July 27, 2012

Quote time

"Knowledge, rightly understood, is knowing what is. Wisdom is knowing what to do about it."
R.C. Sproul Jr. 

Thoughts on entertainment


With all of the talk surrounding the recent massacre on the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises, a question that has been on my mind for a while, has come to the forefront once again.

What is acceptable when it comes to entertainment?

Last year I was listening to Ravi Zacharias speak about philosophy and he made three powerful, inter-related statements which, I believe, apply to entertainment.


  1. “Anything that refreshes you without diminishing, destroying or distracting you from your final goal, is a legitimate pleasure.
  2. Any pleasure that jeopardizes the sacred right of another is an illicit pleasure.
  3. Any pleasure however good, if not kept in balance, will distort reality or destroy appetite.”
Since I first heard those three statements, I have tried to use them as a guideline of sorts in regard to entertainment.

Another question I ask myself: "if the idea being portrayed causes the actors to perform things I would not do or approve of, in real life, why am I watching it as a form of relaxation / entertainment?"

 In other words, if actors are acting out violence, sexuality, language or are following an un-godly worldview, that goes against the very character and nature of God, I need to avoid that film.  It violates my conscience, and quenches the Holy Spirit residing in my heart.  Those are things I don't want to do, or have happen to me, because it is hard enough to live in this life with all of the sinful things that bombard me already, and it should be my aim in life to avoid those influences altogether.

That restricts what films I will allow myself to see, but you know what? that doesn't really matter.  I don't deserve to be entertained, it is not a right.

My purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him, and to proclaim through my life, His glorious salvation in my life and what a changed person I have become. 

July 26, 2012

In the throes of moving

Well dear readers, the reason for the blogging silence is, I am on the brink of moving out of this house, into my Grandma's, which means I've not had much time for anything besides packing, putting stuff into storage, packing up stuff at my Grandma's and working on suring up the camper in order to move it off this property.

Our goal is to be out of this house by the end of this week (as in two days, which I highly doubt will happen) or perhaps by next Monday.  Either way, we are down to the wire on days left to get stuff done.

Monday some friends came over and helped us clean all the windows inside and out, and worked on the trailer, plus we did some additional cleaning in the house and just generally had a fun day!  It usually takes my sisters and I two days to finish the windows, so getting it done in a few hours, was phenomenal. :)

Most of the cleaning left to do is wiping down walls, cleaning ceiling fans, scrubbing the floors, shampooing the carpets and general cleaning of each room, to make the house nice for the next folks.  I'm feeling capable.

Stay tuned friends, I'll try to give you another update soon. 

xx abby

July 22, 2012

Sunday Meditation

In my Bible time yesterday morning, I read these two verses, which really grabbed my attention: 

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."  I John 4:18
and

"We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him."  I John 5:18
 

July 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Joel!!























So, I know this is a bit late, but I wanted to give you a shoutout nonetheless, since you are an amazing and loving older brother.  The only one I've got, actually. ;)

Happy Birthday!  I'm so happy that your actual day was great, according to your account.  The cake was yummy, and I'm glad that we sat around after dinner and remembered days gone by, and all of those lovely and funny childhood memories. 

Ah, simplier times when life went by slowly, and we enjoyed each bit.  Sometimes I wish we could go back, but then I think about all of the edifying and deep conversations we've enjoyed as adults, and I don't really want to be a child again. 

Thank you for being such an example to me of love for Jesus, passion for serving others, of generous leadership, and loving motivation and hard work. 

You're such an inspiration Joel!

I love you!
abby xx

July 17, 2012

(Re-blogged) Like Ancient Rome, America is Gluttonous


Doug Phillips, Founder of Vision Forum Ministries, gave a sermon this morning after the Reformation of Food and Family Conference entitled “The Truth about Gluttony.”

He said, “Ancient Rome participated in the ultimate gluttony. They would sit down and literally eat 8 full meals in one evening. And after each one of those meals they would force themselves to throw up in the vomitoriums so they could continue eating before they burst. It wasn’t a genetic problem. It was a sin problem.

“The national pastime for America is gluttony. Excess is everywhere. America the Gluttonous. Gluttony is idolatry - when our belly has become our god.” said Mr. Phillips. 

“I believe that gluttony is as much a sin as drunkenness,” said C.H. Spurgeon.

Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:5, “Let your moderation be known unto all men.”

And in Proverbs 23:20-21, the Bible says, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”

Adam McManus note: It is high time the Church of Jesus Christ addressed the sin of gluttony. No longer should it be the overlooked sin among American Christians. Gorging on third and fourth helpings of fried chicken and banana cream pie at the church pot luck will become a thing of the past if we obey the clear teaching of Scripture which prohibits gluttony.

For more information about the Reformation of Food and Family conference, click here.

What do I see when I look at the Cross?

  
 "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men."
I Corinthians 1:18-25


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.



"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
John 3:14-17

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection


Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

 "Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin."
Hebrews 3:12-13


"For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world."
I Corinthians 11:23-32

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!


"But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation."
Galatians 6:14-15

May I never boast, except in Christ my Saviour! 

July 16, 2012

Be thankful!


"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
 I Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

July 15, 2012

Sunday Meditation

"This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
1 John 1:5-10

July 12, 2012

Summer fun

These are some of my favorite people on this earth... had a great time hanging with them celebrating the 4th, and just enjoying some summer fun in the sun. 

July 11, 2012

Caleb!

1st 5k with brothers and friend (l-r Joel, Andrew, Jaden and Caleb)
Combing out his curls once more before they got cut
Caleb is quite skilled when it comes tools

Sooo scary!!

Bowling buddies (l-r Caleb, Andrew and Phoebe)

Contemplation

Back in the day (l-r Phoebe, Jo, Abby and Caleb)

Captain Cutie

Cousins (l-r Dennis Jr., Jason, Caleb and Joel)

Grandpa holds baby Caleb

Christmas with the family

Caleb, Grandpa, Joel and little guy Jaden

Papa holding little Caleb :)

Sooo 90s

Family photo

Thanksgiving with the cousins (l-r Jason, Abby, Rachel, Caleb, Joel, Dennis Jr., Rowena, Jo, Jaden and Phoebe)

Cuties

Cousins on the couch (l-r Abby, Joel, Caleb, Jason and Rachel)

Celebrating Aunt Naomi's b-day

One of my favorite sibling pictures (Indiana 2003)

Now a man

Snuggle time (l-r Abby, Jo, Joel, Pheebs and Cale)

Buckskin Bob
Teen years

Gangsters

Caleb's always had the sweetest smile

Mississippi (2011)

5k with friends (Caleb finished 3rd overall)




Happy Birthday Caleb!!!!  You are an amazing young man, and I am so blessed to call you my brother!  God's blessings on another year of life. 

I love you!! :) 

xx abby