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Welcome to Bold & Brave!  If you're looking to move forward in your faith, then this is the place for you!  We are a group of down-to-earth, everyday women, who want to make a difference in our world, by challenging ourselves, loving our people, giving where we can, and being lovers of God’s Word. We study the Bible & discuss together, find projects where we can give back, and encourage each other in spiritual growth! 

As Bold & Brave Women, we:

  • are leaders, not complainers.
  • are passionate, not passive.
  • are contributors, not consumers.

Join us, Wednesday nights, 7pm, at Freedom Valley Church!


WEEK 18, MAY 16

This week, I thought a lot about our values as Bold & Brave Women.  To be leaders, not complainers.  Passionate, not passive. And contributors, not consumers.  I thought about how that means we need to make A LOT of decisions.

Decisions can be hard.  We make decisions every day, all day--from what we will eat to medical decisions, parenting decisions to your outfit that day.  What's the wise choice?  What's the Godly choice?  What does the Bible say about that?  How do I feel about it?

 

"How we make those decisions matters to others and to God.  We should always start and end with the final authority of God's Word. Leadership in decision making is undergirded by the wisdom described in the Bible. If we lived by the world's wisdom, our lives would be directed by popularity, polling, and culture values; but as His daughters, we are called to participate in His will for our lives by obeying His word and putting it into action with energy."                                                                                         --PROPEL WOMEN

ASSIGNMENT:

This week, let's evaluate ourselves when it comes to making decisions. Read the Word, gather some great people around you, and ask yourself the tough questions. I suggest taking one day for each of these questions.  Take your time working through the answers!

  1. Read Proverbs 16:9. What do you think this verse is saying? Are you more of a thinker or a feeler when making decisions? What are the strengths of that approach? What are the weaknesses?
  2. Read Luke 14:28-30.  Do you have any tools that help you make decisions like the 10/10/10 rule we heard in Bold & Brave? What does it mean to commit to a decision? How does that give you credibility with others?
  3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. In what ways do you need to create boundaries? Is your past making it difficult for you to let the right people into your life?
  4. Read Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 15:22, and Proverbs 24:6. Who are the trusted advisors or mentors in your life? If you can't think of a few people you trust to speak into your life how could you begin to cultivate these relationships?
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WEEK 17, MAY 9

This week, I was inspired by Colour Conference in Brooklyn, NYC, which is a women's conference put on by Hillsong! They were absolutely amazing, and I was reminded why I started Bold & Brave in the first place.  So many women feel as though they aren't worthy of public ministry, or being used of God.  And it's just simply not true, and to be honest, the church is suffering because of it.  We NEED women, women's voices, and women's ministry & leadership in the church. We need women who are pursing JESUS with everything they have, and leading the Church through their discipleship.

 
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It was to that end, that I wrote www.fv.church/womeninchurch . Please click that link this week, and begin to study these passages for yourself.  See what God has done throughout the ages through the female spirit, and begin to dream about what He can do through you. 

Remember Bold & Brave's values!

As Bold & Brave Women, we:

  • are leaders, not complainers.
  • are passionate, not passive.
  • are contributors, not consumers.

 

I'd also like to challenge some of you, to begin thinking about these values, and how they relate to your own life.  If you have a story, a testimony maybe, of something that has happened in your own life, that relates to one of these values, I'd love for you to send it to me (candace@fv.church) and possibly even share it with the group, in Bold & Brave!


WEEK 16, MAY 2

“A rested you, is a better you.  You bring YOU into everything you do.” - Carey Nieuwhof

What was Jesus' secret?  How was he able to accomplish everything that the accomplished in such a short amount of time?  How did he know the Father's heart like he did?  Many people answer questions like these with a simple, "he was the son of God."  But if that's the only answer, then there's no hope for the rest of us to live powerful, Godly lives like that, is there?

I believe Jesus lived within rhythms and seasons.  He abided in the Father and withdrew constantly to pray and be alone and meditate on the Word. If it worked for Him, and we're to follow his example, how do we do that? What does that look like?

