—Romans 5:12-21 & 1 Cor 15:21-22

Canon of Scripture—canon means “official accepted list of books” 2 Tim 3:16 & 2 Peter 1:20-21
Jesus attested to the validity of the Old Testament in Luke 24:44-46
Any New Testament book had to pass certain criteria:
1) it came from the hand of God
2) it was written by a man of God who was an eyewitness of Christ or ministered with those who were. Ex: Luke traveled with the Apostle Paul, therefore the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, both written by Luke, were received as having apostolic endorsement and authority from Paul.
3) it came with the transforming power of God
4) it did not contradict other Scripture

Trinity—God in three persons. Anything that is true of God is true of the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are Equal in Essence/Distinct in Function
We see all three persons present at Christ’s baptism in Matt 3:13-17.
God the Father sends the HS in Jesus’ name (John 14:26) and Jesus sends the HS from God the Father (John 15:26)

Resurrection—See handout from Hank Hanegraaff
Fatal torment
Empty tomb
Appearances
Transformed Lives

Incarnation—in Latin, “becoming in flesh” John 1:1 & 14
When Christ came, He took upon Himself a fully human nature, without in any way, diminishing His deity. By the incarnation, Jesus reconciled a holy God with sinful humanity.

New Creation—2 Cor 5:17 & Col 3:1-17

Eschatology— “eschatos” means “last” and “ology” means “the study of” The study of last things, including: the rapture, tribulation, second coming of Christ, millennial kingdom, judgment of the lost and eternity. Those who love Jesus can and do disagree about the order of last things, but as believers we seek this:
“In essentials–Unity
In non-essentials–Liberty
In all things–Charity”
*Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man (<– That’s a link to his website!)

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Meet Me Monday :: Melissa Sharp

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Today, it’s all about Melissa Sharp. Melissa is the wife to Brady, who is our campus pastor at the Sheppard location.

 Melissa Sharp

1. It’s 9 pm, the kids are in bed, you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Either jump on Pinterest, actually work on a project I’ve pinned, or go to sleep!

2. Morning person or night owl? Neither! But I can rock 10:30am until 3pm!

3. How do you take your coffee? No coffee for me. Dr. Pepper is my choice of caffeine.

4. What’s on your nightstand? A baby monitor, essential oils, and a Dr. Pepper.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? My favorite smell is my husband after he’s been working (weird? maybe, but there’s a reason for it) and I very much dislike the smell of a dirty diaper!

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? American. No adventure here!

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? Yes! Since I was 2 years old. Remember? No adventure! Not really, I’m pleased and content the Lord has kept me in WF!

8. What did you want to be when you were little? A marine biologist

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Decorating for parties! Making a space welcoming, inviting, and comfortable for others.

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you: I love to decorate for the parties, showers, etc. However, I’m actually an introvert and literally have to have a few hours or days to “recover” from the parties!

Freebie Friday :: Book Review by Nancy U.

Nancy is our church librarian (but her awesomeness goes beyond that!) and will be “guest” posting on our blog every now and then with helpful book reviews that you’re sure to put on your “to read” list. Our church library is located at our downtown campus in Wichita Falls in the main hallway. Unfortunately, it is closed for renovations right now, but as soon as it is ready for visitors, we’ll be sure to let you know everything that’s going on! Take it away, Nancy!

As Christian women from all walks of life and in all stages of life, we desire to walk in truth. But in order to walk in truth we must first know the truth. And in order to know the truth we must know Jesus, the author of truth. That’s why it’s so important to study His Word. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”

Hopefully most of us can take advantage of the wonderful Bible studies available through our Women’s Ministry. But for all of us there are seasons of life when that is just not possible. What then? We must learn how to study God’s Word for ourselves. That seems totally overwhelming to most of us because we don’t see ourselves as Bible scholars. But the beauty of God’s Word is that He wrote the Bible so the common man and woman can read, study and understand it through His gift of the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to have a pastor, priest or Bible study teacher to interpret God’s Word. Praise God, we can study the Word for ourselves!

