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Showing posts from October, 2010

Resource Wednesday 10/27/10

This Resource Wednesday, as promised, part 3 of the "Epic Story" sermon series delivered by Pastor Doug Roman of Bible Baptist Church. As mentioned at the start of this chain of posts this sermon series will cover "the four major movements in the Bible that bring continuity to the 66 books that comprise the Old and New Testament. The four movements are: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. These four themes help us see how large themes bring continuity to the smaller parts of the Bible." Click Here to enjoy part 3 of the "Epic Story" sermon series, covering redemption.

Jesus and the Sinner

A timely word for me delivered via my Grace Gems daily e-mail feed. Hope it is the same for you.
Jesus and the Sinner
(James Smith, "Rills from the Rock of Ages", 1860)
All that Jesus does for lost sinners--He does freely, out of pure pity, kindness, and love.

Yet we are always looking for something in ourselves--to encourage us! On the other hand, we tend to look at some sin committed by us--which discourages us. Whereas we should look only to Jesus. I want now, for a few minutes, to fix the eye of your mind on what Jesus does for sinners--how He acts toward them at the present day.

Jesus calls the sinner. He says, "Come unto Me. Come, just as you are. Come, this moment. Come, for all that you need. Come, for all that you desire. Come, and be saved. Come, and I will satisfy you. Come, and commit all your concerns to Me, and I will make all things that occur, work together for your good."

Jesus receives the sinner when he comes. He receives every sinner, however base, v…

Cookie Baking Night 10/25/10

Ahhh, together again. Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. We made pumpkin patch brownies (frosted brownies decorated with candy pumpkins and green frosting for the vines).
We returned to our lessons from the book Is the Bible Personally From God? by Josh McDowell. We are on lesson 4--"The Bible Shows Us What Jesus is Like". We had some good discussion around the lesson and we worked on a couple worksheets that reinforced what we learned.
We ended the evening with a rousing game of Zingo. As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Evangelism Focus 10/23/10

After a week that was marked by three different funerals, I had a strong desire to get out and share the gospel with people.The town we live in (Ramsey, MN) neighbors a town that makes a most unusual claim. Anoka, Minnesota claims to be the Halloween capital of the world (that's right, the world). Because they boast this distinction, they really whoop it up for several weeks surrounding Halloween. We've always avoided these festivities because of the "holiday" they are associated with and because of the increased traffic around that area during this time of year. But this year I was able to see the gospel-sharing potential in an event such as this.
Again, because Anoka claims to be the Halloween capital of the world, they have three parades surrounding this time of year. Tonight was the Parade of lights. So, I dusted off my Superman shirt (I just knew it would come in handy some day), then Greg (my trusty photographer and all around directional wizard) and I headed ou…

Evangelism Video 10/22/10

Today I'd like to share with you a video from the Living Waters University series. Some of us might find it a fearful thing to witness to someone while on an airplane, but Ray Comfort takes this fear a step further. This is a video of Ray Comfort video taping his witness encounter with a woman named Steph, while on an airplane. It is a very interesting conversation, and I think it's worth watching.

The Workaholic

About three years ago, my job changed at my place of employment. During that transition, I worked a lot of overtime. One night I was crying (literally) to Greg, worried that I was becoming a workaholic. Greg said that was a ridiculous thought and I was not a workaholic. I said, "How do you know?" He said, "Because workaholics do not worry about how much they work, they're busy working." (Hmmmm, good point. I think I'm safe in that regard then).
My job has changed again, and I am, once more, in the position of working a lot of overtime (specifically last week). God used this time at work (as He often does) to show me my own sinfulness and to remind me of my dependence upon Him.
God also used this time of the "shoe being on the other foot" to show me past sinfulness of impatience and disrespect toward my husband during times when he has had to work a lot of hours outside the home. I noticed how Greg did what he could to make it easier for me. It was…

