That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection...
Three Things You Need to Know 1. God loves us. • “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life” (John 3:16).
2. Sin (rebellion toward God) entered into mankind through Adam and Eve and therefore caused a separation between all of us and the God who made us.
• The fall of man is shown in Genesis 3:1-6. • Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.”
3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin and way to relationship with God.
One Thing You Need to Do Receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
• Believe that Jesus died for your sins and that you must receive Him through faith: “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partak- ers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself]” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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“Bid the older women similarly to be reverent and devout in their deportment as becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderers or slaves to drink. They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble, So that they will wisely train the young women to be sane and sober of mind (temperate, disciplined) and to love their husbands and their children, To be self- controlled, chaste, homemakers, good- natured (kindhearted), adapting and subordinating themselves to their husbands, that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited).” Titus 2:1 AMP
Three months after we were married we moved into a very small one-bedroom apartment located upstairs in one of the large homes on the south side of Birmingham, Alabama. Hank continued his education at Southeastern Bible College while I taught school. Hank also worked part-time at Shades Mountain Independent Church as the youth director. What an unbelievable year 1972 was for Hank and me! In the early seventies God was sweeping our nation with a youth revival, “The Jesus Movement,” by which we saw many lives transformed through our ministry.
That fall the Lord gave me a wonderful gift. Soon after I communicated to Hank my ongoing struggle to apply all the things I had learned about being a godly wife, he learned about a lady teaching a Bible study in our city. With great excitement, he told me all about her and the following Tuesday night Hank drove me to her house and dropped me off for the study. That day I met Joyce Yancey, speaker and Bible teacher with the Wales Goebel Ministry, a ministry to troubled teenagers in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the past 45years she was my “spiritual mom and mentor.” So much of who I am comes from our relationship. My friends started to call me “Echo,” because when I opened my mouth, so much of what Joyce was teaching came out of me. Watching her walk with the Lord through some very hard times grew my faith and trust in the Lord.
As I got to know Joyce I soon heard of another woman by the name of Elizabeth Newbold. “ God brought a spiritual renewal to Birmingham, Alabama. And the person He chose to turn the hearts of so many people back to the Lord was dynamic, intelligent Elizabeth Newbold. She stood in the gap and made the way of salvation clear to thousands” ELIZABETH, A BLESSING TO THE NATIONS, by Janie Buck.
Joyce, started attending one of her Bible studies and as she saw that Elizabeth lifted up and magnified the Lord Jesus , she began to be her Echo. After the Newbolds moved on to an international Ministry with CRU, Joyce began to teach the Bible Study I had the joy of being a part of.
Then God began to bring other women into my life that I could repeat the echo too. My then 7 year old son explained it so well one morning as I was leaving the house to go teach the Bible to over 60 of those precious (of great value, not to be wasted or treated carelessly.) woman. He said, “ I understand how this works, Mrs. Newbold taught Aunt Joyce and then Aunt Joyce taught you and now you are teaching other women.” Yes repeating the echo. Passing on the truth that has been passed to us.