Fall 2017 Bible Studies


In case you haven’t heard, Bible Studies START THIS WEEK! For those of you who have yet to participate, we hope this will be the semester you decide to jump in. With morning and evening classes there is a study available to fit your schedule!

We are very excited to offer a new group on Tuesday mornings, called Mom to Mom. Young moms and seasoned moms will have the opportunity to connect as they participate in discussion questions and hear from different speakers each week on a variety of motherhood topics. Ina DeGram will also be leading a book study on Tuesday mornings, by Stormie Omartian, called The Power of a Praying Wife.

Monday nights Cathy Kaplan is leading a study for parents of preteens and teens, based on the book by Mark Gregston, Tough Guys and Drama Queens. Robin Bedwell and Kelly Miller will be co-leading James MacDonald’s life-changing study, Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late. 

On Wednesday evenings a Beth Moore study will be offered for our Spanish-speaking women. In addition, a discipleship study, led by Daphne Summers and Mei Chang, will be held for our Chinese community. If you know someone who would be a good fit for these studies, please extend the invitation! Reach out to your friends, coworkers or neighbors. As always, our Bible studies are open to any and all women.

Whatever study you choose, we promise it will be one of the best investments of your time.

For the full line up and to register for a study and childcare, go to chetscreek.com/women/bible-studies today!


Fall 2016 Bible Studies

It’s that time again! Fall bible studies are fast approaching and registration is now OPEN! We have a great line up of studies to choose from. If you have not participated before, we hope this will be the semester you decide to jump in. With a wide variety of topics, and classes offered on Monday and Wednesday nights and Tuesday mornings, there is a study just for you that will fit your schedule! We promise it will be one of the best investments of your time and the friendships you form will be such a blessing. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Bible studies are open to any and all women. You can register online for classes and free childcare. Or you may visit the Chets Women table in the atrium on Sunday August 21 and 28 to browse books, talk to facilitators and register. Workbooks are $15 each unless otherwise specified.

MONDAY NIGHT STUDIES ~ Start September 12  •  7:00 to 9:00pm

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Leader: Kelly Miller  •  No Cost

Have you ever wanted to read the whole Bible for yourself, but easily got discouraged or confused? If so, then the Chets Women: READ THE BIBLE is for you! We will read through the whole Bible together during the upcoming school year (September to June). There is a daily reading plan, videos that explain each book of the Bible, and we will meet together on the second Monday of each month (September 12 to June 12) to encourage each other every step of the way.


Transformed: How God Changes Us13882513_10209980153202043_5844854641544366394_n by Rick Warren

7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Daphne Summers •  Cost $13

The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s Word is the only answer that promises to transform our lives from the inside out. Be a part of our TRANSFORMED fall spiritual growth campaign at Chets by being in a Transformed Group. We will look at how God changes us in seven key areas of our life: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational, financial, and vocational. This is the same study as we will be doing in LifeGroups and will align with Pastor Spike’s sermons.


Here and Now…There and Then: A Lecture Series on Revelation by Beth Moore


11 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Ali Long • Cost $15

An in-depth study series on the book of Revelation presenting many points of view, allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is as specific about what He does reveal as He is about what He does not reveal.



Me, Myself & Lies: A Thought-Closet Makeover by Jennifer Rothschild


7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Liza Akley • Cost $15

Words are powerful. Especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what they say to themselves when they lie in bed at night or look in the mirror in the morning is not even close to the words God wants them to speak to their souls. What we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives.



The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirerplanning-center---armor-of-god

7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Shawna Mills  •  Cost $15

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.


TUESDAY MORNING STUDIES ~ Start August 30 • 9:30 to 11:30am

Discerning the Voice of God13920972_10209995237019129_8885857502484056966_n by Pricilla Shirer

8 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Dee McCollum  •  Cost $15

Have you been in the presence of passionate believers who shared stirring encounters with God’s voice while your own soul overflowed with confusion? How did the saints know God was speaking? No blessing surpasses a relationship with God in which you know when He is specifically calling to you. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes. This study provides participants with practical help in knowing whether what you’re hearing is from God. You will become more familiar with God’s Spirit, His character, language, and tone of voice.

