Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Halloween" History: "All Saints Day"

Very interesting reading!

Halloween“ is a direct derivation of All Saints’ Day. All Hallows in Old English means “the feast of the saints.” “Halloween,” first attested in the 16th century, is a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Even. The “Even” meant evening.... (http://hotword.dictionary.com/halloween-een/)

Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from guising, which children still do in some parts of Scotland. Guising involves dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet. The Scottish and Irish brought the custom to America in the 19th century. (http://hotword.dictionary.com/trick-or-treat/)

Friday, October 29, 2010

How is God Like Us?

As I have mentioned before, I am currently attempting to make my way through Wayne Grudem's book SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. It came highly recommended by a pastor I believe to be solid in doctrine and so far I have found it to be a fantastic read.

At the moment, I am in chapter twelve: “Communicable Attributes of God”. The literature on a whole is made up of seven parts comprised of 57 chapters in total. My initial plan of action was to tackle one chapter each day...however chapter eleven ended up taking three days to complete and being chapter twelve is just as lengthy I imagine it will take the same amount of time to conquer…but well worth it!

This book is my constant companion...not that I get to read it every moment of the day... quite the opposite actually. However, it sits open on the dining room table waiting for me to get a spare minute to study its contents. Further, I lug it to places like the public park, pool, and/or skate park so I can devour it a little more while the kiddos have P.E. time. Twice now, while out, other mothers have made reference to "my studies" (as this work by Grudem exceeds 1,200 pages and resembles college course material)...but I love getting to know God better.

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6-7. ESV.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Eternal Perspective

How do you view worldly and day to day events? Is it from a "temporary pleasures" perspective or something a little more long term?

I am currently still waiting on the Lord… awaiting answers and for there to be a forever change (if that is His will).

Anticipating the River Card

It is as though I am sitting at a card table, staring at the hand I have been dealt. I do not necessarily like what I am holding but I trust the Dealer implicitly.

I make small talk with the others at the table. The various players come and go, switching out at (what appears to me as) random. Most of the time those sitting with me are pleasant. Other times though, not so much.

I take two cards from my hand, place them face down against the felt surface and slide them toward the Dealer. He collects them... then gently, yet with great purpose, pulls two from His deck and passes them to me. I pick them up, press my lips together, and give a slight sigh as I add them to my hand. I am displeased but folding is not an option. I'm all in and at this point (as with at other times) the stakes are high.

I glance around and look into the eyes of those seated with me as they assess me. I must maintain my poker face. "You are difficult to read," I have been told a couple times before. But the Dealer knows what I have…as always…and is even wise to what I will do.

I brush my hair from my eyes. It dangles before my face and sways slightly as a draft from the air conditioning vent pushes it softly. My head is tilted down as I study my cards. "What am I supposed to do with this? It is beyond me. I have to wait and hope for the best," I think to myself. It is not yet time for all to be revealed…but, perhaps soon.

Ultimately, I have two options. Give up and leave the table or depend on the Dealer.

Fight or Flight


As with anyone who is relying on the Lord, there are two paths. (Of course the Lord already knows which each individual will follow. God is the Creator and is well aware of how He has designed each vessel.) One is a way of obedience and faith. The other is a moment by moment, take it as it comes, throw caution to the wind, live for the day, and let the chips fall where they may direction. With the first comes an eternity of joy and peace. The second holds only momentary gratification and bliss.

God's word reminds me to live with my eyes fixed on forever with my Lord and King. (Colossians 3:1-17). Further, there is nothing I can do and nowhere I can hide where the Lord will not see or hear me.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
(Psalm 139:7-10. ESV.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

They Suppress the Truth

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18. ESV.)


I am currently addicted to a science "drama" on television about a forensic anthropologist. (This is unusual because I generally do not watch t.v.) With that said, the particular episode about which I am speaking included a claim that the bible is "a work of fiction". And it got me thinking.

I believe author Wayne Grudem makes an excellent point when he states,
"Some people deny that they have an inner sense of God. But their awareness of God will often make itself evident in a time of personal crisis, when deep-seated convictions of the heart show themselves in outward words and deeds." (SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. © 1994. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, MI. p.141)
He gives a personal experience as an example however I knew exactly the "deep-seated convictions of the heart in a time of personal crisis" about which he was referring. I have seen (or heard about) it before. Who does a person call upon when it is a matter of life and death? And why? Grudem explains,
"All persons everywhere have a deep, inner sense that God exists, that they are his creatures, and that he is their Creator." (p.141)


God's word says,
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
(Psalm 10:3-4. ESV.)


So, when someone claims, "There is no God," will it help if I argue, quote scripture, or insist I am correct and the other person is wrong? Will they be converted if I tell them what the scriptures say about unbelief and the consequences of sin? Will I win him or her over with words that might offend?

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:28. ESV.)

Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:32. ESV.)


Strong words.

God's word does not return void however the bottom line is, I am not the Holy Spirit... nor do I want that job position. I cannot make eyes see or ears hear. I cannot change hearts. I trust God does ALL THINGS for the good of those who love Him (which is a very unpopular sentiment with individuals who are suffering. I understand that and do not say such a statement flippantly. I weep with those who are hurting and/or mourning just as others do with me.) Following WHY God does what He does is extremely difficult (if not impossible) however I must accept it, regardless. I cannot undo what He has done. Yet, I feel no matter what it is, it is NOT for nothing!

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
(Psalm 145:3. ESV.)

Friday, October 22, 2010

God's Word is Truth

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. (2 Peter 3:15-16. ESV.)


Last week, I read chapter five ("The Inerrancy of Scripture") and six ("The Clarity of Scripture") of Wayne Grudem's book SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (© 1994. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, MI.) Second Peter 3:16 mentions "[some things that are hard to understand] the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures."

In his book Grudem states,
"We use our minds to pass judgment on some sections of God's Word and pronounce them to be in error. But this is in effect to say that we know truth more certainly and more accurately than God's Word does (or than God does), at least in these areas. Such a procedure, making our own minds to be a higher standard of truth than God's Word, is the root of all intellectual sin." (p.100)


How easy is it to edit God's word and discard what is not favored, agreed upon, or that which does not mesh well with the world (i.e. controversial issues)? I have heard it said, "Well, the bible applies to how things used to be. It is not referring to present day." I am sure it would be effortless to file the parts of the bible one does not wish to follow under "Past Generations" or "Cultural Differences" however, my response to this is God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He, unlike man, is unchanging. We do not have to guess where the line is in the sand because it is marked and never moved.

I, for one find that refreshing! In a world where individuals are deceitful, manipulative, and change the rules, it is a comfort to be able to rely on God's word. He does not lie. He does not trick. And He does not change His mind about anything! In other words, "He says what He means and He means what He says". It is my opinion most human beings are wired with similar ethics and practices. However, there are others that operate in a completely contradictory manner.

All Believers are Capable of Understanding the Gospels
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
(Psalm 119:130. ESV.)


Regarding this Grudem states,
"Here the 'simple' person (Heb. Peti) is not merely one who lacks intellectual ability, but one who lacks sound judgment, who is prone to making mistakes, and who is easily led astray. God's Word is so understandable, so clear, that even this kind of person is made wise by it. This should be a great encouragement to all believers: no believer should think himself or herself too foolish to read Scripture and understand it sufficiently to be made wise by it." (p.106.)


