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Book Club Wednesday 04/27/11

Our Book Club Wednesday selection for March and April is Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs ministry. Click here for an explanation of this book and our reading schedule for it.
Today is the last post on Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand. This week I read the last chapter in the book titled "How Western Christians Can Help".
My last excerpt from this book will be a plea from the author to the western world (pages 143-144). It is as follows:
"I speak on behalf of my brethren who lie in countless nameless graves. I speak on behalf of my brethren who now meet secretly in forests, basements, attics, and other such places.
The message I bring from the Underground Church is:
Don't abandon us! Don't forget us! Don't write us off! Give us the tools we need! We will pay the price for using them!
This is the message of I have been charged to deliver to the free Church.
I speak for the Underground Church, the silenced Churc…

Cookie Baking Night 04/25/11

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening was Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. As you may see from the pictures, there was plenty of energy to go around. We walked off a bit of it while we took a walk in the beautiful spring weather. For our cookie this evening we made Gingersnaps. We read lesson #45 from Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings by Marian Schoolland. The lesson was titled " The Holy Spirit Made the Disciples Brave". It was a great follow up to Resurrection Sunday teaching. We had good discussion around this lesson. Emily read Acts 5:25-29 from the Bible for us.
We finished off the night with a rousing game of Pictureka. As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Resurrection Sunday 04/24/11

What the world knows as Easter, we know as Resurrection Sunday. He is risen! He is risen indeed! May we live today in the knowledge of the truth of this glorious gospel message.
I offer for your consideration the words from the song "My Jesus Fair" (by Chris Anderson and Greg Habegger).
My Jesus fair, was pierced by thorns By thorns grown from the fall Thus He who gave the curse was torn To end that curse for all
My Jesus meek, was scorned by men By men in blasphemy "Father, forgive their senseless sin!" He prayed for them, for me
My Jesus kind, was torn by nails By nails of cruel men And to His cross as grace prevailed God pinned my wretched sin
My Jesus pure, was crushed by God By God, in judgment just The Father grieved, yet turned his rod On Christ, made sin for us
My Jesus strong, shall come to reign To reign in majesty The Lamb arose, and death is slain Lord, come in victory!
O love divine, O matchless grace That God should die for men! With joyful grief I lift my praise, Ab…

Evangelism Focus 04/23/11

On the heels of a very busy week, I knew today would be spent running errands. I didn't want that time to be gospel-less (especially on the day before Easter), so I made up several "Easter packs". They contained a note from me, a gospel tract (the one I wrote), and a couple pieces of candy contained in a Ziploc bag with a flower sticker on it. Many people spent the day running errands and preparing for a holiday about which they know not the true meaning. I wanted to put the gospel in their hands if at all possible. I encourage you to try something like this around Easter and Christmas. Everyone seems to be willing to accept a greeting and a token around the holidays. This might work better for the ladies. I just packed my purse with them and handed one out every time I had a transaction with a clerk in a store and whenever the opportunity presented itself in the parking lot to and from the store. The "Easter packs" are pictured below.

Here's the text from…

Good Friday

The events of Good Friday were written down in Isaiah 53, which, amazingly, was written hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born.

1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and…

Book Club Wednesday 04/20/11

Our Book Club Wednesday selection for March and April is Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs ministry. Click here for an explanation of this book and our reading schedule for it.
This week I read chapter 6 titled, "How Christianity is Defeating Communism".
I want to share with you several excerpts from a series of letters between a once imprisoned Christian woman named Maria and a young woman named Varia, a former member of the Communist Youth Organization.
First Letter
...I continue to live here. I'm very beloved. I am beloved also by a member of the cell of the Komsomol [the Communist Youth Organization]. She told me, "I cannot understand what a being you are. Here many insult and hurt you and yet you love all." I answered that God has taught us to love all, not only friends, but also enemies. Before, this girl did much harm to me, but I prayed for her with special concern. When she asked me if I can love her too, I em…

A Night With A Niece 04/18/11

Tonight Emily came over to spend some time and help me with a cooking project. She thought while she was here it might be a good idea if she planned the menu and events for the next Cookie Baking Night. I told her she could make three plans, and I would choose which one we would do first. She was very organized with her planning. She insisted we needed a meeting to discuss the plans, which also involved a pre-meeting (that was a first for me), and she had a written agenda for the meeting. After the meeting, she spent her time typing up the final plan. She did a great job on it.
It was a nice evening together. She's a hoot.

