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Galatians Bible Study: 3 Week Plan

I have so enjoyed our “Women Digging In” class with Katie Gerdt at Heritage Bible Church these past two months. We’ve dug into II Corinthians, and it’s been awesome–both refreshing and rebuking!

We have 3 weeks off before the next Life Application Electives begin, so I’m planning on using her 4 questions to go thru the book of Galatians between now and then…2 chapters per week. Who’s with me?

Here are the 4 questions:
1. Where is my heart?
Take time to set your cares and concerns before your loving Father,
and then put them aside and prepare your heart to listen to Him.
2. What’s going on?
Read through the passage (either whole chapter, or few verses at a time) and try to summarize the facts of what is happening.
3. What do I see about God?
What is the Holy Spirit telling you about God or revealing about Christ? How can you obey what you are reading? Who can you tell this week about what you have learned?
4. Do I have any further questions about the passage?


Meditation Passage: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 ESV).

August 1-7: Galatians 1-2
August 8-14: Galatians 3-4
August 15-21: Galatians 5-6

Biblical Fitness: Practical Tips, Common Pitfalls, and Scriptural Principles

I wanted to share a few things I’ve been studying and learning recently about a Biblical view of Fitness. Much of this was in preparation for sitting on a panel discussion about biblical health and fitness at a recent event at our church. I’m thankful to God for the opportunity to learn and grow in Him and for the privilege to share some of my journey with others.
A Few Practical Tips:

  • Start small and build up.
  • Small successes are still successes.
  • Accountability is key.
  • Be consistent.
  • Don’t sabotage yourself.
  • If you miss, don’t quit. Just get back up again.
  • Stretch before and after.
  • Equal and opposite actions on muscles – upward motion followed by downward motion, forward motion followed by backward motion, etc.

Common Pitfalls:

  • Comparing Ourselves – II Cor. 10:12.
  • Dishonoring our bodies (specifically, given over to lust) – Rom. 1:24.
  • Anxious/Obsessive about bodies, clothes, and food – Matt. 6:25 and Luke 12:22-23.
  • Defilement – II Cor. 7:1.
  • Abuse (even for “spiritual” reasons) – Col. 2:23.
  • To be seen/to win – I Cor. 9:25.

Scriptural Principles:

  • Created by God – Genesis and I Cor. 12:24.
  • Bought by Christ – I Cor. 16:10.
  • Commanded by God to Care for our bodies – Hebrews 10:12.
    • We are commanded to be good stewards – I Cor. 4:2 and I Pet. 4:10.
    • Bodily exercise is valuable, but godliness is more valuable – I Tim. 4:8.
    • Control you body – I Thes. 4:4, James 3:2.
    • Keep your body blameless – Heb. 9:10, I Thes. 5:23.
    • Discipline your body so you are not disqualified from service – I Cor. 9:27.
    • Commanded to cleanse/bathe regularly, especially during disease or times of uncleanness – Leviticus.
  • Picture:
    • We are members of Christ’s body – Eph. 5:30, I Cor. 6:15 and 12:12, Ro. 12:5.
    • Body is the temple of God – Jn. 2:21 (Christ refers to his body as a temple), I Cor. 16:9 (believers’ bodies are God’s temple)
  • Purpose:
    • We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God – Rom. 12:1.
    • The life of Jesus is manifest in our bodies – II Cor. 4:10.
    • Body is for Christ, not for food and sex – I Cor. 6:13.
    • Honor Christ in your body – Phil. 1:20
  • Other Principles:
    • Gracious words bring health to the body – Prov. 16:24.
    • Future glorification of our body – Phil. 3:21.
    • See “Inspiration Behind the New Banner” for more thoughts on living a healthy, balanced life.

I came across an encouraging devotional for women that fits right along with this topic. Check out “How Can God Bring Good From This?” by Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Lysa is the author of Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food. This book was referenced at last Tuesday’s workshop. You can purchase your copy here.

For more from the Ladies Health Workshop, check out the latest post here and download a free PDF of the presentation.

