Monthly Archives: April 2007

BRF: 1Cor. 5-8

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First things first, we will be reading 1 Corinthians 9-12 until next Friday. We’re half way through the book gals! :)

There was lots of good stuff here, as usual. So much I realized again for the first time, things that took on new meaning for me because of the context, things I was convicted about and I need to change big time. That’s the way it’s been pretty much ever since we started doing this. But this is the first time I have ever read a book and felt discouraged about our circumstances as a Christian body. Hopefully I can explain this clearly.

I have always loved my church. We’ve had a great church since I can remember. My parents were saved when I was a toddler and ever since that time we’ve had good teaching from our pulpit. But after reading chapter 5 this week I realized we’ve got a long way to go to be a church that God would be pleased with. We’ve got a great right-on-the-money message coming from a wonderful pastor every single week but there’s so much more to our church than what he says for 40 minutes in the morning and evening and Wednesday’s study. Paul was writing and telling the church in Corinth that they were corrupting themselves because they weren’t taking sin seriously. If someone got up in our church and said that the board had spoken to an immoral believer and there had been no repentance, and the term "deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" came up, people would be utterly horrified and maybe even throw some tomatoes and cart you out of the church. There would be an uproar because you were keeping a fellow believer accountable. Doing what scripture says. What a thought!

If we know a believer is living in sin we should be so concerned about his soul and his relationship with the Lord that each time we meet up with that person we are pleading with them to repent and come back to fellowship. Instead we ignore the real issue, throw them a party to show them ‘love’, and let them enter the fellowship week after week thinking that everything is okay!

What is even more scary and humbling is the list of sins that Paul says are to be dealt with by excommunication. Just see if there isn’t potential in your own life for problems…sexually immoral, covetous, idolater, reviler, drunkard, extortioner. We are commanded not to even sit down and chat with Christians who are involved in such things. If these things were taken seriously by the Christians in our church it would change our ministry. We would free the Holy Spirit to actually start doing something. Not even something big necessarily, just something. No one is concered with holiness and righteousness anymore. We just want to make everyone comfortable and ‘loved’. And I realize that I am one of those people who just don’t want to ruffle any feathers and doesn’t say anything to those who need it. There have been a few times when someone should have spoken to me and if not for close family it would never have been dealt with.

I still like my church but I just wish we were all the Bible says we are to be.

By the time I made it through half of chapter 6 I was thankful. "And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." 6:11  I am so thankful to be a true believer. So thankful to have God’s grace bestowed on me. I was sin and Christ chose me and washed me and is making me more like Him. That verse is another ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ statement.  God didn’t have to choose me but He did and I am happy to be ‘Christ’s slave’.

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in our body and in your spirit, whyich are God’s." 6:19,20. This verse says that if you are a Christian you have no choice but to do exactly what the Bible says. You were bought and paid for and are a slave to Christ. No bones about it. You are owned and have to do what He says, all the time, whether you like it or not. That scares me to no end! I have NO control. I act like I do and that must look so silly to God.  Do I really seek to glorify God in what I do all day? Or am I just doing what I want and giving it that name so it looks spiritual?

So I’m messed up, our churches are all messed up (for the most part) and we are all happy and in la la land. Somethings wrong and it needs to change. I’m still working through it all in my brain but God is definitely trying to teach me something and by golly, I want to get it right! :)

I’ll leave it at that for now. There’s so much more to the 4 chapters but I’ll just read what you had to say about it all. :)

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Movie Reviews: Where the Red Fern Grows

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Red_fern_3 I’ll pass along to you another great watch. Walt Disney’s 2003 version of Where the Red Fern Grows. It’s not a ‘Christian’ movie but no worries with letting your children watch this. The scene where one of the children falls on an axe may be a bit too much for some but it really doesn’t show much and does not linger on the subject. My youngest children can watch without a problem. There are no lovey-dovey scenes, just hugging between a man and wife. No language at all. (But there is a burp sorry to say).

After watching this I wanted my sons all to grow up to be ‘Billys’, except for ‘the burp’. The boy, or maybe I should say young man, is a wonderful example of many traits, most of which are being lost in todays society in men.  To be strong, honest and hardworking and thoughtful. To persevere and do your best. To have the right priorities and keep them in their place when it may cost you something dear. Yep, I liked this movie. Make sure you have a tissue ready though. It’s kind of sad even for this extreme non dog-lover. It’s definitely one for building a clean library. :)

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Book Review Friday, Edited

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I am so sorry to appear so slack with Book Review Friday but I will not be posting my review until later, maybe even this evening. Apparently I am not capable of running my home, running a ‘Busy Bees’ contest at Awana, get my BRF posted, and chew gum at the same time.  I will however, put Mr.Linky up for you to add your links as you are ready. We are off to visit the newest cousin this morning since the kids haven’t had many chances of holding her and my blog will just have to wait. It’s killing me too.

