May 8th Women’s Ministry Moms’ Night Out Movie Event

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Women's Ministry Moms' Night Out Event

The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Church is organizing a group viewing of the new Christian comedy Moms’ Night Out.

How to participate: No sign-up is required. Simply visit the Silver Screen Theater box office at 100 Cinema Blvd, Cabot between now and show time to purchase your tickets. We will be attending the 7 pm showing. Regular rates apply. The theater did not extend a group rate to us but they assured us that we should not worry about the film selling out. They will simply add a second screen to show the movie if the first one is sold out. That being said, grab a mom, your mom, a mother-to-be, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker and join us for a well deserved and much needed laugh.
In order to sit as a group, please allow yourselves ample time before the show to get your tickets (if you wait until the day of the show) and refreshments.

Movie Description:
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.

**Although the celebrity endorsements in the graphic mention the show opening on May 9th, it will open on May 8th at Silver Screen Theater in Cabot.

A history lesson with a story forced awkwardly between the lines.

The Queen’s Handmaid

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By Tracy L. Higley

Synopsis taken from tracyhigley.com

Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra’s palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm’s length. She’s been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life. But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme. Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family—his sister, his wife, and their mothers—and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.

My Review:
I have read two other novels by T.L.Higley – So Shines the Night and City of the Dead. I enjoyed both immensely. The authors love and knowledge of Ancient History exudes from her novels. The Queen’s Handmaid was factually exciting. Higley revealed elements of the Maccabean revolt which lead to the Hasmonean rule in Judea and the intricacies of how King Herod came to power. It was replete with descriptions of the Egyptian, Roman, and Judean life and architecture. As well as how Roman rule helped shape the world Christ would be born into.
Regrettably, I found this novel to be a history lesson with a story forced awkwardly between the lines. While I learned a great deal about the historical events, the story as it pertains to the main character Lydia was lost in the details. Huge blocks of time were skipped, which made it difficult to determine Lydia’s age or how things could have changed so drastically in the storyline. Her mission to deliver the scrolls began as an intriguing part of the plot, dropped off in the middle, and then was revived in the last 75 percent of the book. As with her novel “So Shines the Night” the heroine received divine protection from the One God. What was lacking from this character was her acknowledgment that the God of the Jews was her God. For these reasons I give this book a 3 star rating.

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As a member of The BookLook Bloggers Team, I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

 

{New Bible Study Offering}

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Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 Cherished Women at First have the opportunity to study the book of Ephesians. This study will be lead by Susan Shively in room 107.  This 12 week study will be broken into two parts – 6 weeks precede VBS and 6 weeks will continue after VBS.

So Shines The Night by Tracy L. Higley ~ Book Review

So Shines the Night is a twisting-turning murder mystery interlaced with two love stories; one of a woman and a man and another of a God and His people. Our heroine, Daria, seems to be chased throughout the story by spiritual forces of evil. While fleeing from sorcerers, Daria bumps into a merchant named Lucas on the docks of Rhodes. He immediately rescues her and later asks Daria, who is fluent in many languages, to accompany him to Ephesus as his tutor. Upon arrival in Ephesus, reports of another murder ripple through the city. When Lucas puts off his lessons to pursue mysterious business in the city, Daria follows. In doing so, she discovers his secretive meetings with both sorcerers and Christians.

While Ephesus houses the great temple of Artemis a group of sorcerers are gaining power. Followers of The Way, led by the Apostle Paul, are drawing many away from the worship of the goddess angering the silversmiths who sell silver shrines of Artemis for their livelihood. Combined with the series of murders the city teeters dangerously on the brink of an uprising.

When Lucas is arrested for the murders, Daria turns to Paul for help. Can Paul’s God save him? Can Daria overcome the smothering darkness that always seems to nip at her heals? Will Lucas escape the web of deceit that he has found himself in and cling to the One God who can deliver justice? You’ll have to read to find out!

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If this book were a movie you would be on the edge of your seat! I was instantly engrossed in the characters and the storyline. Once the author introduced the Apostle Paul and his helper Timothy into the story I just couldn’t stop reading. Tracy Higley ingeniously weaves the events of Acts 19:23-Acts 20:1 into this fictional storyline. Titillating her readers with rich imagery, historical tidbits, and intriguing characters. While there is much written about the power and practices of the sorcerers in the story, which could be unsettling to some, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. I give this book 5 stars for it’s entertaining storyline and message of God’s power over darkness.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Biblical truths shared in the book:

  • God works through us (Phil 2:13, Rom 6:13)
  • God will avenge (Rom 12:19)
  • We fight a spiritual battle (Eph 6:12)
  • We are saved through faith (Eph 2:8)
  • The power of the Holy Spirit
  • God protects
  • and many more

About the Author:

Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. After attending Philadelphia Biblical University, she earned a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University. A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece and other myth systems, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures.

Distinguish fact from fiction by visiting her blog.

 

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S.H.E.

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Sunday April 27 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall

The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Cabot would like to invite the first ever S.H.E. event. It promises to be a sweet time of fellowship and prayer as we S.hare life, H.onor God, E.ncourage one another. Julie Shumway will be the featured speaker and she will be talking about her Guatemala mission trip.

As no ministry event is complete without food, we would like to ask for 4-5 volunteers who would be willing to bring Mexican-themed refreshments. Contact Laura Haywood if you can help with snacks laura_obu@yahoo.com.

{This event will run concurrently with the Men’s Ministry DUDE event and childcare will be available.}

Real. Intimate. Friendships.

Written By Cassie Hemphill, Bible Study Coordinator

I love being a part of Women’s bible study. I enjoy coming together with other women, having a cup of coffee, and drawing closer to Jesus. It excites me to come face to face with my Savior as we study, and I love to see the same passion for the Word in the women around me as we unfold what God reveals to us. When the study is over, I dearly miss sharing Scriptures with my friends. I miss the accountability and the richness each person brings week after week. While I still get that closeness from life group at church and other friends in my daily life, there is something special about gathering together as women and sharing in the Word. There is a bond. There is a relationship.

As women we crave intimate relationships, and this is especially true for me. My soul needs frequent touches from others. We crave acceptance in any form. That deep longing in our soul is our Creator telling us to draw closer, but we tend to use that feeling as a way to fit in. Being esteemed and encouraged is important. It is good to know that we are loved and liked, and that we are valued, worthy, and cherished. As women, we were created to have those needs met, but I think we forget too quickly that our desires and deep-heart longings are met when we come and sit at the feet of Jesus. Diving into God’s Holy Word is where we find we belong. It’s where we find we matter. The Word is how we tell others their desperate search is over in Jesus! What a challenging invitation!

I long for God to engulf my heart with a consuming passion for his Word. I want to breathe in the thoughts and revelations of God’s heart. I want to face the mundane, the challenges, the awesome and the terrifying that this year will bring with the complete knowledge that I am walking in total obedience. I want to hear God say each day, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

As I daily seek and study God’s Word, I want to learn to collide Him with my friendships. I want all my relationships to be based on my daily living out of Christ’s calling, regardless of the faith or belief of the other person. God has created me as an extremely relational person for a reason, and with that in mind, I know He has a purpose. I am far from perfect, and I should say while I am hopefully shining the light of Jesus, I also want to laugh, be silly, and probably at times make no sense at all with my friends. But at the end of all this, the only things I take truly serious are Jesus, my family, and my friendships. By building these bonds based on the truth of the Word, real intimate friendships can be found.