Friday, May 29, 2009

Battling Sin: Rebellion

(by: me)

When I sit and think about my past, my high school years, the college years, and everything in between then and now, I feel great embarrassment at how I behaved and all the foolishness in which I participated. I imagine I will feel that same way (times 1000) when I am standing before God and giving Him an account. I am certain I will want to hide away from Him and beg, “Please pretend you don’t see me right now.”

However, it is a great blessing to my heart that the Holy Spirit has moved me, I have received a new heart, and I have put off my former self and put on the new self (Eph 4:20-24)…so God will see Christ instead of me standing there before Him. Praise God I have been saved by grace!

I envision on the other side of heaven everything will make sense and I will be able to see the full picture. Unlike now as I struggle with my sins of anxiety, fear, discontentment, and rebellion. I question God and His perfect sovereignty…His flawless timing…His righteous orchestration of people and events. Some days I am down right disrespectful as I sneer and shout, “How could you allow THAT person to treat me that way? THAT, THAT scoffer (Proverbs 22:10)! THAT hypocrite! Am I your daughter or what?”

Yeah, UGLY!!!...And probably borderline blasphemous. Boy do I need to repent, spend more time in God’s word, and pray!!!!

Oh what my adoring Heavenly Father must be thinking of me! I picture Him saying, “My dear child, chill out! I’ve got it covered! Just watch and learn.” Or, if you prefer, in a more biblical tone, “Be still and know that I AM God.” (Psalm 46:10. ESV. Emphasis added.)

I am reminded, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:7-9.)

2 Corinthians 9:6: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Job 4:8: As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

Romans 6:21: But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

James 3:18: And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:13: As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.

1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Hebrews 12:3: Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Hebrews 12:5: And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.

Hebrews 10:36: For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Matthew 10:22: …and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.


Thank you, my King…my Father for your steadfast word! I look forward to the day I will hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Today, in my tribulation, I look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:2).

Divorcing Fact from Fiction

(By John MacArthur)

Today's post is adapted from a 2001 Q&A session at Grace Church.

Question: Is it true that Christians and non-Christians have the same rate of divorce?

Answer:


Some reporter called me a few months ago and said,

Reporter: There is a new study, a new survey that indicates that divorce among Christians is the same as divorce among non-Christians.

Continue reading this post.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Age of Accountability

(by: me)

What is the age of accountability? If someone was to ask me at what age I felt I was able to start making knowledgeable decisions and really understand what I was doing, I would say about age 23 – 25. Not to say I did not know the difference between right and wrong before then but rather there was still a lot of foolishness in my heart that hindered me from making responsible decisions (i.e. assessments which weighed out the consequences for my actions). Our nation marks the age of 18 as being when a child becomes an adult and can then be held accountable by a court of law for his or her actions. But the Old Testament sights the age of 20:

Deuteronomy 1:39: Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. (Emphasis added.)

Numbers 14:29-31: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. (Emphasis added.)

Numbers 1:45-46: So all who were numbered of the children of Israel, by their fathers’ houses, from twenty years old and above, all who were able to go to war in Israel – all who were numbered were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty. (Emphasis added.)

Numbers 26:64: But among these there was not a man of those who were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest when they numbered the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Sinai.

Joshua 5:6: For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord – to whom the Lord swore that He would not show them the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers that He would give us a land flowing with milk and honey. (Emphasis added.)


This of course, as I mentioned before is all in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, we are reminded that Jesus died for our sins and we are shown (as my dear sister in Christ, Wendy, pointed out in her blog yesterday) the thief who repented while on the cross next to Jesus and was forgiven.

Luke 23:39-43: Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed [Jesus], saying, “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Emphasis added.)


