Yes, Jesus loves me!

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 3/14/2018

You are loved!
"God loves you!" How many times have we heard that and said: “That can’t be true for someone like me. Not after all the things I have done. How can God love me when I don’t love me”? Sound familiar? Why is it so hard to believe this truth of scripture?

Many times in our past we have been rejected, been told we don’t measure up, or told outright we were not wanted or loved. In a world filled with hurts habits and hang-ups, if told this often enough we will begin to believe it. It is easy to believe that we have no value when we “mess up” so often or so badly. And if others close to us don’t love us, or if we don’t love ourselves, can a perfect all powerful God love us? The answer is a resounding yes!

Isaiah gives us a vivid picture of God’s unmovable unchangeable love in Isaiah 54:10: 
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covena…

Fill My Cup

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA CR Women's Encourager Coach 3/7/18

Have you ever been doing something for so long you just get tired?  Take running for example.   What are some key components to running a long distance?  
You need to: dress the part!  You can't run a mile in clothing that's too thick or doesn't breathe, and you want to have good shoes on! No flip-flops!"Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to  resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." Eph. 6:13  hydrate and fuel your body before and for the extent of the distance."But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.  It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." John 4:14 get and give some encouragement as you go.  You're not in this alone!"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help…

Finding your Rest

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 2/28/2018

So often in our lives, we believe we can “fix” ourselves. Things start to go bad. Habits, hang-ups, and addictions control us and we try to lean on our own capabilities to fix it. We go into damage control mode and things very often go from bad to worse. Relationships fall apart, addictions spiral out of control; we lose our jobs, and maybe even our health. We find no peace, no joy and no rest. We are tired and worn out from just trying to survive! In short, Sabbath doesn’t exist for us.
Sabbath can mean many things. Quite simply it means to stop or to cease activity, mainly physical labor. In the Old Testament, it referred to the day of rest God took after creation and the Israelites deliverance from Egypt. Both pointed to the coming Savior who would give mankind a rest from their labors in trying to make themselves acceptable to God. It lovingly signifies our unique relationship with God in which we rest in him.

Psalm 46:10…

A Heart of Compassion

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR sister, 2/21/2018 Today, I overheard a conversation about 21-year-old Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski, who recently committed suicide. Two things happened as I listened to the comments people made. First, I was struck by the lack of compassion for a hurting young man and his family. Second, I realized that sometimes I’m not as compassionate as I should be either. Turning to Scripture, I began reading verses that reminded me how the Lord felt (feels) about people who are suffering. Below, I’ve listed scriptures and the questions I’ve been asking myself. Maybe you can relate.

“When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her,  "Do not weep." (Luke 7:13)
“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them because they were distressed
and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”
(Matthew 9:36)
Am I showing compassion to the hurting people around me or have I become focused solely on my own concerns? How can I find balanc…

L.O.V.E your neighbor

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery Women's Encouragement Coach

Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Open to courage "​Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

Victory in Jesus!  "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Cor. 15:57
Expect life-change "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Jer. 29:11
I'm just going to be straight-forward in telling you this.  It hasn't always been easy loving my neighbor.   What neighbor am I talking about though?  My neighbor across the street?  My neighbor in school when I was a kid or in college?  My neighbor at church?  The person I see while shopping or taking a walk?  My ans…

Fear Not

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery brother in Christ
Has fear kept you from making a decision or a change in your life you know you need to make? When we lived in Atlanta I had a buying job I hated. I was miserable all day and couldn’t sleep at night. I knew I needed to change jobs, but I feared failure. I was good at what I did, and I couldn’t envision myself being successful at anything else. Fear kept me from changing jobs. Eventually, the company closed its doors, and now I was unprepared and unemployed. Fear controlled me and kept me from making a change I knew I needed to make until it was too late!
Scripture tells us that as a child of God, he is with us, and we don’t need to live in fear. The term “Fear Not” or something similar is used at least 80 times in the bible. It’s God’s way of countering the enemy’s attempts to destroy our hope and increase our fear. 
Deuteronomy 31:8 says:  “He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid, and do not be dis…

What a POWERLESS night!

By Joe Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church, Celebrate Recovery, The Landing Encourager Coach 1/31/18
What a POWERLESS night!  Weird to say, right? This past Friday night's lesson was on POWERLESS.  In The Landing, we spent the night talking about how we are powerless, and how it's good to admit that we are powerless. 
Principle 1: Realize I'm not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. 
"Happy are those who know they are spritually poor."  Matthew 5:3a
Until we admit we are powerless and need help, it is difficult to accept the help. If I'm uncomfortable having the subject line of this devotional or email being "What a POWERLESS night" for fear someone might think I was critiquing the Landing teachers for being powerless, then maybe I still have a little hang-up with admitting my own lack of power.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is m…