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman13891854_10209995459704696_9114289459881345030_n by Beth Moore

11 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Sherrill Boone  •  Cost $15

If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.


Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst


6 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Yvonne Yarbrough  •  Cost $15

This Bible study helps women explore the roots of rejection; the lies we believe as a result; and the truth about who God is, who we are, and what it looks like to live loved.



Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren


7 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Gina Cruz  • Cost: $13

The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s Word is the only answer that promises to transform our lives from the inside out. Be a part of our TRANSFORMED fall spiritual growth campaign at Chets by being in a Transformed Group. We will look at how God changes us in seven key areas of our life: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational, financial, and vocational. This is the same study as we will be doing in LifeGroups and will align with Pastor Spike’s sermons.


Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg13920635_10210006425938845_8493492854224218201_n

6 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leader: Kristen Veniard  •  Cost $15

Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. These are all symptoms of a soul that has lost touch with its source of life. Like a flower snipped from the vine, the soul that is not turned toward God can only wither away. In this study we will discover what the soul is, why it is important, how to assess it’s health, and how to care for it so that it contributes to the depth and beauty of our relationship with God and others.

**This study begins on Tuesday, September 13.**



Made to Crave with Whole30 Methods by Lysa Terkeurst13886918_10209980104680830_3888514050579450702_n

6 Weeks, DVD/Book Study

Leaders: Marie Meltzer and Diana Bartolec

Cost: $10

Journey with us as we learn to satisfy our deepest desires with God – not food. The course will combine Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave study with an effective nutritional approach using Whole30 methods.



Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves by Trillia Newbell


6 Weeks, DVD/Book Study

Leader: Cathy Kaplan

Cost: $10

Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone – the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith. When we’re struck with fear, where do we turn? Can God really be trusted? In this course we will explore our fears and how those fears impact their relationships, self-esteem, peace of mind, and walk with God. We will walk through Scriptures that show God’s love and strength when we are afraid and His faithfulness in times of trouble.


Mom to Mom: Heart Talk on What Really Matters by Linda Schultz Anderson

12 Weeks, DVD/Workbook Study1797383_10210006481100224_7360943609068483819_n

Leaders: Emily Ramsey and Jessica Brothers

Cost: $15

Mom to Mom is a Biblically-based parenting program designed around the Titus 2:4 concept of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationship with their husbands and children. Through small group interaction, growth occurs not only in our parenting skills but also in our wholeness as women – intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.


Transformed: How God Changes Us (Spanish-speaking Women) by Rick Warren


6 weeks, DVD/Workbook Study

Leaders: Gladys Franco and Adriana Brinkman

Cost: $13

Transformados es una campaña de siete sesiones, que guiará y hará crecer su iglesia mediante la exploración de lo que la Biblia tiene que decir sobre cada área esencial de nuestra vida: Espiritual, Física, Mental, Emocional, Relacional, Financiera y Vocacional. El mundo está gritando para captar nuestra atención con las respuestas a nuestras luchas con las relaciones personales, con soluciones a nuestros problemas financieros y con las explicaciones a nuestra búsqueda del significado. Pero las promesas del mundo nos dejan vacíos y en la búsqueda de más. La voluntad de Dios es la única respuesta que promete TRANSFORMAR nuestras vidas desde dentro hacia fuera.

Register online today or in the church atrium on Sunday, August 21 & 28.

Grandma found at Chets

When I was asked to share this particular story, my knee-jerk reaction was to wave it away, not because the story is anything less than truly amazing, but because this is not the type of thing I usually do. In the past, I’ve tended to be very personal with my faith and only recently am I truly beginning to grasp how important it is to share this aspect of life. After some thought (and much-needed encouragement by the ladies in my bible study), I felt this was something I was being led to share.

