Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New Year’s Eve
Area of Focus: Family Bathroom(s)
Tuesday is Duster Dance Day
Unpacking My Suitcase: Let’s Talk About Sin, Then Forgiveness
What four things do 2 Timothy 3:16 tell us Scripture does?
1. Teaches us what is true
2. Makes us realize what is wrong in our live
3. Corrects us when we are wrong
4. Teaches us to do right
Scripture is profitable for
- Teaching –God’s Word will help us learn how to think. If we don’t think appropriately, we won’t act appropriately. Your beliefs determine your behavior.
- Rebuke—God’s Word acts as an umpire in our life. One way sin is referred to in the Bible is as a trespass. Trespassing is crossing a boundary. Another way sin is referred to is as falling short of a standard or goal. There is a target and the goal is to hit the absolute center. When we miss that goal in even the smallest way we are coming up short of the standard. Sin is also knowing what we ought to do and not doing it. When we cross the boundaries God has defined for us, come up short of His standards for us, or choose not to do the good that we know we should do, we sin. Jesus died for that sin—He took the rightful punishment on Himself. The Bible tells us how we cross the line, miss the mark, or don’t do what is right to do—it acts as umpire.
- Correction—The Bible helps us clean out the closets of our hearts and minds where we have tried to hide the wrong attitudes and memories of wrong actions. The word for confess in Greek is “homologeo”. It means to say the same thing. When we confess we choose to say the same thing about our actions and attitudes that God says. If God says an action or attitude is wrong, it is wrong no matter how we try to excuse or justify it.
- To train me to live a life that is pleasing to God—Our life in Christ is not just a bunch of “do not’s”. This life is lived sharing in God’s joy, peace, grace, and love with others.
“Now the ball is in your court. God wants to communicate with you in the twenty-first century. He wrote His message in a Book. He asks you to come and study that book for three compelling reasons.
- It’s essential to growth
- It’s essential to maturity
- It’s essential for equipping and training you, so that you might be an available clean, sharp, instrument in His hands to accomplish His purposes.
Establish what’s essential in life by spending time in God’s living Word.”
From Living by the Book, by Howard and William Hendricks, published by Moody Press
Side Note: Is Scripture only a Matter of Interpretation?
2 Peter 1:20-21 Above all you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit and they spoke from God.
Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free. I have heard that in so many places I don’t know who to attribute it to properly. I do know it is true. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that the effects were not devastating, that whatever happened or was said was unimportant. Forgiveness is trusting God and entrusting God with the person and the situation. God knows the end from the beginning. He knows the heart of everyone involved. He can deal with the people involved in a way best suited for each person involved. We simply need to rely on God, to trust Him to bring the good out of what may seem to be unbearable. Doesn’t sound simple, does it? It is good, though. I remember people in my life that offended almost faster than I could forgive them. God is teaching me to put all relationships in His hands. People, including me, are not as trustworthy as we would like to believe. We may even want to be trustworthy but we fail the test, when want to pass it. That is why our trust belongs in God instead of the people we love. If we think we don’t sin, start by considering pride and arrogance. (1 John 1:8, read on to 1 John 1:9)
January 1, 2014
New Year’s Day
- Area of Focus: January 1-7, 201– The Living room/Family Room
- Each Wednesday: Bring your paperwork, bills, personal and family business up to date. It is a holiday but so was last Wednesday, take a half an hour to bring things up to date/