Devotions for Healthier You: Exodus 33:17
He Calls Me Friend
by: Rev. Dr. Brenda Furlow
Knowing about God and knowing God are not the same. Knowing God is a wonderful thing because having known God is a way to remember how and where we met God in a prior circumstance in our life; it's our history with God. When we know God, His character shows up in us because we have formed a relationship with Him.
I have come to understand that it is a blessing to know God, but the greater blessing is that God Knows Us. He knows our name, He knows our struggles, He knows our ups, our downs, our secret sins, our acquaintances, and everything about us; and still He calls us friend. What a friend we have in Jesus!!!
Scripture Reference : Exodus 33:17 Article adapted from Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Furlow is President of Sisters Connecting to Sisters Women's Ministry at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church (PUMBC). She received her undergraduate degree from Athens State University, Athens, Alabama, her Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Furlow preaches, teaches and facilitates workshops at numerous Women's conferences and churches all over Europe and theUnited States. She has established Women’s Ministries, retreats, and conferences to empower women and has a special interest in the spiritual growth of women of all ages. Under her leadership, many women have come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have made the commitment to serve God.
Since retiring from the Federal Government, Dr. Furlow worked as a professor at Huntsville Bible College, and served as president of the Ministerial Staff at PUMBC, a mentor for Christian Women’s Job Corp, served as a member of the Racial Reconciliation Group of Huntsville and the Alabama Partnership for Progress initiative. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Huntsville Alumnae Chapter, a member of the Silver Edition of Who’s Who Among American Women and a member of Pi Tau Chi National Honor Society for Religion. She currently teaches several Bible studies and Sunday school classes, serves as the Director of Adult Bible Studies at PUMBC and serves on the Board of Christian Education for the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC).
Dr. Furlow is grateful for the opportunity to till new ground, tread in new territory and wade in new waters as she journeys in Ministry for God. For it is her continuous prayer that "God would Stand in her body, Think with her mind, Speak with her mouth, Design and Fashion her will as His, that the world would look upon her and see Jesus, the Christ". In all that has been said and done, she continuously gives God all the Praise, Honor and Glory for the opportunity to be a vessel for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to be a humble servant to his chosen people.