Monthly archive for January 2014

Carole Lewis Retires After 33 Years in Ministry

Carole Lewis Retires After 33 Years in Ministry

Carole Lewis, National Director of First Place 4 Health, has retired after 33 years in ministry.   Under Carole’s leadership, FP4H has been used in over 12,000 churches nationwide and internationally with over a half a million members.  Carole has also authored 15 books, led conferences and is an in-demand speaker around the country. Pam Farrel, author of 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make, Woman of Confidence and LOL with God, says, “Carole Lewis in one of the most positive women I know. Any woman who has overcome the loss of a child, loss of her home in a hurricane, loss of her parents, and lives with a dear husband with stage 4 cancer and still smiles and laughs with friends, family and with God is a woman I want to listen to and go to when I need hope! Carole has been there in the middle of the unwelcome, unwanted and unpredictable and has found her

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Faith for the Future

Faith for the Future

That is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I am quite sure that if I read my January articles for the last ten years, I began by talking about how I love new beginnings—new years, new days, new weeks.  As we begin the New Year, most of us know that one of our New Year’s resolutions will be to lose weight. This January, I can happily say that this item is not on my list. My New Year of weight loss began on July 28, 2013 and has continued through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. When God showed me what my lack of obedience might have cost His kingdom work; for the first time, I got it!  The holidays were not hard because I was resolved to obey God.  It really doesn’t matter about the weight loss, although it does make me

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A New Kind of Offering

A New Kind of Offering

When we think of an offering, most of us think of the church service when the ushers “pass the plate.”  An offering can be so much more than that.  A few weeks ago, my pastor (my wonderful, adorable husband) challenged our congregation to give an outrageous offering to the Lord and it could not be monetary; it had to be one that would cost us something—maybe a praise offering!  One of his suggestions was to make up a praise dance and offer it to the Lord early in the morning as a part of your quiet time. That might cost some a bit of pride! Another suggestion was to sing a song to Him at the top of your lungs.  My friend Randy Kelly, whom I wrote about last month, actually got out the pots and pans and marched around her kitchen while banging them as loud as she could—“praising

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When Self-control Fails

Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. — 1 CORINTHIANS 6:12  With the bountiful food supply in First Place for Health comes satisfaction—except for those of us who are “Baggers,” who can’t stop until they eat their way to the bottom of the bag. Even though I read labels and assign an exchange value to count on the Live It plan, I still have a problem with gluttony. Our food industry feeds on any dietary need: low fat, low calorie, low sugar and so on. Baggers excitedly rush to buy, because now it’s permissible—we can! These bags become our master; for when we fail to use prayer control, portion control and self-control before opening them, we set ourselves up for a fall. These bagged goodies (like ice cream bars, cookies, chips, candies) are offered to us not by

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