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  • What does it mean to be free?

    A Note from Nancy...

    Hello Nancy,   

    We as Americans just finished celebrating, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," in the "land of the free," and yet many are not experiencing the true freedom that God has designed for us from the beginning of time. For many, freedom has become, "I can do what I want, when I want, how I want." That is the freedom of the world, but there is even greater freedom for believers.


    When Jesus revealed himself as the Messiah, He said that He had come to Earth to "proclaim freedom" (Luke 4:18). And on another occasion, He said, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). Jesus was not setting us free to do whatever we wanted; He was freeing us to do what we were created to do; walk in relationship with God and bring glory to Him. When we live for His glory and not our own, we will experience freedom that will set us free indeed!


    As long as we are in sin, fear, doubt, and unbelief, we are under the power and control of darkness. We definitely can't be free unless we first realize we are bound, and come into the knowledge of a Savior. When we repent and receive God's forgiveness, then we can choose to be free. The closer we are tethered to God, the more freedom we will experience. What is it or who is it that is keeping you from being free?

    Felénon, in his book of letters called "Let Go", explained freedom in Christ better than anyone that I have read. He writes:"Happy is he who is a free man, but only the Son of God can make us really free. There is not a person in the world who can be allowed to hinder us from doing the will of God. If we allow the world to hinder us, then our professed freedom is only a word. And we will be as easily captured as a bird whose leg is tied to the ground. He might seem to be free. If the string is delicate enough, you might not even see it. And if it long enough, the bird might be able to do a little flying. But, nevertheless, he is a prisoner. I hope you see what I am trying to say. Because the freedom that I covet for you to enjoy is far more valuable than all you are fearful of losing."

    Scripture says that we shall know the truth; Jesus is the Truth. Then, as our intimacy with Jesus grows, we learn to trust, submit and obey Him. Guilt disappears in light of the cross, and our minds are renewed. Godly character develops. And then true freedom is ours. Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."

    I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.  Click here to donate. 

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.


    "Go out into the hedges and highways and compel them to come so that my house will be filled" (Luke 14:23).

    Thank you so much.


    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy

  • What is freedom?

    A Note from Nancy...

    We as Americans just finished celebrating, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," in the "land of the free," and yet many are not experiencing the true freedom that God has designed for us from the beginning of time. For many, freedom has become, "I can do what I want, when I want, how I want." That is the freedom of the world, but there is even greater freedom for believers.


    When Jesus revealed himself as the Messiah, He said that He had come to Earth to "proclaim freedom" (Luke 4:18). And on another occasion, He said, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). Jesus was not setting us free to do whatever we wanted; He was freeing us to do what we were created to do; walk in relationship with God and bring glory to Him. When we live for His glory and not our own, we will experience freedom that will set us free indeed!


    As long as we are in sin, fear, doubt, and unbelief, we are under the power and control of darkness. We definitely can't be free unless we first realize we are bound, and come into the knowledge of a Savior. When we repent and receive God's forgiveness, then we can choose to be free. The closer we are tethered to God, the more freedom we will experience. What is it or who is it that is keeping you from being free?

    Felénon, in his book of letters called "Let Go", explained freedom in Christ better than anyone that I have read. He writes:"Happy is he who is a free man, but only the Son of God can make us really free. There is not a person in the world who can be allowed to hinder us from doing the will of God. If we allow the world to hinder us, then our professed freedom is only a word. And we will be as easily captured as a bird whose leg is tied to the ground. He might seem to be free. If the string is delicate enough, you might not even see it. And if it long enough, the bird might be able to do a little flying. But, nevertheless, he is a prisoner. I hope you see what I am trying to say. Because the freedom that I covet for you to enjoy is far more valuable than all you are fearful of losing."

    Scripture says that we shall know the truth; Jesus is the Truth. Then, as our intimacy with Jesus grows, we learn to trust, submit and obey Him. Guilt disappears in light of the cross, and our minds are renewed. Godly character develops. And then true freedom is ours. Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."

    I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.  Click here to donate. 

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.


    "Go out into the hedges and highways and compel them to come so that my house will be filled" (Luke 14:23).

    Thank you so much.


    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy

  • Easter: Why does it Matter?

    "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve." (1 Cor. 15:3-5)

    Did the death and resurrection of Christ happen and if so, what difference does it make? Does it change the way I think, the way that I love and the way I live my life?

    The events that cannot be refuted by both believers and skeptics regarding the death and resurrection of Christ are the following:

    1. Scripture records that this event happened throughout the the Old and New Testaments.

    2. The prophecies in Scripture recorded this event hundreds of years before it happened. 

    3. The Church began, and worship changed from Saturday to Sunday.

    4. The lives of the apostles changed from cowards to bold believers in Christ.

    5. The women were the ones who reported the resurrection to the disciples at a time in history when women did not have a voice of authority with men.