This gives me great hope for my loved ones (and strangers alike) who are not currently followers of Christ. This past Tuesday, May 26, 2009, marked the three year anniversary of my precious cousin’s death. Amber Lynn was murdered (at the age of 19) at her grandparents’ house while hosting a get together with some of her friends. At first my heart cried out in great anguish, upon hearing the news, knowing my beloved cousin was not a follower of Christ at the time of her death…or so I believe. Admittedly, I did not know her heart, only her actions and words. (Yet, there was no evidence of grace and a new heart.) I have mourned her death deeply over the course of the past three years and have hoped beyond hope that her heart was changed, that she heard Christ’s voice in her heart, felt faith, repented, and received grace even if it was right then and there as she lay slowly dying, alone. (There was a bit of confusion & her friends were not with her as her life faded. Perhaps they did not realize the severity of her condition.) The tears sting my eyes as I am hopeful beyond all words the Holy Spirit was with her, convicting her, moving her, warming her like a blanket as her frail, crushed body slowly grew colder. My heart meditates with a desperation regarding my cousin’s soul as I compare the stark contrast of the dark ugliness of her horrific death against the bright, beauty of God’s mercy and grace. I cling to Luke 23:39-43 and the possibility that my dearly loved cousin could have been like the thief if overcome by the Holy Spirit and called out (even at the very last moment), “Lord, remember me!” But sadly, I will not know until the day comes when I leave this world.

Perhaps these are the selfish notions of a foolish girl (me). I cannot even look at a picture of Amber without shedding tears of immeasurable love (with a hint of regret and remorse). The last time we spent time together seems like just yesterday. The final words that were spoken between us over the phone still echo in my head as, I figure, is typical of the fleshly response to losing a loved one. But I am not angry. I do blame God or anyone else (really) for that matter. I only feel hope! An indescribable overflow from my heart that she, like the thief, was saved.

My darling cousin’s death was also an invaluable, immeasurable lesson to me to continue preaching Christ no matter what! I feel Charles Spurgeon said it memorably:
[T]o hope ever to bring sinners to holiness and heaven by any teaching but that which begins and ends in Jesus Christ is a sheer delusion. None other name is given among men whereby they can be saved. If you have to deal with highly learned and educated people, nothing is so good for them as preaching Jesus Christ; and if the people be ignorant and degraded, nothing is better for them than the preaching of Jesus.

A young man said to another the other day, "I am going down to preach at So-and-so, what sort of people are they there? What kind of doctrine will suit them?" Having heard of the question, I gave this advice,?"You preach Jesus Christ, and that will suit them, I am sure, if they are learned people it will suit them; if they are ignorant it will suit them?God blessing it."

When the great Biblical critic, Bengel, was dying, he sent for a young theological student, to whom he said, "I am low in spirit; say something good to cheer me." "My dear Sir," said the student, "I am so insignificant a person, what can I say to a great man like yourself?" "But if you are a student of theology," said Bengel, "you ought to have a good word to say to a dying man; pray say it without fear." "Well, Sir," said he, "What can I say to you, but that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin?" Bengel said, "Give me your hand, young man; that is the very word I wanted."

A simple gospel text is the word which every man needs who is in fear of divine wrath, and he may be sitting next to you at this moment, or he is in the same house of business with you, and needs that you should tell him about Christ. Do that, and bless his soul. May you all understand the Scriptures in this way, and may God make you a great blessing to those around you.

Every Day

The lyrics to this song speak to my heart!


Every Day - Sovereign Grace Music

In Your grace, You know where I walk
You know when I fall
You know all my ways
In Your love, I know You allow
What I cannot grasp
To bring You praise

Thank You for the trials
For the fire, for the pain
Thank You for the strength
Knowing You have ordained
Every day

Your great power is shown when I’m weak
You help me to see
Your love in this place
Perfect peace is filling my mind
And drawing my heart
To praise You again

In my uncertainty, Your Word is all I need
To know You’re with me every day (repeat)


© 2008 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Loving Christ in Sincerity. Being Diligent in Training.

(by: me)

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style; That our barns may be full, supplying all kinds of produce; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; That our oxen may be well laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets. Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! (Psalms 144:12-15. NKJV.)


