Love God Greatly http://lovegodgreatly.com Blog Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:50:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 111578297 You Are Forgiven Introduction http://lovegodgreatly.com/you-are-forgiven-introduction/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/you-are-forgiven-introduction/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:22:41 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=33262 Do you own a cross necklace or have a decorative cross hanging somewhere in your home? I do. Many of us wear crosses around our necks, in our ears, or as rings on our fingers. Maybe you have a cross tattoo. I have a set of candles with crosses on them. The cross has not…

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Do you own a cross necklace or have a decorative cross hanging somewhere in your home? I do. Many of us wear crosses around our necks, in our ears, or as rings on our fingers. Maybe you have a cross tattoo. I have a set of candles with crosses on them. The cross has not only become a symbol of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, but also mainstream symbol of religion and simple spirituality.

For too many, all these crosses carry a superficial sentiment. It doesn’t move us like it should. Even the decorative cross hanging in my living room does not move me to tears because of Christ’s sacrifice or my guilt. It should. But I bought it at Hobby Lobby because it looked pretty. It is easy to forget what the cross is truly all about.

And on the other end of this spectrum are those who have placed too much emphasis on the cross as an object. Throughout history many have sought out pieces of the ”true” cross of Christ. Way back in 326 AD the Empress Helen (the mother of Constantinople) began to search for Christ’s tomb and the place of Golgotha. As the story goes, Helen ended up finding 3 crosses which she believed to have been the cross of Christ as well as those used to execute the two thieves who hung next to Jesus. Like those who miss the significance of the cross in light of its popular artistic merit, so some have missed its significance by looking for the wood it was made of.

How was Helen going to figure out which one of the three crosses actually held the body of Jesus? There are a couple different stories. One says that there was a woman in the city–a prominent lady who was terminally ill. One by one the crosses were brought to her.  The first two crosses did nothing, but when the nearly-dead woman touched the third cross she was instantly healed.

Throughout the years many have made pilgrimages to see, touch and kiss an alleged part of the “real cross” in order to be healed and receive blessing. Sadly many have turned the cross into an idol, believing that the wooden cross beams had special powers. The instrument of torture, for many, became something to trust in apart from Jesus Christ.

But the cross is not a trinket we can put on and take off. Nor is it just an example of suffering and obedience. It is not a relic filled with healing power. It is not merely a beautiful piece of decoration. The cross is not a talisman that will bring us good luck and blessings.

The truth is, whether or not the cross on which Jesus died still exists is irrelevant. A piece of wood holds no power. The cross was a device of torture on which the Son of God secured for us the eternal forgiveness of God the father.

“He brought you to life along with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, He also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the Cross.”

– Colossians 2:13-14

The cross itself is not our hope. What Jesus did on the cross is what saves all who believe.

On the cross Jesus made satisfaction of God’s wrath.

On the cross Jesus made payment of our ransom.

On the cross Jesus was punished for our sins.

On the cross Jesus destroyed the power of sin and the curse of death.

And on the cross Jesus ensured forgiveness for those who believe in him.

This is what our study is all about. How Jesus obtained for us the forgiveness of sins by his death.

In this study we will examine many of the different facets of forgiveness. Why do we need it? How do we get it? What is the extent of our forgiveness and how should it change us?

The cross is precious because on it our Savior poured out his life for us. We received pardon and the power to forgive others. Forgiveness is our precious treasure but we can’t hang forgiveness on our walls, or drape it around our necks, but we use the cross as a reminder of the beautiful gift of forgiveness Christ gave to us.

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Friends, we are so excited to begin You Are Forgiven with you this coming Monday!

You can grab a copy on Amazon here: You Are Forgiven

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When The World Comes To Us… http://lovegodgreatly.com/world-comes-us/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/world-comes-us/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:12:20 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=33241 Do you think of yourself as missionary? How do you submit to the Great Commandment of “Go and make disciples”?  As a mom of three little ones, I consider myself productive if I can round them up to go to the store, shop, and head home just in time for naps so that they don’t…

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Do you think of yourself as missionary? How do you submit to the Great Commandment of “Go and make disciples”?  As a mom of three little ones, I consider myself productive if I can round them up to go to the store, shop, and head home just in time for naps so that they don’t turn into little gremlins.