My husband and I are relatively new to Jacksonville and Chets Creek – we moved here last July for my husband’s job, away from, quite literally, everyone we knew. Up until November, I worked outside of the home as well, but we then made the decision for me to stay home with our two children (3 and 1) hoping it would help with some of the challenges of being in a new area. We weren’t truly “connected” at Chets until January when we joined a Life Group and I decided to sign up for a Women’s Bible Study. I decided I was going to sign up for one long before I decided *which* one (admittedly, one of my primary reasons was to get more connected with women outside of my Life Group). Despite always wanting to do a Beth Moore study, I was inexplicably led to select Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild, along with 7 other ladies.


Throughout the first month of study, we discussed God’s individual touch on our lives as well as how He uses extraordinary and individualized means to make Himself known (Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc). So here we came, to our fourth meeting as a group. We were discussing feeling God’s touch with gratitude and exploring the barriers that we have to thankfulness/gratitude. One thing that I have struggled with very much since our relocation has been social media. I see pictures of our nieces with my parents-in-law and instead of thinking, “Wow, this is so cool that we live in a day and age where we have a privilege to be a part of that remotely,” I find myself thinking, “Awww, I miss all of that. I wish our kids could see family more often…” (Cue the pity party.)  

I shared this with the ladies in my group. I shared how my biggest hurt in my heart is for my kids. I shared about my sorrow in taking them away from family who loves them dearly. I tearfully shared my feelings about how they are missing out on those treasured grandparent relationships. Just thinking about it always makes me an emotional mess so sharing it with the group was a big deal for me.  

Thankfully, there was a tissue box nearby. The ladies with me were tearful, too, and sought to comfort me. Then, Jennifer, the woman sitting next to me, said, “I can be a surrogate Grandma.” There were head nods all around in agreement. For me, this was indeed touching, but I had no idea what to say. So, knowing myself, I would have been likely to think, “Aww, how sweet! Ok, well, I’ll see you next Tuesday!” and not end up following through on anything. When it comes to social situations, I tend to be all talk and no game. Just as I was about to retreat, Jennifer said something that stopped me in my tracks, “By the way, my grandma name is Nonni.”

All guise of holding it together went out the window as I tearfully explained that my mom is Nonny.  

Neither of us have ever known another Nonni/y and were shocked at this revelation. We hugged for who knows how long as the tissues made their way around the table, and she kept whispering in my ear, “This is God,” and “God is good.” It’s as if God had used her revelation of being Nonni to snap me out of whatever funk I was trying to dive into. God used her to say, “Pay attention! This is Me! You need to follow through on this!”

I am very happy to report that the first time we got together, my children immediately took to Jennifer. It has been a blessing for my children and I to get to know Jennifer. I am so thankful that God brought us together and for this beautiful example of His personal touch on my life.  




I feel so thankful that God allowed me to be a witness to His work in this circumstance. God really showed His compassion to Sydney through Jennifer and how kind He is to allow the rest of us to witness His work so individually and specifically just as we were all studying how God touches our lives. It was as if He lovingly and gently said, “Yes ladies, what you are studying is true and I will demonstrate it to you right now!” That special moment in class, while Sydney and Jennifer were hugging, I looked down at my study guide where we left off and I read what I had written earlier in the week to ask the ladies – “Who does God send to touch us?” ~ Eve Huntly

IMG_3179I am so thankful to our Lord for bringing Sydney and I together. My mother, Velma, passed away at the age of 58. She was beautiful, loving, friendly and generous. She loved the Lord, served others and she impacted my life abundantly! My daughters were very young at her passing and I was heartbroken they wouldn’t get to grow up knowing their Grandma. I needed to honor the precious wisdom and love my mother shared. God is so GOOD and has given me multiple ways to honor my mother and serve Him by serving others. I am so blessed by this opportunity to visit with Sydney’s precious children…what joy fills my heart!  ~ Jennifer Hackenberry



