Friday, December 28, 2007
Matthew and Grace were playing in the kitchen. David walked past them and said of Grace (who was being somewhat ornery), "I see the wickedness in you." Next thing we knew, Matthew was right in Grace's face looking intently saying, "Where is the wicked? I don't see it." He proceeded to follow Grace around for the next few minutes as David and I tried to control our laughter.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...thank you, Captain Obvious. :P
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God. No one sins out of duty. We sin because it holds out some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us until we believe that God is more to be desired than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Which means that the power of sin's promise is broken by the power of God's" (Future Grace, pg. 10-11).
So...Mr. Piper's thesis is essentially that we sin because we do not believe God's promises will deliver more happiness than the "happiness" that sin promises us. Well, in that case, I suppose there is much unbelief in my life because I sin many times each day. I am definitely looking forward to participating in this study with the ladies in my church. It is always such a joy to seek to apply God's word to our lives and grow together! I'm sure I'll be sharing more little nuggets from this book in the future.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Lessons From A Charlie Brown Christmas
It's a great reminder to, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). We tend to let our guard down when we think something is safe, but nothing is safe in this fallen world. For those of us who are watching this movie, we need to use it as a conversation starter in our family on many counts. Just as real Biblical characters are not perfect, these fictional characters are not perfect. May God open our eyes to the things that don't please him in this film so that we can guard our hearts and those of our children.
Carolyn also posted on A Charlie Brown Christmas this year. You can read that post here:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Friday, December 7, 2007
Following that message, our care group had a fruitful discussion. We came to the conclusion that asking shallow questions of others (i.e. how are you doing?) tends to result in getting shallow answers from others (i.e. fine). Asking more thoughtful questions (i.e. how can I pray for you?), tends to facilitate deeper communication and thus, deeper and more Biblical fellowship.
Along those same lines, is an article by Don Whitney about asking people how you can pray for them and that question's influence on unbelievers:
Ask People How You Can Pray for Them
Thank you, Tim Challies for putting this link in your A La Carte section. Though simple, it is definately worthy of attention. Most of us want to find ways to share the Gospel with others but don't find the door open. Don gives us a great way to open that door!
So my friends, how can I pray for you?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
David ended up becoming a very happy Captain Plunger thanks to Stephanie's creativity.
And I...well, I became Captain Bingo-lass thanks to...that's right folks, zero bingos (I think the game was rigged! ;)
Anyway, it was a lot of fun and great laughs among friends. We'll have plenty of fodder for future jokes...and speaking of laughter...Steph put some pictures of our fun night on her blog: Laughter is Good Medicine