September 30, 2012

Pride & Idolatry

A good short teaching video from a wise young man. 

September 27, 2012

Take off / Put on

As I was reading through the book of Colossians this morning, these verses really spoke to me, and reminded me again of how important, how vital it is for a Christian to "put off" certain things and also "put on" certain other things.  Characteristics, behaviours, morals which, are to radically change when the Spirit comes to dwell in our hearts.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Colossians  3: 5-10, 12-15 

Take off / Put away:
-- Sexuality immorality
-- Impurity
-- Passion
-- Evil desire
-- Covetousness (which is idolatry)
-- Anger
-- Wrath
-- Malice
-- Slander
-- Obscene talk 
-- Lying

Put on:
-- Compassionate hearts 
-- Kindness
-- Humility
-- Meekness
-- Patience
-- Forgiveness
-- Love
I need to make a large sign with this list on it, so that I can be continually reminded of the value and beauty of God's commands. 

September 23, 2012

Sunday Meditation

"This is a copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, a man learned in matters of the commandments of the Lord and his statutes for Israel:  “Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven. Peace. And now  I make a decree that anyone of the people of Israel or their priests or Levites in my kingdom, who freely offers to go to Jerusalem, may go with you. For you are sent by the king and his seven counselors to make inquiries about Judah and Jerusalem according to the Law of your God, which is in your hand,  and also to carry the silver and gold that the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose dwelling is in Jerusalem, with all the silver and gold that you shall find in the whole province of Babylonia, and with the freewill offerings of the people and the priests, vowed willingly for the house of their God that is in Jerusalem. With this money, then, you shall with all diligence buy bulls, rams, and lambs, with their grain offerings and their drink offerings, and you shall offer them on the altar of the house of your God that is in Jerusalem. Whatever seems good to you and your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, you may do, according to the will of your God. The vessels that have been given you for the service of the house of your God, you shall deliver before the God of Jerusalem. And whatever else is required for the house of your God, which it falls to you to provide, you may provide it out of the king's treasury.
“And I, Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers in the province Beyond the River: Whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, requires of you, let it be done with all diligence,  up to 100 talents of silver, 100 cors of wheat, 100 baths of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. Whatever is decreed by the God of heaven, let it be done in full for the house of the God of heaven, lest his wrath be against the realm of the king and his sons. We also notify you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on anyone of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or other servants of this house of God.
“And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges who may judge all the people in the province Beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God. And those who do not know them, you shall teach. Whoever will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed on him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of his goods or for imprisonment.”
Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem, and who extended to me his steadfast love before the king and his counselors, and before all the king's mighty officers. I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me."

Ezra 7:11-28

September 22, 2012

I was interviewed!

I'm just slightly happy and excited about that.  Haha! 

If you want to read what I had to say, click here

Aaannndddd, here's a sneak peek. ;)

September 21, 2012

September 15, 2012

A quote on government

"Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing.  Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop.  The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government." 

G.K. Chesterton (Euginics and Other Evils)

September 7, 2012

September 5, 2012

85 years later...

Valerie Elliot Shepard, only child of missionary martyr Jim Elliot and his wife Elisabeth Elliot Gren, has authored a book about her own jungle experience as a child of missionaries in Ecuador. 

“There is an awful discontentment among young people,” said Shepard, who recalls having only a book to read when she wasn’t outside playing in the jungle. “I do look at the youth culture and just feel only the Lord can bring about a heart contented with simple pleasures and gifts from the Lord.”

To find out more about this amazing book and it's author, check out Doug's blog here

Her book will soon be available through the Vision Forum webstore.

The Struggle

Recently one of my favorite Christian bands released their newest project - The Struggle.  I have been touched by two of the songs on their album, The Struggle, and Worn. 

I hope that they minister to you as they have to me :)

(the struggle)


You can find more music here.

September 4, 2012

1000 Gifts

766. Worn - by Tenth Avenue North
767. Tough questions
768. Late night conversations with Phoebe and Jo
769. Birthday celebrations with family
770. Scavenger hunt with the H.'s
771. Baby hands
772. Squash
773. Thunderstorms
774. Exodus 6:6-8
775. You-version Bible app
776. My black teddy-bear tee shirt
777. God's perfect nature
778. Jaden coming and telling me he loves me
779. Welcome rugs
780. Blue pens
781. Potatoes
782. The walking track at "my" park
783. Stop lights
784. Cinnamon
785. Neem oil

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!
To join in the praise click here.

September 3, 2012

Quote Time

"The most fascinating thing about the created order is that God set but one stipulation for humanity.  Once humanity violated that single rule and took charge, however, hundreds of laws had to be passed, because each injunction could die the death of a thousand qualifications through constant exceptions to the rule."

Ravi Zacharias -- The Grand Weaver, p. 85

September 1, 2012

Creationism is not appropriate for children per Bill Nye

And of course I don't believe that!

And a helpful article from Answers in Genesis can be found here.