Showing posts from October, 2017

Does The Father Giggle?

By Tim Kelley: Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Training Coach

​ To me, this is one of the most powerful verses in God’s Word. It speaks to me so loudly of the Father’s love for us.   First He has “blessed us with every Spiritual blessing” (from the NLT version) because we are in Christ. 
Second, it speaks of the Father’s desire for us.  Before He created anything else you and I were on His mind. Say that to yourself right now “Before anything else was created, I, was on the Father’s mind”.  There is so much weight behind that statement. You and I were not “afterthoughts” or a secondary idea.  No!!  There was intention from the beginning, before there was a beginning, for us by the Father. He wanted you and He wanted me to know, to experience His love you and me.  You and I were the Father’s choice!!  We are not Plan B, were are what He has been focused on before everything began.  
Third, this was done so that we would be “made whole and holy” by the experience of His love. …

Removing the Rubble

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR sister, October 18th, 2017

After dark, I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well, and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates. Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble.”—Nehemiah 2:13-14 (NLT)

Then the people of Judah began to complain, ‘The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.’”—Nehemiah 4:10 (NLT)
The book of Nehemiah tells the story of a defeated Jerusalem. The holy city has fallen, its walls destroyed and gates burned. Nehemiah, a cupbearer to the King of Persia, hears of the desolate condition of the city and its inhabitants. He is distressed by the news and returns to Israel to begin the work of rebuilding the walls that once protected the children of God.
I imagine that Nehemiah watched the people living in fear, knowing they had no protection
from en…

The Wall

By: LaDwana Whittenberg, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, CR Training Coach  10/11/2017

I opened the curtains to see this:

Yep that is a huge wall. Very disappointing.

I sat down to work on my devotional for the day. I stopped to think and looked outside. How quickly I had forgotten about the wall. God gave me a visual of what I've been doing. I see the Light and want to go to the Light, but there is this huge wall that is in my face and all I can see. I have to look up to see any Light.

So how do I get to the Light from where I am? I have to take action and move. Right now physically I have to get up, go out the door, walk down the hall, down the stairs, through the door and then I'll be outside.
Spiritually, I have to take action as well. I have to look up to see the Son. Here are some of Gods promises: Psalm 107:14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. 
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine …

If Only

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowshp Bible Church CR brother, 10/4/2017

If only I had lived a more Christ-like life as a parent, my child might have avoided addiction and jail. If only I had been more attentive to my spouse, maybe they would not have divorced me. If only I would not have taken that first drink, maybe there would not have been a tenth one for me.
You know the drill. It's called the "if only" drill. When these two words are put together, IF/ONLY becomes the two saddest words in the English language. They signify regret in our lives and become a source of torture for our souls. Instead of focusing on God and the here and now, we focus on our painful past. It's unhealthy for us physically, mentally, and spiritually. But that doesn't stop us from doing it. God doesn't focus on our past, and he doesn't want us to either. Once forgiven by God, we remain forgiven. 
Romans 8:1 tells us: "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.…