IMG_3099{This post was written by Sydney Frank. Sydney is a wife and mommy of two, Aria (3 years) and Brand (18 months).  She and high-school-sweetheart-now-husband, Ryan (married almost 6 years) are new transplants to Jacksonville, originally from Minnesota.  She is slowly adjusting to becoming a stay-at-home mom and spends most of her time trying to keep up with her kiddos, fueled mainly by coffee and the all-so-rare nap.}

If you’re ready to get connected with other Chets women, join us for our Summer Bible Study on Monday nights from 7:00 – 9:00pm beginning on May 16th. Register here and invite your friends. Pass on the details using the Facebook Event.

One step in the same direction

As I run my hands across blank calendar pages, I wonder what lies ahead. So much anticipation. So much wonder of what this year will bring.

Yet I know there certain things that will happen this year regardless of whether they are on my calendar – lives will be changed and God will receive the glory.

You see somewhere along this journey I was taught that it’s the “long obedience in the same direction” that makes the difference. (Pastors Spike, Glenn and Kitty’s ministry commitment to Chets is a great example).  Naturally, this truth can apply to anything…hobbies, goals, relationships. For Chets Women, we are committed to the long obedience of seeing women Changed to Bring Change.

So as we look forward to what will happen for Chets Women in 2016, we can look back and thank God for what He has done in and through us. (Find your photo below!)

In 2015, many women decided it was time to take their relationship with Jesus to the next level and formed a Discipleship Triad – a group of three women who focus on the essentials of God’s Word together. They commit to meet weekly and in doing so develop encouraging, accountable relationships with each other as they become disciples who are capable of making disciples!


Discipleship triad meeting at church

(Interested in joining a triad? Contact Chelly Brown at Chellbr06@gmail.com or 904.508.2864. Visit chetscreek.com/women/discipleship-triads for more info.)


In March, women gathered in 16 homes across Jacksonville for a 2 day, life-changing event. We listened to amazing speakers and inspiring testimonies. We talked, we laughed, we cried, we connected. We left inspired, with a solid rock in our hand and ready to put our faith into action!

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Better BS


(If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a 2016 IF:GATHERING at hour home, contact Kelley Hastings.)


This is the first year we all joined together for a summer Bible study and it was GOOD!  Using Jeannie Allen’s book, Restless, we studied the life of Joseph and identified the threads of our life and how to intentionally weave them together for God’s glory and purposes.


“Restless” Bible Study


“Restless” Bible Study


Summer also brought Chets Women together to enjoy a few spontaneous meet-ups, including a day at the beach and a few groups who saw the War Room movie together.  We Chets Women know how to CONNECT!

War Room After Party

War Room Movie ‘After Party’


Bible Studies! There’s nothing better than pursuing God’s Word with other women through these intimate, life-changing groups.  It’s definitely one of the best investments of your time that you can make. We promise!


Some of the Fall Bible Study Groups


A few more Bible Study groups!

(If you ever have any questions about our Bible Studies or if you feel God is calling you to lead one, please contact Cathy Kaplan!)


On September 24, Chets Women joined together with women all over the world for an incredible night of prayer and worship.


IF:PRAY @ Chets Creek Church


In October, Chets Women gathered around 22 Tables to share a simple meal and dive deep into Christ-centered conversations. It was a time for a whole lot of laughter and a few tears, but time spent that left us with glad hearts. Full hearts. Grateful hearts.


Chets Women: TABLES

(For more info about the 2016 Chets Women: TABLES contact Kelley Hastings.)


To get the word out about Well Fed, Chets Women’s annual large gathering on October 18th, we took “Fork Selfies” and showed our silly side!


Well Fed Fork Selfies!


