Biblical Manhood & Womanhood Class Available in August

Man and Woman in Biblical/Theological Perspective (THE3560/6520) will be offered August 8-12, 2011 as a college and seminary class.  It is designed for both male and female students and is also very well suited for couples to take jointly.  Even though this is not a BWI class, it would be a great class for you to take if you are interested in studying more intensely about Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

For more information please contact the Women's Life Office at or give us a call at (919) 761-2340.  You can register online for this course at 


Just a little sin?

Today's post is a re-post from Lysa TerKeurst, on June 15th on her blog.  Lysa is the president of 31 Ministries and writes a daily blog.  I highly encourage you to check out her blog. 

Today, there will be a moment.  No one will snap a picture of it.  It probably won’t make it into the journals of those who journal.  Or linger in the thoughts we carry with us to sleep tonight.

It will come.
It will go.

It will slip by seemingly unnoticed. But its affects won’t slip.  They’ll stay.  And if fostered, grow to epic proportions.

This moment where something creeps into our heart and pulls our focus from right to wrong. It will be just a hint of distortion. The smallest amount.  But a slight and seemingly insignificant amount of skewed thought will take root.

And grow.

Beyond what you can even imagine.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is where Moses goes to Pharaoh and sings that song, “Oh Pharaoh, Pharaoh, woah ohhh, gotta let me people go.  Huawh!  Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Totally a loose translation but you know what I’m talking about.

But here’s an astounding chain of events to trace and consider.  Why was the nation of Israel in captivity?  Why was the entire nation of Israelites- all God’s people- all twelve tribes- enslaved in Egypt?
As I trace this story backwards I find it’s because of one seemingly insignificant moment.
The course of history was changed because a few family members got little cranky and a little jealous of their brother Joseph.  Envy and anger slipped in.  Just a hint.  But just enough.

It doesn’t take much.

Joseph was thrown in a pit and eventually sold as a slave.

Years went by.

Years of heartbreak and confusion passed.

Eventually, Joseph landed in a position of great power in Egypt and had authority to provide food for his family.  So, all 11 of his brothers and the all of their families moved to Egypt.  Joseph and his 11 brothers make up what became the 12 tribes of Israel.  As these tribes multiplied they became the nation of Israel.
After Joseph died, “Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came into power in Egypt. ‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. Come let’s deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.’ So they put slave masters oven them to oppress them.”  (Exodus 1:8-11)

So, the entire nation of Israel suffered oppression and slavery.  Why?
Because a few brothers on an ordinary day got a little jealous and allowed anger and envy to slip in.
And the moment it slipped in, the course of history changed.

In a moment.

May we never assume our moments don’t matter.  The decisions we make every second of every day matter.
There are no little moments or little sins.
There is a domino affect to it all.

So, I fall hard upon soft grace.  I thank God for this realization. I ask Him to make my soul even more sensitive, more aware, more in tune to my constant need for forgiveness.

Though I am weak, I walk in the strength of utter dependence. 

And I refuse to beat myself up for mistakes made yesterday.  Today is a new day.  A new chance to set things going in a different direction.

Joseph’s brothers had years to try and rescue Joseph- find out where he was- help him- set their past mistakes right.

Years.  They had years.  But they never did set about to turn things around.

Oh sweet sister don’t let today slip by.

Moments matter.

Watch for a moment today where you are given the choice to let anger, envy or something else negative slip in.  Recognize it.  Refute it. And replace it with God’s spirit of love.

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Isha Gallegos for winning 2 great women's ministry books, Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry by Diana Davis and Women Reaching Women by Chris Adams.  Isha, you can come by anytime and pick up your books! 

Thank you for everyone who wrote in!  There were some great ideas on scripture memorization. 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sample Weekly Schedule

Emily gave a great link to learn more about how to memorize scripture.  In the article, Dr. Andrew Davis of FBC Durham gives practical advice on how to best use your time memorizing scripture.  He even lays out a sample weekly schedule for memorizing scripture. 

Sample Weekly Schedule
Ephesians 1:1-6
Yesterday’s Verse                                     Old Verses Together              New Verse
Day 1 Ephesians 1:1
Day 2 Ephesians 1:1                                  Ephesians 1:1                          Ephesians 1:2
Day 3 Ephesians 1:2                                  Ephesians 1:1-2                       Ephesians 1:3
Day 4 Ephesians 1:3                                  Ephesians 1:1-3                       Ephesians 1:4
Day 5 Ephesians 1:4                                  Ephesians 1:1-4                       Ephesians 1:5

To see the full article click here.

Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway.  THIS Friday we will be giving away 2 books, Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry by Diana Davis and Women Reaching Women by Chris Adams.  To enter click here and leave a comment on any special tricks you have for memorizing scripture.
During these summer months we are going to be discussing different ways to stay disciplined in our personal walks.  I know that sometimes during different times of the year I become a slacker, whether it is when schedules are super busy or really slow, my personal time with the Lord suffers because a lack of discipline.

One area that I specifically struggle with is scripture memory.  I like the idea of memorizing scripture, but when it comes down to actually sitting down and memorizing scripture I find it harder than I imagined.  Basically this is what happens.
  • I pick out a passage or verse that I am wanting to memorize.  
  • I write it down in my journal. Then while writing it down, my mind wanders to make a "to do" list.(remind myself that I need to get back on track)
  • I say it out loud several times.  
  • I will close my eyes to say and try to say it.  Once my eyes are closed I realize how good it feels to have them closed....
Anyone else struggle with this? 

