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Finding your Rest

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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

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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

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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

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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…