This week, we're going to study these passages, and learn what we can from Jesus' example of rest & prayer.

READ: Mark 1:9-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-15

  • When, in his life, did Jesus fast, alone, for 40 days?  Do you think that's significant?
  • Why, do you think, did Jesus answer his tempter, the way he did?

READ: Matthew 14:13-23

  • What was Jesus doing immediately before going up the mountain, alone, to pray?
  • Why do you think he sent his disciples away ahead of him?

READ: Mark 1:29-39

  • Can you pick out any patterns about Jesus' lifestyle and ministry? Can you see any rhythms?
  • What can you change, in your life, to work in more quiet time in prayer?

WEEK 15, APRIL 25

Last week, we studied spiritual alignment, and how to hep yourself WANT the things that God wants for you, and how to go about changing from the inside.  But this week, we're going to look at faith from another angle--obedience.  James 2 says that "faith without works is dead."

 

Read James 2:14-26 first.

 
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This week, your assignment is two-fold:

  1. Read Abraham's story. Genesis 11:27-25:11.
    1. What can you learn from Abraham's faith? How does it compare to Rahab's?
    2. Why do you think James included his example in his faith teaching?
  2. Read Rahab's story. Joshua 1:1-6:27.
    1. What can you learn from Rahab's faith? How does it compare to Abraham's?
    2. Why do you think James included her example in his faith teaching?

How can you improve in the faith-obedience area?  Is there any area of your life that still hasn't been fully surrendered to Christ?  Is there any area of your faith that you aren't living out?


WEEK 14, APRIL 18

An excerpt from A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God, by Larry Osbourne:

A big part of the problem is that many of us were taught that one of the greatest signs of spiritual maturity is the self-discipline to do God’s will even when we don’t want to. We don’t see it as a problem when our desires fail to align with his; it’s just another opportunity to prove our spiritual worth.

But if the Spirit’s job is to provide us with both the will and the power to do God’s good purposes, then any time my desire fails to match up with his, it doesn’t just call for self-disciplined obedience. It calls for a spiritual realignment.

When I find myself knowing what to do but not wanting to do it, I’m no longer satisfied to obey with some sort of macho self-denial and hard obedience. If that’s all I’ve got, God hasn’t changed me much.
— A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God, by Larry Osbourne

SPIRITUAL REALIGNMENT:

  1. Ask God to change your mindset.
    1. James 1:5
    2. Proverbs 2:6
    3. Proverbs 3:6
    4. Matthew 7:7
    5. Psalm 51:10
  2. Renew your mind.
    1. 2 Corinthians 5
    2. Romans 12:2
    3. Ezekiel 36:26
    4. Galatians 5:19-23
    5. Matthew 6:33
  3. Take captive your thoughts
    1. 2 Corinthians 10:5
  4. Build your want.
    1. Proverbs 4:23
  5. Ask for advice from the right people
    1. Hebrews 10:25
    2. Proverbs 12:15
    3. Proverbs 11:14
    4. Proverbs 15:22
    5. Psalm 1:1-6

 

 

ASSIGNMENT: Ask God what needs to change, in your life, to get you to the next level of growth in Him.  Once you have that identified, start studying these scriptures! Pick one or two a day, read the entire chapter or passage in context, do a SOAP study, and work on how to apply it in your life.


WEEK 13, APRIL 11

We're going to continue the DIFFERENT Challenge for another week, but if you wanted to go on a different track (more like what we talked about in Bold & Brave on Wednesday), you could look up the following verses, and strengthen yourself through the power of the Word! Be sure to think deeply about the words on the page, maybe do a SOAP study, or spend some time journaling and meditating on the verses.

