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Staff Features: Chasing Vines Review

This week, we’re excited to hear from our staff member, Susan. She shares her thoughts and takeaways on Beth’s upcoming book, “Chasing Vines.”


I love wine. I love Beth Moore. I love information and learning. I especially love insight and revelation on how to walk in a deeper and more meaningful way with Jesus. If you like any of the above, you will love this book.

This book takes you into the nuts and bolts of planning, choosing a field, planting and tending vines that produce grapes.  It tells you surprising facts of the conditions needed to produce the choicest fruit. Beth is a tireless researcher, and research she did. She also consulted with many experts. A world-renown sommelier and a soil expert, owners of several vineyards, some of who also know and love Jesus. She read books and commentaries by the armload. The most important thing she did though, was to seek the Holy Spirit in each application of what she learned according to the scriptures. Her vast learning and life experiences brought many of the facts to life.

Reading the book greatly encouraged me. I now know why that big boulder of a rock of unanswered prayer is in front of me. I know why the “pebbles” also known as “life’s irritations” follow me around. When the heat of life circumstances seem more than I can handle, I tell myself grapes will not grow unless they have extreme heat.  They must think they are going to die to reproduce themselves. These are not random circumstances. Jesus is very aware of them and they are for my good and not just to irritate or discourage me. As a matter of fact, even though we are commanded to bear much fruit to the father’s glory, the real purpose of it all is relationship with Jesus.

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Staff Features: A Glimpse of Grace

In 2018, Beth returned from Chinle, AZ, where she had the privilege to serve our Native American sisters during a Living Proof Live conference.  


I recall hanging on to every word as Beth shared, with deep joy, an update of her time in Arizona. Beth conveyed her desire to stay connected with these women. I still cannot explain the instant connection I felt to our sisters even though I had never met any of them. They stayed on my mind for days, so I started praying. 

I recall waking up in the wee morning hours with a thought of partnering with them for our monthly Invited gathering, a local Houston, Texas gathering where Beth teaches a Bible Study to several hundred women. I immediately shared the idea with Beth, and she was on board. We didn’t have an actual plan in place, but the idea was shared with our team during lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. And let me tell you, the one thing that gets our creativity flowing around here is chips and salsa. 

We bounced around a few ideas, but our dear co-worker Jenn presented the idea of live streaming the event for our sisters, and it resonated with us, so we started planning. 
Listen, I am technically challenged. Still, I said yes, because the overwhelming tug at my heart made me believe the Lord wanted us to lock arms with our Native American Sisters as they plow the ground for ministry with other women in their community. After lots of consulting with some of our experienced, tech-savvy friends, we launched our first live streamed service. Since then, we continue to virtually join with them during our Invited gatherings.

Recently my co-worker Cathy and I were blessed to travel to Arizona to visit our Native American Women for Christ leadership team. We spent the first day at the White Mountain River Apache, and we were welcomed with a Mexican taco salad that I am still rejoicing over. While we were there, we were able to connect via live stream with our sisters in Houston during the November Invited gathering. We were thrilled to be on the other side of the screen with our feet planted in a place that our faithful Father and sisters invited us into. We ate, we worshipped, and we sat in His word together. My eyes are tearing up as I remember that sacred moment.


The second day we traveled to the Navajo Nation Reservation in Kayenta. The team brought us to Monument Valley, and my words cannot describe the beauty of what my eyes were able to behold that day. The history carved by nature: red cliffs and rugged canyons. There was a raw and barren beauty to it. That evening, Kayenta Baptist Church organized a Thanksgiving feast for us, and it was grand! The youth from the National Honor society served us, as they wore garments representing their tribe. It was an atmosphere of unrestrained joy.

On our last day, we visited Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, AZ. What a way to end our trip. We gathered with Native American women in pursuit of becoming all God wants them to be as a disciple of Christ.

I also had an opportunity to speak to young women. I prayed Isaiah 61:1-4 over them, and I delivered a spoken word piece to encourage them, which I want to share with each of you. I hope it is a blessing to you.
The Native American Women’s leadership team is committed to their native land.  Through prayer, they have been sowing His word deep into their soil, but also into the souls of the women in their community. It is an honor to run this race alongside our sisters as we accept His grace and share in his beautiful mercies.  