“Go?”

Go where? I can’t go. I have wee little ones at home. I admire those who can go.

Truth is…

You are a missionary at home. You are on a mission to bring up your children as arrows for the kingdom of God. You are to point your little ones toward the gospel and suit them up with the full armor of God.

Now stretch your perspectives with me…

Even when you feel like your children mean the whole world to you, they are not. There is a bigger world out there that every woman – regardless of your marital status and number of children you have – is called to: to make disciples of all nations.

In her book Missional Motherhood, Gloria Furman challenges us to realize that “nurturing” involves discipling, serving, caregiving, mothering, teaching, showing hospitality by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Stretch with me just a littler further …

Mission is not a job. Mission is a lifestyle. Missional opportunities are everywhere… even at the grocery store with your children.

In the last century, God has really changed the landscape of global missions.

The 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange found the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities to be the highest rate of growth in 35 years, increasing by ten percent to a record high of 974,926 students in the 2014/15 academic year.

Wow! Those 974,926 people are from all nations…that’s almost a million in the USA! How many of them are in neighborhoods where you live? I live in a college town where there are about 10,000. I see them at the store, and they smile at me as I corral my kids into my shopping cart. Chances are that you have international students near where you live.

The landscape of global missions boomerangs from going overseas to going shopping in your own hometown.

These international students arrive in the US with two suitcases filled with anticipation, dreams of their future, and an eagerness to learn. Many of them are not only here to achieve academic goals, but desire to learn new concepts and “the American way.” Let us pray that they will refill those two suitcases with the gospel. Let us show them that the American way starts with one smiling nod, two helping hands, and perhaps one very messy family mealtime with your children.

Take them shopping with you to the store. Let them hold your baby. Let them read Mother Goose nursery rhymes to your child. They may ask, “Why in the world would someone bake 4 and 20 black birds into a pie?” Be prepared to answer that, but also be prepared to talk about your story, your faith, and your Salvation through Jesus Christ. They will remember you and your story, and perhaps share it with their friends and family when they return to their homeland. They will remember the way you teach your children when they have their own. They will, if the Lord chooses, turn to your God when they face their unknown future.

Better yet, create a Bible study group with them. I have experienced countless “aha” moments where we learn about God with my Love God Greatly Bible study group. We are “going” and “making” disciples via our interactions with international students from all over the world.

By doing so, YOU are a missionary.

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” ~ Hebrews 13:2

Cheers,

Yating Chang Haller

Yating is a former international student who arrived to the USA 20 years ago with two suitcases. She and her husband – with three little children in tow – now serve as full-time missionaries at Purdue University, reaching out to international students arriving with two suitcases of hopes, dreams, and anticipation. You can contact Yating at Hallerexpress@gmail.com

Maybe this year God is calling you to open your home and welcome some international students into it…

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Friends, our brand new BOOK, You Are Forgiven, is now available on Amazon!! Order your copy TODAY, invite your friends, and plan to join us for our NEW Love God Greatly Fall study… starting on MONDAY!!

“In this broken world we are all touched by shame, guilt, and difficult relationships. But God has a better way. Whether you are in need of the forgiveness and new life that Jesus extends to each of us, or you are longing for relationships that are free from blame and strife, this book is for you. Through the lens of God’s Word plus real-life stories, You Are Forgiven poignantly reminds readers that what Jesus did on the cross is the only thing that frees us from the prison of unforgiveness.

In this 8-week Love God Greatly Bible study, you’ll learn about how Jesus obtained for us the forgiveness of sins and what that means in our everyday lives. We’ll examine many of the different facets of forgiveness, including: Why do we need it? How do we get it? What is the extent of our forgiveness, and how should it change us?”

Dare to believe that you are forgiven… and then let that life-changing truth transform your life from the inside out.

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JOIN A GROUP for our |You Are Forgiven| study! http://lovegodgreatly.com/join-group-forgiven-study/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/join-group-forgiven-study/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:21:52 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=33217 If you’ve been around Love God Greatly for long, you know that we’re really passionate about a couple of things: inspiring women get into God’s Word, and encouraging them that they don’t have to do it alone!  In today’s fast-paced technology driven world, it is easy to study God’s Word in an isolated environment that lacks encouragement or…

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If you’ve been around Love God Greatly for long, you know that we’re really passionate about a couple of things: inspiring women get into God’s Word, and encouraging them that they don’t have to do it alone! 

