Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Varieties of Gifts, but the Same Spirit

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11. ESV.)


It never ceases to amaze me how God works ALL things for good (in some way, shape, or form). Not just some stuff, but everything! I, personally, am a firm believer that NOTHING is coincidence and that every event (in this vapor of a life no matter how big or small) has a purpose. (I do not desire to sound heartless, apathetic, or uncompassionate. Believe me, I KNOW (from experience) that (to quote a clichéd sentiment) “bad things happen to good people” (even precious children)…which just might be considered a gross understatement to some. So please do not misunderstand or look too far into it.) My point is this:

Many moons ago when my parents placed me in dance classes (when I was four years old) I had no inkling that teaching and choreographing would be my main way of earning funds for my family. Nor did I foresee that happening upon a company that ended up paying for my web design and graphic design education would contribute greatly to my second leading way to bring in a small income. But that is exactly what God had orchestrated before the foundations of the earth. Seemingly unnecessary, unfortunate, ugly circumstances have made me the sole provider for me and my crew (thankfully not without the astounding support of family and loved ones) however despite the hardship, there is insane blessing…for the glory of God.

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. (1 Corinthians 14:26. ESV.)

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. (Romans 12:3. ESV.)

Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— (Galatians 3:5. ESV.)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1. ESV.)


How grateful I am for special gifts/ talents God bestows upon each and every one of us…to be used for His glory and service to Him and others.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:2-12. ESV.)

"Phúc thay ai có tâm hồn nghèo khó, đối với họ là nước thiên đàng. Phước cho những kẻ than khóc, vì họ sẽ được an ủi. Phước cho những kẻ nhu mì, vì họ sẽ hưởng được đất. Phước cho những kẻ đói khát sự công bình, vì họ sẽ được hài lòng. Phúc thay ai xót thương người, vì họ sẽ nhận được lòng thương xót. Phúc thay ai có lòng trong sạch, vì họ sẽ thấy Thiên Chúa. Phúc thay ai xây dựng hòa bình, vì họ sẽ được gọi là con của Thiên Chúa. Phúc thay ai bị bách hại cho vì sống công chính, vì họ là nước thiên đàng. Phước cho bạn khi những người khác nhục mạ bạn, bách hại và các loại utter của cái ác chống lại bạn sai trên tài khoản của tôi. 12 hãy vui mừng và hân hoan, vì phần thưởng của bạn là rất tốt ở trên trời, cho nên họ bắt bớ các đấng tiên tri trước khi những người bạn. (Matthew 5:2-12).

"Блаженні вбогі духом, бо їх є Царство Небесне. Блаженні засмучені, бо вони будуть утішені. Блаженні лагідні, бо вони успадковують землю. Блаженні голодні і спраглі правди, бо вони нагодовані будуть. Блаженні милостиві, бо помилувані вони. Блаженні чисті серцем, бо вони Бога побачать. Блаженні миротворці, бо вони синами Божими стануть. Блаженні ті, які піддаються переслідуванням заради правди, бо їх є Царство Небесне. Блаженні ви, коли інші лають вас і гнати і вас, і висловити всі види зла проти вас помилково на мій рахунок. 12 Радійте та веселіться, бо нагорода ваша велика на небесах, Бо так гнали й пророків, що були перед вами. (Матвій 5:2-12.)

"Saliga är de fattiga i anden, dem tillhör himmelriket. Saliga de som sörjer, de skall bli tröstade. Saliga de ödmjuka, de skall ärva jorden. Saliga de som hungrar och törstar efter rättfärdighet, ty de skall vara uppfyllda. Saliga de barmhärtiga, de skall få barmhärtighet. Saliga de renhjärtade, de skall se Gud. Saliga de som håller fred, de skall kallas Guds söner. Saliga de som förföljs för rättfärdighetens skull, dem tillhör himmelriket. Saliga är ni när andra smäda och förföljer er och yttrar alla typer av förtalar er för min skull. 12 Gläd er och jubla, er lön blir stor i himlen, för så de förföljde profeterna som var före er. (Matteus 5:2-12.)

"Bienaventurados los pobres de espíritu, porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos. Bienaventurados los que llorar, porque ellos serán consolados. Bienaventurados los mansos, porque ellos heredarán la tierra. Bienaventurados los que tienen hambre y sed de justicia, porque ellos serán saciados. Bienaventurados los misericordiosos, porque ellos alcanzarán misericordia. Bienaventurados los limpios de corazón porque ellos verán a Dios. Bienaventurados los pacificadores, porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios. Bienaventurados los que padecen persecución para la causa de la justicia ", porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos. Bienaventurados seréis cuando os injurien, y los demás os persigan y digan con mentira toda clase de mal contra vosotros por mi cuenta. 12 Alegraos y regocijaos, porque vuestra recompensa será grande en los cielos, porque así persiguieron a los profetas que fueron antes de vosotros. (Mateo 5:2-12).