The younger children in my home have, until last Wednesday, been working on John Piper’s “Children Desiring God” mid week curriculum. With summer quickly approaching and their academic curriculum coming to a close, they have also completed their “Children Desiring God” lessons. Which left me with a burning question: What next?

All of the children in my household face a difficult challenge. Only one parent is a follower of Christ. The other parent, and head of household for that matter, does not have a faith commitment of any kind. I know that only the Holy Spirit can persuade these children to follow Christ however I also feel I must do my part and train them up in the ways of the Lord so they will never depart from them (Proverbs 22:6).

So back to the important and lingering query: What next? Well, I had received two referrals from dear sisters in Christ regarding a curriculum by Pam Forster. The program for girls and young ladies is “Polished Cornerstones” and the one for boys and young men is “Plants Grown Up”. In an effort to keep the down time as limited as possible between courses I went ahead and ordered the syllabus. Wow! I had no idea how thick the program of study was going to be…I am hopeful it is as meaty as it is bulky.

…And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8).

Galatians 6:7-9: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Evangelizing Children (Part 2)

(by Pulpit Magazine)

Foundational Keys to Evangelizing Children

It is not enough for parents simply to avoid these common pitfalls (see yesterday’s post)—they must also seek to put into practice the following keys to child evangelism.

1. Setting a Consistent Example of Godliness

Evangelizing children consists not simply of verbalizing the gospel with one’s mouth, but also of exemplifying it in one’s life.

Continue reading this post.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!


I wanted to post this yesterday but was having internet issues. Sorry, mom.

I am so thankful for you! I pray for God to bless you abundantly with His grace!


I wanted to post the picture of you and me at that mother/daughter luncheon (years ago) but could not find it.

I love you dearly and pray you had a beautiful birthday in God's grace!

Love you lots!!! ♥

Friday, May 22, 2009

Evangelizing Children (Part 1)

The following article is taken from a Grace Community Church Elders’ Distinctive.

For many believers, fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations begins at home—with their children. In fact, few experiences bring greater joy to Christian parents than seeing their children come to faith in Christ.

The process of evangelizing one’s children, however, can be a daunting task.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How can I bear by myself the weight and burden of you and your strife?

(by: me)

I used to wrestle quite a bit with my sin of answering a fool his/her folly (Proverbs 26:4). I would (and sometimes still do) let lies and unkind words provoke me to anger and get into arguments. I was, and sometimes still am, quick to retaliate and slow to forgive. Yet in regard to the situations about which I am speaking Romans 12:19 says, “Beloved, NEVER avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’" (Emphasis added.) It is not my place to get involved when strife is being stirred up. “Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” (Proverbs 17:1. ESV.) Boy does that scripture speak straight to my heart!!!

God’s word talks pretty harshly about strife:

Galatians 5:19-21: Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 10:12: Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 13:10: By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Proverbs 15:18: A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 16:28: A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 18:8: The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Proverbs 20:3: It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Proverbs 28:25: A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.

Proverbs 29:22: A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Isaiah 54:15: If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.


But He also tells us how to deal with it.

1 Peter 4:8: Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

James 5:20: …let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 26:20: For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 17:19: Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:14: The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Matthew 5:25: Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Proverbs 22:10: Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

Proverbs 30:33: For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Matthew 18: 15-17: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Proverbs 12:26: The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Romans 16:17: I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.


So how can I bear by myself the weight and burden of someone and their strife? By submerging myself in the wisdom and instruction of God’s word! He never gives any of us a trial that is uncommon to man. Whether it is a tribulation of physical and/or mental illness, a sick child, strife, being sinned against by a loved one, being persecuted, temptation, financial hardship, the loss of a child and/or loved one, etc. God is faithful, and he will not let us be tempted beyond our ability, but with the temptation he also provides the way of escape, that we may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal. 2:20)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This Is the Judgment: Light Has Come into the World

(By: David Mathis)

This week's sermon: "This Is the Judgment: Light Has Come into the World"

Our sin and God's grace interact with a twist. John 3:16-21 says that unbelief is our fault, but belief is a gift of God. There's a kind of asymmetry to Jesus' words in this text—those who don't believe have themselves to blame, but for those who do believe, the credit goes to God, not to themselves.

