Our family does something the extended family finds very controversial.
We rest on the Seventh Day.
Don’t we know that we shouldn’t do that because the New Testament made it so we should worship on the First Day.
Did you notice what happened?
All of the sudden we stopped talking about self care, and started limiting worship. Who decided this should happen and why.
So often when people talk about resting on the Sabbath, the conversation shifts from resting to worship. You can and should worship everyday. But the Bible is clear, rest on the Seventh day.
“Oh,” you may say, “I don’t know when that is, history has lost that detail.”
Don’t try that. Sunday is the Lord’s Day and the Lord’s Day is the first of the week. Logic then tells us that the day before the First Day is the Seventh. Rest on it.
Actually try it for a couple of months. Rest from Sunset to Sunset.
On a totally different subject a friend of mine, Jo, who blogs over at Pananaw is being called to go help her uncle’s mission in the Philippines. She needs $2000.
Am I Afraid?
Oh, bother I’m writing on the job again.
Recently I read this amazing post about pride and I thought, “Why don’t I do a post about fear.” So here I am.
An unpleasant feeling. Sometimes it can be useful, but most often it is debilitating. The Bible has a lot to say about fear and being afraid.
The first to pop into mind is Psalm 56:3 as it is M’s favorite verse.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
It’s a pretty classic Psalm of David. It tells us that David was able to put his fear on YHWH
1 John 4:18 is another that comes swiftly to mind.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Don’t you want perfect love. We are not meant to be afraid.
Next up is a verse I don’t know why it comes to mind. I have memorized it, perhaps that is why. Deuteronomy 6:13
Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
Suddenly we are still talking about fear, but now it is different. We are to fear God.
Does Deuteronomy 11:1 give us a hint.
You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always
I think it does, for it brings us back to the subject of love.
So am I afraid?
Do I fear?
I hope so.
What about you?
As Christians, or followers of the God of the Bible. What ever, you know what I mean. We are called to be Representatives.
It’s a big word. And it has a heavy meaning. Like actually two meanings. As usual for online definitions I wandered off to Merriam Webster
2a : standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority
b : of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election
3 : serving as a typical or characteristic example a representative moviegoer
1 : one that represents another or others: such as
a(1) : one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body
(2) : a member of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
b : one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal
c : one that represents a business organization
d : one that represents another as successor or heir
2 : a typical example of a group, class, or quality : specimen
So maybe you could even say twelve little meanings.
We are called to represent God. And it is hard.
1. Do as the Bible commands
As I am currently of the opinion that the Ten Commandments are the hardest of God’s commands, I find it saddening that they are the best known.
2. Represent your Family
Sure if your family has a bad history, leave it in the past, but if there is anything you are proud of… Make sure to keep doing it. Bring it up in conversations.
“Yeah, my family has done this longer than I can remember.” Do it with your siblings, your spouse, your children, your cousins, your extended relations.
3. Be your best
Make new traditions. Do your own thing. Remember the cliches. Be Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving, Fair… Show Love.
Who do you represent?
Please pray. I don’t know whether or not I’ll be able to continue posting on Thursdays, because I just started a new job and it mostly happens on Thursdays. Pray that I do well.
It is ending.
Amanda Tero has spent the last three months celebrating the fact that she finished a trilogy and now the final book is out.
I’ve agreed to give a review of the final books so here it is.
Protecting the Poor
Were all cool. I think my favorite was Noel. He inspired his older brother to do what is right and found the courage to step out and save the day.
The Lack of Romance
It didn’t have any, need I say more. I don’t like romance.
From the time Noel leaves Abtshire to the epilogue the ending was action packed.
They were smart like villains of that type rarely tend to be.
***** Five Stars *****
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
It wouldn’t be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.
Head over to her blog to enter the giveaway and find out more about the tour.
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Sorry to anyone who came by earlier wanting to see the post, but I’ve been super busy lately and the post didn’t get as polished as I would like it until now.
Last night it rained. I wasn’t surprised. I don’t think the rest of the USA is as wet as we are here in Eastern Kansas, but …
We look like spring. Or maybe Ireland. The natives are complaining about the fact that you have to mow, but my brother is more annoyed by the fact that the grass takes until noon to dry off and as soon as five thirty hit the dew is gathering again. The rivers are full, the floodplains are swamps, and the the only color other than green is the determinedly ripening grass.
Where was I going? Oh yeah, to last nights rainstorm. Just as I was considering getting ready for bed the rain that had been threatening all afternoon finally came. We went out to the porch and I decided to go further out. D was concerned that I would get hit by lightning.
But I went out anyway. I ran back and forth carrying five gallon buckets of water over to dump them in the ditch. After they were all empty I went and danced in the front yard ditch before deciding I was a bit tired and should probably head for bed.
It was only after I was in bed that my brain calmed down enough to think about what had happened. D was right. The lightning was pretty intense. Normally I would say it was dangerous to be out there. But several years ago a thought struck me, I was still a beginner swimmer and not at all comfortable in the water.
As a child of God I’m immortal until he calls me home.
That isn’t to say I can go jumping out of airplanes without a parachute. Rather that I won’t get struck by lightning or drown unless God has that in his plans for me.
The most famous verse in Jeremiah is assuredly 29:11. It is such a hopeful verse such an inspiring verse. The NIV gives it as
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“
But here is my problem with this verse, it’s about Israel’s exiles. He’s talking about them as a whole, but I’m sure even back then people took it personally. So, no I don’t mind you taking it personally. Just remember Jeremiah was the one who recorded these words. and what was in his future?
I have nothing against Egypt. However Jeremiah 42:22 summarizes the whole chapter with the words.
“So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”
And what should happen in the very next chapter, but they take Jeremiah and go down to Egypt. Worst. Kidnapping. Ever.
Maybe the King James Version says it better.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
It may not be our role in life to be clearly blessed, but we are for God’s glory and what else matters. Perhaps we will get taken places against our will, as long as we stand firm we will be in his plans.
They are Gramsie’s cousins
A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my oldest brother and while there I read “Ten P’s in a Pod”. It is an interesting read.
Through out the book, there is the claim “Most unusual family in the world”. Maybe back then they were super unusual, but to me the girls sounded like “girls”. By “girls” I mean they really cared about how they looked. Sure I care about how I look, but not enough to get my hair done in the latest style, or to spend my family’s few dollars on books and magazines.
I felt like someone had edited the book. The family had memorized large portions of the Bible. The Bible was often quoted in the book and most of them had the reference in parentheses at the end. Enough of the verses didn’t though or also had the phrasing “in (book of the Bible)”
I felt like though at least the author wasn’t a hypocrite, the kind of life his family led could easily lead to hypocrisy. They traveled North America singing, encouraging people to read the Bible, quoting the Bible, and the father preached. I think that the family’s habit of all 10 year olds on up being in the Bible at least 2.5 hours stopped them from that fate.
Speaking of reading the Bible for 2.5 hours everyday. I don’t think it is necessary for normal people to read nearly that much. Personally for me most days I’ll get half an hour. For those who teach about the Bible, yes I think 2.5 hours is great, maybe consider more, but for most of us our job is to act out God’s Words and that requires taking our heads out of books, movies, computers, and instead helping others.