We’ve just finished week six of Jesus the One and Only with Beth Moore. As we followed the steps of Jesus through the eyes of Luke this week, we saw he was interacting and teaching everyone he met: the leaders of the Law, 72 more disciples, the father of a special needs son, and even his friends. Two of my favorite scenes were in this week’s lesson- the Good Samaritan, and the Martha vs Mary experience. Did you enjoy this week as much as I did?
One of my favorite books is called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver. This book was published after Beth Moore wrote Jesus the One and Only, so it was not mentioned in our study. The focus of the book is slowing down and taking time to listen for God’s voice. When we’re too busy making preparations- we miss the opportunity to rest in His Presence. The book opens with these words “She is the original Martha Stewart, the New Testament Proverbs 31 woman and Israel’s answer to Betty Crocker. She is the queen of the kitchen and the rest of the house as well. When faced with a choice to work or worship, Mary has chosen to worship.” If this sounds like your life at times, you’ll want to read this book. I’ve given many copies of the book as gifts to my friends.
Joanna Weaver is releasing a new book next month called Lazarus Awakening, Finding Your Place in the Heart of God and I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing this book for you.
This week we thought you’d like to listen to some music, so enjoy this song by Francesca Battistelli Free to Be Me
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Beth Moore Quotes
- We are often empowered to do far more than we exercise.
- God’s strength is unaffected by His audience.
- Without prayer, we return to our own ability rather than to God.
- Only one thing stands between us and the lost: a blood-stained cross.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10 NIV
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50 NIV
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matt 16:24-25 NIV
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
For Next Week
- Read Week Seven in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Seven Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Seven Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Do you remember a time in your life when you tried to exercise faith without prayer? (page 127 )
- Name a spiritual failure and how it can be connected to a lack of faith in God. (page 127 )
- When has the least expected person come to your rescue like a Good Samaritan? (page 141 )
- Share something from this week that you enjoyed.