Book Club Wednesday 04/13/11

Our Book Club Wednesday selection for March and April is Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs ministry. Click here for an explanation of this book and our reading schedule for it.
This week I read chapter 5 titled "The Invincible, Widespread Underground Church".
It was an interesting chapter describing the workings of the Underground Church. Here's an excerpt from page 95.
"The faithful Underground Church has thousands of members. They have secret meetings in basements, attics, apartments, and fields.
In formerly Communist Russia, no one remembered anymore the arguments for or against child or adult baptism, for or against papal infallibility. They were not pre- or post- millennialists. They could not interpret prophecies and didn't quarrel about them, but I wondered very often how well they could prove to atheists the existence of God.
Their answers to atheists were simple, "If you were invited to a feast with all ki…

Workplace Musings 04/12/11

This Workplace Musings post, I'd like to discuss commuting in traffic.
I have about a 45 minute commute each day, each way. I've never minded the commute. I think this can be largely contributed to my husband. He sets the tone in our home that work is not a thing to dread. He never complains about commuting (or working), and he doesn't encourage complaining about it either. He encourages me to use the time wisely. We both have iPods, which allows the opportunity to listen to sermons and Scripture on the way to and from work. We often talk about what we've listened to on the commute, and we discuss it.
Lately, I've been using the commute to memorize Isaiah 53. I have the verses written on a 3 x 5 card notebook. I say the verses out loud repeatedly during the commute and find it very helpful for memorization. Now that cell phones and ear pieces are all the rage, no one thinks twice about me talking to myself while I'm driving. It's common place these days. If…

Cookie Baking Night 04/11/11

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening were Ethan and Carissa. We made spring bird nests. We also went on our first walk of the season (it was a beautiful Minnesota evening). We read from Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings. Tonight we read lesson 44 titled "The Holy Spirit Has a Special Work". Ethan read Acts 2:1-8 for us.

Here's the recipe for Spring Bird Nests:
1 cup butterscotch chips 1 cup chocolate chips 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 bag chow mien noodles Colored candy eggs
Melt the butterscotch chips, choc chips, and p-nut butter in the microwave until smooth. Add chow mien noodles. Mix until well coated. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto waxed paper. Decorate with candy eggs. Chill to set. Enjoy!


Cookie Baking Night side note:
At supper time, Ethan asked how many fluid ounces were in the cups from which we were drinking. I guessed 8 ounces. Soon after this question, Greg produced a…

Katrina's Musings

This weekend, Greg and I were able to attend the Psalm 119 conference organized by Wretched radio program. We won tickets through a giveaway contest offered by The Christian Worldview radio program. The Psalm 119 conference is traveling around the country to different sites (6 conferences this year), each offering different speakers. This past weekend, they were in Minnesota. The speakers were: Todd Friel (Wretched Radio), RW Glenn (pastor of Redeemer Bible Church), Milton Vincent (author of A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love and pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church), Phil Johnson (Grace to You ministry), and James White (Alpha and Omega ministries). The theme for the conference this year is Discernment. It was a wonderful conference.
We also had opportunity on Saturday morning to sit in on a live recording of The Christian Worldview radio program. That was very fun for us. Click here to listen to the broadcast.
There was a point in o…

Book Club Wednesday 04/06/11

Our Book Club Wednesday selection for March and April is Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs ministry. Click here for an explanation of this book and our reading schedule for it.
This week I read chapter 4 titled "Defeating Communism With the Love of Christ". In light of a very sympathetic view toward socialism and communism creeping into the western mindset (I've had more than one teenager through 30-something adult tell me that they think communism is the best government system if done rightly, whatever that means), I've decided to share a few paragraphs from chapter 4 that highlight the aftermath of communism coming to Romania.
Upon his ransom from prison, the author said:
"Peasants from all over the country came to see me and told me how the collectivization was being conducted. They were now hungry slaves on their own former fields and vineyards. They had no bread. Their children had no milk, no fruit--and this is the…

Be Back Soon

Lately, life's schedule has been such that a decision had to be made between blogging and spending time in God's Word and prayer. The second takes priority. This week you can expect two more blog posts, and then I'll return to the regular blog schedule on Monday, April 11.