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Neglect Doesn’t Take Work

What are you neglecting by just not doing anything about it?

God’s Word?

Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. ESV

God’s Justice and Love?

Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. ESV

Luke 11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. ESV

Hospitality to strangers?

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. ESV

Doing good and sharing?

Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. ESV

 
Serving the widows?

Acts 6:1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. ESV

Salvation or the punishment for sins?

Hebrews 2:1-3
1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,
3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
ESV

Oh, how easy it is to just ignore what we should be doing, looking for a better time, more energy, enthusiasm, etc.

Remember it takes no work to drift away or neglect something. Just like being in a boat, it takes no effort to drift down stream or to get stuck on a rock or to run ashore. Yet it takes intentional effort and work to move upstream.

What are you drifting away from?

What are you neglecting?


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What About a Single Woman?

With the discussion about wives and mothers a question was asked about single women and their place in Scripture.

That is a good question and below are several women that the Lord used to further His purposes. There are many more this is just a sampling. Some where later married and some were not.

~ The first that comes to mind is Miriam, Moses sister, evidence seems to be that she was unmarried. It would make sense because just think all the male children were being killed by Pharaoh. Miriam served the Lord and praised the Lord. Exodus 2, Exodus 15:20

~ Rahab, was a harlot in Jericho, whom the Lord used to aid the Israelites. She later was blessed to marry and have a child who was in the linage of Christ. Joshua 2, Joshua 6

~ Next I think of Ruth, who although a widow and childless, served the Lord by serving and caring for her widowed and depressed MIL Naomi, but the Lord blessed Ruth to later be married and to have a child who was in the linage of Jesus. Book of Ruth

Let’s jump to the NT.

~ Anna, at the temple, she was a long time widow that served the God in the Temple. She was quite revered by God by being allowed to see the Baby Jesus and know Him for who He truly was. Luke 2:36

~ Mary Magdalene was saved from a sinful life and she devoted herself to serving the Lord during His life here on earth. We do not know beyond that if she ever married or not. Matthew 27:55

~ Lydia, the seller of purple cloth, has no mention of a husband but she used her wealth in her business for aiding the missionaries and serving the Lord. Acts 16:14

~ There was also Mary and Martha that since they lived with their brother Lazarus would indicate at least then, they were not married yet they served the Lord and provide a place of peace and rest for Him. Luke 10: 38

~ Tabitha was raised from the dead so that she could continue to serve the Lord by caring for the widows. Acts 9:36

~ Many, many times there is the mention of a woman’s name in the Apostles’ letters to the church. Read through them and see. Some may have had unbelieving husbands but probably only a few because an unbelieving husband would have hindered the wife’s serving of the Lord. The only husband and wife team I can think of is Aquila and Priscilla who are mentioned many times. Acts 18:2

So be encouraged that because you are not married does not make you a second-class citizen in God’s Book. He may or may not decide to bring you a husband but no matter what, serve the Lord with all your heart and He will direct your paths. You are in a sense freer than a wife is or mother would be to serve the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:34 And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. ESV

Proverbs 29:13 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. ESV

So serve the Lord with all your heart undivided by a husband or children until the Lord shows you His will in this area.

Whether or not you should marry or even have children is dependant on the Lord’s will. All He does is in order to bring Glory to Himself and to conform you to His image. If He has not blessed you with a husband or children you can be sure that it is in your own best interest for the time being.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ESV


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Titus 2 – Parenting & Homeschooling

~Bren~ At Pieces from Me has written a very wise and thoughtful look at her second chance at parenting, this time her adopted children.

Parenting…The Advanced Course

Another change in this round of parenting, is the social scene for our children. We spend time as a family more than when we were raising the boys. Bud was always too busy with baseball, friends, activities, and we encouraged that. This time around those activities are very limited.

Many of us will never have a second round of children to parent like ~Bren~ does. Although some us may have children that stretch out our parenting such that we can learn from our parenting with our oldest and apply that to our youngest children.

Nevertheless, it is so important for us to be willing to learn from our own mistakes and successes. But the Lord has also instructed us to learn from the older women in Titus 2, women such as ~Bren~.

