No Life Group Until 2018

My new job change has necessitated this change. We are in a busy season of our lives. I want to continue blogging and talking to you, but I need to work through this busy season so I can invest in Life Church’s Life Group program next year.

Plus, they’ve changed how they do Life Groups. Because I am not on Facebook, I can’t join their Facebook Group. I do encourage you to join though.

Meanwhile, I am still here.

You can still email me: sistersarah40@yahoo.com.

Changes are coming to this website this week. Next year, I should have a better idea how to do an online group where we can be face-to-face without blowing my identity. 

Sanctuary Sunday

I feel like that young woman in the half marathon who hits her wall a few hundred feet from the finish line. It’s been that kind of week. 

My email small group didn’t quite pan out. I will be updating this week a new way we can connect, but I’d love to hear how you would like to connect as a small group with Life Church. I can’t do live video as I won’t reveal my identity. I do care about you. 

My heart is for those who no longer believe in the Mormon god, but have questions. My heart is for those who are Mormon and have questions. So, how would you like to meet every week to discuss the Life Church sermons or videos? 

Whatsapp?

Google Chat/Hangout?

Facebook kicked me out because I wouldn’t prove who I am, but you can be sure that Life Church did a background check on me. I am a safe person to talk to. I don’t want meaningless or shallow conversation. I want to go deep with you. 

Email me: sistersarah40@yahoo.com 

What is a Video Study? #LifeGroup

And Why You Should Join Me…

The people I talk to have a difficulty connecting with others. Sometimes, I’ve noticed a lack of commitment at times. So I have designed a life group for former or current Mormons that is easy to do on a busy schedule.

  1. Go to this public group on Google+.
  2. Ask to join.
  3. View the latest video with the notes.
  4. Join us on November 27, Sunday, at 6 p.m. MST. Let’s talk about what we’ve learned.

For Those With Little Time to Invest #LifeChurch

People always tell me they need community, but they have little time for it. My Life Group is still the same, but we have split the groups into two different ones: One that is still struggling to study David Jeremiah in a group set to private; another that is now a video study for those with little time on their hands.

Here’s how it works:

  • Join our new community group (set to public): https://plus.google.com/communities/117284187420159559703
  • Each month a video will be posted under ‘videos.’
  • Watch the video from Life Church and join us on that meeting date to discuss its points. I’ll be leading the discussion.
  • Each video discussion will be under a date so it can be referred to later.
  • No trolls allowed. You must want to be in the group because you are a genuine seeker, not one seeking debate or to shut down. I do moderate the group and ban trolls.
  • Private conversations can be done via my email for those not wishing to discuss the video in public.

Sitting Reflections #LifeChurch

The lake reflected this year’s lack of rain. I sat on a rock on Friday and watched the deep blue surface of the lake shimmer beneath the wind and sun. I watched as the reeds bowed to the persistent wind. Even though I knew this area had received lots of snow and rain, the lake didn’t reflect it.

At one point, the lake at its fullest went right to the log fence! 

God, I felt, has me leading a small group with Life Church this year. With Bible illiteracy at its peak in America, I was feeling convicted myself. Like the lake, people need to fill their souls again with Living Water. Too many of us are parched.

You see, I’m just a woman and not a pastor, but I shiver beneath the weight of James 3:1. So please understand I take my Bible seriously and I take your struggles seriously, too. That’s why I decided to start with Dr. David Jeremiah’s, What to do When You Don’t Know What to Do. 

Parched like the lake, we are struggling to find God; to discover Him in a new and profound way. Too many times we try other sources to find that fulfillment, making belief in Him much more difficult than He intended.

Some time ago I remember someone telling me a story about a wound healing. A company created this soothing ointment to help wounds heal, but people rejected it. Why? Because it didn’t hurt. Why do we think the medicine needs to hurt or be difficult to apply?

So the company added something to make the wound sting when the ointment was applied. This satisfied people. We look to religion because we think worship needs to look like or feel like something, even add other teachings to make the medicine feel like medicine.

Jesus died on the cross for us. He took the lashings, the cross, and everything and bore the world’s sin on His body. Three days later, He was resurrected. He visited the disciples before He went back to Heaven. God in human form. Have you ever contemplated that in your heart? Why would God want to become human?

I think about this a lot, especially as I sat on that rock staring across His creation. James teaches us some interesting things, like how faith and works are together, but only faith in Him who died can bring us Salvation. Works is the fruit of our belief, not a requirement of getting to Heaven. We’ll talk more about this on Sunday.

Join me, and let’s drink deeply of the Living Water.