Friday, September 6, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Salvation


The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of Fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness. 
~A.W. Pink
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Love



This is not love, when you neglect each other’s soul. Do you believe that you have immortal souls, and an endless life of joy or misery to live? Then you MUST know that your great concern and business is, to care for those souls, and for the endless life. Therefore if your love does not help one another in this which is your main concern, it is of little worth, and of little use.  
~Rev. Richard Baxter (1615­-1691)

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019

Judgement



Dear Church, 
It's time to stop saying we are not "called to judge." That's a gross misinterpretation of the Bible's clear teaching on the importance of using wise and biblical judgement. This whole "judge not" thing takes one phrase out of context and then uses it as an excuse to turn a blind eye to sin under the guise of "mercy." Hogwash! 
We are called to use good judgement and to judge those inside the church. To not hold our own accountable is not only unwise, it's unbiblical. 
We cannot use God's standard of judgment for those outside the church but it's high time we began to hold God's own accountable to the standard of God's Word. To love without speaking the truth is not really love at all. 
~Heidi St. John

1 Corinthians 5:12
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

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A commenter has offered these additional Scriptures:

John 7:24
2 Timothy 4:2
Titus 2:15
1 Corinthians 2:15
Ephesians 5:11

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Christianity Begins in the Home



Some words to ponder today and to think of every day:

Christianity begins in the home. If not there, it is nowhere. We may attend meetings, and sing hymns, and join devoutly in prayer. We may give money to the poor, and send missionaries and Bibles to the heathen. We may organize societies of every description for doing good. We may get up church fairs, and tea-parties and tableaux and picnics. We may, in short, devote all our time and all our means to doing good, and yet not be the true and earnest Christians we ought to be, after all.

If they cannot say of us in the family at home; “He, or she, is a Christian, we know it, we feel it,” –if home is not a better and happier place for our living in it, if there is not an influence going out from us, day by day, silently drawing those about us in the right direction, then it is time for us to stop where we are, and begin to examine our profession to the name of Christian.

Christianity. Christ-likeness. Is that ours? Are we possessed of that? Are we patient, kind, long-suffering, forbearing, seeking with all our hearts to do good, dreading with all our hearts to do evil? For if we are Christ’s we shall be like Him; and the first fruits, and the best fruits of our daily living will be in the better and happier lives of those who are about us day by day.

~ John Angell James in Golden Thoughts of Mother, Home and Heaven, edited by Gene Fedele.

How is it with you at home, dear mother? Do your children witness Christ-likeness in your attitude, countenance, and behavior every day? Does your husband? What good does it do for our husbands and children when they see us worried, impatient, fretful, or angry?

Oh, dear mothers, let us ponder and meditate upon these words. Let us bow before the Lord in humility and ask for forgiveness for where we have strayed and erred. Let us repent of our sins and lack of love for our families. Let us ask for the Lord’s help to do as He wills, rather than what our sinful hearts desire.

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(Painting is A Mother's Darling Painting by George Goodwin Kilburn)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Christians and Spiritual Things



The amount of loafing practiced by the average Christian in spiritual things would ruin a concert pianist if he allowed himself to do the same thing in the field of music. The idle puttering around that we see in church circles would end the career of a big league pitcher in one week. No scientist could solve his exacting problem if he took as little interest in it as the rank and file of Christians take in the art of being holy. The nation whose soldiers were as soft and undisciplined as the soldiers of the churches would be conquered by the first enemy that attacked it. Triumphs are not won by men in easy chairs. Success is costly. 
If we would progress spiritually, we must separate ourselves unto the things of God and concentrate upon them to the exclusion of a thousand things the worldly man considers important. We must cultivate God in the solitudes and the silence; we must make the kingdom of God the sphere of our activity and labor in it like a farmer in his field, like a miner in the earth. 
A. W. Tozer Sermon: Heart-Seekers

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Church's Responsibility in the World



THE "CHURCHES" of AMERICA are responsible for the lgbbbtqpp. They failed to teach that there is no gospel without the family. They failed to teach that as males and females we have a duty and a responsibility to be married, MALE AND FEMALE, and that the primary purpose of our marriage is the procreative conjugal estate. Romance is the biggest fallacy ever put on the public. It has created a false doctrine and identity and false expectations within marriage. The fallacy of romance has caused marriages to nothing short of a fornication, because the idea of children being a blessing and a reward and true riches from God himself is secondary to getting married and just having sex. And not viewing this as a duty and responsibility to be bearing children as often as God would reward you.
~Mrs. Mosser 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

What Fats Are Healthy?


Part of being good homemakers and taking care of our families is learning about making and feeding them healthy food--food that will bring health to their bodies and not sickness!  I am so thankful for the Lord bringing information into my life many years ago on how to truly eat healthy.  There is so much information (and mis-information) out there with regards to what is healthy, but the Lord was so gracious to show me about eating real, whole foods prepared traditionally when I was searching for answers. 

Here is some information about fats that you may not know:

"The demonized saturated fats--which Americans are trying to avoid---are not the cause of our modern diseases. In fact, they play many important roles in the body chemistry:

*Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50% of the cell membranes, giving them necessary stiffness and integrity so they can function properly.
*They play a vital role in the health of our bones. For calcium to be effectively incorporated into the skeletal structure, at least 50% of the dietary fats should be saturated. They lower Lp(a), a substance in the blood that indicates proneness to heart disease.
*They protect the liver from alcohol & other toxins, such as Tylenol.
*They enhance the immune system.
*They are needed for the proper utilization of essential fatty acids. Elongated omega-3 fatty acids are better retained in the tissues when the diet is rich in saturated fats.
*Saturated 18-carbon stearic acid & 16-carbon palmitic acid are the preferred foods for the heart, which is why the fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated. The heart draws on this reserve of fat in times of stress.
*Short- and medium-chain saturated fatty acids have important antimicrobial properties. They protect us against harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract."

~Nourishing Traditions (affiliate link*)

Learn more about fats and their effects on your health here.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

No Greater Task Than Making a Home



It is the simple fact that there is no greater task, responsibility and privilege in this world than to make a home. It may well be that when women are involved in the hundred and one wearing duties which children and a home bring with them, they may say: “If only I could be done with all this, so that I could live a truly religious life.” There is in fact nowhere where a truly religious life can better be lived than within the home. 
In the last analysis there can be no greater career than that of homemaking. Many a man, who has set his mark upon the world, has been enabled to do so simply because someone at home loved him and tended him. It is infinitely more important that a mother should be at home to put her children to bed and hear them say their prayers than that she should attend all the public and Church meetings in the world. 
It has been said that consecration is that which makes drudgery divine; and there is no place where consecration can be more necessarily and beautifully shown than within the four walls of the place which we call home. The world can do without its committee meetings; it cannot do without its homes; and a home is not a home when the mistress of the home is absent from it.

~W. Barclay, in The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon

Oh, what a beautiful and blessed quote!  So often, we Christian women, even in the church, are discouraged from our great homemaking duties.  We receive no encouragement from the pulpit, no recognition of our great duties, no realization that we are doing a great work at home, raising up the future generations which will hopefully fill the churches.  Instead, we often only hear how our children will be taught at church instead of by us, or that we women must be at every church meeting or we are thereby neglecting our Chrisitan duty.  There are so many things trying to take us away from home and being keepers there.  But at home, at home, is our blessed duty unto our Lord.  Let us be happy making a beautiful, Christ-centered home for our families.

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