    6. Christ appeared to over 500 people after the resurrection. 

    7. "Books of the Bible accepted and considered authoritative by academia are Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians." Gary Habermas is the leading scholar in the world on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Gary Habermas Minimal Facts Approach 

    All of this proves once and for all that Jesus is God! No ordinary person could defy death, but Jesus did just that!

    Watch as Lee Strobel talks about Jesus' claims to being God.

    What difference does it make when I choose to believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay the penalty for my sin?  

    1. I become a child of God (John 1:12).
    2. I am forgiven and have eternal life (1 John 5:12-13).
    3. I am secure in God's love (John 10:29).
    4. I am a partner with Christ in life (Colossians 3:4) and privilege (Ephesians 2:6), suffering (2 Timothy 2:12), and service (1 Corinthians 1:9).
    5. I am Christ's friend (John 15:15).
    6. I am a temple, a dwelling place of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).
    7. I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
    8. I am God's workmanship, His handiwork, born anew in Christ to do His work (Ephesians 2:10).
    9. I am righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24).
    10. I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
    11. I am one of God's living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).

    "Love means the cross. God's mercy was expressed in the cross. He did not condemn the world, but came in forgiving love...Becoming a Christian means a deathlike surrender of our life to Christ. We die to our own rights, control of our life, and plans for our future. We will be willing to receive, do, go, stay, speak, and serve as He wills. Christ then comes to live within us to express His loving mercy for others through us.

    The cross becomes the basis of our relationships. Our time, energy, resources, and skill are put at Christ's disposal for others. We forgive because we have been forgiven. People do not need to measure up any more than we had to measure up in order for God to love us. We take on the troubles, frustrations, and problems of others as Christ took the cross...Because we have died to self, we have nothing to lose and everything to give." 

    Lloyd John Ogilvie devotional reading from "God's Best for My Life"

    Blessings,

    Nancy


  • The Reality of Truth in a Post-Truth Society

    The question posed to Jesus from Pilate is as relevant today as it was then, "What is truth?" We are living in what is being referred to as a post-truth culture. What does that really mean and what effect does living in a post-truth culture have on the way we think and live?Oxford defines post-truth as an adjective "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." 

    According to Barna's research, 44% of people define truth as something felt, or relative, while only 35% of people regard truth as something known, or absolute. Many people believed that this trend would be limited to politics and media, but the ripple effect of our post-truth culture is directly impacting our families.Students are no longer looking to their Bibles, churches or parents for truth, but rely mostly on the media and their own feelings to shape their worldview. Feelings are subject to change and can deceive us at times, so they are not our ultimate measure of truth. Truth is reality; it is factual, valid, faithful and reliable.

    As the battle between facts and feelings continues, where can we find absolutes in a post-truth culture? In Psalm 119:160, the psalmist writes, "The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever." God's word is the definition of and authority on truth, not our feelings. John 16:13 reminds us that the Holy Spirit is the Revealer of all truth, and that He leads us and guides us as we read His word. Jesus said, "I am the way, the Truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6In light of the ever-changing landscape of our truth-less culture, the importance of having a solid biblical worldview cannot be overstated. 

    It is a critical issue with thousands of young people walking away from their faith because they do not know how to defend it. Please be praying for families across this nation to rise up and teach truth in their homes and communities. Hopefully, you will strongly consider starting an Anchorsaway class in your community. If you are willing, we ask you to consider taking the next step by learning more about facilitating a class or by getting trained online to teach. Your faithful prayers, offers to help out in our office and financial support allow us to reach hundreds of students every year. Please continue praying and giving to us in any way you can. You make a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar raised matters. Click here to donate.

    We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with the ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.

    "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy


  • "Screenagers" Who Are They?

    "Screenagers", the newest generation age 19 and under, are coming of age and are bringing with them an insatiable appetite for success and happiness. They say they are willing to work hard to gain the educational and professional achievement they desire. This is a big shift from the millennial generation before them who is generally unmotivated. Screenagers, also called Gen Z or Digital Natives, want to experience success in school and in the workplace. They are also the first generation to grow up with smart phones and iPads which have become their way of communicating, gaining friends and learning "truth".

    The downside of Screenagers is causing upheaval in families who place great value on faith, healthy relationships, good communication and solid moral values. In the latest Barna poll of this generation, they listed, in order, the things that have made them who they are: 1. Achievement, 2. Hobbies, 3. Gender, 4. Friends, 5. Family and6. Religion. This is the first generation to not put family as the most important influence in their life. This generation lives out a post-modern worldview, leaving many of them lonely, anxious, depressed and and having little interest in youth group or church. They are confused as to who they are to the point that many have adopted the idea that their gender is whatever they want it to be. Needless to say, they, as a group, struggle with reality.

