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In the Middle of the Story

There is beauty in sharing your story, by faith, before it is resolved.  It tells others, “this has not been resolved, but I trust God.”    I learned this in a study by Lori Povich called “40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith”, so I wanted to recommend small group studies about it.  

Start off this plan with “In the Meantime” led by Andy Stanley.  As one Amazon reviewer said, “This study puts trials we all face into the right perspective, reminding us to focus on the character of God and what He is doing through our circumstances, not on the circumstances themselves or on our own perspective”.

In the middle of the story we need to to know who God is and why it is good to wait on Him. We need to have the kind of strong faith that is built in the middle. We need hope. which comes from a long view of our lives (an eternal one in fact).

For a stronger relationship with God in unsettled times, check out, “The Power of Knowing God” by Tony Evans.  It is a powerful look at real intimacy, relationship and knowledge of God.  You’ll see that the middle of your story is part of His bigger one, when you keep your eyes on Him.

Studies to build your faith include “Everything is Possible with God” by Rick Warren and “Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith” by Andy Stanley.  These are both on this website and would be excellent to study back to back.

Pete Wilson’s “Let Hope In,” would great to close out a series on living in the middle.  As it says in the description for this study:  “Embrace the freedom of being okay with not being okay.” That attitude is a hallmark of life in the middle of the story.

Doing these studies as part of a series, under the topic of living in the middle of your story, will take about half year.   As the pandemic enters its second year with more unknowns, even as there is increasing hope, many of us feel unresolved.  Knowing God, having faith in Him and hoping in Him can be a beautiful part of your walk with God,  before your story is resolved.

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Summer Study Wrap-Up: Play With Fire

I just wrapped up an amazing summer spent with 20 incredible women! This is what happens when God is in the mix. My friend Allison decided to start a small group for women and put out the word that she’d be hosting a study on Tuesday mornings at her house. We thought she’d get a small group of women that wanted fellowship and discipleship, but nearly twenty women showed up that first day. We ended up watching the videos together and then splitting into two smaller groups for the discussion questions. It worked out perfectly.

Best of all, Allison chose a study that we all loved called Play With Fire with Bianca Juárez Olthoff. Bianca is a down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is woman that conveyed her messages in a relatable way. She gave us a unique and interesting perspective on the Holy Spirit. The discussion questions were probing and led to great interactions within the groups. I’d highly recommend this one!