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It’s evening and I made it back to do my review. It was a beautiful day and after playing outside for so long the kids will sleep well tonight. :) But first things first, we will read 1 Corinthians chapters 5-8 until next Friday’s review. Then, just another 2 weeks and we should have a really good grasp on the whole book. Now here’s my late, not so grand review…

I thought that 1 Corinthians was a great read right after Jonah. Being convicted of my own Jonah-itis was scary, because it calls for action. I now have to go and practice what I learned and I really didn’t have a clue how it would all work. But I found out in reading this week as I usually do, It’s not about me! I’m not living out my Christian faith in my own strength and wisdom and having to count on saying ‘just the right thing’ to that certain someone or they will be lost for eternity. Peoples souls are not held in the balance with my method for reaching them for Christ tipping them one way or the other. I love how many times Paul reinforced to the people reading the letter that it doesn’t matter what they know or what they say or who did what. "… preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect." Paul told them that, in reality, everything we say, no matter how profound it may be spiritually will seem really stupid to an unsaved person. Unless the Lord is drawing that person into a relationship with Him, they’re just going to feel sorry for us being taken in by such a silly philosophy. "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,"

I also loved how Paul let the people know that even the lowliest of men can be used mightly by God. That’s why we can sit back and reflect on the types of people God has used in history to do awesome things for the cause of Christ. Most of them were regular John-Doe kinds of people who just did what God told them to do, even when it was yucky. He uses what would be considered the most foolish things to do His will just so we can rest assured that He did it all and He’s the one that gets the glory, not us. "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord."

I do realize that Paul was getting the people to refocus. They were still acting like babes in Christ. They were more concerned about things that didn’t matter. They had forgotten the main event, Christ. It is not by man that they were saved. It is not by man that they learn and grow as Christians. It is not by man that they will have the power to say and do things for their Lord. Stop worrying about man’s feeble attempt to be so wise. Get ahead of the game and realize you are nothing and Christ is everything and only worry about the foundation that the Lord has laid for you and "let each one take heed how he builds on it."

I found the verse, "If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss;" very good. It’s made me rethink my daily schedule and priorities even more. It is why I could tell myself to let my blog wait until all was quiet and children weren’t calling for my attention and hubby wouldn’t be ignored while I typed away. Just what kind of stuff am I laying down on the foundation God has given me?What kind of place am I building as protection and training and example to my children? Just why do I do all the things I do every day??? Very good question. Will the stuff be burned or endure? I believe I could even be doing the right things with the wrong attitude and that means that it’s in the burn pile, know what I mean? :(

I learned a lot more, I had no idea how much until I started typing. Thanks for listening. :) But I believe all that was spoken to me this week in 1 Cor. 1-4 could be summed up nicely in 3:7, "So then, neither he who plants is anyting, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase." Good to know.

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Book Review : Jonah

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First things first. For next Fridays book review we will be reading 1 Cor. 1-4. We can split 1 Corinthians into 4 parts and get to know it really well. :) … Now for Jonah’s review….

It makes me sit back and realize just how much we Christians lose focus of what this life is all about. Jonah was being an idiot, but we’re all in the same fishes belly here folks! Just ask yourself how many people you have actually sat down with and explained the gospel in the past month, or do you have to go back a year or two like I did to find an instance? Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh and I wouldn’t have either considering all that I’ve heard about how evil the city really was. Any kind of people who stick the heads of those they’ve murdered on poles to decorate their city are not the kind of people I would be seeking company with, not even to witness. I’m with Jonah in the boat on that one I’m afraid.

But seriously, I have never been called to a scary place to witness, just that woman I met in the grocery isle that was obviously having a rough day, or the man who stopped me to ask me about my kids when we were leaving the store. The new friends I meet wouldn’t have heard me speak about my Lord, ‘I’m witnessing by letting them watch and see how different I am’. OH PLEASE!!! I’m actually running to Tarshish with Jonah if I don’t take the time to tell these people about living for God. Could it be possible that we are in the middle of a huge spiritual battle but all us Christians that God has called to ‘go tell’ are asleep way down there in the boat not havin a clue what’s going on and not really caring!!!! I say that I am the one who needs to hear the words, "Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?" 3:9

Like Jonah I forget to be thankful for my own salvation and want to pass it on to others. I forget that ‘there but for the grace of God go I’. After all that Anne told me about the speakers at the Easter services last weekend I’ve had it all mulling over in my brain. I have come to the conclusion of how shallow us Christians are. Shame on us for forgetting that our whole purpose here and now is to live for the Lord and bring the gospel to those we come in contact with. Nothing else matters. I’ll still paint my kitchen and homeschool my kids and enjoy family get togethers, but I don’t want to lose sight of the important stuff. Right now it’s hard for me to imagine a day when I could tell people weekly about by experiences witnessing to everyone around me. I would love for it to just naturally flow out of me whenever I’m talking with someone, but I’ve got Jonah-itis. I’ve got it real bad.

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Movie Review: Facing the Giants

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Facing_the_giants_2 I rented ‘Facing the Giants’ yesterday for hubby and I to watch and I was so pleased. I could count on about 3 fingers the number of movies I’ve seen in my lifetime that were perfectly clean and this is one of them. There are still a few Christians out there that are picky about what they watch, I mean really picky, and I’m one of them.

In Facing the Giants there was no language of any kind. Not even close. There was no smut. The husband and wife in the movie didn’t even kiss and maybe not even hug if I remember right. There wasn’t so much as a burp. Seriously, it’s clean folks.  Beyond all the initial things that we watch out for in a movie here I was surprised to find out how ‘Christian’ it was. I was expecting an overall sense of good morals and a bit of good vs. evil, but it was way more than that. It was full of scripture and praying and talking about the Lord. It really is a Christian movie.

Shannon gives this movie ***** a five star rating for cleanliness. Go see it. It was an encouraging movie and has had me thinking a lot today about the lessons learned in it. It wasn’t just clean it actually challenged my faith and left me wanting more from my relationship with the Lord.

I even started a new category for clean movies because of this one. I don’t expect this category to have many joining it’s club but it’s a start anyway. :)

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