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- Hello, and thanks for joining! I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you. Please introduce yourself and share your background, areas of expertise/interest, or what you are most looking forward to in being a part of this discussion. I am the head of Women Helping Women Ministries, have written 23 books, am a conference and retreat speaker, and a frequent contributor to the logos.com Mobile Ed program. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and insights as we explore the Gospel, both its power to save and its ability to transform our daily lives. I also hope that our time together will encourage women to pursue theology. So let’s get talking…I’m sure our conversations will be both engaging and encouraging as we spur one another on to loving the Lord and his Word more and more.
- That Was Then... - Elyse FitzpatrickMy Migration Away from Grace Community Church and The Master's College Quick History: I was saved in 1971. Then, in 1986 I became acquainted with biblical counseling and started taking classes at The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in San Diego. I completed my training under Dr. George Scipione and…elysefitzpatrick.com
- Happy Daughter's Day - Elyse FitzpatrickWell . . . here it comes again: Mother’s Day—or, as I like to call it, the Great Day of Guilt and Discontent. Ugh.Men don’t know what to do with it. It terrifies them. They hope that the gifts they’ve chosen will please their wives and mothers. They don’t want…elysefitzpatrick.com
- Looking for the Right WordFeelings hang from the rafters of thoughts. No surprise they are too rowdy to chill and submit to inventory. Wearing my resolute game face, I leap into the maze of distressed neuropathways that are wild, writhing and fed up with triteness. I shudder at the chaos of figurative meanings that keep forgwww.elysefitzpatrick.com
- Could you expand on this sentence? Regarding God slaying us... are you referencing our union with Christ where we are identified with His death on the cross or are you referencing God putting to death our union to sin? I can see these two elements as two sides of the same coin but I just wasn't sure what you intended by the sentence.
- Your Invited to Delight in God's Word!Dear Friends, I thought you would want to know about an opportunity for us to get together (in person or online) and share fellowship around God’s Word. My upcoming event: “Delighting in God’s Word,” will be held on May 18-19, and I hope you’ll be able to join me. I know that for many women rewww.elysefitzpatrick.com
- You Are Welcome HereOf all the women of faith who might have been honored as part of the genealogy of Jesus, those the Spirit mentions through Matthew are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and, “the wife of Uriah”: A woman who played prostitute, a real prostitute, a Gentile widow, and a woman who was the object of sexual abuse. Nowww.elysefitzpatrick.com
- Thank you Elyse fo These examples of women who, like me, battled to believe that their identity is not what’s been done to them or what people say or even what they do...BUT what has been done FOR them by our Loving Rescuer!! BHLM has turned my life upside down and I finally am starting to grasp and wrestle with the gospel in the midst of my daily life. Thanks. To God be the Glory...GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!!
- Mary's Wedding VowsWhen Mary of Bethany poured expensive perfume on Jesus' soon-to-be cold dead feet, she was doing more than preparing his body for burial. She was pledging her troth to him. Here's the passage from John 12, Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany...So they gave a dinner forwww.elysefitzpatrick.com
- I have purchased your Identity in Christ course. I am struggling a bit with something you said. It probably requires more explanation. You said, "Everything about me, from the time I was an embryo until now, has all been planned out by God—every day written down before there were any days at all" If you are referring to "Who God created me to be" maybe OK; if "everything about me...has all been planned out by God", includes my sin, and the sin that others have perpetrated on me, that is a horrible thought, and very poor theology. Please help clarify. Thanks!
- Thanks for pointing this out, David. Of course, I don't men that God planned out my sin. I alone am responsible for my sin although I do need to say that God rules sovereignly over all things. Hope this helps!
- A good place to go in order to understand the Biblical doctrine of God's Decree would be the Westminster Confession of Faith - built upon and written under the scrutiny of the Holy Scriptures. See chapter 3, Of God's Eternal Decree. For example, it clearly states that, "God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established." Those are the qualifications needed. The Confession does not try to explain in greater detail what the Bible simply asserts as the truth. God ordained the sin of Adam, yet without being author of it, nor forcing him to do it, but had it carried out through secondary causes. Thanks for your true and accurate statement, Mrs. Fitzpatrick!
- Things Like That Just Shouldn't HappenIf you’re anything like me, you groan when you read the headlines on your news feed every morning. Or maybe the bad news is closer to home, like when you hear your children screaming at each other again…or recognize yet again the unbelief and selfishness in your own heart. Even at its best, this worfl.vu