JOYFUL BOOKS BOOK CLUB MINISTRY at Calvary Chapel Reno-Sparks will begin our next book of the month, July 11, 2012; being off the first two weeks of July for Independence Day and Vacation Bible School.
Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a heart changing read! Don’t be afraid to dive in with both feet as it will help point you to scripture on how to choose gratitude and lose the unthankful attitude.
Don’t believe for one moment that Nancy doesn’t struggle just like the rest of us. I appreciated her open and honest reflection on her own life struggle with ingratitude. But, God is greater than our heart! It says in 1 John 3:20-21 “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” You can have confidence in knowing that even as we struggle in the area of being thankful in all circumstances; God knows everything and He is still in control.
Gratitude is a choice. We can either choose a heart full of ingratitude and become angry, bitter and cynical, or we can choose to be thankful, more loving, more caring and more thoughtful.
Please come on July 11th having read Chapters 1-3.
Then July 18th - August 29th it will be one chapter each week!
“Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
If someone asked you what your level of commitment
was to following Jesus Christ, what would your response be? Do you study God’s Word? Do you pray and worship? Do you Fellowship with other believers; go to
church and get involved by serving? Do
you tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ and what God is doing in your
If not, then begin today…
Jesus tells us in John 8:31-32 that if we abide
(remain, continue, dwell) in His word, we know that we are His disciples (a
learner, a follower, one who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.)
Jesus is the source of truth. He shows us the way to everlasting life with
It says in 1 Peter 2:21-25 “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found
in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled,
did not revile in return; when He
suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges
righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we,
having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were
healed. For you were like sheep going
astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
We all have a choice.
We have all been called.
Commitment takes the desire to live a godly life
Christ is our example.
As we finish up the book, “Discipleship the Road
Less Taken” by Pastor Greg Laurie this week, take some time to evaluate your
level of commitment.
Ask yourself what kind of heart you wish to
have; a loyal heart or a divided heart.
Pastor Greg says, “As Christians, we ought to
tell the truth. It means we should not
steal. It means that we should keep our
marriage vows. It means we are to be men
and women of integrity, because people are watching us…you are the only Bible
some people ever will read.”
Several weeks ago we were reading the book, "A Confident Heart" by Renee Swope. As we read, we came across the verse Proverbs 19:22 (NIV) "What a [woman] desires is unfailing love". Renee goes on to emphasis that God has put in our heart the desire for unfailing love because it would lead us back to Him. "Only God's unfailing love will fill and fulfill the desires of our hearts. It is the deepest thirst of our souls. Until God's love is enough, nothing else will be."
When checking the translation of Proverbs 19:22(KG) with Blueletterbible.org the King James version reads, "What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar."
The word kindness in the King James and the word unfailing love in the NIV point to the Hebrew word, "checed" which means: goodness, kindness, faithfulness, mercy, lovingkindness.
Several of us at Joyful Books Book Club questioned if the NIV translation of the word "checed" "unfailing love" was accurate.
Scott Crawford, a pastor at Trinity Baptist Church has written a paper on the word "checed" and is well worth reading in answering the above question.
has been a serious student of the Word of God since he was a little more than 13 years old, initially cutting his teeth on deep Bible study with Clarence Larkin's famous book, "Dispensational Truth". Scott joined Trinity Baptist Church in 1991, where he later served as treasurer for two years, and taught Sunday school for five years before assuming the podium at Word of Truth. Scott and his wife, Betsy, have two children. Scott is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion.
MERCY OR CHECED IN HEBREW
BY SCOTT CRAWFORD
The purpose of this paper is to study
the Hebrew word checed. Checed is spelled
various ways in the Hebrew Old
Testament. Sometimes it is spelled hesed or
some variant. The word
checed appears 248 times in the Hebrew Old Testament according
to a search of Strong’s Concordance
via the Blue Letter Bible internet
Strong’s Concordance assigns OT #
02617 to checed.
According to the Blue Letter Bible
internet search program the following translations
of the word checed are made in the King James Bible
(unless otherwise indicated, all
references are from the King James
Bible): “mercy” occurs 149 times, “kindness”
Discipleship the Road Less Taken by Greg Laurie;
This week in Joyful Books Book Club Ministry at
Calvary Chapel Reno-Sparks, we are reading Chapter 7 in the book, “Discipleship
the Road Less Taken” by Greg Laurie.
In this chapter Greg discusses our greatest
calling in the Christian Life and that is to disciple others.
We accomplish discipleship by living out our
life of faith and by telling others about Jesus Christ.
It says in 1 Thessalonians 2:4 “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted
with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our
God trusts “US” with the gospel. We are to please “God” with our lives not
It goes on to say in 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 “You
are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved
ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted,
and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would
walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”
Our behavior should be devout (holy).
Our behavior should be justly (righteous).
Our behavior should be blamelessly (virtuous
without spot without blame).
We are called to: exhort
(to teach, encourage and strengthen) and to comfort (by encouraging and consoling) others to walk worthy of God.
It is so important in the life of a disciple to
teach others that Greg says, “The failure to do so will have damaging results on
your own walk with Christ. Attending
more Bible studies, more prayer meetings, reading more Christian books, and
listening to more teaching without an outlet for the truth will cause us to
spiritually decay. We need to take what God has given us and use it constructively in the
lives of others.”
How do we disciple others? We share our testimony, live our life holy
and righteously and by tell others about Jesus Christ.
Jesus commands us in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am
with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Giving to Others What God Has Given to Us; Fellowship and
Participation in the Church
This week in Joyful Books Book Club Ministry at Calvary
Chapel Reno-Sparks, we are reading Chapter 6 in the book, “Discipleship The
Road Less Taken” by Greg Laurie.
FELLOWSHIP AND PARTICIPATION
It is written in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider
one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one
another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We have been given a privilege to come together and to
encourage one another in our faith in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10 tells us to “consider one another”,
“exhort one another”, and to “assemble ourselves together.” When we find that we are full of excuses of
why we cannot come together, such as in attending church or different church
activities, we sorely miss out on the ability to give and receive encouragement
with one another.
In chapter six we learn that when we are assembling
ourselves together we are able to use the spiritual gifts we have been given by
the Holy Spirit in the following ways:
and maturing of the saints (Ephesians 4:11-12)
being able to bless others in love (Ephesians 4:16)
bringing unity to the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:13)
bringing growth to believers spiritually and corporately in the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16)
We know from the early church that it is written in Acts
2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." These believers were united with other believers to learn God’s Word,
pray and grow in their faith.
DO YOU HAVE AN ATTITUDE?
When opportunity arises to attend church or maybe a Women’s
Koinonia do you have “EXCUSES” to why you can’t go?
BECOME SIMPLE IN HEART!
Live your life with one direction and purpose. Seek Jesus Christ and come together with one
It says in Isaiah 43:7 “Everyone who is called by My
name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have created
God has created us to glorify Him! To tell others about Him! We must come together and be active in our
faith in order to fulfill what we have been called to do!
So fellowship with one another and share with others what
God has given to you!
"But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me." Ruth1:16-17
Pray for the women attending the Retreat this weekend.
Dear Heavenly Father, We come before you Lord and lift up all the women who are attending the Calvary Chapel Women's Retreat this weekend. Lord would you fill each one with your presence. Minister to each woman as you know what each individual needs. Father, be with each leader and each presenter, fill each one with your Holy Spirit. Keep each person safe while driving. Be with those who are at home that are taking care of the family while each woman attends the retreat. We love you Jesus. Thank you for what you are going to do this weekend. In Jesus Christ we pray, Amen