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin is written to help Christian women do just that. Jen is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen is a wife and mom to four great kids. She and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. She takes knowing the God of the Bible seriously and has a passion for teaching women how to grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures. Written for new and seasoned believers alike, her approach is rigorous, but she is also quick to extend grace to busy women whose season of life may not afford hours of study.

Jen offers a five-step primer for studying Scripture that she calls the “Five Ps”:
          Study with Purpose – Isaiah 40:21-22a
          Study with Perspective – Matthew 13:52
          Study with Patience – Luke 8:15
          Study with Process –Proverbs 24:27
          Study with Prayer – James 1:5

And she warns against several unhelpful habits of Bible study that she calls the:
          Xanax Approach – “treats the Bible as if it exists to make us feel better”
          Pinball Approach – “asks the Holy spirit to speak to me through whatever verse I flip to.”
          Magic 8 Ball Approach – “demands the Bible tell us what to do rather than who to be”
          Personal Shopper Approach – “hand-selects relevant verses from all over the Bible and delivers them to my doorstep to be tried on for size”
          Telephone Game Approach – “happens when we read books about the Bible instead of reading the Bible itself”
          Jack Sprat Approach – “engages in picky eating with the word of God”

When asked if she’s a Bible-worshipper or a God-worshipper Jen responds by saying, “I want to be conformed to the image of God. How can I become conformed to an image that I never behold? Otherwise, I worship an unknown god. A Bible worshipper loves an object. A God-worshipper loves a person. Our study of the Bible is only beneficial insofar as it increases our love for the God it proclaims. Bible study is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. It is a means to love God more.”

The more we know God, the more we love Him. The more we love Him, the more we become like Him. Our culture is becoming darker and darker and is greatly in need of women who know God and can distinguish truth from error. We are called to be salt and light. This is not an option. Take the challenge to dig into God’s Word. Psalm 34:5 says, “Those who look to Him are radiant!” The world is greatly in need of radiant women of God!
Jen’s book will be available for check out in our FBC Library soon!
Jen’s blog is The Beginning of Wisdom (<– That’s a link you can click to go there!)

Link to a short book trailer video that is on the Amazon  (<– That’s a link and it’s pretty funny!) Or check it out on the ChristianBook.com page

And here is a video (<– That’s a link!) on Staying Motivated in Bible Study

The Wise Old Owl…or is it?

What do you think of when you see an owl? What does an owl symbolize to you? I have always associated an owl with wisdom and being wise. I am not sure that I have ever really sat and considered it…it just seems like it is the accepted “truth”.

So I set off to research what Scripture says about the wise old owl and guess what? The Bible says nothing about owls being wise. In fact, whenever the owl in mentioned in Scripture, it is often with a negative connotation. The owl is often referred to as being unclean, solitary, and a symbol of mourning.

So where does this idea of the wise old owl come from? The ancient Greeks depicted the goddess of wisdom, Athena, with an owl. In America, an old nursery rhyme written in the 1800s said:

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

(This nursery rhyme was primarily written to encourage and admonish children to be “seen and not heard”.)

As I began to reflect on the disconnect between what our society said an owl symbolizes and what Scripture describes, I felt convicted. I know this seems odd, since this is not a huge theological issue, but I started to look at all the times I have believed what society or tradition says over what Scripture teaches.

Webster defines wisdom as having three parts…knowledge (accumulated philosophic or scientific learning), insight (ability to discern inner qualities and relationships) and judgment (good sense). This definition provides the idea that wisdom is more than just knowing things but encompasses the application of that knowledge. Scripture explains that wisdom is a gift from God:

“if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting…” –James 1:5-6a (NASB)

I asked myself, “What is the source of my wisdom?” Is it the world or the Word? For example, do I believe in the adage the world says that “God helps those who help themselves” or do I take the time to plumb Scripture to find out what He says about those who help themselves (See 2 Timothy 3:1-5, John 15:13, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 119:36, Philippians 2:7)? And more importantly, do my actions…the application of my knowledge, give God glory because I am following His ways?