 

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Philippians 4:8-13

John 14:2-3

Romans 5:1-21

Proverbs 3:5-6

1 Corinthians 2:1-16

John 8:12

Romans 8:28

 

 


WEEK 12, APRIL 4

If you were with us at Bold & Brave this week, then you know it was a little different! We've talked a lot about my own testimony and the things I've gone through to get where I am in the Bold & Brave department. I fully believe that the Bible is the way to go.  USE the Word of God to change yourself from the person that are, to the person that you want to be!  That's why Jesus came!  Not to change bad people into good people, but to raise the dead--to LIFE!  

Whatever you're scared of today...Jesus can change that for you.  Sometimes it's only a moment, sometimes it's process.  But have the courage to start somewhere.  Live different.  BE different. Be bold & brave, stand OUT from the crowd...be an example! You're called to a higher purpose. God has a purpose and a plan for your life, and he can use YOU for something big!  Change the world!

It all starts with Jesus.

 

THIS WEEK'S ASSIGNMENT:

In Bold & Brave tonight, I challenged us all to a new kind of growth plan. It's daily, but it may help some of you that learn better through video! There's also Bible Reading and questions for every day! Join us, in being different, in standing out from the crowd, and pursuing Jesus with everything you've got.

Click the picture to start the plan today. A new post be there every day for the next 2 weeks.



WEEK 11, MARCH 28

DOCTRINE. THEOLOGY. SCRIPTURE. HOLINESS. SANCTIFICATION. SOMANYBIGRELIGIOUSWORDS! 

These concepts can be scary, but they don't have to be!  Romans has a lot to say about these concepts, and explains it all in a way that we can understand.  Faith vs. the law. Gentile vs. Jew. Sin & grace. THE GOSPEL.

This week, we're going to read Romans 1-3. For best results, I suggest reading all 3 chapters every single day. Each day, pick out something that stands out to you. We'll be discussing how scripture can speak to us differently, depending on what we're going through, and some of the over-riding concepts in the book of Romans. 

 

Here's a head start on understanding the book of Romans:


WEEK 10, MARCH 14

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PRAYER is so important to the life of a believer...so why do so few of us know how to do it?  Is it a formula, or a conversation?  Is there a magic amount of praying we have to do?  Is there something we can do to get through to God better?

This week, we're going to study these questions, by doing a TOPICAL study on prayer!  Click here for more on how to do it!

 

EXTRA: The best book I've ever read on prayer is actually fiction!! "Blink" by Ted Dekker, made me think about prayer in a whole new way.  - Candace


WEEK 9, MARCH 7

I believe that being bold & brave is more of a spiritual battle, than it is a personality one.  Many people are quiet, reserved, content to sit in the background and listen to a conversation, instead of engage in one.  If that's you, and you're comfortable there, great!  But so many of us, are there, but aren't comfortable there.  We want to be able to express ourselves freely, without fear, to be confident in our own skin!

I believe that confidence is a spiritual battle.  If the enemy can trip you up there, he's GOT you.  All of you.  You can't make a move without confidence.  And it was there, that I was stuck for so long.

My relationship with Jesus, and study of the Word, is the only thing that brought me out of that fear, and into a bold & brave place. I am able to step into my calling, stretch myself, and learn about the gifts God has given me!  I learn more every day!       

        - Candace                              

What is God saying to you lately?
How can you provide time in your life to slow down and listen?
Do you talk to Him about your real life, your actual thoughts and fears?
How do you go about taking the Word seriously, and applying it to your life?
What's your favorite Bible passage to think about when you're afraid?
When asked about who Jesus is, what do you have to say??

 

EXTRA AD 30 ASSIGNMENT:
What's the one thing you can take from the book?  What will you remember the most?  Is this a book you would recommend to others?


WEEK 8, FEBRUARY 28

This week, read 1 Peter!  

 If you missed class, check out "what inspired me this week"!  Especially listen to minutes 16-19 of the episode: "Motivating your team"!

If you missed class, check out "what inspired me this week"!  Especially listen to minutes 16-19 of the episode: "Motivating your team"!

  • Who was Peter writing to?
  • What stood out to you the most about what Peter wrote?
    • How can you apply it to your life?
  • When he says "give your worries and cares to God" (1 Peter 5:7), how do you think you go about doing that? 
  • Do 2 SOAP studies on passage that you like in this book.

