"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 is the blog verse for here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

REFLECTIONS of HOPE ~ 3

REFLECTIONS of HOPE
from
"Magdalena Today"



Lesson 3
"JESUS, OUR POWER FOR LIVING"


I have linked the video for the lesson above and added the same one below because
this time, I was not able to find the short film clip in the "Magdalena Minute" video devotionals that goes with this lesson with Mary, the mother as Jesus. In our "Reflections of Hope" for this week, I believe that Mary is essential to HIS story and ours. It is for this reason, I am sharing the longer one that I have linked above for today. 

"Jesus, Our Power for Living"

This is the 3rd lesson in the study:

KNOW: Luke 1:26-38

LIVE: 
"In one moment, Mary’s life forever changed as a result of God choosing to use her to carry out a task that in human terms would be impossible. But as the angel Gabriel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.” None of us will be asked to carry the Son of God as Mary was. However, God does ask us to do something that is also impossible–to faithfully follow Jesus every day."
"Someone has said that to live the Christian life is not difficult; it is impossible."
"The following verses show how impossible it is to live life as a Christian without the help of the Holy Spirit."
Matthew 16:24; James 1:26; Matthew 5:48
"Just like Mary responded in faith by trusting God in her situation, we also need to respond in faith by trusting God to live the Christian life through us.
How can you, like Mary, respond to the Lord?

* All the above (especially any boxed portion) is made available through the Resources of the Magdalena Today site. It is not mine. No copyright infringement intended. This is being shared to promote the movie and material as if this is a small group study online to educate all viewers better in the grace of our salvation found in Jesus Christ through the eyes and heart of a woman, deepening our understanding and insights as inspired by this film and study. I will provide the link the last day when I share the entire film."




Monday, April 14, 2014

REFLECTIONS of HOPE ~ 2

REFLECTIONS of HOPE
from
"Magdalena Today"



Lesson 2
"JESUS, OUR GRACIOUS FORGIVER"


I have linked the video for the lesson above and instead of sharing that one, I have chosen to share the "Magdalena Minute" video devotionals during this week of reflection. I will be back to these lessons at a later time when we can spend more time discussing and sharing. I have tried to find the 1-2 minute video devotionals that go with each lesson.


John 8:1-11 (NIV)

 How would you feel about having your wrongdoings exposed?

"In the same way, when we do something against the law, something that hurts another person, or something that hurts God, He takes those things very seriously and calls them sin. Sin is going our own way, thinking our own thoughts and doing what we want, rather than what God wants. Sin can involve either attitudes or actions or both. God’s standards in the Bible show us His heart, and when we rebel against them and pursue our own desires, we miss God’s best for us and we grieve Him."

Jesus' Heart for women

"HE OFFERS YOU MERCY"

Leviticus 20:10 (CEV)

Will He forgive me?

Reflections
(for now*)

How does Jesus respond to this woman and provide for her in her situation?
Why did Jesus’ response mean so much to her?
Did the adulterous woman have to do anything to be forgiven?

[*If and when we do this as a study, we will discuss this in further detail. This is just as a means to help you reflect with Hope on Jesus this week!]


 ♥ "This is how a relationship with God differs from being religious. Religion says you do what is right in order to earn acceptance, love and forgiveness. A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is not based on our performance because we already are accepted, loved and forgiven."

John 17:3 (NASB)
Colosssians 2:13-14 (CEV)
Romans 8:1
How does this fact apply to how we treat others?


* All the above (especially the boxed portion) is made available through the Resources of the Magdalena Today site. It is not mine. No copyright infringement intended. This is being shared to promote the movie and material as if this is a small group study online to educate all viewers better in the grace of our salvation found in Jesus Christ through the eyes and heart of a woman, deepening our understanding and insights as inspired by this film and study. I will provide the link the last day when I share the entire film. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A WEEK FILLED with GREAT HOPE and REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS of HOPE
from
"Magdalena Today"



Lesson 1
"JESUS, OUR LOVING PURSUER"
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I have been anxiously waiting to share this Movie and deepen our experience with Mary Magdalena as a woman close to Jesus and I don't think that there's a better week than this one to share these lessons and this Movie (available in 7 languages)

When I came upon this last fall, I knew that these "Reflections of Hope" and this study would be perfect for my blog, Holy Week and My One Word: Hope. I could hardly wait as I tucked it "all" neatly away (that means filed with bookmarks, folders, downloads, the site, the resources, leader's guide, God's leading, etc.) anticipating sharing this wonderful "LOVE that she experienced" that "changed her life" (and mine and hopefully yours) through the "MAN she followed" who "changed the world".

[This is my way of "hosting a home/church" event with you as my invited guests. And our Guest of Honor ... Jesus Christ through the eyes of Mary Magdalena (so there are many honored guests in this historical event) online.]



"HE KNOWS YOU"
[Magdalena Minute]

Yes, it starts out the same but then it takes a moment to talk personally to you as Rivka asks: Does He even see me?

El Roi answers:

Psalm 139:1, 4 (CEV)
Psalm 139: 13-18

JESUS' HEART for WOMEN

"Where are you on your faith journey? Are you, like Rivka, wondering if God even sees you? Do you, like Mary Magdalene, know and walk closely with Jesus? Or are you somewhere in between? "

"No matter where you are in your journey, you are precious to God. Even before He created you, He saw you and knew you."

Colossians 1:15-16
What importance does this have for you?

Psalm 139:1-6
What does this passage tell you about God?
Does it change your view of Him? If so, how?
What does this passage tell you about how God feels about you?

Romans 8:38-39
God loves YOU!

"In the film Rivka says: “The God who created all of this? I doubt He even sees me, much less knows me. Perhaps God Almighty would love a holy man, but not someone like me.”

Like Mary Magdalene, Rivka and the other women in the film, every woman has a story to tell. You have a story to tell. Your story has a beginning, middle and eventually, an ending. Interwoven into each of our stories is visible proof of a Loving Pursuer–the One who created you with a purpose and gives life and meaning to your story. During these next few weeks, may you come to know and see, as Rivka eventually did, that you matter to God. He sees you and He knows you! "


There is so much to be shared about Jesus as Our Loving Pursuer! So we'll have to come back to this at another time.


HOW CAN JESUS CHANGE MY LIFE TODAY?

A simple prayer
choosing to believe 
that God created you,
sees you, knows you and loves you.
YOU!

"God, my Father in heaven, You are holy and righteous. Thank You that You love me. I have sinned against You. Thank You that You sent the promised Messiah, Jesus, to destroy the curse of shame and guilt. Thank You that He died in my place. I want to follow my living Savior. Thank You for forgiving me and accepting me. Amen."

Will you tell Him today that you believe?

MOVIE TIME: 
it's Good Friday (naw) but SONday's coming
[so a week from now]
in order to fit all the other clips in this week
(you'll be seeing bits and pieces of the movie all week if you stop in)

INVITE 
others to watch the full movie with you on
SONday

Let's share Jesus through
Mary Magdalena's eyes and heart





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DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

Peggy