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BSF Update

It's been a while since I've written about BSF, but I am so enjoying the program that I thought it deserved another plug in my journal. Last night marked our second week back after a three-week break for the Christmas holidays; we're on Week 16 of our 35-week (?) study of the Book of Romans. I really am growing to cherish the time I get to spend with my discussion group each week; they are a marvelous group of ladies, so open and honest with the struggles, as well as triumphs, that they encounter on their personal journeys of faith. It's a blessing to be a part of such a group--and to be able to hold each other accountable for doing our daily homework!

Our lecture leader, Joann, is magnificent. She is simply the best speaker I've encountered, in any arena. I covet the time I get to spend listening to her message each Monday--it's the shortest hour of my week! I could listen to her for five hours, if she would only talk that long. She is so filled with the Holy Spirit... I'm not even sure she needs to talk; she could just stand there and the Spirit would radiate from her face, inspiring me. She makes me want to preach--a scary thought. But her dry wit, lurking just beneath that calm, unassuming demeanor hints so much at what I think my own preaching style would be like....

When we were in Atlanta over Thanksgiving, I attended a BSF group in Roswell, so as not to miss a week. It was neat to be able to step right into a group of hundreds of women without missing a beat... but I did miss Joann. It was an interesting change of pace to hear a different lecture leader, and one that made me even more fully appreciate the one I left behind in Greensboro!

Romans has long been perhaps my favorite of Paul's epistles, but the opportunity to study it again in such a disciplined fashion--in-depth and a chunk at a time--really allows the heart and mind time to fully consider the magnitude of Paul's words concerning sin and salvation. And his passion! It's so evident in every perfectly constructed sentence and argument--a testament to the fact that scripture truly is inspired by God, down to the last detail.

Our study passage ended on one (well, two) of my favorite verses last night, Romans 8:38-39: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Isn't that amazing? Paul reminds us that nothing--not a single thing in heaven or on earth--is capable of separating us from God's love. Nothing. He has power and dominion over everything. Nothing can separate us from God's love, not even ourselves, when we fall away from Him. There is nothing we have done in the past, nothing we are doing in the present, nothing we could possibly do in the future that has not already been paid for by Christ's death for us on the cross. The price for all of our sins--past and future--has been paid once and forever... because God loves us. We have only to answer His call.




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