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On the way home from AWANA last evening, my little man Tate rode in the front seat with me (yes, the air bag was ‘off’).  He’s my thinker, my joker, my talker, you name it.  I enjoy a good conversation with him.  So, as we made the way from Toledo to our home, I wasn’t surprised that a song from the CD sparked some questions from him.

Why did the Israelites have to destroy the people in Canaan?

Why did the Canaanites worship other gods?

How come they couldn’t live together as friends?

That was just a sampling of the conversation that flowed as Jamie Soles and his family sang about the Old Testament in the background.  These are difficult questions to explain to an eight-year-old because in our human minds it seems “mean” that God would tell His children to do these things.  Yet, as I spoke to Tate, I kept bringing to mind this scripture:

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55: 8-9

and this one too:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6

As I forged ahead in my comments with Tate, I realized how applicable God’s words to the Israelites really are to us today.  How?  Well, some of the biggest spiritual stumbles in the friends I’ve had, and even in my own life, particularly in college, were when we befriended someone who didn’t follow the Lord.  In my case, I began liking people, hanging around them, listening to their ideas, agreeing with their ideas because I liked them, and eventually forsaking my earlier beliefs.  Thanks to the tremendous mercy of God, Christ-followers spoke Truth into my life and my heart was soft enough to return to His ways, but this is not always the case.  Some continue stiff-necked into their own interpretations of the Word…”this person is so sincere and loving!  Surely, God didn’t really mean it when He said…”, and soon they are following their own wisdom and turning from God’s ways.  Like the Israelites, we begin adopting “gods” or “idols” of the culture.  We begin to second-guess what God has said in the Scriptures.  We begin to use our own wisdom in the circumstances.  I see this each and every day among Christians.  We have become more and more assimilated in “our Canaan” and we have begun to believe in our culture’s ways above our God’s.

If they’re happy, then I don’t see why they can’t get married.

They should have legal rights just like we do, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The mother should have the right to do as she chooses and not be told what to do.

God will forgive us.

Maybe my way (rather, God’s way) isn’t the only right one?

As we surround ourselves with the wisdom of the culture, we will begin falling away from God.  We are no different from the Israelites.  Do we honestly think we are?  Do we think that we can hang with the world and remain unaffected?  We are fooling ourselves!  God’s Word says:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12: 2

We do live in a different time than the Israelites.  We are certainly NOT to destroy those who are different from us nor are we to never befriend someone who doesn’t know Christ.  However, we must incorporate the wisdom of 2 Corinthians 6: 14 and not be unequally yoked with unbelievers for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  As you befriend unbelievers, have the purpose of sharing the hope of Christ.  Be on guard and pray for protection from the lies of this world.  Be filled with the Holy Spirit so you can earnestly love them.  But, don’t become like them.  There is no eternal hope in that.  The principle remains for God’s people to be holy, to be pure.  Let’s be very mindful of what we surround ourselves with–what are we hearing?  watching?  loving?  believing? If any of it is contrary to the Word of God, cut it off.

Renew your mind with the Truth of the Bible and be strengthened by Him as you build the Kingdom of God!

Love, Wendy

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Sin.  Why is that word so taboo?

Facebook has opened up another avenue, a tremendous avenue, of public discourse.  Before this social arena, of course, we had opinion columns and letters to the editors in our newspapers, and even before that, we had speakers on park corners spouting notions about one thing or another.  This is good.  Our country’s founding fathers found it to be so good and so important that they even included the concept in our nation’s constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  (U. S. Constitution, Amendment 1)

I am very grateful for the opportunity to live out my faith in Christ, to speak about anything, to gather with others peaceably and to even write a letter to my government officials about my concerns.  United States citizens, myself included, take this freedom for granted.  Too many of us are either unaware or callous to the fact that much of the world does not share those same rights.

