Kathy’s Notes

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BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

My dear sisters,

Does it seem a week ago we were listening to Susan Hunt, enjoying fellowship and faith with all our sisters? I am still working on the clean up tasks after the conference. However, I do have some good reads for you.

Our sister Barbaranne recommended this post about single women. A Single Woman’s Place in the Church

Are your relationships otiose? (Vain. Ineffective. Of no use.) “We build and cultivate real relationships in the body of Christ when we live every moment with a Gospel mentality that directs our prayers and our desires to value Christ (and what He values) above all else.”

Gracious Speech “Our life and speech should be of such quality in Christ to reflect our growth and demonstrate our progress in the grace of God.”

 

Kathy’s Notes

BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Dear Sister/friends,

Even though we are finished with our study of Apostles, I promised I would continue to communicate with you, keep you updated on women’s ministry, and send you some good reads.

This week we are busy getting ready for the conference. We have had a great response and expect a wonderful weekend. Please continue to pray for all aspects of this event including the speaker, the leaders, the women who are giving so much of their time and talents, the equipment and everything else involved to make this happen.

The Session and Women’s Ministry  I encourage you to read this article written in 2006 but is still so NOW! I think it will prepare you for the conference and give you an understanding of the direction of women’s ministry in the PCA.

Here are a few good reads for this week.

A Baby is Always Good News by Barbaranne Kelly    First, I have to highlight this very candid and poignant article posted by our sister Barbaranne Kelly about difficulties and God’s faithfulness in her own life. Don’t miss this one.

Created for Community  “How many friends do you have? Christina Fox’s question seems straightforward, but her definition of friendship is quite different from the culture’s definition.”

Be a Gospel Neighbor  This was a challenging as well as convicting article for me.

 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psa 1:1-2 

 

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 18

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BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Yesterday we concluded our study of Acts of the Apostles. Luke ended with Paul in Rome, a prisoner, but with a great degree of freedom. Paul would write four epistles during this time of imprisonment: Philemon, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians. The time period would be approximately 61-63 AD, just a few years before the Jewish revolt that would lead to the destruction of the temple, and the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant.

We saw how Paul was focused continually on Christ and His atoning work for our salvation. He lived only to preach Christ, constantly using every opportunity to bring souls to believe in him. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 17

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BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

We finished through chapter 26, next week will be our last class! I marvel at how much I have learned about Paul, how I see him and the other apostles through a different lens. I have a different understanding of the epistles, with Acts giving us the storyline and the epistles being plugged in, filling in the details. Stephanie and others remarked about what a brilliant man Paul was, not just through education, but through a gifted mind. I have heard it said that Paul was not a great speaker nor was he attractive physically. I cannot imagine a greater preacher, one who knew of what he spoke, or knew of WHOM he spoke.

We saw how Paul was charged by the Jews, more specifically the Sadducees, with being a political menace, a religious heretic, and having desecrated the temple by bringing a Greek into the temple courts, beyond the Gentile court. Continue reading

Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 15

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BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

We left Paul last week in the midst of another conflict in Ephesus, where he wrote his first letter to the troubled church in Corinth. Paul had stayed in Ephesus 3 years (Acts 20:31) probably from the fall of 54 AD to the fall of 57 AD. He left for Macedonia where he wrote his 2nd letter to the Corinthians and travelled down to Greece and probably Corinth where he wrote his letter to the Romans.

After three months in Greece, Paul met with the brethren in Troas, where they stayed seven days. Paul raised a young man from the dead after he fell from a window while listening to a sermon by Paul.

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Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 14

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BY KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Acts 18 and 19

This week Paul, on his second missionary journey, arrives in Corinth. Corinth was in a very strategic location, plus it was a modern and cultural center. However, it was also known as the “sex capital of the ancient world”! Paul stays a year and a half here, and it is here that he meets a believing couple, Aquila and Priscilla, Jews who had left Rome when Claudius ordered all Jews to leave. Timothy and Silas are eventually sent for, and they come with news to the apostle about the church in Thessalonica. It is here in Corinth that Paul writes his encouraging letter to the Thessalonians.

As Paul preaches and teaches in the synagogue, he runs into hostility from the Jews. He shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” After spending time preaching in the home of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, who lived right next door to the synagogue, Paul headed for Syria, taking Aquila and Priscilla with him.

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Acts of the Apostles, Lesson 13

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We picked up our study in Acts 17 with Paul and Silas being asked to leave the city of Philippi, having experienced a night in prison in the stocks. Paul and Silas, head southward. It’s a long journey, about a hundred miles or so. They end up in Thessalonica, an important city of Roman administration. They head for the synagogue and what do they do there? Continue reading