"Svētīgi ir garā nabadzīgie, jo, par viņu ir Debesu valstībā. Svētīgi ir tie, kas sērot, jo viņi ir comforted. Svētīgi ir lēnprātīgie, jo tie ir mantot zemi. Svētīgi ir tie, kas bada un taisnības slāpes, jo viņi ir apmierināti. Svētīgi ir žēlsirdīgs, jo tie saņem žēlsirdība. Svētīgi ir sirdsšķīstie, jo tie ir redzēt Dievu. Svētīgi ir miermīlīgie, jo viņi sauc par Dieva dēli. Svētīgi ir tie, kuri tiek vajāti par taisnību "dēļ, par viņu ir Debesu valstībā. Svētīgi jūs, kad citi zākāt jums un vajāt tevi un izdvest Visa ļaunuma pret tevi nepatiesi manā kontā 12. Priecājieties un ir priecīgs, jūsu ieguvums ir liels debesīs, tik viņi vajāti pravieši, kas bija pirms jums. (Mateja 5:2-12).

Monday, June 28, 2010

Just the Head?

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23. ESV.)


Sunday I heard a great message at a Sovereign Grace church plant. When I first saw the pastor was going to speak on "the church", I have to admit my immediate thought was, "Oh boy, this could get interesting," mainly because I feel there is great debate as to participation at a church with the issue being... "To attend or not to attend? That is the question." Does frequenting a church make someone faithful? If a Christ follower does not go to church does that mean they are without God's grace and the Holy Spirit? This topic appears to be kicking up quite a bit of dust on the internet (and other places as well I reckon).

The pastor said, "Christians do not operate independently in this world; they are part of Christ's Body, the church, of which Christ is the Head." He then gave a (humorous) visual demonstration of someone walking around with a person's head (tucked under their arm) lacking of the body that would ideally go with it... representing Jesus without the church. He also quoted Ephesians 5:25-32 and Kevin DeYoung who wrote,
"The church we love is as flawed and messed up as we are, but she's Christ's bride nonetheless. And I might as well have a basement without a house or a head without a body as despise the wife my Savior loves."


For me personally, "the body" is a HUGE blessing! (Part of which are members of the same church as I am, others are not, and some are absent all together from church). I have seen God do much work using "the body" in areas of provisions, encouragement, prayer, etc. It is so nice to know I am not alone. There are many...and (in my opinion) "the body" was designed as a support system...to lift up and not tear down. When I am (or a brother or sister in Christ is) in need, those requirements are met by God's grace through members of "the body".

In daily life, I am an independent contractor and most (if not all) of my clients are sisters and brother's in Christ. This past week was no different. As God would have it a sister in Christ had to find a last minute teacher for some workshop classes in the fine arts and through God's perfect orchestration (as only He can do) I was hired to instruct the students. Not to mention this opened the door to more opportunities hence making providing for my family a little easier.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16.)

Ավելի շուտ, խոսելով ճշմարտությունը սիրով, մենք պետք է մեծանալ ամեն կերպ են նրան, ով է գլուխը, մեջ Քրիստոսը, 16 - ից, ում ամբողջ մարմինը, միացել է եւ տեղի է ունեցել միասին ամեն համատեղ, որի հետ այն հագեցած է, երբ յուրաքանչյուր մաս է պատշաճ, դարձնում է մարմինը աճում է այնքան, որ այն ստեղծում է իրեն մինչեւ սիրով. (Եփեսացիս 4:15-16.)

Aitzitik, maitasun egia har, hazi nahi modu guztietan berak burua, Christ, 16 dira horietatik bertatik gorputz osoa sartu zen eta preso elkarrekin batera bakoitzak dituen da hornitua, orduan zati bakoitza sartzen ari gara bezala funtzionatzen esker, gorputza hazi beraz eraikitzen dela bera eman maiteminduta daude. (Ephesians 4:15-16).

Насупраць, казаць праўду ў любові, мы павінны расці ва ўсіх адносінах у таго, хто з'яўляецца кіраўніком, у Хрыста, 16 ад якой усе цела, складаем і разам кожны сустаў, з якімі ён аснашчаны, калі кожная частка працуе належным чынам, робіць цела растуць так, што яна будуе сябе ў любові. (Пасланне да Эфесянаў 4:15-16.)

相反,愛講道理,我們是成長在every進到他的人是頭,到基督,16人的整個身體,一起加入and held每一個與它共同裝備,每個部分是when正常工作,使人體生長,使其在建立自己的愛。 (以弗所書 4:15-16)。

Pigem räägi tõtt armunud, meil on kasvada üles iga tee teda, kes on pea, Kristusesse, 16 kelle käest kogu keha, mis on ühendatud ja mida hoiavad koos iga ühise kellega ta on varustatud, kui iga osa on töötab korralikult, teeb keha kasvab, nii et see toetub ise üles armastus. (Efeslastele 4:15-16).

Olye de sa, pale verite a nan renmen, nou grandi nan tout fason an l 'ki moun ki nan tèt, nan Kris la, 16 nan men ki moun tout kò a, te reyini ansanm ak fèt ansanm ak tout ansanm ak kote ke li te ekipe, lè chak pati se ap travay byen, fè kò a grandi pou li kreye tèt li nan renmen. (Efezyen 4:15-16).

