Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Downhere - How Many Kings

I heard this song for the first time this past Sunday. My prayer request recently has been for Jesus to be more real, and to understand the humanity of God in Jesus...and this is just one little way of how God has answered me so far.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Charity


   As I was reading through the chapter titled "Charity" in J.C. Ryle's, Practical Religion, I thought of how the word CHARITY is not completely understood, and how people claim to have charity when indeed they do not.  I looked up the word charity and found that probably most people's knowledge of the meaning of charity consists of  1-6, and leaves out the true Scriptural meaning that falls last on the list at #7: Love.

   Ryle states, "Thousands delude themselves with the idea that they have 'charity,' when they have not, from  downright ignorance of Scripture.  Their charity is not the charity described in the Bible.  The charity of the Bible does not consist in giving to the poor.  It is a common delusion to suppose that it does.  Yet St. Paul tells us plainly, that a man may 'bestow all his goods to feed the poor' (1 Corinthians 8:3), and not have charity." 
   Ryle goes on to say, "The charity of the Bible does not consist in never disapproving anybody's conduct....Thousands pride themselves on never condeming others or calling them wrong, whatever they may do....To throw a veil over sin, and to refuse to call things by their right names, --to talk of 'heart' being good, when 'lives' are flatly wrong, --to shut our eyes against wickedness, and say smooth things of immorality, --this is not Scriptural charity." 
   Ryle also states, "The charity of the Bible does not consist in never disapproving anybody's religious opinions....There are many who pride themselves on never pronouncing others mistaken, whatever views they may hold. Your neighbor, forsooth, may be a...Roman Catholic, or a Mormon... But the 'charity' of many says that you have no right to think him wrong! If he is sincere, it is "uncharitable" to think unfavorably of his spiritual condition! From such charity may I ever be delivered! At this rate the Apostles were wrong in going out to preach to the Gentiles! At this rate there is no use in missions! At this rate we had better close our Bibles, and shut up our churches! Everybody is right, and nobody is wrong!  Everybody is going to heaven, and nobody is going to hell! Such charity is a monstrous caricature. To say that all are equally right in their opinions, though their opinions flatly contradict one another--to say that all are equally on their way to heaven, though their doctrinal sentiments are as opposite as black and right--this is not Scriptural charity."

Let us be educated on the true Scriptural meaning of the word charity which is LOVE, and not be fooled by what so many claim to have.  Let us know what love really means and have that come out in our words and actions.  That being said here are a couple quotes from this chapter that I want to share:

"The charity of the Bible will never be found except in a heart prepared by the Holy Ghost"

"God has no need of faith.  He is dependent on no one.  There is none superior to Him in whom He must trust.  --God has no need of hope.  To Him all things are certain, whether past, present or to come.  --But 'God is love:'  and the more love His people have,the more like they are to their Father in heaven.

"Charity...is the greatest of the graces, because it is the one which endures the longest.  In fact, it will never die.  Faith will one day be swallowed up in sight, and hope in eternity.  Their office will be useless in the morning of the resurrection and like old almanacs, they will be laid aside.  But love will live on through the endless ages of eternity."

"The charity of the Bible will never be found except in a heart prepared by the Holy Ghost."

Practical Religion, J.C. Ryle

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Introducing...


Our precious bundle of joy made his appearance at 11:31PM on October 12, 2010 
and weighing 8 lbs. 6.4 oz. and 22.5 in.

This past of week has been full of so much joy.  Mike and I are so blessed.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

iPhones


We are proud to announce that Mike and I are now iPhone owners.  We thought it would be awesome since we h!ave little Miles on the way.  Video, video chat, camera, apps and such right at our fingertips!  We're stoked!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

35/35


35 weeks down, and 35 days to go!


I think it's finally becoming real for me to think that time seems like it has flown by, and that I'm approaching the end, when I'll need to be ready to go at any time!  In about a month I'll have a new life, a son, who I'll have in my arms...I really can't wait to meet him!  I can't wait to see what he looks like, who he'll look like more, what his nose, ears, hair, hands look like -- I can't wait to study the all the precious details of his face.

As I'm getting closer, I have people asking if I'm nervous.  I should be - I think to myself, since I don't know the perfect way to hold a baby, how to swaddle a newborn, how to feed a baby, how to lay a baby down to sleep, etc.  But the truth is, I'm really not that nervous, I just can't wait to learn how to care for my son, and let instincts kick in when needed.

