It is Motivate Me Monday at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee. There is nothing more motivating for me that Scripture. Whenever I attempt to pull from Scripture, I always feel so inadequate to share for fear of misinterpreting or taking something out of context. However, I know the Lord can work through my own inadequacies, and I am always open to hearing other thoughts.
I was amazed at what I read in 1 John last night. Sometimes concepts just jump off the page and attach themselves to my heart.
1 John 2:15-17 states:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (ESV)
Now it is easy to see the importance of this passage as whoever does the will of God receives eternal life, but whoever does not passes away. So the question becomes- what is the will of God?
And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 3:23-24
If we backtrack just a little bit in 1 John, we see the significance of abiding.
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Ftather. And this is the promise that he made to us- eternal life. 1 John 2:24-25
1 John is the love book- there is much about love. And loving one another and not loving the world or the things of the world. It is key to our eternal life. The command given by God is to love eachother and believe in Jesus. It seems simplistic, but it is not watered down. This is the truth of God’s word. This is what He has asked of us. Let us do it with great joy- for whoever does the will of God abides forever!
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Paul Tripp has a great post over at Desiring God: What Hinders Community.
You can’t fit God’s dream (if I can use that language) for his church inside of the American dream and have it work. It’s a radically different lifestyle. It just won’t squeeze into the available spaces of the time and energy that’s left over.
Go check out the rest of the post at Desiring God. You will be encouraged.
I was reminded today that not all people who find themselves online actually know what they are doing or where to begin. My mother is a perfect example. For a while she was convinced there was no “Q” on the computer keyboard because she could not find it.
So here is my meager attempt to introduce you all to the internet.
- For free e-mail, use Google Mail. No ads. It’s just better.
- For keeping up with all the great blogs you find, use Bloglines. It’s like a filing cabinet that keeps all your blogs in one place. (To test it, click “Add” and then type in: entrustedwith.wordpress.com ;).)
- For filter software (and accountability) to protect you and your family from the questionable internet content, use Covenant Eyes. Not free but worth every penny.
More to come. And the “Q” is in the upper left corner of the keyboard in case you are searching.
Rebecca Jones has an amazing post at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In My Credo as a Christian Woman, Rebecca lays out her mandate of Biblical womanhood.
I believe that I am also to exercise my particular personal gifts in the church, without neglecting hospitality, humble service, availability in emergencies, and all sorts of good deeds.
Read the rest of her Credo here.
Christianity Today has an interesting article called Speak the Gospel. The premise of the article is that the quote, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words” was not an actual reflection of the supposed originator Francis of Assisi. The goal of the article is to point to a rephrase of the quote, “Preach the gospel—use actions when necessary; use words always.”
At first glance, this rephrase sounds grand. It encourages speaking the gospel versus the obscure nature of showing the gospel through action. Some of the comments on the article make a great point. Our actions should accommodate our words. There are many examples I can give of sharing the gospel with words that were falling on deaf ears. An action that accompanied the words made all the difference- be it a cup of coffee or a generous tip. The actions paved the way for the words to be heard.
We see this example in Jesus and His disciples when they fed people and healed people and also spoke the truth of the gospel. Actions are often necessary.
I do not think the purpose of the article was to minimize deeds done well for the Lord. The purpose was to counteract the rather cop-out statement that it is sufficient to live out the gospel and only use words when necessary. Perhaps the quote should really be, “Preach the gospel boldly and use your actions as tangible demonstrations of the gospel you present.”
HT: Between Two Worlds
Rachel is a wife and mother and amazing woman of faith. And she is dying.
Please take the time to listen to her story. You will laugh; you will cry. You will be blessed.
HT: Girl Talk
John Piper gives a response to Mr. President’s statement on abortion. I love the way Piper stands unapologetically for truth.
HT: Abraham Piper
Paul Washer gives a great in-a-nutshell method of talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses in this seven minute clip. I love how he uses Galatians 1:9 (ESV): “As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
Listen and be encouraged. Share the true Gospel boldly with the Jehovah’s Witnesses you meet.