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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Last Website Update

Bonded In Christ launches at:
 12:00 pm March 1st



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book #4

So Much More
  By: Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin


Summary:
Written by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, “So Much More” is not your typical “survival guide” for teenage girls. Rather, this book provides answers to difficult questions or dilemmas young women face in our culture. Questions like “How can I sustain healthy and God-honoring relationships within my family?” Anna Sofia and Elizabeth particularly address the relationship between a father and a daughter, and offer wisdom on how to help your father as he advances the kingdom of God.

What It Meant to Me:
This book has really helped me in my walk with the Lord, particularly in seeing how vital it is for young women to take a stand for Christ, and for going against what is “normal” in today’s society, because so often “normal” can be connected with sinful. It has also shown me the importance of close familial relationships, purity of heart, and purity of body. It is important not to just be able to survive in our feministic culture. We also need to be able to take rise above it and change it for the better. Anna and Elizabeth are dear friends of mine, and they have done a wonderful job in mentoring girls to become more godly women, in heart, speech, and behavior. I recommend this book to all young ladies, but especially those who struggle with defending their beliefs on godly womanhood, or those who struggle with feministic ideas and behavior.

Thanks to:
Darby (age 16)
Florida

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Updates

Just as a reminder:
Bonded in Christ launches in 5 days!


Make sure to register for the forum if you want to participate in any discussions and/or book studies. The discussions will include talking about what it means to be a godly woman, and the book studies will be aimed toward helping each other in spiritual growth and maturity.

Side Note:
I found a great book called The Modesty Handbook. A short summary of it has been posted on http://crosseyedblog.com: a blog that also serves as a webzine for christian writers. 

The writer says of the book,
Modesty is a subject people tend to avoid discussing. Genesis tells us that after the fall, Adam and Eve were ashamed of their immodesty and God clothed them with animal skins. Because of that uneasiness, modesty is an issue that is skirted and ignored. But however uncomfortable the issue makes women and men feel, more of them need to step up to the plate and start discussing it. 
The Modesty Handbook is a guide to the heart of modesty. Unlike other books on modesty we don’t give a legalistic set of rules on how low a shirt or how long a skirt should be. Instead we focus on the root of the matter – a spirit that honors and glorifies God.
This book seems to be an excellent example of what One in the Bond/Bonded in Christ is aiming towards. As a sneak peak into the upcoming website forum activity, as I said earlier we will be conducting book studies, and The Modesty Handbook will be one of the first books we tackle.

*If you want to turn in any more books as part of the February Book Bonding you have five days left to submit those*

That's all for now. :)


"Therefore encourage each other and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 
1 Thessalonians 5:11





Friday, February 19, 2010

Website Update

Great News:


The website for One in the Bond will be launched 
March 1st!

The website's official name is Bonded in Christ.

There will be a forum that you can apply to for. If you don't know how a forum works, it's kind of like a chat room. However, this will be safe as it will be monitored by both my mom and myself. I already have the first project ready to start as soon as the website launches. 

Something to Keep in Mind:
The whole point of this ministry is so that we can help and encourage each other. There will be projects and studies that we will be able to participate in as well as discussions that will address questions that may come up along the way. This is really about creating God-glorifying friendships more than anything else. I just want everyone to keep that in mind as this ministry begins to grow. 

I would like to thank everyone for their contributions and their prayers. It has really meant a lot to me.

"Therefore encourage each other and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 
1 Thessalonians 5:11





Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Twitter

Newest update:
One in the Bond is now on twitter. 

You can find it by searching for "1intheBond" on twitter, or by clicking on the link below.  

Why Twitter?
My hope is to spread the word about this ministry to as many girls as possible using every option I have available to me. 

What Will It Have To Offer?
  • Blog post updates
  • Thought provoking quotes by Christian authors
  • Website updates
  • Daily words of encouragement
  • Bible verses
And anything else that helps to further our goals and benefit our mission.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11


Book #3

When God Writes Your Love Story


By Eric & Leslie Ludy



Summary: 


This book challenges teenagers and young adults all around the world to peruse a life completely devoted to Jesus Christ! It lays the foundations of how you can have a lifelong romance. Ultimately, it shows how we need to have a strong and passionate relationship with our Savior. How He should be the love of our life and fulfill all our desires before we should enter into any other relationship. It also shows how beautiful your love story can be when He, the Author of romance, scripts every detail.

What it Meant to Me:
After reading this book, I longed to have a stronger and deeper relationship with my Savior! It helped me in the way I act towards guys, and how I treat them. It also reminded me of why I want to stay pure in every way I can, and wait for my prince. God is in control, and he is the author of my love story, so no matter what I don’t need to worry about it. He will bring my future spouse in His perfect timing and until then I need to trust Him and see Him as the love of my life!


Thanks to:


Destiny (age 16) 
Oregon 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Book #2

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
By Francis Chan

Summary:

The premise of Crazy Love is pretty simple: When you see God for who He is and realize the crazy love He has for you, you can't help but respond in crazy love towards Him and radical living towards those around you. Francis Chan challenges the typical, comfortable lifestyle that's invaded the church, and pushes us as Christians to take Christ's commands literally, to really live radically for Him. 


What it Meant to Me:
To put it simply, this book has totally changed my life. I had always been confident that I loved God enough, served Him enough, gave enough money, knew who He was well enough. But in chapter four, Francis Chan describes the lukewarm Christian...and parts of the description matched my life too well. He counteracts this by taking a closer look at what Christ expects of His followers. It definitely shook up my comfortable Christian life, forced me to examine my relationship with my Savior, and left me wanting more of this love, to know more of this God, to be able to give Him more of me. 


Thanks to
Lauren (age 15)
Oregon

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Book #1

Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World
(edited by C.J. Mahaney)


Summary:
"Life in this fallen world can draw our hearts far from God and from growth in godliness. Worldliness equips you to search your heart for the presence of worldliness and gives practical help for resisting the world's influence in the areas of media, modesty, music, and material possessions."

What it Meant to Me:
"I really appreciated this book because it helped me to establish good boundaries and checkpoints for abstaining from worldliness. The theme verse for this book is 1 John 2:15-16, which says "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world." The book is not what some people would call "legalistic", but it gives practical suggestions for ways that Christians can set healthy boundaries. I loved the book because it kept coming back to the cross, giving the reader the real reason why we should abstain from worldliness- not out of legalism, (trying to save ourselves with our good deeds) but out of joyful obedience and love for our Savior, Jesus Christ."

Thanks to:
Jennifer (age 15)
Illinois

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mission and February Project

One in the Bond mission statement: 

One in the Bond exists to unite Christ-seeking girls through the sharing of resources, lessons, and Scripture, by creating a place for girls to encourage, discuss, and share with each other.

Our First Step In Accomplishing Our Mission is Blog Bonding. Blog Bonding consists of monthly projects that all of us contribute to on this blog, with the purpose of encouraging, learning, and sharing with each other.

February Blog Bonding Project: Book Bonding
1. Submit a book title that has encouraged or helped you in any way. *
2. Along with the book title, include a small summary telling what the book is about or what it focuses on. (2-3 sentences)
3. Include a small bit on how this book has helped or encouraged you. (Optional)

*The book does not have to be specifically directed towards young girls. If it is not a book directed to Christians it should still have christian values woven into it. An example of this would be Little Women  or Anne of Green Gables.


Submit the books and summaries to belles.bits@gmail.com. 


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11