Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Purity Conference Follow-up - Week 2 - Purity in Real Life

Purity starts in our heart and comes out in how we live.

Mark 12:30 tells us, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all of your mind, and with all of your strength...”

We prove our love for the Lord through obedience. We can evidence our love through purity of heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Heart - Your heart state, and what you love and believe, will impact every area of your life. Colossians 3:1-3, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Soul - The process of being purified starts at salvation and is life-long and essential.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Mind - It is essential that you accept the Lord’s grace to control and purify your mind. 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Strength - What you do is an outflow of what is in your heart and is so important. Romans 6:13, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

1. Ask the Lord for His help to live in purity. We cannot live a life of purity on our own - but, He promises to give us grace for all that He calls us to do. Ask Him for His grace daily.

2. Fill your heart, soul, and mind with pure things.
Stop and evaluate what you are reading, listening to, watching, and thinking about. Ask yourself, “Will this encourage me towards the Lord and purity, or draw me away?” Be purposeful in filling your life with pure things and things that will encourage you in purity and loving Jesus.
These things include: - Memorizing Scripture - Listening to pure music - Reading books that will encourage you in your relationship with the Lord and purity - Spending time with friends who are seeking Jesus and purity - Listening to sermons and attending conferences - and so much more!
Choose one of these things to focus on in a special way this week.

3. Make pure choices to live in a pure way - each moment of each day.
This includes what you think, what you say, how you act, your attitudes, and what you do with your body. Stop and ask yourself, “Is how I am living at this moment pleasing the Lord through purity?” Remember, you are living to please and see Him!!! Every action has consequences. So, today as you decide what to think about, listen to, look at, do, etc. remember Who you are living for and the results of living a life of purity (See Follow up Week 1). It is a daily choice that bears incredible fruit.

Memory verse: Mark 12:30,“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength...”

As a result, the Lord will bring incredible impact in your life and the lives of others - from now through eternity!

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

May the Lord bless you as you seek to know Him and live lives of purity! We are praying for you and seeking with you!!! It is so worth it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March Girls Discipleship Gathering Report

During our March Girls Gathering we finished Amy’s teaching about "Witnessing and Gaining a Passion for Souls." After worshiping together, listening to Amy and sharing together we had the privilege of writing encouragement cards to women who are in prison. By God’s grace we were able to make quite a few and we were thankful to be able to witness in this way of God’s love for these women. We hope you can join us for our last Girls Gathering on April 24th from 10:00-12:30 at Vision of Glory Church. Even if this is your first time at a Girls Gathering we would love to see you there!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Pure Heart" Conference Report - ND

Last weekend was the launch of the “Pure Heart” Purity Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

We are continuing to stand in awe of what the Lord did. He moved in an evident way and girls, young women, and women responded to Him in longing to know Him and live lives of purity to His glory.

Amy spoke on: The Heartbeat of Purity, Purity in Real Life, Relationships, Your Future, and the Will of God, and A Call to Transforming Purity.

She also spoke on Friday evening to parents and young people on “The Power and Potential of Your Youth for God.”

It was an amazing group and the times of interaction during and after sessions were incredible. Many expressed the desire and need to be challenged in passionately following Christ and purity on a regular basis in light of all that we face encouraging us in the opposite direction.

We all came away with a new perspective and passion to embrace purity like never before. Our hearts are full of anticipation for what the Lord is going to do as a result! We are thrilled beyond words and give the Lord all of the glory!

We would love to have you join us for an upcoming “Pure Heart” conference! You can visit our website ( to find one near you in the coming months!

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Purity Conference Follow-up - Week 1 - The Purpose of Purity

For Week 1 of the “Pure Heart” follow-up, we are going to focus on 3 elements of Session 1 - Purpose, Purge, and Pursue.

Purpose -
Do you remember the deepest purpose for purity - and for living? To “glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” right? We will never know true fulfillment unless we are fulfilling the purpose for which we were created! Yet, you cannot truly glorify God or enjoy Him unless you know Him!
It is so important that we are sure that we have first come to Christ for salvation and initial cleansing. Then, it is critical that we pursue a true relationship with the Lord - and that He becomes REAL to YOU! The more this happens, the more you will want to have a pure heart so that you can see Him clearly!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8
When our heart is truly after the Lord and purity, we will desire not to see how close, but how far away, from sin we can get!

