Faith Matters: Club seeks literature that inspires faith

The Seekers Book Club

The Seekers Book Club seeks more than just a book to read.

The organization deals with books that inspire and often lead to discussions of faith and seeking a better relationship with God.

“God is the center of what happens here,” club member Regina Roberston said. “The books are all inspirational books that are selected and not haphazardly. … When the book gets selected, it’s usually just something that’s prayed about and something that’s opened up and available to us in the spirit realm. I just believe it’s God-inspired.”

The club meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each third Sunday at the Greenwell Springs Road Branch Library, 113000 Greenwell Springs Road.

“I absolutely love it. I’m looking forward to it every month,” Robertson said.

More and more people are feeling that way. The group averages about 21 people a month.

“This is a good thing to help people,” said club founder and President Tammy T. Dugas. “We have had quite a few people to come just to see what the club was about, and they came back and brought some more people with them.”

The Seekers Book Club is an offshoot of the nondenominational Christian Women in Prayer Outreach Ministries, a longtime area outreach group.

“This is an extension of our continued prayer ministry,” said Dugas, an assistant minister at In His Hands Baptist Church. “We just love it, because we have seen the hands of God move so miraculously.”

The book club has served as a ministry.

“We just want to do God’s will, and that’s what it’s all about. That’s the only thing that’s going to last. All these other things that we’re doing is a lot of busy work,” Dugas said.

Since its inception 1½ years ago, the Seekers Book Club has been introduced to local authors such as Jon Bennett, pastor of the Belfair Baptist Church and the author of “The Nehemiah Blueprint,” and Karen Doughty’s “Empowered to Uproot the Seed of Abuse.” The club has also read Joyce Meyer’s “How to Hear From God (Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions).” The club’s current book is Susan’s Larson’s “Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You.”

“Introducing these authors gives them a platform to kind of introduce their book,” said Robertson, who handles the public relations for the book club.

The meeting opens with a prayer and worship music before discussions on pre-read chapters.

“The books usually meet the people that we invite right where they are in their spirit walk,” Robertson said. “Whatever the book is, it always seems to lead to what issue we’re facing at that time.”

The Seekers Book Club is always seeking new members, male or female.

Robertson said the club is ideal for “people who love to read and love to be around people who enjoy talking about God and enjoy talking about their life situations.”

For more information, go to facebook.com/cwiministries.

Learning Hebrew

Since wrapping up two Hebrew classes in May, the Rev. Buz Tremé has been eager to begin the next round of classes.

The wait is nearly over as Tremé starts classes at two locations next week.

“Everyone said that coming to those classes each week was the highlight of their week,” said Tremé, pastor of King’s Harvest Fellowship Church in Walker. “Each person shared with me that their lives had been changed. Each also said that their prayer life had intensified and their love for the Lord and His Word had never been so rich.”

The new 16-week classes will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays starting July 1 at Covenant Community Church, 2325 Greenwell Springs Road and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays starting July 3 at King’s Harvest Fellowship, 9360 Florida Blvd., Walker.

“You will be able to read and write the Holy Scriptures in Hebrew, the very language of God,” Tremé said. “If you think the Word of God impacts you when you read it in your mother tongue, just wait until you read it in your Father’s tongue.”

Tremé promises an engaging, interactive and fun environment with no anxiety and no tests.

“Hebrew is the only language in the world that has its origin with God and not with man. … Never before has there been such an interest in the Hebrew language,” Tremé said.

The fee is $250. The required textbook is “Basics of Biblical Hebrew” (second edition) by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt. For more information, call (225) 791-3063 or visit khfonline.net.

‘Who Shall Separate Us?’

Several factors could threaten Christians’ relationship with Christ.

The Rev. Brandon Joseph, an associate minister at Star of Bethlehem Church in South Baton Rouge, mentioned three during a recent sermon titled “What or Who Shall Separate Us from Love of God.”

Joseph, 31, based his message on the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:35-38 which includes: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Tribulation, persecution and perils got Joseph’s attention.

“The word tribulation means to suffer, to disturb your mind. The devils comes to kill and destroy and try to mess up your mind,” said Joseph, a Donaldsonville native, who has been in the ministry for 13 years.

True Christians are to expect tribulation, Joseph said, referencing the life of Job.

“When you’re doing the work of God, when you’re going the will of God, when you’re doing whatever God has called you to do, the devil tries to come and steal his way in.”

During times of tribulation, it’s important to keep praising God, Joseph said.

“We can’t have a pity party. We got to have a praise party,” Joseph said.

The same is true during times of persecution and peril, said Joseph, sharing the story of the Apostle Paul in prison.

“Just because of persecution we can’t throw in the towel. We can’t give up and quit,” he said.

Faith Matters runs every other Saturday in The Advocate. Terry Robinson can be reached at (225) 388-0238 or email trobinson@theadvocate.com.