In today's Quick Question, Ann Dunagan shares practical ways you can be PLANNING for God's Purposes.
EPIC - We want to have an EPIC year and an EPIC life:
This week, our Quick Question focus is introducing your family to some simple Gospel-sharing tools (along with some wonderful global-impacting ministries). Today, our focus is introducing you to Operation Christmas Child, with Samaritan's Purse. You and our kids can fill up a shoe-box and help share the Gospel with children in another country across the globe.
As we continue our verse-by-verse study through the Book of Philippians, we're in Chapter 3, with a focus on relying on God's grace not our own works, living for heaven, and knowing God personally.
We talk about weeping for the lost, praying earnestly for people who need Jesus, and aiming our children as ARROWS for God. In this lesson, we focus on a 3rd part of an arrow, the SHAFT (which needs to be straight and solid), representing the solid WORD OF GOD.
Two key verses from Philippians 3:
In today's Quick Question, Ann Dunagan shares practical ways you can be EMPOWERED Everyday by God's Holy Spirit.
EPIC - We want to have an EPIC year and an EPIC life:
In today's episode, we're continuing our verse-by-verse Bible study going through the Book of Philippians, in Chapter 2, verses 1-30. We talk about the surrendered life of Jesus, coming to earth and going to the CROSS out of love for this world, and raising our children to follow His example.
Key thoughts include the power of the Name of Jesus (and teaching our kids to pray "in Jesus' Name"), living lives with self-sacrifice and total surrender to God, obeying God when no one is looking, and as a mission-minded family, the importance of honoring those who have sacrificed for the sake of the Gospel.
We also look at the 2nd part of the ARROW, the 3-vein "fletching," which allows the arrow to spin in flight with accuracy and stability -- representing the importance of training our children to have a personal living and vibrant relationship with our God (the Trinity): God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under th earth, and that every tongue shold confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." --Philippians 2:10-11
"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." --Philippians 1:12-13
In today's episode, we're beginning a brand-new Bible study, starting verse-by-verse through the Book of Philippians, Chapter 1, verses 1-30. Key thoughts include being "BONDSERVANTS" of Christ and "SAINTS" (verse 1), living by God's GRACE (verses 2 and 6), and living everyday for God's GLORY (verse 11). Special focus is also about living with NO FEAR, and raising our children to be ARROWS for God.
"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." ---Philippians 1:6
(Full-length episode -- 27 minutes)
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. The chapter is divided into 22 sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, with 8 verses in each section, and every verse is about God's Word. This is a wonderful section of the Bible to listen to. Each section is less than one minute and the whole chapter takes 19 minutes. (Bible verses are from the NKJV, read by Ann Dunagan).
Note: In preparation for an upcoming women's book club and Bible study in my home, I recorded my own personal favorite quotes and selections from the first half of OWN YOUR LIFE, a Christian book by Sally Clarkson, which I highly recommend.
This audio recording was created for my own personal book study (in preparation for teaching a group of women who are going through this book). I decided to upload this recording to help other leaders to also prepare themselves to lead a study through this book. The audio is almost completely (perhaps 98%) exact word-for-word quotes, all in order, read from the first half of the book (from the INTRO through the end of CHAPTER 6) with an exception of a couple brief moments where I summarized a theme of a particular chapter to help understand a given selection.
These selections are simply quotes, highlighted sections and Bible verses, all from OWN YOUR LIFE, that personally stood out to me. (by Ann Dunagan).
In today's mini-episode, Ann explains the vision for DARING DAUGHTERS, the women's ministry of Mission-Minded Families where our focus is "Calling Women to World Missions."
DARE TO DREAM. DARE TO CRY. DARE TO OBEY.
Daring Daughters are mission-minded women of all ages -- you don't need to be a mom, and you don't need to have a daughter.
We're a multi-generational, interdenominational and international women's ministry, with a focus on God's Great Commission.
We have online encouragement, free training courses, local book clubs and coffee meet-ups around the country, a private Daring Daughters Facebook group, plus exciting life-impacting events and conferences for mission-minded women including Daring Daughters @ Disneyworld, and YOUR CLARITY DAY workshops.
To learn more, see our EVENT page with a link to our private Daring Daughters EPIC Facebook group) http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/dd
Our EPIC Life-Planning Course - (FREE) - http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/epic
Our PASSION & CLARITY Course (FREE) http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/passion
And our Daring Daughters website -- with our blog, free e-course for moms & daughters & more -- http://daringdaughters.org
How would you like your everyday life to be a part of God's EPIC and eternal story?
Come join us at Mission-Minded Families as we're getting ready for an "EPIC" new year --
Empowered everyday by God's Holy Spirit,
Preparing for God's Purposes,
Impacting others, all over the world, for the Glory of God, and
Connecting with those CRAZY God-dreams He's hidden in your heart (and connecting with a Christian community -- to help see your dreams coming true!)
Find us online at Mission-Minded Families -- http://missionmindedfamilies.org
Request to join our Private Facebook Group for Daring Daughters -- at http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/dd
Join our EPIC New Year series -- with Life-Planning Guide and more... http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/epic
Today's lesson continues our series about how to have an "EPIC" New Year. "E" stands for being EMPOWERED everyday by God's Holy Spirit, and that begins by totally surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ.
Much of today's lesson comes from one of our ROCK SOLID Discipleship Course lessons, all about "How do I LIVE for God? And how do I share my faith?" We're talking about the importance of living with total SURRENDER to Jesus, making Him the LORD of every area, and the importance of our personal testimony.
EPIC Life-Planning Course: http://missionmindedfamilies.org/p/epic
This episode focuses on seeking God for His GOALS and PLANS for the new year, from a mission-minded perspective.