In today’s fast-paced technology driven world, it is easy to study God’s Word in an isolated environment that lacks encouragement or support, but that isn’t the intention here at Love God Greatly. God created us to live in community with Him and with those around us.

We need each another, and we live life better together. 

Now is the time to JOIN A GROUP for our You Are Forgiven study! 

Several of our LGG Facilitators are currently welcoming NEW MEMBERS, and YOU are invited!! Simply peruse the group descriptions listed in the comments section below, find the group that’s right for you, then follow the instructions listed for connecting with that group.

Interested in facilitating your own Love God Greatly group this session? It’s not too late to grab your girlfriends, sisters, moms, grandmas, neighbors, and coworkers to study with you! To learn more about becoming an LGG Facilitator, click here.

Join us beginning August 29th as we journey through You Are Forgiven TOGETHER (Read this post to find out how you can access our study materials and take advantage of all LGG has to offer this session!)!

In this broken world we are all touched by shame, guilt, and difficult relationships. But God has a better way. Whether you are in need of the forgiveness and new life that Jesus extends to each of us, or you are longing for relationships that are free from blame and strife, this book is for you. Through the lens of God’s Word plus real-life stories, You Are Forgiven poignantly reminds readers that what Jesus did on the cross is the only thing that frees us from the prison of unforgiveness. In this 8-week Love God Greatly Bible study, you’ll learn about how Jesus obtained for us the forgiveness of sins and what that means in our everyday lives. We’ll examine many of the different facets of forgiveness, including: Why do we need it? How do we get it? What is the extent of our forgiveness, and how should it change us?

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|You Are Forgiven| Materials Now Available! http://lovegodgreatly.com/forgiven-materials-now-available/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/forgiven-materials-now-available/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:11:09 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=33092 We begin our Fall study ONE WEEK from TODAY and we couldn’t be more excited! Now is a great time to reach out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to do our You Are Forgiven study with you for these next 8 weeks! Our online Bible study format is super easy to do…

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We begin our Fall study ONE WEEK from TODAY and we couldn’t be more excited! Now is a great time to reach out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them to do our You Are Forgiven study with you for these next 8 weeks! Our online Bible study format is super easy to do during the busy Fall months because of its flexibility!

Take your Bible study to a deeper level by using our You Are Forgiven Study Materials:

  • Order our You Are Forgiven combined Book and  Study Journal on Amazon TODAY and receive it in time for our study start! For less than $13, you’ll receive 8 full chapters of amazing content (including powerful personal testimonies!), our memory verse coloring pages, weekly Bible reading plans, journaling pages, reflection questions and MORE!! And best of all — 100% of the proceeds from our journal sales go directly back into the ministry so that we can serve you better!
  • INTRODUCING You Are Forgiven: a Love God Greatly Bible Study Journal for KIDS! This incredible resource is available EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon and is a perfect companion for children to use alongside the Love God Greatly You Are Forgiven adult study journal. Scripture will come alive to children with the help of spacious journaling areas, fun memory verse coloring pages, and space to draw and record items of personal prayer and praise.

  • As always, you can download our FREE study materials by visiting our Bible Studies tab on our website. Select You Are Forgiven to download the Study Journal! {Please note: The memory verse coloring pages are not included in the downloadable version.} 

And don’t forget… there are several ways to participate with Love God Greatly this study session:

