Hymns of the Past – Lord, it Belongs Not to my Care

What a beautiful hope we have, dear ones! This hymn depicts it well, although we have very small insights into what will be on the other side waiting for us, we know one thing for sure. Our Lord is there. Where He is, our hearts long to be.

Lord, it belongs not to my care
whether I die or live:
to love and serve thee is my share,
and this thy grace must give.

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
than he went through before;
he that into God’s kingdom comes
must enter by this door.

Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet
thy blessed face to see;
for if thy work on earth be sweet,
what will thy glory be!

Then shall I end my sad complaints
and weary, sinful days,
and join with the triumphant saints
that sing my Saviour’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
the eye of faith is dim;
but ’tis enough that Christ knows all,
and I shall be with him.

Richard Baxter

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Prayer Requests

Hello all! I have a few things that I could surely use my brothers and sisters prayers on. First, someone who confessed they were not saved but had been attempting to assuage their conscience through religious duties. They felt they were too sinful to be saved, while admitting their desperate need. I’ve never come across such a person, with the awareness of their sins and brokenness to confess them. Please join me in praying for God to grant this person repentance and faith.

I also have a close family member who is in the Word of Faith movement, but has gotten some very serious medical news. Tests are being done, I’ll be sure to update you all on this. They are tragically convinced that this is due to their lack of faith, please pray that God would give this person discernment. Friends, we are promised trials and tribulations on this earth. The rain falls on the good and the bad alone. No amount of seed sowing will change this, and it is not as a result of speaking negatively or having doubts.

Thank you for joining me in prayer for these issues, dear ones. If you have anything you’d like to mention for prayer in the comments please do, and know that when any of you mention family members or friends that need prayer I have and will continue to pray with you. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy fellowship. As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Dynamic Series – Thermodynamics Part III The Principles

Hello, and happy Monday, dear ones! Are you ready to stretch your brain with some science? Good, because today is going to be a fun one! We’re dealing with the principles of thermodynamics today, which was a much broader subject than I expected. It also consists of varied opinions, which I suppose ought to be expected with a field this wide. From my research into the topic I concluded that the Laws themselves are so basic to everything we see and do that they are, in and of themselves, principles. If you’ve studied this and have a different take on it, I welcome the discussion in the comments.

This means we see the principle of heat, temperature, and energy throughout each of the Laws. That’s as simplified as it can get, although I was hoping to have something more specific for you all today. Sometimes, when dealing with difficult or complex scientific fields of study, coming back to the basics can be very helpful. The principles of thermodynamics were studied for several centuries and are still in place today. There are very few scientific laws that are as well defined and solidly grounded as these. God has blessed us with such an understanding of the way He has ordered the universe. In this we see, yet again, that all His creation obeys His laws save one, mankind.

As energy conservation would have massive consequences should it suddenly cease following the structure it so readily follows today, man will also face consequences for disobedience to Gods Law. It only took one Sin for Adam and Eve to be cast out of the Garden of Eden. You and I, dear friend, commit more than one sin every day! This good, and righteous God has given us life, love, laughter, the very air we breathe. We, in return, ridicule, and rebel against Him. As any just Judge would do, God will one day Judge all those who have sinned. If you’ve lied, blasphemed, lusted, coveted, or dishonored your parents (to name just five of the Ten Commandments) then you will be held accountable on that great and terrible day.

It would seem then, that all men are doomed, as all men have sinned. Yet God, in His gracious mercy, condescended to become man, the man Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life, without sin, and died the death we all deserved. On that Roman cross, so many years ago, God poured out His wrath on His Son. Either our sins have been paid for by Christ, or they will be paid for in eternity. Repent, therefor, and put your faith in Christ alone. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life! Today is the day of salvation, Christ and Christ alone has died in your place. If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Repentance: Gift or Work?

Hello again, dear ones! Today the twisted scripture we’re going to be working with is Ephesians 2:8-9. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. That’s a beautiful truth, is it not dear ones? This is one of those verses that we could read and reread for all eternity without ever tiring of it. Unfortunately some have used this verse to negate other verses. Namely, as we’ll be discussing today, all verses referencing repentance.

A while back Tom, our brother in the faith over at excatholicforChrist, shared a link with me about repentance here, it’s well worth the read! It was his observation that some who hold to King James Onlyism tend to have a negative view of repentance. Their claim is that repentance is a work and is therefor not needed for salvation. As you’ll see in my graphics, Scripture says otherwise. Here’s where almost every Twisted Tuesday leads, rather than allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture, we tend to impose our views on it. This is called eisegesis and has caused more heresies than can be numbered. There’s going to be times when we don’t understand God’s Word, or when a verse stands out as one that needs clarity. When this happens we need to be very careful not to add our own opinions to the text. Good hermeneutics is key! If we seem to be contradicting Scripture with our interpretation than there is something seriously wrong with our interpretation.

