Biblical and Modern Day Women of Faith……

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by Kathryn Leslie

By faith, Queen Esther demonstrated breath-taking courage when she risked her life before King Xerxes. Entrusting her fate to God, Esther bravely approached the King and won his favor, allowing her to strategically set about saving the Jewish people from utter destruction.

 By faith, Jenny courageously forgives her abusive ex-husband. Only God knows her private battle against the temptations of resentment and bitterness. She is trusting God for an overcoming spirit and to be a loving encouragement to other women.

What do you need to trust God with today? 

Christmas Is for Freedom

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A friend shared this devotional on Facebook today and I thought it was just too wonderful to not share. In this busy Christmas season may we not forget that the reason we celebrate CHRISTmas is because God sent his only son to earth to ultimately die for our sins so that we may forever be free in Him.

Merry Christmas from the “Young” Women’s ministry, Larisa Nelson, Brittanie Garner, Windy Keene, & Meghan Roy

Christmas Is for Freedom
By: John Piper

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Hebrews 2:14–15)

Jesus became man because what was needed was the death of a man who was more than man. The incarnation was God’s locking himself into death row.

Christ did not risk death. He embraced it. That is precisely why he came: not to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

No wonder Satan tried to turn Jesus from the cross! The cross was Satan’s destruction. How did Jesus destroy him?

The “power of death” is the ability to make death fearful. The “power of death” is the power that holds men in bondage through fear of death. It is the power to keep men in sin so that death comes as a horrid thing.

But Jesus stripped Satan of this power. He disarmed him. He molded a breastplate of righteousness for us that makes us immune to the devil’s condemnation.

By his death, Jesus wiped away all our sins. And a person without sin puts Satan out of business. His treason is aborted. His cosmic treachery is foiled. “His rage we can endure, for, lo, his doom is sure.” The cross has run him through. And he will gasp his last before long.

Christmas is for freedom. Freedom from the fear of death.

Jesus took our nature in Bethlehem, to die our death in Jerusalem, that we might be fearless in our city. Yes, fearless. Because if the biggest threat to my joy is gone, then why should I fret over the little ones? How can you say (really!), “Well, I’m not afraid to die but I’m afraid to lose my job”? No. No. Think!

If death (I said, death!—no pulse, cold, gone!)—if death is no longer a fear, we’re free, really free. Free to take any risk under the sun for Christ and for love. No more bondage to anxiety.

If the Son has set you free, you shall be free, indeed!

Source: http://solidjoys.desiringgod.org/en/devotionals/christmas-is-for-freedom

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Mom vs. Mom: The War I Didn’t See Coming

Encouraging words that every mom or future mom should hear.

 As some of you may know I am not a mom yet, nor do I have plans to be one in the immediate future (just wanted to nip the rumor mill in the bud); however, I do hope to be one someday and as a woman I am naturally insecure as we all are. This article does a nice job of showing us that these insecurities are normal however not warranted thanks to our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ who loves us for who we are and not for what we can’t do. I hope all of the moms out there read this and are encouraged today.

~Larisa Nelson

Want to know what the women of Fruit Cove Baptist Church are doing????

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For current information on Bible Studies, Activities, Outreach opportunities, etc., scroll down the right side of this page and click on FRUIT COVE BAPTIST CHURCH under the Blog Roll Category and you will be directed to the Women’s Ministry Newsletter, “Joy Notes”.  Joy Notes is published quarterly and contains the most current information.

The Road to Forgiveness……

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Have you ever been faced with having to forgive someone who had truly “wronged” you?  Have you allowed unforgiveness to eat you up inside making you bitter?  Are you miserable because you just can’t seem to move beyond some hurtful event?  Are you conflicted knowing you should forgive because Jesus forgave you but you just can’t do it??!!!

The Women’s Conference at Fruit Cove Baptist Church this Friday and Saturday (9/21-22/12) will answer all these questions and more.  Our Speaker, Dawn Smith Jordan knows firsthand what it takes to forgive as Jesus commanded.  Come hear her riveting, real-life story of her sister’s murder and her eventual forgiveness of her killer. (Lifetime movie, “Nightmare in Columbia County”)  

Also, you will hear additional testimonies from women in our own community who have been set free by the power of forgiveness!  

