Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…

Many of us have grown up hearing that phrase and yet many times we do just that… make a judgment about a person based upon their looks.  This has been floating around the internet for about a week and I thought it was worth posting.  Society places so much emphasis on the outward appearance, yet Scripture teaches that the true beauty of a woman internal.  Yet we continually make decisions about the  value of people based on their outward appearance. In this case, Miss Susan Boyle shocked and wowed the world by showing that there was more to her than her looks.  When she began singing the laughing and mocking stopped and the crowd was silenced by the beauty of her voice.

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I’m still around!

What a busy few months it has been.  I have several posts in the works but have been so busy and tired that I just haven’t had the time to focus on them enough to get them finished!  Here is a brief update on the last few months.  I think the last personal post was after our trip to El Paso so I’ll start there.

The day after we returned from our trip to El Paso, we began IMPACT classes through the state to begin foster care.  We hope to be able to adopt through this process.  It is a very invasive process and I have to admit it is also frustrating how slow the process is.

In October I officially became a Pastor’s wife of a small country church.  Since my husband became the Pastor, we have already experienced some growth.  He has been a preacher for many years so he already was known in the area and people have been coming.  It has been some adjustment but I’m excited about the new role in which God has placed me and the opportunity to minister to women in our church.  It is a little overwhelming at times to think about the responsibilities that go along with being a Pastor’s wife but I know God has placed us here for a time and we both want to serve Him in a way that brings Him the Glory and Honor that only He deserve.  We covet your prayers as we walk this new road of ministry!

I was sick Thanksgiving week with a sinus infection and bronchitis.  I don’t ever want to be sick like that again.  I felt like I was suffocating! I know I was just run down.  Once the meds kicked in, I was feeling more human by Thanksgiving Day and we were able to travel as planned to see my family for our Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday.  It was a fast trip up and back but thankfully we are only about 2 hours away so fast trips such as that aren’t as tiring.

Work has been and continues to be extremely busy.  I’m so looking forward to the day that I can be a stay at home mom!!  Even though I’m not a fan of Obama, his plans to work on the country’s infrastructure will be beneficial since my husband’s secular job (he is a bivocational pastor) is in the concrete industry.  Once we have adopted and have children on way or another I will be home.  We do not believe it is scriptural to put children in day care nor public school (so I will be homeschooling someday).

I’m sure that last line caught someone’s attention.  I’ve heard all the arguments that it isn’t realistic in this day and time but people ARE doing that on one income and doing it succesfully.  It requires some sacrifice on wants but God does provide needs when women are obedient to His Word and are keepers of the home.

Moving on… I can’t believe it is December and it is already shaping up to be a busy one both personally and at work.  I plan on taking a week at Christmas but some of that will be spent traveling to see my family again for a couple of days.  This time we are hoping to get together with my Uncle and his family.  We’ve not all been together for 4 years and even though there will be one or 2 missing this year, we are hoping that we can work it out again to get together.

I hope to get some photos from Thanksgiving up soon.

Until next time…

ahhhhhhh…. the quiet!

I have never enjoyed peace and quiet more than I am now that one of the longest campaign seasons in history FINALLY came to an end.   The phone calls have ceased from the politicians and the signs that occupied street corners and yards are almost all gone and it seems like life is back to normal.

Unfortunately, with the recent election of Obama things will be far from normal and peace and quiet are likely to disappear yet again in the future.  Radical changes, none of which are for the betterment of the country are brewing.  It is going to be a long 4 years and possibly 8 if he retains the presidency at the next election.

Mr. Obama states that he will be a President for all, yet so many of his positions show him to be very biased in his support on issues facing the United States.  Many of his positions are dangerous for  the unborn, Israel and Christians to name a few.  He has an agenda and it is one that does not line up with our Constitution and it definitely does not line up with the Word of God.

So where are we going to be a few years?  That is difficult to say but we can rest in Almighty God because He and He alone is in control.  His plan and purpose are perfect.  Come what may, God’s Word gives us the the final outcome so we can rest with a peace that passes all understanding, .

Take a few minutes to read the following letter that is also posted on Focus on the Family’s website.  Although it is fictitious,  it could very well be prophetic in nature of what is likely to come.  As Christians we need to be prepared because one day in the near future we may be facing persecution as others through out the world have had to endure to stand for Christ.  Even so, Lord Jesus, come.

A letter from 2012 in Obama’s America

Ways the Church is Hindered

Albeit these are sarcastic but also quite relevant to what is hindering the church today!

by Worship Leaders

by Youth Leaders

by Church Members

and last but not least by Pastors

The Cold, Calculated Evilness of Barak Hussein Obama

Until tonight I had been unable to watch this video.  I had heard about it but having lost a baby a year ago, could not bear to watch before now.  It is still overwhelming heartbreaking to think that any human being could allow something barbaric and cruel to happen to an innocent baby.

Obama is evil but then so is anyone else that could vote legislation to allow this, perform these procedures and throw live babies in the trash and have no remorse.  What is even more interesting is that the purpose of Planned Parenthood is really black genocide.  Obama of all people should be screaming for it to stop,  instead he pushes and endorses it.  Isn’t it interesting that he screams about every other black issue there is except this one? His hypocrisy evident and his evilness obvious!

I’m sure it won’t be long before YouTube yanks this one.

The Cost of Compromise

This is a sermonette from A.W. Tozer that couldn’t be more appropriate for today for the church and the direction she is headed.

