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Words to Dwell On

October 31, 2009

Candle Flame

 

 

 

 

I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.

John Keith Falconer

Are We Mumbling?

February 22, 2009

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“A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.”
– K.P. Yohannan

Menu Plan Monday

February 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

February 23 -27

Monday:  Pasta Carbonara, Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread

Tuesday:  Egg, Ham & Spinach Pizza

Wednesday:  Leftovers/Soup/Sandwiches

Thursday:  Mini Meatloaves, Corn, Zuchinni

Friday:  Date night!

Saturday:  Ginger-Garlic Fish in Parchment (will use Tilapia rather than Sea Bass), Thai Coconut Ginger Rice

Sunday:  Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Chips, Slaw

Menu Plan Monday

April 21, 2008

Monday:  Hamburger Casserole, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls

Tuesday:  Tuna Cakes, Broccoli, Fruit

Wednesday:  Leftovers, Sandwiches

Thursday:  Eating out as we have a busy night at school

Friday:  Hot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes with the Works, Orange Sherbet Freezes

Saturday:  Pecan Chicken, Fresh Okra Muffins, Green Beans

Sunday:  Spinach Quiche, Fruit, Sausage Links 

Hide Me

April 21, 2008

The Cross

Last week, as I was preparing to teach Sunday School, I came across this little verse of poetry:

When telling Thy salvation free

Let all-absorbing thoughts of Thee

My heart and soul engross;

And when all hearts are bowed and stirred

Beneath the influence of Thy word,

Hide me behind Thy cross.

-in the vestry of Hatherleigh Parish Church in England

We have been studying about ministry and Paul’s joy in serving the church and proclaiming the gospel in spite of intense suffering.  Why was Paul able to have this joy?  Because he knew that “this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Paul did not lose heart.  He knew that “though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16b  He reminds of us of the treasure we have–that God “has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6b

Then Paul comments that “we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.  For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4: 7-11

So why do we have the treasure of the knowledge of God in our weak and frail bodies?  That Christ might be exalted as the world sees that it is the power of God in us that has victory over all our difficult times.  Why do we have difficult times?  That Christ may be exalted every time He brings us through and overcomes our difficulties.

May we all be encouraged, like Paul, to maintain joy and not lose heart during difficult trials, knowing that God is with us.  He has already secured our victory, and our suffering is but a second in comparison with our eternity.  May we all, like the author of this poem, desire that we be hidden by the cross and that the world see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” as we share the message of the cross. 

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

April 15, 2008

For a class at our church, I am reading the book, Every Thought Captive by Richard L. Pratt, Jr.  It is basically a presuppositionalist apologetic of the Christian faith.  We have just gotten past the introductory chapters and into what I call the good stuff.  During my weekly reading, this caught my eye:

As the restored image of God, redeemed man seeks to do justice to God’s revelation in all of creation and in Scripture.  He realizes that it is not enough to know that rain is the condensation of evaporated water.  He asks what rain is and how it reveals the character and will of God.  If there were no sin, this would be no problem.  Man could simply observe the world and know God through it.  Yet, because of sin, “it is needful that another and better help be added to direct us aught to the very Creator of the universe.”¹  That better help is Scripture.  The Christian is committed to searching the Scriptures for the truths leading to the knowledge of salvation and also those truths leading to the knowledge of creation as it reveals God and His will to man.  This is not to say that the Bible becomes a textbook of natural science,as if the Christian did not need to look at the world and could merely read his Bible and arrive at scientific truth.  Instead, the Scriptures lay down general principles on which every investigation of the world must rest.  The true knowledge of rain, for instance, reveals to us the mercy of God and how God expects us to treat enemies with kindness (Matthew 5:45f).  Of course, scientific investigation into the nature of rain will intensify and clarify the Christian’s understanding of these things but true knowledge of rain is discovered by investigation resting on and governed by the Scriptures.  As a restored creature, the Christian seeks to maintain the Creator-creature distinction…and thereby gives proper place to the revelation of God.  (emphasis mine)

Do we, as Christians, really examine all of nature and life for what it reveals about our Lord’s character and will as made known to us in the Bible?  Do we see the rain and ask what it tells us about God?  We should.

¹John Calvin, Institutes, I,6,1. 

Your Answer Probably Needs to Change

April 14, 2008

This weekend, Bossy Boy was working on his math lesson.  These lessons are usually a time of great struggle for us, because Bossy Boy has decided that this area–math–is where he will test our authority as parents.  He will pretend he cannot do things he has been doing all year.  He will spend 3 hours on 45 minutes of work.  Although he has known his times tables since last summer, he will pretend he cannot multiply 6 x7.  Math, in other words, is not fun for him, and it should be since it reveals the mind of our Creator.

In any case, this weekend, Bossy Boy had a problem like the one that follows:

I’ve got to tell you, I haven’t laughed so hard in ages!  When we got through laughing, my husband and I were informed that his teacher had told him to answer this way.  As a suspicious parent of a boy who has tried to pull the wool over my eyes on many occasions, I have to admit I didn’t believe him, but later, I discovered from a classmate’s parent that his teacher had indeed told the class to answer this way.  I don’t know if I am more amused or appalled, but I have chosen to enjoy the laughter.  🙂  Maybe she, too, was driven to her wit’s end!

Update:  Apparently Bossy’s teacher simply read the problem incorrectly and thought the text asked what would probably happen.  In any case, she corrected it with the children today, and my husband and I continue to get a chuckle out of Bossy’s answer.