    Here is a new video from the Barna research group that will help you better understand the Screenagers, also known as Digital Natives.

    We hope this gives you a well-rounded snapshot of the newest generation and encourages you to reach out to them. Form relationships with those in your sphere of influence. Offer a listening ear, share truth wrapped in grace and impart practical wisdom in helping them set and fulfill academic and professional goals.
    Here are some suggestions of how to speak into this generation. What can we do?

    1.  Pray

    2.  The older generation who has held education and achievement at a high level now has an opportunity to speak into older students in helping them better understand what professions they might consider and mentor them in what it takes to be successful.

    3.  For Christian families, pray daily as a family either in the morning or evening with members praying for one another.

    4.  Find a place to go to serve the less fortunate in your community or in another community.

    5.  Be open to hosting friends for dinner. Try having non-preachy discussions.

    6.  Have movie night and with discussions that follow.

    7.  Take the time to have intentional one-on-one conversations with your children.

    8.  Even though they may not recognize you as making them who they are, 56% of them say that their parents are their biggest role model. They are observant!

    9.  This atheistic Gen Z group provides an opportunity to engage with solid biblical worldview foundations. They will accept truth if you take the time to teach it to them!

    Unanswered: Smoke, Mirrors and God is an excellent plug and play curriculum for the purpose of starting conversations with Gen Z. It will help them understand how to find stability, purpose and identity in God's word in the ever-changing landscape of our culture. We are offering FREE shipping on all Unanswered orders!  Click here 

    If you have questions that you would like answered or topics you would like for us to feature in our newsletters, please let us know what that is. We value your input. Write an email to anchors@anchorsaway.org.

    You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort. Click here to donate!  


    "The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:5-7

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy


  • Finding hope in a season of barrenness...

    From our gang to you, we wish you a Happy New Year!

    For those of us who love the chill in the air and snowy days, this season is a welcomed sight! Others try to get through the barrenness of winter by waiting expectantly for this season to change in anticipation of new life springing up with the warmth of sunny days. For the Lord declares, "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease" (Gen. 8:22). All things, including the seasons, were created by Him and for Him.

    We know that in all seasons of our life, whether on the mountaintop or in the valley, that God is with us, loves us, cares for us and is drawing us closer to Him. In the worst of days, God is with us as a peace giver and comforter. In those days when we are suffering, and Satan whispers to us that God is angry and paying us back for something bad we have done, remember that he is a liar, the father of all lies. That accusing voice of Satan can be quieted by reading the Scriptures, praying for healing and thanking God for who He is and for His grace and love. Then God will silence the lies of Satan and give you rest. 

    "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:5-7

    "I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In the world, you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 

    "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

    Our prayer for all who read this is that you will be blessed this year, in all seasons, to persevere and live well to the glory of God! If you would like for us to be praying specifically for you, please contact us at 317-844-0381 or anchors@anchorsaway.org.

    This week our Anchorsaway classes are starting up with high school junior and senior students in communities across America. We are thanking God for raising up teachers to teach and students to attend the classes. We are asking for your prayers for each group that students may develop a solid faith in Jesus that is personally transforming and will allow them to defend their faith as they are living life to the full. 

    If you know a student in the Carmel/Fishers area who is questioning the existence of God or His love for them, please share our local class information with them! You can find all the details here.

    If you are thinking that you would like to learn what the Anchors students are learning, please check out the Unanswered: Smoke, Mirrors and God small group study guide. Click here to find out more

    Also, there will be free shipping when you order the Unanswered study! It is our way of thanking you for your support of our ministry.


  • What did we do before...

    A Note from Nancy...

    What did we do before the mobile phone took over our lives? I actually knew phone numbers, and if not I used a phone book. I used maps and still got lost, read real books and newspapers for information. When in the car with my kids, we talked, sang and I generally paid attention to the road. Today, I don't know my kids' phone numbers. I use google maps and get the news from a screen. I love the convenience of my phone as do you but we are finding that too much of a good thing can not only have adverse effects on us personally but on our family as well.


    The average American teenager consumes over 5 hours of recreational screen content daily with parents following closely behind at over 4 hours of content. Parents and teens alike agree that their excessive contact with technology negatively influences productivity. It can also present roadblocks to quality conversations, critical thinking, emotional connections, and creativity. Today, 44% of teens and 33% of parents admit to having unchecked, undisciplined, and unhealthy interaction with their phones.

    What risks come to adult and teens with increasing exposure to technology? 

    - Conduct risks- bullying, sexting, denigration, exclusion from a group or an event, exposing someone's personal life 

    - Content risks- pornographic, violent, racist, false and misleading content 

    - Contact risks- "stranger danger," stalking, harassment, impersonation 

    - Commercial risks- advertising, excessive/hidden marketing, scams


    How pervasive is sexual content online? 

