Monday, December 28, 2009

Lol, Reminds Me of Young Spencer -- posted by Momma

Name-Calling 101 -- posted by Momma

Over the past year I've really been able to see the profound fruit of years of daily Bible reading to the family. For example, after visiting a new church with a guest speaker, the kids piled into the van and even the little children were quoting verses that refuted the speaker's false testimony.

Here recently I was falsely accused of being in error because I am a name-caller. Like Jesus, the prophets, and various other believers in the Bible, I call sinners, well, sinners. That is a very spiritual practice as opposed to the false Church of the Polite. How unfortunate that so many church-goers are Biblical illiterates and yet they boldly accuse us of wrong-doing for obeying what Christ commands. The only name-calling that is forbidden is calling a fellow believer a fool, but we most surely are to boldly rebuke sinners by calling them what they are.

Fortunately, without prompting, the Word of God bubbled out of the children with examples of holy name-calling by Jesus and the saints such as: “hypocrites,” "fools," "child of hell," "serpents," "whited sepulchres," "generation of vipers," "adulterers," "murderers," "blind guides," "liars," "drunkards," etc.

Part of my testimony in Christ is that after praying "the sinner's prayer" in 5th grade while attending a Baptist school, I went on to try to convince myself that I had received the new birth even though I most certainly wasn't living a "holy and blameless life." I knew I wasn't really experiencing the Lord's promise in John 10 that his sheep hear his voice, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow. Well, maybe I said I heard him based on toasty good feelings I conjured up while so wanting to hear him.

There were many things I stumbled over in the scriptures, but I kept seeking truth. Thank God He brought someone across my path with the Holy Ghost guts to love me enough to offend me by pointing out that I was still on the list of those who SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God! Praise God, the eyes of my understanding were opened, and at 35 years old I was finally converted after spending so many years as an imposter!

Anyway, we have recently started having the children read the scriptures aloud in the morning instead of us always reading them to them. What a blessing to see the younger ones reading the Word to the older and vice versa! Even my mother who was never much of a Bible reader is up to two books a day! And Christmas Eve we all filled her bedroom where she is bedridden and we worshipped the Lord together and sang spiritual songs and it was absolutely a beautiful dream come true.

As for some of the lists I kept appearing on:

I Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Joy, Joy, For Christ Is Born! -- posted by Sarah Grace

I was having trouble with the computer not picking up the acoustics of the guitar, so it sounds a bit off to my ear. However, I hope you enjoy it anyway. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sick -- posted by Sarah Grace

I have never used AIM before, but my brother had previously downloaded it onto the laptop, so I signed up. I was waiting on a friend (my friend was taking forever to get on), and while I waited I explored a bit to see how the whole site worked. First of all, I was appalled by the grotesque and nasty user images and discussions I saw in the chat rooms. It's as if these people want to think of the most vile and disgusting things to say, even if they don't make any sense whatsoever. It was absolutely revolting.

Then out of nowhere, a user popped up on my private message screen and wanted to chat. I accepted, and we began having a very pleasant conversation joking back and forth, until suddenly he told me that he was into "sex chat," and he wanted to see if I was up for it.

I have never in my life felt as violated as I did that moment. I'm very well aware of the evil in this world, but I had never been sexually approached before.

I wanted to throw up or cry. Too confused and emotional, all I wrote back was "Absolutely not. Goodbye." When my mom came home from shopping, I told her about it. Even though it was over an hour since it happened, she and I agreed that I should write him back and confront him. I knew I would feel better once I had.

This is what I wrote:

You know, you shocked me so with your remark that I stopped too quickly before warning you that you better knock it off and repent of your sinning, and especially have your sin nature eradicated. Otherwise, God is going to kill you and put you in hell! I am still very troubled from when you invited me to sex chat. You're not only sinning, but you're leading others into sin! Shame on you!

I wasn't expecting him to write back, and if he did I expected him to rant expletives. He wrote back, and I had my mom read it first in case it was something awful.

Surprisingly, this is what he said: its tru and u r right...i cant argue the point...and i do ask both ur and His forgiveness...thanks for putting me under conviction

Me: I forgive you. Now ask Jesus to take away that nasty sin nature so you can walk a holy walk, and go and sin no more.

Him: u r right and i definitely will

I couldn't believe it. Now, it's definitely possible that he's just a seasoned "sex chatter" who knows the right things to say whenever he bumps into a Christian. But still, I'm hoping that he meant it.

What's funny though, is that during our pleasant conversation before the fall, I joked around with him about being new to AIM, and that I type slower because I spell out "you" and "are" instead of "u" and "r." So, what the hell made him think I would even know how to sex chat?