Sunday, September 30, 2012

DPC's Women of Grace Ministry

DPC's Women of Grace ministry will start their new Bible Study this Tuesday, October 2 @ 9:30am, meeting in the cafe area of the church.  (childcare provided @ 9:15)

This will be a 7-week study of the book of Jonah, using teaching materials (videos & workbooks) by Priscilla Shirer.

First of all, let me tell you about Priscilla...

From the back of her book:  "Priscilla Shirer is a Bible teacher who enjoys bringing the stories of Scripture to life [of course I would rephrase this to say that since she's a talented teacher, she merely refrains from attempting to kill what is already very much alive].  She is also the author of popular books including One in a Million, A Jewel in His Crown, and Discerning the Voice of God.  Priscilla is married to her best friend Jerry with whom she founded Going Beyond Ministries.  While Priscilla loves ministry, she prioritizes her role as wife and mother.  Between writing and studying, she spends the majority of her time cleaning up after their three fabulous sons."

Now let me give you a brief preview into her Jonah study, A Life Interrupted...

Commenting on Jonah 3.1, which says, "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying..." Priscilla writes this:
"Don't let the simplicity or brevity of this line disguise its depth and power.
God spoke... for a second time.
He specializes in second chances.
When we've messed up.  When we've rebelled.  When we've recoiled at the plans He's unfolded before us, we still get another chance.  
And don't we all just need to know that sometimes?
I know I sure did.  And still do.

  • Because I am Paul---the chief of sinner.
  • I am Peter---the one who's made multiple promises to God that I couldn't (or wouldn't) keep.
  • I am Samuel---the person who has often required God to call out to me time and time again before I finally realized He was speaking.
  • And I am Jonah---one who, even when hearing a word from God clearly, has been known to turn and run in the opposite direction.
.... Yet God has given me a second chance.  Again and again.

And for the life of me, I don't know why."

Other upcoming events that the Women of Grace may be especially interested in include:

  • October 9 - Ladies Bunco
  • October 26 - Mother / Daughter Slumber Party
  • December 8 - Ladies Day Out

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