Have You Seen? {October 8, 2017}

Welcome to Have You Seen? We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Theological Study for Local Friends

Lucent Institute has launched a high-quality and  low-cost “on-line Bible school” for Certificate, Associates, and Masters degrees. This is no “camera at the back of the room” school, no it’s one-on-one, across a dining table, professor to student set-up. Get this,  there are subtitles in 59 languages, for lecutres, on-line downloads of notes, quizzes, and e-books.

And best of all, the tuition is based on the “World Bank Parity Pricing Chart.” This means that Americans pay $113/month for tuition, but other nations pay less, down to even under $10 a month.

Students need to have “basic” English comprehension (not speaking or writing, but for reading); and access to the internet via tablet or larger (it will work on a phone but not well). If you have local friends who are interested in theological training, tell them about Lucent Institute. Here is a 3 minute video about the school.

Last Week’s Theme: Facing

From Around the Web

If you live in Europe, author Mary DeMuth is offering a very affordable intensive writing seminar. You can apply here. 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Risk.

Physical. Emotional. Relational. We all live with risk.

Paul’s letter to the Romans promised that only one thing we do not risk: God’s love for us.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We can never be separated from God’s love.

If we are honest, what is promised that cannot be risked, though powerful and important, is short. Very short. Just love.

So, this week we will have a hard look at what it means to be women who risk. What can be lost. What can be gained. What we have to offer. What we are promised, and what we are not promised by God. It might not be the most comfortable week at Velvet Ashes, but it will be powerful.

We invite you to join in the discussion this week in the comments. Show us on Instagram what you are risking, what helps you to risk, and what you know will never actually be risked—use #VelvetAshesRisk. Bring your blog posts to the Grove. Please don’t risk on missing out what God has for you this week. He sees you and loves you.

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