That indeed is good news! I am not educated in theology or even extensively in History. But the Scripture passages (especially Proverbs) are stated in such a way I can wrap my brain around it and be well-informed. Not only does History corroborate events in the bible, God also states He will grant wisdom to ANYONE who asks. It is not limited to men, nobles, masters, theologians, professors, etc. It is a free gift. So, may I encourage you to read and BELIEVE!

Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
(Proverbs 30:5-6. ESV.)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Doctrine of Sin: Handle with Care

The Doctrine of Sin: Handle with Care
(C.J. Mahaney)

It requires little skill merely to expose sin. But it takes great skill to unveil grace and apply it to the wide variety of spiritual conditions represented in our churches. Merely addressing sin or exposing sin is not sufficient; we must labor to show the stunning magnitude and power of the grace of Christ toward those he has redeemed. The message we deliver is the message of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, which saves us from all our sin.


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Repentance: The Vital Element

Repentance: The Vital Element
(Pyromaniacs: Dan Phillips)

Do you mortify;
do you make it your daily work;
be always at it while you live;
cease not a day from this work;
be killing sin or it will be killing you (p. 47, Overcoming Sin and Temptation; Crossway Books: 2006, Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor [emphases added])


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DANCE: Competition Solo 1994

A Glimpse About Me

I am thankful for the blessing of being able to dance. I studied under a fantastic instructor and now teach dance education myself (and choreograph from time to time). This is a video from when I was still studying, performing, and participating in competitions. This is back in the day when "Star Search" was on television but (obviously) before "So You Think You Can Dance", "America's Got Talent", and "Dancing with the Stars".

This particular piece falls into the "lyrical" category. It is sort of a mix between ballet, jazz, and theater. :) My favorite to teach is ballet and I prefer to use Christian music. I have also lead liturgical dance for the congregation in which I grew up.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4. ESV.)


P.S. Please forgive me for the VHS quality of the video.

Shout Out: Part Two

I have two groups to "Shout Out" to today. #1 a continuation of yesterday's post of repeated visitors and #2 The Goose Tribe.

Thank you to the following readers for being reoccurring guests to my blog and leaving comment love. I really enjoy when you come by.

Sunny Side Up is a Stay-At-Home-Mom of one little guy and a mommy to 3 pets. She is a Believer in 1 amazing God and her blog is about "Seeking to be a Proverbs 31 Woman".

Emily's site "Scribbles from Emily" has a beautiful layout. She says she has been scribbling since before she could walk...everything was a blank canvas to her. As she grew up, she started writing in diaries, and now, she tries to combine events in her life and her thoughts in such a way to hopefully be a blessing. She chose 2 Corinthians 4:7, because she knows that in and of herself, she's just a lump of clay. But with Christ, The Master Potter, He can make something beautiful of her life. She's just a jar of clay that's willing to be used for God's glory!

Olawunmi - Olawunmi's is a faith based blog about life. Olawunmi states, "I have only one thing to say, a life without God is absolutely a waste of time and a complete deprivation!" Olawunmi also shares "10 Things I am Learning" with number one being, "Pleasing God is the most Important and should always be the first point to note in every situation."

There are a few others I would like to thank however I do not have a link to their individual blogs so I will have to resign myself to only being able to mention their names (as listed on their profile):

The Wassell's
Love USA
Audrey Ayers
Le_Petite_Arbonneista
Rayn Tayone
Joyful Journey
Sunshinembenson
Rebekah Holman


(If you eight would like to add a link to your blog PLEASE feel free to do so in the comments section! Thanks!)

The following "shout out" is to all the ladies in the "Goose Tribe" over at the "The Secret's in the Sauce" website. Thank you for your links, visits, and comment love!

Homeschooling 911 is devoted to home education. She has a series which goes over various Teaching Methods. And, has been a homeschooling mother since 1990 which means she has a lot of information to share!

Donna Perugini is a children's book author who specializes in teaching children the Word of God by ‘cutting it into bite-sized’ pieces in her story books. Her site also features coloring pages and will soon offer free children's music to her subscribers!

Jenn is the cool mama behind The Coolest Family on the Block! Jenn is a 30 year old Christian wife and a stay-at-home mom to a 1 year old girl and 6 year old "furbaby". She is trying to go green, organic, vegetarian, and possibly crazy. She's just beginning her blogging journey, but has got plenty to share!

Mommy Ramblings is maintained by Jules; a young mama who just began her homeshooling journey. She also makes hairbows and loves photography!

Kelly spends her days counting her blessings and sharing them with us at
God Bless Kelly's Home. She also posts about family outtings and includes photos.

Kristy writes about soaking up God's lessons at Learning as They Grow. And, she does a "Physical Friday" series to encourage intimacy in marriage.

Missy writes about her life, her beliefs, her faith and how she views the world at Are you there God? It's Me. Missy is a child of God and a sister in Christ. She's a homeschooling, cloth diapering momma, who discusses everything; parenting and motherhood, coupons and recipes, religion and spirituality, saving money, and autism. Through all of that, she is seeking to find God in the everyday moments of her life.

At Mommy Bee Wisdom you'll find "The stuff you ought to know! Tidbits of information for Mommies, from a Mommy. The particulars of getting by, and doing it with style!"

Over at Mom Improvement Shannon's mission is "to encourage 'Mom-Improvement'”. She's a homeschooling mom and web designer who blogs about making changes, becoming more fit, and learning to be more patient. She organizes her days and cultivates a strong learning environment for her children. Further, she's against "big government", so you’ll find the occasional political post on her blog. She enjoys scrapbooking, skiing, traveling, and shopping. She is an agnostic, libertarian, individualist in favor of capitalism, hands-off government, and the separation of school and state.

Home School Mom's World is a sponsorship based site that posts banners/links/advertisements from which they receive a commission. Readers are under NO pressure to purchase anything. They want to provide the reader with solid home schooling resources without charge. Opinions about a product or service will never be “bought” just because the commission may be high for a product. If Home School Mom's World posts an advertisement it’s because they have thoroughly researched and used the products/services themselves. They state they will NEVER post something that has not been tried and tested by them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shout Out: Part One

Thank you to the following readers for your repeated visits to my blog and comment love! I really enjoy when you drop by.

Youthguy07 - For inspiring, hysterical stories about being a youth pastor (which are centered around Christ Jesus)...CJ and his blog I'd Laugh...But All This Happened To Me! is exactly for what you are looking! In my opinion it is fantastic and well worth your time!

All Access Pass to Jack - Jack is a precious, little guy whose family gives us an "all access pass" into his life challenges and praises as he maneuvers the waters of Apert Syndrome. Drop on by to see what Jack is up to today.

Reflections of Humility - “Preaching the gospel to myself each day mounts a powerful assault against my pride and serves to establish humility in its place. Nothing suffocates my pride more than daily reminders regarding the glory of my God, the gravity of my sins, and the crucifixion of God’s own Son in my place. Also, the gracious love of God, lavished on me because of Christ’s death, is always humbling to remember, especially when viewed against the backdrop of the Hell I deserve.” - Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians (2008), 27-28.

Joyful Mommy - Over at Joy Comes in the Morning, Joyful Mommy shares her heart on serving the Lord, marriage, parenting, and homeschooling.

