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…

Thanks for Sharing

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager coach 1/24/2018
"Thank you for sharing".  We hear it all the time in Open Share and Step Study, following someone having shared.  Sharing is vital to recovery because it gets us to speak about our feelings, thoughts, or emotions we're going through, and from that sharing, we begin to experience and share hope, healing, and restoration.  
What happens when God is calling you to share in another way?  What if God is calling you to do something that you fear, or to a place you never thought you'd go?  When called to do something that causes our anxieties to rare up, some of us tend to run from it. Things like sharing your testimony, getting involved in jail ministry, helping feed the poor..for some, these things are downright scary to even think about! I want to encourage you to really pray about that. Consider if it is something God is calling YOU to that will bring Him glory, brin…

Beating our Demons

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 1/17/2018 Demons! We all have them and they come in many forms: addiction, depression, control, self-esteem issues, and so many more. They are always there lurking in the background waiting to steal our joy and ruin our relationship with God. One minute things are great. The next we are running for cover afraid that once again we have let God down. We wonder, "How could God or anyone else love me after what I've done ...when even I don’t love me." I have good news! God does love you!Nothing you do can ever separate you from God’s love. Isaiah 43:2 (ESV) says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fires you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” God’s provision to His people should bring comfort to us. When we pass through the waters of tribulation He is there. When Satan sends demons like a river in the for…

Cleaning House!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager Coach
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 
Psalm 139:23-24

We had put our house on the market a few years ago.  Before we could do that, we needed to clean it out.  In the process of that,  we had to go through all of the rooms and decide what was to be donated, thrown away, or stored away for later use.  In other words, we had to take a look at things we'd been hiding away or shoving away in there!  As the family worked through the process, we each went through the usual, expected resistance at one time or another of just not wanting to confront it.  Being 100% honest, it had been so easy to just push it away in a closet and pretend it wasn't even there.  However, we pushed through it and got the jobs done.  

In doing all of that, I couldn't help but think of the similarit…

What's Your One Word for 2018?

By Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Men's Encourager Coach

​ It’s hard to simplify life. Narrowing the focus seems impossible. Over this past year, you may have been asked hundreds of times, “How is it going?” Your response was probably something like, “I have been SO busy!” You never hear anyone say, “I’ve had so much time on my hands and I’m looking for something new to do.” That person doesn’t exist.

You have tons of responsibilities, and your schedule is crazy. You feel like you’re sprinting in life. That’s why we need to be intentional about clarifying and simplifying life.  In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul uses the phrase "
one thing" to bring focus and clarity to his calling. In Luke 10:42, Jesus says to Martha, "only one thing is needed." Both Luke 18:22 and Mark 10:21 include His words to the rich man and express a lack of "one thing." John 9:25 also includes this phrase as the blind man tells the Pharisees, "One t…