Archive for June, 2011

Update: Beverly

Posted: June 30, 2011 in Community, news


Here is the latest with my mom…Preliminary results from Mayo regarding the bone marrow biopsy confirmed the myeloma.  Mom’s doctor shared tonight that she was concerned about a form of leukemia with her, but the fact this report came back as “just” myeloma is good news.  She began her first infusion of a medication that is to help rebuild her bones and help with her bone pain.  She also began a steroid today that is already helping.  She will see her oncologist again next Th or Fri for a final report from Mayo.  Please pray the genetic information on this form of myeloma is one that is more easily treated.  If the genetic testing is favorable, then it is possible for this to be put into remission.  The doctor said a few years ago, there was not as much hope.  But if the genetic testing is favorable, then the myeloma could be managed….much like diabetes can be managed.  Also, especially pray for my mom to come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  It has been difficulty to have private time with her with my cousin passing away, travel, her resting, and she has been in the hospital since Monday.

She saw some of you all at church last Sunday night and it was good for her to see who had brought meals, spouses of those who visited her in the hospital, and people giving her hugs, etc.  It really encouraged her.  The last few weeks have been a challenge with mom and dad here, sleeping arrangements altered, etc.  But it has been good.  We love you all and ask that you continue to PRAY!



Sunday Rewind

Posted: June 30, 2011 in thoughts


Didn’t you think that was a great lesson Sunday morning from 1 Kings 18.  Good job Alex!

Remember the story?  It was a great lesson on the faithfullness of God and the power of God, especially compared to how pitiful the false god of their day (Baal) was.  The people acted like fools trying to get their god to put fire to their bull sacrifice–yet nothing happened.  The Bible is awesome!  Elijiah even tells them, “Maybe he is in the bathroom, or asleep.”  How funny.  Then Elijah prays to God (the One and Only) and God responds with fire.  He was faithfull, and he showed His power.  By the way, look at the meaning of Elijah–El  is from Elohim which is a common Hebrew name for God, and jah is a reference to Jehovah.  The “i” between El and jah speaks to my/mine.  So Elijah means my God is Jehovah.  God sent a man with a name that means “my God is Jehovah” to a group of people trying to serve God and Baal.  Are you trying to serve more than God?

Also, Mark concluded his series on 2 Corinthians.  If you have a chance, be sure to tell him how good it was.  I know it was a blessing to Brandi and I.  Check out all the sermons from 2 Corinthians @


Baby Witvoet—It’s a………!

Posted: June 27, 2011 in news


We all need to thump Drew on the head!  I have been trying to call and text him since June 16th to check on his burned leg, as well as to see if they had a 3rd baby yet.  No response…call and text again—no response.  So I begin to think, “Have I done something to make Drew mad?”  Then Cathy mentions in class that they had their baby on Thursday, and I think to myself that I am a loser b/c I teach this class and had no idea.

So I finally get in touch with Drew tonight and he tells me his cell phone has been out of commission and they were relying of Facebook to get the word out.  Anyone else not on Facebook????  Long story short….Emily, baby, and Drew are doing well.

Scarlett Ann Witvoet was born Thursday, June 23rd at 5:15.  She weighed  9 lbs 5 oz and was 21 in long.  Drew says that Emily and the Scarlett are doing fine.  I told him that tradition was to bring meals for two weeks, and he and Emily said that Wednesday would be a good day to start.  So someone will be contacting you about making a meal for the Witvoet family.

Everyone join me in telling the Witvoet’s CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!


Praises Anyone?

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Community

Let’s do something we have never done here before.  Leave a comment listing a praise for others to see.  Come on now…we cannot have a post with this title and not have multiple praises listed!  What kind of people would we be?

You can list how God has been working in your life, how He has impacted your life, whatever—just share it.

So I will start us out.  I praise God for Memphis Basketball.  JUST KIDDING.  I praise God for you all–our LifeGroup…you all are some great peeps!

So click on the little “bubble” at the top right corner of this post and leave a comment.


Sunday Rewind

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Community, thoughts


Sunday we looked spiritual warfare and the armor of God from Ephesians 6.  Do you remember the belt, the breastplate, the shoes, the shield, the helmet, and the sword?  This is a very important concept for us to grasp and live our lives each moment knowing we are in BATTLE!

