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{Week 7} Reflections: 1 John 3:11-24

Thank you everyone for your kind words yesterday when I shared about my recent diagnosis of skin cancer. I’m happy to report that I got a call today with the results from my surgery and was told that they were able to get everything! I am truly so thankful to God for how He intervened on my behalf and allowed the cancer to be caught at an early stage. Thank YOU Jesus!

(Please excuse the poor quality of my video. Someone forgot to charge her video camera and had to use her iPhone instead!!!:)

This week’s challenge is: To take an inventory of our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Am I loving them well? Is there a brother or sister in Christ with whom I’m struggling? If so, pray about it and ask God for help to love this person well and to forgive them if need be. All parents want their children to be close and to have good loving relationships……God is no different.

1 John 3:11 “…We should LOVE one another.”

Until next time…

LOVE God Greatly!

{Week 7} 1 John 3:11-24

Today we are starting our 7th week in the 1 John GMG study!!!

Congratulations to each of you, we are now halfway through our fall study! Wooohooo!!! Praying you are growing closer to our Lord each and everyday you are in His Word!

For those of you who are struggling….we understand. It’s hard being disciplined everyday to set aside time to be in God’s Word. (yet it’s soooo important!!!) On average research has shown it takes a little over 2 months, about 66 days to form a new habit. That’s one of the many reasons why our sessions are 3 months long, we want to make sure you have enough time to develop the discipline of being in God’s Word on a daily basis. Courtney and I have coordinated enough GMG sessions now that we know this is the point when some groups start to get discouraged with a few of their group members not participating. Please remember, we are all at different stages in our Christian faith and in different seasons of life. I can personally attest to the fact that right now with a 10 week old it’s a lot harder to be in God’s Word than when I only had a 5 and 4 year old. If you are struggling please remember that we understand but PLEASE don’t get discouraged! That’s exactly what Satan wants, he wants you to get discouraged and quit. Nothing scares him more than to have a woman in God’s Word daily…….ever wonder why that’s when the phone rings, the kids decide to wake up early…etc. Please don’t allow yourself to get discouraged….remember everyday is a new day. Some of you are just needing to focus on baby steps while others of you are now ready to RUN and that is wonderful!!! Encourage those who are struggling! One way to do that is by being consistent and posting daily to your group! Don’t allow Satan to get you discouraged either if you feel as though you are the only one posting….see it as a way to encourage and minister to your fellow GMG friends. Even if they are not responding, I guarantee they are reading what you are sharing and being blessed by your words.

I recently stumbled across this week 6 video from our James study last winter and thought it might be fun to show to all the newbies. In this video Courtney and I were actually together in Dallas, and we had just finished attending a Sally Clarkson Conference, and decided to make a video to encourage our GMG groups.   The spirit of the video is still how we feel about the groups…if your group is struggling – I hope it will encourage you!

This week we will be reading: 1 John 3:11-24

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For those of you who would like further study into these verses, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you dig a little deeper this week. Enjoy!

1. John MacArthur

a. 1 John 3:11-24 How’s Your Love Life? (Study Guide) Note: See link in drop down

b. 1 John 3:11-18 True Christians Love One Another

c. 1 John 3:19-24 Holy Affections

2. John Piper

a. 1 John 3:11-18 Love: A Matter of Life & Death

b. 1 John 3:19-24 If Our Hearts Do Not Condemn Us, We Have Confidence Before God

3. Charles Spurgeon

a. 1 John 3:14 Life Proved by Love

b. 1 John 3:16 God’s Love to the Saints

c. 1 John 3:22-24 The Conditions of Power in Prayer

Praying for all of you as you spend time in God’s Word!!!

Love God Greatly!

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