Compromise has cost the Church her testimony.  We’ve become far too much like the world in the way we dress, talk, act and think.  How can the world they see that they need what we have if there is nothing different about us?

Please take the time to read this and although it is long it is well worth reading.

“Great saints have always been dogmatic.  We need right now a return to a gentle dogmatism that smiles while it stands stubborn and firm on the Word of God that liveth and abideth forever.”

“This frightening hour calls aloud for men with the gift of prophetic insight. Instead we have men who conduct surveys, polls and panel discussions. We need men with the gift of knowledge. In their place we have men with scholarship—nothing more.

If the church in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of preacher. …not the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting.

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.

We desperately need seers who can see through the mist—Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy.

“The church has lost her testimony.

She has no longer anything to say to the world.”

Christianity is so entangled with the world that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern. Compromise is everywhere.

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.

We need to learn that truth consists not in correct doctrine, but in correct doctrine plus the inward enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.

Men who have been used of God in any generation from Calvary down to this hour have not invented and preached new truths. They have simply had the anointed vision to discover truths that had been obscured by the overemphasis of certain other truths.

The church has lost her testimony. She has no longer anything to say to the world. Her once robust shout of assurance has faded away to an apologetic whisper. She who one time went out to declare now goes out to inquire. Her dogmatic declaration has become a respectful suggestion, a word of religious advice, given with the understanding that it is after all only an opinion and not meant to sound bigoted.

Pure Christianity, instead of being shaped by its environment, actually stands in sharp opposition to it.

Could it be that too many of God’s true children, and especially the preachers, are sinning against God by guilty silence?…I for one am waiting to hear the loud voices of the prophets and reformers sounding once more over a sluggish and drowsy church. They’ll pay a price for their boldness, but the results will be worth it.

“To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. This is such a common truth that one hesitates to mention it, yet it appears to have been overlooked by the majority of Christians today.”

Apart from God nothing matters. We think that health matters, that freedom matters, or knowledge or art or civilization. And but for one insistent word they would matter indeed. That word is eternity.

We are in real need of a reformation that will lead to revival among the churches. The man who has been taught by the Holy Spirit will be a seer rather than a scholar. The difference is that the scholar sees and the seer sees through; and that is a mighty difference indeed.

The apostles went to jail, and that is not too revealing because they went against their will; but when they got out of jail and could go where they would they immediately went to the praying company. The choices of life, not the compulsions, reveal character.

Moral power has always accompanied definitive beliefs. Great saints have always been dogmatic. We need right now a return to a gentle dogmatism that smiles while it stands stubborn and firm on the Word of God that liveth and abideth forever.

The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way. The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him.
I believe that the imperative need of the day is not simply revival, but a radical reformation that will go to the root of our moral and spiritual maladies and deal with causes rather than with consequences, with the disease rather than with symptoms.

When the children of God accept the world’s values it is time some Christians spoke up. Babylon may have her gods, her own way of life and moral standards. It is when Israel begins to adopt them that the prophet of God becomes responsible to rise and cry out against them.

“Any spirit that permits compromise with the world is a false spirit.”

Truth consists not merely in correct doctrine but in correct doctrine to which is added the inward enlightenment of the Holy Spirit…John the Baptist said, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27). He was not referring to men’s gifts. He was speaking of spiritual truth.

The radical element in testimony and life that once made Christians hated by the world is missing from present-day evangelicalism.

It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival.

The fact is that we are not today producing saints. We are making converts to an effete type of Christianity that bears little resemblance to that of the New Testament. The average so-called Bible Christian in our times is but a wretched parody on true sainthood. Yet we put millions of dollars behind movements to perpetuate this degenerate form of religion and attack the man who dares to challenge the wisdom of it.

And when the deliverers come—reformers, revivalists, prophets—they will be men of God and men of courage. They will have God on their side because they will be careful to stay on God’s side. They will be co-workers with Christ and instruments in the hand of the Holy Ghost. Such men will be baptized with the Spirit indeed…

Our only hope is that renewed spiritual pressure will be exerted increasingly by self-effacing and courageous men who desire nothing but the glory of God and the purity of the church. May God send us many of them.

Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits.

Any spirit that permits compromise with the world is a false spirit. Any religious movement that imitates the world in any of its manifestations is false to the cross of Christ and on the side of the devil.

The popular notion that the first obligation of the church is to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false. Her first obligation is to be spiritually worthy of it.

Some who desire to be teachers of the Word, but who understand neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm, insist upon “naked” faith as the only way to know spiritual things. By this they mean a conviction of the trustworthiness of the Word of God (a conviction, it may be noted, which the devils share with them). But the man who has been taught even slightly by the Spirit of Truth will rebel at this perversion. His language will be, “I have heard Him and observed Him. What have I to do any more with idols?” For he cannot love a God who is no more than a deduction from a text.

“The man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one. May God raise up many such prophets. The church needs them badly.”

The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another…He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.”

Teenage Girls Peacefully practicing their First Amendment Right – Arrested!

Two teenage girls with the the Survivors Organization that were given permission by the City to peacefully protest abortion at the Democratic National Convention were according to Worldnet Daily “were shoved to the sidewalk, cuffed and arrested for doing just that”.   This organization was peacefully chalking sidewalk messages when they were arrested.

Denver sent a clear message that the First Amendment rights we have as citizens of the United States of America  is not recognized nor will it be tolerated.

Here is a video of their arrest.