  • Download the LGG App! Here you’ll have access to our Bible studies, blog posts, images, and daily devotionals… right in the palm of your hand!
  • Follow our LGG Facebook page! We’ll post the study verses of the day, links to our blog posts, and tons of extra encouragement throughout our eight-week study. Check in each morning with us by commenting on our daily verse image and share what you’re learning through our study!
  • Follow us on Instagram @LoveGodGreatlyOfficial for uplifting daily study postings, PLUS share your study images and insights with the LGG community by using the #LoveGodGreatly and #YouAreForgivenBook hashtags.
  • You’re invited to join in the conversation on our Love God Greatly blog posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the study session. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, subscribe on the LGG website, and every blog post will be delivered straight to your inbox… how great is that?!
  • Find our You Are Forgiven Bible reading plan and devotional content on the mobile app YouVersion beginning August 29th! Simply open the app and search for Love God Greatly: You Are Forgiven.
  • Grab your girlfriends, sisters, moms, grandmas, neighbors, and coworkers for extra inspiration and encouragement this session… we’re so much stronger together!!  To learn more about becoming an LGG Facilitator, click here.
  • **If leading a group for the VERY FIRST TIME, be sure to register as a LGG Facilitator!!! We offer personal mentor support and access to our exclusive Facilitator resources. *If you’re already an active LGG Facilitator, there is no need for you to register again… you’re good to go!
  • Of course, you’re always welcome to study solo and check in each day by joining our LGG Community in discussion on our blog and social media pages. We want you to choose the option that works best for you!
  • If you would like to join an existing LGG group, we will provide an opportunity for our LGG Facilitators who are accepting new members to list their groups in a separate blog post on Tuesday!

We hope you’ll utilize all that LGG has to offer YOU this session! We’re SO thrilled you’re joining us and can’t wait to see you back HERE on August 29th when we kick off our You Are Forgiven study!

Will you be joining us for our You Are Forgiven study beginning in just ONE WEEK? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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|You Are Forgiven| T-Shirt Pre-Order! http://lovegodgreatly.com/forgiven-t-shirt-pre-order/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/forgiven-t-shirt-pre-order/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 02:06:28 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=33183 Girls, we are SO excited to announce that we’re offering a NEW You Are Forgiven t-shirt, available for pre-order NOW in our Love God Greatly store!!! This stylish 100% cotton, 3/4 sleeve raglan tee in vintage purple & heather white is a fabulous complement to our upcoming You Are Forgiven study beginning August 29th! Wear this…

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Girls, we are SO excited to announce that we’re offering a NEW You Are Forgiven t-shirt, available for pre-order NOW in our Love God Greatly store!!!

This stylish 100% cotton, 3/4 sleeve raglan tee in vintage purple & heather white is a fabulous complement to our upcoming You Are Forgiven study beginning August 29th! Wear this comfy tee around the house to remind yourself of this powerful message, and utilize it on the go as great conversation starter with friends!

The pre-order will run until Friday, September 2nd, and the You Are Forgiven t-shirts will begin to ship out to you the week of September 19th! So, be sure to place your order soon & feel free to share this with your friends & loved ones!

In this broken world we are all touched by shame, guilt, and difficult relationships. But Got has a better way. Whether you are in need of the forgiveness and new life that Jesus extends to each of us, or you are longing for relationships that are free from blame and strife… the message of God’s FORGIVENESS is for YOU.

LINK TO STORE!

Read more about our upcoming You Are Forgiven study, and grab our combined You Are Forgiven book/study journal here!

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|EQUIP| women with us: LGG Facilitator Resources and NEW Facilitator Sign-up!! http://lovegodgreatly.com/lgg-facilitator-resources-and-new-facilitator-sign-up/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/lgg-facilitator-resources-and-new-facilitator-sign-up/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 02:10:22 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=32952 Three very intentional words drive our mission here at Love God Greatly… Inspire. Encourage. Equip. This week on the blog we’re dedicating three days to these three words, and you’re invited! Whether you’ve been around these parts for a long time or you’re brand new to LGG, we want to take time before our next online Bible study begins…

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Three very intentional words drive our mission here at Love God Greatly

Inspire.

Encourage.

Equip.

This week on the blog we’re dedicating three days to these three words, and you’re invited! Whether you’ve been around these parts for a long time or you’re brand new to LGG, we want to take time before our next online Bible study begins to share our passion behind our mission, as well as to invite YOU to begin building community around you by facilitating our next study in God’s Word with the amazing women in your life.

On Monday we talked about our mission to INSPIRE women to make God’s Word a priority in their daily lives, and we asked you to prayerfully consider becoming a LGG Facilitator!

On Wednesday we looked at our mission to ENCOURAGE women in their daily walks with God, and talked about the role of a LGG Facilitator (and OH, the testimonies in the comments from some of our current facilitators… simply AMAZING!!).

