Be the Church

Young tourist in London on Westminster bridge having fun on a fall or spring day

The Christians who have turned the world upside down have been man and women with a vision in their hearts and the Bible in their hands.   T.B. Maston

            Often we talk about going to church and sitting in church, but perhaps we should talk about being the church. What exactly does it look like to be the church? Cannon Ernest Southcott (founder of the “home church” movement in England) said, “The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God’s people—strengthened by preaching and sacrament—go out of the church door into the world to be the church. We don’t go to church; we are the church.” As we are strengthened by the work of our local churches (the visible church), let us go out into the world and live out the love we have received. Our job as Christ’s body, the church, is to show the world what Jesus love looks like in word and in deed and to speak His truth in love.

John said it plain and clear, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1John 4:7-12). When we demonstrate Christ’s love, we are truly being the church. We are his hands, his feet, his heart, his mouth. The world will be drawn to Christ, not by our perfect words or our incredible church services. They will see Christ through the love we have for one another.

Ravi Zaharias writes, “For those who follow Jesus Christ, our message to the world must be clear. God transforms the heart and mind and we become his children and his ambassadors.” This week, consider how God wants to use you to be a light shining in the darkness. Where does He want you to go? Who is He calling you to reach, to help or to serve? May His love flow through you, so that a hurting world may know a living Lord.

Let you light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify the Father.  Matthew 5:16

Positive Woman Connection


We had a tremendous time this past month at Positive Woman Connection. As we journey through the book of Colossians together, our lesson this month focused on three powerful verses.

Colossians 3:15-17

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

We talked about how the world’s peace is different than the peace of Christ.  We not only have peace with God through Christ, but as believers we can have a peace that passes understanding as we give our cares and worries to God through prayer. We also experience peace with each other as we allow Christ’s peace to referee our hearts.  As a result of our study, here are some questions to ponder.

Am I allowing Christ’s peace to rule my heart or do I allow my circumstances to rule my emotions?

Am I letting the word of Christ dwell richly in my life through reading it, studying it, memorizing it?

Am I allowing a thankful attitude to permeate my life?

Am I honoring God in what I do and say?

Mark your calendars for next month at PWC. The topic will be “How to get Along with those Closest to You”

Tuesday, April 26 at Prestonwood Country Club in North Dallas

Wednesday, April 27 at Cottonwood Creek Baptist in Allen

Fellowship of Women


“Creating a network of support takes time, but it’s time well spent. While there are some friendships that can sustain a lack of contact, most important relationships require an investment of time and attention. Nurture your friendships…” Life Lessons for Women, Stephanie Marston

What a joy it is to join together with other women in the body of Christ.  I encourage you to seek out fellowship with other Godly women.  That’s what we do at Positive Woman Connection. We enjoy a good lunch, enjoy great fellowship and enjoy the blessing of learning from God’s word.  This month our topic is:

Tools for the Times – Experiencing Peace through Difficulties in life.

The lesson is based on Colossians 3, as we examine what it means to allow the Peace of Christ to rule our hearts in every aspect of our lives.  I hope you will join us, and bring a friend.  I will be giving a gift to each person who brings a first-timer to the study.  Come and be blessed. 

North Dallas:  Tuesday, March 22  12:00 – 1:00 Prestonwood Country Club,


Allen:  Wednesday, March 29 12:00 – 1:00 Cottonwood Creek


Sweet Fellowship

“As soon as the love of God was shed abroad in my soul, I loved all, of whatsoever denomination, who loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity of heart.” George Whitefield

Karol, Donna, and Sharon

This past week, several of us from Positive Woman Connection had the joy of going to the Women In Christian Media event in Nashville.  It was a wonderful time to encourage and fellowship with each other as well as to hear great messages which strengthened our hearts.  You can read more about some of their stories on my Thrive blog (

We need each other in the body of Christ!  As I was in Nashville, I was reminded of how significant it is the have dear friends who build each other up in the Lord.  The writer of Hebrews said, “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.”

Now more than ever we need to come together in encouragement and love.  Positive Woman Connection is a point of meeting, where we can truly encourage each other.  I hope you are planning to join us for our March meeting.  Put it on your calendar now and ask the Lord to show you who you need to invite.  We all need a positive dose of encouragement from God’s word and fellowship with one another.

North Dallas:  Tuesday, March 22  12:00 – 1:00 Prestonwood Country Club,


Allen:  Wednesday, March 29 12:00 – 1:00 Cottonwood Creek