Looking to Jesus, interim week 1

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This is the first week of our brief summer break from meeting for book study, but we still want to bring you content to keep the themes of covenant community swirling in your minds and hearts. My home is blessedly full with family this week as we are preparing to send off my oldest son and his wife to their new assignment in Northern California—so far away!—and I’m doing well to spell my name correctly. So, instead of writing the post which is marinating in my heart, I will direct you to an article written by Christina Fox. Continue reading

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 6

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

It’s Summertime here in Texas, which means that school’s out, pools and waterparks are open, and shorts and sandals are standard everyday wear. Of course, being Texas, the shorts and sandals have been in use for several months already. When the sandals come out, it’s pedicure season; the footsies need some sprucing up for their higher visibility; after all, painted toes are part of the accessory package—right? I went for my first pedicure of the season a month ago, and part of the process of getting my feet ready for sandals involved a lot of soaking and special potions and lotions before bringing out the “cheese grater” to tackle my callouses. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 3

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Scripture calls us to things that are utterly counterintuitive, utterly countercultural, and demanding in the extreme, but Scripture shows us the Savior and His bride. This glorious sight motivates us to live under God’s authority and to serve Him through the local church, for His glory and our good. Falling in love with Christ means falling in love with His Church.”[1]

The whole process of sanctification is countercultural, when we realize that if we are going to walk worthy of our salvation, we must not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing our mind. We need our affections for Christ to grow so we can loosen our grip on this world. And as our affections for Christ grow, so must our affections for His bride, for together we are members of His body. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 2

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119: 18

One way scripture memory has been so meaningful to me is how repetition has opened my eyes to the height of God’s love for me in new and wondrous ways. This week we talked about the biblical foundations for women’s ministry in the church. From scripture, we brought out the beauty of God’s created and covenantal design for womanhood, and we concluded that these truths have been squelched in today’s culture. It is a vital task of women’s ministry to teach these truths and equip women to live out their God-given design, so that we may know the love of Christ in all its fullness.[1] Continue reading

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 2

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

We live in a time of increasingly radical ideas. In our post-Christian society, the abandonment of everything traditional is happening at a breathtaking pace. It seems the pillars of society can’t be knocked down fast enough. The roles of men and women have long been debated and shifting, and in many areas they ought to have been. But bringing equality to women in the workplace and in the voting booth wasn’t enough. The voices of reason have been drowned out by the voices of madness. We have come to a point where the mere suggestion in the public arena that there are distinctions between men and women, that there is an absolute difference between genders, is to commit cultural sin. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 1

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97

Psalm 119 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. I love the psalms to begin with; so rich they are with words of prayer, praise, and petition to God. In Psalm 119, the psalmist pours forth his love for the word of God in 176 verses, using some of the most beautiful techniques of Hebrew poetry to paint his picture for us. My heart gets wrapped up in praise with the psalmist every time I read it. I love the Scriptures! I love reading them, and studying them, alone with God and with others. My passion for women’s ministry flows out of my love for Him and His Word. Continue reading

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 1

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

My husband and I just finished watching a CNN Original Series, “The Sixties,” which, according to their website, “explores the landmark era of cultural, political, and technological change during the 1960s, infusing new relevance to the cultural touchstones that changed the world.” Each episode of this ten-part series explores an aspect of the decade, from the advent of television itself, to politics, the space race, music, and political movements. Watching Neil Armstrong walking on the moon and the response of the world was thrilling; watching the extremes of the feminist movement was disheartening. Continue reading