    - 1 out of every 4 online searches is for pornographic content. 

    - Every second 30,000 people are viewing pornography. 

    - The average age of first exposure is 11. 

    - Pornography increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300% 

    - In 56% of all divorce cases, one party had an excessive interest in porn sites.

    Kara Powell has some great advice for all of us!

    Click here to watch Kara Powell: Numb Generation Full Version

    Anchorsaway is committed to building strong biblical worldview foundations of faith that can stand up against the temptations that Satan offers up through the internet. We, as parents, can set firewalls on family computers, but the only way to stay away from those things that corrupt our hearts and minds is to intentionally build within our families an atmosphere of love and openness. 

    Change is not easy but now, in many homes, it is a matter of grave necessity. Parents are the number one influencer of children which makes it so important to see parents living out their faith. We all need to take time to earnestly pray, beginning with ourselves, our families and friends and seek God's strength and wisdom in how to live well in this broken world. Turn off the screens and talk with one another. Be present and connect with conversations and plan times to talk all together once a day. Yes, it takes discipline and sacrifice, but without open communication and families praying together, our homes become nothing more than boarding houses! Have fun together. Laugh together. Pull out the board games, go camping - even indoors, cook a meal together, do a craft, hike, plan a picnic, volunteer as a family and go on a mission trip together. 

    We hope these ideas will help bring together what the world is trying to tear apart! Due to this information, we have added Worldview and Tech to our Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp October 27th and 28th; to attend please register visit our Anchorsaway.org/events page. For more information please review our Bootcamp Agenda and Flier

    Additional Resources:

    Andy Crouch: Managing Technology

    Andy Crouch: Tech Wise Family 

    Greg Beaverson is hosting a Kingdom or Culture seminar on October 21-22. For more information contact Greg at lilbeav2@gmail.com. 

    We are thankful for your faithfulness in prayer, hands on support and financial generosity. We can continue reaching hundreds of students every year because of you! Every dollar we raise makes a difference. To join us in this effort, Click here to donate. 

    Colossians 2:8 - "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." 

    Thank you so much. Blessings!

    Nancy


  • September 2017 Newsletter

    A Note from Nancy...

    We all know someone who has died tragically by intentional, self-inflicted means. Maybe it was a family member, a friend or a friend of a friend, but we all know someone, and it hurts. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month-a time to share resources and stories that shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and help better understand what it is and what we as Christians can do to help keep others from taking their own life.

    Pam Faerber is a personal Christian friend who lost her son to a disease called depression. Because of this, she has developed a passion to address and then empower us to do something about the misunderstanding so many of us have about depression. When left unattended, depression can turn into another life lost. Take a few moments to listen to her story and the wisdom she shares about how we can make a difference right where we are right now!

    https://vimeo.com/231939958

    For more information go to www.bigbearstampede.org/resource-4-depression/

    "Depression is like cancer-a most democratic illness. Depression does not care if you are a male or female.

    It does not care what religion you are or what color your skin.

    Depression does not care if you are young or old.

    Depression does not care if you are rich or poor, common citizen, or famous actor or athlete." Pam Faerber

    Why be concerned about suicide

    1. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2015CDC WISQARS)

    2. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2015 CDC WISQARS)

    3. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.

    4. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,470 suicide attempts by young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 and 8, the numbers would be higher.

    5. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

    How can we preventively help teens and adults get a healthy perspective on who they are before they develop a pattern of caving into emotional distress when life takes a wrong turn? 

    1. Take advantage of times when God just wants you to pray together. Nothing formal, just pray and read Scriptures.

    2. Develop a relationship of openness and vulnerability with your child or friend so they will feel free to share with you what is going on in their life.

    3. Reinforce that their feelings are real but can often distort the truth as to who we are and who God is as He describes himself through the Scriptures.

    4. Teach them the attributes of God from the Bible as God describes who He is and how He, even through the worst times, is loving, trustworthy, forgiving, good and faithful. Read the Scripture as you talk through these with your child or friend.

    5. Pray together. (Click here for a copy of the attributes of God that we teach to our Anchorsaway students. Take your time and work through these over a period of time. We ask each of our students how their life would be different if they truly believed that God is - all of the time. Hopefully this will stimulate lively conversations!)

    Links to learn more about depression and suicide.

    Do I Need Help with Depression? https://midvalleyhealthcare.com/Depression-Test

    GREAT article on famous athletes who suffer from depression. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/08/30/michael-phelps-brandon-marshall-mental-health-battles-royce-white-jerry-west/596857001/

    National Suicide Prevention Week. https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2017/?utm_source=All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7dd16800eb-NSPW_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3fbf9113af-7dd16800eb-383023493

    Anchorsaway is dedicated to teaching teens through the Anchorsaway Worldview curriculum with a strong emphasis on understanding God, Jesus and ourselves

    through what God has to say about Himself in the Scriptures.

