Showing posts from November, 2017

How's Your Soul?

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 11/29/2017

“How is your soul”? Chip Jackson often asks this same question. It’s an important question and one that we need to think about. Every person was created for a relationship with God. A lost world who ignores God does not believe this. So they search for something to fill the aching in their soul. They try finding it in relationships, jobs, money, drugs, alcohol, and a host of other things. They never find happiness, and continually search for that “thing” that will bring peace. But what about Christians who believe in God? Do we have true fellowship with God, or do we also look for ways to fill the ache in our soul outside of God? Most of us could say we use “things” to fill that ache. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way, and a healthy prayer life is one of the easiest ways to have a close relationship with God.
Be Humble and Seek God in Prayer God wants us to be obedient to Him. He told the Israelites in 2 nd Chronicles 7…

When it's hard to be Thankful

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, CR Encourager Coach, 11/22/2017
With Thanksgiving fast upon us, it's a time when there are get-togethers, good food, and lots of reminiscing.  Some of that reminiscing is good and some of it bad..some of it may even be mostly bad right now considering what you're going through.  It's tough times like that when you may catch yourself having trouble feeling very thankful.  Your feelings are valid.  Your anger may even be righteous.  What is important, though, is that we don't set up camp and get "comfortable" with the negativity that comes with not being thankful. 
The enemy would rather have you focus on your hurts and angers rather than focus on anything good all!  It's time right now to quiet those voices and invite God to assure you of a few things.  
Truths to be thankful for: Even in the darkest of times,  HE IS THEREWhen all hope seems to be lost, HE IS THEREWhen fear sets in over a diagnosis, HE IS …

Never Forgotten, Never Forsaken

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR sister, November 15, 2017

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ ” (Romans 4:18, NIV)
Forgotten.                 Forsaken. These are the two words I used to describe how I felt during a difficult timeof my life. One hardship followed another until I felt absolutely buried by circumstances. Wherewas God? It seemed as if He had abandoned me. I looked and looked for some sign of Him butsaw nothing, heard nothing, felt nothing. Did He even hear my prayers? Why wasn’t He answeringme? I know we all sometimes feel overtaken by troubles. We all have moments when mobilizingour faith is a struggle. Even Abraham at first laughed inwardly at the thought of he and Sarah havinga child (Genesis 17:17), but let’s look more closely at Abraham, whose faith God credited to him as righteousness.
I think of Abraham and picture a wizened, wrinkled face with a …

Planting Seeds

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, CR Encourager Coach, 11/8/2017

"Train up a child in the way he should go;  even when he is old he will not depart from it." -Proverbs 22:6

"I love being able to learn about the Bible at Celebration Place. We learn lessons from the Bible which teaches us about Jesus's love, forgiveness, and grace. I  also love to sing songs and help lead worship with Miss Melanie and Miss Madilyn. I LOVE CP!"
That's a direct quote from my 9-year old daughter who has been with CP since she was 2 years old.  My husband and I are so incredibly thankful for  Celebrate Recovery being a family ministry which offers care and helpful, Biblical life-teaching for all ages.  Many men and women can come and freely give their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to Godhere while knowing that their children of all ages are much more than just cared for.  They are accepted and loved, cherished and taught Biblical truths.  We are blessed to have Sylvia…

Rejoicing in all my circumstances

By Carl Kimbro, our brother in Christ at Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery

“Before I bring my need I will bring my heart and seek you. Before I lift my cares I will lift my arms. Before I speak a word, let me hear your voice. In the midst of pain let me feel your joy.”

I love music because so many songs tell my story. These words from the Lauren Daigle song “First” are very convicting for me. I pray often to God, but almost always seeking something. Very little of my prayers seek a strong relationship with Him. I feel justified to pray in this manner. After all, life can be overwhelming. I didn’t ask to have my life turned upside down with the girls. I had big plans that may never come true. I’m not happy at times and if God wants what’s best for me, then He should be only too happy to fix it for me. But is that what scripture tells me my prayer life should be like?

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us: “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing; give thanks in all
circumstances; fo…