In the Light by Beth Gianopulos

In the Light "You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it." Ephesians 5:8-10 MSG

A few years ago, my husband and I took our son on a mission trip to Mexico City. Our family had been through some very difficult times, and I hoped that a trip focused on loving and serving others would be healing for all of us.

To learn about the culture and spend time with our local friends, we spent some time at the Teotihuacán. We visited this ancient city and marveled at the Pyramid of the Sun.

As we walked around the amazing artifacts, we saw a number of long, dark tunnels. A few people in our group, including my son, decided that we would crawl through the tunnels.

My son and I decided that I would crawl through the tunne…

God Doesn't Waste Pain by Beth Gianopulos

As I stood in the bathroom stall and wept quietly, I wondered if I would die from the pain that filled my chest.  The heaviness that engulfed me threatened to smother me, and I gasped for air as my mind raced. “Is this my life now?  Is this the way it will always be?  Will the pain ever end? “ On the outside, I appeared to be stable.  I was working at a demanding job, parenting three kids, volunteering in the community, and I was serving alongside my husband at the church he pastors.  However, inside, I was crumbling.  I was suffering from a hopelessness that was so crippling that it left me weeping, curled in the fetal position on my closet floor.  The pain coursed through my veins, filling every cell of my body with fear and regret.  My pain overpowered me at times, and I wondered if I could die from the weight and sadness of it all. My body didn’t know which state to be in – I was constantly transitioning from “fight or flight” – when my heart raced, my hands shook, and I wanted n…

Haggai Week One: The Hard Right

·Haggai: OT after Zephaniah, before Zechariah ·Stage of life: You expected more, Different. ·College—I’d know what I wanted to do, Graduated—Job. Married—Better marriage. ·Kids fill void—Now just busy and broke. ·Came to church—Tried God—Expected more.
·Backstory of Haggai ·4th year of King Solomon’s reign—Magnificent temple—idols ·In 587 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar and his army crushed the Southern kingdom of Judah destroying the temple. ·The Jews were taken into captivity for decades.(50years) ·In 538 BC, about 50,000 people were allowed to travel back to Jerusalem, the capital of Judah, to rebuild. ·Started rebuilding—Foundation/Altar—Samaritans opposed them. ·14 yrs—project on hold—no progress, no prayers, no effort! · Focused on own houses ·God raised up Haggai to call the people back to the task.
·Read Haggai 1:2 ·These people, Not my people! Do you know what your kids did? ·These people say—time not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house! ·Opposition—Difficult…

Finding A Way To Feel by Beth Gianopulos

Finding A Way To Feel
By Beth Mabe Gianopulos
Friday, April 7, 2017 “Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding, a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.”  Proverbs 14:29 MSG Even as I said the words, I knew that I should not say them.  I was angry, and I could feel myself losing control.  As my emotions took over, I yelled more and said more hurtful things.  As the anger began to subside, I saw the hurt faces around me and knew that I had made a terrible mistake.  At that point, the crushing guilt and regret took over.  Anger can be a good emotion.  Anger compels us to seek justice and to change situations that are unfair.  However, anger that is not righteous and that is uncontrolled can be devastating.  Why is anger so hard to control? We live in a society that teaches us that some emotions are acceptable and others are not.  From our childhood we are instructed, “Don’t cry.”  “Stop getting so angry!”  “You need to be positive.”  “Why can’t you just be happy?” While it is not…

John 15 (Week Five) Remain In

·Read John 15:4-11 ·Pray ·Emotion isn't a learned skill or acquired capacity, it's a primal component of human nature ·No one has to tell you to be happy, angry, sad, etc. ·Jesus was full of passion and emotion ·Anger with money changers ·Grief when we wept over death of Lazarus ·Emotion also found in the language of Jesus ·Jesus was incredible practitioner of pathos, a rhetorical term for an appeal to the heart through emotions ·Today we call it emojis ·Even when audience lacked the ability for religious reasoning, Jesus able to reach hearts through emotive language. ·One way was through the use of repetition ·11 times in six verses (John 15:4-10) ·Stated the command to “remain in Him” ·Repetition and example ·Ex. teens, human brain not fully developed until age 25 ·Why this command?
1) It is impossible to be fruitful unless we remain in Him ·Fruit in the bible one of two things - Adam/eve in garden, and fruit of the spirit

My Movie List 2017

Each year I keep a running list of the movies I've watched from that particular year. As I watch more and more films, the list will grow. On average I see about 20 movies a year in the theater. I've also got three kids under the age of thirteen, so yeah we see a lot of kids flicks.  

My 5-star ratings system is pretty straight forward...
***** I would own this movie
**** I would watch again
*** A good and enjoyable movie but not worth seeing again
** Waste of time
* I'm dumber for having watched it

So with that being said, here's my list for 2017:

1) Kong: Skull Island ****
2) Logan ****
3) Split ***
4) The Lego Batman Movie ***

The Book of John (week 3) A Woman Caught in Adultery

John 8 (week three) Woman Caught in Adultery
·Ever been caught doing something wrong? ·Ex. Speeding, Lying, Gossiping: Kid w/ chocolate on his face "No I didn’t eat it!" ·Woman caught in adultery
·Read John 8:2-4 ·What I understand about adultery—takes 2. ·Double standard! Where was the guy? ·Woman was Caught, she was Guilty. No argument  · The voices of condemnation she heard: You’re life’s over. No one’s going to want you. No way back. God will never forgive you. Not worthy. ·Don’t have to be caught to feel shame: Fear getting caught—Erase tracks. ·Not limited to sex shame - Overeating, Overspending, Substance abuse, Anger. ·I did bad—therefore I am bad. (Action with identity) ·Modern normal situation: Marriage over, Bad reputation, Whisper, Lose respect kids ·In that day - Crime punishable by death
·Read John 8:5 ·According law—She’s guilty. Punishment - stoned ·If Jesus agreed, lose his reputation for being loving. ·If Jesus forgives, condoning adultery. (Break law of Moses)