Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Division - Part 4

Part four of the series on division in the body of Christ is up on Christian Hope. It's the last part of this particular series. Click here to read it, or click on one of the links below if you missed any of the other parts!

Part 1 - Love One Another
Part 2 - What is Division?
Part 3 - Judging

Here's an excerpt from part four:

"Sure, the tares are bad, but the biggest danger here was obviously not the tares harming the wheat by sucking up nutrients and such. Nope. The biggest concern was that the wheat might be disturbed if someone were to rip up the tares. This is exactly the sort of thing I was talking about when I said we need to quit judging so we don’t harm others."

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Division - Part 3

Part three of a series I've been writing on division in the body of Christ is up on Christian Hope Today.

Here's an excerpt:

Believers generally know that Jesus said “Judge not, and you shall not be judged.” (Luke 6:37) But there seems to be very little obedience in this area because we’ve grown accustomed to making excuses for our behavior. We think we’re defending God, but when we judge, we’re actually harming the cause of Christ. I know all of this because I wasn’t obeying God either. I was pushing people away from God. I had no qualms about proclaiming how much of a liar or jerk someone was, all the while not even realizing I was judging! But, thank God, the Lord opened my spiritual eyes and ears to it. One of the main things He showed me at that time was that He wants us to “judge with righteous judgment” by looking beyond what we see with our eyes, and get to the heart.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Ambassadors for Christ

"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20

Ambassador: "a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative"

As I read an email this morning talking about this scripture, I was reminded again that we are Christ's representatives on this earth, and that our lives speak to others about Him. Question is, do our actions and way of life make Him look bad, or good?

With that in mind, part two of a series of guest posts over at Christian Hope today on division in the Body of Christ is up. Click here to read it, and be sure to read the first part if you haven't already!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Guest Post on Christian Hope Today

Just wanted to let you all know that I have a guest post up on Christian Hope Today. It's part one of what will be a three part series on division in the Body of Christ. I believe this is an extremely important topic, and I hope you'll go read and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart about it.

Click here to go read it now!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Casting our cares...

I've been hearing and reading a lot lately about casting our cares upon the Lord. As I was sitting here listening to Denise Renner talk to me about this subject, I got a mental image of moving files on my computer from one folder to another.

I'm not a graphic artist, so this is the best I could come up with to portray the image in my mind:

Casting the care of our "stuff" upon the Lord - whether it be as simple as managing time to get the laundry folded or as serious as a loved one in the hospital - is usually the easiest part. It's keeping those cares in God's capable hands that seems to trip us up the most. Too often, without even realizing it, we move the things we've given over to the Lord back into our "folder." Or maybe just make a teensy innocent copy so that we can both be on it at the same time. Doesn't work that way!

"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

And then what do you do once you've cast your cares? You think about GOOD things:
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This is the day...

My morning so far, besides slurping coffee, checking email, and farting around on Facebook:

- I wake up and trudge my way into the kitchen to start the coffeeer (I sneezed while typing that and decided to leave it as is) pot to find cat yark in the hallway. Yay.

- Cat #1 following me around and/or glaring at me from the vicinity of their dry food dish because I haven't yet refilled it. There's still food in it, but you know, he has to bend a little further to reach it. The horror.

- I pulled the coffee filter out of the coffee pot to throw it away, and it rips, spilling half of its contents on the floor. The dustpan needed exercise anyway.

These are the little things that can really set your day off wrong if you'll let them. But, today, I choose to laugh about them instead of allowing any frustration to build. I know that this is the day that the Lord has made! And my God doesn't make bad things.

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Keepin' it real...

I post a lot of stuff about daily life, growing in God, and all of that. Thing is, while all of those posts are great, they're only part of the whole picture. It's my goal to make sure everyone who comes here realizes that I am a real person, living a real life, who occasionally goes a little...




No...still not quite right.

Ape-poop ballistic?

Yes! That's it!

Take today for instance. I was doing great until roughly 7 p.m. Then all of the sudden, everything was just wrong.

I hated the dishes.

I hated the stupid scrubby.

I hated that no one else bothers to refill the soap-squirtie thingie with dish liquid ever.

And as my rage began to froth at whoever it was that created the stupid *bleep* tops on Clorox wipes - the ridiculousness of it all struck me, and the brakes went on.

So there you go. You may begin feeling better about yourselves *looking at watch* - now!