Threatened by the Proverbs 31 Woman


by Evelyn Wells


I sat, accused, feeling trapped in my pew. Once again it was Mother’s Day, and the pastor was preaching about the Proverbs 31 Woman. I could see her, clothed in righteousness. She had her finger pointed at me, as she screamed, “YOU! Who do you think you are? Why are you here, today of all days?”


I hung my head in shame, as I listened to the enemy whisper in my ear. “You’ve dishonored your upbringing and shamed your family. Do you think God wants you as His child? I think not.”


I knew I had been forgiven of all my sins. According to Scripture, they were buried in the sea of forgetfulness. Jesus paid for them and remembered them no more. But I didn’t remember that. I felt like a complete failure, defeat weighing heavy on my shoulders. My marriage had ended in divorce. My children and I were on our own, and it was hard. Hard financially and in other ways, as well.


The Proverbs 31 Woman looked nothing like me. She was a woman of excellence; her life was full of outstanding accomplishments, while I did well to provide for my sons. Cherished by her husband, she is described as being far more precious than jewels. I felt so unworthy.

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Grunt, Don’t Grunt


by Katy Kauffman


Grunt. Don’t grunt. Grunt. Don’t grunt. I wondered which way it is.


Do we “grunt” to be more like Christ, or is it a work He performs in us? What’s our part? What’s His? These questions usually come to mind when I hear someone say, “Jesus was won the victory for us. Rest in that victory.” Yes, Jesus’ death defeated sin’s power over us and set us free from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God. But in my daily Christian life, I feel the tug of war between good and evil, between what I want and what God wants for me.


So grunt? Philippians 2:12 (NKJV*) teaches, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We have a part to play in our spiritual growth, and it’s going to take some fierce respect and love for God because we are in a fierce spiritual battle. As Satan’s kingdom wars against God’s, as the world’s ways war against God’s holy principles, as our sinful nature competes for supremacy with the Holy Spirit’s leadership, we are called to fight. To “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to flee what’s evil and pursue what’s good (1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).

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Flying on God’s Promises

by Katy Kauffman


A plane ticket is a promise. It’s the promise of a destination. The promise of adventure. For me, my plane ticket to Florida this month is the promise of meeting writers at the Florida Christian Writers Conference and having one of the best adventures of the year.


When I arrive at my flight’s gate, I count on my boarding pass to work and to allow me to board the plane. I count on the flight attendants to bring me Sprite to soothe my motion-sickness-prone tummy, and (with a few prayers) I depend on the pilots to land the plane safely in Orlando.


A promise is something we hold on to, a guarantee. As humans, we make promises and we do our best to keep them. But we can’t guarantee every promise, because we have weaknesses and life happens. Emergencies surprise us. Our own strength fails.

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Refresh Bible Study Magazine: Christmas Issue


It's crunch time. Shopping for Christmas presents and groceries. Last minute laundry and decorating and preparations. So much to do with not enough time!


Come away for five minutes, and let your soul be refreshed in the awe of Christmas. Our team of writers has contributed to a Refresh issue that will help you to celebrate the Savior in this busy season--in this busy weekend!


Click on the link below and let the magazine load for a couple of minutes. Then scroll to the Contents page, and click on any article title to immediately start reading. It's our prayer that the articles and devotions you find will connect your heart more strongly to God and His word, and make your Christmas celebration even more joyful. From all of us at Lighthouse Bible Studies and the Refresh team of writers, Merry Christmas!


Click here to view and download our 2017 Christmas Issue!

 


 

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Refresh Easter Issue: Celebrating Christ

I woke up with anticipation this morning. Not only is it my spiritual birthday, but it's the day before we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. ...

 

 

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A Spotlight on Love: Refresh Bible Study Magazine February Issue

Why is love such a big deal? It’s what God wants most.

  • “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV*
  • “The LORD has appeared to me of old, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’” Jeremiah 31:3
  • “Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

God’s heartbeat is love.

It’s February, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, our latest Refresh issue is about love. What place does God give love in His design of the Christian life? Why is love so important to God? What does love that has real substance look like? How can we love God more and show His love to others in ways that are pleasing to Him? Our Refresh issue answers those questions.  

 

 

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The Relevance of Our First Issue of Refresh Bible Study Magazine

When you’re the designer of a magazine, you get to read all the articles first. This is an added bonus of working with some great writers. You get to smile first and let your heart be encouraged. Laugh first or sometimes cry. I am grateful to all the writers who contributed to the first issue of the Refresh Bible Study Magazine. You blessed me, and I know this issue has already blessed others.

So in case you didn’t receive the issue on our launch date of October 1st, what can you expect to find in the magazine? This issue addresses the following topics, providing encouragement and a valuable basis for talking to people about God. Which one of these topics would appeal to you the most right now?

 

 

 

 

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