Sebaliknya, bercakap kebenaran dalam kasih, kita tumbuh dalam segala hal ke dalam Dia yang adalah kepala, dalam Kristus, 16 daripada yang seluruh tubuh, bergabung dan diadakan bersama oleh setiap bersama-sama dengan yang dilengkapi, ketika bahagian masing-masing berfungsi dengan betul, membuat tubuh tumbuh sehingga membina dirinya dalam kasih. (Efesus 4:15-16.)

Más bien, hablando la verdad en amor, crezcamos en todo en aquel que es la cabeza, en Cristo, 16 de quien todo el cuerpo, y unido entre sí por cada participación con la que está equipado, cuando cada parte es funciona correctamente, hace que el cuerpo crecen de manera que se edifica en el amor. (Efesios 4:15-16).


Toxic Living

Toxic Living
(Our Daily Bread)

Prosperity can look so good that it’s hard to think about possible downsides. Actions that are detrimental to long-term spiritual health are accepted, and unless the problem is corrected, destruction follows. It happened to King Saul.


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Are There Two Wills in God? Yes.

Are There Two Wills in God? Yes.
(Desiring God Ministries: Tyler Kenney)

In essence, what the doctrine states is that there are... well... two wills in God. The first will is his will of command (or as Edwards says below, "law"). This is expressed through God's revealed desires for people, desires such as "Thou shalt not kill," or "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

The second will is his will of decree, which is the will by which God brings to pass all that actually happens, whether it accords with his will of command or not. This is also known as his secret will, since what God intends to do in any one event is unknowable to us, except for what he reveals through prophecy.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Visits From 42 Countries/Territories


I do have a post in the making regarding how God has been providing for us this past week but first I would like to acknowledge and thank representatives from 42 countries/territories who have visited this blog! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you will visit again soon! And without further ado, here are the countries/territories in order of most visits:

1. United States
2. India
3. Canada
4. United Kingdom
5. Australia
6. Brazil
7. Mexico
8. Spain
9. Japan
10. Greece
11. Nigeria
12. France
13. New Zealand
14. Singapore
15. Bulgaria
16. Russia
17. Denmark
18. South Korea
19. Italy
20. Malaysia
21. Germany
22. Norway
23. Cape Verde
24. Indonesia
25. Tunisia
26. Uruguay
27. Finland
28. Sweden
29. Uganda
30. South Africa
31. Unidentified region
32. Iran
33. Chile
34. Belgium
35. Poland
36. Switzerland
37. Turkey
38. Thailand
39. Cameroon
40. Philippines
41. Romania
42. Portugal

"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8.)

“但上帝告訴他的愛為我們,在我們還作罪人,基督為我們死。” (羅馬書 5:8)。

"Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros". (Romanos 5:8).

"ولكن الله يظهر محبته لنا لأنه ونحن بعد خطاة مات المسيح لأجلنا". (رومية 5:8).

"लेकिन भगवान हमारे लिए है कि उसका प्यार से पता चलता है जब तक हम अभी भी पापियों थे, मसीह हमारे लिए मर गया." (रोमन 5:08).

"Но Бог Свою любовь к нам в этом, когда мы были еще грешниками, Христос умер за нас". (Римлянам 5:08.)

"Mas Deus demonstra seu amor para conosco em que, quando éramos ainda pecadores, Cristo morreu por nós." (Romanos 5:8).

"Mais Dieu montre son amour pour nous en ce sens que nous étions encore pécheurs, Christ est mort pour nous." (05h08 Romains.)

我々はまだ罪人であったとき"しかし、神は我々にとっては、彼の愛を示し、キリストがわたしたちのために死んだ。" (ローマ5:8)。

"Αλλά ο Θεός δείχνει την αγάπη του για εμάς στο ότι, ενώ ήμασταν ακόμα αμαρτωλοί, ο Χριστός πέθανε για μας." (5:08 Ρωμαίους.)

Biz daha günahkarken ise "Tanrı bize bu onun sevgi gösterileri, Mesih bizim için öldü." (Romalılar 5:08).

A Prayer for the Afflicted

A Prayer for the Afflicted
(Tim Challies)

Here is a prayer for the sick or for the spiritually-distressed. It is drawn from the Canadian and American Reformed Church web site. This is a prayer that comes from the perspective of the one so-afflicted and I don’t think it is necessarily meant as a pastoral prayer....What I particularly like about it is that it allows the possibility (though it does not demand it) that suffering is a form of chastisement from God. It celebrates God’s sovereignty and his goodness even through suffering.


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Nourishment for the Soul

Nourishment for the Soul
(Eternal Perspective Ministries: Randy Alcorn)

...Charles Spurgeon... said, “It would be a very sharp and trying experience to me to think that I have an affliction which God never sent me, that the bitter cup was never filled by his hand, that my trials were never measured out by him, nor sent to me by his arrangement of their weight and quantity.”