Health Workshop: Temples of Praise

This past Tuesday night, we had a Ladies Ministries Meeting at our church, Heritage Bible Church. Katie Gerdt was our keynote speaker (you may remember some of her musings about God & Beauty that I’ve posted on the blog previously). She shared her personal testimony concerning a right view of food and biblical stewardship of our bodies and gave a challenge from the Word. The topic was “Temples of Praise: Worshiping God in How We Care for Our Bodies.” Here are the slides from her presentation:

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You can download a PDF copy of the presentation here: Temples of Praise Presentation by Katie Gerdt.

After the presentation, we had healthful snacks:

  • Fresh vegetables and hummus
  • Baked pita crackers
  • Yogurt with fresh berries and granola
  • Chocolate Beet Cupcakes (we had the ladies guess what fruit or vegetable was hidden in these chocolate cupcakes and drew a name from the correct answers to win a copy of one of the books referenced throughout the evening)

We concluded the evening with a panel discussion, followed by fellowship and one-on-one Q&A. It was a privilege to be part of such an event. I only wish we had more time. Hopefully, Heritage will host another one of these workshops soon!

A Few of My Favorite Things…from Indie Craft Parade

Last night was so much fun! After work, we had dinner at Coffee Underground, then headed over to the 1st Annual Indie Craft Parade! I could not believe how many people were there. In 3 hours, over 1400 people came! There were 77 vendors, all with extraordinary, hand-crafted items, from jewelry to kids clothing, from baked goods and handmade fine chocolates to hand sewn journals. It was fabulous!

And they had food vendors and live music! I couldn’t believe they didn’t charge an admission rate. The founders envision doing this for years and years to come and will possibly charge a $1-2 admission fee in the future, but this year they wanted it to be 100% free to really excite the community about these great local businesses. We stuck around for the raffle but sadly did not win anything. I did however score some finds. Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite artists and their goods…

I bought this lovely little vintage bird pin from Erin Godbey of 17 Dove Street and mastermind hostess of the Indie Craft Parade! She’s one of the blogs I follow on a regular basis!

Vintage Bird Pin from 17 Dove Street - $4.

Then I bought this adorable little espresso mug from Katie Coston of Illyria and this delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Bread from Katie Gerdt.

Cinnamon Chocolate Babka, $5 - Hand-thrown Ceramic Mug, $12

Of course, I had to try out the mug this morning for breakfast, so I brewed a rich French Press of an Organic Peruvian blend and enjoyed it black. I also had a banana, and, no, I did not eat even a quarter of what was on the plate.

Breakfast: Organic Coffee, Cinnamon Chocolate Babka from Katie Gerdt and Apple Streudel from the Bavarian Pretzel Factory (one of the food vendors).

Here are a few of my other favorite artists’ sites (in alphabetical order by brand). Click the picture to be linked to the artist’s site.

Alice book with original art by Cory Godbey (husband of Erin of 17DoveStreet)

Just Between You and Me Necklace from http://www.cravestudio.etsy.com

Cork Garden Necklace by Jen Moreau of Fox to the Opera

All the Tea in China earrings by Involution Design

My friend Ben Kammer and I had a dream of opening a tea shop and pottery studio. It hasn't happened yet, but he's got the pottery thing going on the side now. He makes beautiful pottery!

Unique Kiln Fused Glass Creations by LeisaWorks

Vintage Garden Hoop Earrings by LilyPottery.com

Tea Towels by PonyandPoppy.com

Handcrafted Chocolate Bars by Sweeteeth

Farmers Market Bags by ThreeBadSeeds.com

Fatty the Whale by ThreeBadSeeds.com

Recipe Cards by Two Over Zero

The event is open until 5PM tonight at the Huguenot Mill behind the Peace Center in Greenville, SC. Check it out!


Another Note on God and Beauty from Katie W. Gerdt

Continued from her previous notes found here.

“Which brings me to the next point:

“I love beautiful things.
But that gives me no license to covet the things that others have,
or be put out over things I can’t afford
(or spend more than is wise to get them!)

“Let me put it this way–
my focus should be on enjoying things,
not getting things.

“Enjoying the beauty that God
allows me to experience.

“Enjoying His good gifts,
whether the simple, tangy tasty of a fresh apple on a crisp fall day,
the extravagant beauty of food and sights on a Mediterranean cruise!

“So in appreciating beauty,
I do not become a snob, wanting nicer and more expensive things,
I become more and more thankful and aware of the beautiful things
that my loving Father provides for me to enjoy.”