This is what has happened with the view that repentance is a work. Scripture clearly states that salvation is of God, we have nothing to boast in. We can only sit at the feet of the cross amazed that we have been saved from the wrath to come. Scripture also tells us to repent, and put our faith in Christ alone. How does Gods Word reconcile this? Simply, by stating and repeating an important truth, repentance is a gift from God. It’s imperative at this point to discuss a distinction the Bible makes clear, there is a worldly sorrow not leading to repentance, and a Godly sorrow that does lead to repentance. The worldly sorrow is one where the sinner feels the sting of consequence, where as the Godly sorrow feels the sting of offending ones Creator.

To use myself as an example, without any understanding of God’s Law, and a wicked heart full of pride and lust, I took to the alter at every call, repeating the same prayer, hopeful that my sins would not be found out. Washing the outside of the cup. I did this for over a decade, dear ones. It’s been noted before that some have genuinely repented when repeating the Sinners Prayer. Those brothers and sisters felt the weight of their sin in Godly sorrow. Others, like myself, had no idea what the need for repentance even was. We used the Sinners Prayer as a get out of hell free card, a way to have our cake and eat it too, to sin freely without considering the one against whom we sinned. This is the true heart of man, when left unchanged by Gods grace, able to deceive itself right into Hell.

When I heard Gods Word rightly divided, His Law explained, His grace expounded upon, I felt Godly sorrow for my sins. How could I, wickedly full of hatred for the one true God, now humbled by His sovereignty, fall at His feet and ask for forgiveness? I could have more readily walked the surface of the sun that night than walk to the throne of God, if I had been left to my own works all would have been lost. However, in my lostness, in my brokenness, in my utter helplessness, God gave me the gift of repentance and faith. God gave me the confidence to approach His throne. It was all Him, and He alone is owed the glory!

The very air we breathe when speaking a prayer of repentance is a gift from God. A new heart is given at the point of salvation, the old man filled with worldly desires dies, and a new creation replaces it. That new creation desires to do the will of God, though imperfectly, with a new heart that loves Him, and this is a gift of God. In short, God gives repentance and faith, salvation, sanctification, adoption, and justification. To Him be the glory, and the honor, and the praise, forever and ever amen. We must share the Gospel, giving the law to the proud, showing grace to the humble, calling all men to repent. Poke holes in a life boat and it will sink before any can jump inside it and be saved. Give the entirety of the life boat, the Good News of the Gospel, to the lost. We can not save anyone, but we can plant seeds, or water where others have sown, while trusting in God to bring the increase. Gods Word is perfect, we need not discount one verse to bolster another.

As a reminder, brethren, let’s continue to uphold our brother Jim in prayer as he is overseas on missions. 2018 has seen many countries harden against the church planting, evangelizing, and related mission trips. Thank you Pastor Jim for your faithfulness! We look forward to your safe return, and the updates that come with it. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Saturday Homeschooling Lessons – Update and Free Resources

Hello dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well and having a pleasant weekend! I haven’t had a opprotunity to update you all on Kayliegh’s lessons in so long. We were cruising along in math problem free until we came to division. Thankfully my amazing husband stepped in, he seems to speak a language Kk understands better than mine. Those two have very similar ways of capturing ideas, so he’s going to help with division. I’m so thankful to God for my husband, he never complains or fuses, if there’s a problem he’s ready with a solution!

We’ve been a bit of everywhere with science lately, from tsunamis to bird flight patterns. So I’m doing the unthinkable (at least for me) and creating a spreadsheet for science in 2019. Do any of you awesome homeschooling families use spreadsheets, and if so have any tips? History has been a focus on pilgrims, with the reading of Little House on the Prairie books. Kayliegh loves the adventure, and it helps that the main characters are young girls. She’s fallen in love with Ma and Pa, and frequently tells me what they’re doing as if they were her relatives. Too cute! This has, of course, given us multiple opportunities to discuss technological advances made since then, the changes in land and law, along with the dangers early settlers faced. We’re going to back track from there into the first pilgrims. At which point, in time for Thanksgiving, we’re going to watch and discussĀ Monumental, Kirk Camerons documentary which follows believers fleeing home and country to find a land they can be free to worship God the way the Bible says.

Let’s skip grammar today, it’s the most saturating subject for free online curriculum. If you are struggling to find information in this area though please feel free to mention it in the comments and I’d be happy to share what sites we use. Otherwise, let me get to the fun stuff, sharing free resources! I’ve shared this before, but as it’s still being offered freely, and as Christmas is right around the corner, Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis is still offering their Easter curriculum for free. I find nothing beneficial about sharing the birth of The Savior without sharing why. Christmas is one of those unique holidays where everyone is feeling festive, but no one talks about why. This is why every year I mix things all up and teach Kayliegh the full story. Obviously we want to be giving the Gospel to our children often, not just on Holidays, but especially at the Holidays. May I suggest to you all, as well, that now is a fantastic time to order some Gospel tracts. November is the month where Americans celebrate thankfulness, show your community what the Savior did. December is the month where everyone celebrates Christ’s birth, whether they realize it or not, show them what the Savior did. Give them the Good News!