Resource Wednesday 10/20/10

There will be a break in my Resource Wednesday series this week, as we did not have an evening service last week at Bible Baptist Church. Tune in next week for part 3 in the "Epic Story" sermon series.
This Resource Wednesday, I'd like to share with you an excerpt from a book called Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. My friend, Jenny, gave me this book for my birthday, and I am thoroughly enjoying reading it. It is a story of a young girl named, Katy. It walks through her salvation experience and sanctification process via journal entries. The story takes place in the 1800's, so the language of the book requires your full engagement and it makes you "work for it" as you strive to comprehend the meaning.
The excerpt I would like to share with you is lengthy but worth the read. It is rich in theology and in wisdom for the Christian walk. It addresses the subject of sanctification. This particular scene picks up a few weeks after Katy's conversion …

Deeper Into The Gospel

A quote from my "Of First Importance" daily e-mail feed.
Deeper into the Gospel

“Our great need is to be led further in to what we already have. The gospel is so deep that it not only meets our deepest needs but comes from God’s deepest self. The salvation proclaimed in the gospel is not some mechanical operation that God took on as a side project. It is a ‘mystery that was kept secret for long ages’ (Rom. 16:25), a mystery of salvation that goes back into the heart of God, decreed ‘before the foundation of the world’ (Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:20). When God undertook our salvation, he did it in a way that put divine resources into play, resources which involve him personally in the task. . . . The deeper we dig into the gospel, the deeper we go into the mystery of the Trinity.”

- Fred Sanders, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Wheaton, Ill.; Crossway Books, 2010), 13.

Candle Making 101

No Cookie Baking tonight--it's an off week. So, I thought I'd share with you a story and some pictures from a few weeks ago. Emily spent the night at our house on the weekend. After I picked her up, as we were driving back to my house, she reached into her bag and pulled out a candle making kit. She said, "I thought maybe we would like to try this tonight." A few weeks earlier she had discovered that I happen to be the owner of a double boiler. She stored that information away for such an occasion as this remembering that her candle making kit required the use of a double boiler.
I had already scheduled a pretty busy evening for us, but we managed to squeeze in the making of one candle (a surprise for Grandma Clara---which is why I have not written about it until now---I was sworn to secrecy until she gave the candle to grandma, and that happened last weekend---I believe the specific words used were, "Katrina, you're taking pictures of this? Don't put thi…

Resource Wednesday 10/13/10

As promised, this Resource Wednesday will be dedicated to part 2 in the sermon series titled "The Epic Story" (a Sunday evening sermon series by Pastor Doug Roman at Bible Baptist Church). As mentioned last week: This sermon series will cover "the four major movements in the Bible that bring continuity to the 66 books that comprise the Old and New Testament. The four movements are: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. These four themes help us see how large themes bring continuity to the smaller parts of the Bible." Here's part 2 of "The Epic Story" covering the fall of man.

Pride and Humility

I have been reading a small book (25 pages) titled From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott (from Focus Publishing). It is a book often used in the practice of Biblical counseling. My friend Kim gave it to me, and I've been incorporating it into my time of study and prayer with God each day. I've been slowly reading through a section titled "Manifestations of Pride" where the author gives a sample list of ways pride can be manifested in one's life. The list was helpful for me, so I'm going to quickly list them below so you might also consider where pride could be disguised in your life. I will simply give the list, the author goes into detail under each category with a description of how this could play out in one's life and Scripture references for each one. I highly recommend checking out the offerings at Focus Publishing for this book and others like it.
As the author states: "Pride is blinding. Here's a sample list of pride manifestations that…

A Change in Schedule

I've been asked to help with a large project at work this week that has a hard deadline of Thursday afternoon. I canceled Cookie Baking this Monday and will not be following my normal blogging schedule. Be back soon to tell you of God's faithfulness and instruction throughout this week.

The Rocket Launch

Some husbands use their leisure time to read, fish, hunt, bowl, play softball etc. My husband builds rockets. You'll see Greg pictured below holding a rocket that he recently built. Once a month (April through November), there is an opportunity for those involved in the hobby of high-powered rocketry to get together and launch their rockets. Today was that day. You'll also see a couple pictures below of Greg and his dad (Phil) walking out to the "launch pad" to prepare the rocket for launching. It turned out to be a beautiful October day (80+ degrees, very unusual weather for October in Minnesota). It was a successful flight. The rocket went 2,238 feet into the air and then landed safely in the sod field. Many rockets were launched today, and it was an enjoyable time.