I want to encourage you to reflect on your own beliefs and ask the Lord to expose areas that do not line up with the truth of His Word. He will illuminate these places and give you the wisdom to act on this new knowledge of Him. As we have talked about the last two weeks in Anchored, we must be in God’s Word to know God’s Word.

Don’t know where to start? Begin by reflecting on the truths in James 3:13-18 that describe worldly wisdom and wisdom from God. Weigh your beliefs and actions using His definition of wisdom. Then you will be truly wise!

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Meet Me Monday :: Sam Carmichael

Each Monday, we’re going to be introducing you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. This week, on Meet Me Monday, we’re introducing you to Samantha Carmichael. Sam is the wife of Caleb, the Campus Student Minister at the Church at Sheppard Campus.

 Carmichael

1. It’s 9 pm, you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Grab my blanket and remote and hit the couch to watch Netflix!

2. Morning person or night owl? I don’t know if I sway one way more than the other, but I guess I’ll say morning person. I value sleep too much to be a night owl, but really hate being woke up. Some call it lazy, I call it getting my beauty sleep.

3. How do you take your coffee? With lots and lots of creamer! I do love Pumpkin Spice Latte’s in the fall from Starbucks!

4. What’s on your nightstand? Lamp, glasses, lotion, chapstick, Bible, journal and devotional

5. What’s your favorite smell? Birds of Paradise Circle E Candle

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mexican, no questions asked! I can do some work on chips and salsa!

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? If not, where else? Born and raised in Wichita Falls!

8. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a veterinarian growing up, but then my Mom pointed out that I didn’t like washing them or getting their hair all over me! Yuck!

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Baking and working out- two complete opposites, right?

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you: Even though I was born and raised in Texas, I hate red meat, especially steak!

Freebie Friday :: All About The Podcast

Let’s talk podcast, shall we?

First of all, if you need a tutorial on how to use the podcasts, watch the video below. It’s not top notch produced, but it’s the best I could do holding a camera with one hand and navigating the mouse and keyboard with the other! Thanks for your grace! The video will show you how to download iTunes, how to find the podcast, and how to subscribe to it so you can listen! It includes doing it on your computer and on your iPhone or iPad.

If you can’t get the video to work, just click this link – – > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la-9DmYt62g

So, how is this whole podcast thing going to work?

Each week, I will upload the audio from the Tuesday Morning Ephesians Bible Study and the Wednesday night Anchored talk. It will show up in the “feed” of the podcast listing in iTunes or your podcast app. You can pick and choose what you’ll listen to, maybe listen to one twice! (I know I’ve already listened to Kathy’s Anchored talk from last week twice.)

Please let me know if you have ANY questions- I’ve worked many hours to get this up and going and want it to be as user friendly as possible!

(If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to click out to the original post to see the video!)

In The Word Wednesday :: Philippians 1:6

 

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For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6 (NASB)

Many times, Christians use this verse to get them through hard times or encourage perseverance when things are rough. Anyone singing this song? “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be. It took just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient he must be? Cause he’s still working on me.” Give that a Google if you’re interested, but I digress.

Let’s look at that verse closer, though: Paul is saying to the church at Philippi that he is confident. The meaning of this word goes deeper than just a strong hope- it actually is understood as trusting, yielding to or complying with. I remember doing a word study in one of the inductive studies we did at church on the word believe. I understood belief as sort of a passive, one time thing. I believed, and that was sort of it- there wasn’t much else to do. But that’s totally wrong- it actually required action. This word “confident” is much the same way. We aren’t just trusting or believing that the good work will be finished, but we are yielding to it and complying with it and that requires us to do something.

The work in a believer is an ongoing process, what we call sanctification, the continuous, grace receiving process in our lifetime. We can take great comfort in the fact that “God’s still workin’ on me.” This work is good because it is making us more like Christ. We are all in it together- the playing field is leveled because we all start out the worst, dead in our sin, and God had to come in and save us. The playing field is also leveled because none of us have arrived yet.

Today, be certain that God’s in the process of making us like Him. Take part in it by actively seeking Him through whatever today or the rest of this week brings. He is in it, no matter how important or mundane it may seem.