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Jody Mayhew has been a consultant and director of women’s ministries for over 30 years. As a teacher, she has carried her message of intimacy with God and a passion for His presence to four continents. In her role as women's representative for International Renewal Ministries, Jody facilitates Prayer Summits worldwide and advises leadership teams in corporate prayer. She is a founding member of Abide Ministries with the purpose of calling women to deeper relationship with the Lord and into active service in ministry. When at home in Portland, Oregon Jody ministers with her husband, Dan, teaching Bible studies, serving a traditional congregation, and coaching a community of house churches. The Mayhews have been married for 42 years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Podcast: Acts 18

Jody continues her study of the book of Acts as she follows the journey of the Apostle Paul in Acts 18.

Podcast: Acts 17 (Pt. 3)

Jody finishes her exploration of Acts 17, Paul’s visit to Athens and his sermon at Mars Hill.

Acts 17 (Pt. 2)

Part 2 of the ongoing discussion of Acts 17, Paul’s stay in Athens and message to the council at the Areopagus.

Come Follow Me: Stages of Maturity

This post is one of the entries from Jody’s upcoming book, “Come Follow Me,” a year-long devotional based on her popular video podcast of the same name, to be released in the fall of 2016 by Two Worlds Press. 

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” ~ I Peter 5:10

Advancing through different stages of maturity is an ongoing theme in the scriptures.  The aged Apostle John, toward the end of his life and ministry, spoke to three distinct categories of believers: little children, young men, and fathers.(I John 2:12-14)  Little children need to know, and grow in the love of the Father.  Their focus needs to rest on all that was accomplished for them at salvation.  Young men, in need of endurance, must focus on overcoming the evil one; growing in all aspects unto Him, by the power of the Word of God abiding in them.  For fathers—it’s about knowing and being known by God.  Intimacy is the result of living  and walking from the life of the Indwelling Spirit.

God’s intention is to grow us through each of these stages as ‘sons’.  When He invites us into relationship, He desires to train us as ‘sons’.  He is also a God of the process, and takes up residence within—bearing His fruit through us.

Question: Do you see evidence of these three stages of believers around you?  Why is having all three around a sign of a spiritually healthy church?

Come Follow Me:  Be fruitful and Multiply

This post is one of the entries from Jody’s upcoming book, “Come Follow Me,” a year-long devotional based on her popular video podcast of the same name, to be released in the fall of 2016 by Two Worlds Press. 

“And the one on whom seed was shown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundred-fold, some sixty, and some thirty.” ~ Matthew 13:23

The DNA of creation is to be fruitful and multiply.  Built into the design of every plant is the ability to both flower and bear fruit. Carried within each seed is the complete replication of itself. Creator God built into the design of all life the ability to reproduce in its own likeness.

“And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  And God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” (Genesis 1:27-28)

This command was given two times in the Old Testament.  First, in the creation story, when God entrusted the stewardship of His creation to Adam and Eve.  Then,  God gave it a second time, following the flood, when “God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)

‘Be fruitful and multiply’ shows up in the New Testament as well.  In the Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the Minas ( Matthew 25:14-30,Luke 19:11-27), the Lord indicates that faithfulness in stewardship reaps an obedient harvest. In the Parable of the Soils, we are shown the obstacles to fruitfulness and the way to multiplication.  Then, the final words in the Gospel of Matthew: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Question: What talents has the Lord entrusted to you to ‘do business’ with until His return?

Come Follow Me: Wilderness Journey

This post is one of the entries from Jody’s upcoming book, “Come Follow Me,” a year-long devotional based on her popular video podcast of the same name, to be released in the fall of 2016 by Two Worlds Press. 

“Thy way O God is holy; What God is great like our God?  Thou art the God who workest wonders; Thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples.  Thou hast by Thy power redeemed Thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph.”

~ Psalm 77:13-15

The wilderness was a time of testing and trial for Israel.  Born into slavery in Egypt, they were unaccustomed to the ways of the Lord.  The Father needed to reorient His people to Himself.

The stories of Israel’s forty year sojourn have numerous lessons for us today.  “For I don’t want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.  Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.  Now these things happened as examples for us; that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved…” (I Corinthians 10:1-6)

Hidden within the story of deliverance from Egypt, and the journey to the Promised Land, is our own redemption story.  There is a saying that goes:  The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  When we read them, it is similar to the way we put a large puzzle together…continually looking for places that match.  The wilderness story is when God begins to retrain His people to ‘be led.’

Question: How has the Lord taught you to trust Him in the midst of a trial?