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Romans Chapter 1 – Teaching Notes

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.   For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith as it is written the righteous shall live by faith.  […]

Do I Belong?

Friends, we all have a longing to belong; belong in a family, a group of friends, fit in in our workplace, But the biggest desire we have to belong can only be filled by God.  Having a bunch of friends on Instagram or Facebook only gives us a false sense of belonging. Now let’s get […]

Introduction to Romans

Good afternoon, Drawing Near to God Community! Today was a great day as we kicked off our study of Romans with an introduction to this book, which is sometimes referred to as the Biblical Himalayas. Intimidating, right?  You may feel like you’re drinking from a firehose (see this funny video that I showed in my […]

Introduction to Upcoming Romans Study

Good Morning! I made this video to introduce our new study of Roman during Teaching & Worship beginning this week. You can join me live in Charleston at Ashley River Baptist Church this Thursday, or join the livestream group at St. Peter’s in Mt. Pleasant. You can also stream at your convenience. Click here for […]

Hurricane Dorian

Here I am with countless of you across the East Coast waiting for hurricane Dorian to arrive. Many people have evacuated but we chose to stay home thinking that it appears to be pulling a bit Westward and should be more like a tropical storm. And we sure have weathered a lot of those! But […]

The Laborers are Few…

  Today is Labor Day. Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the prosperity and well being of the country. For many Americans, Labor Day also marks the beginning of the school […]

Be Anxious for Nothing

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post titled, “Are You Worn Out Yet?” You see, sometimes our calendars and schedules can get overbooked and we get worn out from that. And other times it is our anxious thoughts that make us worn out. So that’s what I want to talk to you about today […]

Are You Worn Out Yet?

Good morning and welcome to Making Space Monday! As women we are powerful, multi-taskers, bright and filled with His Spirit; we are the daughters of the King. But we also have a weakness –a propensity to overbook and do too much. So why on this beautiful Monday morning at the beginning of the new school […]

God’s Will for Your Life (Video Blog)

Earlier this week I shared a post about Living a Purpose Driven Life. Today I want to continue on that subject with a video about God’s Will for Your Life. We all want to know that, don’t we? What’s God’s purpose for my life? Scripture is laden with God’s promises for our life, and the […]

Living a Purpose Driven Life

  So much has been written in recent years about living a purpose-filled life. Rick Warren wrote an excellent book on this subject. But the best book ever written on purpose is Paul’s letter written to the Christians in Rome.  Renowned theologian, N.T. Wright calls it his masterpiece because it covers so many different topics […]