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Today we’re focusing in on Part THREE of our mission. Love God Greatly exists to:

 

|EQUIP| women to grow in their faith, so that they can effectively reach others for Christ.

 

Listen, we realize that this is the internet, but sometimes we honestly almost forget that little detail because our Love God Greatly community feels a whole lot more like family. 

And family takes care of their own.

We want you to know that you’re never alone here. Once you are registered as a Love God Greatly Facilitator, our team works hard to make sure you have all of the resources and support you need to successfully lead your group!

We EQUIP our Facilitators, so they in turn can EQUIP women to grow in their faith (through the study of God’s Word) so that they can effectively reach others for Christ. It’s a beautiful cycle that keeps on giving, and it comes straight from the heart of God. 

 

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

Ok, so exactly what resources and support can you expect as a Love God Greatly Facilitator? Get a load of THIS…

  • LGG Facilitators Group on Facebook – Join this private group for daily support, insight, creative ideas, encouragement, and tips on how to lead your group well.
  • LGG Facilitators Email Newsletter – Not on Facebook? No problem! Join our Facilitators Email group and receive our FEAST newsletter, which is loaded with tons of encouragement and support.
  • LGG Facilitator Mentorship – This amazing opportunity pairs our first-time Facilitators with a seasoned LGG Mentor who will come alongside you to encourage you, answer questions, and offer advice as you lead your LGG group for the first time.
  • LGG Facilitator Handbook – This is an excellent resource guide for learning the practical ins and outs of setting up and facilitating a group. We listened to your most frequently asked questions and have addressed them here!
  • LGG Study Resources – Along with our LGG Reading Plans and Study Journals, our M-W-F blog posts, LGG Facebook and Instagram pages, LGG App, and YouVersion devotionals are designed to provide extra insight and encouragement each study session, and can assist you as you lead.
  • Facilitators Only Page – Located on our main website, here you’ll find professional images and other helpful study-specific resources designed exclusively for Facilitator use.
  • Our LGG Prayer and Encouragers Teams are a vital part of your facilitator experience, ensuring that you always have a safe place to share personal and group prayer needs, as well as access to an experienced team of facilitators who are committed to cheering you on every step of the way!

 

This amazing work God has called us to cannot be accomplished without women like YOU volunteering your time to help lead our groups. Your role is vital to our ministry and we treasure YOU! God is moving in powerful ways through Love God Greatly, and we believe this is just beginning. Would you lock arms with us as together we reach our nations for Christ? With a mustard seed of faith we can move mountains in His name!

 

So here’s the challenge: call your mom, your sister, your grandma, the girl across the street or the college friend across the country. Grab a group of girls from your church or workplace, or meet in a coffee shop with friends you have always wished you knew better. Utilize the beauty of connecting online for inspiration and accountability, and take opportunities to meet in person when you can.

 

Arm in arm and hand in hand, let’s do this thing… together.

 

Are you ready to dive in to this amazing adventure? Sign up to become a Love God Greatly Facilitator TODAY using the “New LGG Facilitator Registration Form” below!!

 

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New LGG Facilitator Registration

Welcome! This form is for first-time LGG Facilitators and Co-Facilitators. Thank you for boldly stepping up and serving by tithing your time to facilitate a group with Love God Greatly. We appreciate you and value your time and faithfulness! Privacy Information: We will not share your personal information with anyone.
  • Please note: we request that both Facilitator and Co-Facilitator fill this form out separately.
  • If you do not have a Co-Facilitator, please type "none."
  • We recommend that new Facilitators first ask family and friends to join your group, if possible.
  • If you are not on Facebook, please type "none."
  • If you live in a country without States or Provinces, please type "International."
  • We offer a special Love God Greatly Mentorship program designed for first time facilitators. Our mentors come beside you to offer advice and encouragement as you lead your group for the first time.
  • We Believe: The Bible is God’s infallible Word. ♦ God exists as three in One: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ♦ Jesus’ deity, virgin birth, sinless humanity, atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven. ♦ All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ♦ Salvation by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone. ♦ The Holy Spirit indwells believers, empowering them to live the Christian life. ♦ Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. ♦ The resurrection of the body: eternal life for all true believers in heaven and eternal punishment for all unbelievers in hell. ♦ The church is made up of true believers from every tribe, tongue and nation. ♦ Believers are commanded to tell others the good news of the gospel. Do you agree with the LGG Statement of Belief?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

*Let’s talk: Did you sign up to become a LGG Facilitator for the very first time today? If so, please tell us a little bit about yourself in the comments below… we’d love to get to know you more!

