Quizlet Cards for PCA Ordination

I’ve compiled all of the Quizlet decks I’ve been using over the last ~4 years (through seminary and internship) to prepare for Ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. This information has come from a combination of sources including TE Brian Chapell’s guide for Ordination, TE Shane Waldron’s guide for Ordination in the Rocky Mountain Presbytery, On Being Presbyterian by TE Sean Lucas, various guides used by TE Alfred Poirier, and feedback from TE’s in my Licensure examination. Feel free to share with anyone you think might need them.

Some of these are rushed so you’ll very likely find spelling and syntax errors. In order to edit them, select the “Copy” option in the upper left-hand corner on the Quizlet page and Quizlet will copy everything over to a new deck that is editable. You will need a Quizlet account to edit these or save them to your decks. I used these on my tablet but you can also use the flash cards on your phone or desktop.

Happy studying and may God bless you!

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December/January Family Update

Even though it’s January (of 2017! Wahoo!), I still wanted to be sure and cross-post our December update here since the prayer requests are all still in play. Want to get these delivered to your inbox? Subscribe here.


Happy New Year!

Since we last wrote, a lot has been going on. Anthony preached his first 3 sermons at Great Plains Gathering, he turned in his final written PCA Ordination examinations (only one more step until Ordination!), he also continues to teach on Monday nights and that kicks back up again in January, GPG held another successful Family Night and a special Christmas party, Tamasin turned 5, Remley opened an Etsy shop, and God brought us many opportunities for discipleship, fellowship, and evangelism.

Oh! We also had The Great Polar Vortex of 2016 come through. It left us with almost two feet of snow and a weekend of frigid temperatures but we had no accidents and had a warm home.

We thank God for all of his good gifts.

We wanted to share a few pictures from the last months below. Under that are our December/January prayer requests.


This month, please pray for:

  • Anthony’s last month of Ordination preparation. Only one month until Anthony goes before the Rocky Mountain Presbytery for his final oral examination in order to be Ordained int ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America! (YAY!) All of us are excited to see this step in the process completed but thankful for all that God has taught us in the journey. Please pray that God would sustain Anthony and the rest of our family over the next month with patience, joy, and diligence. Also, please pray that this final examination would go well and God would be glorified.
  • Anthony’s preaching. Anthony preaches again at GPG in February. Please pray that God will help him prepare well for preaching, that he will teach the people at GPG to the best of his ability, and that God’s message would be heard.
  • Prayer and financial support of planting. We’re excited to announce that we are 54% funded for the next two years. That is more than the last time we wrote! We are thankful for all who have donated to support this ministry and have been moved by how God brings a little bit more each month. We now just need 16 people to give $100 a month to meet our fundraising goal. Please pray for people to partner with us in prayer and funding.

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
  Romans 12:11-12


We need your help.

We are over half of the way to reaching our funding goal!

If you’re interested in donating to help fund Anthony’s apprenticeship with Great Plains Gathering, you can donate online by clicking either the button below or through here. Any amount is appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of your contribution goes directly to this project.

Know someone who might be interested in supporting this ministry work?
Please share this update.

Lessons in James

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Hey all ~ I’m teaching through the book of James with the ladies at First Presbyterian on Tuesday evenings. I’ve been primarily relying on James for You by Sam Allberry. I’m linking to some of them here in case anyone wants to catch up on some/study along with us.

James 1: 1-9 | Lesson Audio | (No handout this week. So sorry!)

James 1:9-18 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 1:19-27 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 2:1-13 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 2:14-26 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

James 3:1-18 | Lesson Audio | Lesson Handout

Buy a book, support a planter.

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When we started making announcements about how our family is moving out to do church planting this summer one of my dear friends, Ashley, reached out and offered a super creative and kind way to help out! She graciously offered to host an Usborne sale to help us raise funds for the transition and the needs on the field. I’m so thankful for her thoughtfulness and desire to help us raise funding — She’s setting all of this up and ALL the profits that usually go to her will be going to us!

Here is the information that she passed along for anyone interested in buying books and supporting church planting in Montana:

If you are not familiar with Usborne books, you are in for a treat!  This children’s literature publishing company produces books with an educational mindset.  Focused on the development of young learners and readers, each book seeks to take a topic and present it in a wonderfully accessible, appealing, and illustrated way in book form.

You can help the Gorsuch family raise the funds they need for their move and transition onto the mission field, simply through purchasing books for your kids or grandkids…or neighbors, nieces, and any one in between!  These books make great gifts – think birthdays and Christmas too!
25% of your total purchase will go directly to the Gorsuch’s MNA fund.  On top of that, they will also earn free books for their kids based on the total sales!  So as you shop, know that you are helping them get to Montana to spread the Gospel AND supplying Remley with books to teach her little ones.