PJ's Prayer Line - PJ's Prayer Line is a lovely faith based blog that not only sings praises to God but also offers trivia challenges and inspiration. If that is what you seek you should hop over to PJ's Prayer Line.

Wilson's Words - This is a beautiful blog with vibrant pictures that journal this family's events.

The Articulate Ramblings of Attorney-at-Mom - Caroline is a Christian, a moderate liberal, a political junkie, an activist, a reader, a writer, a critic, and an attorney. Her site is all about her. :)

Jill Hancock Reeder - Jill's website is all about her book ONCE UPON A SURROGATE. Jill was a Navy Wife for 10 years. I is the proud mom of 3 beautiful children and proud surro-mom to 1 girl and twin boys. Her latest adventure is homeschooling.

Mom of Many - This quiver full Christian mom posts over at Raising a Quiver Full. She is a homeschooling, Jesus following, Bible reading, church-going, Israel supporting, fervently praying, no birth control, looking for the Rapture any day now, Born-again CHRISTIAN. Also, a stay at home mom of eight blessings - three angels in Heaven, four children here, and one sweet baby due March 17th. She is working daily to raise God fearing men and women, so they in turn can raise God fearing men and women of their own.

Raggedy Dolls by Linda - Linda loves crafting and working on her handmade dolls. Each one is different and unique. She makes her own patterns and designs. In the spring and summer she busies herself in the garden. Sunflowers are her favorite! She also loves genealogy!

Proverbs 31:30 Woman for God - Georgianna at Life, Love, and Latte with Georgianna Honey is first and foremost God's daughter - saved by faith through grace. Her passion is to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ with those who will listen and to share scriptural insight for living life in God.

Life with Kaishon - Life with Kaishon is a beautiful blog filled with gorgeous pictures. Generally posts are both text and pictures. I personally love the layout. Sometimes the posts make me laugh and other times my heart aches for this family.

Adiel Xavier da Cunha - In order to read this one you have to either understand Italian or use a translator like Google Translate. Adiel Xavier da Cunha is an evangelical of the Baptist denomination. A Professor of Music, Maestro, and holds a degree in conducting at the School Villa-Lobos-RJ. Adiel Xavier da Cunha was Regent of the Coral Dawn Baptist Church in Penha Circular (IBPC-RJ). Integration Director of the Choir of the Baptist Church of Taua-RJ, was Principal Conductor of the Band on May 16, the City of San Juan Nepomuceno, MG. 2nd President of the HOUSE OF CULTURE Itaborahy-São João Nepomuceno, MG. The posts at this blog are a combination of inspirational and regarding music.

Andi - Andi's profile states the following, "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do Without!" Andi has three blogs, American Christian Academy Extension Campus Butte County, Make-it-do based on Philippians 4:11 "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content," and Regions Dark and Deep built on Psalm 88:6 "You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep."

Renee - Renee started designing jewelry in 2008 and sells her work on her site "Jewelry by Renee". Some of her jewelry can be found at www.beadworkartists.etsy.com

Galicer - Galicer's blog My Life is about exactly that...her life. :)

Team Jumbo - Kimberly's blog Team Jumbo is about a variety of things. She posts pictures, mentions missions, and likes the Duggars. Her #1 reason she favors the Duggars..."They put God first."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Good Shepherd's Sheep Hear His Voice

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, (John 10:14. ESV.)


Have you ever been drawn toward someone or something but unable to really pinpoint why? Or perhaps experienced the opposite... by feeling uncomfortable or "rubbed the wrong way" yet a reason does not present itself on the surface?

I can honestly say I have witnessed both. For example, in 2006 I had a teacher who introduced me to the messages of a pastor I still really enjoy today. His words strike a chord with me.

Other times I have been listening to a lesson from a different presenter and felt unsettled and as though I wanted to come out of my skin. Yet, what was not resonating with me?

A loved one stated having a similar occurrence. While at an event, this individual heard a man of God speak that raised the question, "Who is that and what congregation does he lead?" My loved one felt called to join his flock. Somewhere inside his words he heard the Good Shepherd.

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16. ESV.)


It seems there is a reaction that takes place like when two magnetic poles are placed near each other... they either attract or repel. I have also found this to be true in people who claim Christ.

In his book SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, author Wayne Grudem raises the point,
"It should not surprise us that the early church should have been able to recognize Hebrews and other writings, not written by apostles, as God's very words. Had not Jesus said "My sheep hear my voice" (John 10:27)? It should not be thought impossible or unlikely, therefore, that the early church would be able to use a combination of factors, including apostolic endorsement, consistency with the rest of Scripture, and the perception of a writing as "God-breathed" on the part of an overwhelming majority of believers, to decide that a writing was in fact God's words (through a human author) and therefore worthy of inclusion in the canon. Nor should it be thought unlikely that the church would be able to use this process over a period of time - as writings were circulated to various parts of the early church - and finally to come to a completely correct decision without excluding any writings that were in fact "God-breathed" and without including any that were not." (p. 63 & 64)


What a relief and a merciful blessing that God has not only given us the Holy Spirit but has also wired man to be able to recognize His "voice" through the verbal and/or written words of those who follow Him and lead others (i.e. pastors and teachers). Praise God!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Deep End of God's Word

When I take my younger children to the public pool, one prefers to hang out in the shallow end, which is easier on my nerves. And the other enjoys jumping into the deep end (using the spring boards and high dive) and swimming about, which tends to make me a tad uneasy.

Sunday, I bought a new book and immediately my mind took me back to my college years. If you saw the literature I purchased you would know why...it is well over 1,000 pages in length! Why in the world would one buy reading material such as this for enjoyment? Because, like my youngster, I love spending my time in the "deep end"… of God's word.

I know it is not for everyone and makes some (especially those without a faith commitment and perhaps even baby believers) feel uncomfortable. Unlike my coffee, which is very frou-frou and almost unrecognizable as a "coffee" beverage, I prefer scripture straight up. I do not want teachers watering it down on my account. Just tell it, to me, like it is.

Wayne Grudem, author of SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY appears as though he is going to do just that. In reading the preface, I have already found myself nodding in agreement however I'm pretty certain there will also be points on which I will not agree. But, I plan to be in it for the long haul...all 1,000 plus pages!

Grudem states,
"True theology is 'teaching which accords with godliness' (1 Timothy 6:3), and theology when studied rightly will lead to growth in our Christian lives, and to worship." (SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Zondervan. p.17.)


Further, he reasons,
"I am convinced that there is an urgent need in the church today for much greater understanding of Christian doctrine, or systematic theology. Not only pastors and teachers need to understand theology in greater depth - the whole church does as well. One day by God's grace we may have churches full of Christians who can discuss, apply, and live the doctrinal teachings of the Bible as readily as they can discuss the details of their own hobbies - or the fortunes of their favorite sports team or television program. It is not that Christians lack the ability to understand doctrine; it is just that they must have access to it in an understandable form. Once that happens, I think that many Christians will find that understanding (and living) the doctrines of Scripture is one of their greatest joys." (p.18.)

And, he goes on to say,
"It is scripture alone, not 'conservative evangelical tradition' or any other human authority, that must function as the normative authority for the definition of what we should believe." (p.25.)


Grudem also has a new publication POLITICS ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, regarding church and state, which I will be looking into next.

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
(Psalm 1:1-2. ESV.)