So, because of this liberty, each and every person on Facebook, just for example, is able to write a post or a comment regarding personal beliefs.  Again, this is all good.  However, the problem arises when we resort to acting like third graders on the playground in our responses to others’ comments and beliefs.  Assuming the worst in people, grouping all people into one stereotypical category, name-calling, running on emotions…this is what we grown-ups need to rise above.  For people who deny Jesus Christ and live with a secular worldview (meaning that the natural world guides their understanding and wisdom about everything), if you happen to be reading this, please understand that Christians live with a biblical worldview.  We believe that the Bible is infallible, inerrant and the absolute standard of Truth.  It is our Rock.  Truth does not shift from one decade to the next.  Truth does not apply in one circumstance, yet change in another.  God guides us and He is a good, omnipotent God.  And, Christians, let’s remember that people who deny Christ will say things that are not biblical.  They will do things that are not biblical.  So, as we are commanded in the Word, let’s show them Christ.  How?  They will know we are Christians by our love.

Love is not all “touchy feely, anything goes, let’s just be happy”, though.  As the song goes, sometimes “love hurts”.  But, when love hurts, let’s be sure that the hurt comes from the realization of our sin’s offensiveness to a holy God and not from my rude behavior and snarky words.

So, to return to my opening sentence, why is “sin” such a taboo word in our culture today?  The other day, as I was talking with my friend, I thought of an illustration that may help explain.  If you’ve ever had a problem with cussing, you may relate to this illustration.  Let’s say you find yourself with a bad habit of swearing like a sailor.  Your friends swear, the TV shows and movies you watch are filled with curse words, it’s just commonplace to your ears.  But, you have victory over this habit of swearing and begin to surround yourself with people who aren’t cussers, you stop filling your ears with the coarse words and pretty soon you rarely hear such words.  Then, one day you decide to watch a movie that you enjoyed back in high school.  You remember all the fun parts, the songs, and you want to re-visit this great movie.  After the first five minutes, your ears are about ready to bleed because it is filled with cuss words and “f-bombs”, but the funny thing is that you don’t even remember that being an issue back when you watched it years ago.  Well, you had been de-sensitized to the cussing the first time you watched the movie.  But, now, it’s a different story.  The coarse words are hitting you like a brick wall.  Now, the word “sin” is the same way.  If you go to a church where sin is rarely talked about, where everyone is accepted just as they are with no exhortation to confess sins and repent and follow Jesus, or if you are in the world and sin is never ever discussed, then whenever a Christian mentions that something is called a sin by God, the brick wall hits you and you recoil at the word “sin” like I recoil at an “f-bomb”.  It’s like a “sin-bomb”!  Yet, if you go to a church that is faithful to present the gospel in its entirety, showing us our sin and leading us to our Savior from that sin, then you are familiar with the word “sin”.  When someone, in great love, comes to you and challenges you to see your sin and reject that sin, you don’t recoil or yell at them or make excuses…you hear them and go to God in prayer.

Christians, we must be faithful to the Word of God.  We must be bold to proclaim what is sin and what is not sin.  We must not compromise with the world and begin to change the gospel of Christ to be more palatable.  Sin is offensive to God.  And, it can be very offensive to us to hear about our sin.  But, we must get over ourselves if we want REAL happiness, or joy, and if we want REAL peace, and, most of all, if we want eternal life and not eternal condemnation.

Is this a little fire and brimstone?  Yes, probably so.  But, I’m finding that it’s becoming such a blurred line between Christians and the world that we must ask God for the courage to stand firm on His Word and not step into the shifting sand of our culture’s relative truths.  Christians, be bold.  Open your eyes and ‘see’ the mighty warriors of angels standing all around us, ‘see’ the crowd of witnesses who have gone before us, ‘see’ Jesus, at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf, and stand firm!

Love, Wendy

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We spent a delightful day with friends giving thanks and we look forward to more of the same with family on Saturday.  Hopefully, your day of Thanksgiving has been full to overflowing, both for your stomach and your soul.

