This is not one of those posts where a mom looks back to her early days of motherhood and wishes she'd known then what she knows now about potty-training or education choices or organic clothing. Although I totally wish we'd moved to the country sooner than we did.
It’s a reality we’d all rather forget about: The world is at war. It’s enemy is us.
I recently read a sermon by 19th-century minister George Everard that runs entirely counter to the popular preaching theme of dangerous Christianity. The section that caught my attention was the exhortation of 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to "Avoid every kind of evil", resolving "to keep out of harm's way."
This doesn't sound like the radical, risk-taking, daring, death-defying talk we get at conferences and on podcasts these days.
"He who seeks God must be prepared to make a full
surrender of all worldly prospects, pleasures, and benefits,
and give himself wholly to God. We must be willing to give
Him all the affections of our hearts." ~ I.C. Herendeen
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. ~ Luke 9:23-24
Graceless: Sir, I perceive by the Book in my hand that I am condemned to die and after that to come to Judgment; and I am not willing to do the first, nor able to do the second.
There is a quirky phenomenon of issues and topics coming in batches from the gospel-themed blogs and websites. It may be driven by fads or hype, but my confidence in the sovereignty of God convinces me it happens by means of the Holy Spirit. Over the past few weeks, we've had several articles which are focused on division and dissension in the body of Christ. We've been counseled on what to do when people don't like us and what to do when we don't like people, from Desiring God to The Gospel Coalition with several other stops along the digital highway in between. And for the most part, they've all been helpful, biblical and balanced.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
Looking for a list of articles published around the web?
Looking for posts written in response to 5-Minute Friday prompts? Click here:
Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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