October 2008


If you are a Lion King (the Broadway Show) fan, you will remember this song “The Morning Report” with a very catchy jingle. Great show ~~ bad theology, yet the phrase captures the goal for this new post series.

The hope is that daily (??) I will check my favorites for the best of the best posts that in my humble opinion are worth your time and consideration. The topics will range from home-keeping to theology-watch, and maybe a sprinkling of politics). Would love to hear your comments on any of the day’s links.  Enjoy!

A Little Leaven: A Museum of Idolatry (humor)

Free John MacArthur, Apprising Ministries

A Woman’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents (Audio), Crosstalk

Nutritional Foundation: Making the Best of the Regular Grocery Store-Part 6, Keeper at Home

Decorating “Smecorating” (loved this one!), A Place Called Home

Supreme Court being asked to HALT Tuesday’s vote, World Net Daily
Fascinating, let’s take a poll on this one!

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What an unusual date for the Anniversary of the Reformation, October 31, 1517. Just learned of this anniversary date last week. If you have never read Martin Luther’s 95 Theses nailed into the door of Castle Church at the University in Wittenberg, Germany, it is worth your time.

 I also learned the meaning of the symbols on Martin Luther’s Seal. Today is a great opportunity to explore the men who further shaped the theology of the Reformation. I found this Chart of Protestant Reformers to be fascinating (scroll down the page to see it.)

And if you are still hungry for more ~~ an audio: The Courage to be Protestant.  Joining the White Horse Inn panel on this edition of the program is David Wells, professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and author of many books including No Place for Truth, and God in the Wasteland. On this program Dr. Wells discusses his most recent book, The Courage to be Protestant, which outlines the problems of contemporary Christianity, and encourages us to take refuge in the solas of the Reformation.

Praise God that we have this Freedom in the United States of America to openly read Scripture, pray without ceasing in public, and preach God’s Word in public!

 

 

 

 
 

There are a number of blogs that from time to time I visit and if I read something that is edifying and/or contains Truth, or stands separate from the culture with a discerning Christian worldview I will bookmark it. Today, as I was quickly skimming these favorites, I stumbled onto a book review post over at Beauty of the Bible.

The book is Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian, by Gary Haugen. So “googled” Haugen. He is the president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM). AND also a whole lot of other information. Honestly, I googled, “haugen, emerging”. Might as well get to the bottom line as quickly as possible.

If I were interested in going down the proverbial rabbit hole on this subject, I had plenty of promising paths. The “click of death” was this: http://www.unchristian.com/contributors.asp. A speedy scan of the contributers of which Haugen is one; revealed: Andy Stanley, Andy Crouch, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and now a little drum role for the last name, BRIAN MCLAREN.

Since I am working on another project I returned to my favorite list and {DELETE FAVORITE} was my next action.

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:6, NASB)

“The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked.” (1 John 2:4-6)

 As controversy explodes in the media and our fears escalate concerning the U.S. elections in 5 days; unbelief also creeps into our thoughts and reactions.

“We are destroying speculations
and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,  . . . ”
2 Corinthians 10:5

Imagine a fierce storm blowing all around your home. You are awakened by the clashing thunder and flashing light and you know that your child is in their bed, perhaps head under the covers, physically shaking, maybe weeping, and calling your name. They are too terrified to move and run into your room.

What do you do?

Most parents would quickly go their child’s room and either scoop them up and carry into your room or crawl into bed with them. Immediately you would feel the trembling quiet and the weeping stop as they snuggled their small bodies into yours.

What about this scenario . . .

As you dash into their room prepared to hold and comfort, the sweet voice of your child says. “Mom, I really need you, I’m really scared, but you aren’t able to help me. I really want you to make it all go away, make the storm stop — but there is nothing that you can do. Mom, please, please help me!”

How does your child’s rejection feel?

Isn’t that what we say to our heavenly Father, we cry out to Him in prayer, we read His Word yet our thoughts betray the condtion of our heart — our unbelief speaks louder and more persistently than the comfort of words on a page or a prayer on our lips. We must choose to be faithful. Impossible on our own but not impossible with the supernatural power of our Sovereign, Omnipotent, Commander in Chief.

A prayer from the Puritans for all of us . . .

PERIL

 

Sovereign Commander of the Universe,

I am sadly harassed by doubts, fears, unbelief,

            in a felt spiritual darkness.

My heart is full of evil surmising and disquietude,

            And I cannot act faith at all.

My heavenly pilot has disappeared,

            and I have lost my hold on the rock of ages;

I sink in deep mire beneath storms and waves,

            in horror and distress unutterable.

Help me, O Lord,

            to throw myself absolutely and wholly on thee,

            for better, for worse, without comfort and all but hopeless.