 

COMING SOON… our Fall Online Bible Study beginning August 29th: YOU ARE FORGIVEN!! 

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|ENCOURAGE| women with us: The Role of a LGG Facilitator http://lovegodgreatly.com/encouragewomen-us-role-lgg-facilitator/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/encouragewomen-us-role-lgg-facilitator/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:08:36 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=32950 Three very intentional words drive our mission here at Love God Greatly… Inspire. Encourage. Equip. This week on the blog we’re dedicating three days to these three words, and you’re invited! Whether you’ve been around these parts for a long time or you’re brand new to LGG, we want to take time before our next online Bible study begins…

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Three very intentional words drive our mission here at Love God Greatly

Inspire.

Encourage.

Equip.

This week on the blog we’re dedicating three days to these three words, and you’re invited! Whether you’ve been around these parts for a long time or you’re brand new to LGG, we want to take time before our next online Bible study begins to share our passion behind our mission, as well as to invite YOU to begin building community around you by facilitating our next study in God’s Word with the amazing women in your life.

On Monday, we talked about our mission to INSPIRE women to make God’s Word a priority in their daily lives, and we asked you to prayerfully consider becoming a LGG Facilitator!

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Today we’re focusing in on Part TWO of our mission. Love God Greatly exists to:

 

|ENCOURAGE| women in their daily walks with God through online community and personal accountability.

 

This is where our Love God Greatly Facilitators SHINE!

 

What is the role of a LGG Facilitator?

  • She invites women in her life to study with her throughout one of our Love God Greatly Bible study sessions (we think 5-12 women to a group is ideal, but recommend no more than 25).
  • She engages with her group Monday-Friday by posting the daily verses on the technology platform of the group’s choice (private Facebook and WhatsApp groups, emailing, and texting are popular choices, but we encourage you to use what works for YOU).
  • She models a study environment for her group members by sharing what she is learning on a daily basis as she digs into God’s Word.
  • She encourages the women in her group to follow her lead and share their daily study observations and personal applications.
  • She prays for her group members and encourages them to pray for each other as well.
  • She shares personal joys and challenges, offering a safe, supportive place for her group to do the same.
  • She facilitates with love, humility, and compassion, consistently pointing women back to God and His Word.
  • She utilizes the beauty of connecting online for inspiration and accountability, and takes opportunities to gather her group in person when she can (for local groups we recommend a fun, in-person meet-up at least once per study!).
  • She partners with a co-facilitator (recommended) for personal support and back-up when needed.

[You can read more about the role of a LGG Facilitator and our Statement of Belief here.]

 

The Bible has a whole lot to say about ENCOURAGING others, and becoming a LGG Facilitator is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but ENCOURAGING one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:25

“He died for us so that, whether awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore ENCOURAGE one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11

“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, ENCOURAGE the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14

“But ENCOURAGE one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3:13

 

Two things: God’s Word + Authentic Relationships

We see it modeled throughout Scripture and here at Love God Greatly we know this to be true: when we gather together in unity as the body of Christ to speak truth and life into our relationships, iron sharpens iron, our hope increases, and Christ is exalted. God’s Word + authentic relationships = a powerful force for the gospel!!

Is becoming a LGG Facilitator an investment? Absolutely.

Is it worth it? More than we may ever know…

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Meet us back here this Friday for the third installment in our series where we’ll talk about the practical resources and support we offer to ensure that all of our LGG Facilitators are equipped with everything they need!

 

*LET’S TALK in the comments below!

*If you are an active LGG Facilitator, please share your experience with us in the comments today! How do you invite women to join your group? What technology platform do you use to connect with your group? What “tips and tricks” do you have for those who are considering facilitating? What ideas do you have for meeting with your group in person? How has facilitating a LGG group enriched your life?