Today I keep returning to Romans 1 and remembering that God is so good to reveal His invisible attributes so all people know Him without excuse.  Yet, some don’t know the Lord.  Why?  Verse 21 says:

because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

To think that something as “everyday” as being thankful, or, rather, not being thankful, is key in causing our minds to become futile and our hearts to darken, this stops me short.  How easy it can be for me to not say ‘thank you’, to wish for different circumstances, to want what others have, to resist what I’ve been given, to complain and to grumble…yet, this seemingly respectable sin of being ungrateful is instrumental in developing thoughts and affections far apart from God.

So, to combat this we must be vigilant to be thankful, yes?  Absolutely.  But, the words that come just before verse 21 challenge us even deeper.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  Romans 1: 18-19

When we begin leaning on our own understanding and not trusting in God (see Proverbs 3: 5-6), we find ourselves–eventually, if not in the short term–suppressing the truth of the Word with the lies of the world or our own sinful nature.  What our good God has made manifest to all, unthankful man has made invisible.

May my life be one of such gratefulness that God and His invisible attributes are made so obvious to the world that the only result is to glorify Him and be thankful for His grace, mercy, love and truth!

Love, Wendy

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When studying for bible study a few weeks ago, I was digging deeply into Ruth 1: 16-17, Ruth’s vow to follow Naomi out of Moab and into Israel.  It’s a challenging passage as Ruth is giving up everything for what appears to be nothing.  While this passage is commonly spoken at weddings, it really is more of a picture of our baptism.

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more.  Death no longer has dominion over Him.

Romans 6: 3-9

Our baptism is a picture of our death to the sinful flesh and our life in Christ’s resurrection power.  Can you imagine how powerful we would be if we merely ‘walked out in our baptisms’?

Going back to my research on Ruth’s vow to Naomi, though.  While this vow has been used in weddings (and could, or should, be used at baptisms), some on the internet would argue that Ruth’s vow to Naomi was actually homosexual in nature.   My eyes have been forcibly opened to how people are interpreting the Bible, both in this passage and many others.  On Facebook, just this past week, I have seen several comments and links to blogs that claim for anyone to deny marriage to homosexuals is akin to denying them of the sacraments of baptism and communion.  In another cyber-location, someone using the Bible to declare that homosexuality was a sin was laughed at, cursed at, accused of repeating the ‘typical hate rhetoric’, among other things.

Did I mention that these interpretations are being done by professing Christians?

Apparently, I needed to get out of my stay-at-home-mom-cave and get a glimpse of reality because I had no idea how hateful some of our culture was towards bible-believing Christians.  In an effort to shut down any talk about our sins (and, believe me, there are many more sins than just homosexuality), we call names and make the bible say what we want it to say.  We have molded an image of God and His Word into something more palatable, more nice, more gentle and more sophisticated.  Yet, we have not been without warning.

Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

2 Timothy 4: 2-4

If you are offended by someone calling something [that you do, or that a friend does] sin, then stop and consider.  Why is it offensive?  Because that other person is being mean and vicious and just wanting to hurt you?  Or because the Bible says it?  If you are offended by what God is saying to you in His Word, then take that up with God.  Why does He offend you?  Is He calling you to something greater?  Regardless of the kind of sin we’re in, we’re in bondage to it.  We are held captive, holding on out of comfort or joy or stubborness, but we are held captive and made slaves to it.  I know our country.  We don’t like slavery.  Yet, why do we allow millions of people to live in slavery to sin every day?  Why do we hold back–and even twist–life-giving scriptures to free them from the sin that dominates them?  Why do we ignore that sin is even there?  Why do we refuse to call something that God so clearly calls sin and re-name it so it is palatable and acceptable?

From a mom’s point of view, I know what happens when I allow my children to persist in their sin.  Their behavior becomes more self-centered, they become assured of their own wisdom and they lean on their own understanding of any situation.  As they get more fixed in their sin, they become angrier at anyone (like their parents) who point out their sin and direct them away from it.  I do not receive any joy from dealing with this kind of situation.  It’s usually quite difficult and ugly, at times.  Yet, I’ve seen the vibrant fruit that results from turning away from sin and following in God’s good and righteous ways.  I’ve seen this in my children and in myself.

