Meet Me Monday :: Stasha Savage

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. Meet Stasha Savage! Stasha’s husband, Dean, is the Pastor of Worship Ministries.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Watch re-runs or a movie.

2. Morning person or night owl?  I HAVE to be a morning person because of my children’s schedules but I would never be a morning person by choice!

3. How do you take your coffee? Dark roast, cold, liquid creamer and Splenda.

4. What’s on your nightstand? Pictures of my kids, a lamp, my glasses case and my asthma inhaler.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? Favorite smell-my parents house (especially when mom is cooking or baking!) or my kids as babies, right out of the tub. Smell I hate-too many to count but tomatoes come to mind.

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

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL.  Got married and lived in 3 cities in TN. Came to TX 10 years ago for Dean to start work on his Doctorate.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? Marie Osmond

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Having fun with my family

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I am the pickiest eater I know!

Freebie Friday :: Grandma Peggy’s Taco Soup

Now that Fall is here (and it actually feels like it, too!) it’s the perfect time for soup! For today’s freebie, I’m sharing the recipe for my Grandma Peggy’s Taco Soup. It’s super easy and super yummy!

Ingredients:
3 lbs. Hamburger Meat
1 large onion, chopped
1 can undrained pinto beans
1 can undrained ranch style beans
1 can undrained corn
1 can Rotel
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (You don’t have to use the whole thing if you don’t want to!)
1 package Taco Mix (Again, you don’t have to use the whole thing if you don’t want to!)

Directions:

1. Brown meat and onion together
2. Add beans, corn and Rotel
3. Add tomatoes, ranch and taco seasonings
4. Let cook and simmer. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese

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The Greatest Commandment

Something stuck with me recently that I wanted to share with you. If you’ve been in church for any amount of time, the following verses could be familiar to you:

Deuteronomy 6:5- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  (NASB)

Matthew 22:37- And He said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (NASB)

 

While the Old Testament passage is addressed to the Israelites, the New Testament passage is addressed to the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus.

But there is something there that I’ve never latched onto before that I think is important to remember as we become anchored in the Word:

Matthew 22:37- And He said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (NASB- emphasis mine)

When we begin to read and study the Word on our own, it can be hard, confusing, and leave us with more questions than answers. But I think what Kathy encouraged us to do in Week 1 of the Anchored series is necessary: we must persevere. We are so blessed by the access we have to commentaries, but use them only after you have studied with your mind. Your mind…I have never thought myself capable of becoming a good student of the Word. But God has something to say to that: But 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. (James 1:5 NASB)

God wants me to abide in Him, to know his Word with MY mind- not Kathy Drake’s mind, not Mary Royal’s mind, not Beth Moore’s mind! These women have incredible truths to share, so don’t hear me say we should never seek wisdom outside of ourselves. In fact, I would warn against only seeking “our” wisdom. But use your study skills that you learned in school and then check your work against trusted sources. No matter how awesome the commentary, it cannot take the place of knowing the Word for yourself.

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Meet Me Monday :: Deidra Thompson

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 Deidra Thompson. She is the Director of Children’s and Preschool Ministries at the Church at Sheppard.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Probably sleep or watch Netflix. I love binge-watching television shows.

2. Morning person or night owl? Morning person. I can stay up late if I have to, but I’m much more productive in the mornings.

3. How do you take your coffee? I like it strong, but sweet. I go for sugar-infused flavored creamer to lighten my coffee.

4. What’s on your nightstand? Himalayan Salt Lamp and my glasses. I’m basically blind.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? I really don’t have a good sense of smell. So, I don’t notice much. I love really strong candles or perfumes because I can ACTUALLY experience them! Smell I hate? Garbage that’s been hanging out in the heat. Gross.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Oh, man. I love food. How am I supposed to pick one? I’ll just say whatever ethnic food includes bacon the most.

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? No. I was born in Florida and moved to Texas when I was 3 months old. Since then I’ve lived primarily in East Texas. I love those pine forests!

8. What did you want to be when you were little? Goodness. I always loved to sing. I thought that being a singer would be pretty much the best thing ever.

9. What’s your favorite hobby? I still really enjoy making music. I love to play new instruments and learn new songs. My current favorite is the ukulele. So much fun!

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  We have a tendency to refer to ourselves in collective instead of in first-person.

Some Updates For You…

We interrupt regularly scheduled programming to bring you some updates.

