Kayliegh’s Questions – Why?

If you have little ones in your life then you already know that ‘why’ is their favorite question. I love this about Kk! She asks so many questions throughout the day, always something different, sometimes funny and sometimes very serious. I hadn’t had time to sit down and write about them up until now, so I’ve been recording them for the opportune time.

Here are a select few from the past week…

1. “Is Satan why we sin, mommy?”

Answer: No, we sin because we inherited the sin nature from Adams fall in the garden. Satan does seek to kill, steal, and destroy. He is the accuser of the brethren. (Enter the Gospel, I always try to bring it back to the Gospel)

2. “Why did God create man if He knew we would sin? Why didn’t He just make us not to sin?”

Answer: You’ve had both a robotic dog and a real puppy. You loved the real puppy, the robotic dog ended up in a draw. This is because the real puppies affections had more value, they were genuine. The robot was programmed to pretend to love you, without any actual feelings. God could have created mankind as robots, but we’re to be a gift for His Son, a bride for the Bridegroom. What kind of gift would forced love be? Jesus said if we love Him we’ll obey His commandments.

(I’ll admit this one was tough for me beloved, and if I need correction here I would greatly appreciate you pointing this out Biblically!)

3. “Why does Jesus say His body is bread, and His blood is wine? We don’t really eat Him, do we?”

Oh, out of the mouths of babes!

Answer: This is a spiritual saying, like the second birth, the new birth of a believer is spiritual. The first time I was born was physical, the second time I was born was spiritual. We have physical bread we can eat when we get hungry, and it sustains life. Without food we would all parish. Likewise, for the spiritual life we need spiritual food and drink to be sustained. That is why Christ gave Himself on the cross, so that we might not see the second death.

Just as an aside…she also asked this week how kissing the bride after marriage makes the wife pregnant. Not sure how she came to this conclusion…but she’s seven so I told her, while that’s not how a wife becomes pregnant, the way that happens is something we’d talk about when she was older. She hates this response. At what age did you, dear friends, discuss these matters with your children? What do you think of these questions and answers? Any scriptures you’d like to bring to my attention? I so appreciate you all, and pray for you daily! Be good Berean’s, beloved, and study to show yourselves approved.

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Saturday Worksheets – Pillar of Fire

Currently, in our homeschooling curriculum, I’m taking Kayliegh through the Bible by focusing on the people as we go. She’s 7, so this isn’t an in-depth discussion or word study. However, what I’ve been trying to do each day is to bring out an aspect of the Gospel to her with each chapter we go through. It’s not difficult to follow that scarlet thread throughout the Old Testament, and along with learning scripture, sentence structure through the copy work, I like to add architectural lessons that match where we’re at.

Exodus 14-15-16

Exodus 14-13-14

Exodus 13-21

I hope these copy work pages are a blessing, beloved brethren, and if there’s ever a verse you’d like put together for your own lessons please don’t hesitate to ask. As always, friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Secret Power in Prayer

#spurgeonbook #bookreview

Hello beloved, I have another Spurgeon book to review for today! We can never read too many books from the Prince of Preachers can we?

A while back our brother in Christ, Pastor Jim reviewed this book. I’m in a season, and have been for several months, of learning the whys, when’s, where’s, and how’s of praying. Previous to this book, and one other resource I’ll recommend at the end, I had been praying for help understanding prayer. God is a gracious God, He answers even the weakest believers prayer.

After being saved prayer flowed out of me like an uncontrollable force. As I grow in faith my hearts greatest desire is obedience to God, to love Him with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. This book, The Secret Power in Prayer, has been extremely enlightening. Throughout the book, based on a sermon, Spurgeon uses John 15:7 to explain the power of prayer in the believers life. With this verse he shows that when Gods Word abides in us our will lines up with Gods will. I recommend this book to all believers, young and old. Kayliegh is reading it, she is 7, and she’s enjoying it as much as I have.