Will you join us and pray for these mighty women of valor and our partnership with them as they make Christ known where He has planted them? 

Many of you helped make that initial connection with them possible by sponsoring some of the Native American women to gather at Living Proof Live, so, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 

Living Proof is honored to serve alongside our sisters, and we rejoice in all that He is doing and will continue to do.
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Staff Features: Choosing Gratitude

Meet one of our staff members, Jenn! Today she’s sharing some practical ways she and her family practice gratitude during the often-chaotic holiday season. 

We’ve turned the corner to November and the holidays are upon us. Ready or not, here we go! Like many of you, I’ve started marking the calendar with all the family gatherings, digging out our favorite recipes, and even grabbing a Christmas gift or two from the Costco aisles. This is all on top of my normal responsibilities with work, school, church, and home. I don’t know about you, but joyLESSness can begin to creep in. Tasks and check lists take precedence. Joy can become no more than a cute word stitched on a pretty Christmas pillow and set neatly in Grandma’s heirloom chair…you know, the one that the kids aren’t allowed to sit in!

When I feel the holiday stress creeping up my neck, gratitude is not often my first response. And yet, the living Word of God tells us to, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Really? In ALL circumstances? Even when my kids are whining, I’m lacking sleep, and the bank account is running low?

So, how exactly do we “give thanks in all circumstances”? We’ve got to choose it. If you’re anything like me, my flesh will naturally gravitate toward complaining, so I must choose each day to cultivate thankfulness. Here are a couple of ideas to help us give thanks this season:

  • Prioritize daily time with Jesus from now until Christmas. We’ve got to have it! Let’s commit to do this together. It can be as simple as waking up 15 minutes earlier. Consider reading a Psalm each day in a different Bible translation. Then, grab a journal and record a few things that spur gratitude from the passage you read. Lifting our eyes to God’s unchanging character will bring thankfulness.
  • When you feel stressed, stop and ask the Holy Spirit to help you. I’m so thankful He is the Helper (John 14:26). He wants to help us but we need to ASK Him for it. I often start by repenting of my complaining heart. It’s difficult for thankfulness to overflow if I’m grumbling about my circumstances.
  • Begin to cultivate gratitude in your heart through worship (Psalm 28:7). Find a new worship album and sing it from the top of your lungs, even when you don’t feel like it. That’s actually the best time to worship because we declare with our lips the truth of who God is, and before you know it, our hearts begin to join in worship. If you have kids, sing with them in the midst of the crazy. I love to put on worship in the morning when we are getting ready for school/work. This helps set the tone of thanksgiving to our God.
  • Find a place to serve this season. If you don’t know where to serve, pray and ask God to open a door and then LOOK around…maybe you could adopt a family in need through your church or invite a widow over to dinner. There are so many opportunities to take our eyes off of our hard situations and serve someone else. For me, this simple step can grow thankfulness in my heart unlike anything else.  Recently, our family has been helping serve some teen refugees who are living in shelters. It’s been a great way to cultivate thankfulness in my own heart as we head into a season that emphasizes getting instead of giving.

Let’s commit to finish 2019 by choosing to be grateful in all circumstances. And know that I’m thankful for you, a community of friends who seek to do the same. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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LPL Austin, TX Scholarship Tickets

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Ecstatic to serve in my own home state this weekend! Yippie-yi-yay, Austin, Texas LPL! We would love to have you join us! Website for tickets on the second graphic. I would so appreciate your prayers for this weekend! I deeply want Jesus to be extravagantly present, powerful and transforming. I’m asking for this to be a significant weekend for every person who attends. No exceptions. Also pray for me not to feel extra pressure and stress over the privilege of having so many loved ones there this weekend. That I would be free from the need for approval and that I’d be filled to capacity and overflowing with His Spirit and they would be as well. That the Scriptures would mesmerize us, inform us, embolden us and direct us to our next steps on this journey of faith. Thank you!!!!

