Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
So very thankful for the opportunity!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
These kids showed me what church should be like. The “big kids” made sure that the “little ones” were taken care of. Being far from home wasn’t so hard because the “little ones” had “big kids” to help them through the week. They had people they could trust to help them through the obstacle course, navigate the waterfalls, or find the courage to ride a really big horse through the mountains. Were they perfect? Absolutely not. They teased each other and gave each other nicknames. The older boys took a group snipe hunting and played all manner of pranks. That’s what you get when you take a bunch of teenagers off to the mountains for a week.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
This was submitted to an online devotional site last month. They didn't choose it and, though I am disappointed, I am thankful that they didn't. See, this is what happens when I try to write what I think others want to read instead of allowing the words to just flow from my heart. The message is true, honest, and heartfelt...the delivery is...lacking. Still, after being in the mountains with our Youth Group last week, I am behind in my writing, so, I'll just share this. Guess God knew I'd need it.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Recently, our Judicial System ruled that same sex marriage is legal in America. Many of my friends celebrated, many more "flipped out" over the "wrongness" of it all. (Sorry, I'm struggling with words today I guess.) I vowed not to get into the Social Media war about it all, but I am going to record my thoughts here.
I believe God's Word. His word tells me the things that God considers sin and it tells me that sin separates me from Him. God's word says that immoral sex is a sin. It says that immoral sex is sex outside of marriage. It says that God created woman and man to be married. That being said, God's word also says that gossip is a sin, that God hates pride and arrogance and that vanity and gluttony are sins. This is only the beginning...
And from the very beginning, God gave us a choice to obey Him or not.
I think it is easier to blame our government for the sin so easily accepted in our culture. It's not our government's job to legislate morality. I still want the freedom to make those choices on my own. I want my kids to choose to follow and obey Jesus because they love Him, not because our government says they have to. That's a little harder though, because we have to teach them "Just because it's legal doesn't make it right."
God gives us the freedom to choose to follow Him and obey Him or not. HE is not threatened or thwarted by our judicial system's decisions.
Yes, now we have the freedom to marry someone of the same gender....or not. We still have the freedom to follow and obey Christ. That hasn't been taken away from us.
The preacher once said something along these lines....
If you choose Church when church is the only option, you aren't really choosing church. What really counts is what you choose when there is another option.
I think that the same idea applies to our current state of affairs. Yes, we were once a more moral nation. yes, we were a more conservative culture. But if that is the only acceptable option, were we really CHOOSING to follow God? Were we just doing what was expected?
Now, we have a choice; and with each passing year, we have more choices. We haven't had the freedom to be a Christian taken away from us, we've just been given other options... lots of other options.
Unlike my great grandparents who lived in a culture that expected everyone to follow the teachings of the Bible, NOW I can personally choose to follow and obey Christ....or not.
I choose Christ.
That's the beauty of freedom.