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For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Conda Halcomb and my husband Harvey and I have been members of FBCW for 18 years. I am employed by FBCW as the Solid Rock Preschool and Mother’s Day Out Director, and I also serve in the WAM Ministry. Now, God has placed on my heart to take up the Women’s Ministry, dust it off, and give it a new look. And, in my spare time, that is what I am doing.

I am a busy woman. I am a wife, Mom, mother-in-law, Gigi (grandma), friend, administrator, employee, preschool choir director, and much more. I bet if you started listing all of your roles, it would be longer than mine. And yet, within all of these areas in which I am involved, something is missing. I have come to realize that I miss meeting together with women. I really don’t want or need to discuss the latest cleaning tips, watch a fashion show with the latest styles on dressing modestly, swap recipes, or make a craft—I have Pinterest for all of that! Instead, I long to hear from other Christian women, real women, women from our church, and I desire to hear from them the lessons they have learned from God.

I have a longing to sit at the feet of other Christian women who are a little farther along in age and life experiences and hear how they lived life. I desire to know how each woman dealt with disappointment, heartache, depression, a wayward child, illness, death, divorce, addiction, and so much more. I want to know these things because I deal with many of these issues in my own life, not all at once, but in seasons. I want to learn how they continued to connect with and have a relationship with God as they struggled through life. I want to know what verses in the Bible came alive to them during that season and how God showed up and carried them through the difficult times. I want to meet women who have lived a God-honoring life well and can help me to do the same. Wouldn’t you like to meet these women in our church?

I hope that you will join me starting this fall at our quarterly Women’s Fellowships called “This Is My Story.” At each fellowship, we are going to sit at the feet of a woman in our church and give her the opportunity to share her life. We will hear her triumphs and tragedies, her success and failures, the times she was so very close to God, and the times she wandered. And yet in this current season of her life, we can look at her and say she has lived life well.

I hope you will join me at our first ministry meeting in October. Be watching for the exact time and date in the weekly bulletin. Joanne Lockard will be sharing her life with us. We will also hear some wonderful singing from some very talented women in our church. Oh, and by the way, invite a friend or two because don’t we all have the desire to connect with other like-minded women? You won’t want to miss it!

These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. Titus 2:4-5

Are you interested in helping me organize women’s events? Listen girlfriend, I am really good at planning, but I need a lot of help executing the plan. If you would like to join me in serving women in our church and community, please email me. I will inform you of our first planning meeting and we will get together and bond over our love for the Lord and some yummy snacks!

 

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I’m watching the election coverage of the latest party convention and I’m just thinking to myself I just wish so and so would change a little...guess who so and so is? It would make my decision to vote just a little bit easier. Can politicians change?...they need to. And so do I. That type of evaluation always seems to lead me to introspection and the changes that need to occur in my own life, for the better; for the kingdom. To change means to become “different”. It happens all the time, some for the good and some for the bad. This is a good time of the year for some “good” change.

It is the time of the year where I begin to go through all the “stuff” in my office and the “stuff” in my life and throw out that which has become only clutter and keep that which will help in the coming church year. It’s been a really good summer, our church has continued to keep with its tradition of great summer attendance, we usually don’t drop off very much, if at all, during the summer, and meaningful ministry, whether it’s with the camps or missions or whatever, just plug in your ministry.

I believe that part of the reason that happens is because of the continuous work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to change us. The Lord continues, regardless of where we might be along our spiritual growth path, to mold us and shape us and grow us, yes, to change us, from who we have been into who we shall be. It’s amazing really, the more time you spend with the Lord, that’s just a nice way to say the older you get, the more awareness you have of your need of His direction, His guidance, and His power to change us...for the good.

So while we are changing all the time, whether its administrations of the government or a new grade level of educational instruction or a new football team with all of its uniqueness for the year, or hair style, or, in a more serious vein, our character and our habits, we need the power of God in our lives. His power is the key because it leads us to become more like Christ and thus a more useful and effective tool in the Master’s hands.

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:21-22 (NKJV)

But change for the better can be tough because it’s so easy to become a slave to sin, to bad habits, to inappropriate behavior.


34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. John 8:34 (NKJV)

It was Paul himself who presented the struggle we encounter. Even Paul had a struggle, he found himself doing the things He shouldn’t and not doing the things He should. If you’re like me you can identify with the struggle.


For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. Romans 7:15 (NKJV)

I know that there are some areas in my life that need to change, how about you?

Here’s the deal...we have hope...change for the better can happen. Whether it’s a little temper problem or a deep anger that lies just underneath the surface. Or maybe it’s lust, or worry, or_____, you just fill in the blank again. We can lose it...we can change. Or maybe it’s not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. No ministry, no service of others, no sacrifice, or, you know, just fill in the blank______. We can start it...we can change.

How? Realize.

  1. Change starts in the mind.

2 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32 (NKJV)

You have to know the truth before you can find freedom. The Scripture tells us what’s right/wrong.

  1. You must believe what you know.

Not just intellectually. Judas knew the truth but it didn’t change him at all. It takes total commitment.

  1. Sin has to go...that’s the problem.

We can’t live in denial and continue to be deceived. We have to admit we have a problem and the reason we need to change is because of our sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (NIV)

  1. Sin must be replaced with godliness.

It’s not enough to just stop...it won’t last...we need to replace the bad with the good.

Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:13-14 (NIV)

  1. Trust Christ...for the power.

That’s what Paul did...trying...on your own...never works...you need the power and it comes from Christ...to give us forgiveness...and to change our hearts.

What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God's law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin. Romans 7:24-25 (TEV)

  1. Christ changes us and empowers us to resist the temptation.

so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me. Galatians 2:20 (TEV)

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

I can’t really do anything about the changes that need to happen in the lives of politicians, but I know I can change and get rid of the “stuff” I don’t need and add the “stuff” I do. So can you.

 

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