Monday, June 25, 2007

More Rules for Holy Living



3- Love, wish well, and be compassionate to every soul in the world; when you dwell in love, you dwell in God. Hate NOTHING in this world except the evil that stirs in your own heart.

4 - Be patient in all things, and in all circumstances, with everyone. Every time you are patient, you are resisting the Devil, every time you are not patient, you are resisting the Holy Spirit of God!


Patient: bearing pains or trials calmly, without complaint, manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain, not hasty or impetuous, steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity, willing to bear all.


5 - Be meek at all times, instead of argumentative and wrathful. Every time you are meek, you are resisting the Devil, every time you are argumentative and wrathful, you are resisting the Holy Spirit of God!


Meekness: being overly submissive, compliant, enduring injury with patience and without resentment, mild.


6- Be humble in all situations. Don't allow pride, for any reason, to rise up in you, for this is allowing the Devil to rise up in you. Every time you are humble, you are resisting the Devil, every time you are not humble, you are resisting the Holy Spirit of God! Pride keeps us from dwelling in God, dwelling in God is abiding in Christ, we can't be fruitful without abiding! Jesus said that if we are not fruitful, we will be cut off, and cast into the fire, if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit.


Humility: A spirit of submission, unpretentious, lowly, thinking of one's self as being insignificant, ill-deserving and unworthy.


7 - If we are humble, we will always regard others as more important than ourselves. This humility is only yours while you abide in Christ, and Christ is abiding in you! If you don't believe this just try to regard others as more important than yourself WITHOUT abiding in Christ! Remember, PRIDE is the thing that stops us from doing this.
And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
1 Cor 8:2

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:3

A Lamp Unto My Feet


Scott put up holders for oil lanterns along our trail, for use during our youth camp week. We liked it so much that we may end up purchasing more lanterns that we can keep out there.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Morning Again

A friend recently gave me a copy of William Law's Rules for Holy Living. He wrote most of these rules for holy living when he was just 18 years old. I thought I would share the first couple....

1. The greatness of human nature consists in nothing else but in being a channel for the Divine nature of God to express Himself and show forth His fruits, which all stem from love, for God is love.
2. If I speak without love, I'm doing nothing but making noise. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and have all knowledge; and if I have a faith so strong that it can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, or even become a martyr, but do not have love, I'm worthless. Love, that is, God's love, is always patient, it is always kind; love is not selfish, love does not take into account a wrong suffered; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. God's love never fails! 1Corinthians 13 1-8

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day Note

The preacher at our church on Sunday morning invited each person whose father was in attendance to give him a hug and tell him that you love him.

We always sit in a corner of the church with the youth. There were only a few of our youth whose father was in attendance. We stood there, looking around at a church full of people hugging each other. The two young ladies next to me looked at each other sadly and, without saying a word, they hugged one another. That simple gesture was a commentary that spoke volumes on the state of too many of our families. Dad is not in the picture or he's too busy fishing to perform his duty as a father. How did this become acceptable? Where are all of the men?

Riding A Pony & Eating Pizza



The church meeting that we went to Sunday evening was a lot of fun. This is a rare church in several ways. One way is that they don't solicit money from people who attend. Actually, they sort of pay you to come! They provide FREE pony rides, pizza, and drinks.





Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day at home

Some of us were sick enough to miss church on Mother's Day, and now, more than a month later, some of us are sick enough to miss church on Father's Day. Looks like Dad will celebrate his big day alone at church. Only my oldest is sick, but since Scott has to teach, he won't be able to handle our daughter, who comes to Sunday School with us. And since Nicholas is the only one who can get Elijah to go to Sunday School, he will be staying home with us, too. Noah is still sleeping... normally I would wake him up, but since the rest of us will be home, I don't suppose it will make a difference if he misses today.


There is a silver lining to this... Baptists (broad, sweeping generalization to follow-) are notoriously bad about looking for a reason to skip a church service, or cancel it altogether if they can get enough folks on board. Our church cancels the evening service on Mother's Day and Father's Day. It reminds me of something our very first pastor used to say on rainy days when he walked in to teach the 3 of us who showed up for Sunday School. "Looks like 9 raindrops kept 10 Baptists at home."


How is this a silver lining, if we want to be at church? Because we get to join friends for worship tonight at their home fellowship! We've never been able to do this because of our own church obligations. They have pizza and pony rides and church on Father's Day, even in the evening! My sick child will probably stay with his grandma, and the other children wouldn't dream of missing an opportunity to worship (and play) with their friends.

And finally, since it is Father's Day, I thought I would post a photo of one of the many things we love about Dad.

Fuzzy quality aside, I love this picture. This is what happens when the Pebbles ponytail goes in while the hair is still wet... and then your "Pebbles" decides she doesn't like it. We combed it down repeatedly, and it just kept coming right back up. It makes a great silhouette.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Faith

Last night, a young lady told me that she had begun last summer to pray for God to send someone to work with the children who are coming to our church. Last summer... when God turned our world upside down and shook us out of our comfort zone. When He showed us we were living only to serve ourselves and needed to live out what we believe. When He used a series of trials to bring us to totally fall upon His mercy and grace. He told us that our lives needed to be wholly pleasing to him and being Sunday morning Christians was not acceptable. And that is what Faith was praying for. "God, please send someone to work with these children." She saw a need in her community and turned to God to fill it. God does answer prayer. It was nice to get to hear about some of the prayer that sparked the change in our lives; to get a chance to meet someone who was praying for us but didn't even know us.

Another Provision

On Wednesday nights, we always feed our youth group. I did not plan ahead this week, and so on Wednesday morning I sat down to brainstorm about what I could prepare with the ingredients I had on hand. It wasn't much, and I was a tad stressed about a last minute dash to the grocery store followed by an afternoon of cooking... then transporting it all to church. No sooner than I had turned my attention to this matter, my telephone rang. On the other end was a lady from church whose daughter had gotten married over the weekend. She asked, "Could you use a crock pot full of meatballs, sandwiches, fruit, cake, and punch for your kids tonight?" Sweeeet! I didn't even ask, and my God provided. He cares so much about what we are doing, and it has become very clear to me that He has a wonderful plan for the young people who are coming to our church.
Our faith may be such that we soon will put our kids at a table of empty plates and see what God will provide. (See the George Muller post.) I know I shouldn't be surprised by God's attention to detail, and I'm really not... it is just that it is so overwhelmingly comforting to know He is always at work, never sleeping.

Blog filler

My mind is swirling with ideas of things to write about. Trouble is, I can't seem to put it all together coherently. I've been reading Rules For Holy Living by William Law. My children have been arguing constantly, mostly about the band they have formed. The bass player has quit a couple of times already. The lead vocalist is shrieking, "IIIII get to sit on the stool!!".

So to save you from my chaotic mind right now, I am posting the lyrics to a song. Originally I was going to post the lyrics from Blank Page by Shaun Groves... don't know why, other than it seemed to fit the mood. I was unable to obtain those lyrics, so here is a different one. Same artist, different song.

Your Renown
(ISAIAH 26:8)

On this journey home
I will walk Your road
I will not turn 'round
For another

Make my pathway straight
Into heaven's gates
I will not turn 'round
For another

Lord, it's Your renown
Your eternal fame
That I live for now
It's Your name
It's Your name
For Your name

In my heart I'm sure
I'm completely Yours
I will not bow down
For another

Trade my selfishness
For Your holiness
I will not bow down
For another

Lord, it's Your renown
Your eternal fame
That I live for now
It's Your name
It's Your name
For Your name

When my sun goes down
And the dark surrounds
I will not cry out
For another