Notes from Katie Wuthrich Gerdt: Reflections on God, Beauty, Etc.

Katie is a dear friend and fellow believer at my church. She is a sweet example to me of God’s lovingkindness and beauty, always smiling and genuinely caring for those around her. Here are some notes she recently posted about what she’s learning. I couldn’t have put it better.

May 12, AM: “I Like Cool Stuff”

“Rich and savory food.
Beautifully tailored garments.
Sumptuous fabrics.
Sleek electronics.
Dazzling vistas.
Exotic flowers.
Gorgeous architecture.

“Beauty in every tangible form makes my heart leap.

“But for the past several years I have struggled with reconciling this love with another:
A love for the work of God’s kingdom.

“Does purchasing a good quality cardigan belie my affection for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering in poverty?
I know my love of beauty is the image of God upon my being, but can it coexist with an awareness of life’s transience?

“Recently I have been praying for the Lord to increase my understanding in this area.
To give me wisdom and distill my affections until what is left is a shimmering reflection of my God.

“One thing He is teaching me:
People who know Him are generous.
People who don’t know Him are covetous.

“That means, if I know Him, I won’t be primarily concerned about surrounding myself with beauty.

“I will desire to share my resources with others around me
more than I will desire to have the latest techno-gadget for myself.
I will be eaten up with concern for the needs of those in my local assembly
instead of eaten up by a desire to buy everything I want.

“But this isn’t the only thing I’m learning.
This is a multi-layered concept that my heart is grappling with.

“So stay tune.
More to come.”

May 12, PM:

“Another things God is teaching me:
He designed me to love beauty. To love beautiful things.

“Yes, He really did.
God is the original creator.
I don’t think you can look at the amazing universe around us and call God a conservative or restrained designer.
Colors! Textures! Varieties! Flavors! Shapes! Scents!

“Even in a sin-scarred world we stand in awe of His endless, extravagant creativity.

“And we are made in His image,
meaning to some He endows the skills and understanding to create in a similar manner.

“So, the fact that beautiful things (whether God or man made) pull at my heart and attract my attention
is not an indication of my “worldliness”.
It is an indication of being made in God’s image.

“God loves and makes beauty.
The same impulse in my heart reflects the imprint of the divine.”

May 13, PM:

“So, if God is a God of beauty, that brings me to another point:
We should grow in our understanding of beauty.

“This means educating ourselves and others to recognize and appreciate beauty…
in all its forms!

“Writing, music, fashion, food, art, theater….
These all find their source in God,
and the more we understand about them, the more accurately we can worship Him!

“So, it is good to learn.

“To appreciate well written literature and poetry,
rather than digest a constant fare of fluffy pop novels.

“To enjoy brilliantly constructed music,
even from other cultures and time periods.

“To understand what clothes are appropriate and flattering,
instead of just whatever is popular or cheapest.

“To cultivate a taste for nutritious and flavorful foods,
and ditch the habits of eating “as fast as possible” or “as much as possible”.

“To take in thoughtful art and meaningful drama,
rather than absorbing whatever is on TV at the moment.

“Just like we strive for accuracy in historical records or
wise use of finances,
we should learn to discern and enjoy what is truly beautiful.
What truly reflects Who our God is.”

May 16, AM:

“If beauty originates from God,
then not only should we appreciate it,
we should strive for it.

“My wonderful mother did much to instill in me
the simple ways of beauty:

“A clean and tastefully decorated home.
Fresh, nutritious, colorful home-cooking.
Modest yet flattering clothing, always appropriate (never too ahead of or behind the times).
Museum trips and concerts.
Beautiful flowers in the garden and on the table.
Thoughtful, lovingly written notes.
Reading the classics.
A contagious love for new and beautiful places.

“Mom taught me the important truth that
beauty is more common than we think.

“She taught me to look for it everywhere…
in used book stores and flower nurseries,
in the waves and sky at the beach (whether winter or summer),
in antique lace and old houses,
in a bowl of fresh fruit,
a walk in the park,
clean sheets,
clean self…

“And this awareness always produces contentment through thankfulness
over all the little ways
God’s beauty is seen and known.”