March 3, 2011
September 7, 2009
1 Thessalonians 4:11
” . . . and to make it your ambition
to lead a quiet life and attend
to your own business . . . “
May 5, 2009
The true wife needs to be no mere poet’s dream, no artist’s picture, no ethereal lady too fine for use — but a woman healthful, strong, practical, industrious, with a hand for life’s common duties, yet crowned with that beauty which a high and noble purpose gives to a soul.
– J.R. Miller
The Christian Wife
April 17, 2009
And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might.
Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with *timbrel and lyre.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
*The timbrel is a tambourine-type instrument. These were instruments that the Hebrew women used. Remember Miriam, Moses’ sister, after crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20)?
Notes to self: As I go through today — how do I ‘dance’ which refects my joy for the Lord? What does that look like? A dance is lovely, smooth, flowing, exhilirating and yet peaceful; the music is mine but the dance can touch others;
salvation is beautiful . . .
Original post: beautiful living: making God attractive
April 10, 2009
A lovely morning with hot coffee . . .
wrapped in a blanket . . .
cat sleeping on the desk next to me . . .
It is a moment to capture and remember throughout the unfolding day. Chances are I will need it!
That they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect. (Titus 2:10)
John MacArthur said this, “When we make salvation beautiful, we make God attractive.” A lovely, simple, interpretation that I can fully absorb. I get it! So of course I must blog about it . . .
“Beautiful Living” will be a category I will continue to explore in Scripture. Not so much what judy says about beautiful living but what does Scripture tell us about beautiful living with the ultimate goal being to make God attractive to others.
“To deny ungodliness and worldy desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” (Titus 2:12)
Note to self: What ungodliness is in my life? What worldly desires have taken hold of me? Are there changes I can make today to live more sensibly, righteous, and godly?
April 10, 2009
John MacArthur continues (Part 1):
Paul states his third reason for holy living in Titus 2:10, “That they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.” “Adorn” is from the Greek word kosmeō and refers to making something beautiful.
Making salvation attractive is a high calling, and we will fail in that endeavor unless we can demonstrate that we have indeed been delivered from sin. Rebuking sin in others without an accompanying lifestyle of righteousness is the greatest hypocrisy. But lives characterized by purity, power, and joy reflect the order, beauty, and power of a saving God. When we make salvation beautiful, we make God attractive.
“When we make salvation beautiful, we make God attractive.”
April 10, 2009
John MacArthur has two powerful articles about Holy Living. He highlights 3 compelling reasons we ought to live a holy life.
Honors God’s Word
Silences the Opposition
Makes the Gospel Attractive
As a Christian, a true Christian, you are quite a contrast. Anchored in Jesus Christ, you are immoveable, steadfast, and strong. Your eyes are fixed on the Word of God, a beacon that stands out like a “lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19). As you move toward that light, God changes your life by the power of the Holy Spirit. The message you proclaim and the life you live guarantees you will stand out in the culture.
Holy, righteous lives are the backbone of the gospel we preach. The apostle Paul understood that. In the midst of a pagan society that did all it could to persecute Christians and discredit the Christian faith, he wrote to Titus telling him how to instruct the Cretans “to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12).