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Friends, we have a handful of special scholarship tickets to share for this Living Proof Live! If you’re a first-time attender and you’d like to join us but can’t swing the cost, one of them has your name on it.  All you need to do is give Kimberly Meyer a call at our office and she will set you up: toll free 888-700-1999 (Not an 800 prefix.)

Here’s what you might expect at a Living Proof Live event…

  • Hear a unique message specifically prepared for your city.
  • Worship with Dove Award-winning worship leader Travis Cottrell.
  • Laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life.
  • Leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ.

Austin, we can’t wait to bring LPL to you! For more information about this weekend, visit LifeWay.com here. We’ll be so excited to worship with you. Come join us!

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LPL Cincinnati, OH Scholarship Tickets

Hey Cincinnati! Beth and the Living Proof Live team are ecstatic to see you in just a few days! No two LPL events are exactly the same, so we can’t wait to see what God will do this weekend in your city.

Have you ever had the chance to see Beth live? If the answer is no, here’s what you might expect at a Living Proof Live event…

  • Hear a unique message specifically prepared for your city.
  • Worship with Dove Award-winning worship leader Travis Cottrell.
  • Laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life.
  • Leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ.

Sound good? We have a handful of special scholarship tickets to share.  If you’re a first-time attender and you’d like to join us but can’t swing the cost, one of them has your name on it.  All you need to do is give Kimberly Meyer a call at our office and she will set you up: toll free 888-700-1999 (Not an 800 prefix.)

We love Jesus and His Word, and we want you to fall more in love with Him, too! For more information about this weekend in Cincinnati, visit LifeWay.com here. We’ll be so excited to worship with you. Come join us!

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LPL Green Bay Scholarship Tickets

“I am elated to be heading to Green Bay this weekend for Living Proof Live! We are studying totally different verses but make no mistake. This event is a do-over! Our 2018 LPL in Green Bay is the only occasion in all my years of speaking and teaching and in the 22 years of Living Proof Live that we have ever had to cancel halfway through. A blizzard hit Green Bay that APRIL Friday and, though we made it for the one evening, the entire city shut down the next morning and we couldn’t finish it. The event center literally could not open because none of their employees could make it to work. It was the wildest thing ever. Not to be deterred, we built a small set and I taught the rest of the material straight to camera and the worship team sang and we released it to whoever wanted it. Talk about making a memory! So we declared, God willing, that we would head back the next year. Please notice that we chose August. This coming weekend. We cannot wait!!!!! Green Bay, let’s ask God to give us what the devil stole from us in double portions! I cannot wait to see you. I have thought about you for 16 solid months.” – Beth


Have you ever had the chance to see Beth live? If the answer is no, here’s what you might expect at a Living Proof Live event…

  • Hear a unique message specifically prepared for your city.
  • Worship with Dove Award-winning worship leader Travis Cottrell.
  • Laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life.
  • Leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ.

If you’ve never been to an LPL before, or you can’t quite swing the cost of a ticket, give Kimberly Meyer a call at toll-free: 1-888-700-1999. Or for tickets, visit registration on the LifeWay website – and we will see you there!

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LPL Eugene, OR Scholarship Tickets

Headed Northwest this weekend, Beth and the Living Proof Live team can’t wait for LPL Eugene

If you’re in the area, come hang out with us Friday night and Saturday for a time of fellowship, worship, and teaching from Beth.

Have you ever had the chance to see Beth live? If the answer is no, here’s what you might expect at a Living Proof Live event…

  • Hear a unique message specifically prepared for your city.
  • Worship with Dove Award-winning worship leader Travis Cottrell.
  • Laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life.
  • Leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ.

We’re believing God for a weekend of refreshment and growth, and we would so love to see you there.

If you’ve never been to an LPL before, or you can’t quite swing the cost of a ticket, give Kimberly Meyer a call at toll-free: 1-888-700-1999. Or for tickets, visit registration on the LifeWay website – and we will see you there!

We’re counting down the days to see you. It’s going to be a blast!

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LPL Lincoln, NE Scholarship Tickets

Living Proof Live is about to roll into Lincoln, NE! Come join us this coming Friday night and Saturday for a time of fellowship, worship, and teaching from Beth.

