Bible Study: Your Powerful Prayers by Susie Larson

Ladies, you are invited to join us for our new 6 week Bible Study starting this Wednesday, August 16th from 6:15pm – 7:45pm.  The new study will be “Your Powerful Prayers” by Susie Larson… check it out here:

The books are $10. Currently, the Kindle Version is on sale at Amazon if you prefer to use a Kindle.  Invite your friends – all are welcome.  Bring the whole family – as we have men’s Bible Study, Youth and Cresset Kids on Wednesday’s at 6:15pm. Join the event on Facebook here —–>  Your Powerful Prayers by Susie Larson

Questions?  Please email us at





New Bible Study: Beth Moore “Children of the Day”

2016 is arriving soon, and so is our new women’s Bible Study!!

Beth Moore Children of the Day

​We will be starting our new bible study::  Beth Moore – Children of the Day on January 6th at 6:30pm.  The address is 3707 Garrett Rd. Durham, NC 27707

The books are $16 and if you would like to reserve yours – please email us at The study is 18 weeks so it will end in May.  This is a study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians and you do not want to miss it!  All are welcome – so please feel free to invite your friends.  We will start promptly at 6:30pm and end no later than 7:45pm.
Here’s a sneak peek 1 min video of what is in store for us::  Beth Moore – Children of the Day
Join the event on Facebook:  Beth Moore Bible Study :: Children of the Day and feel free to invite your friends!
Looking forward to this special time together!

Christmas Brunch :: December 6th

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Ladies, please make plans to join us next Saturday, December 6th for our

Christmas Brunch from 9am until 11am in the foyer!

Think about your “I’m ok to part with these” accessories!  We will have an ACCESSORY EXCHANGE so please bring 2 (or more) of your used accessories that you don’t mind giving away such as a scarf, earrings, bracelet, gloves, hats, necklace, belts, coin purse, pocketbook, belt, or handbag etc.  We will have a great time swapping treasures and laughter!

Please feel free to bring a dish if you’d like, but more importantly – BRING YOUR SMILE! Come enjoy the sweet fellowship, food and fun!
Be encouraged as we share about ALL THINGS NEW!
We would love for you to bring friends and invite others!  We are thankful for each of you and pray you have a LOVELY Thanksgiving!

“DIG IN” Challenge {Hebrews}

Tonight at our Bible Study:  “Your Beautiful Purpose” by Susie Larson, we watched the video and began discussing Chapter 7 “Follow His Lead” and Chapter 8 “Engage Your Faith”.

We had a great discussion around this sentence on page 139 :  “When we stay close to the heart of God, our heart will beat in rhythm with His and our words will line up more consistently with our hearts.  As we walk in the Lord’s presence, we grow more aware of the divine moments on earth.” – Susie Larson

How can we stay close to the heart of God?

How can we walk in His presence?


::::: DIG IN HIS WORD! :::::

As Pastor Jon discussed this morning – We are family.  We are the body of Christ.  We are living life together.  Let’s dig into the Word together.  Several of us are friends on the Bible App and we do plans and daily readings together.  We can highlight, bookmark, make notes, and share them with each other.  When we are together we can discuss the Word and what we are learning.  This has been a very fruitful way for me to ENGAGE my faith.

If you have a smart phone you can download the app for free, or you can go online to and sign up!  If you are not into gadgets, that is fine too – just get into the Word!!  You can have a friend (or several) in the app or in person to help with encouragement and accountability.  This is not to make you feel any pressure, but instead to make you feel supported and encouraged in your faith!

::::: Here’s the Challenge :::::

14 DAY Challenge:  Let’s ENGAGE our Faith and DIG IN to the WORD TOGETHER.

Daily.  Read at your own pace.

We are digging into HEBREWS!  (13 Chapters – 14 days!)

If you have the Bible App – there is a plan called “Deeper Into Scripture – Hebrews”  and you can sign up here:

I read this from the Message Bible tonight at Bible Study:

Introduction to Hebrews (THE MESSAGE)

…The main and central action is everywhere and always what God has done, is doing, and will do for us.  Jesus is the revelation of that action.  Our main and central task is to live in responsive obedience to God’s action revealed in Jesus.  Our part in the action is the act of faith…

This challenge was God orchestrated…. and what a great way to ENGAGE OUR FAITH by studying Hebrews together!  So until we meet again on July 27th, DIG IN!

::::: Remember to Pray :::::

Susie reminds us on page 154 to pray as we study the Word and to cry out for insight and understanding.  (Proverbs 2:3)  I am so excited to see and hear how God is at work as we engage in His Word together as sisters in Christ.

