Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mix, Mingle, and Talk Relationships Event Recap!

We would truly like to thank God for Joe Solomon and all of the beautiful people that attended the Mix, Mingle, and Talk Relationships event. We had an amazing time and look forward to next month for the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party with SPZRKT

Didn't attend? It's okay! We took lots of pictures for you. We hope to see you in the future! 
Joe Solomon and the Boyd Sisters 
Beautiful Pinky Promise ladies! 

Joe talking relationship! 
Expresses his love for God through song...
and spoken word! 

Lovely ladies from Howard


We thank God for all of you and hope you have an amazing day! 
A special thanks to John Cahill: Photographer for all of the great photos! 


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Upcoming Event: Ugly Sweater Listening Party feat. SPZRKT

This event has ended. Click here to check out Open Mic Night.
NEW TOY DONATIONS: Children range from ages 9 - 17. 

Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who can come? 
This event is geared towards young adults (ages 21-35). 

2. What does the event entail?
When we gave our lives over to Christ, we realized that we didn't have anything to do on Saturday nights. There are so many restaurants and movies you can go to before you get bored. We thought was this it? Does this mean being a Follower of Christ, I can only watch movies and eat out? We soon learned of course not! God laid it on our hearts to created a monthly late night Saturday event for young adults to dress up, meet up, and eat up! You will have the chance to get dressed up, meet good people, enjoy an amazing dessert, and listen to great music while glorifying Christ! 

For this event, we will be mixing, mingling, and listening to great music. SPZRKT will story tell a few songs of his choice. We will provide a few icebreakers/questions you can use so you can mix and mingle with others! (We do this to eliminate the awkwardness of meeting new people! LOL) Ohhhh and you get great dessert from Get Nourishment.

3. Who is SPZRKT?
Learn more about him here

To learn more about what SPZRKT's amazing music, check out these songs:

4. Can I pay online or at the door?
We have the option to pay online or at the door. We would suggest that you pay online because our events fill up very quickly and you will be guaranteed a spot. However, we know some of us like to go with the current of life and make plans as we live so we give the option to pay at the door as well! :) 

5. If I pay online, how and where do I go upon arrival? 
If you choose to pay online, you will received a confirmation email within 24 hoursUpon arrival, you will check in with your confirmation email on your phone, iPad, or in paper. Once you are checked-in you will receive a wristband. 

6. What time can I arrive?
The doors open at 9:30pm and the event starts at 10pm. 

7. Will I be guaranteed a dessert?
We can guarantee a dessert as much as we can guarantee chicken will be leftover from BBQ if you show up late (LOL). We will try our best, however it is first come, first served. The event is at a cafe so you will also have the option to purchase drinks and pastries. 

8. Where do I park or what metro stop do I get off on? 
See the flyer. 

9. What are you planning for future events? 
We are having an Open Mic Night in January with Jackie Hill! To learn more about Jackie Hill's work check out these:

10. What if I have more questions?
Email us at boydsisters12@gmail.com. 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Inspirational Monday - Christina Robertson

Follow Christina Robertson @MrsChrisRob 

1. Why did you choose Christ?
Well actually...He chose me! :-) He choose me before I was even a thought. He choose me and created me with value and purpose. I choose to accept the invitation He offered me because I realized I was truly nothing without him. I was guilty and He offered me innocence. I was empty and He filled me. I accepted the greatest gift I didn't deserve, but desperately needed > Life in Him. 

2. How did you change?
"Church girl" - I grew up in the church. My life was centered around going to "church, doing "church", laying "church" etc... but I never fully accepted Christ in my heart. I knew the truth, but I had not truly received the truth that I could be changed and free! Free from insecurities, void seeking, hurt, fear, and people pleasing to name a few. I changed because I was tired of living a lie and running from the truth of His freedom and LOVE. I made a decision that enough is enough and I needed his freedom. Every month, day, hour, minute I make a choice to be transformed completely by Him. 

"Know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you free"~ John 8:32

We hope your were inspired! Enjoy your Monday! Interested in learning more about us? Click here to learn "Why We Change" and click here to read "How We Change". 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Why Study the Bible?

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/freeditigalphotos.net
You ever read something and felt so much conviction it's like God was slapping you with the pages? Not that He would ever do that (lol), but you know how you read something and it was exactly for you? I recently had a situation like this and I would like to share it with y'all.

I was visiting a small group that was discussing Francis Chan's book called "Multiply Movement". It's funny because I have this book at home and I plan on reading it after the million other books I have on my dresser.(The list keeps growing. :) ) Francis Chan also is my favorite preacher and author. If you never heard of him check him out. Any who back to my story, the topic from the book was "How to Study the Bible". When I first saw the topic I was excited and thought "Nice I always like hearing about new ways to study the Bible". Little did I know it was much more than what I thought. 