Jesus did not come to a neutral world. He didn't come to make neutral people positive, but he came to those already dead and guilty to make some alive and free.

Those who don't come to Jesus in faith magnify his justice, while those who do come magnify his grace. In fact, Jesus says, that is why we come: "that it may be clearly seen that [our] works have been carried out in God" (John 3:21). Believers love it when their lives display God's free grace.



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Monday, May 18, 2009

That Kind of Woman


Someone sent this to me in an email and it was too cute not to post.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, She's up!"

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Please act on behalf of missing Colombian pastor

(by Glenn Penner for Persecuted Church Weblog)

The Voice of the Martyrs joins with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling for action to be taken on behalf of Pastor William Reyes, who has not been seen or heard from since he disappeared in north-east Colombia on September 25, 2008.

Continue reading this post.

The power of temptation-Seductive women in the Bible- Part 2

(by Eli Dahan for Biblical Hebrew blog)

In the book of Judges we can find the story of Yael .Ya`el (”a wild or mountain goat” )was the wife of Heber the Kenite .

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

(by Tim Challies)

Until I read this book I would not have considered God’s love as a particularly difficult doctrine. The Trinity is a difficult doctrine to understand, impossible even. The eternal nature of God—that is another difficult or impossible one. But the love of God? I wouldn’t have thought of it as such. But this book convinced me otherwise.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Sprinting

(by: me)

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Tim 6:12. ESV.)


Moving forward with talking about fighting the good fight, finishing the race, and keeping the faith (2 Timothy 4:7) it is such an encouragement to me to watch others around me running their marathons. I feel God has given each of us something a little different depending on what we need for our good, His glory, and based on how we are wired and operate. I am not the same as my friend, parent, or brother so my trials are going to be different than theirs. They are specifically designed just for me to get the outcome God knows I need…for my soul…for eternity. Our King gives us what we can handle…nothing more and nothing less. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds me, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Not to mention He tells us that His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9) no matter what!

So what exactly is my problem? The bible is abundant with scripture I can be preaching to myself instead of whining and complaining about my tribulation.

1 Peter 1:6: In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

1 Corinthians 1:9: God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:12: …we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

2 Timothy 2:10: Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Hebrews 13:20-21: Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Luke 22:32: but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

Romans 16:24-27: Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.


I understand the heart of those in long suffering. My tribulation has been going on for a very lengthy time…many years. I can relate to the sin of frustration, the sting of heart ache, and the sin of anxiety, impatience, and perhaps even a feeling of desperation. But “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). God’s word also says, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” (Psalm 118:8). Which sounds easy, but I like to be able to touch things, get a hug, hear a voice, hold a hand, and/or look into someone's eyes. With God I can't do that so consulting Him seems harder. But He is the Great Physician, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). (Please do not misunderstand...I am not saying we are called to stand around and do nothing. We are called to be godly and also to do our part. I feel God provides the means for us...the doctors and their wisdom, etc.)

Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. 92If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (Psalm 119:90-92. ESV.)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The power of temptation-Seductive women in the Bible- Part 1

(by Eli Dahan for Biblical Hebrew Blog)

Eve was the first woman created by God and the first seductive woman in the Bible. According to Genesis 3,she allured Adam to taste the forbidden fruit of the Tree Of Knowledge and as a result ,both of them were expelled from Garden Of Eden.

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Should Christians "Respect" Other Religions?

(by Albert Mohler)

The world we now know is marked by religious pluralism and the clash of worldviews. The modern world brings individuals and groups of different belief systems into both proximity and potential conflict.