¡Cuán bienaventurado es el hombre que no anda en el consejo de los impíos, ni se detiene en el camino de los pecadores, ni se sienta en la silla de los escarnecedores,2 sino que en la ley del SeÑor está su deleite, y en su ley medita de día y de noche! (Salmos 1:1-2.)

Heureux l'homme qui ne marche pas selon le conseil des méchants, Qui ne s'arrête pas sur la voie des pécheurs, Et qui ne s'assied pas en compagnie des moqueurs,2 Mais qui trouve son plaisir dans la loi de l'Eternel, Et qui la médite jour et nuit! (Psaume 1:1-2)

Beato l’uomo che non cammina secondo il consiglio degli empi, che non si ferma nella via de’ peccatori, né si siede sul banco degli schernitori;2 ma il cui diletto è nella legge dell’Eterno, e su quella legge medita giorno e notte. (Psalm 1:1-2)

복있는 사람은 악인의 꾀를 좇지 아니하며 죄인의 길에 서지 아니하며 오만한 자의 자리에 앉지 아니하고2 오직 여호와의 율법을 즐거워하여 그 율법을 주야로 묵상하는 자로다 (시편 1:1-2.)

祝福は人間である
人は、邪悪なの弁護人ではない歩く
また、罪人の道に立っている
もあざける者の座に座っている。
2but彼の喜びは、主の[B]の法律にある
と彼の法律上の彼は昼も夜も口ずさむ。 (詩篇1:1-2)

不 从 恶 人 的 计 谋 , 不 站 罪 人 的 道 路 , 不 坐 亵 慢 人 的 座 位 ,2 惟 喜 爱 耶 和 华 的 律 法 , 昼 夜 思 想 , 这 人 便 为 冇 福 ! (詩 篇 1:1-2)

Блажен муж, который не ходит на совет нечестивых и не стоит на пути грешных и не сидит в собрании развратителей, 2 но в законе Господа воля его, и о законе Его размышляет он день и ночь! (Псалтирь 1:1-2)

طوبى للرجل الذي لم يسلك في مشورة الأشرار ،
ولا يقف في طريق الخاطئين ، ولا يجلس في مقعد من المستهزئين ؛
2 ولكن سعادته هو في شريعة الرب ،
وعلى القانون وقال انه يتأمل ليلا ونهارا
مزمور 1:1-2

Thursday, October 14, 2010

God and the Invisible Force of Gravity

Yesterday's science lesson with one of my kiddos was about gravity. That which pulls objects to earth was described as an "invisible force" and the reading material even called for the child to pretend to be unseen and move items about the house. It went on to explain though the youngster was (imagining he or she was) out of sight there was still proof of the "invisible force" because things had been moved.

Immediately Romans 1:20 entered my mind which says,
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”


Further, thoughts of the wind blowing filled my mind. Perhaps while walking along a beach as gritty sand works its way between my toes. The motion of the ocean pulls me toward the braking waves as they thunder against the moist ground and collect in tide pools.

Or maybe on a warm day as the sun beats against my neck and shoulders. A gentle breeze whispers sweet nothings in my ears and brushes my eyelashes as I close my eyes and take in the crisp air.

Oh, and how about “gale force winds” that strip shingles from the roof tops of buildings and violently snap my hair against my face…my eyes water and skin stings. I cannot catch my breath as it is seemingly drawn my lungs.

Though it cannot be seen, the air currents exist... and so does God though He eludes my gaze. I will never be able to set my sight upon Him this side of heaven. But there is evidence of Him in all of creation.

There are rules of gravity which keep my feet pressed against the earth. What goes up must come down. Likewise, God has commandments the heart of each of His children follow and the Holy Spirit enforces. As with this force that forbids us from floating away into oblivion, God's laws prevent us from being apart from Him forever.

Do you not fear me? declares the LORD.
Do you not tremble before me?
I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea,
a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass;
though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;
though they roar, they cannot pass over it
. (Jeremiah 5:22. ESV.)

Porque desde la creación del mundo, sus atributos invisibles, su eterno poder y divinidad, se han visto con toda claridad, siendo entendidos por medio de lo creado, de manera que no tienen excusa.

Sillä hänen näkymätön olemuksensa, hänen iankaikkinen voimansa ja jumalallisuutensa, ovat, kun niitä hänen teoissansa tarkataan, maailman luomisesta asti nähtävinä, niin etteivät he voi millään itseänsä puolustaa,

En effet, les perfections invisibles de Dieu, sa puissance éternelle et sa divinité, se voient comme à l'oeil, depuis la création du monde, quand on les considère dans ses ouvrages. Ils sont donc inexcusables,

Mert a mi Istenben láthatatlan, tudniillik az ő örökké való hatalma és istensége, a világ teremtésétől fogva az ő alkotásaiból megértetvén megláttatik; úgy, hogy ők menthetetlenek.

Sebab apa yang tidak nampak dari pada-Nya, yaitu kekuatan-Nya yang kekal dan keilahian-Nya, dapat nampak kepada pikiran dari karya-Nya sejak dunia diciptakan, sehingga mereka tidak dapat berdalih.

poiché le perfezioni invisibili di lui, la sua eterna potenza e divinità, si vedon chiaramente sin dalla creazione del mondo, essendo intese per mezzo delle opere sue;

神の見えない性質、すなわち、神の永遠の力と神性とは、天地創造このかた、被造物において知られていて、明らかに認められるからである。したがって、彼らには弁解の余地がない。

창세로부터 그의 보이지 아니하는 것들 곧 그의 영원하신 능력과 신성이 그 만드신 만물에 분명히 보여 알게 되나니 그러므로 저희가 핑계치 못할지니라

Want Zijn onzienlijke dingen worden, van de schepping der wereld aan, uit de schepselen verstaan en doorzien, beide Zijn eeuwige kracht en Goddelijkheid, opdat zij niet te verontschuldigen zouden zijn.

For hans usynlige vesen, både hans evige kraft og hans guddommelighet, er synlig fra verdens skapelse av, idet det kjennes av hans gjerninger, forat de skal være uten undskyldning,

Pois os seus atributos invisíveis, o seu eterno poder e divindade, são claramente vistos desde a criação do mundo, sendo percebidos mediante as coisas criadas, de modo que eles são inescusáveis;

În adevăr, însuşirile nevăzute ale Lui, puterea Lui vecinică şi dumnezeirea Lui, se văd lămurit, dela facerea lumii, cînd te uiţi cu băgare de seamă la ele în lucrurile făcute de El. Aşa că nu se pot desvinovăţi;

Ибо невидимое Его, вечная сила Его и Божество, от создания мира через рассматривание творений видимы, так что они безответны.

Ty hans osynliga väsen, hans eviga makt och gudomshärlighet hava ända ifrån världens skapelse varit synliga, i det att de kunna förstås genom hans verk. Så äro de då utan ursäkt.

bởi những sự trọn lành của Ngài mắt không thấy được, tức là quyền phép đời đời và bổn tánh Ngài, thì từ buổi sáng thế vẫn sờ sờ như mắt xem thấy, khi người ta xem xét công việc của Ngài. Cho nên họ không thể chữa mình được,

自 从 造 天 地 以 来 , 神 的 永 能 和 神 性 是 明 明 可 知 的 , 虽 是 眼 不 能 见 , 但 藉 着 所 造 之 物 就 可 以 晓 得 , 叫 人 无 可 推 诿 。

自從造天地以來、 神的永能和神性是明明可知的、雖是眼不能見、但藉著所造之物、就可以曉得、叫人無可推諉.

