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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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New Podcast: How To Stick With It

Jennifer Cole

I’m so excited for you to hear from two pretty incredible ladies on the podcast today -- Pam Hart and Gina Cameneti! Pam and her husband Gary pastor Victory Church in Great Falls, Montana, and Gina and her husband Joe pastor Believers Church in Warren, Ohio. Both of these gals have decades of longevity and “stick-to-it-iveness” in ministry, marriage and raising kids!

Haven’t you found that people look at you strangely if you say you’ve been pastoring (or fill in your occupation) for 30 years, or been married a few decades -- all while raising up children to love the Lord? Why does that all seem so “out of the norm” in this day-and-age?

We tackle that very subject in this week’s brand new basic interview podcast! Pam and Gina dish out their secrets on how to “stay” in a culture that says “go,” how to have longevity in all areas of life -- and how to have fun and laugh along the way!

So -- check out The Basics With Beth new podcast today on iTunes or on our website  -- and then drop me a note on social media or email to let me know how it helped you!

P.S. We’d love for you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes if you haven't done so yet. That way, you'll get notified every time we release a new episode and be ahead of the curve! 
 

New Podcast: Elevation Worship -- In The House!!

Jennifer Cole

Seriously people -- I cannot tell you how awesome it was to have the Elevation Worship Team here in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Valley Family Church -- for their first stop on the “There Is A Cloud” tour!! We got the privilege of worshipping the Lord with them and I also got the very distinct honor of hosting a podcast with worship leaders Chris Brown and Jane Williams!

You guys, these singers are the real deal -- they love the Lord, they love the Church, they love their spouses and kiddos -- and an top of all that they’re totally down-to-earth and fun!

So be sure to check out the brand new podcast today, where you’ll hear me chat with Chris and Jane about what it’s like to be on such a well-known worship team and tour the country, as well as hearing their helpful tips on how to juggle family, ministry, etc well -- all at the same time. We also have a great discussion about discovering God’s purpose in our lives...so don’t miss this new episode of The Basics With Beth podcast! There’s something in here that will encourage you, give you that nugget of wisdom you’ve just been waiting for, and maybe even make you laugh!  

You can find the podcast on iTunes or listen directly on our website!

P.S. We’d love for you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes if you haven't done so yet. That way, you'll get notified every time we release a new episode and be ahead of the curve! 
 

Faith-FULL

Jennifer Cole

“A faithful man will abound with blessings...” Proverbs 28:20, NKJV

To abound in something means that you’re swimming in it, you’re overcome by it and you’ve got more of it than you need. Swimming in an abundance of blessings sure sounds good to me - how about you? 

Notice that it’s not just any person who gets to enjoy a life like that - specifically, it’s faithful people! So, what does a faithful person look like? The simple answer is this - a faithful person is someone who chooses over and over again to keep their word and do the right thing, even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, even when it’s inconvenient, and especially when they don’t feel like it. 

So, let’s be people who do what we are supposed to do, when it’s supposed to be done. When we make a commitment, let’s stick to it, even when it becomes difficult. Let’s show up to work on time and stay until the job is finished. When we give our word, let’s see it through to completion. 

Faithfulness is not a one-hit wonder - it’s something we get to put into practice on a daily basis. Being faithful matters, and it’s always worth it! Ultimately, when we are faithful with our words, actions and time, we put ourselves in a position to fulfill all the plans that God has for us - and we abound in blessings!

Say This: “Father, I want to show myself faithful from the littlest things to the biggest. I choose to be faithful today to my spouse, my kids, my job, my friends, and most of all to be faithful to You. I thank You that a faithful life leads to an abundance of blessings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Next Generation of Leaders

Jennifer Cole

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just...” Genesis 18:19, NIV

Today's Devo is a shout-out for all Pastors’ kids. God bless you!

I love PKs, probably because we have four of them. But, there's more to it than that. I believe Pastors' kids are hand-selected for their assignment by God and play a special role in building the Church!

Think about it. From birth PKs have a front row seat in the ups and downs, vision and realities, ins and outs, joys and sorrows, and the favor and persecution that goes with the ministry of preaching the gospel and pastoring a church in a given community. On the challenging side: they've navigated a life of pressure where they are expected to be perfect, sinless and fully versed in every topic in the Bible. On the positive side: they've been prayed for by dozens of church people daily throughout their lives. They are blessed to have a lot of faith-filled people rooting for them and desiring their success.

I believe that PKs are some of the most giving, balanced, potential-laden people in the church. They have a heart for God's House. By the time they hit their twenties, they've already made decades worth of sacrifices for the House, including being at every service and event, and sharing their parents with the broader church family.  It's no wonder the enemy goes after PKs - he wants to trip up Pastors’ kids to put an end to any potential gospel legacy. 

So today, let’s add our prayer support for the PKs we know - by doing so, you’re investing in leaders for the next generations!

Say This: "Father, I pray for the PKs I know: __________________ (list them by name). I pray You give them the wisdom, strength and favor they need to find and fulfill Your plan for their lives. May they make a huge positive impact for next generations in building your Church! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
 

All That I Have Is Yours

Beth Jones

"But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.'" Luke 15:29-31, NIV

Ever felt like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son? You know—you’ve been the “good son.” You’ve faithfully served God, been responsible and loyal. You've used wisdom and discretion and honored your Father the best you've known how.

You haven’t been like the rebellious prodigal son -- you’re the good brother! When your wild brother came to his senses and had this heartfelt, repentant meltdown—you were happy to see him come home, but you felt like the father went overboard with the party, gold ring, slippers, fatted calf and all. It seemed a little extreme; you thought instead your father should have given that kid a "talking to" and put him on probation for a while.

Until, you heard what your father said to you. He almost seemed to say it in passing. He assumed you knew it when he said, “Son, all that I have is yours.” What? Everything you have is and has already belonged to me? All this time?

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to backslide to experience the Father's blessings! You just need to meditate on the truth of what already belongs to you. “All that the Father has is already yours.” So, have you asked Him for anything lately? Have you received and partaken of the blessings that are already yours?

Notice the father didn't say, “All that I have is going to be yours, could be yours, might be yours or will be yours one day.” He said, “All that I have is yours.” It’s yours now…it has been yours and you can access it any time of day.
 
So, what does the Father mean? When He says “all”—He must mean all! What does the Father have? He has everything. He’s loaded. He’s got connections. He’s got stuff. If there is something you want, He’s got it and it’s already yours. Today, all you “older brother, good Christians”—let’s receive all that belongs to us!

Say This: "Father, today I thank You that all that You have already belongs to me. Instead of being jealous of Your blessings in other people’s lives, I am going to partake of all the things that You have so richly provided for me. I thank You that Your provision and blessing already belongs to me. I receive it with a grateful heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."