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Evangelism Focus 09/30/11

About a week ago, we added a few new members to the congregation of Bible Baptist Church in Otsego, MN. As one man stood up to give his testimony of salvation before the congregation, he started it with these words, "Those of you in this church who give out gospel tracts, don't stop." He went on to say that God used a gospel tract (the message therein, actually) to save him from his sins. He said the gospel tracts were continually left in the lunchroom at his place of employment. He would pick them up, read them, and throw them away (even grumbling to his boss at one point that he didn't know where these tracts were coming from and he thought it was inappropriate to leave them in the lunchroom). He worked the night shift at that time. One night he read the tract and fell to his knees in repentance and then put his trust in Jesus Christ for his salvation. He estimated he had thrown away at least 100 gospel tracts before that night.
Keep proclaiming the gospel, my fell…

Proud or Broken?

A few months ago, I listened to a Revive Our Hearts program about brokenness. Nancy Leigh DeMoss asked "Are you a proud person or a broken person?" She then listed the characteristics of a proud person and the characteristics of a broken (humble) person. I can't think of a person alive who couldn't benefit from reviewing this list (present company most definitely included), so I transcribed it for you and listed it here in this blog post. May God use it greatly in your life, as He is doing in mine.
Proud people focus on the failures of others but broken people are overwhelmed with the sense of their own spiritual need.

Proud people are self-righteous. They have a critical, fault-finding spirit. But broken people are compassionate. They can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven. They think the best of others, and they esteem all others as better than themselves.

Proud people have an independent, self-sufficient spirit, but broken people have a d…

Book Club Wednesday 09/28/11

The Musings book club selection for September and October is Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian. Ladies, I encourage you to pick up a copy, read along with me, and let me know what you think in the comments section of the "book club" posts.

I just finished chapter 3, and I'm starting on chapter 4. More about that next week.

Silver and Gold

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts. Proverbs 17:3 (ESV)
Count it all joy my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3 (ESV)
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire--may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (ESV)

Cookie Baking Night 09/26/11

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carrisa, and Emily.
We had a treat this evening in that Diana (Greg's sister, Ethan and Carissa's mom) joined us for supper. (She has lovely eyes, though I did not give her an opportunity to open them before I snapped the shot--and the only one I took). It was fun to have her join us for supper and hope she will do so again sometime.
Tonight we made pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. This project involved a lot of preparation and a lot of steps, so it filled up most of our evening.
I am pleased to announce that Ethan has mastered egg cracking. Until recently, he had no interest in it, and I think it frightened him a bit. Now, he is comfortable with the technique, and he cracked three of the four eggs needed for tonight's recipe.

It left us only with time to read Lesson 55 titled "God's Children Trust Him" from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Emily read from the Bible fo…

A Day With The Niece 09/24/11

Today, my niece, Meghan, and I celebrated her birthday. She turned 16 on September 12. I usually give the kids a choice between a gift (or money when they hit teenagehood) or an activity with me. This year, Meghan chose the activity (ahh, makes the aunt so happy). So, we spent the morning at the Farmer's Market in Minneapolis. We had the most lovely time! It was fun hanging out with Meghan and seeing her likes and dislikes emerge as she enters into young adulthood. We had a fun time shopping and looking around at all the wares.
But my favorite time, by far, was the trip home (about a 45 minute drive). Meghan and I had a wonderful conversation about the gospel. And it started with this question, "Where do you stand with God right now?" Meghan was very honest with me. She does not profess to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I was able to share the gospel with her. She listened and she asked questions. She had already been pondering the question. "What happens to…

Psalm 32:8-9

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule without understanding which must be curbed with a bit and bridle or it will not stay near you. Psalm 32:8-9

Hmmm. If you read yesterday's post, I'm sensing a theme in my daily Bible reading at the moment.

Book Club Wednesday 09/21/11

The Musings Book Club selection for September and October is Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian.
I read chapter 2 this week titled "Point of Contrast #2: Counsel: Where She Gets Her Instruction" The idea is to contrast the "Girl Gone Wild" with the "Girl Gone Wise". The "wild" gets her counsel from the world, and the "wise" gets her counsel from the Word.
This chapter went on to address the influence that media has on us. It quoted the statistic from the U.S. Census Bureau stating that the average woman will expose herself to 3,596 hours of mass media (TV, radio/iPod, video games/Internet, movies, women's magazines, and newspaper) a year. That equals seven full months! The author also offered this statement: "You become what you are exposed to."
Ladies, this chapter brings up an excellent question, From where do you get your instruction?What is having the most influence over you, the world, or the Word o…

But God

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:1-5 ESV (emphasis added).