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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Bible in Many Languages

Do you see your native language below? Click on it to read God's word! You can also find this in my sidebar on the left.

العربية

български език

česky

Deutsch: ELB Elberfelder Bibel, DELUT Luther Bible 1545

Español: LBLA La Biblia de las Americas, NBLH Nueva Biblia de los Hispanos, NVI Nueva Version Internacional, RVES Reina-Valera Antigua

Suomi

Français

Magyar

Bahasa Indonesia

Italiano

日本語

한국어

Nederlands

Norsk

Português


Română

Pyccкий

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The Bride of Christ

The Bride of Christ
(Tim Challies)

...the church is not a failure; the church—the remnant of those who are faithful, who compose only a part of the wider, visible church, remain true to Christ and continue to do God’s work in the world. Jesus himself told us that the road to salvation is narrow and only a few enter, so we should not be surprised when there are far more who turn their backs than respond with joy. We mourn their loss but trust in God’s sovereignty in saving a people to himself.


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Essential Piper: The Sovereignty of God

Essential Piper: The Sovereignty of God
(Desiring God Ministries: Jeff Lacine)

This week we're highlighting Piper's teachings about the Sovereignty of God, both in the work of salvation and the everyday occurrences of our lives.


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Humanistic Religion and the Origin

Humanistic Religion and the Origin of Life
(Pyromaniacs: John MacArthur)

Over the course of human history, all kinds of speculative ideas have been falsely labeled "science" and mistakenly accepted as true and reliable knowledge by otherwise brilliant people. The now-discredited dogmas of older scientific theories are numerous—and in some cases laughable.


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YouVersion.com Bible in Many Languages

After I posted John 3:16 in a few different languages yesterday, my dear sister in Christ (and law) showed me Youversion.com where scripture is translated into a number of different languages. For future posts of God's word I will probably use this website which is said to be quite extensive yet not too much. Thanks Sarah for showing me this!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Little Bit For Many

Okay, I wanted to try and translate John 3:16 into the languages of the countries represented who have visited this blog. Please forgive me if the translations are incorrect. I used Google Translate so hopefully they are close enough.












Sunday, June 20, 2010

How Could God Command Holy War?

How Could God Command Holy War?
(Tim Challies)

Thomas turned first to Joshua 6 (the story of Jericho) introducing it by saying this is a topic you speak on only because you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture; it is both solemn and heart-rending as we discuss the killing, the slaughter, of men, women, children, babies. These are the kinds of passages in Scripture that make some people believe that the Bible cannot possibly be the inerrant Word of God.


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Friday, June 18, 2010

How Can God Justify the Ungodly?

How Can God Justify the Ungodly?
(Pyromaniacs: John MacArthur)

PyroManiacs: Setting the World on fire. `Is not My word like a fire?` says the LORD (Jeremiah 23:29).

How, then, can we be justified? How can God declare guilty sinners righteous without lowering or compromising His own righteous standard?


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What Is Secure?

What Is Secure?
(Our Daily Bread)

Tragedy and hard times always jolt our thinking. Our best plans and hopes can be shattered by events beyond our control. We are reminded that there is only one source of true security in a changing world.


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Governor David Beasley Learns that Jesus Is in the Qur’an

Governor David Beasley Learns that Jesus Is in the Qur’an
(HIS PEACE UPON US)

(Side note: I do believe I came upon the "His Peace Upon Us" blog through John Piper's recommendation at Desiring God Ministries.)

Unbeknownst to him, Jesus is in the Qur’an.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hands and Feet by Audio Adrenaline

Yep, it's about missions (thanks Carl!)....sticking with the theme.

Movie Trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Movie Trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
(Randy Alcorn: Eternal Perspective Ministries)

VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER was such an excellent book and I cannot wait for the movie to come out! Head over to Randy Alcorn's site to view the movie trailer.

Evangelism, Anger, and the Righteousness of God

Is it easier to evangelize to someone and then become their friend or to be buddies first and then tell them about Jesus?

To be honest, I do not know why this thought popped into my mind.

The other night, a loved one was watching something on television and on this program were the illusionists Penn and Teller. Seeing them reminded me of a "Penn Says" where he talked about a man who gave him a pocket (New Testament) bible. In his video log Penn asked, "How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate a person to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"

I love to fellowship with individuals and talk about God and Christ Jesus. I am also painfully aware, though, that there are some (whether they claim Christ or not) who get very offended and harsh when something is said with which they disagree. On the subject of anger and righteousness, (a fellow blogger) Wendy Horger Alsup from Practical Theology for Women quotes James 1:19-20 which says,
"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God."


But, back to my original question…is it less challenging to tell a stranger or a loved one about Christ?

I suppose…ultimately…it depends on the person to whom you are speaking, perhaps.

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11. ESV.)

I Know the Plans I Have for You

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11. ESV.)

Isaiah 55:8-9: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.