    We will be offering an Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp on the evening of

    Friday, October 20 and during the day, Saturday, October 21. At the bootcamp, you will learn what the Christian worldview is and why it matters. We will study other worldviews and how to better communicate with those who embrace them. We will learn why the Bible is true, who God says He is and why He allows suffering. Click here to register. 

    At the conclusion of the Bootcamp, those who want to be trained how to teach the curriculum will remain to be taught the basics of teaching, how to navigate the teacher's website and get their questions answered. If you or someone you know who has the gift of teaching and cannot attend the Anchorsaway Bootcamp, please consider going onto our website and sign up for online training. Go to: anchorsaway.org and click the box Online Training on the right hand column.

    I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.

    Click here to donate. 

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.

    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Ephesians 4:14-16)

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy


  • How many girls are on a volleyball team?

    A Note from Nancy...

    How many girls are on a volleyball team? 

    I had the privilege of speaking to the female athletes at Taylor University several weeks ago. Some of the volleyball players indicated they wanted to learn more about what we taught at Anchorsaway. Their coach, Erin Luthy, and I set a date for us to learn together. I offered up our house for them to stay seeing as how there are six on a team; or so I thought! As we got into the planning, I was asked if I was sure we wanted to house the 18-person team. Surprise! It worked! We were wall to wall girl and had a ball with the most amazing group young ladies. Yes, they could put down food with the best of them.

    What do you teach highly skilled and academically bright women? Maybe not so surprising, we taught non-stop on their true identity and God's identity. Our goal was to answer the question: What if God is not who you think He is and neither are you?We expect Christians to love Jesus, but that is impossible if they don't know Him by who He says He is in the scriptures. Jesus says that He loves all of us all the time-on our worst day, He loves us. He shows no favorites. He wants us to get to know Him through reading the Bible and praying. He will never abandon us or condemn us. As athletes, it was easy to see that their perception of themselves was that if they did not perform well, on the court or in the classroom, then they were losers in the greater sense of the word. If they did poorly on a test, they were "dumb." That happens when we let the culture define us.

    As we do in all of our bootcamp seminars, we taught them our framing exercise (click here) and had them practice with each other. They learned how to have conversations with and love better those who are not Christians. The girls realized that true love for another is a choice not a feeling. Healthy relationships are built on love for others as God loves us. It is not performance! At the close of our special bootcamp for them, they shared the new insight as to who and whose they were and that through it all, God loves them! They left changed women who were anxious now to love themselves and others well. 

    Click here if you would like a reminder as to who you are as a believer in Christ!

    If you, along with a group of people, would like to come to an Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp in Carmel, Indiana, please join us on the evening of August 25 and the 26 ending at 1:00 pm. Register here.

    If you would like to have a group greater than 15 go through an Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp in your area, please call our office at 317-844-0381. Click here for the topics covered in our bootcamp.


    Welcome Ashley North to the Anchorsaway team. She is our director of communications and events. If you have any questions about our bootcamp or curriculum, please give her a call!I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.  Click here to donate. 

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.

    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Ephesians 4:14-16)

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy


  • There is something different about my child

    "There is something different about my child after returning home from college. They are noncommittal about their faith and acknowledge that they don't know what or if they believe anymore."

    It doesn't take long for a new college student to experience an abundance clashing worldviews that they never knew existed! Hundreds of campuses around the nation are filled with aggressive agendas designed to destroy a student's faith in God, their country and the value of human life. What most students do not know is that there is a war waged on them for their heart, mind, and souls. This war is real and is a war that most of our children are not equipped to fight. Unless they have a firm foundation of faith that can withstand attacks, their faith will take severe hits, with the majority of students losing their faith in God (70-90%) and themselves by the time they graduate from college. 

    In 1990, according to survey data by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, 42% of professors identified as "liberal" or "far-left." By 2014, that number had jumped to 60%. 

    What can we do to help our kids not only survive but thrive on any college campus? Let me assure you that there is much that you can do! The first being to pray and ask God to give you the wisdom to speak into your student. Today, the average Christian has a very weak foundation of faith. Only 2% of us can give others the reason why we believe that Christianity is true and only 9% of us are living out our faith. It is for this reason that our kids are defenseless when it comes to keeping others from intimidating them out of their faith. This lack of confidence is not their fault; they simply were not taught.

    Barna's latest study, May 9, 2017, Competing Worldview Influence Today's Christians, write that 28% of practicing Christians strongly agree that "all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that spiritual being. 27% believe that "meaning and purpose come from becoming one with all that is." This "Oneness" belief is not Christian but is Pantheism whose roots go deep into Hinduism. Another 32% of "Christians" believe if you do good then good will come to you and vice versa, this is Karma which is not Christian but Hinduism.  