"One of my favorite conjunctions in all the Bible is but God." ~ Michael Horton (The White Horse Inn).

Sanctification Week

I have dubbed this past week "Sanctification Week". I was in charge of organizing a charity fundraiser event at work the same week I was in charge of organizing our church booth at a local town festival. Nothing brings out the "flesh" like deadlines and working with people (most of the trouble, I find, starts in my own home, usually in my own heart). Grateful this week for the Holy Spirit, Scripture, and my husband (and probably in that order).

Here's some of the Scripture I leaned on this week:

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. 1 Peter 1:14-15

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrong doing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corin…

Book Club Wednesday 09/14/11

Last Sunday, Charity, Emily, and Katelyn (young friends from church) came home with me after our morning church service. We ate lunch together, and they spent the afternoon helping me prepare a project for an upcoming church event. I didn't invite them over because I needed the help (though I certainly needed the help, and they were incredibly efficient and a huge help to me), but I invited them over because I enjoy their company AND projects such as these present opportunities to build relationships (and I'll take that any day over completing a project quickly). Conversation flows when women, young and old alike (relatively speaking, I would be the old in this particular scenario) are engaged in a hands-on project. As suspected, much conversation was had around the project table.

Which brings me to my "Book Club Wednesday" post. At one point, in a general fashion, the conversation drifted toward the subject of Christians dating non-Christians, and that allowed me to…

Cookie Baking Night 09/12/11

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Carissa.
We made sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting.
We read lesson 54 titled "God's Children Love One Another" from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Ethan read 1 John 4:7-11 for us from the Bible.
And Ethan and Carissa helped me work on a project for church. They were great helpers.
We ended the evening with a lively game of Uno. As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Psalms 145:1-10

I'm currently memorizing Psalm 145. I'm up to verse 10. I'm enjoying putting this passage in my head and meditating on it as I drive to work in the morning. Thought I'd share it with you:
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your sai…

Book Club Wednesday 09/07/11

The book club selection for September and October is Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian.
I won't set a schedule for the book this time but will post on various chapters as I read them.
This book uses Proverbs 5, 6, & 7 to show 20 contrasts between the "girl gone wise" and the "girl gone wild".
Ladies, pick up a book and read along with me. I'd love to hear your input as we read this together.

Evangelism Focus 09/05/11

Today is Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer. I had purchased a couple discounted passes to the local wave pool but warm weather and a free schedule never shook hands, so I didn't use them. I contemplated using them today (the day the wave pool closes for the season), but instead I drove to the wave pool, found a young couple walking to the entrance and gave them the passes along with a gospel tract each. The young woman was very grateful and appreciative. The demeanor of the young man changed when I said the words "gospel tract". The small trace of a smile that was there disappeared. I held up the pool pass in one hand and said, "This will just get you a day of entertainment." I held up the tract in my other hand and said, "But this is for your life." (I would have liked to have said something far more eloquent, but those are the words that came out of my mouth). They nodded their heads in understanding, thanked me, and were on their way. I …

A Day With The Niece 09/03/11

Today, Emily and I spent a few hours together in the afternoon. School starts on Tuesday, and I had promised her we could make her pencil box this year. We went to a local scrapbooking supply store, purchased the box and supplies, took a seat in their workroom, and she let her creative juices flow. I think it's safe to say she'll have the most creative pencil box in the 5th grade. Though we were sure to put her name on the end of it, I think it will be the only one of its kind. (Fancy pencil box that you create yourself---in pink--I do believe I see a little Aunt Katrina in that one.)

Review, Review, Review

About a year ago, I started memorizing large passages of Scripture and was able to do it pretty quickly. What I enjoy about memorizing Scripture is that the memorization process and practice allows you to meditate on God's Word.

I have found, however, that memorized Scripture does not stay in your head without the discipline of reviewing it, often. To help myself with the reviewing process, I have placed the cards I used to memorize the Bible strategically around the house in areas where I know I will stop and stay for awhile (such as the kitchen counter, the sink where I get ready in the morning, etc). As I'm working in the kitchen or getting ready in the morning, I review the Scriptures I've already memorized to keep them at the forefront of my mind.

How do you memorize and review? Please share your tips.