September 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm (Growing in Faith)

First – I hate politics, and I don’t have all the answers.


I am finding it fascinating that even among conservative Christians people are thrilled about McCain’s running mate.  There is nothing biblical about voting this woman into office, and I stand amazed at everyone’s apparent joy over having a ‘lesser of two evils’.


I really hate faddish sayings, but – How Would Jesus Vote?


Not for either big ticket party, that’s for sure.


If you’d like to just get back to basics, this young lady has written a thoughtful post on the subject from a biblical perspective.


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Slinging Mud

May 1, 2008 at 9:22 am (Growing in Faith)

If someone could explain to me why one’s view can not be discovered without them then being called some sort of name, I’d really appreciate it.


Why is our society so defensive?  How did we get this way?


Even in the church, if we are guided on another step down the road of sanctification, we still risk being called extremist or legalistic.


If something about the way I live my life forces you to face something in your life, then good!  You’ll either realize that perhaps there is something to investigate, or you’ll be thankful that you are further along than I am!  But why must there be so many defenses, especially when no offence has been slung in the first place?


Most of the changes I’ve made in my life come from watching and wondering about other people.


Why does she wear that?


Why does he read that?


Why does she educate like that?


Why does he discipline like that?


Why does she think like that?


What would happen if we simply sharpened one another?


A very wise gentleman that I know said, “‘Legalism’ is usually the first accusation slung after one has taken a step towards sanctification.”


I have been thinking about that a lot lately, and then ran into this, quoted from The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson:


When Christ and the world come into competition, and we part with the world to keep Christ and a good conscience, that is a sign we have chosen, “the better part.”


Can things be legalistic?  Of course!  But when you are accused of being legalistic, check your motives.  If they stem from a desire to please God, the accusation of legalism is unsubstantiated.  If they stem from elsewhere, there is some housekeeping to be done.


Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 27:17

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Biblical Holidays

May 1, 2008 at 9:15 am (Growing in Faith)

Since we were moving the day before easter, we decided to delay our celebration by two weeks.  As we neared our postponed date of celebration, I started researching the history behind easter eggs and bunnies and the like, wanting to be ready for the questions that the boys (who had never dyed an egg in their lives) would surely have.


I was blown away.


As a reforming Christian, I am always on the look out for ways the world has crept into my life and the life of my family.  Then, of course, I have to ask, ‘how was this decided?’, ‘who was involved?’ perhaps, ‘why?’ and then bring up the rear with, ‘is this biblical?’  What I learned about easter had me asking, ‘What in the world are we thinking?’


For a long time I have had an interest in the biblical holidays, but my easter discoveries pushed me over the edge.  After taking my preliminary findings to Mr. Perfect I asked if we had to do eggs and easter.  Being Mr. Perfect he said no and encouraged me to keep researching.  There is a plethora of information on the web, of course, which was very helpful.  But the best was a wonderful book, A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pierce.


(I made the mistake of NOT wanting to wait for Amazon to deliver it, so I called the local Christian book store.  They said it would be in within two days so I asked them to hold one for me.  Wrong.  A week later they called.  I went to pick it up and paid $20 over Amazon prices for it.  Just get it from Amazon!)


Anyway, it is very eye-opening.  There is amazing history to learn and much to think about.  We weren’t able to pull things together in time for seriously celebrating Passover or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, but we did have time to experiment with unleavened bread recipes and talk to the children about what we were learning.  Thankfully, the girls aren’t disappointed about ‘losing easter’, but are excited about celebrating the holidays that have been biblically laid out for us.


While I don’t know where this road is going to take us, I do know that I am excited to be cleaning more of the world out of my life, and the lives of my family.  I’m not sure if the first stop will be formalizing Sabbath or Pentecost, we’ll have to see what Mr. Perfect says!

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