VERSION COMPARISON: Now, read 1 Peter again in another version of the Bible!  Try NIV, The Message, or NKJV!  Was there anything significantly different about the other version?  Did you learn anything new from reading it again in another version?

CHALLENGE: Write your own Self-Motivation Mantra, like Craig Groeschel's!

EXTRA: AD 30 ASSIGNMENT:
Read through the end of the book this week!  What did you think of Maviah's miraculous healing at the end? 
Do you think healing could be like that for us?


WEEK 7, FEBRUARY 21

This week, let's read Philippians together. Come up with a plan to start a gratitude journal, starting with writing out, word for word, Philippians 4:8. Then try to list 50 different things that you're grateful for--this week alone!  

If you need help getting a handle on Philippians, try answering these questions as you read:

  • Who wrote Philippians?
  • How do you think the subject matter relates to being a Bold & Brave Woman?
  • What can you apply to your life from this little book?

EXTRA: "A.D. 30" ASSIGNMENT: Read through Chapter 17.  

  • What did you think of the interaction with Jesus?
  • Does it change anything about how you view Jesus?
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WEEK 6, FEBRUARY 14

This week, we're going to study Acts 1-2, where we see the Holy Spirit come! Answer the following questions for yourself, and we'll answer them together as a group next week!

  • What power was Jesus telling his disciples about in Acts 1:8?
  • What was the day of Pentacost back then? How long after Jesus was crucified did this happen?
  • What's the significance of Peter being the one to speak to the people gathered in verse 14? 
  • Can you imagine saying those things to those people at that time? Why would that have been difficult?

EXTRA: "A.D. 30" ASSIGNMENT:  Read until you see Maviah get to Sepphoris and begin to enter Herod's court. (around chapter 12)

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  • What have you discovered so far about the cultures back then? How are they different from today?
  • What did you think of the encounter with Mary (Miriam)?
  • Are you beginning to see that culture a little more clearly now?

**If you don't know what "A.D. 30" is, see hereorder the book, and follow along with us!


WEEK 5, JANUARY 31

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This week, we’re going to try someone else’s Bible Reading plan & devotional!  Get the Bible app on your phone, or go to www.youversion.com, and look up “Brave Is The New Beautiful” Plan (or click here) .  It’s a 4-day devotional with bible reading! 

-Candace       

EXTRA:: Write a letter to yourself before you were saved. (watch this video for inspiration!)

 

 

 

 

My letter to myself for inspiration!

To the Candace that existed before ministry-

You don’t know anything yet of exhaustion, hard work, emotional pain, or desperation.  You may think you know, but believe me, before ministry, you don’t. You don’t know how many nights you’ll be kept awake with anxiety about confrontation, how many times you’ll bawl your eyes out to God all alone, or how many days you’ll work your heart out despite dealing with anger, frustration, or meaninglessness.  The ministry world is not easy, and it likes to remind you of that fact often.

But, you also don’t yet know the joy of seeing a spark of interest in a difficult child you’ve been working with for months, or the light in the eyes of a mother who has never had hope before.  You don’t know what it feels like to ask people to volunteer from a nervous stage, and actually see sign ups afterward. You don’t know what it feels like to lead someone to Jesus yourself, and to text them at 11pm when they’re reading the Gospels for the first time, and crying tears of joy and freedom!  You don’t know the sheer exhaustion of a job well done after 3 long services of speaking, and of someone telling you through tears that they’ve never felt the heart of God like that before. You’ll never understand the vulnerability of presenting an altar call, and the gut-wrenching seconds before asking the congregation to respond, or the breakthrough when they finally do.  You’ll never know what it is to see a group of new friends, become old friends, find their place in the body of Christ, and learn what it is to tithe, give, grow spiritually, and worship. You may never feel God smile upon you...or know what it is for Him to be proud of you.

