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Too much of a Martha, and not enough of a Mary.

I’ve been uncomfortable in my complacency for a couple of months now, yet too confused to do anything about it because it seemed that everything I have ever tried in the past has landed me right back where I started in beginning with more wear-and-tear than I bargained for. On Sunday I prayed and asked the Lord to do a work in my life – I laid the fleece out on the lawn, if you will. I prayed that He would reveal Himself to me and grab ahold of my heart.

I prayed that my Prayer Life would become real – not just going through the motions of asking for things when I’m in need, but that I would learn to praise Him when things are taking place that are perhaps unpleasant. I prayed that I would be more concerned with what God thought about my prayer life than what my prayers sounded like to others. God doesn’t care about fancy words and impressive praise — He cares about what’s in my heart.

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Challenge 11: Matthew 5:41-47 Essay Report.

What does Matthew 5:41-47 mean to a believer?

VS 41 – As Christians we should be willing to go the second mile and put in the extra effort. Back in “Bible days,” a roman could beckon a Jewish man to carry his luggage for a mile. However, Christ taught that the Jewish man should carry the luggage for an extra mile! What a great testimony to the Romans that the Jews allowed themselves to serve others with their time and abilities.

VS 42 – We should be willing to help others who are in need – not just by sharing our possessions with them, but also by giving them our time when they need help. We should also be willing to give and help others without expecting to get something back from them in return.

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Question of the day: the Bride of Christ.

Back in August we had a QOTD post about the Baptist Briders group. This week’s QOTD post is along the same lines, but completely different.

The Baptist Briders believe only those who are saved, baptized, and members of a “NT Baptist Church” are what makes up the Bride of Christ and everyone else is either just part of the “extended family” or completely left out altogether.

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

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Question of the day: divorce and remarriage.

So what does the Bible really say…?

The Bible discusses the qualifications required for pastors/deacons in I Timothy 3 and also in Titus 1 – so feel free to study up on that before you answer today’s QOTD.

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

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Challenge 23: Romans 8 Essay Report.

What does Romans 8 mean to a new believer?

Many people, prior to salvation, believe that they must earn or work their way to Heaven. However, the Bible says: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:3-4a).

The law couldn’t save us; our works couldn’t save us; so God sent His only begotten Son to live a sinless life and die upon a cross in our place. Because of His sacrifice, we can be saved by trusting in Christ as our personal Savior. When we accept Christ as our Savior, the justice of our Holy God is satisfied and “the righteousness of the law… [is] fulfilled in us” (8:4a). We see later in the chapter that God “spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all” (8:32). Christ died and suffered separation from His Father that we might never have to spend eternity in Hell.

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Question of the day: women pastors or deacons.

So what does the Bible really say…?

Most IFB’s have extremely strong opinions regarding this topic (myself included). But I’ve also noticed that alot of “modern” or “reformed” female bloggers have their own very strong opinions on this subject.

I’m especially interested in hearing from the women on this one…

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

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Holidays: I don’t observe, so how do I deal?

Since there really aren’t any Scriptures that deal with this subject specifically, I’m going to share my opinions on it for the next few minutes.

Yesterday I posted a video about whether or not Christians should participate in Halloween.

My family never “celebrated” Halloween. We weren’t allowed to dress up as creepy goblins and witches. My brother and I weren’t allowed to go trick-or-treating with our friends. We never passed out candy either. When the kids started to walk around the neighborhood to collect their Halloween treasure, we shut all the drapes, closed the blinds, turned off all the lights in the house, and deactivated our motion-sensor porch light. In fact, I carved my first pumpkin when I was 23 (and it was the most awesome ninja turtle you’ve ever seen, I might add).

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Challenge 20: Romans 6 Essay Report.

What does Romans 6 mean to a new believer?

If we look at the ending of the previous chapter we read these words: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20). Chapter 6 starts off with a question: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (6:1).

When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our “old man” (who we were before we were saved) is dead – for Christ died for ALL the sins of man: PAST, present and future. Our sins died with Christ that day! Likewise, just like Christ rose from the dead 3 days later, we are also made alive in Christ and given the power to live the abundant Christian life.

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Tithing: is it still relevant today?

Back in November 2011 I posted “to tithe or not to tithe?” on the blog. It drummed up a pretty good discussion, and even caused a few people at the church I used to attend to get a little self-defensive over the issue.

Old Testament.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:8-10

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A question that I have thought of more and more, especially now that I have a new puppy in my life.
I think the way the blogger shares his thoughts is a good start to answering questions that many people (no doubt) have about the eternal destiny (or lack thereof) of their pets.

 

What are your thoughts on this?

I was listening to a Q & A session hosted by John MacArthur where he was essentially asked if since the Bible speaks of figures that have characteristics of animals in heaven, will people’s dogs be in heaven with them.  MacArthur first answered somewhat in jest when he said something on the order of people taking great pleasure in many things this life has to offer, like rock collections, but their pet rocks won’t be there.  To which the questioner quickly quipped, “But rocks don’t fetch!”

MacArthur went on to explain that God has given us plenty of things in this life to enjoy that were made for this life only.  He talked about the great love his wife has for various birds that gather around the feeders she strategically placed around their yard, and how they won’t be in heaven either.  He essentially ended his answer by saying that…

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