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Archive for October, 2009

The holiday so many of us Christians struggle to understand how to celebrate in our convictions considering it’s pagan origins. I personally have struggled year after year with what I believe, my conscience uncomfortable in the midst of this “dark” day. I have prayed and meditated on God’s word concerning how we are to live out our faith in this pagan world, 1 Corinthians tells us to glorify God in everything we do… this applies of course to everyday and every holiday, including Halloween. There are so many creative way we can do this in whatever way we decide to celebrate or simply not celebrate this day… it opens many doors of opportunity to minister, display and relay the gospel. We forget that today is also the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the doors of the Roman Catholic Church whether you agree with his beliefs or not he reformed the church and has given us all religous freedom. Here are 2 very good articles concerning October 31st :

Christians and Halloween: Grace to You

Celebrating Reformation Day

and a lovely post by A Wise Woman Builds Her House on Reformation Day Celebration with lots of links.

Our commission is to reach into this dark pagan world we journey through and preach the good news of Christ. We have been entrusted with the truth and power of the gospel and today like any other we are to go out and proclaim it.

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Pumpkin & Spice

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Let me encourage you this morning in your high, holy and crucial calling as a wife, mother and homekeeper, enjoy some time soaking in these beautiful thoughts from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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Faith Like Potatoes

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I am not a film critic but I personally was very encouraged by this movie and the true life story of Agnus Bucham. My faith was challenged after watching it and listening to the special features after on the real llife story. Some have criticized this movie for promoting a “prospierty gospel” and not having a well enough character progression, I disagree. I am once again thankful for my simple mindedness. The fact is this is a true story and conversion is not alway a long progress but as Paul an instant transformation of the heart. The substance for me in this movie as a believer is do I have faith like potatoes, faith that can move mountains, faith that you can feel… is my faith on fire for the Lord… fearless and burning for His heart, taking risks. I would encourage other believers and non believers to watch this movie, for God is bigger than all t he details of man in film making and can change hearts by one mans witness to the power of God in His life. Have you seen this… what did you think?

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The True Vine

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I find it a rather pleasant thing to sit and wade in the mysteries and captivating truths of the Almighty with the reality that I may come away with only a faint whisper from His Majesty… and I walk away satisfied. As I have been submerged in meditation over Galatians 5:16-26 in prayer, in thought and in deep study I have heard His voice loud and clear like a trumpet in the quiet stillness of my heart. I praise God! This morning as I was searching and reaching into His word and listening very carefully I heard Him silently speak… You must abide in Me… with out Me you can do nothing… It was so beautiful and I quickly began searching again, where is it Lord, lead me to your soul satisfying life breathing word… yes, John 15… the True Vine

 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 

 John 15: 4-5

Here was my anwser to the question I had been hiding deep with in the caverns of my heart… but how Lord? How do you expect me to obtain this fruit you speak of? This fruit of the Spirit? It seems impossible for it to ever flourish, ripe out of my heart and into my life, how can this be? Put off the works of the flesh and put on the fruit of the Spirit… sounds easy until my flesh hears it and screams and gnashes violently with in me revolting in the darkness nails gripped tight with no intentions of letting go much less leaving. I come to grips with the reality as in verse 24, I must crucify him that is apart of me… wait crucify, kill that which is apart of me? How?

sweetly spoked in John by our Lord…

Abide in me.

The more we abide in Him the less our flesh can continue to survive… we must not only starve our flesh but poison it with the life giving words and wisdom of Christ. Do you want to crucify the flesh… stop feeding it what it wants! In order for us to bring death to the flesh we must read the living word of God and allow the rays of HIs wisdom penetrate deep into our hearts and souls falling upon that which lives within us to bring complacency, comfort, a lack of urgency, a slothfulness and possible death. I desperately want to be alive to God not meerly sleeping in His grace… that the reality of His love would be awakened with in me. How can my flesh survive the consuming love of Christ, the all powerful work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God? It can not and so we must abide in Him.

It is so important that we realize in this journey that we can bear no fruit on our own… us, the branch can not bear fruit with out the true vine. Apart from Him we can do nothing it is only by abiding in Him that fruit will flourish. It is crazy to think that we could produce fruit from a garden with out every feeding it life giving nutrients, living water, so how do we expect fruit to grow forth from our hearts with out the same reality? Oh, how exciting to seek Him in this text, I can’t wait to see what else He has in store for me, to teach me and encourage me. Let us pray for understanding and the ability to not only see that the fruit is good but also taste and know it is good by how it is displayed and experienced in our lives.   

JOYfully in Him,

Kelli

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