As a Christian, aware of Gods sovereignty, I would never want to be outside of Gods will, much less pray to Him about something outside of His will. But then…why pray at all? It’s His will be done, right? Beloved brethren, I couldn’t stop praying even if I wanted to. However, I still want to understand what God’s sovereign purpose in prayer is. Below is a lecture series that was such a tremendous blessing to me, in regards to prayer. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

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Beloved the day is finally here, I get to review one of the most impactful books I’ve read since becoming a believer. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd (published in 1749 by Jonathan Edwards) is one of those books that stays with you. After reading it myself I’m now reading it with Kayliegh, and have ordered copies as gifts for Christmas.

Brainerd (1718-1747) was a Puritan missionary to the Native Americans. He kept a daily journal of his spiritual progress. Many of his entries are heart wrenching, as he describes the struggles we have day to day in our walk with Christ. Brainerd often expresses his desire to be with the Lord. A beautiful prayer God answered, as he went home at the young age of 29.

His writing is very honest, and he is upfront with his struggles in prayer. I’m often tempted to be more enthusiastic in my description of my walk for the encouragement of others. It actually can just heap burdens on brothers and sisters, when we are dishonest about our own trials. It gives them the idea that perfect is possible, just not for them. Often times the most encouraging thing we can do is be truthful. I found Brainerd’s truthfulness very encouraging, as I read his words that reflected my own thoughts I wouldn’t dare voice. Some days my prayer is dull and lifeless, and it does feel like God has left me. Other days my prayer can be filled with sweetness.

I heard Puritans once described as the Redwood trees of the Christian forest. I think that’s a fair assessment, as they often stand tall in their love, obedience and devotion to God. Brainerd is most certainly one of those Redwood trees. We have visited the Redwood forest in our travels, as we walked through a trail of trees so tall you couldn’t see the tops, everything was silent and still. That was one place where Gods creation doesn’t whisper, it sings of His majesty. In the same way, Brainerd’s diary and all he accomplished in his life doesn’t whisper of Gods power to change mans cold heart of stone, it sings of a new creature in Christ, glory to God!

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd is a book I would recommend to every believer, young and old, particularly those who have a love for Puritan writings. I would also suggest this as a gift this Christmas for anyone you know who is considering going into the missions field, is already in the missions field, is an elder, or a pastor. This book is in the public domain, although there does not seem to be a free audio version just yet, you can download the free pdf. Or you can get a Kindle version for less than a dollar. And of course the paperback or hardback copies are available.

I pray this book will bless you, friends. There are so many books that have short daily encouragements or commentaries, however I think an entry or two of this book would be far more helpful. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Straight and Narrow Way

It’s finally here, beloved brethren, it’s Reformation Day! Is that an official holiday yet? It should be! Instead of candy everyone could hand out tulips. I’ll admit, the ecumenical parties have tainted this anniversary for me. It’s frustrating to see the very thing the Reformers faught against, and in some cases died for, being imbraced and celebrated today. Compromise. 


What a beautiful thing that this day fell on Twisted Tuesday, the day I usually discuss a verse that’s being misused, misinterpreted, or twisted. Instead of giving you a specific verse today I’m going to do something special to mark this anniversary.

Today I give you Sola Scriptura! 

Scriptures alone. 

We’re warned throughout the Bible to stay on the straight and narrow path. The other path, the wide and winding path, leads to eternal damnation. How do we find the straight and narrow way? There’s only one map, one instruction manual, that is the Bible. Sola Scriptura.


I’m not saying that commentaries aren’t helpful, they certainly are! Church history, expository preaching, descriptive books, are all helpful, in so much as they line up with the Word. When we decide that Gods Word will not be our sole authority we open ourselves up to the wide way. Where can we find the narrow path, only in the scriptures.

What is the narrow path? Salvation by grace, through faith in Christ alone, for the glory of God! 