Are you ready for an EPIC New Year? Come join Ann Dunagan for a Life-Planning series for 2019 -- with videos, worksheets, assessments, and a community of Daring Daughters to encourage you. You can download the 20-page guide, to help you step-by-step -- and the online training is FREE!!!
Focus your life for God's Purposes!
At Mission-Minded Families, we want to help you to live everyday, 24/7, for eternity and God’s glory. This Prayer Guide will help you to review this past year as you look forward to the next year, prayerfully considering your personal, family, ministry and mission priorities.
As you're planning for a new year, here are a few reflection and projection questions . . . for looking back and looking forward.
Here's our EPIC New Year's Life-Planning Guide <<<
One-year Bible Reading Chart <<<
Today, for our 12th Day of Christmas, we’re focusing on keeping in God’s PEACE and JOY, from the presence of the Lord (and being “on-guard against 7 common “enemies” of God’s peace and joy, through God’s Word).
What are 7 “ENEMIES” of God’s peace and joy?
1. Sin and separation from God
2. Striving in our Flesh
3. Taking “Control” in areas that we need to give to God
4. Fear and Worry (about money, our kids, the future)
5. Unforgiveness, Bitterness, and Strife
6. Hurt, Brokenness, or Abuse
7. Not abiding in Christ (keeping in His presence)
No God. No Peace.
Know God. Know Peace.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” –Matthew 1:23
Today, for our 11th Day of Christmas, we’re focusing on getting a Global mission-vision for our family. We’re going to look a the missionary Christmas story of Lottie Moon (1840-1912) and how God so beautifully revealed His heart for all people through Christ’s BIRTH.
Mission-Minded Christmas Carols:
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Joy To the World
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Daring Daughter Example Lottie Moon
Missionary to China (1840-1912) — She gave everything, on Christmas
In 1912, during a time of war and famine in China, missionary Lottie Moon gave and gave, not counting the personal cost. She urgently wrote home for help, but to no avail; the mission board was heavily in debt and unable to send anything.
Lottie’s sharing of her personal finances and food with anyone in need severely damaged her physical and mental health. Fellow missionaries became alarmed and arranged for her to be sent home. However, as her ship docked in Japan, Lottie died . . . on Christmas Eve.
“And above all things have fervent love for one another…”
–I Peter 4:8 NKJV
Today, for Day #10 of our 12-Days of Christmas Bible Study, our focus is GOD'S PSSION and LOVE. Let’s keep our relationship with God simple and real. Like a genuine flame in a little match or candle, let’s allow God’s real PASSION to ignite in our hearts . . . and to spread to others.
Quotes by A. W. Tozer, author of The Pursuit of God
“What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
“The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, “God.” The man of earth kneels also, but not to worship. He kneels to examine, to search, to find the cause and the how of things.”
“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.”
“Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done, but it my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.”
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." --Jesus (Matthew 6:21)
Today, for Day #9 of our 12-Days of Christmas Bible Study, we're focusing on POVERTY and POSSESSIONS. What does God have to say about material blessings and what does God's Word teach us about giving to the poor and helping the needy?
“You can give without loving,
but you cannot love without giving.”
Today, for Day #8 of our 12-Days of Christmas Bible Study, we’re focusing on God’s way of GIVING. Let’s give with love, generosity, hospitality, and cheerfulness!
Is it FAIR that we are so blessed, or that we have peace, or that we have God's salvation? This episode -- Day #7 of our 12-Days of Christmas, Mission-Minded Families focuses on God's justice and mercy and the power of Jesus bringing God's LOVE and reconciliation to this world. This podcast includes mission-minded Christmas stories and examples of action and compassion.
John 1:14 is a beautiful verse about Jesus. The Bible tells us, "And the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we behold His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
Jesus is called the WORD of God. At Christmas time, we can learn to love and know the Lord more by growing in our LOVE for Him and for His Word, the Bible. We can teach our children to read God's Word, to memorize it, to think about it, to sing about it, to study and speak about it, and as we do, to know HIM more. A great place to start is by memorizing the Christmas story in Luke 1:1-20.
For today's 5th Day of Christmas with Ann Dunagan - our focus is God's GRACE. What is God's grace all about? How can we grow in God's grace? Whether you feel totally inadequate or completely self-sufficient, God wants you to grow in His grace.
On our 4th Day of Christmas, we're looking at the biblical example of ANNA (from Luke 2) - a woman of prayer and faith, who recognized baby Jesus (when he was dedicated in the temple) as the promised Messiah of Israel. Anna was a godly woman who loved the presence of the Lord. Come listen an be encouraged to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, with a mission-minded focus.
In today's podcast, we're looking at the beautiful faithfulness of Elizabeth. It's Day 3 of our 12-Days of Christmas Bible study, from a mission-minded perspective. Listen and be encouraged!
In the Bible, Mary said, "My soul magnifies the LORD and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior" (Luke 1:46-47). Today, Day #2 in our 12-Days of Christmas Bible study is focused on 5 Keys for Mission-Minded Families from the example of Mary the mother of Jesus: Grace, Faith, Humility, Simplicity and Obedience. Like Mary, let's DARE TO OBEY, and respond with an attitude that says, "Behold the maidservant of the LORD, be it to me according to Thy Word (Luke 1:38).
For Day #1 of our 12-Days of Christmas Bible study, our focus is SALVATION: thanking God for His gift of salvation through the cross of Jesus Christ, and praying for the salvation of each of our children and all of our loved ones.
Today's theme is also SURRENDERING everything in our own lives to God, including all of the details of this Christmas season: all of our concerns, worries, fears, frustrations, plus all of the fun plans and happy anticipations. Let's remember to PRAY for each person we care about along with others who need Jesus (both in our sphere of influence and for people around the world). Let's remember to invite the PRESENCE of the Lord into this beautiful season of joy and celebration.