During seasons of the unknown, through the fog of uncertainty, or heartache of suffering, I find these pieces of scripture so comforting...like a promise from a loving, protective Father. And not only is there security in God's will being for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) but He has also provided:

HIS GRACE - which is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 40:31: ...they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

1 Corinthians 2:5: ...that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.


THE WAY OF ESCAPE - so that temptation may be endured (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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

Daniel 3:17: If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

2 Peter 2:9: ...then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,


THE BODY
- though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Romans 12:5) for support, biblical counsel, and encouragement.

1 Corinthians 10:17: Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Ephesians 4:13: ...until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Ephesians 4:25: Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

1 Corinthians 12:27: Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.


PROVISIONS - to each according to what he or she needs (Matthew 6:25-34).

Luke 12:29-31: And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:27: And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Philippians 4:6: ...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Peter 5:7: ...casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Job 38:41: Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?

Matthew 10:31: Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 17:20: He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

Matthew 6:8: ...your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

1 Timothy 4:8: for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.


When the weight of affliction sits heavy on my shoulders and the air is thick with sweltering suspense, I immerse myself in Psalm 46:10 and let it wash over me.

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10. ESV.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Practical Theology for Women: Beware the anger of man that attempts to produce the righteousness of God.

Practical Theology for Women: Beware the anger of man that attempts to produce the righteousness of God.: "Beware the anger of man that attempts to produce the righteousness of God."

Francis Xavier, Missionary

Keeping with the topic of missionary work, I am posting about Francis Xavier (1506-1552) who went to Japan (among other places) to spread the gospel.

Today my kiddos and I learned about his travel to Japan in a History lesson. To read more about Francis Xavier there is plenty about him on the Wikipedia site. Happy reading.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tomorrow Will be Anxious for Itself

I cannot tell what the future will hold, but I can say how the Lord continues to provide for us during this season of uncertainty.

Just two days ago we received yet another big bag of hand me down clothes! (Thanks Krit & Keri.) They are mostly brand name items and look practically brand new.



Not to mention a door has opened to teach a few classes to earn a little bit of an income. A couple days ago a friend and I were discussing that it is the small jobs that lead to the big ones (for an independent contractor) and an excellent motto to have is, "Never say 'no' to a job."

Incase I have not said it enough...GOD PROVIDES! He keeps His promises even if I happen to fall short on mine and He remains faithful despite when I am not as doubt enters my mind on occasion. Everything the bible says about Him is TRUE! The way He is described in His word is ACCURATE! Truly He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!

How thankful I am (my words cannot even express) that Christ Jesus gave himself to be tortured and crucified, hence serving my sentence, so that I may no longer be wretched but rather called a child of God...a daughter of the King. Christ is my mediator (1 Timothy 2:5), I have received the precious gift of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26) and I am a new creature...No longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:22) but rather a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:18). My heart meditates with gratitude for God's amazing grace!

Another soul may soon be saved and I will join with all of heaven in rejoicing over this one soul (Luke 15:10)! My hope lies in my King (Psalm 71:5)!

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14. ESV.)

Visits From All Over

Wow-wee wow. I just checked my Google Analytics Map Overlay and this blog has had visits not only from people in the United States but also:

Canada
Brazil
Poland
Germany
Switzerland
Tunisia
India
Malaysia
Australia

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will come back and visit again soon!

How to find a church

How to find a church
(Pyromaniacs: Dan Phillips)

This meta is not for figuring out ways to rationalize non-attendance, nor even for listing off legitimate reasons for not doing what the Lord commands all His slave/sons to do.

This is strictly and solely about ways to locate, identify, and get joined to a local church.


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Fear Not, Stand Firm, and See the Salvation of the Lord

I have not felt like writing much the past few days (to a week). I am not sure why...perhaps I am feeling distracted or discouraged.

As I sat, listening to a message last Sunday, my mind wandered to mission work. I wonder what missionary opportunities are here in the United States and which can accommodate children so they can participate in the ministry as well?

From time to time I feel my heart pulled toward one branch of service or another. Usually it meditates heavily regarding adoption (especially since I was a volunteer in the foster care system for years as a court appointed child advocate). But every now and then it is drawn toward missions.

With so much unknown in this season of my vapor of a life (James 4:14) and the feeling everything is up in the air, why not use this time wisely...as a missionary?

I still have a lot of prayer and deep thought on this one. If a door opens I shall go. If not, I will continue to wait.

"Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10. ESV.)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Defending 100 Million Girls

Defending 100 Million Girls
(Carolyn McCulley: Radical Womanhood)

Slavery, poverty, and violence directed toward women all over the world has been described by some as "the human rights cause of the 21st century." While America itself may not accept the oppression of women as a cultural norm, girls across the world are killed every day from abuse and gender-selective abortions.


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Do We Obey Out of Love, or Out of Duty?

Do We Obey Out of Love, or Out of Duty?
(Pyromaniacs: John MacArthur)

It is not quite right to say "We obey out of love for Christ . . . and not out of duty." Duty and love are not incompatible motives. A father provides for his children because he loves them. Yet it is also his legal and moral duty to do so. The fact that a man loves his children does not lessen his duty to them. The more he loves them, the more he will see the duty as a joy and not a drudgery. But even when the duty is a delight, it should not diminish the father's solemn sense of duty.


