Posts by Anne Kenley (Page 3)

Believe Buzz — Week 25 — Hope

As a group, we were not very impressed with the concept of “Hope” as it is presented in the book, Believe.  We spent considerable time discussing “Hope” vs “Faith” vs “Belief”.  Interestingly, the group divided along gender lines as to the value of “Hope”.  The men place a lot more confidence in “Faith” and “Belief” than they do in “Hope”.  The women…

Believe Buzz — Week 23 — Peace

This chapter examines peace on three levels – peace with God, peace with others, and peace with yourself.  We determined early in our discussion that one must “Believe” in God in order to find peace through God.  Believing in God and Jesus, we then go to God in prayer (verbal and non-verbal) in our search for peace.  Finding peace is the giving-up…

Believe Buzz — Week 22 — Joy

We discussed how there is a distinction happiness and Christian joy.  Happiness is often connected with pleasant circumstances.  But Christian joy is grounded in God, and the ultimate blessings made possible through Jesus Christ. Difficult circumstances may actually help produce joy, as we see in Acts 5:41.    When we trust in God, we may experience deep, abiding joy and peace.  My heart…

Believe Buzz — Week 21 — Love

We considered the question,  “Who are the toughest people for you to love?  Strangers?  Someone who’s hurt you?”    Christians may be described by some outsiders as hypocritical and judgmental.  But that hasn’t been the experience of those in our group.”Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars”!  I John 4:20  We hope and pray we…

Believe Buzz — Week 20 — Sharing My Faith

This was a good chapter for our group in that It helped us see the important difference between “sharing” our faith and “seeking to impose” our faith.  We all feel comfortable with “sharing”, but confess to discomfort with the idea of seeking to “impose” our faith.  Randy made good points that in sharing our faith we don’t need to believe we must…

Believe Buzz — Week 19 — Giving My Resources

What a chapter.  And that is said with an amount of disappointment and a larger dose of discovery.  Prior to reading the chapter, several thought that it would be a sort of guilt-trip about not giving enough money to church – a guilt trip directed at those who don’t tithe.  The study guide did not help in this regard as the first…

Believe Buzz — Week 18 — Offering My Time

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 18: “Believe is an action verb.  Whatever we believe in our hearts will be expressed in the way we live.”  (page 290, Believe, Randy Frazee-General Editor) That’s it. Case closed. Class is over.  These two sentences do not constitute a judgement.  This is fact – the heart of the whole “Believe” series.  Pick a…

Believe Buzz — Week 17 — Spiritual Gifts

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 17: Another great chapter and discussion!  Who has Spiritual Gifts?  Everybody has Spiritual Gifts – but not necessarily the same ones. Following the video portion of this chapter, group members were each asked to write down their respective Spiritual Gifts.  We then shared what we had written.  A couple of members said that they…

Believe Buzz — Week 16 — Biblical Community

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 16: “Biblical Community” – They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”  This sentence elicited good discussion.  Each of us seemed to be inserting the word “all” as the third word in the sentence.  Once we realized that erroneous insertion – and read the sentence without it – the meaning…

Believe Buzz — Week 15 — Total Surrender

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 15: No one could say he was induced by Jesus to follow him under false pretenses.  Would be followers were told to first count the cost, TAKE UP A CROSS, make following Jesus their most important priority.  We may do damage to the kingdom today by implying people don’t have to do or commit…

“Come With Me” by Judy Bunch

I have been asked  to share my experience in writing my book about my father, Ronald J. Linginfelter, and his experiences in WW II.  I  wanted to write this book for years, and finally got to it about five years ago.  Dad was inducted into the Army in December of 1942 and was separated from the Army in October of 1945.  The writing…

Believe Buzz — Week 14 — Single-Mindedness

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 14: Our small group discussion covered a wide range of areas where we often find it difficult to keep God foremost in our thoughts.  Those areas include work, where we often find it difficult because of restrictions on discussing religion and fears of having our viewpoints alienate others.  Another area was the discussion of…

Believe Buzz Week 13 — Bible Study

Here’s the buzz from the small groups PLUS a couple of special contributions: Brad Hedrick spoke in church and shared this: I grew up in a home environment where the Bible was never discussed – let alone read – by anyone.  As most youngsters at that time, I did go to a church, and attended Sunday school. At age 9, I “graduated”,…

Does God Answer Prayer? by Bob Moore

Does God Answer Prayer? We recently read the chapter of the Believe series that deals with prayer. Pastor Eric did his sermon on prayer and the small groups discussed it in their meetings. I am a firm believer that God does answer prayers and have several stories that affirm this in my life. Let me share this one with you. About 3…

Believe Buzz — Week 12 — Prayer

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 12: Our discussion of Chapter 12,  “Prayer”, totally involved every group member.  Everyone had lots to contribute, and questions to ask, about prayer.  We determined that the most difficult aspect was in remembering that it is His will, not our will.  As we closed, we charged one another to pray daily and often for…