Titus 2:3-5

3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children
,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled
. ESV

However, we seem to be short on Titus 2 women in today’s society. Although I think there are many, many more women willing and qualified to teach the younger women than when I was young. I found very few willing and able to guide and lead a young mom. Even fewer that would base their instructions on the Bible. 🙁 Most of the women then were busy with their careers and most gave the impression, if not actually said, “I’ve served my time, I’m free, I’ll leave it all to the younger women.”

But today there is a resurgence of women staying home and caring for their families by giving up the supposed “glamour and fulfillment” of working away from home. There are even many women who have homeschooled their children for years and garnered much experience both good and bad. When I began my homeschooling journey I knew no homeschooled children or families. I would have loved to have a mom to guide me or let me ask questions.

Since we have graduated our oldest from homeschool I have become that older woman whether I want to or not. However, since we also have a four year old, it isn’t like I will be leaving the homeschool ranks anytime soon.

Older Women Wanted By Mary Pride

The younger women who responded to this call in 1985 found to their distress that few older women were available to serve as mentors and role models. Our parents’ generation had followed the model of a planned family of just a few kids, who were sent to public school. Our own mothers knew nothing about homeschooling; in fact, they were likely to be hostile to the notion. Far from supporting large families, older women in the church were more likely to treat any woman pregnant with her third or fourth child like she was mildly demented. Any women who wanted to stay at home and raise her own kids was automatically treated as a second-class citizen.

But I’m finding a different problem occurring today.

What is that problem?

Young women aren’t interested in having older Titus 2 women to guide and lead them.

Younger women seem to “know” everything and aren’t open to learning from the older Titus 2 women.

Why is that?

Is it an age issue, a cultural issue or just a maturity issue?

I think it is a maturity issue. Why? Because there are some young women who are desiring Titus 2 women to come alongside them, just not the majority of them.

Most of us have noticed the adult 20 – 30’s men who seem to be perpetual adolescents (Adultescents). They are characterized by their toys and video games even when they have a family and children to care for.

Many of today’s young women seem to be in a similar boat. They know everything and nothing can change their minds. Typical of the teenage years when many teens think they know everything and they are invincible to harm.

What happens when your peers are your biggest advisers?

1 Kings 12:6-11

6 Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?”
7 And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.”
8 But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.
9 And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?”
10 And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to this people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us,’ thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs.
11 And now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'”
ESV

Read the rest of the passage to see what happened by following his peers advice.

Apollos exhibited a teachable spirit:

Acts 18:26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately. ESV

Wisdom is learning from others.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. ESV

Proverbs 9:7-9
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
ESV

Treasure wisdom and instruction everywhere you can but always remember to be Berean and compare it to the Scriptures.

Acts 17:11 “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” NIV

It just might save you alot of heartache later on.

So if you are the older Titus 2 woman be willing to teach the younger women to love their husbands and children and to serve the Lord so that the Word of God will not be blasphemed. Even in the face of rejection and scorn we should be obedient to God’s Word and His instructions. There is always someone younger than you that can benefit from Godly wisdom. Just make sure it is Godly wisdom and not worldly wisdom.

If you are the younger women (which we usually are younger than some) be willing to be taught by those older and wiser than yourself. You may save yourself much heartache in the long haul but most importantly you will be obedient to the Lord. Check all advice according to Scripture, you will learn no matter how bad the advice might could be, if you will go to God’s Word to see if the advice is true or not.


See also:

“Immature” Believers

What Is Your Response to a Rebuke?

Silly, Weak Willed Women Swayed by Strangers

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Taking A Stand In the Small Things


400 Students Defy ACLU and Stand to Recite Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

Leading up to the graduation ceremony, the ACLU demanded that Pace High School censor students from offering prayers or saying anything religious. In the end, members of the student body were not permitted to speak at the graduation.

The graduating class at the school, however, decided to react against the ACLU bullying by taking a stand at graduation. As soon as Principal Lay asked everyone to be seated at the ceremony, the graduating class remained standing and recited the Lord’s Prayer.

ACLU attorney Benjamin Stevenson told ABC Channel Three after the event: “Our feeling is that it’s regrettable that the students took over the ceremony to impose their religious views on the audience who may not have shared the same religious views.