The discussion began by asking everyone why do we study the Bible. Initially I thought " Why not study?". Then I remember, "This is a Francis Chan book, therefore jumping to conclusion is not the thing to do". Francis starts the book by explaining the importance of studying the bible (Note: reading and studying are two completely different things) and he continues by asking the first question:

Question 1: Before you go any further, feel free to share with the group why you study the Bible. Don't be overly optimistic with this: try to asses your heart. When you pick up the Bible and begin to read it, what is motivating you? Are you driven by guilt? Do you have a desire to know God more fully? Are you looking for arguments against other perspectives? Are you looking for material for a Bible study or sermon? 

Whoa! Can I keep it 100 with y'all? I fall into all these categories. Sometimes I am driven by guilt because I haven't open and read my bible in a few days. During these times, I think to myself, "Let me get a good passage in since it's been a few days." Other times, I really enjoy reading the Bible because I feel so close to God and love learning about Him. I also enjoy reading His word because God shows me myself good and bad so it gives me the chance to have a heart check. Then there are other times when I am looking for a particular passage for a small group or discussion. YIKES!

Image Courtesy of Matt Banks/freeditigalphotos.net
After answering the first question, Francis goes into discussing the wrong reasons to studying the bible. The two main reasons are guilt and status. I have definitely fell into the guilt category when life gets too busy. I would make reading the bible a part of my checklist instead of something that I really enjoyed. Francis says, "Very often this guilt is connected with legalism. We create our own standard (i.e. I have to read x chapters per day) and then hold ourselves to it, never stopping to consider that God has not placed this standard on us, we have places it on ourselves." WHOA!!! Might want to read that again. So true! Then there is status. Where some people want to know the bible because of status. Come on we all know that person or maybe we are that person who thinks they are the boss because they know scripture. Francis states, "God is pleased when we treasure His Word, but do you really think He is pleased with your desire to appear intelligent? Does your desire to be the go-to-guy who is never stumped really bring Him glory? What about your desire to be recognized as the best or the most spiritual person in the room?" Whoa Francis you cutting deep!

I promise I am going to bring this all together in the end just stick with me, keep reading. 

Next, Francis goes into approaching the mind of God. He talks about focus more on God's character than His capabilities. Meaning  when we read the Bible go to the text naked and let it dress us. DEEP! Go to the text with an open mind and let God reveal things to you. Francis states, "Every time you find yourself struggling to accept something the Bible says, you've found an area of your life that needs to be brought into submission to Christ." 

Also Francis talks about right motivation makes all the difference. Then he ask the second question:

Question 2: Rather than thinking about all of the arrogant people you know, take a minute to consider, whether or not your efforts in studying the Bible have simply puffed you up. How has studying the Bible changed you? Are you more arrogant, argumentative, or judgmental?

I can definitely relate to all of these when I'm acting out in the flesh. This occurs when I feel like I want to answer everyone's question, which can be very argumentative and arrogant. On the flip side, reading the Bible has transformed my life. It has showed me what love, kindness, and forgiveness truly are so I can implement them into my own life.

The last part I would like to discuss is where Francis addresses prayer and understanding. He talks about how important prayer is when trying to understand scripture. Ignoring the need to be in tune with God while reading shows no dependence on the Holy Spirit. "It is a mentality of complete self-reliance." Does this mean that you can't read the Bible to address questions? Or within small groups? Not at all. God is always among us. However, we must check our motivation, pray, and be in tune with God. 

What does this mean for me? Well, everything! I have study the Bible for the wrong reasons, to arrogantly wanting to answer everyone's question, to not submitting to Christ, and leaning on the Holy Spirit. I experienced all of this especially while preparing for Africa.

So much of God's love being poured into me!
Playing with my new loves!
Many people who did missions before told me the importance of being spiritually prepared for the trip. As I was preparing for the trip by fasting, praying, etc., I felt myself get worried. I thought I would never be prepared. There was always a sermon I wish I would have watched, a chapter in the Bible I wish I would have read, and many other things I wish I would have done before my trip. Guess what? I was looking at my preparation like a checklist. Every time I opened a book or the Bible it was because I wanted to sound spiritual in Africa or because I felt guilty. It wasn't because I desired to know God more fully. Submission and relying on God was the last thing on my mind.

A week before my trip, God tripped me as I was walking down the street. LOL jk I tripped on my own, but He told me to stop trying to do it alone. God didn't want me to feel prepared because He wants me to lean on Him every step of the way. I needed to trust the preparation I did do so He will show me how to use the tools, lead me, and guide me. I had to check my heart and ask myself do I really trust Him whether it's reading the Bible or having a conversation with someone? Do I believe the Holy Spirit is there with me? The last week before my trip I had so much peace. I knew God would be there with me and every time I opened the Bible, read a book, or listened to a sermon I did it with a desire to know God more and not to understand everything or have all the answers. I am not saying that I am perfect, but I thank God for showing me myself! Now I strive everyday to lean on Him and submit my everything to Him not just reading the Bible.

Take the time to ask yourself two questions above and don't get discourage if you don't like what you hear. Use it as motivation to search your heart.

Maybe you don't believe in the Bible and this makes no sense to you. Our advice for you is to keep asking questions. Don't let anyone even us Christians discourage you. When you run into a person is mean to you because you are questioning the Bible move on and ask the next person. This is serious. It is about your faith, but most of all your eternity. Check out this video below that might be helpful.