Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2. Bring this with you:
That way, when you get stuck in traffic jams, wait in extremely long check-out lines, get disappointed because the store is sold out of what you wanted to buy, etc, IT WILL ALL BE OK because you have Jesus who atoned for your sins and ICEDREAM* from Chick-fil-a. Its like eating patience! Or maybe it just gives you some sweet things to focus on.
*ICEDREAM may also be subsitited with cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, a smoothie, milkshake, anything that tastes good, however, Jesus cannot be substituded for any other "god" or idol.
Friday, November 21, 2008
When Christoph Römhild, a Lutheran pastor in Hamburg, Germany, sent Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Chris Harrison a list of 63,779 cross-references between the Bible's 1,189 chapters, the two became enthralled with elegantly showing the interconnected nature of Scripture. Each bar along the horizontal axis represents a chapter, with the length determined by the number of verses. (Books alternate in color between white and light gray.) Colors represent the distance between references.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It functions well. Serves its purpose. And it just happens to be called a "husband."
The other night I was leaned up against "the husband" in bed next to my real hubby. He was reading a book, and I was reading blogs, and I invited him a bit closer. He eyed the husband. I lovingly stated, "I'll share it with you."
He gave me the evil eye.
I knew exactly what he was thinking...
The day my old roommate and I moved into our old apartment, we invited some friends over to hang out. My now husband came (Note: We had just went out a few times and I had told him I wasn't ready to date). We had no furniture moved in yet except for our beds so we had to sit on the floor. Trying to be nice, I asked Ryan if he'd like to have "the husband" and his reply was, "I don't want to sit on anything called a husband."Back to bed:
So I couldn't help but laugh and ask him if he was jealous.
"I'm not going to be usurped by a pillow. It is not an acceptable substitute for a husband. It doesn't hold you or kiss you or hug you. It just sits there."
So, laughing hysterically, I tossed out the "husband" and confessed my unwaving love and devotion to my hubby and affirmed that, yes, he is a much better husband than the pillow.
Lesson learned. My pillow needs a new name...
Monday, November 17, 2008
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (which He lavished upon us...)"After faithfully preaching the gospel, our pastor read us Josh Harris' The Room: My Dream.
Though I'd read it before, It effected me again as much as it did the first time and lead me to treasure Christ all the more. Its a great tool to help count the cost Jesus paid for our sins.
It is such a blessing to be a part of a healthy church where Christ is exalted and His gospel preached every week, where doctrine is sound and protected by faithful and godly elders, and where God has gathered a humble flock.
Praise God for His faithfulness to His bride the church, "which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." !!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Though I tend to side with covenant theology most of the time (and with what our new church believes), I'm not convinced at this point that infants should be baptized. But I have, through the study of God's word regarding the promises and election of Israel and the church, stood in awe of the mystery of Christ:
As I've read and re-read Romans 9, 10, & 11, I have rejoiced with Paul and understood (at least in some small way) Paul's bursting out in praise in 11:33 & 36,
It is such a blessing that the Lord has purposed "before the foundations of the world" for me to live on this side of the cross, having once been "seperated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and [a] stranger to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world," to being adopted into the family of God by His Sovereign grace and good pleasure.
I have a long way to go before I fully understand covenant theology or dispensationalism or for that matter take some stance on infant baptism. But, until then, I will continue to do as Paul says in Romans 9:20 to "stand in awe" as a Gentile believer who has received grace in spite of my depravity.
PS: Feel free to recommend any books or other material that may help in regard to Infant or Believers' Baptism!