“School officials have a responsibility to protect the silently held religious views of others.”

What true Christian would not have supported the students by even joining in?

Most of us would gladly defy the ACLU in a similar way.

But that is where the problem lies.

We would have no trouble standing for our faith with 400 other believers at such an event.

But what about standing for our faith daily? Alone?

That I’m afraid is much harder to do.

~ We will fight for the right to have our own Bibles to read, yet we don’t read the Bibles that we do have.

~ We will fight for the right to worship with others, yet we don’t attend worship if something better comes along.

~ We will fight for our freedom of speech, yet when given an opportunity to share the gospel we decline.

~ We will fight for the right to raise our children in the Lord, yet we do nothing differently than the average parent in the US.

~ We fight against the trash on TV, radio and in the media (foul language, sexuality, etc.), yet we watch the same shows everyone else does.

~ We will complain about the media’s use of the Lord’s name in vain, yet we will not correct the teen sitting near us in a restaurant.

~ We complain about how immodestly women are dressed, yet we allow our daughters to dress immodestly because that is all we can find at the stores.

Matthew 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ESV

Luke 16:10-11
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
ESV

Are you unfaithful in the little things and yet think you will stand in the big things?

It is the little things that will destroy much fruit.

Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” ESV

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Whose Flag Are You Flying?

Lately piracy in the seas around Somalia has been in the news. Just this past weekend the Captain of the Maersk Alabama was rescued from pirates after being held captive for five days. The US military ships surrounded the lifeboat containing the four pirates and the American ship captain. After a standoff, the Navy Seals shot and killed the pirates and rescued the American when the captain was deemed to be at risk of being shot.

Today the news has included several more reports of hijacking and piracy attempts. A pirate has stated that they are actually searching for American ships with the plans to hijack and kill all the Americans. They are specifically looking for the American Flag flying over a ship. This is in retaliation for the Navy killing the pirates in the rescue.

When a ship out at sea is found to be flying an American Flag that means something. What does it mean? It means that the ship is backed by the US government. All terrorism and attacks against the ship run the very high risk of retaliation by the US government.

My studies in military history have shown there is much in a name. While a small country could be at the mercy of pirates, larger countries are not helpless. Countries such as the US can escort ships and they can retaliate in the case of an attack. Also the US has political sway over other countries, granted not as much as before, but we still do. Small countries are dependent on their political allies. This is much of the reason for the First Gulf War – protecting Kuwait from Iraq. There are Fillipinos who have been held captive by pirates since November and there is little their country can and will do about the situation.

So how does this apply here in our Christian Life?

Whose flag are you under? Are you under the flag of the Lord?

In the Bible, the phrase Yehovah Nicciy means Jehovah my banner. Nec (root word) might be translated as banner, flag or standard while the word Degel is also translated flag, banner or standard.

Exodus 17:15-16
15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi:
16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
KJV

Exodus 17:15-16
15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord is my banner,
16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
ESV

Psalms 60:4 You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah ESV

Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. ESV

Isaiah 13:2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. KJV

We as those who Christ as ransomed have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13-14
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
ESV

We are flying the Lord’s Banner or Flag with the Holy Spirit as our guarantor.

When others decide to “mess with us” then they run the risk of facing the full wrath and fury of the Lord. We are backed by the Lord and all His resources.

However, just like today with the shipping situation, those under the Lord’s banner also risk being singled out by Satan for attacks. Satan hates the Lord and by association us. Satan will do all in his power to attack those flying the Lord’s banner.

As a matter of fact, the Lord has warned us that this will happen.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ESV

Just as the US has warned American ships to be extra vigilant during the recent pirate crises; the Lord has warned us that Satan is sneaking around looking for those who are caught off guard.

But we shouldn’t live in fear because the Lord is on our side.

Psalms 118:4-8
4 Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
7 The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
ESV

Having the Lord as our protection and shield is better than having all the military might of the whole world behind us.

Psalms 18:2-3
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
ESV


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What Are You Doing With What You’ve Been Given?

Ever complain about having enough time or energy to do all that the Lord would have you do?

Do you think you just don’t have any reason to encourage others because your life is so difficult?