Something that I have found that helps me is surrounding myself with scripture.  One of my favorite methods is writing scripture on paint chips.  You can get these at WalMart, Home Depot or any hardware store that sells paint.  And the best part is that they are FREE!  They are the perfect size to tape onto your computer at work, use as a bookmark, place in your purse, place on the dashboard in the get the idea, you can put them anywhere, and they are pretty. :)

I hope that you will join us as we talk about new and different ways to stay disciplined.  If you have a special trick to memorizing scripture please share by commenting below!  If you leave a comment you will be entered to win 2 books, Fresh Ideas for Women's Ministry by Diana Davis and Women Reaching Women by Chris Adams. 

A Winner will be randomly selected Friday, June 24th at noon.

I can't wait to hear yall's thoughts!

Laura works in the Women's Life Office at Southeastern.  Laura's husband, Lee is pursuing a M.Div in International Church Planting.  They are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child, a baby girl in September.  Lee and Laura are member's of Summit Church and attend the North Raleigh Campus.

New Books Added to Women's Life Library

New books and materials have been added to the Women's Life Library.  Feel free to come by to check out any of these books for FREE!  

Plant a little seed. Grow a big faith.
Jesus told about a sower who planted a seed that yielded a hundred-fold harvest. The SEED in His story is the Word of God. Living and powerful. Capable of producing an astounding harvest in your life.
SEED is a unique Bible study experience for those who long to dive deeply into the Scriptures. Join Priscilla as she relays distinct spiritual principles.  You'll walk away from this study with a revitalized relationship with the Lord and renewed interest for His Word. 

Devotions from the Beth Moore Library - Audio CD includes devotional segments from 7 of Beth's original Bible studies. Each devotion is approximately 10 minutes in length, making it a perfect listen while in the car. Use this to grow closer to God when you commute to and from work, drive to pick up the kids, or when out running errands. 

Her: Becoming a Proverbs 31 Girl by Emily Cole is a girl’s guide to study Proverbs 31 on her own, digging into Scripture and discovering the kind of woman God has created her to be. Girls will realize that God has called them to be women of character, strength, diligence, obedience, and wisdom. Topics to be explored include: love for others, trust, diligence, wise decisions, anxiety and worry, speaking wisely, family relationships, and the right kind of guy. (9 sessions)

 In the new film Courageous (from the makers of Fireproof), four law officers are confident and focused when standing up to the worst the streets have to offer. But leading their families at home in a God-honoring way? That takes courage.

Based on the highly anticipated movie, the Courageous Living Bible Study Leader Kit will help facilitate leading men toward living more courageously in four key areas:

Responsibility: serving, protecting, and casting a vision for their family
Priorities: focusing on eternal things rather than what is temporary
Legacy: recognizing a father’s potential impact as a godly role model
Faith: strengthening a father’s identity in Christ, increasing in wisdom

This dynamic four-week study kit includes one 64-page member book and a DVD-ROM featuring Courageous film clips to support each lesson. In addition there are a number of printable leader helps to assist in preparation for teaching each lesson.

 Join new author Tammie Head through this 6-week journey to free yourself from spiritual insecurities and ignite your faith the way you’ve been wishing you could. There is more to Christ than keeping all the boxes checked. You can stop living in guilt, confusion & duty. God really does love you just the way you are.

Mini-Conference for Girls of All Ages

Richland Creek Community Church will be hosting a mini-conference for women of all ages this Friday, June 17th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  The mini-conference is next Friday, June 17th from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. (registration starts at 6:00) and is meant to inspire all women (young and mature) to learn and follow the instruction of the Scripture regarding their roles and responsibilities. The conference also serves as a kick-off for the mother/daughter studies to follow in the months of June and July. Pizza will be served and there is no cost for the conference.

The guest speaker  for the conference is Christina Middleton.  Christina served as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Southeastern Seminary for several years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wilson Pregnancy Center in Wilson, NC. She is originally from North Atlanta, GA and went to Southeastern Seminary. She has an earned Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity in Women’s Studies. Christina enjoys consulting for women’s ministry in addition to speaking, teaching, training and leading worship at women’s events. Her passion is encouraging biblical womanhood in all aspects of life while living in and ministering to the culture of the day and is an excellent speaker and example to women serving in the church.

There will be a book table at the conference for which the Lifeway bookstore at SEBTS  is supplying books including the following titles:

Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney
Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
A Girl After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George
A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George

Crossway Publishers will be providing the following books for us to sell at the book table:

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
Becoming God’s True Woman Edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Richland Creek would like to welcome all those women who would like to come! 

For more information you can visit their website here.  

Summer is for Reading

6.22.09   |   by Nicole Whitacre
Reblogged from girltalk

When I was a little girl, if I was really engrossed in a book but was supposed to be doing something else (like school or chores), I would sneak off to the bathroom to read a few extra pages before Mom, suspicious as to why I needed fifteen minutes in the restroom, would call my bluff.

I’ve tried this once or twice with my kids too, I’m embarrassed to admit. But they can’t survive five minutes without me meeting one need or another, so it doesn’t work as well as it did with Mom.

Point is, I think anytime is a good time to read, even when it is not.

But summer is a very good time to read. There’s no school at least, so you don’t have to sneak off to the bathroom. You can stretch out on the lawn, and without guilt, enjoy a good book. (Yeah, don’t worry about the laundry…it’ll keep.)

To encourage your guilt-free summer reading, we thought we’d suggest a few of our recent favorites.
First, three books that are “just for fun:”

A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse--a sweet and hilarious comedy about love.

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie--the first of her lesser known “Tommy and Tuppence” mysteries will tie you in knots with its plot twists.

Gilead A Novel by Marilynne Robinson—you’ve probably heard about this book, but if you haven’t read it yet, you’re in for a treat. A modern classic. Beautiful prose