    In countering these perversions of the faith, it is critical for you and your children to understand who the God of the Christian faith is. The text for the Christian is the Bible. Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created..." The Hebrew meaning for God used in this verse in Elohim which is Masculine Singular but plural in definition. In Genesis 1:26, "Let us make man in our image." God is letting us know that He is the Triune God meaning one being, three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Three separate persons who are co-equal. No other religion besides Christianity believes in the Trinity. The word one does not suggest that the Father and the Son are identical persons, rather it means they are one in essence: the Father is God, and the Son is God, but the Father is not the Son, and the Son is not the Father. 

    The importance of understanding the Trinity cannot be overstated. If people understand this foundational truth of the Christian faith, they will know that Jesus is God and the only way to God the Father is through God the Son. Studying this will help you know for sure who your God is, and will keep you from ever falling into false religions and worldviews counter to the Christian faith. It will also put you in a position to minister to those who are confused as to who is the one true God!

    Things you can do to build up your student's faith during the summer and have a ball in the meantime.

    1. God to anchorsaway.org/unanswered and order an Unanswered bundle today. Type in "anchors" in the discount code at checkout. It is a small group adult Bible study that covers these topics and much more. It is easy to use and comes with amazing original videos that will help your understanding of the material. If you do this, your child will be prepared to defend his/her faith as well as encourage others along the way.

    2. Check out this 6-minute video on understanding your position in God

    3. Go to anchorsaway.org and download a comparison chart of other religions and cults.

    4. Go to vimeo.com to watch an hour Anchorsaway lesson on the Trinity.

    5. Check out a Christian music festival or concert in your area.

    I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.  Click here to donate

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.

    "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil..." Hebrews 6:19

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!


  • They're Back! A parent's guide to college students returning home for the summer!

    A Note from Nancy...

    They're back!

    Many parents around the country are experiencing the return of their children, only to find they aren't the same as they were when they dropped them off at college several months earlier. Students grow up in a hurry when they have to navigate life away from home on their own. They study, they sleep, they may party and hang out with friends whenever they want. Most learn through mistakes made and hopefully they have figured out how to balance their studies with their social lives. About the time they get in the groove of controlling their lives, it is time to go home for summer break! Re-entry can be difficult for both parents and their students.Families reuniting can be a time where there is wonderful happiness as they share stories of what college, the military or the mission field were like. Conversations about new friends, some of the classes they took and expectations from both sides as to what they want to do during the summer. The important idea here is that family, not self or power, take precedence over wants and desires. Yes there will be conflict. In our family, when conflicts arise with any of the family members, anyone can call for a family conversation. Everyone then has to come together at that moment and talk and resolve the issue. Sometimes these meetings lasted less than a minute and rarely over 10. This exercise is simple but greatly improved communication in our family. We also used family conversations to plan for trips, family obligations to others and working on a project together. You may want to try it out.The University of Pacific had some great suggestions for parents and students as they reunite. We added to them and hope these will help with creating a greater appreciation and love for one another.

    Students:

    • If you want to be seen as an adult, act like one. Pitching a fit, demanding your freedom, and acting like the house is your private room are not adult behaviors.
    • Understand that your parents and siblings are human too and they will be hurt if you choose your friends over them. Spend time with family and friends, and think ahead about how you can do both.
    • Adults pick up the slack. Don't be ashamed to do more while you are at home. Your parents have cooked and cleaned for you most of your life. Now is a good time to pay it back. Keep your room tidy, offer to fix a meal, or do some yard work, laundry, etc. Show off how much you have grown while away. 
    • Understand that from this point on your relationship with your parents can be based on mutual respect, not control. Your parents are most likely worried that they did not raise you well and they may have annoying ways of asking if they did a good job. Respect them and show them you turned out okay even though you will make plenty of mistakes.

    Parents:

    • Greeting your child at the door with love and acceptance is important. Be careful not to overwhelm them with a list of rules, demands, or criticisms. They are adults now and still have a lot of growing up to do!
    • Understand that while you are important, you have always been there for your children, so it is natural for them to want to see friends first. Don't get in the way of visits with friends, but let your child know you want to spend time with them too. You might even plan a meal or activity that includes friends.
    • Don't think the old rules need to stay in place, and try to avoid the temptation to pamper or baby your child. If you clean up after them they will come to expect it.  True, they may need a day or two to unwind and catch up on sleep, but they are more mature now so let them show off their maturity. There is nothing wrong with a curfew, but talk about it first. They will likely be able to handle bigger responsibilities. One suggestion is to skip the curfew time but ask that they let you know where they will be and have them call if they change their plans. Your child cannot grow up if you keep a tight leash.
    • Understand that from this point on your relationship with your children can be based on mutual respect, not control. Your children are most likely worried that you think they are not mature, and they may have annoying ways of showing you they can handle themselves. Learning from bad decisions is part of growing up. Respect them and show them they turned out okay. Continue to pray for them and yourselves! 

