Topical Studies

A broad spectrum of subjects will be posted with Biblical discussion. They will be my opinions and can be ignored or embraced.

Living your Faith

Living your Faith.

Living your faith in front of your children is something I see many serious Christians try to adhere to.  The problem is that they don’t even know what that means.  It is not being moral, religious, passionate for holiness, passionate to be separate from the world (the one that is outside the home, forgetting that the world is in our hearts), or even passionate to be theologically and Biblically correct.

Proverbs 31 woman explained

I am sharing this article from a FaceBook post. I really like it and hope you do too. This is shared with permission.

"My husband had the jeweler engrave 'Proverbs 31:10-31' on my ring. Because that's how he sees me... as the Proverbs 31 woman. ..Right?

But I was thinking one day about that... and I realized that the Proverbs 31 woman does not exist in a vacuum... she has a husband. A Proverbs 31 husband.

What does that look like?

Unity is Not Agreement

On church unity:   Just recently we had a vote at church that was pretty divided.  It was only about 60 % approved.  I was very pleased with the unity displayed.  That may sound strange, but it is not because unity is not agreement.  It is a willingness to work together in God given disagreement.  There could have been no unity if people had not been listening to the Lord.  It is also possible that the majority were the ones not listening to the Lord; but I do not think that is the case because there was no lording it over those who were in the minority. 

Loving People or Protecting Self

Stepping back from difficult people does not transform you. It protects you. Learning to love people the way that God calls us to seems to be so very impossible, especially when they are difficult.  God wants to transform us from being fearful of being hurt, or fearful of doing the wrong thing, or fearful of being rejected and hurt again. He does this by telling us to proactively love difficult people. This does not mean "fixing" them. It means "loving" them.  

Those That God Would Use Must First Suffer

Those That God Would Use Must First Suffer.

Those that God would use must first suffer. There are no exceptions. But you are not ready to be truly used until you can thank God for the suffering and Focus on Him and His goodness, rather than on the suffering. The suffering is not a god to worshipped. It is a tool to be used to worship and glorify God.

Things That I Have Learned Through the Brett Kavanaugh Ordeal

Things That I Have Learned Through the Brett Kavanaugh Ordeal

      I have learned a lot about human nature through the agreements and disagreements over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court.  Unfortunately, it does not reveal a pretty picture of humanity; especially my own.

1.     Pride and Contention

Brett Kavanaugh and Justice

There are some times that I have wondered about my speaking out concerning Brett Kavanaugh. I have wondered if I should. There will be people that IO love that will alienate themselves from me because I have spoken up. It breaks by heart. 
Some have called this a job interview and said it is no big deal. I fully disagree. It is a senate hearing. A hearing is a legal action. There are rules for legal actions that are clearly being violated. If it were "just" a job interview, there are also legal rules for job interviews. They too have been violated. 

I Am a Christian

I am a Christian. I am not a Republican or a Democrat, or a conservative or a liberal. I am a sinner saved by grace called to make my God look great through humble servitude. The word, Christian, has been desecrated by "Christians" who have redefined its meaning as political, or as a moral position, or as a lifestyle. (no smoking, drinking, 'sinning') Wrong definitions are defiling to the name of Christ. I am sorry if this offends some of you who think the 'issues' you put forward as what it means to be a Christian are what defines you.

"Here I am": The Perfect Prayer

My prayers should start with, “LORD, Here am I”. (see Moses at the burning bush) “Here I am” opens the door for more communication. It is saying, “I am listening, tell me more.”

If you think the blessing of prayer are in the answers and results you have a wrong theology. It shows that you are looking for shortcuts/ a different and new way to get God’s gifts, help, answers. But the blessing is in the relationship with God, not in the answers to our requests.