Purge -
It is so important you seek the Lord to reveal the sins, hindrances, distractions, and idols that are blocking the way of your relationship with Him - and then accept His grace to deal with them. See the seriousness of them - that they are hindering your relationship with JESUS - and don’t tolerate them!
- Sin (Disobeying God)
- Hindrance (Things that are holding you back from Christ and all that He has for you)
- Distractions (Things that are taking your attention from Christ.)
- Idols (anything that is taking the Lord’s rightful place in your heart)
Like you helped me list, these things can be:
- friends - hobbies - cell phone - internet/Facebook - clothes - money - guys - books - activities - use of time - movies - good things (like ministry) taking priority over the Lord
Receive the Lord’s grace to remove them - and then replace them with pure things that will encourage you in Him!
2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Pursue -
Remember that relationships take investment and pursuing! Every effort that you put into seeking the Lord will be rewarded - and is SO worth it!
Here is a review of some ways to deepen your relationship with the Lord:
- Make Him #1 priority - “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
- Devotions - For a special article on having devotions that change your life, you can visit the LTLM website under the “Encouragement” section.
- Reading His Word - This is where He speaks to you, shows you Who He is, how to live for Him, etc.
- Talking with Him (Prayer) - Remember to treat it like a conversation - 2 way vs. just talking TO God.
- Learning about Him - receiving teaching, reading books, listening to talks, etc.
- Journal - record what the Lord is doing in your heart, write prayers to Him, etc.
Ask yourself - “What are things that help increase love for Jesus?”
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Seeking the Lord and purity through purpose, purging, and pursuit will bring powerful results in your heart, walk with Him, and life!

Remember, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8

- Purpose - Ask yourself, what is my motivation for purity? Ask the Lord for a deeper desire for a pure heart, so that you can see, know, and walk with Him like you were created to!
- Purge - Go before the Lord and ask Him to reveal the sins, hindrances, distractions, and idols that are blocking the way of your relationship with Him. Pray through them with Him, ask His forgiveness, yield them to Him, and ask for His grace to fill those areas with Himself!
- Pursue - Find one thing that you will focus on each day for the next week to help you grow in your relationship with the Lord. (Devotions, Scripture memory, Bible study, prayer, journal, etc.)

Memory Verse: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8

We would love to have you write and share testimonies of what the Lord is doing in your heart as you seek Him!

May the Lord bless you so richly as you allow your relationship with Him to be your motivation for life - and purity!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Purity Conference Follow-up

Welcome to all of our new friends from the Purity Conference last weekend! We loved seeking the Lord together with you and are standing in awe of all that He did in our midst. It is so exciting that the time was just the beginning of a life lived for Him and longing for a pure heart. We are claiming the promise of Philippians 1:6 for us as we continue to seek Him and live lives of purity for His glory!

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

The Purity Conference Follow-up will start this Wednesday, March 24th, and we will post the focus of the week each Wednesday after that for the 4 weeks of the Follow-up! We are so excited to continue to follow the Lord together as we seek to apply the things we covered to our lives!

May the Lord richly bless you as you continue to seek and love Him with purity.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8

April Girls Monthly Discipleship Gathering - Rescheduled

Please Note that - THE APRIL GIRL'S DISCIPLESHIP GATHERING IS RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 24th! It will be held at the same time and location. We hope to see you there as we conclude a special year of seeking the Lord! You can contact Elizabeth at with any questions!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

February Girls Discipleship Gathering Report

At the Girls Gathering we were challenged and refreshed as we listened to Amy speak on Witnessing and Gaining a Passion for Souls. We spent sometime alone writing out our personal testimony. We also shared prayer requests with each other and committed to pray for one another. Before we departed we all had witnessing tracks with us, ready to see how God would use them. Please join us at the next Girls Gathering as we wrap up this session on Gaining a Passion for Souls. We meet at Vision of Glory Church in Plymouth and our next gathering is March 13th from 10:00-12:30.

Family Summit - Early Registration Discount!

We are offering a $30 discount for those who register for the Family Summit before March 31st! Registrations are coming in and we encourage you to register soon to secure your spot! We are really looking forward to all that the Lord has in store for this time of seeking Him together!

For more information on the Summit and to register, you can visit our website at!