     Things you can do to build up your students faith during the summer and have a ball in the meantime

    1. Go to http://anchorsaway.org/unanswered and order an Unanswered bundle today. Type in "anchors" in the discount code at checkout. It is a small group adult Bible study that covers these topics and many more. It is easy to use and comes with amazing original videos that will help your understanding of the material. If you do this, your child will be prepared to defend his/her faith as well as encourage others along the way.

    2. Review the Framing Exerciseand frame your children continually during the summer. 

    3. Attend Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp Training June 23rd and 24th.  

    4. Take the family to Kentucky and visit the Creation Museum and Noah's Ark. It is fabulous and well worth the trip.

    5. Check out these 2017 Christian Music Festivals.

    6. Visit the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL.

    We at Anchorsaway work tirelessly to research, write, teach and train those who want to make a difference through learning the foundations of the Christian faith and living those truths out in all of life. We have reached thousands and believe that God is calling us to intensify our reach. Would you please consider giving generously to this ministry. For us to grow, we need hands and feet. Please partner with us to raise up culture-changers in our high schools, colleges, workplaces and our communities. Thank you! Click here to Donate!

    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy


  • No Debate Here! Spring Newsletter

    A Note From Nancy...

    Spring is bursting on the scene in Indiana. Flowers are poking their heads out of the dirt, and the trees are getting ready to bloom making walkers, bikers, and golfers very happy people. I have often thought that Spring is a time when God shows his nature through his creative beauty and promise of new life.

    God opened the curtains in His book to us with a giant crescendo proclaiming, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." He spoke, and life came to be. Profoundly simple profoundly beautiful. Knowing that our God is the creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign over all things, faithful and yet personal fills us with awe.

    Yet, for many of us, the Creation/Evolution issue causes much confusion among believing Christians. Many of us were taught in schools that if you are intelligent, then you will believe in evolution. Questions to the contrary were not allowed. Evolution is not only disruptive to the minds and hearts of adults, but also to young men and women who believe in the truth of the Bible. Many are chastised by teachers and professors, some of whom are Christians, for not believing in evolution. Most Christian colleges and almost all of secular colleges teach, at best, that life began with God who then, through a series of random evolutionary events, became living creatures. This is the theory of theistic evolution. Is there scientific proof that the Bible is true when it supports God's claim that He is the creator of all things? Yes there is.

    Every year when we teach the Anchorsaway lesson on creation, our students are amazed that there is a plethora of scientific proof for creation. Pure science, without bias/presuppositions, proves beyond a reasonable doubt, that God did, in fact, create the universe and all who dwell in it.

    Where do you get your information, you ask? The following are some sources and video links that you can watch yourself and hopefully with your families. These are some of the videos that we use to teach our students that scientifically speaking, all life comes from an intelligent designer, and His name is God!

    We are not telling you what you have to believe. We are giving you information that we believe you would like to see because many of you have not been given the information needed to make an educated decision.
    • Biblical references to creation. The claim that God created goes way beyond Genesis. Click here.
    • Our students loved this video of interviews with professors and students on a college campus setting. Evolution vs. God www.evolutionvsgod.com
    • This is an 2 1/2 minute animated evolution video that is clever, entertaining and to the point. https://vimeo.com/137035529

    I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.  Click here to donate.

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.

    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)"

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!
    Nancy



  • February 2017 "Snowflakes"

    A Note from Nancy...

    When our son Scott was 2, he was always busy with a variety of activities. This particular summer day, he took time out to run upstairs and tell me that it was raining downstairs! Indeed it was. Scott had pulled the sprinkler inside and then turned it on. Everything was soaked. Thankfully my mother was visiting, and before I could say or do anything, she reminded me that he was merely acting his age.

    I have thought about that a great deal over the past few weeks with sometimes violent demonstrations because the "wrong person" was elected president. These were not two-year-olds because two-year-olds would not behave as they did, but rather they were mostly teens and grown adults. Just for the record, the worldview that they were living out exemplified the description of a Postmodern person, also known as a Millennial or Postmodern. Sadly, they were living out a worldview that has no moral standards, no rules for violence or what anyone says or does. This group is also known as "Snowflakes" because their feelings get badly hurt when things don't go their way. Many of these adults were, as children, given whatever they wanted, awarded participation trophies and could participate in several after school activities that would disrupt everyone else. Rarely were they grateful and soon became a "me" centered group of entitled adults that is the most depressed and lost generation on this planet.

