Showing posts from June, 2012

Choosing to Love God

For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt...Yet the Lord testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His prophets, every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.” Nevertheless they would not hear, but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not believe in the Lord their God. And they rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them...And the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His sight.” 2 Kings 17: 7, 13-15, 20
The whole topic of free will has an interesting twist when you are dealing with the fact that your will affects those you lo…

A Touchy Topic Addressed to Hurting Women

This morning I want to talk about a pretty touchy subject within the church and therefore I am going to back up my position with a lot of scripture. But, I believe this issue needs to be addressed no matter now touchy it is because there are Christian women who ponder questions out of the distress within their lives and their hearts, and these scriptures bring answers – firm answers – to those open queries.
The touchy subject I want to address this morning is the situation of a believing wife and an actively sinning husband, believing or unbelieving. And, first I want to address the responsibility of the church in this situation and then I am going to address the responsibility of the wife.
If a husband is actively sinning, knowing his actions are not good but choosing to do them anyways, and a member of a church, the church has the responsibility to call him out on his sinful ways.  If then he refuses to admit what he is doing and actively seek help, then after the second confrontatio…

Repentance Without Jesus is Not Enough

...Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?' So they said to him, 'We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.' And he said to them, 'Into what then were you baptized?' So they said, 'Into John’s baptism.' Then Paul said, 'John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.' When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 19: 1-5
As I was reading last night, I came upon the scene laid out above in Acts 19 and I couldn't quite wrap my mind around what these differences in baptism really boiled down to, and so I decided to do some investigating.
As it turns out, a man named Apollos instructed these new disciples about the need to repent and turn back to the Lord, that was t…

Choosing Sides

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:1-8
There is so much meat in…

What is Wizpert?

I am adding this extra blog today to let you know about the new application I just added to my blog today on the top of the right-hand column – it's called Wizpert.

If you have not heard of Wizpert, which I hadn't either until I was sent a personal invitation from the company's CEO, here is what the press is saying about this new start-up company:
You can think of Wizpert as an IT help desk for life. The company recruits knowledgeable bloggers, which it calls “Wizperts,” across topics like exercise, health/wellness, and parenting. Advice seekers can connect to Wizperts via their blogs or the service’s website, and most importantly, they can begin a conservation within seconds.”
For those of you who know me personally or professionally, and have called me in the past for advice or for personal and biblical counseling, know how great of a fit this new venture is for me.  I will mainly be concentrating on the subjects of biblical spiritual growth and home schooling for now …

Eyes Fixed on Jesus

But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart; for he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin.” 2 Kings10:31
This morning I was reading through 2 Kings 10, which is an account of how Jehu did as the Lord had told the prophets regarding how he would rid the land of Israel of the family of Ahab and Jezebel and all of the evil they had spread through their worship of Baal over the Lord God Almighty, I was left at the end of the account a bit dismayed. You see, after all of Jehu's works towards righteousness in the land, he failed to make a clean sweep. We learn from the verses proceeding verse 31, in the account in 2 Kings 10, that although Jehu removed all of the things I just mentioned above, he failed to remove the “golden calves that were in Bethel and in Dan.”
I found myself wondering, “Why would a person be so bent on clearing the land for the Lord, only to stop short of finishing the job?” But then of course …

Different Ministries Same God

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
How is it that one person's ministry can look so different than another person's ministry, and yet at the same time both people be serving the same God in all truth and in all conviction under the Ho…

Another Step Toward Perfect Rest

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6
Last week if you were with me I stated that I was determined to discover a more complete understanding of Sabbath rest by conducting an on-going holy experiment on my Sabbath days. Well, here I am in week two of my experiment and I have some more wisdom that God has shared with me to add to the wisdom He shared with me last week. By the way, if you want to see what I wrote last week, you can go to my blog posted on June 17th labeled Sabbath Made for Man.
As I said, this is week two of my experiment and after my dedicated morning of worship and fellowship and of course my afternoon nap, the Lord led me to the following scripture verses during my study time with Him – the story of Paul and his God appointed meeting with Lydia. Here is the story with a few highlights marked, which I will talk about after you read the text: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded w…

Refusing Rest

This morning I did a bit of digging into the Hebrew text of two related passages in Isaiah. I wasn't sure why this first verse caught my eye or why I cross-referenced the second verse from the first, but I have a feeling it may have to do with the very small amount of sleep I have gotten this week and the knowledge that if I am to make the favorite breakfast of our exchange student (caramel rolls) before her return trip to Indonesia, then I have to get up at 4:30 tomorrow morning. Whatever the cause of my research, I am excited again by what God has let me uncover in His word and I am thrilled to share my findings with you.
Here is the first verse from Isaiah 30:15: “'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.' But you would not..” And here are the key words with their Hebrew translated meanings:
returning (shûwbâh) otherwise “turning back” or a term signifying repentance
rest (nachath) holds the imagery of setting down a …

Inbetween Hesitation and Impulisivity

Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.” 1 Kings 18:21
As I read this verse this morning I found myself deeply saddened by the final line in this verse, “But the people did not answer him a word.” How often do we encounter people or respond in kind ourselves when a choice between God and something else needs to be made? It is like we hold out hope that some other option will come our way or someone else will make the choice for us so we don't have to take the blame if the choice we made was the wrong one.
These people standing near Elijah actually didn't come to their senses until the end of a very long day of gathering piles of evidence as to which choice was the wiser of the two to make (that being the choice for God over the choice of Baal). In the end they did choose God, but it was only after an episode that would have …

Lofty Destruction or Lowly Success

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3
“... he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.” Proverbs 17:19b
Last night as I was taking some time to read through a few different bible texts, I came upon the top verse from Philippians first and then a bit later I came upon the verse from Proverbs. My mind quickly did a compare and contrast of these two verses and I was intrigued enough to look at them more closely and see how they could possibly be brought together.
I hope you end joy reading all that I found to satisfy my biblical curiosity and what I in turn learned about how God calls us to act toward one another in a means to protect us from destroying ourselves and the dreams He has set in our hearts.
I want to start with the verse from Proverbs because I found the words in this verse a bit different in the NKJV than that which were in the text I had read last night. My standard tr…

Still Can't Believe

Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.” Acts 13:41 (Paul quoting Habakkuk 1:5)
Are you despised by people because you believe in Jesus? Many people are. Despised for believing the bible as truth, despised for believing Jesus is the only way to heaven, despised for believing humankind is sinful at the core and in need of salvation, and despised for believing good works and performed rituals are not a means to justification before God.
We are not alone though in being despised. God Himself has been despised since the point Satan decided he wanted to replace God and be a god himself. With the fall of mankind into sin and with the first act of disobedience from Adam and Eve, we have been confronted with the choice to either believe God for all He says He is or despise Him for what He asks us to believe about Him. There is no middle ground between those two choices. It…