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Cookie Baking Night 8/31

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. Emily, Ethan, and Carissa were in attendance. We made brownie bites this evening. Fun was had by all.


Psalm 139:1-4

I teach the Christian Education class (also known as Sunday School) at our church for the 3-6 year olds. Each quarter we try to memorize a passage of Scripture that coincides with the theme of our lessons for the quarter. Last quarter our theme was creation, and we memorized Psalm 8 (they did such a great job--it was so fun to watch). This quarter our theme is obedience, and we are memorizing Psalm 139:1-4. I think these verses demonstrate the heart of obedience. God knows us and is concerned with our thoughts and intentions as well as our actions. Nothing is hidden from Him.

Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV)

O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.

Evangelism Video 8/29/09

Today I would like to share a video with you of Paul Washer doing some street preaching in Peru. It's different than what I usually share. This one takes a little effort to watch. Mr. Washer is speaking in Spanish since he is in Peru. There are subtitles for those who need them (I certainly did). Despite the challenges to the American, I think the message preached and the faces of the people in the crowd make this video worth watching.

Frightening Friday 8/28

On Fridays, I usually set out somewhere in the community to intentionally share the gospel with people I meet. I'm usually out there for about 45 minutes to an hour. This week I knew I had another time commitment from early afternoon into the evening, so I wasn't planning on going out with the intention of evangelism this Friday. My previous commitment fell through, so I quickly made other plans. My backup plans ended up having a later start than originally planned, as well. So, I found myself with an uncommitted chunk of time and many, many ways I could fill it. At this point, I wasn't even thinking of going out and witnessing to others about Christ because I already had my excuse securely placed in my mind.

My mind started moving toward the skate park near our home (just a couple miles away). I hadn't been there for awhile. I was home from work earlier than usual; a rarity on a Friday. I knew the crowd would be different in the afternoon than in the evening, and I wou…

Already Gone-Part 2

Yesterday I shared a little bit about the book I'm currently reading, Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer. Please see yesterday's post for more details about that.

This book surveyed 1,000 people between the ages of 20 and 30 who attended conservative, Bible-believing churches while growing up but no longer attend church today. The book seeks to get at the root of this mass exodus of young people from our churches after they reach adulthood. Along the journey, the survey unearthed some interesting findings.

A surprising finding in the study was the answers from children (now adults) who attended Sunday school regularly while growing up. Here's an excerpt from the book (with statistics) for your consideration:

Three out of five individuals in our survey said they "often attended Sunday school." Of those who attended Sunday school, over seven in ten said Sunday school lessons were "helpful." Our results, however, disproved that perception.

Here's th…

Already Gone-Part 1

I'm in the process of reading Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer. I'm about halfway through the book right now. Ken Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis ministry. Britt Beemer is a marketing research and business analyst expert. Together they set out to survey 1,000 people, between the ages of 20 and 30 who once attended conservative and evangelical churches. They looked at churches that claimed to be Bible-believing churches. Their study was spurred on by other studies (such as one done by George Barna) showing that 61% of today's young adults who were regular church attenders are now "spiritually disengaged." They are not actively attending church, praying, or reading their Bibles. The goal of the authors was this: They wanted to know who was leaving church, why they were leaving, and what (if anything) could be done about it.

When I first heard about this book, I was very interested to read it. I know the people from this study. Though I may not know …

What Am I Learning About My God?-16

Please see the What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 10 post for an explanation of today's post. I'm in the "W" category of my notebook, and this category has a large number of headings in it. While still focusing on the nature and character of God, these headings move more into expectations God has laid out for us in His Word.

My God Wants Me to be Set Apart From the World

Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

I beseech you, therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable perfect will of God.

Ephesians 5:8-11 (NKJV)

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), find out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the u…

What Am I Learning About My God?-15

Please see the What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 10 post for an explanation of today's post. I'm in the "W" category of my notebook, and this category has a large number of headings in it. While still focusing on the nature and character of God, these headings move more into expectations God has laid out for us in His Word.