We've been so blessed throughout this pregnancy to have it be so easy.  Little Miles has cooperated so well so far, and I pray he will continue to be a good boy!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Prayer and the God Who Hears - Psalm 66:16-20



If anyone desires to be encouraged, listen to my husband's sermon on prayer.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Questions and Answers with John MacArthur


On April 18, 2010, at Grace Community Church there was a night of Q & A.  This night particular was awesome, because of a certain question asked.  I decided to share this question and answer that hit home for me, as I use to be Catholic.  In August 2006, I was saved by faith in Christ alone.  

QUESTION: Hi, I’m a Catholic. I’ve been a Catholic all of my life, that’s 75 years. The question I’m going to ask is a very, very basic and has been bothering me for many, many years of my adult life. To the billions of non-Christian denominations, I’m talking about the Jewish, the Buddhists, the Profuciests, Mormons and so forth that truly believe in their faith, that lived a very good life according to their faith. My question is, is there salvation...a heaven for them? Or all they all condemned to hell?

JOHN: Yeah, that’s a very good question. What’s your name?

CHARLIE: Charlie...........Simmons

JOHN: Hi, Charlie. That’s a very good question, Charlie.
The answer to that from the Word of God is they will all perish in hell because there is only one way to go to heaven. There’s no salvation in any other name than the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “You will die in your sins,” to the Jewish leaders, “because you believe not on Me...because you believe not on Me.” “God, that familiar John 3:16, so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes on Him shall not perish.”

There’s only one heaven and there’s only one way into heaven and that is through faith in Christ. It is the only hope, that is why we are told to go to the ends of the earth, preach the gospel to every creature. So all who perish without the knowledge of Christ, die in their sins and go everlastingly to hell.

Now the degree of punishment in hell will vary. But what makes it vary is not the goodness of the person because no person is good before God, no person. Only God is good and Jesus said that. No person is good, no person is good enough to earn heaven. The only difference in hell will be that the people who heard about Jesus Christ and rejected Him will have a greater punishment than the people who didn’t hear about Him. They will all be punished, but those who knew about Christ and didn’t receive Christ will have the greater punishment. That’s Hebrews, “How much sorer, or greater will be the punishment of those who trampled underfoot the blood of the covenant and counted the work of Christ, as it were, an unholy thing, rejected Christ.”

Now the other thing to say is this, that even if you believe in Christ, even if you believe in Christ as God and Christ dying on the cross and Christ being raised from the dead and Christ being Lord, and all those things, that may not be enough to get you into heaven either because in Matthew 7 it says, “Many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, we did this in Your name and that in Your name.’ And He’ll say, ‘Depart from Me, I never knew you.’” So you can know about Christ and you can know that He lived a holy life and was born of a virgin and that He died on the cross and He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and reigns and is returning and not go to heaven.

But here’s the key. You must trust Christ for your salvation alone and reject any works of your own as having any contribution to your salvation.

JOHN: It doesn’t matter how many times you went to church, it doesn’t matter how many humanly good deeds you did, it doesn’t matter how many times you took the Mass, for example, in a Catholic situation, it doesn’t matter how many times you went to Confession, it doesn’t matter how bad you felt about the sins that you did, it doesn’t matter how many rosaries you said, it doesn’t matter any of those things...none of those things individually and all of those things collectively cannot save a person. A person will be saved by faith in Christ alone, recognizing that in my flesh dwells no good thing, by the deeds of the Law will not flesh be justified. You can’t earn your way in by being good. You can only receive salvation when you know you’re not good enough and you cry out to be forgiven of your sin by the sheer grace of God based upon the death and provision of Christ on the cross. Okay?

CHARLIE: Oh one last thing, I meant to add this. I am leaving the Catholic Church and hope to join this church.

JOHN: We welcome you. (Applause) Now you folks over there, you folks over there need to open your arms to Charlie, right? Let him know we love having him here.

You understand the gospel, right? The way I explained it? All right, Charlie, never too late, right? You’re the youngest-looking 75. What happened to me? I don’t get it. Okay. Alright.

[This has been taken from the Grace To You website.]

Monday, May 10, 2010

Practical Religion



"For more than a century, J.C. Ryle has been known for his clear and lively writing on practical and spiritual themes, with the aim of encouraging strong and serious Christian living. With profound biblical insight, Practical Religion reveals what every believer ought to be, do, and expect in their walk with God. Ryle's penetrating comments are as wise and relevant today as they were when he first wrote them."