Shopping is now open: https://f5713.myubam.com/326961

If you would like to purchase any books specifically for the Tamasin or Rowan, then please send your order to: ashleyhbelknap@gmail.com  I will send you a special invoice and shipping will be free!

Browse through the links below to see some sample books!  Happy Shopping!

https://f5713.myubam.com/


Note: I (Remley) have catalogs and order forms if you’d prefer to look at the books and purchase offline. Just let me know.And again: a huge, HUGE thank you to Ashley for managing all of this!

What’s next?

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Anthony graduated in May and, since right around then, the question started popping up in various different forms: What are we doing now that Anthony has “The Degree”? That’s a good question!  I haven’t been trying to dodge it, we’ve just been praying and working a lot behind the scenes and I’ve forgotten to post anything here. Sorry!

That’s okay. So what’s up?

Last summer Anthony and I went to England to explore the possibility of helping with church planting there. While we aren’t going to England, we did learn a lot about church planting there and got a chance to observe how a passion for reaching the lost through the gospel, a conviction that the body of Christ grows best through the work of the local church, and a vision and love for the local people make a powerful combination. It was that conviction that led Anthony and I to begin to pray for God to open doors for us to be a part of church planting in Montana.

In September of last year, we began the lengthy prayer, research, and application process to be assessed by the Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) Mission to North America (MNA) Church Planter Assessment Center. We were accepted to the center and, in February, we attended and received a provisional recommendation for church planting in Montana. The “provisional” part is because they recommend that Anthony gets some training in some particular areas before breaking out as a planter alone. In the PCA, this training is usually provided in an 18-24 mos. apprenticeship.

A what? 

An apprenticeship. It’s a fancy word that means Anthony will pursue ordination, shadow and serve an existing church planter, and prepare to launch a new plant. It’s done in these phases and is sometimes called a residency. Sort of like how people in the olden days would train under someone who was really good at something to learn from what they’re doing. But instead of blacksmithing or cobbling, it’s church planting.

Josh Charette at Great Plains Gathering, a plant of Rocky Mountain Community Church, has kindly volunteered to be the planter who Anthony will serve under. We have a flyer outlining more information about the whole thing. You can look at it here.

The short version?

We’re moving to Billings, Montana in August. While there,  Anthony will apprentice under Josh at Great Plains Gathering so that, Lord willing, he’ll be equipped to plant a church in Montana in 2 years.

I didn’t actually ask for a short version. Is there a long version?

Hopefully, Anthony and I will be updating this place more often with longer bits about the why we’re going to Montana, why planting, why Billings and more but this was a quick-ish update so you could get an overview on what God is doing.

Cool. How do I pray for you guys?

For now we’re not going to use this space for updates on how to pray for us. Rather, I’ve set up an email list that’s easier to keep up with where Anthony will regularly post ways to be praying for our family and the ministry in Montana. If you’re interested in receiving email updates on how to pray for us, you can sign up for that here.

In the meantime, please pray as we seek God’s will with this new and exciting step, look for committed prayer warriors, and find people and churches who want to financially partner with us as we spread the gospel in Montana.
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Women of the Word Lesson Audio and Handouts

If we want to feel a deeper love for God, we must learn to see him more clearly for who he is.

I’ve had the honor of teaching through the book Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin on Tuesday nights with the ladies at First Pres. The class is meant to explain and guide us in how to read the Bible on our own using basic hermeneutic principles. I’ve used Women of the Word and a few other resources that I thought would help to supplement the study and note in the audio where I’ve deviated from Wilkin.  For this reason, you don’t need the book to do the study but it’s a great and helpful tool if you’re interested in learning more.

I’m including the audio and handouts below for anyone to use. There have been a few tech issues that have slowed down the upload but I’ll link them once they’re available.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Bible Study

In this lesson, we look at why proper Bible study is important and two things we might need to turn around before we move ahead.

Audio (coming soon)

Handout

Lesson 2 – The BIG Picture of the Bible

In this lesson, we look at the metanarrative of Scripture, i.e. the overarching story and how it informs the smaller storied within the Bible.

Audio

Handout

Lesson 3 – 5 Questions to Ask of the Book

In this lesson we talk about the 5 questions that need to be answered before we study any given book of the Bible so we might have a good understanding of the context. We also look at the genres of literature within the Bible and some helpful tools to help our study.

Audio (coming soon)

Handout

Introduction to Ephesians from the ESV Study Bible

Lesson 4 – The Process: Things to look for in the Passage

In this lesson we looked at process of Observation, Interpretation, and Application, why it’s important when we look at any given passage of the Bible, and we practiced the step of Observation with Ephesians 1.

Audio

Handout

Ephesians 1 printout (Chapter 1, double spaced and wide margins for easy use)

More lessons to come as they’re uploaded!

