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Advent- {Hope} Week 1

Welcome to week 1 in our 4 week Advent study: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus!

We are so glad you are joining us!

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For millions of people around the world, this is a VERY busy time of the year. We have Christmas parties to plan, presents to purchase, cookies to make and friends and family to visit.

But for Christians, this time of year is much more than just parties, presents and people…..it’s about celebrating the birth of our Savior….our one and only hope in this world.

As Christians we are a people of hope. That doesn’t mean we have perfect lives, quite the contrary, Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we will have tribulation in this life, but what it does mean is that we are not alone in our struggles. We are not alone in life’s disappointments. We are not alone in our brokenness. We are not alone because Christ, our Emmanuel, is with us!

This week as we begin celebrating Advent, let’s concentrate on the hope Jesus brought to us through His birth, that special Christmas night so many years ago.

God gave us the greatest gift ever….He gave Himself….He gave us HOPE!

But how do we put our hope in Jesus when life and our circumstances seem so hopeless?

1. Pray- Be honest with God and ask Him for help!

2. Read scripture- Don’t know where to start? Turn to the back of your Bible, look up the word: Hope and read the verses that are listed.

3. Trust Him for help- So many times when we have problems in life, we turn to “professionals”, to self-help books and to others. While God can and does work through people to help us, we first need to seek God’s help before we seek help from others.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

4. Change your focus- Look up! Think eternal! Realize that the best is YET TO COME!!!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:3-4

This week as we light our first of 4 candles, remember that Jesus is the light of the world!

The light by which we see everything….our lives…our world!

As Christians we always have hope not because of anything we can do or not do, but because of the gift of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice so many years ago!

Week 1 Reading Plan:

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How are you focusing on the hope of Jesus this week?

 

Until next time…

 

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

 

Changing the World for Christ…One Translation At A Time

There are times in our lives when we wonder if one person, or a small group of people, can truly make a difference…

Allow me to tell you a personal story…..something that I’ve seen with my own eyes.

It involves one of my GMG translators- Katja!

Katja has been translating for GMG now for a few sessions…..when she first started we had maybe a handful of blog hits coming from her home country of Germany. Since she has joined us and has started translating our documents, Germany is now listed in the number 7 spot out of 135 countries! Katja is a beautiful example of how God can use ONE woman to reach an entire NATION!

Today I’d like to introduce you to not just 1 but 3 women God is using to make a difference in their countries for Him…..each woman is playing a part in fulfilling The Great Commission.

You see, one person can make a difference…..a really big difference actually.

1. Katja- translated all our Advent documents into German.

Ich komme aus Bayern. Und bin mit einen Österreicher verheiratet. Bei meiner Ausbildung zur Hotelfachfrau habe ich gelernt hart zu arbeiten und meine eigenen Interessen für die Bedürfnisse anderer zurückzunehmen. Mit Mitte 20 habe ich ein Jahr lang in Amerika gelebt. Ich bin eine typische große Schwester. Mein kleines pinkes Netbook ist mein “Lieblingsspielzeug”! Dank facebook kann ich mit all meinen Freunden überall auf der Welt in Kontakt bleiben. Ich liebe Bücher! In der Regel lese ich mindestens ein Buch – meistens ein paar gleichzeitig. Neuerdings auch gerne auf dem Kindle! Ich liebe Musik!!! Jede Art von Musik, Musizieren und vor allem Singen. Ok, so langsam ist es nicht mehr JEDE Art von Musik… In den letzten 15 Jahren habe ich in acht verschiedenen Städten in vier verschiedenen Ländern gelebt. Ich habe zwei Kinder mit 5 und 8 Jahren. Ich liebe meinen Job als Hausfrau und Mutter.

Follow Katja on Facebook here.

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2. Edurne – translated all our Advent documents into Spanish.

Mi nombre es Edurne Mencía. Soy de Bilbao, España y actualmente vivo en Amazonas, Venezuela, junto a mi esposo y mis tres hijos: Yennixon Daniel (4), Nahiara (2)y Markel Elías (3 meses). Junto con mi familia, servimos a Dios en el ministerio con indígenas y oramos por entrar en la selva definitivamente. Mientras tanto, seguimos trabajando para Dios y haciendo nuestro viaje personal.

Follow Edurne on Facebook here.

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3. Rosilind- translated all our Advent documents into Croatian.

Moje ime je Rosilind i živim u Hrvatskoj od 2004. kada sam došla iz Amerike raditi u Crkvoj cjelovitog evanđelja u Zagrebu. Udana sam za Hrvata i zajedno imamo dvoje djece. Radim kod kuće kao administrator za crkvu, dajem instrukcije iz klavira i lektoriram tekstove. Ali u slobodnom vremenu volim pisati, imam blog na engleskom gdje ohrabrim žene biti zadovoljne s svojom ulogom što im dao Bog. Pridružila sam se s Good Morning Girls u 2010. kada sam tražila grupu za proučavanje Biblije. Bila sam nova majka i svidjalo mi se kako su materijale bile jednostavne – savršeno za majke koje imaju malu djecu – kao što sam ja! U 2012 započela sam Dobro jutro djevojke na Facebook-u za žene u Hrvatskoj, Bosni i Hercegovini, i Srbiji. Ako ste zainterisirani se pridružiti s nama, javite mi se na alittlerandr @ outlook. com.

Follow Rosilind on Facebook here.

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Thank you Katja, Edurne and Rosiland! Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice! Women’s lives in your countries and around the world are changed because of you!

If you know of someone who speaks Croatian, German or Spanish, please pass along these documents to them! I’m sooo excited to see how God is going to use these 3 beautiful women’s acts of service for HIS GLORY during our Advent study!!!

***NEW TRANSLATIONS****Stay tuned…..we have our Advent eBook being translated into Italian, Russian and Ukrainian this session as well! I will include those translations with the rest of our Advent eBook translations when they are ready! (Note: If you are interested in translating our documents into another language we are not yet offering, please contact me at LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com)

Because of the internet, we can now reach THOUSANDS of women for God, encouraging them to read His Word and doing all of this from the comfort of our homes! No traveling required!

Please make sure and stop by to thank them for the resources they have provided our community!

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Don’t forget, our Advent study begins one week from today! (Monday, November 26th)

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Looking so forward to starting our new Advent study with you in one week!!! Praying you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving this upcoming week!

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

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