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OKC Campus|January 2012 Issue





{A Word From Cindy Beall}

What is Holiness?

     I'd like you to join me on a journey this year. It will most likely be uncomfortable at times, but absolutely worthwhile. You will see some qualities in yourself that you appreciate and others that you hope no one else notices. You will be challenged, encouraged, convicted and motivated as we learn what it means to be holy.
     Did you know that holiness is expected in the life of every believer? (1 Peter 1:15-16) Did you know that it's the promised birthright of every Christ Follower? (Romans 6:14)
     Interested? Nervous? Excited about this journey? Good. Let's boogie.
     According to Webster, holiness is the state of being holy. When you think of the word  holiness, what comes to mind? I imagine God comes to mind, but maybe you also think of a few individuals who are known for their faith or good works. The Pope? Mother Theresa? A foreign missionary? Your pastor? These people all may be holy but holiness isn't just for the leader of a church or ministry. It is for you and me if we call ourselves Christ Followers!  Holiness is essentially conforming to the character of God.
     You may be thinking, "Cindy, I will never be completely holy and have God's character so why even try?" And you'd be right. We'll never achieve holiness but we are called to pursue it, to "run in such a way as to get the prize" (1 Cor. 9:24). Pursuing holiness will take effort on our part. Not a works based type faith by any means because our salvation is secure at the cross! But it takes willingness on our part to say no to our sinful habits and walk how Christ would want us to walk (Gal 5:16).
     What does conforming to God's character look like? It's simply stated but far from simple to do:  Love what God loves and hate what He hates. God loves people and He hates sin. Oftentimes, we get that turned around and we end up loving our sinful habits and find ourselves trapped in a godless lifestyle. We also judge others and treat them poorly instead of loving them as Christ has called us to do.
     As we walk this road and learn what it means to be holy, remember that God is for you (Rom. 8:31). God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) and knows when your motives are pure. He knows when you are trying to honor Him with your whole life because he knows you completely. (Ps. 139:1). But none of these actions will be genuine unless you've completely surrendered your life to Him. We cannot live a partially surrendered life and expect to be holy. Pastor Craig said it best a few weeks ago: "Our only reasonable response to Jesus is to give Him our whole lives."  I believe that when we do this, holiness will be something we desire. And that, my friend, will change our lives.

 

-Cindy 



{Book Review}

The Pursuit of Holiness
by Jerry Bridges

     This book was written when I was eight years old. But don't let its age make you think it's antiquated. Quite the contrary. It's an outstanding book that has stood the test of over three decades and three publishing dates. 
     As I read this book I was overwhelmed at the lack of holiness I see in my own life. Like when my desire to do the right thing can be just my way of getting an "atta girl" out of someone. Ugh. Bridges so eloquently states, "to live a holy life is to live a life in conformity to the moral precepts of the Bible" but so many of us pick and choose what is convenient for us. That's not holiness. Even the most seasoned believers might think that holiness is unachievable in this life. That is why it is a pursuit...not an attainment.
     The theme that practically yelled at me throughout this book was to stay in God's Word. Submerge yourself in it so that your old, sinful habits can be extinguished by its truths. I firmly believe that allowing God's Word to transform you from the inside out will be your key to not only pursuing holiness, but desiring it as well.

- Cindy Beall

 


Taking the next step...
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editor's note

Hey Sisters!
Happy New Year! 2011 was such an amazing year for the Sisters Ministry- one of change, growth, and vision. I cannot wait to see where God leads this ministry in 2012! We'll be focusing on Holiness; I ask that you would pray for God to open your eyes and hearts for what He would have you learn from this challenging focus. Feel free to reach out to me by replying to this email with any questions or prayer requests. I'd love to be your friend on
Facebook, too!
God is good,
Jamie Limberg

Let's Get Cookin'!

Vegan Tomato Basil Cream Pasta
(serves 2)
Ingredients

1 large tomato (2 C roughly chopped, 1 1/2 C blended)
1/2 C raw cashews
1 tbs tomato paste
1/4 C water

2 tbs olive oil
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbs water
2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 large handful fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions
Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Core the tomato, then roughly chop. Add it to your blender along with cashews, tomato paste, and water. Blend until very smooth. Add olive oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until golden. Once water is boiling, add pasta. Pour sauce from the blender into the saute pan and bring to a simmer. Add salt and let cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, add water to thin out the sauce. Once pasta is cooked, drain. Add pasta to the saute pan with black pepper and basil. Toss to coat. Serve immediately.


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