بالاثم.19 اذ معرفة الله ظاهرة فيهم لان الله اظهرها لهم.20 لان اموره غير المنظورة ترى منذ خلق العالم مدركة بالمصنوعات قدرته السرمدية ولاهوته حتى انهم بلا عذر.21

Понеже от създанието на <света> {В изданието от 1940 г. "света" липсва.} това, което е невидимо у Него, <сиреч> вечната Му сила и божественост, се вижда ясно, разбираемо чрез творенията; така щото, <човеците> остават без извинение.

Jeho neviditelné znaky - jeho věčnou moc a božství - lze už od stvoření světa rozumem postřehnout v jeho díle. Nemají tedy výmluvu.

damit daß Gottes unsichtbares Wesen, das ist seine ewige Kraft und Gottheit, wird ersehen, so man des wahrnimmt, an den Werken, nämlich an der Schöpfung der Welt; also daß sie keine Entschuldigung haben,

The Unknown and Theories

There are a few areas in following Christ where I do not quite know what to think... and perhaps I will never know this side of heaven. This does not mean I doubt my faith or God's word, rather I just have not studied them out enough or perhaps it is (and will continue to be) a mystery to man (who is not all knowing nor the creator of these things). These include:

1. The age of innocence. Until what age is man covered until he or she begins to be held responsible? In the old testament (with the promised land) it was age twenty. Does that apply to the new covenant as well?

2. Whether or not animals have a soul and what happens to them when they die. Apart from their bodies returning to the earth as ours do, do they possess a spirit since God breathed life into them? They are not made in His image and they mainly (if not completely) live by instinct. Do they sin? They do not suffer an eternity in hell. So, what happens to them exactly? Because, I cannot imagine an eternity without man's best friend... the companion God created at the beginning (Genesis 1:24-31 & 2:18-20).

3. When did dinosaurs roam the earth and why are they extinct? Was it a meteor that hit the earth and covered it with a blanket of toxins that filled the air, blocked the sun, and caused the dinosaurs to parish? Or, did they get wiped out in the flood just like every other living thing? They are not mentioned in Eden, but remains were found on most (if not all) of the seven continents. (I do have possession of a book by a Christian Scientist though so I will be getting some questions answered.)

4. Do UFO's (Unidentified Flying Objects) exist in the context of visitors from outer space? Even scientists do not agree on this. There is all that "space" out there but no other planet we know about is able to sustain life. And if there are other lifeforms out there, why are they not mentioned in God's word (or referenced in some manner that lets the reader know they are "space individuals") and why do they not contact country/territory leaders instead of just the average "Joe"?

Certainly I am not the only one who ponders these things and today author Randy Alcorn addresses this on his website.

How should Christians respond to UFOs and other unexplainable phenomena?
(Eternal Perspective Ministries: Randy Alcorn)

Do paranormal things happen to people? Yes, they do sometimes. Is it sometimes demons? Is it sometimes righteous angels? Probably. Is it sometimes because people are on drugs? Or on medication? Is it sometimes a dream? Someone’s imagination? “Yes” is the answer to all these things.

Yet in the end, if it were announced there was a discovery that there were aliens in some corner of the universe who made contact with us, would it in any way undermine my faith in God’s Word? No, it would not. I would just think, Oh, apparently God did not tell us in His Word.


How should Christians respond to theories of UFOs and other unexplainable phenomena? from Randy Alcorn on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Let me begin by saying, I am not here to define what makes a person "good" or "bad". I am certain each human being already has that reconciled in his or her own mind.

I think it is safe to say this is a common question among those who believe in God and His Son Christ Jesus and those who do not, alike.

Why do terrible things take place in the lives of individuals? I wish I had the wisdom required to address the WHY but being I do not I would like, instead, to offer a couple observances.

I recently read a statement I feel gets the mind thinking. (A little background first: author Denver Moore grew up as a “modern day slave” on plantations in the south. He then lived on the streets of Fort Worth, Texas and frequented a mission where a high income couple volunteered. The following statement is made by Denver Moore to the man who served at the mission in the wake of an overwhelming emotional loss.)

In the book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME Denver Moore addresses the suffering of a “saint” by writing, “Well, let me tell you something: God calls some good ones…home so He can accomplish His purposes down here on earth….

“I ain’t sayin God can’t use the bums and the addicts to work His will down here – He’s God, and He can sure ‘nough do anything He wants. I’m just telling you He sometimes needs to call the good ones home to bring glory to His name.”

Emotions Run Deep

If an evil or unjust act occurs to a party who is deemed as criminal or hurtful toward others, does it affect those involved the same as if the victim was honorable? And how does society respond?

Example #1: I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely family who lost one of the parents to cancer. The children are now adults and one day one of them said to me, “It’s just a sin. Why her? She’s was a good person. There are plenty of bad (criminals) people around. It’s a sin.”

Example #2: I personally know a lovely woman with a beautiful heart who is suffering from cancer. It is difficult to wrap my head around why she deserves such pain and affliction. She has not and would never harm a fly. She is so gentle, kind, and considerate. I love her dearly and cannot help but ask God, “Why her?”

When 9/11 took place it stirred up emotions and provoked unity. Is it safe to say when awful events happen it causes empathy, compassion, and desire in the heart of spectators (and those the offense was directly against) to react?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD
. (Isaiah 55:8. ESV.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How do I have an authentic, meaningful relationship with God?

How do I have an authentic, meaningful relationship with God?
(Randy Alcorn)

How do I have an authentic, close relationship with God? from Randy Alcorn on Vimeo.



- Set aside time every day to spend with the Lord, reading his word, praying, listening to him.

- Read books that draw on the power of Scripture. Feed your heart and your mind.

- Listen to sermons, worship music, and Scripture as you go about your day-to-day activities such as driving or doing the dishes.

- Fellowship with other Christians within the church, the body of Christ.

- Turn off the distractions in your life, whether that’s Facebook, the internet, television, etc.

Visible Reminders

Visible Reminders
(Our Daily Bread: Joe Stowell)

Finally, he found that putting a visible reminder of Jesus in the corner of his computer screen helped him achieve lasting victory. That constant reminder of the One who set him free caused the offensive Web sites to lose their appeal. The man wasn’t tapping into some gigabyte good-luck charm. He was giving himself a simple reminder of the teaching of Colossians 3 where Paul says, “put to death . . . fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness” (v.5).


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Monday, October 11, 2010

When the Pain of Remaining the Same is Greater Than the Pain of Changing

I was reading a post by Nancy Leigh DeMoss over at Tim Challies' blog when I came across the following. DeMoss stated,
"Spiritual change requires desire. We must ask ourselves: Do I really want to change, or am I content to remain as I am? How important is it to me to be like Jesus? What price am I willing to pay to be godly?"


I could not help but think of another quote that goes something like this,
"Change occurs when the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing." (I'm not sure who to credit for the quote though.)