Have you ever had the chance to see Beth live? If the answer is no, here’s what you might expect at a Living Proof Live event…

  • Hear a unique message specifically prepared for your city.
  • Worship with Dove Award-winning worship leader Travis Cottrell.
  • Laugh, pray, and study scripture with thousands of women from all walks of life.
  • Leave with a renewed sense of calling, purpose, and love for Christ.

We’re expecting the Pinnacle Bank Arena to be fully prepared with the presence and power of God, and we would so love to see you there!

If you’ve never been to an LPL before, or you can’t quite swing the cost of a ticket, give Kimberly Meyer a call at toll-free: 1-888-700-1999. Or for tickets, visit registration on the LifeWay website – and we will see you there!

We’re delighted to serve you. We don’t take a single one of you for granted.

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Staff Features: Koinonia

Hi, I am Evangeline Williams, and I am on staff with Living Proof Ministries. It’s my honor to share a word the Lord placed on my heart.

Do you have a word that is sacred to you in this season?

I do.

That word is “koinonia,” which means fellowship or to have things in likeness.

One truth to this fellowship is we cannot have fellowship with one another if we do not have fellowship with God.

The Bible tells us, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—  the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we also proclaim to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” – 1 John 1:1-4 (ESV)

So, how we have fellowship with God is only through Jesus Christ. He put on our humanity that we may take on His deity. This fellowship is to be enjoyed in Christ; therefore, our joy is made complete.

Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

I have experienced many beautiful moments of koinonia. One of the ways I have experienced this fellowship is with the Word of God:

Philippians 2:1-2 declares, “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

Koinonia is agreeing with one another, being united in purpose, and serving alongside each other. Our koinonia with each other is based on our common koinonia with Jesus Christ. I most certainly have experienced it during our Prayer Hour at Living Proof Ministries, during the time that our staff joins together before praying at noon with ladies that have come to receive prayer. When each person shares their Scripture, it blesses my heart to be aware of the reality of being in agreement with each other at this moment. Our koinonia with each other is being shared often with those who come for prayer. Jesus is brilliant.

Another way I have experienced this fellowship is communion with God. When coming to the Lord’s table of communion, we are sharing the Lord’s body through the breaking of bread and drinking the wine. Because Jesus died, was buried, raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He now forever lives to make intercession for us, Hallelujah!!!

My husband and I get to share the moment of giving communion every first Sunday.  Often, I have experienced koinonia as I hand out the elements to those partaking in communion. I am very intentional in that moment; my eyes lock with their eyes as I say, “this is the Body that was broken for you sister (or brother).” You see, to me, these very words are the conviction of my heart coming alive as I hand out the bread. I am so aware of my brokenness and so grateful to the one and only Jesus Christ that loved us so much He said yes to God so He could fellowship with us.

I pray the Lord will lead you all to experiences of being in fellowship with one another. You will realize the beauty of what this fellowship brings.

 

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Staff Features: Gratitude

We’re so excited to start a new series of posts written by our lovely Living Proof Staff. To kick off our series, our beloved Kimberly shares a piece on gratitude below:

Thanksgiving is just a day away, and it is never without effect. It will bring us to heighten the “attitude of gratitude”! Creating a climate of gratitude will bring US to where God is…or it will bring God to where WE are. Gratitude promotes a place of contentment we can live in, and from! He dwells most fully where He is acknowledged and honored! His Presence is REAL!

You rarely recognize gratitude in someone who thinks and speaks negatively about life. Negativity predicts the worst. It is rarely of faith. It feeds and is often fed by the enemy of God. In all circumstances choose to see your circumstances from a place that will create gratitude.

Never underestimate the power of “thank you,” as it cultivates a beautiful heart! Gratitude has many benefits and is for anyone who practices it even in the middle of adversity in life. Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression, as it improves mood through feelings like joy and pleasure! Gratitude promotes peace, which removes stress and often reduces symptoms of illness. Gratitude makes us feel closer and more connected to our relationships. Grateful people are more helpful, generous, and compassionate.

When we train ourselves to look at life with a perspective of gratitude over the natural default of negativity we embrace contentment and greater peace. To be honest, there is always more to be grateful for if we are looking for it!

“I will bless the LORD at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” -Psalm 34:1

-Kimberly

 

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