Tonight we had our quaterly singing night at church. It was a small crowd of 10, but the worship was so sweet. After church I came home and read this interesting post from Desiring God and I just had to share it.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
From Mary Kassian:
Think about these questions, write some answers in your journal, and/or discuss them with a friend.
- How does the creation account in Genesis 2 affect your understanding of a man’s responsibility to protect and lead?
- What is it about male/female roles and interactions that is so important? (Hint: We talked about it in the Smart Talk episode, ”The Great Display!
- What do you think is the cause for the cultural trend of “adult-lescence?”
- Have you ever found yourself in a situation like Mary did on the airplane? How can you support God’s design for men to “man up” in your daily interactions?
Click below to listen to Mary's message.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
"This is the natural progression of the, "If it feels good, God must be in it" approach to worship in many churches today. Listen carefully to her statements. She is regurgitating folk theology prominent in many churches, complete with the, "I don't care what other [Christians] think"/Don't judge me mentality. And this is in the Bible Belt (actually in my back yard)!" Voddie Baucham
This is VERY disturbing...and sad.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Rom 8:29
Do not let your adorning be external--the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-- 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. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. 1Pe 3:3-6
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." 1Pe 1:14-16
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Yesterday I listened to a most excellent message on modesty by C.J. Mahaney. Pastor Mahaney brought out points in ways that I had never thought of before. It was such a blessing. Modesty may not be an issue for you. Maybe you could use this message to minister to others, perhaps a daughter, friend, sister, neighbor, etc. I highly recommend it to all. Here are some highlights from the message.
- Any biblical discussion of modesty begins by addressing the heart, not the hemline. We must start with the attitude of the modest woman.
- Modesty means propriety. It means avoiding clothes and adornment that are extravagant or sexually enticing. Modesty is humility expressed in dress. It’s a desire to serve others, particularly men, by not promoting or provoking sensuality.
- Immodesty, then, is much more than wearing a short skirt or low-cut top; it’s the act of drawing undue attention to yourself. It’s pride, on display by what you wear.
- There’s an inseparable link between your heart and your clothes. Your clothes say something about your attitude. If they don’t express a heart that is humble, that desires to please God, that longs to serve others, that’s modest, that exercises self-control, then change must begin in the heart.
- For modesty is humility expressed in dress.
- Godly men find modesty attractive. They appreciate women who dress with self-control and restraint. They’re grateful for women who serve them by helping them fight the temptation to lust.
- Ultimately, fathers, your job to raise a modest daughter culminates and concludes on her wedding day.
- Notice in 1 Timothy 2 that Paul goes beyond addressing a woman’s apparel. He says he desires “that women should adorn themselves … with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works” (2:9–10).
- Adorning yourself with good works means less time shopping and more time serving. So, which are you more preoccupied with — shopping or good works?
- Modesty is important because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul is concerned about it. He isn’t simply a “cultural conservative.” This isn’t Paul’s version of The Book of Virtues. For him, the issue of modesty is about the gospel.
- The woman who loves the Savior avoids immodesty because she doesn’t want to distract from or reflect poorly upon the gospel.
- Make this your aim: that there be no contradiction between your gospel message and the clothes you wear. May your modest dress be a humble witness to the One who gave himself as a ransom for all.
The entire message can be downloaded at http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/blogs/cj-mahaney/category/modesty.aspx.
A modesty checklist from the message, http://www.sovereigngracestore.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=A1170-06-51