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Faithful Prayer

Faithful Prayer
(Our Daily Bread)

To influence leaders for God, intercede with God for leaders.

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"For A Time"

"For A Time"
(Pyromaniacs: Dan Phillips)

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

The Devil exposed Jesus to an array of temptation, and was met at every turn by Scripture, and by an unshakable reliance thereupon. Matthew relates that our Lord ordered Satan to leave (Matthew 4:10). Luke agrees that he did so... adding, "until an opportune time."


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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Earlier this week...

Earlier this week...
(Pyromaniacs: Frank Turk)

What’s amazing about the Gospel is not what it makes of other people (for good or ill): it’s what it makes of me, which is that I am acceptable to God, and therefore I am acceptable to other people – not a lost cause which other people should rightfully shun.


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Help for Haters

Help for Haters
(World Magazine: Andrée Seu)

You have a story with God, with its own plot development, and recurring themes and tension points. No one knows your story like you and God know it. Sometimes other people, who see only five minutes of your story, get annoyed with you, and don’t understand why you are the way you are. They fail to consider that they are catching you in the middle of your story and that God is working something out between the two of you that takes time to accomplish. God is taking you through the different experiences that you need to go through in order for the story to come out the way He wants it—namely, your becoming more like Jesus.


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The Guy with the Bus

The Guy with the Bus
(I'd Laugh...But All This Happened to Me: Carl Jones)

Sometimes you can become famous (or infamous) for a story that you had very little to do with. This is one such story.


Okay, first a little background...this is the youth group with which I grew up. Carl was one of the fantastic (and brave) youth pastors we had over the years. As his blog explains, he has been in the youth ministry for 28 years!

This particular story involves the annual ski trips the group would go on and the bus on which we traveled. Yes, I had the privilege of riding on that bus with its wonderful drivers Mr. Vern and Mr. Dave. I was not present during this particular trip however I can clearly picture the whole thing! And, I was crying from laughing so much!!!

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I Feel Famous...well...Almost | Live the Adventure

I Feel Famous...well...Almost | Live the Adventure

Wordless Wednesday

Father of the Year

This kiddo is so precious!!! Please take a moment to click on the link, go to the Central Florida Father of the Year site, and read why this young guy is nominating his dad as "Father of the Year". I can almost guarantee you'll have tears in your eyes when you are finished. P.S. don't forget to cast your vote!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Meet R. C. Sproul and Albert Mohler

Meet R. C. Sproul and Albert Mohler
(Desiring God Ministries: Tyler Kenney and Jonathan Parnell)

Meet R.C. Sproul
Meet Albert Mohler

Eliminating doubt

Eliminating doubt
(World Magazine: Andrée Seu)

James, in the Spirit, was stressing that it is a very bad idea to pray for something and simultaneously doubt the response. It is crucial to maintain a simultaneity of prayer and belief.


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Sometimes it’s really, really easy to be obedient

Sometimes it’s really, really easy to be obedient
(by Abraham Piper: 22 Words)

Abraham shows just how truly easy it is, at times, to follow the rules. :) Click here to check out his post.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Happiness Is the End of the Creation

Happiness Is the End of the Creation
(Desiring God Ministries: Tyler Kenney)

Today we're beginning an ongoing series that will highlight key quotes from The "Miscellanies" of Jonathan Edwards. (Thank you to The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University for hosting all of them online for free!)

This week's quote is from Miscellanies #3:

Happiness is the end of the creation ... because the end of the creation is that the creation might glorify [the Creator]. Now what is glorifying God, but a rejoicing at that glory he has displayed? An understanding of the perfections of God, merely, cannot be the end of the creation; for he had as good not understand it, as see it and not be at all moved with joy at the sight. Neither can the highest end of the creation be the declaring God's glory to others; for the declaring God's glory is good for nothing otherwise than to raise joy in ourselves and others at what is declared.

In other words, it would be meaningless for God to create the universe if the highest purpose of the creation was merely to understand or to declare his perfections. Rather, it is when the creation is made happy in understanding and declaring his perfections that God gets the most glory.

Check out John Piper's seminar "Desiring God" (or read the book) to see the biblical foundations for this truth.


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A Word to Legalists

A Word to Legalists
(Pyromaniacs: Phil Johnson)

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Practical Theology for Women: Reflections on 12 Years of Marriage: Faith, Hope, and Love … But the Greatest of These is Love

Practical Theology for Women: Reflections on 12 Years of Marriage: Faith, Hope, and Love … But the Greatest of These is Love

I Failed Him

I Failed Him
(by Tim Challies)

I just posted something similar to this not but four days ago!

Tim Challies states how he feels he could have done more when God placed him in a situation and the "opportunity that was given to [him] at a time [when he] feared man more than God".

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O You of Little Faith

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:16-18. ESV.)

