Ladies Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 2
Our annual Christmas Tea will be here before we know it! Always the first Saturday of December, the tea will be held in the CCLW sanctuary at noon.
By Audra Juel
From Living Daily in the Word: Devotions by the Ladies of Calvary Chapel Living Word (2013)
"And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."
If you're like me, you may have had an invisible checkbox next to this verse. Most of us, at some time or another, have seen this verse and thought "members" pertained to...let's say...unmentionable parts. We've likened these "members" primarily to sexual intimacy. Logically then, you think to yourself, "Whew! I'm not fornicating, nor am I committing adultery," so the box gets the proverbial mental check mark and we move on to the next verse. Thank you Jesus! Next!
But in prayer, and in His presence recently, I have seen this verse in a new light. How do we normally see? Most of us process the world around us through our five senses. I wonder if the Lord is commissioning a daily rededication of our "members": our eyes, to see His face clearly through the world; our ears, to touch, like the Good Samaritan, the one everyone else passes by; our nose, to remind us to be a sweet smelling aroma to our God through our actions; and finally, our mouths, surrendering wholly to Jesus and allowing our words to bring only encouragement and life.
As you pray day by day, try telling Jesus this new game plan for your members. Present them to Him as an offering. Let's pray every day until surrender becomes our habit, until submission becomes our ordinary, and until we're changed from glory to glory.
The women's prayer ministry meets every Monday morning at 10am in the sanctuary. Come pray with us, get prayed for, and pray for others.
Life can get crazy - If you need help or would like to speak with one of our women in leadership, please contact the church office.
Meet the Sheep
This month we’d like to get to know Charlene Denning a little better…
“God always has a plan for our lives that is better than we could ever dream of. I knew of God, but did not know him personally until age eleven when I gave my life to the Lord at Living Word Missionary Baptist Church. In September 2021, my family and I came to Calvary Chapel Living Word in search of a new church family. After covid, I realized how much I missed being part of a church body and being able to worship the Lord with others. Walking through the doors of the sanctuary, I knew I was home. The Lord always brings me back to his Living Word.
Throughout my life God has given me a better plan. My plan for my life was to be a scientist and never get married or have children. My husband and I were married 24 years ago at Calvary Chapel Lake Elsinore, I homeschooled our son (who is now an adult), and ten years ago my husband and I started a music school. I thank God every day for his plan because he knew what I really needed. He always has our best interest in mind.
I am a professional singer and I love teaching. Our voices are part of us and they help us tell people we love them, shout with joy, cry when we are in pain, and most importantly praise the Lord; if we have one we should use it. To me, worship is more than just the act of singing it is really feeling a connection with God and being in his presence. ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the LORD!’- Psalm 150:6.”