1 Peter 3:4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
This resonated with me...so here it is...
Worship: Worship Seven Days a Week
But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.—Habakkuk 2:20
So I've got to tell you that if you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday worship and so on....
We come into God's house and say, "The Lord is in His holy temple, let us all kneel before Him." Very nice. I think it's nice to start a service that way once in a while. But when any of you men enter your office Monday morning at 9 o'clock, if you can't walk into that office and say, "The Lord is in my office, let all the world be silent before Him," then you are not worshiping the Lord on Sunday. If you can't worship Him on Monday you didn't worship Him on Sunday. If you don't worship Him on Saturday you are not in very good shape to worship Him on Sunday. Tozer on Worship and Entertainment, 9,24.
"Lord, permeate my whole life with a spirit of worship—all week long, every day. Amen."
I can only shake my head at this article, and grieve - not only that this woman has gone through this trauma (rape) but also that this is the route she's gone in order to...I'm not sure what she'll gain from this thinking.
Here's the article, "Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me."
Now the rest of us are stuck trying to be both a virgin and a mother at the same time.
From Amazon, via Challies - Since most of my reading is on Kindle, I'm going to add an additional challenge - half the books will be paper copies.
This is a great graphic - I really liked it the first time I watched it and it's just as powerful now.
We've been considering buying our own stock of "pew Bibles" so that we know that we will have enough ESV Bibles for the Sunday School class that we teach. We'd bring them with us, or store them in a locked cabinet for our use.
I was looking for Bibles, and (when looking at a book, I find the 1-star reviews more useful than the 5-star reviews) I saw a few 1-stars. There were a couple of "the print is too small" and "the binding fell apart."
But the majority of 1-star reviews were people who simply reviewed a variety of Bibles in order to mock Christianity.
In what is supposed to be a country based on liberty and religious tolerance, there is an increasing amount of vitriol aimed at Christianity.
It's not going to stop and American Christians are simply not prepared for the coming "worst hard time."
I'm trying to get my Sunday School class to "get" the importance of Scripture - bringing their Bible to class and memorizing God's Word.
Our March "Sword Passage" is Psalm 23 - which I learned in KJV. This is a really good illustration about how what you learn when you're young stays with you! My commitment is that whatever I'm asking them to learn, I'll come to class ready to recite.
Re-learning Psalm 23 in ESV is harder than I thought it would be...
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
I was reciting the chapter today and stopped short.
"even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering..."
I've heard it many times...but today something more...drink offering upon WHAT?
the altar? no, although that's what I'd always been taught, but it's really, really obvious.
Memorizing the whole book has taught me a lot about the "therefores." Paul adds on to the add-ons, building on the previous part to make a point.
I had been taught that Paul was referring to becoming a martyr, being tortured and burned for the gospel.
But *offerings* are made by the religious adherents *to* God. If somebody else sacrifices *you*, it's hardly your offering!
the "drink offering" was not poured on the altar. It was poured on the sacrifice!
Throughout this letter, Paul has been referring to the fact that he is currently imprisoned for the gospel, and he has been urging the Philippians to act out their faith... The people that he is writing to are sacrificing themselves for the faith of the gospel.
Jews would have been familiar with the offering system. The animal sacrifice was made, and burned - a symbol looking forward to Jesus' final sacrifice. Then, a specific amount of wine (the drink offering) was poured over the burning meat, symbolizing the blood of Christ. (This is important:) the drink offering was only offered to God after His people entered into their promised land.
Paul knew that he would be killed for his faith; so put the drink offering in the context of that.
His beloved students were given Christ as an example who was obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross...therefore, his students should also obey. As their obedience becomes their sacrifice Paul himself would be the drink offering adorning that sacrifice.
The drink offering was not poured on the altar.
for me to live is Christ and to die is gain...my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better...
Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering up the sacrificial offering of your faith..."
You also should be glad and rejoice with me...
Paul was ready to die. As his students laid their faith down, Paul's life would be the libation that adorned their faith. And he was glad.
And they should rejoice with him.
From time to time I run again across this minor prophet in the Old Testament.
Once more reading Amos reminds me that God uses who He wills, including mere shepherds. Amos was in the fields when God spoke through Him.
This time through, I looked at what God judged these nations for.
"threshing" (we would call it "trashing") Gilead, kidnapping into slavery a whole people, fighting among brothers, targeting the weak (pregnant women,) desecrating the dead...
Then Israel and Judah:
Rejecting the Law of the LORD, and exploiting the poor.
Sexual immorality and idolatry.
“But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
and commanded the prophets,
saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’
Nazirites were bound by conscience and by oath to certain behavior (abstaining from alcohol, for one) and the state of Israel had forced Nazirites to violate their conscience and break their vow.
Knowing that prophets were the ones who warned the people that they were sinning and God's judgment was on the way, they were told to "shut up"
This impacted me on this day, we live in a state where people of faith are being told by the state that they must violate their conscience, and those who would speak up are being told (in an attempt to shame or scare into silence) to "shut up."
Food for thought...