Contents and Topics:
Self-inquiry, Self-exertion, Reality, Prayer, Bible-Reading, Going to the Table, Charity, Zeal, Freedom, Happiness, Formality, The World, Riches & Poverty, The Best Friend, Sickness, The Family of God, Our Home, Heirs of God, The Great Gathering, The Great Separation, Eternity

You can purchase this book at Grace Books International.

So, I saw this listed as a recommended read in our churches bulletin a couple weeks ago, and I liked the write up for it, so I bought it that day.  I will be starting this book today, and I'm very excited to be encouraged and learn from J.C. Ryle.  My loving husband has encouraged me to try and read a book a month.  Sounds pretty easy, but I'm a slow reader, and forget very easily.  I decided to take on the challenge, not only for discipline, but for spiritual growth that can be granted through God's work in these godly authors.  Once I get done, I'll let you know how it was, and let you know what my next read is!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

This morning is Mother's Day...my first.   I was reminded of this new day for me by my wonderful husband, as he entered the bedroom to serve me breakfast in bed...pancakes and berries!  I was an awesome time, just me, my husband, and Miles who later wiggled (I think he liked the breakfast too).  


I'm not going to lie, it was so weird to hear from others, "Happy Mother's Day," but I liked it! :)  I enjoyed a great lunch at Panera Bread, came home - took a long nap, woke up - went to the mall, bought a few maternity clothes, ate a  Cinnabon, came home - made spaghetti and meatballs, and here I am!  Whew!  What a fun day I had.  I'm exited about a couple new pants to add to my collection, I was down to a pair of jeans and khakis, all other pants I have out grown. Sigh.

Well, that's all for today.



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Life

So, I totally feel like I've purposely avoided this blog for the last few months.  And I probably feel that way, because, well, I have.  Now, it wasn't my point to go into hiding, but I'm really bad at not talking about things that I want to share...especially on a blog...when that's one of the reasons for it.  Soo, quick update.  The last four months have been a bit crazy.  Lots of change, and ups and downs, feeling sick and feeling great.  I'm not here to complain...just to inform.  Mood swings, weight gain...No, I'm not depressed, I'm just pregnant!!  18 weeks and counting, there is a quickly growing Elliott inside.  Mike and I were thrilled of the news that we actually got on my birthday, January 30th!  It was quite the birthday present.  We've been taking one week at a time, as we know this precious life is in God's sovereign hands.  Let me tell you, that is the most comforting thought too!  That that the God of the universe, is in control, and knows what is best for both Mike and I, and what will glorify Him the most!  I was able to hear the heartbeat and see the little one move, at just 9 weeks!  And the last doctor visit we got to hear the heartbeat again, get a face shots, and well...some other shots that the doctor responded by saying, "It's definitely a boy!"  We are unbelievably thrilled!


Here's his mug...


Introducing:  Miles Avery Elliott




I'm pretty sure I'll be more consistent with my blog now...
I know, I've said that before.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Truth


I'm not good at book reviews, I've never done one, nor do I know how to really give a legit review.  However, this book has been an intense impact in my life.  I'm still reading through it.  I really can't wait to get all the way through it to share this with others!!!  I have copied what GBI (Grace Books International) says about this book below...


Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God.
With Big Truths for Little Hearts, Bruce Ware, a theology professor, encourages and enables parents of children 6–14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology at a level their children can understand. Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.
The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their children’s primary faith trainers—and perhaps learn a few things themselves along the way.

Seriously, you will learn, with a better understanding, things along the way!  My husband got this book for me so when we have kids, I will know how to go about explaining to them how great and wonderful our God truly is!  With the help of this book I am able to see myself, how beautiful and magnificent He is!  


You can purchase this book on GBI Here! 


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Idolatry

Our choices are predicated upon what we think is "good,' what we "delight in," what we find most "desirable." The truth about our choices is that we always choose what we believe to be our best good.We always choose what we believe will bring us the most delight.


Idolatry is a sin that has its beginning in the mind, in your thoughts, beliefs, judgements, and imagination. ... Instead of fashioning idols out of wood or stone, we fashion them in our imagination - worshiping that which we believe will bring us happiness. ... These beliefs function as gods just as surely as if we had carved them from wood or overlaid them with silver. ... We must learn to put away the gods of our imagination: gods that promise happiness in exchange for our worship.

Our longings and desires ... are the driving force behind everything we do. ... Why do we profess great love for the Lord on Sunday morning and exaggerate our successes to our boss on Monday morning? Because we have divided desires. ... The desire that is strongest ... is what our will acts on.

My sin has its roots in my false worship. Don't be deceived: you are already passionately worshipping something. ... Learning to take great delight and joy in God is the strongest deterrent to idolatry.