So, it may be difficult.  It may be ugly.  But, I want to be ready–in season and out of season–to speak God’s Word clearly and accurately so that sound doctrine may be heard and God may be exalted and glorified.  I will not proof-text (pick one verse out and make it work for my argument), but I will look at the whole Book in its entirety so that God’s character and Truth may be revealed.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)

If you profess Christ, I want you to be ready as well.  Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.  Even if God’s Word is hard to hear, listen to Him–to His whole word–and receive it without tweaking it for your itching ears.  We must be willing to stop tickling our ears and allow God’s Word to strip us bare and cut our hearts, and then we can be truly healed by the Almighty Physician.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound...

Isaiah 61: 1

Thank You, Jesus!

Love, Wendy

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I’m re-publishing a blog post from 2008 about remembering the events of 9/11.  Some of it is dated; however, much is still worth consideration.  Are we getting gently swept away by the lazy current of our culture and not realizing that our nation is becoming more and more godless?  This is all just as crucial now as it was eleven years ago.

Quick addendum before I publish:  I just read on Facebook that someone asked a sales clerk why the flags were flown at half mast today.  How quickly we forget history…and to some this is a great advantage.

From 9/12/08:

I may be a day late and a dollar short, but when you’re a busy mom you blog when you can blog.  🙂  Yesterday I noticed that the hoopla over 9/11 events had significantly mellowed from previous years.  I know this is to be expected as time passes, but I do have to wonder if the USA suffers from that all-too-commonly diagnosed problem:  Attention Deficit Disorder?

My son has a little joke about A.D.D.  He says “Mom, I have Attention Deficit…oooooh, shiny, look at that shiny object hanging over there, oooooh!”  Maybe it’s so funny because I can relate all too vividly.  But, can our nation as well?  I believe that we need to allow time to heal the wounds of losing loved ones.  We don’t need to keep peeling off the scab and revealing the pain constantly.  Friends and families must mourn those lost and thankfully the pain does become less intense over time.  But, I’m not referring to the pain of the lost ones; I’m referring to the REASON for 9/11 events.

This reason is what we are not to become distracted from.  I watch way too much news commentary in the evenings.  I notice that one channel spins their particular beliefs into the stories by asking pointed questions.  Another channel does the same by avoiding pointed questions.  It all depends on who the target is, but it’s all the same game.  As I watched TV last evening, I noticed that certain questions to some of the political candidates insinuated that this war we are fighting is NOT a holy war.  The insinuation was that our “faith” should not even enter into the situation; therefore, since it is not a holy war we are not to involve our dependence upon God in the decision to battle or not to battle.

Foolishness.  Let the news journalists and anyone else tell you over and over and over again that this is not about God.   But, they’re flat WRONG.  Do not develop A.D.D. when it comes to the reason that so many died in the USA on 9/11/01.  Do not become distracted by the shiny baubles the press wants to show you.  Do not become distracted by the passing of time and oblivion to what is happening across the world.  Do not become distracted by false security in man.

And at the same time, do not fear.  “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of sound mind”  2 Timothy 1: 7

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My dear friend, Julie Park, has such a burden for the people of Haiti.  She wrote this heart-felt letter and wanted to get the word out to many.  Please read and pray about your part in helping those in such great need.  Thank you!

 

This is long but please read.   Please don’t turn a blind eye to those in need in Haiti. They are suffering in ways that are unimaginable. Lately, the Lord has been stirring our family’s heart toward those who are in need – namely, the poor, the hungry, the naked, the blind. Our initial motivation to help was to appease our guilt or some similar reason, however, as we read the words of Christ, I cannot help but see his compassion and concern for those who suffer in poverty.