My God Wants Me to Love Others

Romans 12:9-13 (NKJV)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Philippians 2:1-2 (NKJV)

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being o…

What Am I Learning About My God?-14

Please see the What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 10 post for an explanation of today's post. I'm in the "W" category of my notebook, and this category has a large number of headings in it. While still focusing on the nature and character of God, these headings move more into expectations God has laid out for us in His Word.

My God Wants Me to Fear Him

Psalm 2:11
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Proverbs 8:12-13 (ESV)
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of the evil and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 23:17 (NKJV)
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; for surely there is a hereafter and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instru…

Evangelism Video 8/22

Today I'm going to share a two-part video series of Tony Miano (from Ambassador's Academy) witnessing to two young men on Hollywood Boulevard shortly after the death of Michael Jackson and several other celebrities. The combined videos are a bit on the long side, but I think it's worth the viewing. The two young men in this video bring up many of the questions and comments that are representative of the average person you stop on the street to engage in a conversation about the gospel (in my opinion, anyway).



Frightening Friday 8/21

Tonight I stopped at the local mall on my way home from work to engage in some evangelism. I have a burning question (and brilliant in my head, anyway) I'd like to ask of people with tattoos, but I haven't been brave enough to do that yet. The most accessible person I found with tattoos this evening had a lot of tattoos and many peircings, and I was too much of a chicken to approach him. Instead, I handed out about 20 gospel tracts and made my way to the door.

On my way to the door, I had one conversation with an interesting young man from Liberia (we talked around the gospel but I didn't share the gospel message with him). I did give him and his friends some gospel tracts, though. He was very curious about what church I attend. I told him the name of my church, and he said he lives out in that area and will check it out sometime. I hope he does.

Please pray for those who received the gospel message in written form this evening. Pray they will read it and respond to the mess…

What Am I Learning About My God?-13

Please see the What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 10 post for an explanation of today's post. I'm in the "W" category of my notebook, and this category has a large number of headings in it. While still focusing on the nature and character of God, these headings move more into expectations God has laid out for us in His Word.

God Wants Me to Die to Myself/the Flesh

Galatians 5:22-24 (NKJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV)

That you put off concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:1-5 (NKJV)

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above,…

What Am I Learning About My God?-12

Please see the What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 10 post for an explanation of today's post. I'm moving into the "W" category of my notebook, and this category has a large number of headings in it. While still focusing on the nature and character of God, these headings move more into expectations God has laid out for us in His Word.

My God Wants Me to Control My Tongue

Proverbs 10:19 (NKJV)

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Proverbs 13:3 (NKJV)

He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 15:1-2 (NKJV)

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the fool pours forth foolishness.

Proverbs 21:23 (NKJV)

Whoever guards his mouth and…

What Am I Learning About My God?-11

Please see the What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 10 post for an explanation of today's post. I'm moving into the "W" category of my notebook, and this category has a large number of headings in it. While still focusing on the nature and character of God, these headings move more into expectations God has laid out for me in His Word.

My God Wants Me to be Content

Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state that I am to be content; I know how to be abased and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthengs me.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having foood and clothing, with these we shall be content.

Hebrews 3:5 (NKJV)

Keep your life free from the love of mone…

What Am I Learning About My God-10

I'm going to pick up where I left off a few weeks ago with posts from my "What Do I Know About My God?" notebook. I have mentioned (many times now) that our church is working through the book What Do I Know About My God? by Mardi Collier in our monthly women's Bible Study. Part of the structure of this book is to learn how to keep a notebook (mine is a three-ring binder) on the attributes of God. The idea is that as you read through Scripture you write down verses under headings that describe God's character and nature. Some headings are suggested in the book, but you are encouraged to use your own headings as well. I have also mentioned that I am finding this study very useful in establishing a Biblical worldview on paper. I thought I would spend this week sharing the headings I have in my notebook, thus far, and the verses that coincide with the headings. I'm only part way through this study so my list is by no means is an exhaustive list of God's attri…

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat

Today I finished reading Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick (subtitled Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits). Hmmm, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.

