Tuesday, July 26, 2011

07/26/11 - It's Broken

Why do we look to things of this world and think, "What's going on?" Friends, it's broken! Broken by sin. By my sin. By your sin.

It's broken! We shouldn't expect it to be comfortable, easy, or even to go smooth.

It's not how God created it to be. He created it perfect. We messed it up. Sin messed it up! It's cursed!

If you're talking to non-believing friends just ask them, "How's life going? Is it working like you thought it would?"

"No", would be the answer. It's not supposed to work here on earth apart from God. There's no peace or true joy without Christ.

Friends, it's broken. There's only one hope, one place to put our faith and trust and that's in Christ Jesus and Him crucified for all sin.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

07/23/11 - True North

In our conservative Christian circles we have lots of debates. These debates split churches and relationships. But what did Paul say, "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified." 1 Cor. 2:2

He didn't make it about:
  • Reformed Theology
  • Homeschooling or Public School
  • Dating or not Dating
  • King James Version or another one
  • Birth Control
  • Creation Care/Environmentalism
  • Sunday School or Family Integration
  • Speaking in tongues as a sign of baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • Biblical Manhood/Womanhood
  • TV or no TV
  • Hymns or Praise and Worship Songs
  • What you wear
  • Drinking (not drunkenness)
  • When and how often you should take communion
  • Sabbath
  • Should Campus Crusade for Christ change it's name
  • Acceptable movies
  • or you name the debate
Yes, these topics are important and if you know me, you know I have an opinion on almost all of them. But are they are the core of what is essential? We must learn to walk hand in hand with those who have different opinions on these topics.

We must look at our True North, Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

(Many of my thoughts came from listening to Eric Ludy's sermon: The Ellerslie Experience. )

Friday, July 22, 2011

07/22/11 - Secret Sins

We've bought the lie that our private, secret sins don't effect anyone. We think we can live in direct disobedience to God and His Word, yet still be involved in our local church, our local ministry, and in discipleship of others in the faith. We believe God will hear our prayers and answer them. We believe it effects no one.

This, my friends, is a lie.

You secret sin effects the body of Christ. It breaks it down. It weakens it. You've put a breach in the wall.

Confess your sin, repent, and find accountability. Hide no more! Being secretive about your sin will eat at your body like cancer. Do whatever you can to remove that "cancer"! Get radical about purging sin from your life, your body, your mind.

Life your life in the power of the Holy Spirit, blameless and pure before our Almighty God!

Monday, July 18, 2011

07/18/11 - Believe vs. Being Saved

Sure you can believe in God. You can believe He created the world. You can even believe the bible. You can believe in Adam and Eve, the flood, Jesus, and His death. But that doesn't save you.

"You believe God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder" James 2:19

Being saved is transferring that head knowledge about God to your heart. It's faith to believe you need salvation from sin and death. Once you believe, put your faith in Jesus, and invite Him to take over your life...you are saved.

We live in a culture that stops at belief, but the bible says we must take that to the next level.

Are you just believing or are you saved?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

07/12/11 - Money and Marriage

You may be single and years away from marriage, but how you spend your money has the possibility of effecting your marriage and future.

I see a trend that I want you to be aware of: young people acquire large amounts of debt even before they are married and within the first few years of marriage. Then they feel God calling them to something different (become a stay-at-home mom, adopt, downsize, go on the mission field overseas...or a host of other things), but have become a slave to their debt.

In our culture we must have the biggest and best, the latest and greatest. This attitude has filtered into the church, so we've become caught up to this slave master of debt. Being enslaved to our debt limits what we can do because of the money millstone around our necks.

My advice: stay debt-free or work your tail off to become debt-free before you get married!

Monday, July 11, 2011

07/11/11 - Repentance

I wish I could remember where I heard this, but I wrote it and hung it up, "Repentance is a change of heart that leads to a change of actions."

If you have claimed Christ as your Savior, yet live an unchanged life, ask, "Have I truly repented?"

Once you grasp what Christ did for you, you can't help but respond by changing actions in your life that displease Him.

This is a process of sanctification, so we're going to be at all different places, but headed in the same direction: living a life to fully glorify Him! We'll remain teachable, open, and unafraid of the truth!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

07/09/11 - Tame your Tongue

The other day my oldest son asked me, "Mommy, what is a tamed tongue?" (He was listening to a music CD that quoted James 3:8 "No one can tame the tongue, it is a restless evil full of deadly poison"

My words have gotten me is a lot of trouble over the years. I tend to be outspoken and uncontrolled in my speech. This has been an area that God has pressed in on more over the past couple of years.

I said to Miles, "A tamed tongue is a tongue that lets the Holy Spirit fully guide and direct it."

Not sure what he understood, but that is a tamed tongue, that's what I want. I want every word I say to be guided and directed by the Holy Spirit. I want my words to bless not curse. To support or pray for and not judge.

Oh Lord tame my tongue for Your glory!

Friday, July 8, 2011

07/08/11 - Think of others

As I've been in the Sermon on the Mount nearly every day since the beginning of the year, the verse: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them" Matt 7:12 has been a theme around here.

I am asking my boys all the time, "Would you want your brother to treat you that way?"

Yes, the simple golden rule has been on my heart over the past few months.

Do I treat others the way I want to be treated? Do I take into consideration how I am to live in light of this verse? Are others more important than me? Do I truly care for others feelings more than myself? Am I being proactive, looking for ways to treat others the way I want to be treated?

Treating others the way I want to be treated requires me being uncomfortable and/or inconvenienced. It's the example Christ left for us. He laid it all down for others. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are to live our lives as Christ did!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

07/05/11 - Power of God

I wrote a blog post on my "family" blog, but thought I'd share it here: The Power of God

Enjoy!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!