Here is what someone from class sent me about the lesson…”The lesson today has seemed to really lay heavy on my heart.  Growing up in church, I have heard the “Armor of God” lesson multiple times but today I felt challenged and there was a word that kept creeping up on me.  The word is “FULL.”  When studying this lesson before, I have always read about the armor and all its pieces but today the word “FULL” just kept making me uncomfortable.  After sitting there and listening, I realized what God was trying to tell me…he said to put on the “FULL armor of God” not just a piece of the armor.  I have come to realize that many times in my life, do I not only take the armor on and off but I also only wear a piece or two at a time.  After thinking about it, this does not make sense at all…why would I put on the sandals of readiness when I don’t have on the belt the truth?  I can’t be ready to be a witness without knowing the truth.  I’m not sure if I’m making any sense but this has really spoken to me today.  There have been multiple times where I have asked God to give me the opportunity to witness, that I was ready but now I am realizing that many times those opportunities did not present themselves because I wasn’t equipped with the FULL armor of God, just pieces.  Because of this, I am making a new committment as a Christian to put on the FULL armor of God.  I know that I have a ways to go in learning the Truth before I am ready for battle but I am willing to start taking those new steps.  You told the story of the Butterfly, the Botonist, and the Bee; I quickly realized that lately my Christian walk has been like the Butterfly.  But not for long; I am dedicated to being recommitted in my walk with Christ and I want to be the Bee that you spoke about.  I want to land on every flower and take in any and everything I can to learn more about the Bible and what Christ is looking to do in my life.”

AMEN!  How many others out there are committed to putting on the FULL armor of God?


Sunday Rewind

Posted: June 14, 2011 in thoughts


Here is a recap from Sunday:

In class, we looked at worship from 1 Kings 8.  We saw that the Israelites were worshiping in an extravagent way b/c God was 1) dwelling among them (remember the cloud?) 2) God was faithful to his Word (He promised them a land and a nation and this time during Solomon’s reign was the climax of that–God’s people in the right land) and 3) God showed them mercy by continually forgiving their sin.

Can’t you see the same today for us?  1) God dwells WITHIN us through the Holy Spirit 2) God remains faithful to His Word and 3) God shows us mercy in that He is a forgiving God.  So God dwells within us–that is GRACE (something we get yet do not deserve).  God keeps His Word; He shows us He is FAITHFULL.  God shows us MERCY (not giving us what we do deserve) through His forgiveness.  This GRACE, FAITHFULLNESS, and MERCY is all seen in Jesus Christ, who is the exact imprint of God, according to Hebrews 1.  This should lead to extravagent worship on our part.

And remember–we do not sacrifice a bunch of animals like they did in 1 Kings 8–we sacrifice oursevles.  That is worship.  That is honoring God, when we die to self and live a right life, when we give stuff up and get in His Word, when we live a life of praise b/c of what He has done in our life.

And remember Mark’s message.  What a great trip he and the others had in Brazil.  A few things continue to stand out from his comments:  He mentioned that we have to get it right when it comes to the Gospel and Jesus.  When talking about the Gospel, Jesus is the only way–that is what Scripture says (John 14:6).  Also, Mark asked, “When are we going to get serious?”  When are we going to follow Jesus and sell out to Him, and quit chasing the world?  We cannot dabble in both.

That is a very important question for us to ponder.  Hope we all think about that this week.

Have a good one!



Sunday Lesson: Worship

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Sunday’s lesson will be from I Kings 8.
Worship is evident in the Garden.  Worship is prominent in the Law.  Worship is anticipated in the prophets.  Worship
is elevated in the New Testament.  Worship is unhindered in the end. The implication is clear: if worship is central in the Bible, it must be central in our lives.

1 Kings 8 will show us extravegant worship in the following ways: no expense was spared in building the temple and no energy was reserved in dedicating the temple.  This extravegant worship was for an extravegant God.

Here are some practical things to think about with regard to worship:

  • Are there any things that we tend to withhold from God? What kinds of things are we likely to withhold from God? What resources do we not like to contribute to God?
  • What things in our lives are we unwilling to part with in order to worship God fully? Is it fair to say that we worship those things more than God?
  • Why does God seem to sometimes get the leftovers, or worst, part of our energy?
  • How do our priorities demonstrate a priority or lackof priority in worship?
  • How has God shown extravagant grace in our lives that we do not give Him credit for?
  • Do we always acknowledge extravagant grace in our lives? Is our response appropriate to God’s worth?

So check out/read/study/listen to/meditate on 1 Kings 8.  Looking forward to a great class Sunday.