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Decisions, Decisions

(by John MacArthur)

How can Christians make God-honoring decisions?

Decision-making can be a daunting task for anyone, but Christians have the unique advantage of making decisions that are informed by God’s Word.

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The Necessity of the Local Church

(by John MacArthur)

The New Testament repeatedly emphasizes the importance of local assemblies. In fact, it was the pattern of Paul’s ministry to establish local congregations in the cities where he preached the gospel.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dear to my Heart

My dear friend and sister in Christ has a child who is suffering from an eosinophilic disorder. This is the link to a video on Youtube by CURED Foundation regarding children with eosinophilic disorder. Grab tissues!!!

Click here to view video.

Killing Is Killing No Matter What We Call It.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Devil Votes Christian Values: Why We’re Tempted to be Glorified Satanists Rather than Crucified Followers

The Devil Votes Christian Values: Why We’re Tempted to be Glorified Satanists Rather than Crucified Followers

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Jesus, My Only Hope

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this song? I could not resist posting the lyrics. They are so fabulous and pierce straight to my heart!

I come into Your presence
With nothing in my hands
I only bring thanksgiving
For Jesus, God and Man
I cast myself on mercy
I cast myself on love
I trust Your gracious promise
To wash me with Your blood

I will not fear Your judgment
For me no wrath I dread
For it was spent on Jesus
Poured out upon His head
When Satan’s accusations
Make my poor heart afraid
I hear my King declaring
“Father, that debt is paid!”

CHORUS
Jesus my only hope
My only plea
My righteousness
My Great High Priest
Who intercedes for me
Before the throne
Jesus, I trust in You alone

Though I am poor and naked
Your prodigal come home
You place Your robe upon me
Your holiness alone
Though I be dry and barren
By grace this love springs forth
Love for You and Your Kingdom
Joy in Your glory, Lord



"Jesus, My Only Hope" by Mark Altrogge.
© 2002 Sovereign Grace Praise(BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries.
From Songs for the Cross Centered Life.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pressing On With Endurance

(by: me)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7. ESV.)


I love how God’s word uses “running a race” to paint a picture of fighting the good fight and keeping the faith. I think it really does feel like participating in a marathon. Sometimes it is as though I am walking and catching my breath for a moment. Other periods I am jogging and then there are moments when I am running full out or sprinting. It is these moments that exhaust me and cause me to need renewal. But I am never alone. Aside from Christ Jesus in whom I can do all things because He strengthens me (Philippians 4:13), I also have the body of Christ to pick me up when I stumble and fall and to encourage me along the way. Each one running his or her own race…jogging at times and/or sprinting at times. Fellow pilgrims so willing to come along side me and help me preach to myself. All of us with the same goal in sight!

1 Corinthians 9:25: Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Philippians 3:12: Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

1 Peter 5:10: And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

2 Corinthians 9:13: By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,

1 Timothy 1:12: I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,

1 Thessalonians 2:4: but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Acts 26:16: But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,

Acts 20:32: And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Oh how these pieces of scripture give me hope and energy to continue the race. Even in the face of opposition when it seems as though I am running against a current flowing in the contradictory direction. When the waves come crashing and I am fighting to not get dragged under. When it appears there is sand beneath my feet quickly fleeting as the tide escapes me. My focus has to stay firm on Christ who is my foundation. I have to remind myself I am not standing on sinking sand but rather a rock that will not erode, weather, or break. Jesus, my only hope!

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Tim 6:12. ESV.)


I am running with you too my dear sisters in Christ. Always willing to link arms and jog together for a while to renew one another and act as iron sharpening iron. I beseech you as I preach to myself, do not lose heart! When you grow weary I will run along side of you as you do for me. We shall lift each other up. My heart is with you! Please pray for me and I will be praying for you!

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24. ESV.)

