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You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”
Lam.‬ ‭3‬:‭57‬ NIV (via caitlacoop)

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Spiritual friendship is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love, and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.
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10:58 am, facewithoutfearing
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Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not an effort of once a week or once a day. It is an effort of once and for all.

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When I practice my sermons, I sometimes pull up a chair right in front of me.

I picture the 15 year old kid whose parents are divorced and who wants to kill himself everyday and hates everyone at school.

I picture the single mom who lost custody of her children because she can’t hold down a job in this economy and drinks herself to sleep every night.

I picture the hard-hearted religious hypocrite who sings loudly every Sunday at his church but goes home to beat his kids.

I think of my future wife, my future children, I think of the historical figures in the Bible sitting there hearing my preaching.

I’m not about to yell in someone’s face who has real issues that need real help.

It’s great to sound passionate. But what does real passion sound like?

It sounds like a man nailed to a cross whispering forgiveness over his own murderers. It sounds like a man raised to life calling for the disciple who betrayed him so he could reinstate him back to fruitful ministry. It sounds like Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, angry at a temple for turning God’s house into a consumer’s playground, raising a young girl to life with the words, “It’s time to wake up now, honey.”

I’m fine with loud preaching, but what are we loud about?
J.S. from this post (via jspark3000)

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If you don’t pray often, you won’t gain a love for praying. Prayer is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for prayer is this: Begin praying and your taste for prayer will increase. The more you pray, the more you will acquire the desire for prayer, the energy for prayer, and the sense of purpose in prayer.
Leslie Ludy (via kvtes)

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Anonymous said: What are your thoughts on NewFrontiers churches? Especially the women in leadership debate?

simplyheavenlyfood:

I stand with the Word of God.  If God wanted women as pastors He would tell us that in the Word.  I would never go to a church that had a woman pastor.  It would not be a Biblical church.

There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation. I love being a woman of God. I think that we have it better than the men do. The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority.

There are many “objections” to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.
Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” instead of a “servant,” that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church to men. “Able to teach” is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the “husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and “men worthy of respect.” Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the “reason” perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with “for” and gives the “cause” of Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a “helper” for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.

Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, evangelism, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions Pastor in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifting of them. I believe that it has to do a lot with the duties of the wife in the home. She brings life into the world. She teaches the children and runs her household and I can tell you from personal experience to do the job you are on call 24/7. That leaves little to no time to run a church. Remember that in the family of God there is no confusion and that is why I believe that the Lord set it up this way.
The Lord allows us to be the ones that bring life into the world and nurture and teach and train them up in the way of the Lord. I love the way a woman is portrayed in Proverbs 31:
Description of a Worthy Woman

10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.


12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.

14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.

15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.

18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.

26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:

29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

I think any woman who thinks that a Christian woman doesn’t have a mighty place in the community needs to read this verse every day. She runs everything. It says from her earnings she buys a field and plants a vineyard. She makes linen garments and belts and sells them. She has her own business here right out of her home. This is a woman to be reckoned with.
She is a woman of God who loves her husband and loves her place in his life. I believe he asks her opinions on everything and is proud of what she has brought into their family and home. I think that he delights in her and treats her like his queen. It says that she wears robes of purple and that is the color of royalty. She lives her witness to the Lord.
As a woman I believe that we have it much better than men do. We can travel the world as an evangelist preaching the Gospel, we can lead music and worship ministry and we can teach children and women. We have all of the best of ministry without all of the headaches. The Lord is not now nor has He ever claimed to be “Politically Correct” He is God. The bible tells us: “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” – Job 40:2
I always have people ask me about Beth Moore and Anne Graham Lotz and the many women who are out there preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.. They are not pastors they are evangelists.

 Jesus is not politically correct.  He is God.  May He bless you!!!  Maranatha!!!  :):)


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Anonymous said: What if the girl for you was 4 1/2 years older than you? Is that weird? Should that be weird? How would you feel?

tblaberge:

The “one” for my will be the one I choose and who chooses me. It won’t matter if she is 5 years older than me, or 5 years younger than me. It won’t matter if she is a red head, a blonde, a brunette, or bald. It won’t matter if she is tall or short. It won’t matter if she is big or small, happy or sad, humorous or serious. It won’t matter because in the end, when I have gotten to know her, and seen her heart for God, that is all that will matter.

So many people look for a hand to hold, but sometimes I won’t be there to hold that hand. Some want a body to snuggle with, but some nights I won’t be there to snuggle with. The only thing I truly want is someone who wants Jesus so badly, that her life radiates Him, that her spirit walks with the Holy Spirit, and her prayers echo into the Kingdom like music drifting into a grand dancing hall; because that is one thing that I can give, I can give Jesus, He is the only thing that is truly worth seeking and giving.

 Let’s stop pining over the “one” and start living in the glorious reality that Jesus is alive! That He calls us most loved, and that we are not meant to live this life in the shadow of an earthly love, but in the light of an eternal love!

It upsets me when I see “Christians” talk more about their desire for marriage, than their desire for Jesus. Since when did Jesus and His Kingdom stop being something that we talk about? Since when did our longing for love become an idol? Where along the line did we lose sight of our first love?

I think it’s time we stop looking at someone who is “spiritually attractive”, and start looking at Jesus who is the very reasons our lives have any worth at all.

If the stars dance across the skies for the glory of God, and the seas roar and crash so that Christ’s name can be glorified, why then do we not also leap, dance, yell and sing, of all that Christ has done for us?

Creation must think us mad when they see that we (who were created in the image of the Creator) long only for each other, when all of creation has been groaning for a taste of their King to return. Let us never forget that Christ is the most desired being in all of existence, and He desires you and I.

-Todd

This is wonderful. #straightthroughmyheart


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Anonymous said: Why don't you believe in "the one?"

blakebaggott:

Because I don’t believe that love is a matter of destiny, but a matter of choice. Love, as define according to Jesus and the scripture, is a matter of self-sacrifice. Many times, people who believe in “the one” are waiting to “find” love or “stumble upon” it. But that denies the very nature of love. Love isn’t a discovery, it’s a commitment.

"The one" for me will be the one with whom I make a covenant for life. And I’ll be "the one" for her. But I’m not looking for "the one". I’m working on being a man who can become “the one” for someone else—being someone who can truly live self-sacrificially, like Christ did for the Church.


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My sin in the past: forgiven. My current struggles: covered. My future failures: paid in full all by the marvelous, infinite, matchless grace found in the atoning work of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Matt Chandler  (via godmoves)

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The fear of the Lord and humility are twin sisters. You will never find one without the other.
Steve Lawson (via community4christ)