Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Home group tonight will be at the Bell home on Adelaide. There will be a meal at 6:30 pm, followed by (maybe) a special time of worship lead by a young German couple visiting the US. :)
There also will be available a video and report time on the recent trip Dwayne, Flora, and the Hope Fellowship youth made to an Indian reservation in Montana. With plenty of time to ask questions, and then share what's going on in your lives as normal.
I'm not sure what Dr. Stan will share, but if he does... it will be interesting, as usual. :)
See you there!!
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 11:29 AM
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Why did we show the film “Patterns of Evidence” about the Exodus last week? What did you glean from watching it?
Of course there is the obvious. Facts and findings from archeology and Egyptology that support or refute history. That is the narrative. But what I find utterly fascinating is how experts in these fields, knowledgable about the same facts could dismiss the striking evidence and remain spiritually blind to what we believe is truth. The truth of the Bible and the Biblical account?
How does that happen? I had hoped we might discuss that this week at home group if there was time around dinner. But we’ve taken a different dinner tact, and are meeting with another life group, The Small’s, at the home of Bobbi Cardew, Wednesday night, 6:30 pm, 1923 Hendricks. See you there! (Please RSVP to Patty if you haven’t already so they will know how many to prepare for dinner. )
In closing I’ll share some thoughts and quotes that are apropos to the questions I started out with about the film. You can mull them over yourself and perhaps discuss them among yourselves. How do people come to faith? Come to be Jesus’ sheep?
I noted Jesus’ discussion of those who know Him and those who don’t? John 10:25-30. “…you don’t know Who I Am, because you are not My sheep.” “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them… and give them eternal life.”
And I noted these interesting quotes for you to ponder….
“It matters little what we think of the Lord; it matters for eternity what God thinks of us.”
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”
“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” Blaise Pascal
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9)
“The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.” A.W. Tozer
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 5:46 PM
Monday, May 15, 2017
ATTENTION! Home group is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday May 16th, 6:30 p.m. at the Bell's. Please be on time as we plan to start the movie promptly at 6:45 p.m.. Popcorn will be served! :)
The movie Patterns of Evidence is refreshing in it's approach to history, faith, and science. It's also beautifully done (cinematography and music) -- the way he tells the story of his quest and journey into this area of life and human experience.
Hope to see you there!
Movie description on iTunes
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 3:56 PM
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Home group tonight will meet at the Bell's 6:30pm, as usual. We'll be picking up were we left off in the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, looking at the seven churches in Asia Minor (Modern Western Turkey), that were used by Jesus during the last half of the Roman empire to spread His kingdom far and wide, even down to the USA today.
Tonight we finish with the last church, number seven, Laodicea, Rev 3:14-22.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ... ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:14–21)
“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ ”” (Revelation 3:22)
Ray Stedman Commentary on Laodicea
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 10:58 AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
We'll meet Wednesday night, 6:30pm as usual at the Bell's home, and continue our look at the 7 churches in the Apocalypse (Revelation.) Asking ourselves those time honored (everyday language expressed) axioms of Biblical exegesis,  What did it mean then?  What does it mean now? And  What does it mean to me?
We finished Sardis last week, and this week begin with the church in Philadelphia, Rev 3:7-13.
Come prepared to learn, participate, and be blessed with insight and revelation.
Commentary on Philadelphia
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 3:13)
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 8:43 AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hope to see you there!
““To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.” (Revelation 3:1–2)
Commentary on the Church at Sardis
Article on Forgiveness Spawned from our Life Group
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 2:42 PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Home group will meet April 12th, 6:30pm, at the Bells. We'll continue our discussion of the churches in Revelation by looking this week at The Church in Thyatria, Revelation 2:18... Hope to see you there ready for discussion and sharing our lives.
Pray you're having a good Holy Week of contemplating our Lord's life and sacrifice. I received this post from a friend that might be of help if you're looking for something inspirational. Or this recent video from Israel?
[Commentary on Revelation]
Posted by Dwayne Bell at 2:49 PM