This is why the issue is so very important, this is no secondary discussion. This is the road to the Celestial City we’re talking about! If the Bible says stay straight, but your extra biblical, ‘prophetic’, follow your heart, book of advice says make a left turn, your in trouble. If you have a greater working knowledge of mans written word than Gods written Word you’re at risk to be led astray by every wind of doctrine.

So, my dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. And have a happy Reformation Day! 

Twisted Tuesday – Soul Sleep

Every evening I have the same conversation with myself, wagering over minutes. If I go to bed at such a such time I can get up this early and still get everything done. My alarm goes off and the pep talk begins. ‘If you wake up now you can get more done’ but ‘I don’t want to get up yet, it’s so comfortable here’ oh but ‘yet a little sleep, a little folding of the hands’…another little thought says ‘coffee coffee coffee’ that’s usually the thought that works, I love coffee.


I hate having to sleep, every night as I grudgingly make my way to bed I think of how many other things I’d rather be doing. When my alarm goes off at 4:30 am I have a change of heart, suddenly I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. Since becoming a mom I’ve seen sleep as a necessary evil. I don’t know if I’m in the minority or not, but I would be a much happier person if we didn’t need to sleep at all.

I assume for most people, rest is restful so I can understand the desire to create a doctrine around it. Today’s twisted scripture is John 11:11.


I’m going to address John 11:11 although many who hold to the doctrine of Soul Sleep also use verses from Ecclesiastes as support. Every scripture in the Bible is beneficial to believers, but not every part is there for doctrinal purposes. Such is the case with the book of Ecclesiastes, which begins by underlining the words written therein are ‘under the sun’. As with everything in the Bible, context is important.


So what is Soul Sleep? It’s the idea that when you die you sleep, and you’re completely unaware that you’re dead. This contradicts several other passages in the Bible, which brings us to an important point. How can you be sure that you’re not believing heresy? The Law of Non-Contradiction. Gods not going to contradict Himself, so if it appears there is a contradiction the error is with us, not Gods Word. That means we need to search the scriptures and see if it is so.


When we go to the scriptures, using our handy-dandy Strong’s Concordance, we find the word Christ uses figuratively meant deceased. When we match this up with other scriptures that inform us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, this doctrine falls apart. Which is why it is so imperative, beloved, that we take the full counsel of Gods Word.

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, so be good Berean’s, brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.

Rebuked 

I love Gods Word, I love Gods people, I love going before His throne in prayer, and I love the beautiful way God can use each of these things to chasten me.


I know that we live in a Christian culture today that sees no value in rebuke. How unloving, they say, a rebuke is. Can’t you just love me where I’m at? Pray for me if you think I’m wrong! Why is this the case? Why do so many calling themselves Christians bristle at a rebuke of a beloved member of the body of Christ, or the chastening of God Himself?

There are only two reasons;

1. They’re false converts.

2. They’re true converts who have spent too much time listening to false converts.

If 1. is the case than we must not begin or end with a rebuke, we must begin and end with the Gospel. To an unbeliever playing church being rebuked will either give them the opportunity to cry victim, or it will give them a chance to prove themselves a Pharisee indeed.

If 2. is the case we must remember that once saved, discernment will follow. Do rebuke this beloved brethren, if you win them over it’s a wonderful thing! If they become angry, continue to pray for them that God would work in them from grace to grace.


In both of these cases there is no fear of God. Gods Word tells us repeatedly, fear God. It says the fear of God is the beginning of wisedom. Pastors don’t preach on this subject anymore, everyone wants God to be their buddy, no one wants to hear of the wrath to come. 

I was chastened by Gods Word this morning. This is why I stress starting your day in prayer and study. The beautiful thing about being chastened by God is that His Word doesn’t just show us what not to do, but it tells us why as well. Then when we take it before Gods throne in prayer, the Holy Spirit strengthens us. Don’t fear chastening, beloved brethren, pray for it! God chastens those He loves

As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.