If you can live without ever knowing any of these feelings...don’t accept the job. If you want to be comfortable, confrontation-free, bored, and weak...stay where you are. But if you want to live free. Strong. Deep.  Bold & Brave...you can’t do anything else. God will lead you & your family into everything that He’s promised, and so much more.


WEEK 4, JANUARY 24

The name of this group wasn't chosen by accident.  In fact, I didn't choose it at all...God did!  I was at a conference in late summer 2017, and I left with a picture of myself leading a group of women who were kept in fear, and now are bold for Jesus! Women passionate about Jesus, about the Word of God, and growing into a beautiful leadership and vision within the church!  Now, to understand just how surprising this picture was for me, you have to know that I was always the LEAST bold and the LEAST brave person that I knew.  Growing up, I had so much social anxiety, I felt like I was trapped in a box of fear all the time

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I used the Word of God to make myself become the person that I wanted to be...and God matched my diligence and helped so much along the way as well.  This week, we're going to learn one way that I did that in my life, and maybe along the way, you'll stumble upon freedom too! 

-Candace                

 

So, this week, we’re going to a topical study! Use a concordance, google search, etc, to look up all the occurrences of boldness in the Bible! Write down (and bring with you next week) the top 3 that speak to you, and do a SOAP bible study on your favorite.  Bring with you to Bold & Brave next week!


WEEK 3, JANUARY 17

Alright, so this week, we’re going to try a new kind of Bible Study, in a new book of the Bible! Here in the beginning of Bold & Brave, I’m just trying to not only expose you to various women of the Bible, but also to arm you with various tools to study the Bible!

So, this time, we’re going to read Ruth, and as you go along, do a character study.  Write each character’s name as they come up, and then some characteristics...what they look like, young or old, etc, and anything you notice about them.  At the end, compare!  And answer the following questions:

  • What can you learn from each character?

  • What pieces of culture (at that time) shaped their decisions?

  • Are any of them good role models for a Bold & Brave Woman?


WEEK 2, JANUARY 10

Now we're going to study the book of Esther (yes, again!), but this time, "Unexpected Challenge" style! (Click here if your'e unfamiliar with Candace's The Unexpected Challenge.)  Here are your questions, and we're actually going to go over our answer next week!

To answer these questions, use Google, use commentaries on Bible Gateway (hint: start with Matthew Henry's commentary!), and ask other Christians in your life! Some of these questions may not even have solid answers that we can know for sure...it's more about the journey of asking questions of the Word, and opening up your imagination to the context of the Word.

  1. What does history know about King Xerxes of Persia, outside the books of Esther?
  2. Did queen's have any power in the Persian empire?
  3. What religion did the Persians practice?
  4. Why did Mordecai not bow down to Haman?
  5. Is Esther a good role model for a Bold & Brave Woman?

WEEK 1

In Bold & Brave, we learn how to study the Bible, and study it together!  Every week, you'll have an assignment, to go home and study and work on!  The Bible is the "bread of life", the Word is "living and active" and is a beautiful picture of God having personal relationships with us over and over! The Word can do amazing things in your life, if you let it!

This week, read the book of Esther.  It's only 10 chapters, a quick, good read!  And we're going to do a SOAP study!

 

SOAP:

S stands for SCRIPTURE: write down the verse (or two) that meant the most to you.  Write it out, word for word, on the page.  Sometimes we notice things that we didn't before when we are intentional about writing scripture out.

O stands for OBSERVATION: write any little thing you notice about it, anything that sticks out to you, as you read. 

A stands for APPLICATION: write down what you think you can apply to your life about this!  This may be in the way the characters interact with God, or how they interact with each other.  It could be what they DO, or don't do. 

P stands for PRAYER: write down your prayer to God, using what you read, and your application points.  Ask for God's help & guidance to living out His Word, and what that means, according to the book of Esther.

 

BONUS: Share!  Share what you've learned with the people closest to you!  Come to Bold & Brave next week, and share what you've learned.  Ask questions of the other ladies, maybe they learned something you didn't, and we can all learn from each other!