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The 7 Experiment: Redeem the Time

6472aa65500029822c708dc7f6d5cbe4I save a lot of these Scripture and quote images to a screensaver file that flashes them across my monitor every few seconds. This one comes up often and reminds me that life is precious, the days are short and everything I do should have meaning. Some days I hate to see it! Usually because I am wasting time. I’m wasting the day. I’m wasting the energy the Lord has given me to accomplish the greater thing (John 14:12).

The Bible says to make the most of the time we have, redeem the time, buy up every opportunity. Take every chance you have to do the good things because these days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). The word redeem generally means ” to buy up, to buy all that is anywhere to be bought, and not to allow the suitable moment to pass by unheeded but to make it one’s own.” Another commentator says, ” . . .to rescue or recover our time from waste; to improve it for great and important purposes.”

So, how will you and I recover our time from waste today? As we go through The 7 Experiment, what changes will we make to buy back time and use it for good purposes, God’s purposes? Who will we touch today with the love of God because instead of frittering away an hour doing whatever it is we fritter at we reached out, we gave, we served. Isn’t this the reason we are waging mutiny? It’s not just to get organized and out from under the enormous pressure and tyranny of excess in our lives, as great as that is going to be. But, it is to free us up to show mercy, do justice and walk humbly before the Lord (Micah 6:8). Isn’t this the reason Jesus came? To touch lives, heal hearts, mend brokenness? He left and He left us here to complete the work. To pray and work to see God’s Kingdom come, His will done, on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10), not for us to build our own little mini-kingdom and see that our will and wishes are fulfilled.

Take back the day, call a grieving friend, cook a meal for a family with a new baby, pray for that neighbor who drives you bonkers. However and wherever God leads, go, do, love, serve.

Ask the Lord to show how you fit into His plan to bring His kingdom to earth.

 

The 7 Experiment: Let’s Get it Started

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Just one day away from our first meeting and I can’t wait. My click pencil and pink highlighter are jumping up and down on my desk tempting to me to pop the cover and get started. Whoa, little writing implements, your time will come!

It’s not too late to join the home or online group. Contact me here, on Facebook or by email at abiding@cfl.rr.com.

 

 

 

 

“Who do PEOPLE say that the Son of Man is?”

Jesus asked “Who do PEOPLE say that the Son of Man is?” (Mt 16:13)

An anonymous author penned this response…
To the artist, He is the One altogether lovely—Song of Solomon 5:15
To the architect, He is the Chief Cornerstone—1 Peter 2:6
To the astronomer, He is the Sun of Righteousness—Malachi 4:2
To the baker, He is the Bread of life—John 6:35
To the banker, He is the Hidden Treasure—Matthew 13:44
To the builder, He is the Sure Foundation—Isaiah 28:16
To the carpenter, He is the Door—John 10:7
To the doctor, He is the Great Physician—Jeremiah 8:22
To the educator, He is the Great Teacher—John 3:2
To the electrician, He is the Light of the world—John 8:12**
To the engineer, He is the New and Living way—Hebrews 10:20
To the farmer, He is the Sower and Lord of harvest—Luke 10:2
To the florist, He is the Rose of Sharon—Song of Solomon 2:1
To the geologist, He is the Rock of Ages—1 Corinthians 10:4
To the horticulturist, He is the True Vine—John 15:1
To the judge, He is the only righteous Judge of man—2 Timothy 4:8
To the juror, He is the Faithful and True Witness—Revelation 3:14
To the jeweler, He is the Pearl of great price—Matthew 13:46
To the lawyer, He is Counselor, Lawgiver, and True Advocate—Isaiah 9:6
To the newspaper man, He is Good News of great joy—Luke 2:10
To the oculist, He is the Light of the eyes—Proverbs 29:13
To the philanthropist, He is the unspeakable Gift—2 Corinthians 9:15
To the philosopher, He is the Wisdom of God—1 Corinthians 1:24
To the preacher, He is the Word of God—Revelation 19:13
To the priest, He is foreshadowed in the Tabernacle—Exodus 25:8**
To the sculptor, He is the Living Stone—1 Peter 2:4
To the servant, He is the Good Master—Matthew 23:8–10
To the statesman, He is the Desire of all nations—Haggai 2:7
To the student, He is the Incarnate Truth—1 John 5:6
To the theologian, He is the Author and Finisher of our faith—Hebrews 12:2
To the toiler, He is the Giver of rest—Matthew 11:28
To the sinner, He is the Lamb of God who takes the sin away—John 1:29
To the Christian, He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior, the Redeemer, and the Loving Lord.”
**Additions to the original list

Got this at Precept Austin’s blog.

Interest in The 7 Experiment

It has been gratifying this week to see that there are ladies who are willing to take on The 7 Experiment challenge and boldly declare mutiny on the excess in our lives in the areas of food, clothing, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress.

Each discussion I’ve had has revealed that we are all in pretty much the same boat. There is excess in some or all areas of our lives and it is causing anxiety, guilt and stress. We want to change but motivation, discipline and encouragement are lacking. We want to put some space around our “stuff”, we want, as Jen says, “to create space for the Holy Spirit to move”, we want to see God move in a mighty way in our lives.

I am excited to see what the Lord does through this study. I believe it is His will that are lives are open and free for His movement. He will reward our desire with results as we come to Him admitting our weakness and dependence knowing we cannot do it without Him. Jesus tells us this in John 15:5,

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)

I like the way the Amplified Bible says it,

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. (AMP)

Come on! Jump in with both feet. The Lord has amazing things in store for you. Promise!

Get more info about the study at here. Sign-up by contacting me at abiding@cfl.rr.com or register at alomachurch.org. Or, you can use the contact form below.

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Upcoming Study: James: Mercy Triumps

Bible scholars compare James to the prophet Amos. In other ways James more closely resembles the Book of Proverbs than any New Testament book. Come along with Beth Moore on a journey to get to know both the man and the Book of James. You will never be the same again.
Topics in this study include: joy, hardship, faith, reversal of fortunes for rich and poor, wisdom, gifts from above, single-mindedness, the dangers of the tongue, humility, and prayer. Plus, Beth introduces a 5-tiered study approach that she has never done before.

Beth Moore “James: Mercy Triumphs
Begins: Tuesday, August 27 at 10 a.m. (8-weeks)
Location: Aloma Church, HP-2246Cost: $15

Contact me if you need more information or would like to register.
Janice Stephens: 407-929-7783 or abiding@cfl.rr.com

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THE 7 EXPERIMENT: August 22, 1013

THE 7 EXPERIMENT: Staging your Own Mutiny against Excess
Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. When Jen was called “rich” by a child who was living in poverty, she began a social experiment which evolved into a spiritual journey. Through this study, you’ll start that same experiment, at whatever level you choose, in seven key areas: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress.

 The 7 Experiment: Staging your Own Mutiny against Excess
Begins: Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: My home (Winter Springs)
Cost: $13

Online and Home Study begins August 22. Contact Janice at abiding@cfl.rr.com for more info.