Representations

Hello dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I wanted to address this topic today because this is our open day to work through anything that doesn’t fit in the other categories. Representations. In particular, how we represent one another, and how we represent Christ. These are, at the root, two totally different meanings, however both are important and need to be addressed.

Recently on social media I saw a Meme that depicted cessationists as uncaring individuals who think God can not do miracles. This is an incorrect representation, not to mention that the comments beneath were even less gracious. Cessationists believe God does miracles today, but that the specific miracles the men of the New Testament were able to do were there as evidence for their being inspired by the Holy Spirit to write Gods Word. There are many continuationists that I love as brothers and sisters in Christ, such as Matt Slick from CARM. Though I disagree with them on this issue, I would be genuinely grieved to find I had misrepresented and mocked a member of the body of Christ. All that is to say that we need to be cautious how we represent one another. I understand that the Meme was designed to be funny, yet what value is there in such humor. In what way does this glorify God?

This brings us to the next point I’d like to make. How are we representing Christ? Social media is awash with blasphemy, Christian mockery, sinful and hurtful messages. When you and I ‘log on’ we do so in the same manner that we wake up in the morning, as ambassadors. What we like, comment, share, or post, represents Christianity. Ought we to be online mocking one another? Surely the world has covered that area of the internet sufficiently.

I’m not suggesting that the Christian should be a boring, dull person with no joy or laughter. I am, however, suggesting that we take care not to find joy and laughter through sinful or worldly means. We will, one day, give an account for every idle word spoken. If we laugh, let it be in the joyful praise of the Lord. If we rejoice, let it be in our great salvation, or the many blessings God has given us! We have to take sin seriously, dear ones. God takes it so seriously that He condescended to become man, entering His creation Jesus Christ, fully God, fully man, had the wrath we deserved poured out upon Him. That wrath was stored up by the sin of Gods children.

Remember this, as well, friends, it was just one sin that cast Adam and Eve out of Eden. It’s not the sin, but the one against whom we sin, that should make us tremble before we open our mouths (or keyboards). Let your conversations be sprinkled with love. Let the mercy of God be what drives you to answer others online. Always bringing to mind that we were once dead in our sins and trespasses, but God, through His grace, saved us, and is sanctifying us. I pray this post will help to edify and encourage you all. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Christ the Messiah: God or Man?

Dear ones, a few days ago I heard a grievous statistic that 78% of ‘Christians’ believe Christ was created by God. 78? That means the mass majority of professing Christians have an errant view of Christ, the trinity, and the Gospel. The verse twisted to come up with this false doctrine is Revelation 3:14 which does seem to justify this belief. Here’s the problem, Scripture clearly states that Christ has always been, He is eternal, so either Scripture is contradicting itself or our understanding is flawed. Always, always, beloved, assume the issue is with our interpretation. Gods Word is inerrant, we are not.

What’s happened in Revelation 3:14 is simply a misunderstanding of the Greek term arche. Arche is translated in most versions as beginning, which in modern speech would suggest the first created. In Greek, however, this is referencing the source, or origin, of created things. All things were made by Him, Christ is the source. A little Greek can go a long way, thankfully we have access to a tremendous amount of information online. But why is this so dangerous? And how did it come about that so many believe it?

Friends, Gods Word is very clear, only a perfect sacrifice could remove the sins of believers. Only God is perfect. If Christ is created by God, He is not God, and can not save through His sacrifice. You can see then that multitudes of professing believers do not even understand this most basic doctrine of Christianity. If you put your faith in a false god, even if you name that false god Jesus, you are still lost. I liken it to this, suppose a new employee comes to you and processes to worship Christ. You’re overjoyed, another believer to fellowship! That employee invites you over to worship Jesus together, and you accept the invite. Unfortunately, when you arrive, you find that ‘Jesus’ is this new friends pet chicken to which he sacrifices to, adores, and worships. You see the different, beloved?

I was an idolater before God saved me in July of 2015. I had created an image of a god, he resembled Santa Clause. I called him Jesus, but he was a figment of my imagination. He was not the Biblical Messiah, who bore my sin and death on a Roman cross. I had no idea about the mystery of the Godhead, or the eternality of Christ. When I became a new creation understanding didn’t magically appear in my mind, I had to search the Scriptures. The very thing my new heart desired to do more than anything else. I wanted to know more about this Savior that had freed me from the chains of sin! In digging into God’s Word I could clearly see the difference between the true Christ, and the false god I had been worshipping.

How is it then, with this being such obvious error, that the majority polled answered incorrectly? I believe the answer is twofold. Firstly, the foxes are watching the hen house. Over the past hundred years the Gospel has been slowly watered down, and churches have become so ‘inclusive’ and inoffensive, that they don’t dare give the Law to the proud and grace to the humble. Without Biblical preaching churches are filled with unsaved members that then go on to become unsaved pastors, leaders, and elders. Secondly, and owing to the first point, doctrine is despised in today’s churches. The very idea of tediously working through the Scriptures is laughable to the modern ‘Christian’. As proverbs say, to the starving every bitter thing tastes sweet. Those who have so very little teaching in the Word are more apt to accept whatever sounds best to their itching ears.

