Friday, May 13, 2011
There are a few things I've learned already.
- I needed this. My time with my family has been HUGE.
- I can't imagine renovating a kitchen while not on sabbatical. It's A LOT of work.
- And my body aches. How do professional construction workers do this every day? *tucking in my sKirt*
- My tool belt lacks a sufficient holster for my channel locks.
- I can not find a common pair of scissors to save my life.
- Loose insulation is the bane of this work project.
- There is a lull in obvious progress between demolition and installation. It's called plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. And it's where we are right now.
- I LOVE coaching my boys in baseball and T-ball.
- All of the above has required an average of 1.75 showers per day.
Thanks, Hope, for blessing me and my family with this time away. God is good.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Monday, November 22, 2010
Messenger – Christ-like Character (qualities of the of the messenger – surrender, holiness, humility, etc.)
Methods – Ministry experience (the practicals of how the messenger takes out the message – small groups, outreaches, etc)
“The methods always change, the messenger is in the process of change, but the message never changes.”
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
#1 - Before dealing with sin in another, deal with it in yourself (See: Romans 2:1-3; Matthew 7:1-5).
#2 - If you have checked your heart (#1), ridded yourself of unhelpful/unhealthy emotion (Proverbs 29:11) because you were the one on the receiving end of the person's sin, and truly desire them to grow closer to God as a result of confronting them seeing their sin as a hindrance to this growth (Proverbs 24:11), pray for God to prepare their hearts to receive this (Proverbs 12:1) and take it to them in love and humility (2 Timothy 2:24-25, Ecclesiastes 7:5, Proverbs 25:11).
#3 - Trust God to grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25-26).
I think the most important thing is motive. Too often Christians approach a brother or sister who is in sin not with a motive of restoration, but with a motive of pride, indignation, and "lording it over" those in the wrong. This is antithetical to the Gospel. Let me say that again. It is ANTITHETICAL to the Gospel!
So I think the most important step is step 1: a major gut check, with a prayer for God to search your heart and reveal any impure motives within you. (Psalm 139) And this is an ongoing thing. Throughout the process of confronting a brother or sister with sin it can be so easy to slip into self-righteousness.
And ultimately, the most important piece is not that you or I are deemed right, but that the brother or sister is walking with Christ and killing sin in his/her own life. We are motivated to confront others out of love for them.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
From the “Rules and Precepts Observed at Harvard College”, dated September 26, 1642:
“Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2, 3).”
Monday, September 13, 2010
According to Wikipedia:
When the guardians of King Ptolemy VI of Egypt demanded the return of Coele-Syria in 170 BC, Antiochus launched a preemptive strike against Egypt, conquering all but Alexandriaand capturing King Ptolemy. To avoid alarming Rome, Antiochus allowed Ptolemy VI to continue ruling as a Puppet-king. Upon Antiochus' withdrawal, the city of Alexandria chose a new King, one of Ptolemy's brothers, also named Ptolemy (VIII Euergetes). Instead of fighting a civil war, the Ptolemy brothers agreed to rule Egypt jointly.
In 168 BC Antiochus led a second attack on Egypt and also sent a fleet to capture Cyprus. Before reaching Alexandria, his path was blocked by a single, old Roman ambassador named Gaius Popillius Laenas, who delivered a message from the Roman Senate directing Antiochus to withdraw his armies from Egypt and Cyprus, or consider themselves in a state of war with the Roman Republic. Antiochus said he would discuss it with his council, whereupon the Roman envoy drew a line in the sand around him and said, "Before you cross this circle I want you to give me a reply for the Roman Senate" - implying that Rome would declare war if the King stepped out of the circle without committing to leave Egypt immediately. Weighing his options, Antiochus wisely decided to withdraw. Only then did Popillius agree to shake hands with him.