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Don’t forget that the Nick Vujicic event is THIS SUNDAY at 10:30 am at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Here is a link to our church website with some FAQs and a video!

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The podcast website is up to date, complete with handouts. You can access it here.

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Anne interviewed some students with some interesting questions, and their answers and faces are pretty funny.

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We’re back in iTunes. Now, you can still subscribe through the podbean website, nothing has changed there. But, we now officially have a iTunes feed to make it easier for our iDevice friends should they choose that route. (UPDATE::When seraching for our feed, it says it’s not available in the US iTunes store. We are working to get that fixed).

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I’ve added a tab at the top of this page that says “Podcast” (top right corner) so that you can access podcasts from the blog, too!

In The Word Wednesday :: Psalm 119:1-2

 

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1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.

Psalm 119:1-2

This is a passage I’ve read a few times over. It’s one of those good life verses, you know what I mean? It is easily understood and seemingly easily enough to apply. “Seek God with all of our heart.” Who doesn’t want to do that?

As a planner, I usually desire to be as in-control of mine and my families schedule as possible. If I’m being really honest, and I am, I plan out my Bible study times every Sunday. If I don’t have a specific task set up for that day, I either 1) end up wasting a lot of time wondering what to do (which is so crazy since I have SO MUCH at my fingertips) or 2) I keep putting it off until I figure it out. Then, it’s 11 pm and I’m in bed exhausted and go “well, this wouldn’t be my best, Lord. Tomorrow, when I’m fresh. I don’t want this to just become a check list.”

What I’ve discovered recently (and you may already know this, as I feel I should have known it) is the importance of my time in the Word not be ONLY a thing I do each day. Notice that I said “only” because the discipline of actually being in the Word is just that, a discipline, it is training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character (from Merriam Webster). But “walking in the law of the Lord” is ongoing. Anytime I try to compartmentalize or make my time in the Word just a thing I cross of my to do list, and don’t let it bless me and change me, my way cannot be blameless. If I am only crossing it off my list like I would a workout or chore, I cannot be blessed, which is literally “happy” in this passage.

So, seeking God with my whole heart becomes something that requires work- to walk in the law continually, I have to know the law and know the testimonies. The word for “seek” means to “frequent a place.” Not just mark it off as done and then move on. It means to practice, to study, and seek with application.

God’s Word is sharper than any double edged sword (Heb. 4:12) and has the power to transform. Will you let it today?

Meet Me Monday :: Tabitha Havens

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’s get to know Tabitha Havens a little better today. Her husband, Robb, is the Campus Pastor at our Ft. Sill campus.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Enjoy the calm!

2. Morning person or night owl? Night owl!

3. How do you take your coffee? With French Vanilla creamer!

4. What’s on your nightstand? Lamp, Kleenex, earphones and books I start but forget to finish.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? My favorite smell is cookies baking in the oven and the smell I hate is hot dog vomit- I have cleaned way too much of that from my girls.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Texas (American?) because I love eating steak medium rare!

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? I was born in Springfield, Missouri and my parents moved to DFW area shortly I was born. We moved to Wichita Falls when I was in 2nd grade. Moving to Lawton to plant our Ft. Sill campus was the first time for us to move as a family.

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

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Shopping! Does that count as a hobby? I also love to go antique shopping. I don’t dig for finds, I just like looking and seeing how others take old things and make them new!

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  If someone loses something, it drives me crazy until I find it- like to the point that I stop everything else until I find it. I try to act like it’s no big deal, but inside I am beyond frustrated.

In The Word Wednesday :: Doing a Word Study

 

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For those of you who heard Bob’s sermon this past Sunday, he taught about restoration and about a new heaven and a new earth (from Revelation 21). (If you didn’t get to hear it, check it out here: http://www.fbcwf.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=227422&programId=189894). Bob gave us the definition of the greek word “new”. Do you remember what he said? He said that this word “new” is not referring to time (new baby, new house etc.) but that it meant “new in form…completely different, unheard of, unprecedented, a new kind.

The Hebrew/Greek languages have so many more words than our English language does. When we are studying a Scripture passage, it helps our understanding to go back and look up the actual Hebrew (for Old Testament) or Greek (for New Testament) definition is. I equate it to a picture…our English translations give us the black and white picture but when we study the Greek and Hebrew it helps us see the colors and shading so much better.

There are great tools on the internet to help us study this way. Here is just one way. (<– That’s a link to a “how to” document on how to do a word study!) If that one doesn’t work, try this PDF version.