::::: Share what you find :::::

Please feel free to comment here, or on our Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #DIGIN #Hebrews #Cresset

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Pray for God’s Word to come alive to you like never before!!


Mark Your Calendar Now!!! (Saturday – SEPTEMBER 13, 2014)

Almost two years ago, in September 2012, four ladies met at an office park and all piled into one car to head to Raleigh, NC to see the Beth Moore Simulcast.  Angela drove, Matthea sat up front, and Connie and Michelle sat in the back.  When we arrived at the church, we were just in time and grabbed one of the last tables available.  We forgot to bring tissue.  Lots of tissue.  It was life changing. As we were leaving to head back to Durham – words spilled.  We sat in the car for two hours having our own worship.  Our hearts were full.  I will never forget that day.  You can find my notes below.  I pray they bless you.

Fast forward to now.  Same four ladies recently sitting around a kitchen table, making plans to once again experience this life changing event – only this time they are making plans to share it with you right here at Cresset Baptist Church in Durham, NC.  Mark your calendar now because you do not want to miss this!


The Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore kicks off on Saturday, September 13 at 9:15 am and ends at 4:15 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am.  Tickets are $25 covering one full day of music and worship; sessions led by Beth Moore; and opportunities for fellowship with other women from the Triangle.   Feel free to email us with any questions at    

Join the EVENT on Facebook here for updates and to get tickets:

If you are not on Facebook – you can purchase tickets here:

Stay tuned for more details…..  We are so excited!!!

Notes from September 2012 :  Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore

Psalm 68:11  NET  The Lord speaks. Many, many women spread the Good News.

2 Kings 4.  Elisha – My God Is Salvation.  Girl A versus Girl Z.

2 Girls in this story.  Girl A ( Almost nothing) Vs 1-7 ——-  Vs 8- Girl Z (Almost Everything)

Where are you – can you relate?  This chapter covers the entire spectrum….A – Z.

1) Personal desperation can JAR us out of second hand stories.  Who’s story do you live under or in the wing of?  What is your story?

Girl A- Season of Loss.  Do you find yourself saying, “If that were not enough that I went through ____  now this?????

2) God didn’t call us to FINE, he called us to FAITH.  With Girl A, there is NEED.  Are you ready for an invitation to His supernatural provision or do you want to live a humanly explainable existence.

Girl Z – I am fine!!  I don’t need anything!  If you have everything you need, then you need a bigger life.  2 Corinthians 9:8, John 1:16

When he asked her about a child, she pointed her finger and said DONT MESS WITH ME.  She almost had it all.  Clearly he hit her tender spot.

Don’t ask for anything so you will not have to be disappointed…So you ask little, lose little, risk little, love little in your LITTLE life.  God didn’t call you to a little life.  LIVE an astonishing, dramatic story.

Faithfulness (now cross out the Faith part) We need to put Faith back in our Faithfulness. Have you had your faith attacked?  You attack back with your FAITH!!

Regarding Girl A – Jar gatherers in each of us .  NEED.  We hate to need.  TO go to neighbors and borrow…humility.  But when we look in scriptures – Jars…2 Corinthians 4:7 He calls us Jars of Clay.  BE YE FILLED by the Holy Spirit.

3) Fear destroys the Walking Talking Miracle. You are called to tell your story.  What are you so afraid of?  Courage Psalm 44:5, Acts 18:9-10, 2 John 1:8

4) Faith TRUSTS that EVERY call to Forsake is a call to also Take.  (we take joy, abundance, liberation!) Forsake some fear, and take some courage.  Ask God for courage to the point you will be saying, “God who is this you are making me??? Who is in this body of mine?  Or – have we accepted our bondage?  Well, this is just how it will be for me.  Always scared…full of anxiety. TODAY IS THE DAY OF OUR REVIVAL!  What would it take for 3 months from now for you to not even recognize who you are in Jesus??  A & Z both need a miracle – both of them

WE HIDE OUR LIMP and our limp is what makes us approachable.  LOOK!!  She has a limp too!!  I can go to her!!

5)  FAITH FACES THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO FORMULA.  Faithless people are unforgiving people.  Faithless people become cynical…. almost haters.  Christian haters even…bullying people.   God is a mystery…you will not figure out everything…Psalm 119:37

The Wonders of God Under                     VS                    The Wonders of God Under

the established OLD covenant                                         Under the established NEW covenant


Primarily External                                                                        Primarily Internal

Secondarily Internal                                                                     Secondarily External

2 Corinthians 3 – GLORY                                                           2 Corinthians 3

Surpassing GLORY

Chart above references how in the Old Testament – miracles were formed before your eyes…raising the dead etc… under the new covenant…miracles – we became the leadout priority – We became the miracle.  Lives are being changed!