Each time I read Ms. DeMoss' statement I think of a number of things:

#1. Sometimes, I find standing up for following Christ Jesus can be quite the challenge... especially if another person becomes offended. I never intend to hurt or anger other individuals but now and then have received some unkind words in return for making a request or setting a personal limit. Though it is my desire to be like Christ, it may not be the same for others and there are a few who do not appreciate me setting boundaries.

#2. I want to be the absolute BEST version of me possible. This often times requires change as I learn and assess ways I may have behaved or things I have done in the past (i.e. foolishness) that I prefer not to repeat. This comes at a price every so often because on occasion a friend or loved one may not want me to alter various things... former customs, outlook, goals, etc. In short, acquaintances and family members notice the taking off of the old and putting on of the new yet do not always support, favor, agree, or encourage it.

DeMoss goes on to say,
"When our desire to be holy is greater than our willingness to stay where we are, we have taken a big step toward spiritual transformation."


Her lovely post addresses transformation within ourselves as opposed to what I am discussing here (more of a sustaining of that conversion when faced with uncomfortable resistance.)

God's word tells us,
"Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2. ESV.)

Amados, ahora somos hijos de Dios ahora, y lo que se no ha aparecido todavía, pero sabemos que cuando él se manifieste, seremos semejantes a El porque le veremos tal cual es. (1 Juan 3:2. ESV).

親愛的,我們是神的兒女了,我們會還沒有出現,但我們知道,當他顯現,我們必要像他,因為我們將看到他,因為他是。 (約翰一書 3:2。ESV的。)

Bien-aimés, nous sommes maintenant enfants de Dieu, et ce que nous serons n'a pas encore paru, mais nous savons que quand il semble que nous serons semblables à lui, parce que nous le verrons tel qu'il est. (1 Jean 3:2. ESV.)

Carissimi, noi siamo figli di Dio ora, e ciò che saremo non è ancora apparso, ma sappiamo che quando egli apparirà, noi saremo simili a lui, perché lo vedremo così come egli è. (1 Giovanni 3:02. ESV).

愛しき人よ、私たちは、今、神の子である私たちがされますまだ登場していないが、彼は、我々は彼を参照してくださいしなければならないので、我々は、彼が表示されたら、我々は彼のようにしなければならないことを知っています。 (1ヨハネ3:2。ESVは。)

Возлюбленные, мы теперь дети Божии, и что мы будем еще не появились, но мы знаем, что, когда он откроется, будем подобны Ему, потому что увидим Его, как Он есть. (1 Иоанна 3:02. ESV).

Far Above Rubies: The Origins of Halloween

Far Above Rubies: The Origins of Halloween

Transformed!

Transformed!
(Tim Challies: (Guest Blogger) Nancy Leigh DeMoss)

Recently I ran into a woman I had not seen for several weeks. I hardly recognized her. Her hair, normally blonde, had turned completely white. The transformation was dramatic. All it took was forty minutes and some bleach.

If only spiritual transformation were that easy. Just read a book, see a counselor, attend a conference, make a fresh commitment, shed a few tears at an altar, memorize a few verses … and, presto, out comes a mature, godly Christian.


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Saturday, October 09, 2010

10 Things That Forgiveness Is Not

This is (in my opinion) EXCELLENT for people like me who need clarity on where to draw the line (boundaries) and on what is sin and what is being a GOOD wife/ friend/ loved one HELPING her husband/ friend/ loved one. Well worth the 10 minutes it takes to watch!

10 Things That Forgiveness Is Not
(Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll)



Forgiveness is NOT:
1. Approving or diminishing
2. Enabling sin
3. Denying a wrongdoing
4. Waiting for an apology
5. Forgetting
6. Ceasing to feel the pain
7. A one time event
8. Neglecting justice
9. Trusting
10. Reconciliation

Checking out Technorati

I've read Technorati is a site worth exploring as it has some functions for bloggers. So currently I am looking into all Technorati has to offer.

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Matthew 5:6 (for women) Book Project

Today I am working on the print (hard copy) version of this blog (since I have been neglecting the project for about a week or so now). I'm using the "BookSmart" software from http://www.blurb.com/ (which I have never used before but do know someone who has and who seemed pleased with the final product). I plan to return later today (or tomorrow) with a new post. Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 08, 2010

An Interview with Joni on Suffering and Healing

An Interview with Joni on Suffering and Healing
(The Gospel Coalition: Justin Taylor)

Sarah Pulliam Bailery interviews Joni Eareckson Tada about her new book, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty (David C. Cook, 2010).


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American Grace

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. calls it a "Really interesting look at religion in America" and states it is a "Nice mix of reporting and research". AMERICAN GRACE: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by David Campbell and Robert D. Putnam. Perhaps worth the read.

The Subtle Body — Should Christians Practice Yoga?

The Subtle Body — Should Christians Practice Yoga?
(by Albert Mohler)

When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral.


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Thursday, October 07, 2010

It Is All About Jesus

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13. ESV. And Jesus is the prime example of sacrifice for friends and enemies alike.)


I can always tell when my focus becomes diverted from the cross. An unsettling feeling of discontentment, restlessness, and at times even discouragement washes over me and leaves a bad after taste in its wake…a sense of ickyness (if that is even such a word).

Sometimes I am distracted so gradually and long enough that it is not until someone else nudges me, (figuratively speaking) and my attention is drawn to it, that I realize I need to get my eyes fixed back on the cross.

Jesus was an amazing man. He was perfect and without sin. He did not have a log in His own eye that first had to be removed so He was skilled, wise, and capable enough to rebuke anyone (even priests and Pharisees) at any time. I was reminded of this as I stood in the Christian bookstore searching for a gift for my dad's birthday. As I scanned the audio book section (which contained fantastic books on CD like RESPECTABLE SINS by Jerry Bridges and CRAZY LOVE by Francis Chan) I spotted John MacArthur's THE JESUS YOU CAN’T IGNORE. I read the back which made me recall Jesus was not only a gentle lamb, compassionate and tenderhearted, but also a lion. Not only did He tell it like it is, preach against sin, and educate individuals regarding what the Father demands and expects...He also wept for His friend Lazarus. Further this man, His love and obedience for the Father, and His sacrifice of drinking the cup of wrath (until it was finished) in my place (because of my sin), is where my attention should be and remain.

It took reading a friend (my former youth pastor)'s blog to refresh my memory of who and what is most important so my thoughts and focal point can be clear. (Thanks Carl!) When I get discouraged or God knows I need a refresher, I love how He provides the inspiration.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1. ESV.)


I may not comprehend what God has ordained or why but as a dear sister in Christ encouraged, I should continue doing as God has lead my heart until He directs me differently...for His glory.

Jesus covers us in all aspects of life. In the thought provoking book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, Denver Moore puts it like this,
"There's something I learned from being homeless: Our limitation is God's opportunity. When you get all the way to the end of your rope and there ain't nothing you can do, that's when God takes over. I remember one time I was hunkered down in the hobo jungle with some folks. We was talkin 'bout life, and this fella was talkin, said, 'People think they're in control, but they ain't. The truth is, that which must befall thee must befall thee. And that which must pass thee by must pass thee by.'

"You'd be surprised what you can learn talkin to homeless people. I learned to accept life for what it is....Sometimes to touch us, God touches someone that is close to us. This is what opens our eyes to the fact there is a higher power than ourselves, whether we call it God or not.
"


Jesus: Name above all names.

