If You Look for It, You’ll Find It

Trouble.

It is something that wants to be found. It sits, waiting patiently, and not in a terrible obscure location. Some people are nearly professionals at finding it. Honed skills set to work when an opportunity arises to ferret it out. The lack of contentment and joy is present in the life of one who enjoys, or is at least very accustom to, nurturing it. Children must be taught to shun digging it up and inviting it into relationships. Parents must model how to encourage it to go back to sleep without disturbing anyone.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11

Sometimes it is very wrong to overlook a transgression. Interested in more?

Here is a worthwhile article to read by Pastor John MacArthur entitled, “Let ‘Em Know or Let It Go?”.

Preaching error and making confident assertions with seemingly full assurance

oneintercessor:

It is important to know what people like Rob Bell are saying. There are pastors who say things like him, and the people listening do not even realize it as they are slowly turned from a full confidence in God’s word to a questioning view. God’s sovereignty is not something to forget or doubt, and we must be assured of the truth. God’s word is truth.

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7 NASB)

God is not the author of confusion. His truth is clear and discernable by the regenerate heart. On the other hand, our enemy, being the source of lies and deception, must create a climate in which what his false teachers expound is disguised as the truth and there will be attempts by those defending these false teachings to demand tolerance so that their error will not be open to detailed scrutiny. It is all a paradigm of smoke and mirrors. Rob Bell has taught, for instance, that it is wrong to use the Bible as our plumb line, our standard of truth…

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Ideas for Reformation Day

An old World Magazine article from 2009-http://www.worldmag.com/1997/10/reformation_day

Doorposts has a book: http://www.doorposts.com/details.aspx?id=46. I love Doorposts, we used many of their resources for younger children I only recently parted with.

Finally, this is a post by June Fuentes and it is well done. She has a lovely blog. A few years ago she stopped writing exclusively on her blog so she could focus more on her family of 9 children. For a long time I had her button on my blog. It’s worthwhile to go through and read what she has posted.

http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2009/10/reformation-day-celebration.html (this is an old article so some links no longer work)

Christian Liberty Press-Reformation Day 2014

CLP Review Reformation Day 2014-I am not in the camp which would call themselves ‘reformed’, but studying the reformation on the actual day is a worthy endeavor. What we have as believers is more than enough, we do not need alternatives to a pagan celebration, nor do we as the church need to attract unbelievers through a means that to them will look like what the world is doing, only in a safe environment.

CLP Review

Reformation Day 2014

Dear Christian Liberty Press customer,We thought that we would send you a special CLP Review. Reformation Day is coming up soon, and we wanted to send out an e-newsletter focusing on this key day in Church history. We are also providing you with a special discount on some of the titles listed below. This sale is for our CLP Review subscribers and social media friends. Use code REFORM14 when checking out to be eligible for a 50% discount on selected titles.
Sincerely,
The Staff at Christian Liberty

Reformation Titles

Huguenot Garden

Huguenot Garden is a book for children about a pair of young French girls in seventeenth-century France. Members of a French Protestant household, they and their family suffer through the religious persecution of Louis XIV. Readers will learn about the joys and difficulties of the Huguenots through the lives and faith of these twin girls. Douglas Jones III, who has authored several children’s books, emphasizes God’s faithfulness in this very enjoyable book.
Grade Level: 4-6
Book, 128 pages
USD Price: $12.00

Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation

This novel is the second book in the Mr. Pipes series and follows the adventures of two teens and their friend, Mr. Pipes, as they retrace the steps of some of the great hymn writers of the sixteenth century. Along the way, they learn the historical backgrounds of several hymns from the Reformation era. Available in both print and PDF editions.
Grade Level: 7-10
Book, 240 pages
Print edition Price: $12.00
PDF edition Price: $10.80

The Betrayal

This fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin is told from the perspective of a fictional rival, Jean-Louise, whose envy escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal.
Grade Level: 9-Adult
Book, 383 pages
USD Price: $14.99

The Lady of Blossholme

This novel, by Sir H. Rider Haggard, tells the inspiring story of an English woman living during the reign of King Henry VIII who is forced to endure treachery and hardships from a wayward abbot bent on pursuing his own selfish ambitions. Available in both print and PDF  editions.
Grade Level: 8–Adult
Book, 318 pages
Print edition Price: $10.99
PDF edition Price: $9.89

Sale Items

The following titles are being offered at a 50% discount off of list price in celebration of the upcoming Reformation Day. Use code REFORM14 at checkout to take advantage of these sale prices. The sale lasts from October 20, 2014 through November 1, 2014. Feel free to let your friends and family know about the sale and give them this discount code.

Martin Luther: The Great Reformer

This biography is a stirring tale of God’s grace. It provides an honest account of the accomplishments of Martin Luther, a remarkable man of God who greatly influenced the Christian church. We only carry this edition of the biography in a print version.
Grade Level: 7-9
Book, 122 pages
USD Sale Price: $4.50

Martin Luther: The Great Reformer, second edition

The life of Martin Luther is a stirring tale of God’s grace, for few men have had greater influence on the Christian church. This biography by John A. Morrison provides an account of the accomplishments of this remarkable man of God, who risked his life by challenging the views of the church in his day.