At Well Fed we all came together for one incredible evening of dinner, fellowship, worship and the Word.  We examined the life of the woman at the well from a different perspective (watch the powerful message here). We also heard from the Connect and Unleash teams and four beautiful, brave women who shared their hearts and prayed for ours.

well fed


 (See more pictures on the Well Fed Photo Recap blog post. Did you attend well fed?  If so, there’s a good chance your picture is here on Chets Women Flickr. Check it out!)


In 2015, we had many opportunities to come together and serve our community, below are just a few of the highlights. (If you want more info about our 2016 SERVE DAYS contact Michelle Arguello.) 

We gathered and packed food for families in need at the Christ Church Food Pantry. We also had the opportunity to pray for many of them. A blessing for all involved.

CC Food Pantry

Christ Church Food Pantry


The Gabriel House of Care is a place for those undergoing treatment at Mayo Clinic and their family members. We brought and made dinner for the guests on multiple occasions this year and had the opportunity to talk and pray with them.

Gabriel House

Gabriel House of Care


Gabriel House of Care


Chets Women went above and beyond when asked to help set up an apartment for a refugee family from Burma and donated more then enough supplies, their time and many prayers for the family.

WR apt set up

Apartment set up with World Relief


We had the opportunity to bless the Florida Baptist Children’s Home host families and staff by organizing a the storage shed and donation room on campus.


Florida Baptist Children’s Home


We also served in many places during our church’s annual IMPACT JAX event. Chets Women showed up at the Kidz Xtreme block party to share a meal, fun times, and the love of Jesus with disadvantaged children and their families.

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Kidz Xtreme Block Party


The women of Chets Nocatee have also had a great first year together! We prayed fervently together during the months before the official campus launch, we experienced IF:Gathering and IF:Pray together, we’ve helped develop community through LifeGroups and regular prayer/accountability/fellowship gatherings, and we’ve grown together in mid-week Bible studies. We’re grateful for a happy and healthy first year!


This year, as we stay on this same path, we pray for more…more changed lives…more harvest hands….more glory to God. Will you consider joining us and serving God by investing in Chets Women? There is no greater thing to give your life to! Opportunities to serve are endless, from blog writers, study leaders, prayer warriors, triad leaders, community ministry liaisons….we want you to serve where God is working in Chets Women.

You are invited to get involved. Now that is something to put on your calendar!

For His Glory,

11953519_1897125350511728_3716059687598039577_o{This post was written by Susan Freese, who leads the women’s ministry at Chets Creek Church. She is married to her college sweetheart, Brett, and they have two perpetually bouncy little men who keep them hopping from one sport to another. In 2006, she left her corporate career to answer the call to re-launch in the women’s ministry through Chets Creek Church. She also founded All In Ministries International to serve women across the world. Susan is passionate to see women know Christ and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.}


From Restless to “Uncomfortable”… in the best way possible!

I remember vividly an afternoon in my early teens at the park with my best friend. She turned to me and said, “What do you want for the future?” The answer rolled off my tongue without hesitation, “I want a husband that loves me, a picket fence with a dog or two, and an income where I can stay home and raise my kids.” God has provided me with all of those things. But now what? How do I show God I am thankful?

I spent most of my life in Christian school, so I knew the Bible (the regurgitated kind, not the applicable kind); I knew to pray (when things were terrible); I knew to go to church on Sunday; and I knew I should volunteer once in a while to help those in need.  Despite all of this – my blessed life, background, and knowledge of doing the right thing, I still felt like something was missing  –  that I was not wholeheartedly fulfilling the purpose God had for me.

My husband and I finally found Chets Creek Church, a friendly place where I just showed up and was loved and where the Bible is taught in a way that I understood and that related to my life. I learned to pray – pray anytime, anywhere and for anything.

I attended a few Bible studies where I bonded with wonderful people. These people became my friends. They are people who have stories, blessings, and wounds. They get me and I get them. Although these experiences and new friends were helping me grow I still found myself “thirsty” for my calling.