Also, as we’ve just celebrating the 501st anniversary of the Reformation, I want to review some of our late brothers in Christ who changed the church for the better. I found this fantastic print outs here, and also will be reviewing the Amazon movies of these characters with Kk through out this month, and next month. Lastly, in-between grueling lessons or scientific lectures and research, I love to give Kayliegh the chance to take a creative break. These Days of Creation coloring pages are the perfect way to do this! It’s separate from art class in that no messes are being made, and also creates a short quiet time where she can focus on the Scripture in front of her. If you have resources you’d like to share please feel free to add them in the comment sections. As always, beloved brethren, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – All Dressed Up With Nothing to Review

Hello beloved brethren! I hope you had a fantastic Reformation Day yesterday. I had hoped to be done with John Calvin’s third book of The Institutes. It’s meaty, dear ones. It’s taking me a while to get through. So instead, I want to hear what you’re reading! Currently, besides Biblical study, all my reading time is going towards The Institutes. It feels odd to only be reading one thing at a time. Let me know in the comments, friends, what books are you digging into? What books do you recommend?

Also, if you missed my last two reviews of The Institutes you can catch up here, and here. Here’s a little throw back Thursday to my first ever book review! Oh the graphics…the poor, poor graphics! I look forward to hearing what you’re all reading. I pray the Lord blesses you all. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Dynamic Series – Thermodynamics Part II The Laws

Good morning, dear ones, I hope you are all doing well! Today I’d like to discuss the laws of thermodynamics. Most of us know the three laws, however there is a fourth one not often taught or discussed. It sort of reminds me of the four types of matter, we all learn about solid, liquid, and gas, but rarely learn about the fourth, plasma. Seems to be a similar situation with this fourth law, it isn’t even numbered, it’s given a name instead, Zeroth law. That’s simply because this law actually needed to come before the other three, but was figured out long after the three laws were well known. Who wants to be the guy that’s confuses everyone by renaming laws? Just think how upset we are all for poor Pluto, and that’s a piece of rock not a scientific law.

The first law of thermodynamics we all understand, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Kayliegh and I discussed this when we were reviewing plants. The plants take the nutrients from the soil, water, sunlight, to have energy to grow. Once full grown someone or something eats it, gaining energy themselves. That’s probably is an oversimplification, but that’s the great thing about these laws, they apply so easily. You can get really deep, and the mathematical equations are insane, or you can make science come to life by giving examples of everyday life. Unless you like math, in which case…knock yourself out my friend!

The second law is one that every good young earth Creationist knows, all things tend towards disorder, or entropy. For a good year after I first introduced this concept to Kayliegh she found entropy everywhere. If we went for a drive she spotted old barns, rusting cars, or dilapidated buildings. My favorite example is still her room, boy does that tend towards disorder! It takes energy expounded to keep things organized, a lot of energy. On a smaller level the best example is gas molecules. We ought to be very thankful every breath we take that God created this law. If all the things we need to breath in suddenly tended towards organization they’d collect themselves into a corner and we’d suffocate. Instead, they disperse into disorder, filling any room, box, or space they happen to be in.

The third law is not as easy to put into a simplified expression. Not even Physics for Dummies could help me out in this. Basically, this law states that as entropy reaches a constant the temperature will reach absolute zero. Absolute zero is absolutely fascinating. Yup, that probably sounded better in my head, but I stick by it. In other words, as things revolve into complete disorder atoms will stop moving totally, which is what absolute zero causes. I’ll have to do a separate post on that, it’s genuinely a mind blowing field of study. I have yet to think of examples of this in real life, if you do please feel free to share on the comments!

The final law, which should actually be the first, is the Zeroth Law. I tried to make my mind tell my hands to type this first but my OCD took over and respectfully refused to switch the orders. I’m sorry to my scientifically minded friends who are screaming this should be first. This law is in reference to thermal equilibrium. Equilibrium is another word for balance, particularly in regards to two opposing forces. Thermal equilibrium, of course, means temperature balance. This is imperative when considering temperature scales, so it really does belong at the beginning. We probably won’t dig too deeply into this law, but I thought it would be fun to say equilibrium, so I added just this little bit.

Those are the laws, my friends, and next week we’ll look into the principles that apply to those laws. I hope you can see the clear design within Gods amazingly ordered universe. I also hope this opens your mind to better glorify the God who, while upholding all things, saves wretches like us. I’d also love to know if any of you were taught three or four laws in school? Let me know in the comments. I pray this series, as we near the end, will bless you all. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.