I doubt that I have to mention just how deeply troubling this statistic is. We must continue, dear brethren, to study and share the truth as many of your wonderful blogs to daily. Teach your children, and grandchildren, and encourage your pastors, elders, and leaders to teach meaty matters. Speak the truth in love, always bringing to remembrance that, if not for Gods grace, we would also be mislead. As always, beloved ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Dynamic Series – Thermodynamics Part IV Application and The End of This Series

Hello dear ones! This is it, the final post on our series through dynamics. If you missed any of the previous posts I’ll link to them all at the end. I mentioned at the beginning of thermodynamics that many in both the secular side and the creationist side were applying the second law incorrectly. As an explanation for that I’ve got this phenomenal episode of Creation Magazine Live. If you love Answers News you’ll appreciate this show as well.

https://creation.com/m/world-winding-down-an-interview-with-dr-carl-wieland-creation-magazine-live-3-20

Obviously when it comes to the application of thermodynamics there’s no limit. It’s an essential foundation for understanding how God designed this world to work. It also impacts the first two fields of study we discussed, hydrodynamics and aerodynamics. The men who first discovered these principles, now laws of science, did not create them but merely put names and equations to them. Beloved, God created all things, though sin cursed and groaning, our world runs in an orderly fashion. I hope this series has helped in seeing the intelligently designed universe, while giving glory to the one who created it. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Dynamic Series – First Post

Dynamic Series – Second Post

Dynamic Series – Third Post

Dynamic Series – Fourth Post

Dynamic Series – Fifth Post

Dynamic Series – Sixth Post

Dynamic Series – Seventh Post

Dynamic Series – Eighth Post

Dynamic Series – Ninth Post

Dynamic Series – Tenth Post

Dynamic Series – Eleventh Post

Homeschooling Resources and Update – Encouragement for Lessons During Holidays

Hello dear ones! It’s snowing here again, just as the previous layer was nearly melted away. It’s so beautiful, and we even went sledding for the first time in our lives. So. Much. Fun. Boy, we really missed out on something special growing up in the south. I can not wait to go again this weekend! I had no intention of getting on the sled, however in demonstrating the safest way to propel my darling daughter down a hill, I found that gravity is still fully in effect, down an entire hill I went! What does this have to do with lessons? Everything! Inertia, gravity, traction, aerodynamics, to name a few. We’re actually not covering any of those topics in science currently, but what a great opportunity to review them. This is the encouragement I want to give all my homeschooling friends out there, everything is a teachable moment. I know it can seem like the last three months of the year are a difficult time to focus. There’s so much to distract! Especially snow. Snow! That even distracts me.

Don’t be discouraged if productivity slows down a bit. Now is a great time to prepare for next year, try remembering that the end of the year is full of fun activities so that you can work your lessons around them. We have a very odd style of homeschooling, we only do lessons when Daddy is at work. Hospital shifts are 12 hours, three to four days a weeks, which gives ample days for Kayliegh to blow off steam, and play in the snow. Everyones homeschooling is different, which is just a small part of what makes it so special, no one size fits all! We tried at the beginning of the year to do lessons for just 4 hours 5 days a week, but quickly remembered why we use daddies days off as our days off. Daddy is a jungle gym. He always has been. The moment he wakes up its time for play, so it was nearly impossible to focus. If you find that your little ones are struggling to focus, especially during this time of the year, switch things up. Find what works best for you, and for them. Flexibility is a very good thing!

I also wanted to update everyone on my first ever spreadsheet, it was a huge success. The entire month of November has gone so much smoother, I’m considering working out a spread sheet for all the varies subjects Kayliegh studies. I’ve never written her lesson plans out for an entire year before, I usually cover them monthly (mentally) and write them down weekly. I feel like my brain had fifty tabs open, and I closed them all by organizing it into excel. Again, this might not be the way you choose to homeschool, and thats ok! If you use a program, or order a curriculum, thats fantastic. I create Kayliegh’s because, well one I only have the one child which makes this task much easier. Secondly, Kayliegh is all over the place on grade range, with middle school science, fourth grade social studies, third grade math, and college level reading. Lastly, without my income as a working mom, it’s better for our finances that we stick to the ‘mostly free’ path. No one size fits all! What a blessing this is!

I mentioned in the last update that we were going to learn how, why, when, and where the Puritans came over to America, and why we were celebrating Thanksgiving. That was a huge success, and Monumental has become one of her favorite movies. We watched it in 10-15 minute increments each day, and she couldn’t wait to get to it. I’m preparing for December this week by back tracking with her, looking at brothers and sisters in Christ that make up the generations between the Reformation and the Puritans. Then, in December, we’re going to cover the Reformation. I found these AWESOME coloring pages and worksheets that discuss the five solas! They’re fantastic, and free, see link below.

https://www.coloringworkbooks.com/downloads/the-reformation/

In science, according to my handy dandy spreadsheet, we’re going to be dealing with anatomy, specifically the pathophysiology of each system. I’m really excited about this one! I hope we can really focus, although it will be difficult. Not only will we be making a drive across the country to visit family, we’ll also be packing up for an end of the year move. Like I mentioned above, some months, weeks, or days, as a homeschooling family are more productive than others. We have to celebrate the small victories, while learning and improving from the failures. The goal is not to jam as much information into one day, but to genuinely teach. I know the struggle is real, and some days it feels like you’re spinning your wheels. Just know, beloved, that you are the best person to teach your children. You are giving them the most valuable gift you can give, your time. I hope, and pray, that this post is an encouragement to you all. As always, dear brethren, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – GIlberto Nole

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today I’d like to share another testimony from HeartCry Missionary Society, this one from Peru. GIlberto Nole is a brother that has done great things for the Lord, but it all began with the search for a book. What amazes me about his testimony is that Bibles were not readily available. This book that had captivated him was so difficult to find.

Gilberto’s testimony can be found in this link here, where you can see how God drew Mr. Nole to Himself. It’s important, as we gather this week to cook and fellowship with family and friends, that we remember how blessed we are to have easy access to God’s Word! What a tremendous honor it is to have prayer and study, to come both before Gods throne and Gods Word. I pray this blesses you all, and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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

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.