Monday, March 27, 2017

You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons Free Online Bible Study at Faith Gateway

Update: Use code YOUAREFREE to save $3 each on the You Are Free Study Guide and book at Faith Gateway. You also receive free shipping with a purchase of $25 or more! There is currently still a sale going on in the store, so if you hurry, you can get both the study guide and book for around $20 as I was able to do!

I wanted to take a quick moment to invite you to join me for my latest Bible study online. I'm venturing out to a different site than my usual (Proverbs 31) and giving Faith Gateway a try, and today is the kickoff for their study You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons.

I purchased both the book and study guide, but either one is optional. The study guide is recommended to get the most out of the study, however.

I've already breezed through the first four chapters of the book because Rebekah is such an amazing writer!

Here's the description of the study from Faith Gateway:

Are you exhausted? Wounded? Tired of striving to keep up? What if you knew deep down that freedom was yours?
What would it mean to know that you are free? What if you truly believed that Christ has set you free?
Jesus whispers, I gave My life to set you free. I gave you purpose. I called you to live in freedom in that purpose. Yet we still hobble through life, afraid to confess all the ways we push against this truth, because we can’t even believe it.
Christ doesn’t say you can be or may be or will be free. He says you are free.
Join us in this study and discover what it means to live as one who is set free!
You can sign up now and get started right away! We’re making the companion study videos with Rebekah Lyons available to you for FREE. That’s right, all six sessions - releasing a new one every Sunday! Register and get the schedule, free downloads, and all the great bonuses!
Please be in with us? You're needed and wanted and belong.

Did that speak to you the way that it did to me? If so, head over to the main page and get signed up! The Kickoff Event is tonight at 9 EST, but no worries if you can't make it or if you don't see this post until after today.

You can join in anytime and the kickoff event will be saved for you to watch at your convenience. And best of all, while you wait for your study guide and/or book to arrive, when you sign up for the Faith Gateway study, you get free access to the first chapter in both!

HOWEVER, there is an amazing bonus that comes with doing this study along with everyone else, and it's partly why I'm encouraging you to sign up right away! There are six, weekly study videos that you would normally have to purchase separately. But with this study, they are free and will be released on a special page week-by-week (you'll receive the link to that page when you sign up). But they will only remain up for one week at a time, so don't delay!

What spoke to me most about this study was how Rebekah was set free from striving to please others. As a recovering people pleaser, that really made me want to join this study the most and I can't wait to find out how she was set FREE from the bondage of that stronghold! Because though I try my best, I still backslide more often than I'd like to admit.

I'm ready for Jesus to broke those chains, and so many others! How about you?


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Worlds Apart by Jars of Clay- Lenten Reflection and Worship

I love this song and how you can feel the angst the artist carries at having caused Jesus pain through sin. And the awe over His immense love and sacrifice for us.

To not want to be another nail in His skin and wishing he could take away his personal wrongs that caused His blood to shed.

He loved us enough to die for us. But too often it's so easy to "look beyond the empty cross, forgetting what our lives have cost."

That's why Lent, as painful as it is, is so important. To remember that Jesus died to give us life. To reflect and repent. To pray with all our might for Him to "take our world apart."

I see that as meaning to keep us from falling in line with the ways of the world and going along with what the world tells us is right and wrong.

Instead, I want to be "worlds apart" from the world. To have Him wash me clean of every sin this world tempts us with- selfishness, pride, and "all the things I cannot hide." To take my sin-soaked heart and make it His.

All I am for all He is. Forever.

Thank You, Jesus.


I am the only one to blame for this
Somehow it all ends up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride
I flew too high and like Icarus
I collide

With a world I try so hard
To leave behind

To rid myself of all but love
To give and die

To turn away and not become
Another nail to pierce
The skin of one who loves
More deeply than the ocean
More abundant than the tears
Of a world embracing every heartache

Can I be the one to sacrifice
Or grip the spear and watch
The blood and water flow

To love you, take my world apart
To need you, I am on my knees
To love you, take my world apart
To need you, broken on my knees

All said and done I stand alone
Amongst the remains of life I should not own
It takes all I am to believe
In the mercy that covers me

Did you really have to die for me?
All I am for all you are
Because what I need
And what I believe
Are worlds apart
And I pray

On my knees

I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
And wipe away the crimson stains
And dull the nails that still remains
More and more I need you now
I owe you more each passing hour
Battle between grace and pride
I gave up not so long ago
So steal my heart and take the pain
Wash the feet and cleanse my pride
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
The sin-soaked heart and make it yours
Take my world all apart
Take it now, take it now
And serve the ones that I despise
Speak the words I can't deny
Watch the world I used to love
Fall to dust and thrown away
I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
Wipe away the crimson stains
And dull the nails that still remain
So steal my heart and take my pain
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
Take my world apart, take my world apart
I pray, and I pray, and I pray
Take my world apart
Worlds apart
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