On Second Thought -- Why Mother's Day is a Bad Idea

(by Albert Mohler)

Now that Mother's Day for 2009 is over, perhaps a bit of second-guessing is in order. Americans have celebrated Mother's Day for over a century, and the observance has grown to become one of the nation's most popular annual events. But is it good for motherhood?

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Heavy on my Heart

Widows and children are very heavy on my heart. So please bear with me as I voice my support and concerns! Here are a few videos about a nonprofit organization which is dear to my heart.









India Widows

In many conservative Indian families, widows are seen as a liability. Cast out of the family home, they live the rest of their lives in poverty and isolation.

"She becomes a zero and all her powers are lost", states Dr Giri, explaining how some women's status change when their husband dies. With no where else to go, thousands come to Vrindavan, city of widows. It was the childhood home of Hindu God, Krishna, who championed downtrodden women. "They come here in search of death", explains Dr Giri, in the hope they will have a better afterlife

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Amazing Love

A Little Bit of Albert Mohler

I just love Albert Mohler. Here are some of his recent posts:

The Parable of the Unwilling Physician
Stephen Wallace had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, and he wanted his doctor and the local hospital to help him commit suicide, but they would not. Now, his children are speaking out, and this opens a new angle on the issue of assisted suicide.

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The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness
This new book takes a look at many of the most controversial issues facing the church today. My hope is that it will serve the church well.

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Piracy, Islam, and the Modern Age
It wasn't supposed to turn out this way. The prophets of secularization were absolutely certain that religious belief would recede in the modern age.

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Malaysia trying to find its religious equilibrium

(by Bill Tarrant of Reuters blog: Faithworld)

Multicultural Malaysia, whose official religion is Islam but which has sizeable numbers of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, has been struggling of late to ensure religious freedoms for its minorities, without offending the sensibilities of majority Muslims.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Jesus, My Only Hope

I stinkin' LOVE this song!!! Click on the play button to listen!!!


Jesus, My Only Hope - Sovereign Grace Music

What Does Love Make You Do?

No Pleasure in the Death of the Wicked

(by: me)

I get excited when I come across a great sale at a store, a new coffee drink at my favorite café, or a fabulous new book. I just cannot seem to stop talking about them to family, friends, and neighbors.

I get the most energized, however, about God and His precious Son. But it seems the response is different when I talk non stop about Him and His amazing grace. The interest so quick to overflow over a great sale just is not there regarding Christ. The engaging conversation that accompanies the new movie in theaters is lacking when Jesus’ name is mentioned. The heart so swift to adopt a new puppy appears to miss the mark when it comes to God.

When it comes to someone so special and something so beautiful it is hard to stay quiet and not share. No one gets offended by great savings except for the one saving that is worth the most.

Whenever I am feeling downcast about this God’s word reminds me, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9. ESV.)

Habakkuk 2:3: For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Hebrews 10:37: "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;

Ecclesiastes 8:11: Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.

Revelation 2:21: I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

Luke 18:7: And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?

Ezekiel 18:23: Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

Ezekiel 18:32: For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live."

Ezekiel 33:11: Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

1 Timothy 2:3-4: This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Jeremiah 31:3: I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.


Author Rose Marie Jones gives me further encouragement saying, “Look closely into the person that you are praying for. You will see the leaves moving. You will see the manifestation of [God’s] Spirit dealing in their life. But some trees must enter into many seasons before they are ready to respond unto [Him]….Beloved, never give up on the souls [God has] planted in your life round about you who don’t know [Him] fully. [He has] planted them alongside you. Please continue to water them with [His] love, patiently, as [He] is patient with them.”

Though I cannot see the heart of those in my life (family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike), God can and He has it all under control. He knows what each person needs to stretch, grow, and repent. He perfectly orchestrates everyone and everything so each individual gets exactly what he or she needs. It begins with faith which leads to repentance and grace. From there is still much budding, pruning, and refining. Each time Christ’s image will become clearer and easier to see in the one for whom I am praying. It can be a rather long and drawn out process. So why give up now…especially if I have already invested so much time? I will wait for Him to do His great work.

