Archive for February, 2012

Beth Moore’s James study- week 2

Oh such wisdom from our big brother James! I love how Beth explained James to us this week as our “big brother” who is “Going to tell us what we need to hear and, if we’re smart, we’ll listen.” (pg.57)
If you are like me, you are amazed as you are reading the book of James at how much wisdom is packed in each verse! Taking this book verse by verse has been so enlightening! These are deep waters!
Beth’s Day 4, week 2 in the homework really stuck out to me. It is over James 1:13 “No one undergoing a trial should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’ For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone.”
I, of course, agree with this, but Beth digs a little deeper. Who would think God tempts? We all know He is holy and righteous, but have we ever had the temptation to blame God for our temptations? Have you ever asked, “Why did God make me this way?” Proverbs 19:3 says “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.”
How many times do we blame God for our own mess ups? Have you ever made a choice and were mad at God for not stopping you? For not stopping a disaster? Or making you the way you are? Our hearts desires can be for good or evil. In our lives we need to realize that we mess up our lives because we have a sinful heart, but the good news is, that it is Jesus alone who can fix and purify our messed up hearts. Giving Him every part of it to cleanse instead of holding onto bitterness and blame, is our answer. “Jesus alone can change us from the core.” That is good news!

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Beth Moore’s James study- week 1

James, half brother of Jesus, skeptic, and non-believer turned to be one of Jesus’ greatest advocates and leaders of the early church. Talk about a turn around! Maybe that is why I am loving this study so much. I can relate. When you come in contact with the Savior of your soul- you are never the same, forever changed. I was once a skeptic too. But now I am a believer after coming in contact with my personal Savior! Oh- He makes all the difference!
What I loved learning this week was just that- I learned so much! Beth lays a foundation of James in the encounter in Mark 3:31-35 “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you’ ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked. ‘Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my bother and sister and mother.” Beth writes: “Picture yourself as a sibling in a similar situation. You’re trying to get your brother but a crowd stands between you. You play the family card but the door turns to concrete. Please don’t miss the part when the crowd tells Jesus His family is outside looking for him.” (pg. 20- workbook)
James could easily be hurt by this rejection, not to mention Mary having to referee between brothers, but I love the other scripture Beth points out. 1 Corinthians 15:4-7:
“He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and . . .he appeared to Peter, and then to the twelve. After that he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time. . . .Then he appeared to James.”
I get goose bumps over this! “He appeared to James” Just Jesus and James. We don’t know what He said to James, but obviously it changed James- from skeptic to believer. And we get to study the impact over the next eight weeks. That is the power of our resurrected Savior!
Beth writes:”The power of the resurrection trumps the power of the past if we are willing to let it.” Amen, sister! Amen!

2 Corinthians 5:7 “If any man is in Christ he is a new creation, the old is gone! The new is here!”

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Beth Moore’s James study (Intro)

I have begun the world of women’s Bible study with Beth Moore once again! And even after the first session I am filled with excitement to get to my homework! I didn’t even think this study of the book of James would start out this way- but wow! I am already moved 🙂
I am doing this study with 10 other women in my home on Sunday nights. My goal is to blog my thoughts once a week based on what God has showed me. (I have a feeling it might be more than once a week, but we will see.)
I hope you enjoy my insight in the book of James through Beth Moore’s study- James: Mercy Triumphs!
Be blessed dear sisters in Christ! My first thoughts will be coming soon 🙂

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Surrender to Jesus

If you do not know Christ as a PERSONAL Savior, I would encourage you to take a look at these verses in the Bible. Look them up and read them for yourself. A personal relationship with Christ is the foundation to a fulfilling and satisfying life.

FIRST, we are all a mess!
“We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

AND, the payment for our sin is death
“For the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23

BUT, God loved us so much, that while we deserved death, He sent His Son to take our punishment
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8

NOW, we can be reconciled to God through the blood of Christ
“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” Colossians 1:22

BELIEVE, that Jesus paid for your sin and ask him to come into heart and save you
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

BY FAITH God will save you! It is a FREE GIFT
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8

You must have a second birth- be born again:
“In reply, Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3)
And He is saying to you right now:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me” (REvelation 3:20)

If you want to surrender your life to Christ right now- you can! Simply go to him and pray something like this:
Dear Lord, I am a sinner. I have made so many mistakes and I am so sorry. I need you. I recognize I can’t do anything without you. Thank you for dying for my punishment and taking my sins on the cross. Thank you for loving me that much. Lord, I ask you to come into my heart and save me. I want you to be my PERSONAL Savior. I now want to live not for myself, but for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, I pray you will tell someone who can help you get in a local Bible believing church and grow. You have made the best decision you will ever make! You are now a new creation in Christ!
2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away and all things are new!”

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Thank you for changing me!

I came to work this morning to have an email from my daughter’s teacher. I began to weep at my computer with the words that her teacher had written. This teacher is very special to me. I was her teacher in high school. Now she is a teacher herself, and a great one at that! I love her- I always have. I truly have felt it an honor to be a part of her sweet life! Her email read:

Mrs. Andreani,
I wanted to send a little message your way to thank you for several reasons.
First of all I want to thank you for constantly reaching out to me as I begin this new chapter in my life (starting a career, getting married *hopefully soon, and simply starting my life as a real adult)! It really means a lot that you are such a caring person and willing to help in any way you can!
Secondly, I want to express to you how great of a child Caroline is! She is so much like you in that she is kind, caring, and absolutely so friendly! It shows how much time you and your husband have invested in raising your children. I believe the school has also played a part in her amazing character as well! Your children are going to appreciate it so much that they were able to attend a Christian school if they dont already. I appreciate all you do as a parent, teacher, and fellow co-worker! Thanks again!

Now- what made me cry was not all the nice things she said about me and about my daughter. Don’t get me wrong- those were such kind words and every parent wants to hear how well their daughter is doing. But this is why I was crying- that person she described as being caring and willing to help is so not the person I used to be. Before I knew Christ, I was selfish. I was a selfish brat that only wanted things my way. Oh- how I look back on my life at how unloving I had been and wrong. Anything I am today is not of my doing, but the amazing transformation that comes when you surrender your life to Christ. Gal. 2:20 says it so clearly, “I have been crucified with Christ. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” and 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation, the old has passed away, behold, all things are new!”
Jesus saved me, and changed me into a new creation. All the old has gone away, I am a new person. What a wonderful reminder by Caroline’s teacher to show me how great our God is! He can do more than we can possibly dream, and can change the heart of anyone who is willing to surrender and receive Him into their heart and call Him their PERSONAL Savior. Praise Him! He is so good!
If you want to know how to do that- type “surrender to Jesus” in the search bar to the right. Read the scriptures for yourself, and ask Jesus to save you and change you and begin to live for Him. If you still have questions email me at cariandreani@hotmail.com. I am always happy to help!
God bless!

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