The summer women’s bible study – Restless, caught my attention with that one word and I signed up. I started the study insecure, fearful and shameful of some of my past. Yet through the study I gained the confidence I needed to step outside my “comfort zone”; I learned to take every opportunity to speak openly about Jesus, my faith and the Bible. And I learned to serve…for God’s glory and my good.

Christ Church Food Pantry Registration Table

My first service experience landed me in all sorts of “uncomfortable.” I drove to Christ Church Food Pantry with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. I will admit that I was scared of the kind of people I would encounter.  Once there I decided I would dive in, stay as busy as possible, and hopefully the day would fly by.  A friend from church who regularly served there grabbed me and threw me right into helping with registration. For the next several hours I came face to face with people in need. I smiled and they smiled back. Each and every person was gracious and thankful; many told me that I was a blessing. I loved it and quickly realized I was the one who was blessed to serve them.

Part of the registration process is asking recipients if they would like to pray with someone. A prayer team is ready, just steps away from the registration table. One woman spent several minutes sharing some family history and concerns for those she loved. I listened and asked her if she would like to pray with someone. She responded with “Yes, you! I would like to pray with you!” (If the start of my day wasn’t “uncomfortable” enough, it certainly was now.) In my head I was thinking, “What, me? Now? Okay…I can do this!” I grabbed her hands and we prayed. I prayed for her loved ones and her future. When I was finished we both had tears in our eyes.


Kristen’s first day serving at the pantry.

I left that Saturday smiling from ear to ear. I couldn’t wait to get home and share my day with my family. Since then I have returned to the pantry every Saturday they are open and I leave just as fulfilled as my first time there.

I am so very thankful for my church, Chets Women, and the Restless Bible study, which taught me how to open my heart, use my gifts to embrace new ways to serve God, and to seek out the “uncomfortable!

{This post was written by Kristen Santinga. Kristen grew up, attended college and met her husband Dan of nine years in South Florida. She worked in residential/commercial property management and real estate until God blessed her with a son named Griffin. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors and keeping fit. Kristen and her husband serve the third grade life group on Sunday – the day which happens to be perfect for an afternoon nap!}

Fall 2015 Women’s Bible Studies

You’re invited to pursue God’s Word with other Chets Women. We need to know God, His character, His commands, His heart, in order to know what we are called to be and do. We have a two-fold emphasis by meeting you where you are and encouraging you to the “what next.” Did you just accept Jesus as your Lord, and you wonder what to do now? Are you a Christian who has been stagnant for a while and would like to move on? Are you stuck in a season? Are you in a new season? Are you experiencing a new thirst for God? We have a Bible Study for you! Please check out these studies. Think and pray, and then jump right in!

Register for classes & free childcare ($15 each – unless otherwise specified) and free childcare online at chetscreek.com or visit the Chets Women table in the atrium.

Monday Night Studies – beginning August 31, 7:00-9:00pm

The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob  (by Beth Moore)

10 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                         Leader: Ali Long

Come along for a study through Genesis – the Book of Beginnings. Discover God’s pursuit of a relationship with man, and marvel as His plan to bless all people unfolds. Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery this Bible study keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! Explore concepts such as blessing, covenant, and promise, and the bearing each has on a New Testament believer’s life today. Group members will also study the Hebrew names of God introduced on the early pages of Scripture.

Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything  (by Jennifer Rothschild)

7 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                             Leader: Kristen Black

The book of Hosea—it’s a deeply personal and passionate love story, yet it’s a difficult story. As an account full of harsh judgment unfolds, we find in its midst a rare and pure gem: the truest and purest of loves. The book will challenge us with judgment so harsh it will singe our hair—an unheeded sermon warning of devastating doom shortly to come. But it will show us the kind of love we dream about. Be amazed by the love of Hosea for his wayward spouse—and more amazed by the unfailing love of God for His wayward people, and for all people. Hosea showers us with hope—hints and portents pointing to the coming of the promised Messiah.