– Remley

A 2015 Review, Several Days Late

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I probably don’t have to point out that this is past the mid-point in January and while most reviews are done in the days leading up to the New Year (oh yeah, Happy New Year guys!) or in the few days following, this one is belated. Maybe classically belated if I’m honest with you about my typical tardiness when it comes to these sorts of things.

So here is a (slightly late) apology for an extended absence from this blog and another (slightly late) apology for this review you never asked for in the first place. Cheers!

2015 was a spectacular year and that’s not an exaggeration. It’s not that there weren’t difficult times (there most definitely was) but it was an overall great year for us.

Together we learned a lot about friendships, family, culture, life, death, spiritual growth, spiritual disciplines, work, and perseverance in ways that I’m grateful for. He was and is faithful.

Some of the highlights:

  • We got lost in Mobile, AL and got to adventure around there for a weekend. This was a much-needed break after a hectic year in seminary and we were surprised at all of the exciting things we could see there and the lessons the Lord had for us. You’d think that after moving across the country for seminary, we’d be pros at being independent and confident and that we wouldn’t feel pressure to conform to an invisible expectation of…whatever. But looking back, this trip was one way that God would “regroup” us. We were never to conform to some invisible societal pressure of… whatever or to be confident in our own independence. We were to be confident in the sufficiency of Christ and root our identity in him. This trip sort of set the tone for the entire year.

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  • Tam started at school. This was harder than I’d like to admit sometimes but it was really what was best for her. Her vibrant, sociable personality didn’t have a good outlet at home with her somewhat-introverted mom. It also wound up being better for everyone else, too. This was a huge lesson for me in humility about knowing my limits and trusting in God that he will take care of Tam.
  • First Presbyterian Church celebrated 160 years. First Pres Crystal Springs has become a wonderful surrogate family for us in the last 3 years and we feel so honored to have been able to be here for such a momentous occasion. It was a great chance to reflect on how we stand on the shoulders of faithful saints who have gone before us.

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  • Anthony finished (another) semester at RTS. So much could be said about how proud I am of all that Anthony has accomplished at school and how relieved and celebratory we were that he had completed his third year at seminary. His schooling is a huge blessing but it’s hard work. We hold mini-parties at the end of every semester and this one was no different except that there was a sense of excitement to it all: he only had one more year to go!
  • Rowan’s 1st Birthday. So much could be said about how this little guy has burrowed his way into all of our hearts and how much we’re touched by his curiosity and sweetness but I’ll stop short of writing an essay and say that he is loved but it’s not been a very difficult thing to do.

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  • We’ve been married 7 years. This one is hard not to gush about but I’ll save that for a later post. Let’s just say that there’s a line in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of the Island where Anne tells Gilbert, “I don’t want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you.’ I will always say this of Anthony. Always.
  • Anthony and I went on a vision trip to England. It was wonderful and beautiful and we fell in love with the place and the people. We are very thankful for both the trip itself and the people who helped us go. Anthony  wrote up a summary of our trip that you can read but I’m sad to say that the Lord led us away from working with the church there. We still pray for the church in England and we’ve applied so many of the things we learned from our brothers and sisters there to our lives that it wasn’t wasted.
  • We got to try the best fried chicken ever made. This might seem out of place on the list but if you’ve ever had the chicken at The Old Country Store in Lorem, MS you’d know it should make a yearly review. Confession: I never cared for fried chicken before living in Mississippi (chicken strips are another story) but this stuff is the stuff of legends. If you want to know more, they did a special video on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting about it.
  • Anthony got Licensed. No not licensed to drive or shoot but licensed in his presbytery to minister. If you’re not Presbyterian, the process might seem confusing (it still seems confusing to me some days!) but here’s a short diagram of the process for a Presbyterian minister to become Ordained:
    Under Care -> Internship (1 yr minimum in most)-> Masters of Divinity somewhere in here -> Licensed -> Ordained
    See?! He’s only one step away from Ordination! Praise God!

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  • I finished my 1st year at Dead Reckoning. I’ve been working for these awesome peeps for a while as Director of Digital Marketing and Strategy and am happy to say that I reached the one-year mark and am still going. It’s been a blessing for me in many ways.
  • Tam turned 4. When did I become a mother of a 4 year old?! She’s so delightful and I’m encouraged by the inordinate amount of love and kindness she has. She teaches me how to be a better person daily and we cherish her.

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  • We applied for the PCA MNA Church Planter Assessment Center. Yup. Church planter. More on that later but it’s pretty exciting.

Was is all candy and roses? No. There were nights of tears for all of us either from spiritual weariness, physical exhaustion, emotional upheaval, or somebody took our toys (that was usually the reason Rowan was crying) but it was a good year.

I’m very excited to see everything that God is going to do in the coming year especially since 2016 means that Lord willing, Anthony will graduate from seminary (!!!) and we will continue to pray for opportunities to serve the Lord.