August 3, 2020
Written by Bree Russ
With a sitter in place and some friends in tow, an overcast summer morning found us venturing through the mountainous Great Falls Park in Virginia, beside and along the stunning Potomac River. While enjoying the fresh air, with a sense of growing accomplishment as we tackled the trails, we relished in the beauty of the breathtaking views, which certainly helped propel us through our adventure. But today, as I think back over our trip, the one image that I can’t shake is of a small, albeit very noticeable, tree sprouting out of the middle of a large rock perched on the cliff-side. Among a landscape of rushing waters, towering trees, jagged cliffs, etc., that small and seemingly unimportant tree caught the attention of those who passed by simply due to the fact that it had grown through the middle of a large boulder, standing alone surrounded by the rigid surfaces of shades of gray, black and white rock.
As I ponder that tree, and how, despite the initially unfortunate location its seed would’ve started to grow, it continues to persist and grow through and on its rock (undoubtedly placed there by God), I can’t shake this feeling that God is calling me to evaluate areas that I may view as a “rock” in my life, any seemingly unfortunate circumstance or situation that I may see as an unbearable obstacle. What has God placed in my path, that I may view as a burden, but which God wants to use for me to grow through?
God doesn’t always take away our “rocks” (our hurts, struggles, scars, circumstances, etc.), but He will provide the provision for us to grow in and through them. Then, when we have persisted through our “rocks,” they will be a part of who we are and of our stories, not to be hidden or ashamed of, but for others to see that with God we can overcome and thrive in and through unfortunate situations, as part of our testimony of His plan and provision and to give others encouragement, that they, too, can overcome. For others to notice in us – to see that it was there, it did not move, and was not taken away, but that God grew us through AND in spite of it. And what a powerful testimony that is! For others to look at you and not see some whitewashed and unattainably perfect person, but to still see your “rock” (your scars, your story, your thorn, your circumstances) and for them to see you STILL GROWING and still thriving with God through it! God uses our “rocks” to show others how we can overcome when we look to Him for our provision, EVEN, AND ESPECIALLY, IN very unlikely situations and circumstances. God uses us to show others HIS persisting and never-ending love for those who call on Him – to show our “rocks” as our testimony of His love and faithfulness.
Praise God for His love for our broken selves and for the seemingly unfortunate circumstances; for Him making us whole and complete IN HIM, with our “rocks,” and ALL FOR HIS GLORY.
I found this online and wanted to share : "Throughout scripture, Rocks are commonly referred to as a symbol of God's reliability. The Bible advises that we build our houses and lives upon the stable rock that is God's love, wisdom, and salvation. Rocks are interlaced with the idea of refuge, a place to escape the tumultuous hardships of the earth."
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it.
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Have you ever closed your Bible and thought, “What did I just read?” Or maybe you've tried to read through the Bible in a year, but quit when it felt confusing or impersonal? Are you one of the many who has read through the book of Genesis approximately 20 times, but hasn't read anything beyond that? The Bible Recap is here to help! It’s a 5-minute daily podcast hosted by Tara-Leigh Cobble. This will be her 10th time reading through the Bible chronologically, and she’ll highlight and summarize that day’s Bible reading in a casual, easy to understand way. The Bible Recap will not only help you read scripture but help you love reading it!
Wednesday @ 7:00 PM
Meeting ID: 804 392 1243
Wednesday Evening Ladies Class - 7/1/2020
This week will be a special week, slightly different from the previous weeks as we take a "break" from a traditional study and transition into a new series.
Kat Compton, wife of Elmo and missionary to Peru, visited Calvary Baptist Church a few weeks ago. Kat will be joining us and sharing her story this Wednesday evening!
A few others will also be sharing their testimony on what God has been teaching them during this trying time we are in. If you are interested in sharing your story, please reach out to Karen.
Next week, July 8, 2020, we will be starting our new lesson, which is a video series. The study is called "Finding I Am" by Lysa Terkeurst. You are encouraged to purchase the study guide, but not required. The study guide can be used, if preferred. An online version is available directly through Lifeway, or you can purchase a hard copy through Lifeway, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon ... OR at the What's New Shop located in Denton (224 Market Street, 410-479-0006). As stated previously, having the study book is optional, but will definitely enhance the series as there are daily studies and it is a good supplement to your daily Bible reading.
Links to purchase the Finding I Am study guide online:
Lifeway eBook: https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/finding-i-am-bible-study-ebook-P005794671
Lifeway hard copy: https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/finding-i-am-bible-study-book-P005784578
Christian Book Distributors: https://www.christianbook.com/finding-i-am-member-book/lysa-terkeurst/9781430053521/pd/053521?event=ESRCG
GROW exists to build the body of Christ among the women of Calvary Baptist through purposeful discipleship and Biblical fellowship, and to equip our women to fulfill their calling in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Help the church grow spiritually by influencing women to accept Christ as Lord, to be women of deep prayer and study the Bible, basing their entire lives on God’s Word.
Help women feel welcome and accepted.
Affect families as women’s lives are drawn closer to Christ.
Open doors to meaningful relationships.
Encourage women who are spiritually mature older women to mentor spiritually younger women.
For questions about any of our events, visit the GROW table in the church lobby, or contact Nancy at 410-924-6344.
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 9am
FOCUS: INTERCESSORY PRAYER
After much careful consideration, and upon the advice of Dr. C.E. Jensen, chairman of our board of deacons, we are postponing our Annual GROW Conference scheduled for March 27-28, 2020. This is in light of our current COVID-19 pandemic in our country.
The conference will be rescheduled at a later date this year. Please continue to register if you have not done so. We will notify you directly when this conference is rescheduled.
During this time of crisis in our nation, when people can feel isolated and alone, please reach out to each other and let’s pray for each other. Pray for our country, that through this we will be stronger and more united as a nation.
Nancy Reynolds, Karen Jensen, Maureen Twining
CURRENTLY ON HOLD
Each Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Hosted by Sharon Davis
222 S. 3rd Street ~ Denton, MD
You won't want to miss any of our planned events for 2020. Be sure to mark these on your calendar and check back often for additional events!
Mugs and Muffins is a monthly prayer and
fellowship ministry of GROW. It is held the first Saturday of
every month from 9:30 to 11:30AM
WHERE DO THE TEACHINGS OF
THE GROW MINISTRY COME FROM?
Everything taught will be rooted in the teachings of the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God's Word and the only absolute truth. We are in agreement with the words of our Lord Jesus in John 7:16, "My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent Me."
DO I HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN OR ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION TO BE INVOLVED?
No. Anyone is welcome - all women from any walk of life are welcome.
DO I NEED TO KNOW THE BIBLE IN ORDER TO ATTEND AND MAKE SENSE OF WHAT IS TAUGHT?
No, not at all. Owning a Bible at some point (book or phone app) would be helpful. If you are unsure what to look for, please ask one of our teachers.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES?
Comfortable and casual, unless otherwise noted.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?
12 years old (unless stated otherwise)
CAN I INVITE A FEMALE FAMILY MEMBER
OR FRIEND TO ATTEND WITH ME?
Absolutely! We encourage this!
(Some events require registration.)
WILL I BE ASKED TO SPEAK ALOUD,PRAY, OR ANSWER QUESTIONS?
Not unless you would like to. We do encourage involvement at every level and engaging with other ladies within the ministry. However, no one will be forced to speak or engage in any activity she is uncomfortable with.
WHERE WILL ACTIVITIES BE HELD?
The location for each activity and event will depend on what is required to host the event in order to accommodate the group. This is why most activities and events will require registration, either on this website or on the GROW table on the left as you enter Calvary Baptist Church.