Are you grumbling or giving thanks?

Num 14:27 “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me?” ESV

Ps 105:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! ESV

After watching this video see if you can still complain!

About Nick Vujicic

It says in James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

It seemed like a tall order to “count” hurt, pain and struggle as nothing but “pure joy” when my birth date arrived. My parents were Christians; my Dad was even a Pastor of our church, so that verse was quite familiar to them. However, on the morning of December 4th , 1982, in Melbourne, Australia, the last two words on the minds of my parents was “Praise God!”. Their firstborn son had been born without limbs! There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. Having no answers at all, the doctors were completely shocked and taken off guard!

The whole church mourned over my birth and my parents were absolutely devastated. “If God is a God of love,”  they questioned, “Then why would He let something like this happen, and especially to committed Christians?” My Dad did not think I would survive for very long. But, tests proved that I was a healthy baby boy with just one hitch, I’d been born without any limbs.

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Are You Preparing For The Next Race?

Below is an email I received from a Christian sister from across the country. I thought it was very encouraging. Who hasn’t squandered their time and not prepared for the upcoming trials? Or who hasn’t had another ask for help during a trial and found that since the last trial they haven’t been in God’s Word or had been slack in church attendance?

Those running the race must work hard before each trial. We cannot show up at the “Olympic” Trials without having spent serious time in preparation.

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. ESV

2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ESV

Heb 12:1-2
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. ESV

To all my dear sisters in the Lord:

Something has been long on my mind and moreso recently. It is my hope that you will be edified by what I have to say and that it encourages all of us to seek first the kingdom.

I thoroughly enjoy it whenever I hear from any one of you – I really do. But, I’ve noticed that oftentimes those moments only come when there is stress and turmoil in your lives or there is some need for prayer. Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying…I do want to know how I might pray for each and every one of you and I would not want you to take this as me saying, ‘you only contact me when you need something’. It really isn’t the point of me writing. We are to bear one another’s burdens and to pray for the brethren.

However, what I want to touch upon is this…how are we spending our time in the interlude of the trials? Are we daily seeking God in prayer and in the Word? Are we under sound teaching that exhorts us to run the race with endurance? Are we having true Christian fellowship with other sisters and talking about the things of God? Are we daily mortifying sin in our lives? Are we willing to lose sleep if necessary to have moments with God?

I know many of us are busy either in the home with children and spouses or outside of the home in the workplace. Our time is filled with duties and responsibilities – on that, we can all agree. But, how often do we truly take advantage of the windows of time I know we are all afforded? Do we sit at the computer involving ourselves in things that do not profit the soul? Do we sit in front of the tv? Do we attend to things for our good (and temporal) pleasure? I know that most of us can admit to squandering away precious time doing nothing that profits us spiritually. There are times when I could have chosen not to sit at the computer so long or taken in the nightly news and used that time wisely to invest in knowing the God of scripture, building myself up in the faith, praying for the saints or encouraging someone else.

The reason I ask these things is because I want us to think about how we are spending our time. How will we stand in the day of trial (and they come often), when we neglect so great a salvation and our spiritual well-being? The time to prepare for battle and trials is not in the midst of them. We will have nothing with which we can fight. The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh and yet, I find that oftentimes, those who have begun to grow weary, become overwhelmed, cold in their affections toward Christ and despairing have been neglecting the Word and prayer. I can say this because I have been guilty as well. I also do not propose we will do it perfectly all the time, every time, but how much better would we fair if we had given our affections to Christ?

We will have difficulties, trials and suffering in this life, but we are assured that God will not give us more than we can bear. We can still bear the fruit of joy even though the tempest rages around us. Let us always be looking to God and crying out to him in our distress, despair and afflictions know that He will never leave us or forsake us and that He cares for us.

Often, trials come by the hand of God in order to prune us, to test us and humble us to know what is in our heart and whether we would keep His commandments (Deut 8:2). When we neglect the things of God and attend to our own ways, He will let us eat the fruit of them until we repent. We can be sure that a child of God will be disciplined because He loves us as a Father – and He is not a derelict Father.