We begin Friday…… @ the Chocolate Fountain in Cafe en’Joy!  5:30 p.m.!!  See you there!!

Who Do You Dress For?

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Many of us feel our best when we look our best. But to me, knowing God sees both the inside and the outside of me any time of day or night, has become the fashion standard I use: I want to look His best…that I have pleased my Savior when I walk out the door is a feeling that nothing else in the world can duplicate.
So ladies of Fruit Cove, who do you dress for? Are you modestly dressed? Or are you sending mixed messages to our brothers in Christ? What about unbelievers who know you are a Christian yet your dress doesn’t reflect Who lives on the inside of you? We are exhorted to be careful of confusing others by the way we package ourselves. We can be fashionable and attractive without being molded into a worldly image.
I’m not suggesting you walk around wearing “I Love Jesus” T-shirts but you have to know that what you put on says something about your character. How you dress and present yourself not only sends an obvious and immediate message to others, but it may imply more than you really intended to make known. For example, is your dress revealing what you really think of yourself? Or what you trust in? Or where you think your power comes from? Or, of course, to whom you belong?
So, what are our options? Do we continue to allow the world to influence our dress? Yes, I know the challenge I am presenting. But why let the enemy lull us into compromise? Let’s accept the challenge to dress modestly. According to Beth Moore, you can dress modest and still look cute! Anyone up for this?

-Suzanne David

What are you Reading in Your Book Club?

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But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. -1 Peter 2:9

Women’s book clubs all over the country are reading a series of books that is shocking!  I hesitate to mention the title, but if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will.  Evidently, ladies are scrambling to get their hands on a copy of the book Fifty Shades of Gray.  I first learned about this watching the Today show one morning about a month ago.  They were calling it “mommy porn” .  What?!  At 8am in the morning they are talking about this?  I had to check it out…even the interviewer was surprised that so many women would read a book that she considered to be embarrassing and so graphic.  I was baffled that what used to be a taboo reading subject was now being embraced by middle aged women in “polite society”.  I chalked it up to a sign of the times we’re living in and went on about my day.  Since then, I’ve been texted and emailed by a few of my friends asking if I’d heard anything about this book and should they read it.  Shocker!  Then, I picked up my mail the other night and there it was, larger than life, on the cover of one of my magazine subscriptions!  They even sold the rights to Universal and are making it into a movie now!!!  Okay, time for me to say something about this book.

Ladies, we are the Bride of Christ, we are children of the Most High God!   1 Peter 2:9 says we are a “chosen people, a royal priesthoood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…who has called us out of darkness and into His wonderful light.”  If we choose to read these types of books we are filling our minds with unwholesome and negative thoughts – not something that a “chosen person” should do.   There are so many good Christian books you can read instead!  Our Women’s Ministry library (in Linda Warne’s office) is filled with them!  If you are ever in need of a good Christian fiction book, just ask us, we can give you plenty of recommendations on what to read or where to look. 

It’s really easy in this age of e-readers and iPad’s to download all manner of garbage – trust me, i have one.  No one knows what you have on your Kindle or your Nook – just you (and God).  Let’s make a promise to each other to keep our minds (and our e-readers) out of the gutter – don’t read these books no matter how tempting they are!   If no one reads them, they won’t continue to stay on the best seller list and maybe the hype will die down. 

Oh, by the way, Mom’s of teenagers, it’s getting ready to influence the Twilight crowd because of how the media is billing it!   They’re calling it the “grown up twilight series” which there is nothing remotely similar about it!  Be in the know if you have a teenager.

I don’t know about you, but when Jesus comes back to get us, I don’t want Him to find me doing (or reading) anything questionable!   If Jesus was in the room with you (He is, if you’re saved), would you still be doing whatever it is you’re doing? 
-Lisa

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  – Philippians 4:8