If we ask by faith believing and it does not come down – then something is up!

People are getting transformed.

6) Faith rests its case on the resurrection of the dead.  Do you want to be a jar with a little bit of oil in the bottom of it for the rest of your life or do you want to say FILL ME UP!

All of us love a surprise.  We think we don’t like the mystery of it but we do.  You can’t get control of this thing.  He is God and we can not take control of it.  Do you have enough trust in him to trust him with the MYSTERY of IT?  Do you believe he is good?  In HIM, there is no darkness.  God can not mistreat you.  God can not fail you.  and through it all – he gives us a little something to hold onto…in the mystery he gives us enough to hold on.

Romans 8:18.  God is worthy of our trust.  Equipping you is NEXT.  HOW????

Here is your assignment. Visit the LPM Blog (see link below)

FEAR NOT! Print out “The Great Forsake and Take” booklet and pray a page a day.

7)  The Lord Speaks and many many women spread the Good News.

Be courageous.  Tell your miracle/story.  Let Revival Begin.




#BeautifulChallenge Reminders


Our #BeautifulChallenge is essentially reminding ourselves daily who God is, who we are (using scripture references) and giving thanks.  It was inspired (see prior post) at our Bible Study by these two quotes in the book, “Your Beautiful Purpose” by Susie Larson:

Nothing is more beautiful than a strong, humble, God-fearing woman who knows who she is and Whose she is.  (pg. 74)

We are never more fully alive than when we consistently give thanks to One who gives and gives and gives again. (pg 43)

This challenge is a great way to keep our focus on Christ and His love for us personally. Check back here as we will continue to add to the list.  It will be a great reminder on those days when we hear “not enough” or are feeling insecure or jealous etc.  Feel free to take the challenge and comment below, or on twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #beautifulchallenge @cressetwomen.  You never know … your discovery may just help someone else who is hurting today and point them to the Truth!

1) God is my Shield.  Deuteronomy 33:12

2)  I am His Beloved.  Deuteronomy 33:12

3)  Thankful for an encouraging note.


1) God is love. 1 John 4:8

2) I am God’s child. John 1:12

3) Thankful for friends that I know are always there even though we don’t see each other all the time anymore and the ability to pick right back up when we all do get together.


1) Jehovah Rapha-the Lord who heals
2) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last… John 15:16
3) So so thankful for our ladies bible study and all my sisters I am getting to know better:)


1. God is Father. 1 John 3:1
2. I am … “Children of light, children of the day”. 1 Thess. 5:5
3. Thankful for the hope of salvation. 1 Thess. 5:8-9
So thankful for everyone who comes to our Bible Study. Giving God the glory because each of you help us to live out 1Thess. 5:11


God is … watching over me. ‪#‎Psalm121‬:5-8      10442388_305581932934883_8460020597327654463_n-1
I am … Lifted up. ‪#‎Psalm146‬:8
Thankful for … My sisters in Christ





Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 10505345_305035262989550_245979816360402255_n‪#‎Psalm34‬:8

God is … Good
I am … Blessed as I take refuge in Him
Thankful for … my church family @cressetbaptist & their marvelous display of the love of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:26-27



God is … My refuge and strength an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1)

I am … free indeed! (John 8:36)

Thankful for … ‘Just Because’ tulips on sale




God is … the giver of endurance and encouragement (Romans 15:5)


I am … accepted by Christ. (Romans 15:7)

Thankful for … Pink {reminders of loved}


God is … near. (Psalm 145:1810448752_303179006508509_6866362261128083491_n

I am … known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:3)

Thankful for scented warm quietness. ‪#‎spiritualwhitespace‬



God is … a #sun and shield; The Lord bestows favor and 10462812_302772296549180_3664052687926468754_nhonor. Psalm 84:11
I am … loved with an everlasting #love. Jeremiah 31:3
Thankful for … this beautiful #sunset.




10177226_302491093243967_2993694477769962955_nGod is … my help and he sustains me. Psalm 54:4
I am … Made alive with Christ and forgiven. Colossians 2:13
Thankful for … Safe travel




God is…Our Strength (Philippians 4:13)

I am…A friend of Christ (John 15:15) Is there a better friend to have, I don’t think so 🙂

Thankful today for…the feeling of talking with patients that are sick but still have such joy and realizing to never take health for granted or positivity and my computer savvy coworker.


God is…my Redeemer (Psalm 18:2)

I am...made new (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thankful for…meeting new people daily that share their wisdom with me.


God is…all knowing. (Psalms 139:1)

I am…to trust in him. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Thankful for..the love of pets.