It was gospel centered and tackled any eating issue (overeating, bulimia, anorexia) from that angle. I liked that part. My struggle with the book is that the author took a very loooong time laying the foundation of the book. I also found some of her Biblical applications to be a bit of a stretch (perhaps took a few liberties with some of the verses, in my opinion). I found it to be a difficult read and a slow read. I was committed to the concept, though, so I stuck with it.

Here's a few things I gleaned from the book:

> D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E-DEating acrostic. Twelve questions to ask yourself before eating anything. (Please see the August 9 post, titled My Latest Read, for a detailed description of this). I found these questions very helpful. I'm not sure a person would realistically take…

The Perscecuted Church

The subject of the persecuted church is often on my mind on Sundays. I particularly think of it when I am preparing to go to church and worship freely. I'm reminded that I still have that freedom in this country, and I think of the many people around the world who do not. I think of the many people who do not have a Bible in their own language or the freedom to read it without fear of punishment.

Please pray for the persecuted church around the world. I would also encourage you to check out the Voice of the Martyrs website at http://www.persecution.com. I think this organization does a great job informing the masses about the persecuted church around the world. They have a free monthly magazine that you can sign up for on the website. I highly recommend subscribing to it and getting informed on this subject. It will change your prayer life and how you view the freedom and comfort you experience here in America.

Frightening Friday 8/14

I call my Friday night posts "frightening Fridays" because I have set that day aside to go out into the community and share the gospel with people I meet. I use the word frightening because it scares me to do so. I'm quiet by nature and not afraid to be alone. The thought of approaching a total stranger (something I rarely do in any situation) makes me sick to my stomach. It is only love for Jesus Christ and the thought that the person standing next to me, or hanging out at the park, or walking down the street might not know of their own sinful condition and the consequences of it that compels me to go out there and speak to people.

They might not know that they have sinned against (broken the laws of) the righteous and holy God of the universe. The God who created this world and created them. They might not know that because God is just He must punish sin and punish lawbreakers. The punishment for that sin is Hell for eternity, eternal damnation. They might not know the …

The Day Before

The day before I go out and intentionally seek to engage in conversations about the gospel with total strangers, I have a thousand things (hmm, exaggeration?, perhaps) running through my mind. Here's a few of them:

I hope it rains

I know nothing about the gospel or the Bible

I'm too old for this

People will think I'm weird

What if someone asks me a question and I don't know the answer?

Maybe this is wrong and I should spend a couple years cultivating a relationship with someone before I share the gospel

What if I misquote the Bible and misrepresent God?

What if I run into people I know?

Nothing ever comes of this anyway, so what's the use?

I feel so alone in this

Is it wrong to use the law and the gospel when witnessing?

What is wrong with this picture? I'm suddenly considered a bold evangelizer? I'm terrible at this.

Some people think what I'm doing and how I'm doing it is wrong. Are they right?

I hope it rains.

Then I'll have to go to the mall. Ohh, …

Amazing Grace

Matthew 23: 27-28 (NKJV)
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

In these verses, Jesus was talking to the Pharisees. These verses perfectly describe my life until about 6 years ago. I was a whitewashed tomb. I had a lot of people fooled, including myself.

All the world seems to love the song Amazing Grace these days, but do they really know what it means? Can you know what it means if you have not experienced salvation through Jesus Christ?

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I'm found
Was blind but now I see


so much more than a pretty song....

Godly Counsel

I am grateful for godly counsel in my life. Recently, I experienced a difficult situation at work. I spent a morning crying all the way in to work (about a one-hour commute). I called my mom, and her first instinct was to pray with me while on the phone. When things started to get emotional again. She said, "Let's pray again." She prayed for me and quoted Scripture and reminded me of God's attributes. I had that same experience with a good friend of mine and with my husband during that particular work situation. I am thankful for the godly counsel in my life. They could have advised me in ways that would have escalated my emotions and the situation, but they continued to point me toward God and His sovereignty in the situation. I am grateful for their reactions. May it be so in my own life.