*If you are considering facilitating a LGG group for the very first time, what questions do you have? Please post your questions in the comments below and someone from our team will reply as soon as they’re able!

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Our next study: YOU ARE FORGIVEN begins August 29th! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us!

 

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|INSPIRE| women with us by facilitating a Love God Greatly group! http://lovegodgreatly.com/inspire-women-with-us-by-facilitating-a-lgg-group/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/inspire-women-with-us-by-facilitating-a-lgg-group/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:44:08 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=32948 Three very intentional words drive our mission here at Love God Greatly… Inspire. Encourage. Equip. This week on the blog we’re dedicating three days to these three words, and you’re invited! Whether you’ve been around these parts for a long time or you’re brand new to LGG, we want to take time before our next online…

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Three very intentional words drive our mission here at Love God Greatly

Inspire.

Encourage.

Equip.

This week on the blog we’re dedicating three days to these three words, and you’re invited! Whether you’ve been around these parts for a long time or you’re brand new to LGG, we want to take time before our next online Bible study begins to share our passion behind our mission, as well as to invite YOU to begin building community around you by facilitating our next study in God’s Word with the amazing women in your life.

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Today we’re focusing in on Part One of our mission. Love God Greatly exists to:

 

|INSPIRE| women to make God’s Word a priority in their daily lives through our Bible study resources.

 

Let’s face it – with the responsibilities we carry as women plus all that is going on in the world around us, we need INSPIRED to make God’s Word a priority in our lives. After all, the Bible is the inspired Word of God, written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of Scripture we might have hope (Romans 15:4).

 

Now more than ever, we need Truth. We need hope. We need Jesus. We need each other. 

This is why we do what we do.

Why should YOU consider facilitating a Love God Greatly group for our next study? Here’s the skinny…

 

What We Do

Love God Greatly consists of a beautiful community of women who use a variety of technology platforms to keep each other accountable in God’s Word. We start with a simple Bible reading plan, but it doesn’t stop there. Some gather in homes and churches locally, while others connect online with women across the globe. Whatever the method, we lovingly lock arms and unite for this purpose… to Love God Greatly with our lives.

 

What is a Love God Greatly Facilitator?

A LGG Facilitator is a woman who has a passion for seeing other women read God’s Word for themselves. She is a woman who knows how important it is to have God’s Word not only in our minds… but also saturated deep down in our hearts. A LGG Facilitator commits to gathering women her life, and then facilitates a safe, encouraging place (often via social media, through email or texting, or at a weekly in-person gathering) where these women can share what they are learning and find support throughout one of our Love God Greatly Bible study sessions.

 

Why Facilitate?

In today’s fast-paced technology driven world, it would be easy to study God’s Word in an isolated environment that lacks encouragement or support, but that isn’t the intention here at Love God Greatly. God created us to live in community with Him and with those around us. We need each another, and we live life better together. 

All of us have women in our lives who need friendship, encouragement, and have the desire to dive into God’s Word on a deeper level. By facilitating a Love God Greatly group, you’re saying yes to impacting women’s lives and bringing glory to God by helping them draw closer to God and each other.

Keeping It Simple

At Love God Greatly, you’ll find real, authentic women. Women who are imperfect, yet forgiven. Women who desire less of us, and a whole lot more of Jesus. Women who long to know God through his Word, because we know that Truth transforms and sets us free. Women who are better together, saturated in God’s Word and in community with one another. 

We know you’re busy so we’re keeping it simple around here. From our straightforward, easy-to-use materials to the most incredible, supportive community, we are committed to encouraging and equipping our LGG Facilitators every step of the way!

 

We’re asking God for an ARMY of women who will go into all the world and INSPIRE women around them to Love God Greatly with their lives. Won’t YOU prayerfully consider becoming a part of this incredible mission that God has given us by becoming a LGG Facilitator?

 

Coming this week: Plan to join us right back here on Wednesday to learn more about the role of a LGG Facilitator. Then on Friday, we’ll talk about the practical resources and support we offer to ensure that all of our LGG Facilitators are equipped with everything they need!