God is…in control. (Habakkuk 3:2-19)

I am…his precious possession. (Zechariah (2:8)

Thankful for…mother/daughter time.


God is…the one true God. (Isaiah 45:14)

I am…going to have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Thankful for….Starbucks frappaccinos and wifi!


God is…present everywhere. (Psalm 139:7-12)
I am…redeemed and forgiven. (Colossians 1:13-14)
Thankful for…family.


God is…defender, protector, always with me (#Deuteronomy31:6) (#Psalm710460862_591805755721_4622858108342100894_o
Restorer (#Jeremiah31)
I am…the apple of His eye
Thankful for…#Starbucks, good books, God’s presence



God is … refreshing and satisfying to the weary and the faint. (Jeremiah 31:25)
I am … a child of God through faith. (Galations 3:36)
Thankful for … praying together each Wednesday night at Cresset at 7pm. (Matthew 18:20)


God is Jehovah Rophe! The word rophe occurs 60 times in the OT and it always means to restore, heal, or cure. Right now I’m asking God to heal me. Jehovah reveals himself to be the only source of wholeness. He alone has the power to change the bitter experiences of life into sweet.
Exodus 15:2-3, Isa. 30:12-17, Jeremiah 30:12-17, Luke 4:18-19


God is…promise keeper, rest giver10371433_591734738041_7543142710671126025_n
I am…His, chosen, loved
Thankful for…unexpected rest


God is…near (psalm34:18), comforter(2 Cor1:3)IMG_1893

I am…held (isaiah42:10)

Thankful for…family in Christ #light #sunset


God is…for me (psalm118:5) near (psalm46)IMG_1894
I am…victorious in Him (psalm118:14)
Thankful for…truth, grace, hope
Gracious caring friends, #flowers



God is…compassionate (#isaiah51:3)IMG_1900-1

I am…heard, seen, loved (#Jeremiah31) #Beautiful (#psalm45:11)

Thankful for…flowers, kindness


God…leads His people, prepares the way (v16)  IMG_1896-1

I am…not forsaken, helped (v16)

Thankful for…friends who encourage and help, grace



“you who have been chosen by God. You are loved by God the Father. You are kept safe by Jesus Christ.”#Jude1 “Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loved us. By his grace God gave us comfort that will last forever. The hope he gave us is good!”#2Thessalonians2 #beautifulchallenge

God is…#Father, giver of love, comfort, grace, and #hope

I am… #childofGod, #beloved, chosen, safe

Thankful for art, music, God’s words


God is…preparing a home for me (John 14) and will dwell with His people forever (Revelation 21 ) Giver of all good gifts (James 1:17)

I am…seen by God (Genesis 16:13)

Thankful for…this precious little girl falling asleep on me, the quiet moment to soak in the sweetness, and the gentle whisper of rest


God is…creating beauty from ashes #isaiah61 my strength #psalm46
I am….given life, being made new #1corinthians4:16
Thankful for…my sweet 4 year old niece💝 pink flowers


Isaiah 43 IMG_1899

God is…loving (v4) near to His people (v2)

I am…precious to God (v3)


I am thankful for…the ocean, truth


God is…near (phil4:5)10397139_593540678921_983455485757737756_o
I am…taught by God and
Surrounded by unfailing love (psalm 32)
Thankful for…church family, hope, beautiful sunsets



Our Beautiful Challenge

Last night, at session 2 of our women’s Bible Study {Our Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson}, we talked about jealousy, envy and insecurity and how “not enough” seems to be the blaring message we hear in the world.  It’s a loud message!  How do we overcome that and hear truth?  How can we know that we know that we know!!!

What if we were secure in who God says he is, and who he says we are?  What if we were giving thanks instead of worrying about what we don’t have or what someone else is doing?  Join us on our #beautifulchallenge!

The Challenge:  Make the three lists below and as you study the word and journal, add to at least one if not all of these lists every day!  Let’s share and encourage each other!

1)  God is …. What are his names?  What are his Attributes?  Add scripture reference

2)  I am ….  Who am I? Who does the Bible say I am? Add scripture reference

3)  Thankful for …

Join us.  Comment below or email us at with your responses and we will post them in a blog post for all of us to enjoy!  Like us on Facebook page for updates and posts!  Find us on instagram and twitter @cressetwomen!  Use the hashtag #beautifulchallenge as you share!

Here is day one for me:

1) God is my Shield.  Deuteronomy 33:12

2)  I am His Beloved.  Deuteronomy 33:12

3)  Thankful for an encouraging note.


See, it’s not so hard!  You can do it!  What are your #beautifulchallenge discoveries??