This second edition has been initially released in a PDF format. It includes text revisions, many new images, and additional appendices and bibliographic references for those readers who wish to examine Luther’s life and work in greater depth.
Grade Level: 7-12
PDF edition, 162 pages
USD Sale Price: $4.05

Lysbeth

H. Rider Haggard recounts in this tale the inspiring story of Lysbeth, a young Dutch woman forced to endure perils and tribulations of the Spanish Occupation’s yoke and the Inquisition of the 16th century. The momentous events of her life unfold against the turbulent backdrop of the struggle for Dutch independence, led by William the Silent. Available in both print and PDF editions.
Grade Level: 8-Adult
Book, 443 pages
Print edition Sale Price: $8.00
PDF edition Sale Price: $7.20

Giving Thanks

Giving thanks chases away discontent. Whether it be with children, a spouse, school, the house…or more importantly, a feeling of ‘am I doing enough for the Lord?’ Be thankful for where He has you and what He’s given. Tomorrow it could all change. Death knocks suddenly sometimes. Job loss does as well. Homes burn down or get broken in to. How many times do we women fret only to realize moments later we should have been thankful for what we had, when we had it, and for where God has led?

The Lord will give opportunities as He wills. If we do the work before us heartily, remembering our first calling is to our husband and children, we will soon see there is not nearly as much of us to go around as we previously thought. Giving thanks helps to calm the restlessness. God is good.

Staying the course–keeping the white fence post white—these are the struggles of motherhood and Christianity. With so many glamorous opportunities beckoning us….so many worthy causes to delve in to…so many people who need us…it can be easy to give our time and effort to those whom we did not bear, neglecting duties assigned solemnly to us and us alone.

The hand that rocks the cradle not only rules the world, it is a hand of obedience. Don’t get caught in to thinking that because this or that opportunity is out there, you are the one to meet it. Perhaps you are one to pray for it to be met. A mother’s calling requires a lot of time. Preparing wholesome food to a hard working husband takes hours of thought and preparation. Do not neglect the duties God has set before you, mistakenly thinking you should be doing more outside the home. God is pleased with a keeper of the home who tends her flock first.

~Ann

Why Does God Say What He Says?

This is a question that could surely be answered far better than I can answer it, but one part of the answer to why God says what He says in the Word He’s given, is that His ways are above our ways. He understands human action, the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, and how to avoid sin.

We can say that certain parts of Scripture do not apply to us, but we are deceived if we honestly think that. God is God, and He understands the consequences to going our own way.

For example, the way children are disciplined plays in mightily to their attitude. It is not hard to cause children to develop sulking, brooding, or angry attitudes. I recall being sent to my room as a youngster and how I would think vengeful thoughts. It took me time to get over my anger problem and negative way of thinking when I felt wronged. I was not disciplined biblically (the Bible is clear on swift discipline that brings physical discomfort) and the training did not succeed in addressing and redirecting my thinking. It was action oriented, which only did part of the job. God understands human development far better than we do, and young children respond well to the way God has outlined it. There is no need to yell at your kids or get angry with them (people learn angry ways by being with angry people the Bible says), discipline them as God says and it is effective and over with quickly.

What about not being surety for another’s loan? We can justify when this is OK, using our human logic. But it isn’t always about the person repaying–though of course that is a huge part of it. What of encouraging others to work and save to the point they don’t need someone to be surety? A pattern of buying what cannot be afforded is easily begun when parents co-sign for their kids.This generation knows nothing of the ways our grandparents and their parents before them lived. We want what we think we need, and we borrow to get it. God tells us the servant is a slave to the lender, and the older generations knew that. Look at the size of the homes our grandparents had. None had the spacious homes we all have today. The lifestyle we lead perpetuates the value system we’ve adopted, so we ‘must’ have vehicles to go and do this and that, we must have cable TV, we must have smart phones with fancy data plans etc. Where does God fit in to this? We ignore Him and do what we want, then have the audacity to ask Him to bless and help when we need it. Of course, His ways are not our ways, and He is continues to be gracious toward us.

These are just two examples, but there are loads more. As followers of Christ, we do not obey God because we’ve reasoned out what He says and in our estimation, it is worth listening to. If we are Christians, we do what He says because we trust Him. We come willing to be shown the error of our ways, and we take on His ways. Often, He’ll show us the ‘why’ of it later, but even if He doesn’t, we can rest confident in the fact we’ve followed the One who knows, and who is always trust worthy.

Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

~Ann

Dump Cake | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

Dump Cake | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond.

I have not made this, (nor will I since one of my kids can’t eat/won’t eat pineapple), but the post is hilarious and I feel like my friend and I could be saying these things to each other. That makes me laugh even more!

What I did today is take a golden cake mix, added 2 eggs, pureed raspberries and a little bit of applesauce to get the measuring cup from 1/4 cup oil to 1/2 cup liquids. Then I threw in some ground flax seed and a handful of coconut, poured in about 1/2 bag (probably a little more) of chocolate chips, stirred it together. Using a cookie scoop, I got 3 dozen cookies formed. Baked in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. I’d share a picture but the camera is off camping! They smell incredible!

Updated: 10/14 I took pie filling from the country store, added more cranberries and apple, some brown sugar, applesauce and apple pie spice, then did the cake thing and butter on top. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll post a picture if it’s yummy!

~Ann