LUKE 14:12-14

Last week, I listened to these verses read in Luke 14:12-14 where Christ tells his audience to not serve those who are able to pay you back but to bless those who are “poor, crippled, lame, blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

I plead with my fellow believers, for the love of Christ, to put feet to our theology and have compassion on those who are helpless and unable to ever repay you. Your reward will be great in heaven! I read this indictment against Israel, and wonder how much this applies to me.

Ezekiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.”

I ask myself, Did God place me in one of the most prosperous nations in the world only to pad our retirement funds, stuff our waistlines, adorn our houses and divert our attention to pleasure? I really don’t mean that saving money and eating etc. are sinful. But we can forget that the Lord has equipped some to be able to jump in when necessary to minister to those who can’t help themselves. I do believe that if you are able, now is one of those times. Praise the Lord that He is merciful and abundant in His provision to us! What happens in the next few days are critical as they will need equipment to move large debris that will save people trapped under collapsed buildings, they need the basics – food, water, shelter, and medical supplies – so that those who survived the earthquake will survive the elements and injuries they’ve sustained. They need money to mobilize aid in the places that are needed most with the supplies that will be most helpful. If you can, I would urge you to take two minutes and make a donation to any of these organizations that I have listed below. If you know of others that are respectable and honorable in their ministry, please post them here.

DO MORE THAN PRAY: SPREAD THE WORD

Of course, we will pray. We will not forget that the God of the universe, the Sovereign Lord hears and answers prayer. However, another thing you can do is spread the word. It’s another world out there, one that doesn’t touch us. Look at those images and see if your heart doesn’t get stirred by the suffering. We can lift up prayers and open our eyes in response to the gospel that Christ preached. But we can do more than pray.

* Copy this and post it on your own facebook notes. Tag as many people as possible.

* Take one day and encourage others to take a few minutes to pray and make a small (or large) donation!

* How about challenging people to give up one night out and donate the money saved to Haiti?

* Wouldn’t it be surprising if we opened the news and there were no headlines drawing our attention to the disaster? How about giving up your status update for one day to remind our friends that there’s more to life than the errands we ran that day?

* I’m not writing this as an indictment. Just a heartfelt plea to come out of our comfort zones for just a little and take a good, hard look at what people are suffering right now!

TEACHING COMPASSION TO OUR CHILDREN

I have some ideas of what we’re going to do with the children in order to give my children opportunities to extend compassion and aid. I’m really bad about this as I’ve taught my kids the opposite!

* I’m putting up a little map of Haiti in our kitchen.

* Print out the page on Haiti from Operation World and start praying for this people group http://www.operationworld.org/country/hait/owtext.html

* Get a roll of quarters and let your children do extra chores, etc. and give them money to put into a donation jar. Let them watch you make the donation on a website.

* Read verses that speak of Christ’s compassion.

* Sell some items (toys, books, clothes) and raise some money to donate. * Let your older kids get exposed to some of the photos that vividly show what happened. I think we shield our children too much sometimes. Shield them at your discretion, however, let them see some of the nightmare that these children in another part of the world live through.

* Fast through one or two meals. Every time they feel hunger, have them put a coin into a donation jar.

* One person wrote that she’s making bread and baked goods to sell to raise money. Great idea!

ORGANIZATIONS

Children’s Hunger Fund http://www.chfus.org/en/educate/programs/other-programs/319-haiti-earthquake-response-.html

Samaritan’s Purse http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Relief_and_Development/Emergency_Relief/

Compassion https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm

Sovereign Grace Ministries Disaster Relief http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/About/FinancialSupport/DisasterRelief.aspx

 Feed My Starving Children http://www.fmsc.org/Page.aspx?pid=415

Northwest Haiti Christian Mission https://www.denarionline.com/DonorServices/TEMPLATEPAGE.ASPX?OMP_REF=_NWHAITI%20%20&CONTENT=GOSOLG&DS_GO_REF=811B5E8E6D

World Vision http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?funnel=dn&item=1958776§ion=10324&go=item&

World Relief http://worldrelief.org/Page.aspx?pid=2364

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I have been having the same conversation over and over again.  It goes a little something like this:

I know they’re [Muslim, Mormon, Jewish, Hindu…], but they’re so nice and generous and loving!  I cannot understand in my heart of hearts how God could condemn my friend to hell because he isn’t a Christian.