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34. ESV.)


God provides. (Please forgive me for echoing this truth yet again.) That I know for sure. If I have learned nothing else in the past seven months it is that God cares for His people and gives them what they need. Just like the two fish and five loves (Matthew 14:13-21). Jesus was able to feed 5,000 with it! And the widow who fed Elijah with what she had left of her flour and oil...a handful. However, because she did as the Lord asked of her, she and her household ate for many days. "The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.: (1 Kings 17:16.NKJV.)



Not only do we receive necessities but from time to time God blesses with little extras. This past weekend my kiddos received blessings which kept them very busy. A neighbor is moving and had to find a new home for a bike, two scooters, a pogo stick, soccer ball, and mini trampoline. So now instead of racing office chairs (on wheels) down the driveway they have perfects gifts for which we are so thankful.

Not to mention a loved one gave me a hand me down pocket pc. Sure, it's a little outdated but I like it. It has numerous functions and was top notch in its time. Thanks, Sarah!





John answered, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. (John 3:27. ESV.)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7. ESV.)




So why in the world do I stress over things? It is COMPLETELY futile!!! God has always been faithful and He always will. All I have to do is keep the faith and obey His instruction for me (from grace not legalism)...and He will do the rest.

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:25-33. ESV.)

Friday, June 04, 2010

Experiencing God: Part One

Last night, a dear sister in Christ gave me a new book to read. It is Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King’s EXPERIENCING GOD: KNOWING AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD.

I have yet to start this book but thus far this sister in Christ has referred some pretty fantastic books.

So, in addition to being in God’s word every day I am going to add this to my reading. I think I will also blog about it as I go along so I can always go back and read the highlights even after I return the book to its owner.

Strengthening Yourself in God

Strengthening Yourself in God
(World Magazine: Andrée Seu)

Jesus strengthened himself in God (see John 17). David did it. I read between the lines that Paul did it. And everyone who wants to overcome in the Christian life must learn to do it. I believe it is the biggest weakness in modern piety.


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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Hypocrites!

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27. ESV.)


Q: How can you tell the difference between someone who exercises legalism and one who lives by grace?

A: The "scribes" and "Pharisees" were all about the rules. They lived, judged, and condemned others based on the laws. Jesus, however, was all about compassion. While we were still sinners He gave His perfect life on the cross so that we may have a relationship with God the Father.

That's my opinion on the matter, anyway.

Jesus had some pretty strong words for those who claimed to be upright and looked down on those (they perceived) who did not follow God's commandments. Their righteousness was only skin deep. But on the inside, they were ugly, apathetic, and callous. Perhaps it is safe to also say, self centered. As I try to grasp the character of the "scribes" and "Pharisees" of Matthew 23:27, I feel as though they were all about themselves. Maybe they even thought, "If I say or do such and such, how will it make me look to others?"

Christ was a stark contrast. He was only concerned with what God, His Father, was going to think about His words and actions. Not to mention, he was empathetic, loving, and without fault.

There have been times in my life when I let someone down and could have done better. One such time was years ago when a young unbeliever and I were discussing a very serious decision this adolescent was contemplating. Instead of sacrificing my own comfort, time, energy, and pride, I simply gave a "safe" response then busied myself with my own life. The person went on to make a life changing choice. Not long after that the individual died. I could not help but think, "Jesus suffered the cross and I could not be bothered coming along side this juvenile for the long haul." I know I am not the Holy Spirit but when the Lord places a believer or unbeliever in my life I need to stop doing what I feel is important and give my attention, efforts, hospitality, love, encouragement, guidance, and every thing else I possibly can to what the Lord has assigned for me to do...for as long as it takes.

Christ never said taking up the cross would be easy! Infact, I do believe He stated quite the opposite. It's going to be uncomfortable, painful, embarrassing, exhausting, frustrating, intimidating, nauseating, head-pounding, heart wrenching, and unfathomable but NOTHING compared to being tortured and crucified!

I do not always WANT to do what the Lord gives me. I would prefer to do what comes easy to me and then give Him the glory for it. But God is good and has provided the Whole Armor of God and the body of Christ for support and assistance. I am so thankful I can count on sisters and brothers in Christ (and grace) when I need some back up.

When I think of legalism, I am reminded of Sir Walter Scott's quote,
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive."


10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10. ESV.)

New Month, New Feature

Another blogger (Thanks Tonya @ Live the Adventure) has clued me in to Google Analytics. Now, I will be able to see how many readers are referred to my blog by others. And, I'll be able to properly acknowledge and thank those who direct some traffic my way...and hopefully return the favor.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Free "Seeds" Download

If you haven't heard of "Seeds Family Worship" then you seriously don't know what you are missing!!! Girltalk Blog is offering a free "Seeds" download of "The Good Song" (Psalm 34:10)!!! I highly recommend...um, encourage...you to hop over there lickety split and take advantage of this fantastic offer!