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Our next online Bible study

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Special Announcement & YAF Kids Journal Now Available! http://lovegodgreatly.com/special-announcement-yaf-kids-journal-now-available/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/special-announcement-yaf-kids-journal-now-available/#comments Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:05:48 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=32946 Friends, We are TWO weeks away from starting our fall study: You Are Forgiven and we can’t wait to get started with you! In the meantime….we have a lot going on before we begin on August 29th!!! First up, our corresponding kids journals are now available on Amazon! Our journals are simple and easy for children of…

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Friends,

We are TWO weeks away from starting our fall study: You Are Forgiven and we can’t wait to get started with you! In the meantime….we have a lot going on before we begin on August 29th!!!

First up, our corresponding kids journals are now available on Amazon! Our journals are simple and easy for children of many ages to use! Through our “writing out the verse”, to our “draw or write what this verse means to you” sections, kids have the space to interact and process God’s Word on their level and apply it to their lives. This simple yet effective method teaches our children at an early age how to engage with God’s Word and learn to feed themselves spiritually.

I personally use these journals with my three girls ages 5, 9 & 10 and they LOVE them!  Friends, it’s never too early to start teaching our children how to dig into God’s Word for themselves! With the school year just starting, now is a great time to begin!

You can help support Love God Greatly by purchasing the You Are Forgiven book and corresponding kid’s journal on Amazon here:

You Are Forgiven

  • 256 pages
  • includes 8 chapters
  • 8 weeks of SOAP journaling pages
  • weekly Bible reading plans
  • weekly Scripture included
  • memory verse coloring pages
  • weekly reflection questions
  • personal testimonies from women in our Love God Greatly community
  • prayer section and MORE!

 

You Are Forgiven for KIDS JOURNAL

  • 138 pages
  • weekly bible reading plans
  • weekly Scripture included
  • memory verse coloring pages
  • daily journaling pages
  • weekly reflection area
  • personal prayer section

 

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Have you been thinking about leading a Love God Greatly group but just not sure how? Starting on Monday, we have 3 blog posts this week all geared toward inspiring, encouraging and equipping you to reach out into your communities and lead a group! They will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so make sure to check them out!

AUGUST 22ND- FACILITATOR SIGN UP- For those who want to lead a Love God Greatly group and would like to be included in our amazing LGG Facilitator Facebook group or Facilitator email group.

BEGINNING AUGUST 23RD- JOIN A LOVE GOD GREATLY GROUP- If you’ve been wanting to join an LGG group, now is the time to do it! Facilitators who have openings in their groups will post their groups in the comment section on Tuesday’s post for new members to request to join their group!

YOU ARE FORGIVEN TRANSLATIONS- Will be coming out toward the end of August so stay tuned!!!

NEW LGG STORE COMING SOON!!! We can’t wait to show you our new items!

Okay, as you can see….we have A LOT of fun and exciting things going on behind the scenes here at Love God Greatly, but we’d LOVE to hear from you!!!

  1. What are some questions you have about leading a Love God Greatly group?
  2. In the future, what are some items you’d like for us to offer in our Love God Greatly online store?

 

Thanks again friends for joining us here at Love God Greatly! We are so looking forward to starting You Are Forgiven with you on August 29th!

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

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And The Winners Are… http://lovegodgreatly.com/and-the-winners-are/ http://lovegodgreatly.com/and-the-winners-are/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:32:35 +0000 http://lovegodgreatly.com/?p=32943 Wow! What an amazing response to our You Are Forgiven giveaway last week! Thank YOU, thank YOU, THANK YOU to all of you for sharing, posting, tweeting, and pinning our images!! YOU helped us reach more women with this powerful book by telling your friends about it! We are so excited to see how God is going…

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Wow! What an amazing response to our You Are Forgiven giveaway last week! Thank YOU, thank YOU, THANK YOU to all of you for sharing, posting, tweeting, and pinning our images!! YOU helped us reach more women with this powerful book by telling your friends about it! We are so excited to see how God is going to move through our fall study and can’t wait to get it started with each of you!!!

Out of the 21,000 + entries….here are the 30 winners:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

(Note: An email has already been sent to each winner!)

If you didn’t win a copy of You Are Forgiven, you can order our new book on Amazon and help support Love God Greatly through your purchase. All proceeds go toward providing a Global Translator Intensive in 2017!!!

Purchase a book and help change lives around the world…it’s a win-win for everyone!

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