العربية: عيسى
Česky: Ježíš Kristus
Deutsch: Jesus Christus
English: Jesus Christ
Español: Jesucristo
Euskara: Jesukristo
Français : Jésus Christ
Gaeilge: Íosa Críost
עברית: ישו הנוצרי
Italiano: Gesù Cristo
ქართული: იესო ქრისტე
한국어: 예수
Latviešu: Jēzus Kristus
Македонски: Исус Христос
Nederlands: Jezus Christus
Polski: Jezus Chrystus, założyciel chrześcijaństwa
Português: Jesus Cristo foi um líder religioso da Judéia e é a figura central do Cristianismo.
Русский: Иисус Христос
Slovenščina: Jezus Kristus, osrednji lik krščanstva.
Shqip: Jezu Krishti
Українська: Ісус Христос
Magyar: Jézus Krisztus
Suomi: Jeesus Kristus

Praying for Michael Douglas and Family

Heavenly Father,

We love you so very much. I bring Michael Douglas, his family, and countless others who are battling cancer to the foot of your throne as they walk through this tribulation. I know very little about all that is involved in this fight and I thank you for books written by people who have experienced the emotions and trials so I can be more empathetic and try to understand them myself though I know it is only a small taste.

I pray for a cure, Lord. Please give our doctors and scientists the wisdom to discover and develop a medicine or procedure that will wipe out cancer, heal bodies, and keep us strong and healthy. You, of course, are the Great Physician and I beseech your mercy.

Thank you for the blessings of life, family, faith, hope, and love. It is my heart's desire that no one will lose hope or faith...especially faith in You. Please give families and loved ones peace that surpasses all understanding. Please unite us that the suffering and heartache of those with cancer will never be for nothing.

Please forgive me for any utterances that come across as offensive. I beg You to wipe away every tear from our eyes that there shall be no more morning, crying, pain, nor death (Revelation 21:4). I greatly appreciate the opportunity, because of Christ Jesus, to come before you and ask of these things. All honor and glory are Yours.

In Jesus name I pray,
Amen.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Dear Dad,

Today we celebrate your life! I am so thankful for you and your love. I am grateful I was able to watch you as a missionary... traveling to other countries/territories to serve the people and be and example of Christ Jesus. I remember on one trip you took toys with you to give to the children and though I did not desire to share, it was a wonderful lesson for me to learn. When I saw the pictures of how much those toys meant to the youngsters receiving them it softened my heart and today I teach this to my own kiddos. I thank God for each and every day I have with you, for the fellowship and discussions of God's word and His character, for the laughter, instruction you have given me (i.e. "Two 'wrongs' never make a 'right'", "You can do anything to which you put your mind.", etc.) your open door policy, your hospitality, importance of family, and for the overall feeling of being loved by my daddy. I thank God for you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I pray you have a beautiful day in God's sovereign grace!

Much love,
Brook

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Trust in the Lord Forever

Upcoming Posts:
"It Is All About Jesus"
"When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock
. (Isaiah 26:4. ESV.)

Confía en el Señor para siempre, porque el Señor Dios es una roca eterna. (Isaías 26:4).

Confidate nel Signore sempre, perché il Signore Dio è una roccia eterna. (Isaia 26:4).

La confiance dans le Seigneur pour toujours, car le Seigneur Dieu est une roche éternelle. (26:4 Esaïe.)

相信主永遠,因為耶和華神是一個永恆的岩石。 (以賽亞書 26:4)。

主なる神の永遠に主に信頼は永遠のロックです。 (イザヤ書26:4)。

Zaufaj Panu na zawsze, bo Pan Bóg jest wiecznym rock. (26:4 Izajasza.)

Надейся на Господа навсегда, ибо Господь Бог вечный рок. (Исаия 26:4).

Kepercayaan dalam Tuhan selamanya, kerana Allah Tuhan adalah sebuah batu yang kekal. (Yesaya 26:4.)

الثقة في الرب إلى الأبد ، لأن الرب الإله هو صخرة أزلية. (أشعيا 26:4).

हमेशा के परमेश्वर यहोवा के लिए, भगवान में विश्वास एक चिरस्थायी रॉक है. (यशायाह 26:4).

اعتماد به پروردگار برای همیشه ، برای خدا پروردگار سنگ ابدی است. (اشعیا 26:4).

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Holy is the Lord by Chris Tomlin

His Invisible Attributes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1.)

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20.)

In principio Dio creò il cielo e la terra. (Genesi 1:1).

Per i suoi attributi invisibili, ossia la sua eterna potenza e divini della natura, sono state chiaramente percepito, fin dalla creazione del mondo, nelle cose che sono state fatte. Quindi sono senza scusa. (Romani 1:20).

En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra. (Génesis 1:1).

Por sus atributos invisibles, su eterno poder y deidad, se hacen claramente visibles, desde la creación del mundo, en las cosas que se han hecho. Así que no tienen excusa. (Romanos 1:20).

Au début, Dieu créa les cieux et la terre. (Genèse 1:1).

Pour ses attributs invisibles, à savoir, sa puissance éternelle et sa nature divine, ont été clairement perçue, depuis la création du monde, dans les choses qui ont été faites. Donc, ils sont sans excuse. (Romains 1:20.)

一開始,上帝創造了天地。 (創 1:1)。

對於他的無形的屬性,即他的永恆力量和神性,已經清楚地看出,自從創造了世界,在已取得的東西。因此,他們沒有藉口。 (羅馬書 1:20)。

初めに、神は天地を創造された。 (創世記1:1)。

彼の目に見えない属性については、すなわち、彼の永遠の力は、神の性質、明確になされているもので、世界の創造以来、認識されている。だから彼らには弁解の余地なしです。 (ローマ人への手紙1時20分)。

В начале Бог сотворил небо и землю. (Бытие 1:1).

Для его невидимым атрибутам, а именно, его вечная сила Его и Божество, были четко воспринимается, когда-либо с момента создания мира, в то, что было сделано. Так что они безответны. (Римлянам 1:20).

في البداية ، خلق الله السماوات والأرض. (سفر التكوين 1:1).

لصفاته غير مرئية ، وهي كانت السلطة حياته الأبدية والإلهية والطبيعة ، ينظر إليها بوضوح ، منذ خلق العالم ، في
الأمور التي تحققت. لذلك هم دون عذر. (رومية 1:20).

Alguses lõi Jumal taeva ja maa. (Moosese 1:1).

Tema nähtamatu atribuudid, nimelt tema igavest võimu ja jumalikust loomust, on selgelt tajutav, et alates maailma loomisest, mis asju, mis on tehtud. Nii et nad on ilma vabandus. (Roomlastele 1:20).

Sa simula, nilikha ng Dios ang langit at ang lupa. (Genesis 1:01.)

Para sa kanyang invisible katangian, namely, ang kaniyang walang hanggang kapangyarihan at banal na kalikasan, ay malinaw perceived, mula pa sa paglikha ng mundo, sa mga bagay na ginawa. Kaya sila ay walang patawad. (Roma 1:20.)

शुरुआत में, परमेश्वर ने आकाश और पृथ्वी को बनाया. (उत्पत्ति 1:1.)