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18. ESV.)

Contentment Comes from Giving

(By John MacArthur)

If you live for yourself, you will never be content. Many of us don’t experience contentment because we demand our world to be exactly the way we want it to be.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Flylady Housecleaning

Part 1

"First you have to start with your world view. Yes a Christian world view really does play into this. What does scripture say? That whatever you do, do everything unto the glory of God....everything [Christian women] do for their home is a service unto the Lord. And it does have eternal value."

Part 2

Clean House

If you are like me and get overwhelmed from time to time with keeping house, then check out the FlyLady! A friend of mine told me about her and so far her website looks rather interesting!

Click here to visit FlyLady.net.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Folly Brings Punishment to Fools!

(by: me)

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:20-24.)


I cannot help but wonder why sin is so easy and following God’s word is so difficult?

I have been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for six years now. With this responsibility comes a great deal of knowledge as to what wretched sin some adults inflict on a percentage of God’s precious little lambs. I have read case after case of ugliness spewed out on purity, wickedness wreaked on the most innocent, vile and disgusting acts on precious victims, and preventable neglect on the most loving of His creatures that were made in His image. The foolishness, ignorance, and/or utter disregard are astounding. It makes me cling to the cross even harder and keep the children in my home safely tucked within my arms even tighter. And when I come across children in the day to day that are being maltreated it fills my very heart with abhorrence! The Holy Spirit within me is greatly offended!

And there I find is where my conflict begins. What can I, a lowly servant of my King, do to help protect His dear little lambs…who of no fault of their own are being harmed and/or neglected.

Proverbs 10:11: The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Psalm 37:30: The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Matthew 12:34: You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Proverbs 15:26: The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure.

Psalm 19:9-10: the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

I wish I could adopt them all or open a group home so I can foster as many as possible and keep them safe! I desire to rescue them all…but I am not the Savior. Christ Jesus is. And this wretched sin that is happening to these beautiful children of God is one of the very things for which He died on the cross! We cannot save ourselves. We need Him. These children need Him. And I will be praying for their dear, little hearts and that He will place a hedge of protection around each and every one of them! Please be praying too!

“Whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).

Finding your Idols

Two Cautions for Teaching Kids

(By Tyler Kenney)

Taken from notes on Piper’s message at the Children Desiring God conference.

1. Indoctrination

By indoctrination I mean putting thoughts into a child's head without a due concern that they should have good reasons for believing them. Whenever we teach children we must be concerned that we don't simply indoctrinate them.

To want to have truth go into a child's head is a very good thing. But you should also take care that while you are putting truth into their heads you should also try to give them a process they can test it with. Don't just give the what and the why behind it; also give the how.

2. Contextualization

Let's take a little people group called three-year-olds, for instance. If I only use words they don't know, they obviously won't learn anything. But if I only use words they do know, they won't learn anything either.

So contextualization isn't the most important thing with kids. The most important thing is concept creation. Children need to be given new categories of thought in order to learn.

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A Book to Help You Teach Your Kids Theology

(by Abraham Piper)

As David Michael was welcoming folks to the CDG conference last night, he highly recommended Bruce Ware's brand new book Big Truths for Young Hearts.

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The Most Difficult Doctrine

(by Lindsey for "Beauty from the Heart")

The hardest concept in the Bible for me to grasp is shockingly fundamental; in fact, without it, Christianity crumbles to nothing. Out of all the difficult truths in that Book, it’s the most popular one by far—chiefly because few find it difficult at all. It may be the most incredible—and, unsurprisingly, it may be the most grossly misshapen and carelessly handled.

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"Oh God, I cling with feeble fingers to the ledge of Your great grace."

Ideas for Mother's Day

(by Carolyn McCulley)

Mother's Day is this month and it's never too soon to think of a few great gift ideas. But you've got to hurry if you are going to take advantage of one of them:

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