Wednesday, May 23, 2007
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Peter 4:11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 1:20: According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
My thoughts along this line were that anything that glorifies Christ is holy. Anything that does not glorify Christ is worldly. If you cannot honestly say that this action, this habit, this clothing, this whatever, glorifies Christ, then that item is worldly.
The problem is that we are now so in tune to the world that we don't even recognize it. It has crept in subtly, unawares. Just like the proverbial frog who was slowly boiled to death, we've been cooked, and don't even realize it.
Some time ago I posted a review of a book I like very much. Here is a quote from that book, that defines the problem quite well:
The problem is that we have mimicked the world for so long--copying their fashions, borrowing their educational and social philosophies, conforming to their dating format, and adopting their dialect--that we do not even realize we have lost our Christian identity. We've been wearing the costume and speaking the language of the world for so long that we don't even recognize ourselves anymore.
So where to we go from here? How do we learn to recognize worldliness for what it is?
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Choice #1: "I looked for the World and found it in the Church."
Choice #2: "I looked for the Church and found her in the World."
Choice #3: Both 1 and 2.
Choice #4: Who cares?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).
A WISE mother builds her house by…
…keeping her house clean and tidy.
…being careful how she spends money.
…making sure everyone has the food and clothes they need.
…making sure everyone does their share of the work.
… honouring her husband and submitting to him
honouring her husband and submitting to him
…encouraging her children to behave in a way that glorifies Christ—at home and in public.
…cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in her heart and in her children’s hearts.
…teaching her children to fear God and obey His commands.
A WISE daughter helps by…
…keeping her room, her work areas and her play spaces clean and tidy.
…not asking for things to be bought for her when she doesn’t really need them, and saving her own money for things she wants.
…helping to make meals, eating what she’s given without complaining, and keeping her clothes neat and clean.
…honouring and obeying her father
…doing her own work cheerfully, minding her own business, and helping others when she can.
…behaving in a way that glorifies Christ—at home, with her friends, and in public.
…cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in her own heart.
…fearing God and obeying His commands.
Monday, May 07, 2007
And will he be favourable no more?
Is his mercy clean gone for ever?
Doth his promise fail for evermore?
Hath God forgotten to be gracious?
Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?
These verses were part of my morning reading today. And in my thoughts I asked another question:
Where is the revival we have so longed for?