अपने अदृश्य विशेषताओं के लिए, अर्थात्, उसकी अनन्त शक्ति और दिव्य प्रकृति, स्पष्ट रूप से किया गया है दुनिया के निर्माण के बाद से कभी कथित, चीजें हैं जो किया गया है में. ताकि वे बहाना के बिना कर रहे हैं. (1:20 रोम.)

در ابتدا ، خدا آسمانها و زمین است. (1:1 پیدایش.)
برای ویژگی های نامرئی خود ، یعنی ، قدرت خود را ابدی و الهی طبیعت ، شده اند به وضوح ، درک از زمان خلقت
جهان ، در چیزهایی که ساخته شده است. از همین رو آنها بدون بهانه هستند. (رومیان 1:20).

ในตอนแรกพระเจ้าทรงสร้างชั้นฟ้าทั้งหลายและแผ่นดิน (1:1 เจเนซิส.)

สำหรับ คุณลักษณะที่มองไม่เห็นของเขาคืออำนาจนิรันดร์ของเขาและพระเจ้าลักษณะได้รับ รู้อย่างชัดเจนนับตั้งแต่สร้างโลกในสิ่งที่ได้รับการทำ ดังนั้นพวกเขาจะไม่มีข้อแก้ตัวเลย (โรม 1:20.)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Matt5verse6 (for Women) in Hardcover

After much procrastination, I have decided to convert various posts from this blog to print (hard copy) for myself. Being there are over 1,000 posts it is taking me longer than expected to sort through all of them and choose which to put onto paper. As it is the book will be over 400 pages! With that said, any collector who would like a copy (for themselves or as a gift) is welcome to order one if possible. I will provide information about the project (and where to order) as I receive it. :)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. (James 1:17. ESV.)

The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

The Life of the Mind and the Love of God
(Desiring God Ministries: John Piper)

But I pray that you will love God with all your mind—that you will engage your thinking as fully as possible for the sake of knowing God as fully as possible, for the sake of treasuring God as fully as possible. That you will employ your mind to provide your heart with as much fuel for the fires of love as it can possibly deliver.

To that end may the cross of Christ, the deepest, highest, clearest revelation of God in history, be the focus of your thinking. There is no other place where you can see him more clearly or love him more dearly. Here is the place where your thinking will be most deeply purified, and the worth of God will be most fully magnified. Amen.


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For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper

For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper
(Desiring God Ministries: Tyler Kenney)

The book's contributors and their chapter titles:

1. David Michael—"A Personal Tribute to the Praise of God’s Infinite Glory and Abounding Grace"
2. David Livingston—"Three Doors Down from a Power Plant"
3. David Mathis—"Who Is John Piper?"
4. Sam Storms—"Christian Hedonism: Piper and Edwards on the Pursuit of Joy in God"
5. Mark R. Talbot—"When All Hope Has Died: Meditations on Profound Christian Suffering"
6. Donald J. Westblade—"The Sovereignty of God in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards
7. Bruce A. Ware—"Prayer and the Sovereignty of God"
8. D. A. Carson—"What Is the Gospel?—Revisited"
9. Sinclair B. Ferguson—"Christus Victor et Propitiator: The Death of Christ, Substitute and Conqueror"
10. G. K. Beale—"The Role of Resurrection in the Already-and-Not-Yet Phases of Justification"
11. Thomas R. Schreiner—"A Biblical Theology of the Glory of God"
12. Scott J. Hafemann—"The Kingdom of God as the Mission of God"
13. James M. Hamilton Jr.—"The Mystery of Marriage"
14. Wayne Grudem—"Pleasing God by Our Obedience: A Neglected New Testament Teaching"
15. Thabiti Anyabwile—"The Glory and Supremacy of Jesus Christ in Ethnic Distinctions and over Ethnic Identities"
16. Randy Alcorn—"Dethroning Money to Treasure Christ above All"
17. Justin Taylor—"'Abortion Is about God': Piper’s Passionate, Prophetic Pro-Life Preaching"
18. R. Albert Mohler Jr.—"A God-Centered Worldview: Recovering the Christian Mind by Rediscovering the Master Narrative of the Bible"
19. Stephen J. Nichols—"Proclaiming the Gospel and the Glory of God: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards for Preaching"
20. C. J. Mahaney—"The Pastor and the Trinity"
21. Ray Ortlund—"The Pastor as Worshiper"
22. David Powlison—"The Pastor as Counselor"
23. Mark Dever—"The Pastor as Shepherd"
24. John MacArthur—"The Pastor as Leader"
25. William D. Mounce—"The Pastor and His Study"
26. Jon Bloom—"The Vision and Ministry of Desiring God"
27. Tom Steller—"The Vision and History of the Bethlehem Institute"

With a chapter listing like that, it is not surprising the book is over 500 pages long.

For the Fame of God's Name is now available for purchase in our online store. You can preview the table of contents and D. A. Carson's chapter, "What Is the Gospel?—Revisited," in this viewer (or download the PDF).


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The Gospel and Our Emotions

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick writes about "The Gospel and Our Emotions" in her book COUNSEL FROM THE CROSS.

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at what has become one of the most controversial areas of counseling, that of our emotions. Our emotions are a good gift from God for us. They enliven and color our daily lives and empower us to accomplish great good. Even uncomfortable emotions such as sorrow, anger, or fear can be of great value to us as we use the pain they cause to effect change in our lives.


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Practical Theology for Women: The Gospel and My Emotions

Practical Theology for Women: The Gospel and My Emotions

The Lord Has Provided for Desiring God's 10,000 Pastors Project

The Lord Has Provided for Our 10,000 Pastors Project!
(Desiring God Ministries: John Knight)

We are grateful to God for his provision through so many of you. We'll provide an update after gifts are processed on Monday.

You may still participate in this effort as the Lord leads. Additional gifts will go toward more books for pastors in areas of the world with limited theological resources.


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Friday, October 01, 2010

Persevere

Have you ever gotten the sensation to give up? Regardless of the task (big or small), has there ever been that struggle to carry on... perhaps there have been thoughts of "Why bother? What difference does it make?" Whenever I encounter such a notion I look to scriptures for encouragement. For example:

Isaiah: From what I understand, God instructed Isaiah to go and speak to the people however informed him they were not going to hear nor understand him (Isaiah 6:8-13)... for God had "blinded their eyes and hardened their heart[s]" (John 12:40) for an undisclosed period of time. How easy would it have been for Isaiah to say, "Well, then, what is the point of me going to chat with them? Why go through the hassle?"

Ananias: After God had struck Saul of Tarsus with physical blindness (to match his spiritual blindness) God put it on Ananias's heart to seek Saul and restore his vision. Now, I am certain Saul's reputation preceded him and I would not have blamed Ananias if he had said, "WHAT! You want me to go meet up with this murderer of Christians and heal his eyes? For what purpose? What will that accomplish?"

Moses: Moses was up against a powerful and hardhearted man who was not about to listen to anything God had to say. How frustrating would that have been to return day after day to ask time and again for the release of God's people? Not even plagues were working until God had to use extreme force and take Pharaoh's son.

God nor Christ Jesus ever said being a follower of Christ would be easy. In fact, I do believe He stated quite the opposite. So, I preach to myself two things during tribulation and a lack of desire to press on:

#1. If God has placed something on my plate then obviously I can manage it because God never gives a person more than they can handle. #2. God's grace is sufficient.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9. ESV.)

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