Wordless Wednesday: Bad Hair Day

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

David’s Questions

David’s Questions
(Our Daily Bread)

An African proverb states, “The one who asks questions doesn’t lose his way.” That concept can be helpful as we consider David’s questions in the Psalms. He was clearly seeking God’s guidance for the way he should go.


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A Good Reason to Leave God?

The guys over at "Pyromaniacs" have some fantastic posts, as usual:

* A good reason to leave God?

We have all heard or read stories that end "so after that, I couldn't believe in Christianity anymore."

Many of them are like the story Mike Adams tells of a man who stopped attending church when a close friend's two daughters died tragically in a car accident.

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* Legalism and Christian Liberty Again

"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1)


That one verse captures the essence of Paul's whole appeal to the Galatians. It could be called the key verse of the book of Galatians.

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* Regeneration and True Free Will

Man has become so fallen that he cannot keep the law. Sooner might the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots, than he that is accustomed to do evil learn to do well (Jeremiah 13:23); but what man cannot do, by reason of the perversity of the flesh, God performs within him, working in him to will and to do of his good pleasure. Oh, what amazing grace is this, which while it forgives our want of will, also removes our want of power!

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Real Hope for Haiti: Rescue Center

Real Hope for Haiti: Rescue Center
(Noel Piper)

One of the main ministries of Real Hope for Haiti is the Rescue Center. At any one time, up to about 50 babies and young children are being cared for. Some are here because of injuries or other conditions that make it too hard for a family to care for them at home.


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Purity: A Godly Woman's Adornment

Purity: A Godly Woman's Adornment
(Radical Womanhood)

Today marks the kick-off of Tuesday Talk, Lydia's new interactive Bible study on Facebook and at the Crossway blog. Lydia will kick off the discussion on Purity: A Godly Woman’s Adornment.


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What Should We Teach About Creation?

What Should We Teach About Creation?
(John Piper)



The following is an edited transcript of the audio.

How far should we go in teaching creationism in the church? How important or unimportant is it?

I assume the "-ism" on the end of creation has an agenda in terms of the age of the earth or the age of man or whatever.

Let me just say a few general things.

1) We should teach without any qualification that God created the universe and everything in it. It wasn't always here. It didn't spontaneously emerge from a big bang alone, however God did it. God did it. That's clear, and everybody who believes the Word should preach that.

2) Secondly, I think we should preach that he made it good. There was no sin in it, when he first made it.

3) Thirdly, I think we should preach that he created Adam and Eve directly, that he made them of the dust of the ground, and he took out of man a woman. I think we should teach that. I know there are people who don't, who think it's all imagery for evolution or whatever.

And we should teach that man had his beginning not millions of years ago but within the scope of the biblical genealogies. Those genealogies are tight at about 6,000 years and loose at maybe 10 or 15,000. So I think we should honor those genealogies and not say that you can play fast and loose with the origin of man.

That's not the age of the earth issue there. That's the origin of what is a human being, when did that human being come into existence. I think we should say he came into existence by God's direct action and that it wasn't millions of years ago. That was within the scope of these genealogies.

Now, when it comes to the more controversial issues of how to construe Genesis 1" class="bibleref" style="font-style: normal">Genesis 1-2 about how God did it and how long it took him to do it, there I'm totally sympathetic with a pastor who is going to lay his view down, having studied it, and is going to say to his people, "Here is my understanding of those chapters. These six days can't be anything other than six literal days, and so that's how long God took to do it. And this universe is about 10 or 15,000 years old. Though it looks old, that's the way God made it. He made it to look old," or something like that.

Or he might take another view that these days are ages.

Or he might take Sailhamer's view, which is where I feel at home. His view is that what's going on here is that all of creation happened to prepare the land for man.

In verse 1, "In the beginning he made the heavens and the earth," he makes everything. And then you go day by day and he's preparing the land. He's not bringing new things into existence; he's preparing the land and causing things to grow and separating out water and earth. And then, when it's all set and prepared, he creates and puts man there.

So that has the advantage of saying that the earth is billions of years old if it wants to be—whatever science says it is, it is—but man is young, and he was good and he sinned. He was a real historical person, because Romans 5" class="bibleref" style="font-style: normal">Romans 5 says so, and so does the rest of the Bible.

That's where I am, and I think every pastor should go ahead and say what he believes. But how do you define who gets on your eldership, for example? Who gets a teaching office in your church? I'm inclined to not draw that too narrowly.

But I could be wrong about that, you know. I'm 63 years old, and I've never preached through Genesis yet. And I'd like to! I'm going to finish John, and then maybe the next thing I'll turn to, if the elders let me stay around that long, would be Genesis.

We need to give our people help in this.

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The Highway of Heroes

The Highway of Heroes
(Tim Challies)

The Highway of Heroes is a new Canadian tradition and one that is grassroots to its core. Just a few years old, the tradition has picked up steam in the past few months.


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Nobody changes by the boot on the neck

Nobody changes by the boot on the neck
(Practical Theology for Women)

As I mentioned before, a reoccurring theme last week and this week seems to be grace verses legalism. This blogger appears to have it on her mind as well.

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