Give me peace of soul, confidence, enlargement of mind,

            morning joy that comes after night heaviness;

Water my soul richly with divine blessings;

Grant that I may welcome thy humbling in private

            so that I might enjoy thee in public;

Give me a mountain top as high as the valley is low,

Thy grace can melt the worst sinner, and I am as vile as he;

Yet thou hast made me a monument of mercy,

            a trophy of redeeming power;

In my distress let me not forget this.

All~wise God,

Thy never~failing providence orders every event.

            sweetens every fear,

            reveals evil’s presence lurking in seeming good,

            brings good out of seeming evil,

            makes unsatisfactory what I set my heart upon,

            to show me what a short~sighted creature I am,

            And to teach me to live by faith upon thy blessed self.

Out of my sorrow and night

            give me the name Naphtali ~~’satisfied with favour’~~

            help me to love thee as thy child,

            and to walk worthy of my heavenly pedigree.

 

The Valley of Vision, emphasis mine

 

 

Today is our homeschooling group so not much time to post let alone think! BUT it is a wonderful opportunity to direct your attention to Brenda at Coffee, Tea, Books, and Me.

Among other edifiying posts she places special effort on what she calls, “deepening the pantry”. A charming phrase that harkens back to our grandmothers and motivates me to be more intentional about a well-stocked pantry. She has frugal, wise advice for preparing our kitchens for leaner times. So in her honor, grab a cup of tea, pen and  notepad and enjoy sensible homemaking advice.

Also read this post which you might miss because it is further down the page under Living Simply Saturdays.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes.”
Romans 1:16

The Apostle Paul had been imprisoned in Phippi, chased out of Thessalonica, smuggled out of Berea, laughed at in Athens, regarded as a fool in Corinth, and stoned in Galatia; but Paul remained eager to preach the Gospel in Rome — the seat of contemporary political power and pagan religion. (MacArthur Study Bible)

Paul makes no attempt to be relevant to his culture,

He makes no treaty with the culture,

He does not adapt his message to the culture,

He does not repackage his message for the culture.

To the Jews, Paul’s Gospel of Christ was complete blasphemy. A Nazarene, dead on a wooden cross, was the son of God?

To the Greeks, it was the worst sort of absurdity. A Jew from some obscure place was actually God in the flesh?

Paul would be totally rejected and scorned unless the Holy Spirit intervened to move in the heart of his hearers. Scripture states, “it is the power of God . . .”  The Greek word for power, is the derivitive for the English word dynamite. The power of the Gospel was not Paul’s delivery and not even his obedience — the POWER is of GOD.

However, the gospel preached by many, well-meaning evangelical ministries is another gospel — a social gospel. This gospel identifies the problem — as a broken, bleeding culture that needs to be healed and fixed. Thousands of volunteers are trained and commissioned to this mission field. Man is the savior for this gospel and if he strives hard enough and works long enough; humanity will be redeemed.

Contrarily, the Gospel of Christ identifies the problem — Man is broken and bleeding under the burden of the Law and therefore in a state of sin and separation from God. Jesus Christ is the only Savior for this Gospel.

Many evangelical ministries today emphasize a social gospel. A gospel that is ecumenical,  inclusive, and culture-making. It is a belief that Christianity will attract followers when it demonstrates its love for mankind. It is a vision to unite all of humanity, redeem the culture, and restore God’s kingdom on earth. 

Culture is not a living, breathing, being — Culture is the by-product of man’s sin. Culture is the sympton of the disease; not the disease itself. Where in scripture are Christians exhorted to “save” the culture or make a new one?
 
The Gospel of Christ provides the only way of Salvation for mankind and in the process breaks the culture. There is only one uniting factor.

And there is salvation in no one else [Jesus Christ]; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

Reference: Paul Washer

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

October 27, 2008

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from my front porch . . . 

very chilly, bright sky, naked trees, scattered leaves, busy birdfeeder

i am remembering . . .

 a lovely weekend with our daughter home from college!
Her friends were not here so we had her all to ourselves!

i am thankful  . . .

“. . . I thank Christ Jesus, our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry.” (1Timothy 1:2)

from the kitchen . . .

vase of burning bush branches on the kitchen table and new puzzle!

i am reading . . .

The Valley of Vision

i am hoping . . .

finish October projects of canning and preserving, clearing the front and back porches of summer furniture, and more research for the book review!

I am thinking . . .

That there is nothing as simple as Scripture ~~ Eight days until the election.

around the house . . .

in final transition to fall and winter

one of my favorite things . . .

re-evaluating possessions and deciding if I still love them and are they still useful

a few plans for the rest of the week . . .

 rearranging furniture in guest room, removing wall paper in guest room.
Preparing for our family to visit over Thanksgiving

a quote . . .

Help me never to expect any happiness from the world, but only in thee. . . .”
The Valley of Vision

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you . . .

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