I’m intrigued by the number of people in my path who are less and less certain of the truth, especially the truth they may have been raised in.  Even if they believe strongly in Jesus Christ, they are more uncertain of the importance for *everyone* to believe in Jesus in order to have eternal life. 

 

I tend to think that this is partly because of the lack of good teaching/preaching from the Bible.  Many American Christian churches are havens of self-help or self-improvement.  The last thing many pastors want to do is mention the word ‘sin’, let alone call you out on it.  Even when the gospel message is preached, it’s often either watered down or presented in a way that is contrary in some manner to the Word of God.  Most of the time the American Christian religion is man-centered and there is just a general lack of knowledge when it comes to doctrine and the Bible overall.

 

When all these factors come together–as they have in many cases–then we see the next generations turning away from the Church at large.  We see individuals and families living just like the world around them who doesn’t know Jesus.  We see proclaiming Christians begin to waffle on important truths, such as Jesus being the way, the truth and the life.

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6

 

How are these words spoken by Jesus explained by us?  How do we reconcile this with our friends who don’t acknowledge Him as Christ?  As *the* way to God Himself?  Can we say “well, I like this from Christianity and that from Islam…really, it’s just a matter of Jesus, and they just believe He was a prophet only”.  Is that the only difference, really?  And even if it is the ONLY difference, is it a big enough one to make all the difference in the world?!?

 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55: 8-9

 

When I am tempted to say that I cannot fathom God doing something because it doesn’t jive with my ‘gut’ or my ‘heart of hearts’ then I need to step back and remember Who God is.  Isaiah speaks so clearly (as do other prophets in the Bible) regarding this fact.  For me to try to understand how God operates is just futile; He is the Sovereign Creator of ALL.  I am merely His creation. 

 

If I am so concerned about my dear friend who is not a Christian, then instead of trying to re-invent God and His ways, why not tell my friend the Truth that Jesus is the only way to the Father?  Of course some would say that trying to convert others is wrong.  I should be more tolerant.  But, I liken that to keeping the most important information in the world a secret–better than the cure for cancer, just as an example.  The peace that passes all understanding, the hope beyond all, the joy in every circumstance, the love and acceptance I have because of knowing Jesus——-why would I ever want to keep that a secret for fear of offending someone else? 

 

Recently I read someone’s religious views as being “tolerant of everyone worshipping the diety of their choice”.  This was written by a one-time (present?) church-goer.  Is tolerance really more important than sharing the Truth of Christ?  What He did for me on the Cross gave me complete pardon from my sins, that includes my guilt!  He caused me to have His righteousness, I am now accepted by GOD!  There is nothing I could ever do, no matter how good I am, to accomplish these two very important things.  If I really loved other people, why would I ever allow them to continue thinking they’ve got the cure to the disease when all they’re drinking is the placebo? 

 

If you want to go on believing that the other religions are equal to Christ, then I ask you this:  do you really want to know the Truth?  If so, consider the Word of God.  Please do not base your thoughts on your emotions or the world’s wisdom or even the example of American Churches.  Base it on the Word of God.

 

Our challenge, Women of the Word?  Know your Word.  Be prepared to give an answer for the hope that you have.  Be willing to share Jesus Christ with friends of all backgrounds and reveal how He is different from religions trying to earn their way to heaven.  Love others…genuinely love them with the love of God as you share the Truth.  And finally, submit to God.  Acknowledge Him as the God of the Bible and not as one we design in our minds. 

 

I think this conversation that I keep hearing will just become more and more commonplace.  Be prepared to continue the conversation…

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