    As parents, it is critical that we can not only lead our children by the example of how we love God and love others even though they won something and we lost! Kim Kurtz, www.livingtolovehim.com, a friend of mine who is a writer and a mom, wrote about some things a parent can talk about with their children. One of the questions was "Who will I live for? Myself, for everyone around me, the person I love or will I live for God? Most kids and Postmoderns would answer "me" but as Kim said, "Nowhere in scripture does it say to love yourself. The greatest love of all is NOT inside of you. The greatest love of all is the love of God." We must model a life lived loving God and others if we expect our children to see a different way of living.

    Upcoming events for you and family.

    If you are in the greater Indianapolis area we invite you to come to our office as we welcome Fouad Masri and Crescent Project for "Who is the god of Islam?" Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:00 pm at 13232 Old Meridian St. Carmel, IN 46032.

    Alycia Wood from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (www.rzim.org) will be speaking twice in Indianapolis on Feb. 15th & 16th.  Her first engagement is at East 91st Street Christian Church focusing on equipping Christ-followers within their faith journey.  Her second engagement is at IUPUI sponsored by the Christian campus ministries as an outreach to seekers of all ages & worldviews.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30 pm at East 91st Street Christian Church
    Alycia Wood will equip Christ-followers in The Hall at East 91st Street Christian Church, 6049 East 91st Street, Indianapolis, IN.
    Topic: "Why I Believe in God."

    Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:30 pm at the IUPUI Student Campus Ballroom
    Alycia Wood will speak and lead an open Q & A discussion about Christian faith with seekers of all ages & worldviews at the IUPUI's Student Union on West Michigan St.
    Topic: "God, Justice, and Love."

    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)"

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!
    Nancy

    Nancy S. Fitzgerald
    Founder & Executive Director
    Anchorsaway Ministries

  • Anchorsaway Christmas 2016 Newsletter

    "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servants David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us"- Luke 1:68-71

    Anchorsaway Messianic Prophecies

    Prophecy of Jesus and Mathematical Probability of Fulfillment


  • Nancy's November Newsletter

     Hello,   

    A Note from Nancy...

    Yes, Aslan is on the move...God is up to something!  God, in the midst of the worst of times, will always have the last word. Be encouraged!
     
    How could a country with millions of well qualified people that could lead America to be a nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all choose Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?   
     
    When I look at our churches and our teens, I can see the erosion of faith and foundational moral principles. Christians lack the basic understanding of their God and faith, and courage to take a stand, the culture will win every time. We are at war for the hearts and minds of teens and their parents. If you need convincing, take a look at these stats from Barna, McDowell and Summit.
     
    The Church is in trouble: Only 2% of self identified Christians know how to defend their faith. Less than half believe that Jesus was sinless, the Bible is true and choosing what is right depends on the situation. The average church size of 75 people, lead 1 person to Jesus per year. 
     
    Not surprising, teens are no better off than the parents. Only 2-6% of Christian teens live out their faith, the majority do not believe that Jesus is God. They believe that all faiths are the same, that Jesus did not raise from the dead and that the Holy Spirit does not exist. Fall out for this: up to 80-90% will walk away from their faith by the time they graduate from college with FEW returning.
     
    THERE IS HOPE. To turn the tide, Christians have got to learn what and how to defend your faith in Jesus. We are here to help you become a champion culture changer. Please go on our site and order an "Unanswered: Smoke, Mirrors and God"bundle that you can receive in a few days. It is for family study or any small group that wants to learn about their faith and have their questions answered. When you receive it, you will be ready to use it. Play the 5 minute video and get going. People with no biblical training are diving in and loving it! Click here and order today. 
     
    There are some awesome things going on:
     
    How about showing The Chronicles of Narnia and watch it together with your family and maybe invite friends to join you? We suggest that after you watch the movie, you could discuss the areas in your lives where God is moving, where God needs to be more active and how to better live out your relationship with God.  To watch, click here!
     
    Sign up for tickets or to stream "America's Best Hope"..... http://americasbesthope.org/ 
     
    Join Mike Woods and the Dream Center Crossroads of America here in Indianapolis and serve http://www.indydreamcenter.com/outreaches.html 
     
    We will always be willing and ready to pray for and with you. We would love to help you with your situation and suggest ways to speak into your group that you would love to reach. Please let us know what we can do to help. Office: 317-844-0381
     
    Remember, the parents are the most powerful influence in the life of their children. They probably won't let you know but they are listening! Don't forget to Frame them often! Click here to learn framing!
    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)"

    Be encouraged!

    Blessings and much love! 
    Nancy 
     
     
     
    Nancy S. Fitzgerald
    Founder & Executive Director
    Anchorsaway Ministries
     



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