Transforming Discipleship

6 weeks, workbook study                                                                     Leader: Leslie Layton

Jesus made disciples by pouring His life into a few men and women. Today, disciple-making is done when we intentionally walk alongside others in order to grow toward maturity in Christ. By gathering together in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we follow Jesus’ example with his own disciples. This course helps you establish authentic relationships that are based upon the truth of God’s word and mutual accountability. The result is transformed lives.

Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life (by Anne Graham Lotz)

7 weeks, Book/DVD study                                                                   Leader: Susan Johnston

In The Magnificent Obsession, gifted Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, shares her journey from a restless spirit searching for something more, to finding her answer in the amazing story of Abraham. Through personal anecdotes and unforgettable stories, you’ll draw closer to God, who longs to call you ‘friend.’

Tuesday Morning Studies – beginning September 1, 9:30-11:30am

Transforming Discipleship

6 weeks, workbook study                                                                     Leader: Leslie Layton

Jesus made disciples by pouring His life into a few men and women. Today, disciple-making is done when we intentionally walk alongside others in order to grow toward maturity in Christ. By gathering together in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we follow Jesus’ example with his own disciples. This course helps you establish authentic relationships that are based upon the truth of God’s word and mutual accountability. The result is transformed lives.

Faith Lessons: In the Dust of the Rabbi (by Ray Vander Laan)

7 weeks, DVD study (no cost)                                                               Leader: Diane Coelho

This study will help you experience Jesus’ life up close and personal. Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God’s Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures’ significance for modern believers.The DVD was filmed on location in Galilee, Priene, and Didyma. These illuminating “faith lessons” afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life.

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman (by Beth Moore)

9 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                            Leader: Gina Cruz

If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.

Testing of Your Faith (by Dr Bruce Wilkinson)

12 weeks, workbook/DVD study                                                          Leader: Paddy Creveling

Join us as we study what happens when God sends a test of faith into your life, and how to stand firm and allow God to bless you through these tests.

Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have (by Natalie Chambers Snapp)

8 weeks, workbook study                                                                   Leader: Elsa Garcia

Friendships with other women are as important to our mental, physical, and spiritual health as rest, exercise, and prayer. We don’t just want friends—we need friends. Yet sometimes they can be as difficult as singing a song without the lyrics. If you’ve ever been hurt by a friend, struggled to balance friendship with everyday life, or seen a friendship end too early, Heart Sisters will help you be the friend you want to have.

Wednesday Night Studies – beginning August 26, 6:30-7:30pm

Keep it Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All (by Karen Ehman)

6 weeks, workbook/DVD study (cost $20)                                          Leader: Cathy Kaplan

If you want to learn how to tackle the hard subjects of gossip and speaking the truth in love and the power of your own words, all from Biblical standpoints, then this class is for you. Humorous look at how to handle what comes out of the mouth.

Purposeful Hospitality

6 weeks (cost $10)                                                                               Leader: Donna Hastings

In our rapidly changing culture, the most strategic turf on which to engage those who don’t know Christ with the good news of Jesus may be the turf of our own homes. Invite them to dinner! Join us as we study what the Bible says about practicing hospitality, discuss the difference between hospitality and entertaining, and learn easy and effective ways to develop relationships with the people you come in contact with everyday.

Living Like You Belong to God    (by Kay Authur, David and BJ Lawson)

6 weeks, workbook study/no homework                                               Leader: Robin Bedwell

God calls us to a life of joy, obedience, and trust. He calls us to be different from those around us. He calls us to be holy. In this rich study, you will discover that holiness is not an arbitrary standard within today’s church or an unreachable goal of sinless perfection. Holiness is about pleasing God—living in such a way that it’s clear you belong to Him. Holiness is what makes you unique as a believer in Jesus Christ. Come explore the beauty of holy living and see why true holiness and true happiness always go together.