Evangelism Focus 10/08/10

Today, for my evangelism focus post, I'd like to share with you an excerpt I transcribed from a recent radio show guest hosted by Jim Wallace of the Please Convince Me ministry. Jim Wallace is a cold case homicide detective and a former atheist. He is also an apologist for the Christian faith. I think he brings a unique perspective to apologetics. He took some time on this recent radio show to explain the steps he uses when he examines a case as a detective and the steps he uses when he examines the Bible and the Christian faith. I think it is valuable information that could also help us in defending the Christian faith, studying the Bible, and sharing the gospel. I hope you find this information as interesting and as useful as I have found it to be.
Jim Wallace said.........
We all are called to be apologists. I took some of the skills that I learned as a detective and I started to apply them to my life as a Christian, and I wanted to share with you jus…

Evangelism Video 10/7/10

Today I'd like to share another video with you from the Living Waters University series. This is an in interesting encounter between Ray Comfort and a young man named Chris. It exposes some of the thinking that is prevalent in our world today. I think it's worth watching.

Resource Wednesday 10/06/10

This Resource Wednesday I'd like to share with you the sermon from the Sunday evening service at Bible Baptist Church. Last Sunday evening our pastor started a series called the The Epic Story. This sermon series will cover "the four major movements in the Bible that bring continuity to the 66 books that comprise the Old and New Testament. The four movements are: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. These four themes help us see how large themes bring continuity to the smaller parts of the Bible." As mentioned above the first sermon covered creation. It was most excellent and certainly worth checking out. I highly recommend it. Click here to listen to the first sermon in this series and check back over the next three Resource Wednesdays for the conclusion to this series.

Rest in Him

Hebrews 4:9
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

“Come then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, ‘they are very good’. Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from his.

Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus.”

- Charles Spurgeon, Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith

Our own tradition

No Cookie Baking tonight. It's an off night. I thought I'd take this time to share a little tradition that has been happening in our home AND surrounding Cookie Baking Nights. I purchased some metal clip magnets with the intent of hanging coupons, notices, and children's art on the refrigerator. Greg, a most creative fellow himself, formed the magnets into a happy face (as pictured above). The kids love this! Every Cookie Baking Night, a new face variation appears on the refrigerator. It seems to be the highlight of the evening. Several minutes are spent each night moving the magnets around. Call it an odd tradition, but it has become a tradition nonetheless and a fun one at that.

CE Workday

I teach the 3-6 year old children during the Christian Education hour (aka Sunday School) at church each week. This year three young ladies (Katelyn, Charity, and Emily) will be taking turns helping me during class time each each week. They will be spending their time assisting me with class (which is very helpful to me) and learning the craft of teaching a class of young students through hands-on experience. Today, Katelyn and Charity and I met at church for a Christian Education work day.
We spent the day sorting through past curriculum materials and organizing them, preparing materials for a bulletin board idea, and painting a display board for our verses bulletin board.
In our class we work on memorizing passages of Scripture instead of partial verses each week. In the past, we've memorized Psalm 8, and we just finished reviewing Psalm 139:1-4. I always tell the children....."We are hiding God's word in our's like we're storing these verses in a …

Evangelism Focus 10/01/10

For my evangelism focus this evening I'd like to share with you a video from Paul Latour at The Word Street Journal blog. This is a video montage of Paul and Kim's witnessing efforts on the weekends. I am so appreciative that Paul documents some of what he does in the area of evangelism (I'm sure there is much that is not captured by camera) and shares it on his blog. I've learned a lot through his and his wife's ministry.
As a background song for this video he used "Asleep in the Light" by Keith Green. When I'm at large events or when I'm spending the evening out in the community sharing the gospel, I often think of the first two lines of this song--it's a bit of a one-two punch, pretty convicting. When those words echo in my head it helps me to think of the crowd as people and not just another crowd.
Do you see, do you see
All the people sinking down
Don't you care, don't you care
Are you gonna let them drown?

How can you be so numb
Not t…