My Life As a Runner

If you know me, you're probably reading this and saying to yourself, "Katrina is a runner?" Well, yes, I am. But not that "ooh, she has the sleek physique of a trained athlete" kind of runner. No, I'm more of an emotional runner. When things get tough, my instinct is to run away. Lately, I've been convicted of the sin of this particular attribute. It is self protection plain and simple. As I am more aware of it, I confess it to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. When doing that I also ask God for the ability to lean on Him and not myself, as God's Word instructs me to do. God is answering those prayers. He has allowed me many opportunities lately to run or lean.

I am grateful God instructs me and disciplines me. I don't always enjoy the experience, but I am grateful for His love and His sovereignty.

My Latest Read

Right now I am reading Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick (subtitle: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits). This book seeks to tackle the issue of the heart behind over eating (or under eating). It comes at it from a Christian perspective and with the idea of serving God and not food.

I'm halfway through the book. In the chapter Making Godly Food Choices, the author goes through a list of questions to ask yourself before eating anything. The list forms an acrostic, spelling out the word/s D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E-DEating (okay, the acrostic is a little weird, but the questions are intriguing). I thought I would list the questions here for your consideration:

Doubt: Do I doubt (for whatever reason) that I can eat this food without sinning?

Idolatry: Does eating this particular food demonstrate either a heart of independence or a heart longing for pleasure? It is important to ask yourself whether you are eating because you are hungry and you need nourishment or if yo…

Ladies Bible Study 08/08/09

Today the monthly ladies Bible study from our church met in our home. It was a lovely morning. I have mentioned many times now that we are reading the book What Do I Know About My God? by Mardi Collier, and we are creating our own notebook of that same title. I've posted many entries from that notebook on this blog (several this past week, in fact).

I certainly know that I'm enjoying the study and learning a lot about the character and nature of God. It was exciting to hear how the study is impacting the life of the leader and the other women attending the study. We all agreed that it is a study that will continue with us for years to come. We feel equipped to continue the notebook after we finish our study of Psalms this year.

I highly recommend this book and I highly recommend reading the Bible (at least once) through the lens of "What does this teach me about God's character and nature?", "What do I know about my God?"

What Am I Learning About My God?-Day 9

Please see the post from "What Am I Learning About My God-Day 6" for an explanation of this week's posts.

Here's today's headings & verses:

My God Protects

Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)

I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 9:9-10 (ESV)

The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

My God Provides

Matthew 6:25-30

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So, why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the fiel…

What Am I Learning About My God? Day 8

Please see the post from "What Am I Learning About My God-Day 6" for an explanation of this week's posts.

Here's today's heading:

My God Promises Suffering For His Sake

2 Timothy 1:8-12 (NKJV)

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our woks, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason, I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.

2 Timothy 3:12 (N…

What Am I Learning About My God-Day 7

Please see the post from "What Am I Learning About My God-Day 6" for an explanation of this week's posts.

Here's today's headings & verses:

My God's Name Deserves Honor

Psalm 8:1 (ESV)

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. You have set Your glory above the heavens.

Isaiah 48:9-11

For My name's sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off. Behold I have refined you but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? and I will not give My glory to another?

Philippians 2:9-11 (NKJV)

Therefore God has also highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God …

Cookie Baking Night 8/3

Tonight was cookie baking night. We made strawberry freezer jam and homemade peanut butter. In this everything-comes-in-a-jar world, I thought we'd take the opportunity to make a couple of the basics from scratch.

In attendance this evening: Kylie, Emily, Ethan, and Carissa.













What Am I Learning About My God-Day 6

This week, I will be continuing with my posts from my "What Do I Know About My God?" notebook. I have mentioned (many times now) that our church is working through the book What Do I Know About My God? by Mardi Collier in our monthly women's Bible Study. Part of the structure of this book is to learn how to keep a notebook (mine is a three-ring binder) on the attributes of God. The idea is that as you read through Scripture you write down verses under headings that describe God's character and nature. Some headings are suggested in the book, but you are encouraged to use your own headings as well. I have also mentioned that I am finding this study very useful in establishing a Biblical worldview on paper.

I thought I would spend this week sharing the headings I have in my notebook, thus far, and the verses that coincide with the headings. I'm only part way through this study so my list is by no means is an exhaustive list of God's attributes (nor do I ever exp…