This is not to say that all trials are for discipline, but we cannot afford to become lax in our daily seeking the things of God – seeking what is pleasing to Him, seeking to know Him intimately, resting in His strength and not our own, and trusting Him in all things knowing that He causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). We need to seek Him daily as our daily bread for our very lives depend upon it. We must daily renew our minds and present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice WHICH is our spiritual service of worship (Rom 12:1-2).

We should consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (not necessarily works that others see although it may involve this) and encouraging one another (Heb 10:24).

‘Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today’, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ IF we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end…’ (Heb 3:12-14)

None of us does this perfectly, but it should be our heart’s desire to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to quickly run back to our first love when we fail. We need godly women that we can share our struggles with and ones who will always turn us back to the Lord and the cross.

I often feel lacking in what to say to comfort someone else. I want to be careful in what I say so that it is not my words and my attempts to simply make someone feel better. I do not like to see anyone suffer – especially a believer. But, I also know that the ONLY thing I truly have to offer you (or anyone) is Christ and the truth that has been revealed to us in scripture. I will always strive to point you back to Him for I know that He is much more acquainted with your situation and weaknesses. He alone can speak truth into your heart and give you peace and comfort.

I do not say these things from a lofty position because I know that I also must believe and accept what I say to be true. I need this as much as any of you so that I might stand in the day of trouble and to know in Whom I have believed and placed my faith. I need to live rightly before my God and to be mortifying sin in my life. I pray the Lord would help me in my own weaknesses.

I do not pretend to know how any of you spend your days, but I know that I often squander precious time that could have been spent in building myself up on my most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping myself in the love of God, and waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life (Jude 1:20). I want to know the One whom I will spend eternity with. If we want no part of Him in this age, we will have no part with Him in the next.

I do not want any of you to stop asking me for prayer or to feel that I want more of your time or friendship. Let us find ways to encourage one another in our faith and holy living. Simply, I want to encourage us all to be daily standing at the gates to apply ourselves to God’s wisdom and seeking and to ‘lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which SO EASILY entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…’ (Heb 12:1-2). He is worthy of our time and devotion – the One who purchased us with His own blood and saved us through no merit of our own. Let us not neglect so great a salvation!

In Christ with the utmost love and affection ~ Melissa

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Recession Not All Bad?

Yesterday on the news some think tank group the observes the economy officially declared the US to be in recession. According to them we have been in recession for eleven months now.

Economists group calls a recession

The National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit economists group in Cambridge, Mass., says the current economic recession began in December 2007…

But here are a few good things about being in a recession:

The price of gas –

We locally can buy gas for $1.69 a gallon. But just a few months ago we were paying almost $4.00 a gallon.

Couples staying together because of poor economy

Sometimes the financial implications of a divorce are so grim that a couple whose marriage is on the rocks decide to give it another try.

Kent Peterson, a longtime divorce mediator in Wayzata, Minn., said a young couple from the Minneapolis area were moving toward separation until they got a look at all the costs involved in divorce.

“The thinking was they need to work a little harder and stay together because of the changing asset picture,” he said.

Good for our lives –

Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon “… it will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people,” when discussing the 1929 crash of the stock market.


Repairing instead of replacing –

NPR had a news article today about how Americans are repairing older cars instead of buying new ones due to the economy.

It may improve your health.

But best of all it may cause you to reevaluate your relationship with God.

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Who Are You Praying For?

Due to the issues that have been popping up regularly at our present church, my husband has decided that we are leaving. We do not know where we will go but pray that the Lord will lead us to a church that will strive to be Holy and encourage us to live Holy lives. We are wrapping up things and will leave the end of this month.

One of the sweet Titus 2 women at church sent me an encouraging email this morning. (Thank you Mrs. B.) It is good to know that others are praying for you. She included that she was praying the following verses for us and prayed that we will be comforted.

2 Cor 1:3-7

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
KJV

2 Cor 4:16-18

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal
. KJV

Who are you praying for? You might be amazed how encouraging a card or email might be for those you are praying for.

Heb 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. NIV

1 Thess 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. NIV

If you are ever impressed with the thought that you should write a note or call up someone, commit to doing it. You may never know how much just a simple act of obedience might encourage another.

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