Reblog: A Meal With No Biting

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Let us begin by acknowledging an unfortunate reality. The apostle Paul warns Christians not to bite and devour one another (Gal. 5:15), and he does this because this is what we are sometimes tempted to do. Christians are never warned off sins that were never going to be an issue. The warning says that we are not to bite and devour because the end result will be that we are consumed. So in this sense, Paul says not to eat one another in this way.

The only alternative to this kind of quarrelsome devouring is to learn how to partake of one another in love. In the verse just prior to this warning (Gal. 5:14), Paul says that the entire law is summed up in the command to love our neighbor. We must love our companions, and companions are those with whom we break bread.

So Christ eats with us here, and we eat with Him. But the Bible teaches us that when we eat together with others in love, this is a covenant love, and covenants depend on what is called partaking. This is koinonia-partaking. We do not just eat with Christ; He offers us His body and blood to eat and to drink. And Christ does not just eat with us; He partakes of us just as we partake of Him. This is a sacramental enactment of what is described throughout the New Testament as union with Christ. We are not just with Him; we are in Him.

Now if you are not learning Christ in this way, if you are not growing in Him in this way, there is only one other way to be—and that is the kind of person who bites, devours, quarrels, accuses. If that is what your home is like, then you are not partaking rightly here. If you are partaking rightly here, if you eat in faith here, you are learning how to resist biting and devouring in another way, in an entirely destructive way.

So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.

~ I don’t normally reblog in entirety but since this was short I did.  You can link to Wilson’s site by clicking on the image. Beth

Quilting Board: The Quilter’s Message Board

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I just wanted to share a quilting website that I really enjoy.  It is free and you can see what other quilters are creating and view tutorials, connect with other quilter’s around the world and everything in-between.  If you enjoy quilting or looking at quilts you may enjoy this site also.  So just check it out.  Here’s the link.

Reblog: The Missing Ingredient for Sexual Purity

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by Luke Gilkerson

For a long time, I viewed my sexuality as a curse. I was a mixture of terrible paradoxes: desiring to save sex for marriage on one hand, but deeply fearful of romantic relationships on the other; desiring purity in my thoughts and conduct, but really, really enjoying pornography.

Masturbation and erotic fantasy was a convenient but miserable halfway house—it was easier than actually trusting God while pursuing wholesome relationships. I was begrudgingly of the opinion of Oscar Wilde, who said masturbation is “cleaner, more efficient, and you meet a better class of person.”

If you had been one of my “accountability partners,” you probably would have seen a man who was pursuing sexual purity. I prayed about it, read books about it, went to counseling about it, and even attended conferences about it. But no matter what I did, repentance never seemed to stick.

Read the rest here.

Reblog: The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

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Here is an important topic that needs to be addressed in the church. Leslie Vernick is a Christian Counselor who has sound Biblical advice to men and women in this situation.  She is trying to raise awareness in Pastors and Elders of the dangers of bad advice and lack of awareness on their parts when trying to help their congregants.

This is a link to a radio interview done recently.  Also you can find many free videos and resources on her own website here.

Reblog: 12 Questions for a Six-Month Spiritual Checkup

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By Chuck Lawless

  1. Do you need to forgive someone? Jesus is clear that if we don’t forgive others, the Father does not forgive us (Matt. 6:14-15). So, while we may think our anger is justified, it only hurts us to stay bitter. The cost, in fact, is serious as it harms our relationship with God.
  2. Does your daily talk reflect godliness? It’s hard to read Ephesians 5:4 (“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving”) without evaluating our daily conversations. If other believers heard everything you said last week, would your witness be strengthened or harmed?
  3. Does your budget reflect a commitment to God’s work? I know it sounds trite, but what we give toward God’s work really does have eternal dividends. Any sacrifice so others may know Jesus is no sacrifice at all. Would your checkbook show you prioritize God’s kingdom?

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Reblog: Inside Out: Lessons in Sadness, Sonship, and Prodigals

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By: Winston Smith
of CCEF

I really enjoyed the new movie Inside Out. I confess that I assumed that it was simply a movie dealing in emotional stereotypes, which is what I saw featured in the previews. But while emotions do play a major role, the movie is about much more than that. Inside Out invites us to not only have a more nuanced understanding of emotions but to appreciate them in the context of personal growth, the nature of relationships, and the purposes of family. As a Christian, I found it especially thought provoking….

Read the rest here.

***Beth’s comments:  The kids and I really enjoyed this movie.  It is very heart moving and educational for those of us who have been restrained by others in the area of our emotions.