Thursday Morning Studies – beginning October 8, 9:30-11:30am

Keep it Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All (by Karen Ehman)

6 weeks, workbook/DVD study (cost $20 – no childcare)                       Leader: Glenda Harris

If you want to learn how to tackle the hard subjects of gossip and speaking the truth in love and the power of your own words, all from Biblical standpoints, then this class is for you. Humorous look at how to handle what comes out of the mouth.

Resting Dreams in the Hands of God

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Why are all the shark’s teeth we find on the beach black or brown and not white?

That’s the question I get asked every time I take a friend on their first shark tooth expedition.

I always thought sharks teeth were black because the weathering of the waves and the churning of the ocean buffed them to a shiny black sheen before they were magically tossed ashore.

But actually just the opposite is true.

The open water current and waves cause abrasions and eventual destruction to the teeth. The shiny black pearls we find on the beach have been fossilized.

For this to take place, when a shark loses a tooth it must quickly fall to the ocean floor and be covered with sediment.  The sediment acts as a protection from oxygen and bacteria which cause decay (just like our teeth.) Water then seeps down through the sediment and deposits various minerals into the open pore spaces of the teeth, over time giving each tooth its distinct color. This process of fossilization takes a long time, as much as 1,000 years.

Do you feel like God’s deposited a dream into your heart but nothing seems to be happening with it? You’re confused as to what you’re supposed to do. You don’t know how to get things going.  And all this leaves you feeling restless.

Think of yourself as a sharks tooth. Come on, use your imagination, and stick with me for a minute.

When God first plants a dream into our heart, it might be a bit fragile as yet and not ready to make it’s shiny appearance into the world. In some instances, we may think we are ready to launch but God knows better.

If we don’t allow God to pull us down into a protective space, if we try to act out on our own, we might get tossed around by waves of disappointment and failure that threaten to destroy what we think we want to achieve.

However, if we find rest in the place God has put us, whatever job, position or circumstance we are presently in, it will allow Him to deposit the necessary minerals of truth, wisdom, and experience that build the character we need to fulfill the purposes He has set aside for us.

It’s His way of protecting us while He prepares us.

And sometimes that preparation takes years to complete. But, God has a plan meant just for you and me.

Restless? Then, rest my friend.  Rest in His mighty hands.

As 1 Peter 5:6, reminds us,

“Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.” NLT

I’m waiting. I’m resting while God deposits what He needs to in me. And I must be getting close to ready because by numerical years, I’m approaching fossilization!

Oh, but when the time is right and the work is done, He will open the doors of opportunity and fulfill the dreams He’s planted in your heart and mine. He will throw us up on shore to shine like a beacon to the world. And won’t that be grand!

I invite you to come join me, Susan Freese, Kelley Hastings, Reta Kae Denning, and April Tapp, for the Bible study Restless, starting Monday night June 1. Discover the purposes God has for you. Set into action the dreams He’s put in your heart. You can still sign up online.

I look can’t wait to see you there!

Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00pm

June 1 to July 27

Chets Creek Church – Hodges Campus

Facilitators: Susan Freese, Kelley Hastings and other Chets Women leaders
The cost is $15 for the workbook (free if you already own the book) and childcare is provided. LifeGroups and ministry teams are welcome to sit together at a table.

{This article was written by Christy Mobley.  Christy is a girly girl at heart. She has a passion for fashion and decorating which is to say she loves clothes and accessories and moving things around her house. She chases tennis balls for recreation and enjoys scavenging the beach for shark teeth.  She and husband of 30 years, David, are life group leaders and have been at Chets from it’s earliest beginnings. They have two adult sons and two daughter-in-laws.  Christy loves sharing God’s Word through writing and teaching. Check out her personal blog at http://www.christymobley.com.}