Do You Want A Revolution? Whoop Whoop

We’ve started a new study: One Home At A Time: Restoring The Soul of American Through God’s Plan For Your Marriage & Family: Dennis Rainey

“The only real revolutions are those that change the

mind and the heart..”

We live in an era crying out for revolution and reformation.  There are churches on nearly every corner and humungous mega churches on television and the internet around the clock. YET, marriage and family relationships are appalling and break the heart.

Definitions for the words revolution and reformation offer insight for those tired of seeing marriages fail at astounding rates, families fall apart, children and parents acting in disrespectful and dishonoring ways while the ‘church’ sits idly by.

Revolution: a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving;

Reformation: improvement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices; rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course

My Sunday School class members are being challenged to launch a personal attack on the kingdom of darkness which wants to destroy marriages, families, communities and the world. I mentioned earlier that the ‘church’ is standing idly by. It is… because WE are standing idly by. We feel hopeless and helpless so we don’t act. We expect the pastor, president, government officials – always somebody else – to effect change so we don’t take personal responsibility. And while we, the Church of God, stands idly by, the enemy is kicking major butt! See, the enemy NEVER stands idly by. The enemy doesn’t take a break and the enemy doesn’t blame-shift! The enemy is on his job 24/7.  It’s time for a revolution! It is time for a reformation!

A true revolution only occurs when one person’s mind and heart are engaged in such a way that he or she is compelled to make a change.  One person can make a difference. History is filled with people who were compelled to act because of something going on in their lives. The book details the actions of Martin Luther whose heart was broken by the selling of indulgences.  You might not have to look that far. Some of you were raised by an Aunt or Grandma who stepped in to rescue you from abusive or neglectful parents.  You can, in fact you must, be willing to take a stand!   God specializes in making generational changes by touching one person at a time! Be that person!

Family Reformation requires Revolution!!

Do you want a revolution? Whoop whoop.

Read Chapter 2 in the book for next week’s discussion!

Winter Renewal: Touch Up Your Roots Marriage Retreat

Give your relationship the gift of ONE day where you set aside the worries of every day life and focus entirely on improving your marriage.

The retreat will start at 8:30 am and end at 6:00 pm.

Spend a day laughing, talking, dancing & learning how to ‘touch up your roots.’

This retreat is appropriate for married couples as well as those who are seriously dating or engaged.

20-Somethings: Relevant Ministry for the Young Professional

Join Rev. Dr. Donna Cox for the first in a series of monthly gathers specifically designed to address the unique challenges facing those in the 20-somethings: personal/professional growth, relationship issues, and churches that seem to be ill-prepared to minister to this age group.  Candid conversations, prayer, worship and fellowship with a Bible-center, Christ-centered focus.

First event is Saturday, February 13 from 12:00 – 1:30 at 211 Stratford Lane, Beavercreek

See you then!

Dreaming or hearing from God?

I am not going to pretend I am an expert on dreams or interpreting them. What I do know is how many times God has used dreams in my life. Often my dreams have been prophetic, warning me that one of my children needed prayer, that there were demonic forces working in certain relationships or that I needed to open my eyes and heart to issues I would rather avoid.  Of course, sometimes it seems the dreams are the result of too many fatty foods before bed or watching crazy television programs.

Recently, I found myself questioning some of the dreams I had been having and wondering what, if anything, God wanted me to know. And is often the case God sent me on a quest for knowledge.  Almost immediately I opened my latest copy of Spirituality and Health and found an article called “Developing a Dream Practice” written by psychotherapist, Thomas Moore. As a result of reading Moore’s short piece, I decided to see what I could find on the web about Christian dream interpretation. I found an article I’ve found helpful.  [I’m posting the article for your benefit. Since the writers make it available as a free download I’m assuming they won’t mind if I share it here.] God is so intentional in the way He deals with us. Within a week’s time I saw several Facebook friends whose status mentioned their dreams. Clearly others are thinking about this, if only in a passing fashion. For me, this is only the beginning of a journey, one I’m taking slowly and carefully. I understand the risk of assuming too much or taking everything I read at face value. Yet, I know dreams are important; the Bible is FILLED with examples of God speaking through dreams.

I’m interested in your journey with dreams.

  • How has God used dreams in your life?
  • If you think it’s all hocus-pocus I’m interested in that as well.
  • If you have some wonderful resources about Christian dream interpretation, I’d love to know about them. Post them here so others can benefit.

Be blessed!

My thanks to

Christian-Dream-Interpretation

Reflecting on what was and what will be

Welcome to the New Year – 2010 – another day, another year, another opportunity to become all God created you to be. However, becoming doesn’t happen accidentally. If you want 2010 to be a better year, there are some things you will have to do. While your mind is turned to the oddity of writing 2010 or ’10; while your heart is turned to thoughts of what you didn’t accomplish last year, why not deliberately turn it towards the ways God blessed you in 2009. Why not consider the ways you plan to bless God in 2010. Think seriously about those things you want and need God to do for you this year! We have not because we ask not!

I’ve created a chart that I hope will help you in your reflecting, praying and thinking. Be blessed.

Rev. Donna

09-10 Blessings Chart Click the link to download Chart as pdf.

Write down the ways God blessed you in 2009. Be specific. Thank God for each one you add. Use the back if you need. Or, write the answers in your journal. In fact, if you keep a journal, this would be a good opportunity to go back through your journal and make a note of the ways God answered specific prayers.

Blessing Blessing

Write down the ways you expect God to bless you in 2010. Be specific. Call those things that are not-yet as though they were now! Dream! Believe.

Blessings I Expect

[Rom 4:17, Mark 11:22-24, 2 Cor 4:13]

What are you going to do for God in 2010!  Be specific about the ways you intend to be a blessing to God! What ways do you intend to show God how much you love and praise Him for all He has done and will do for you?

How I Will Bless God in 2010

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