Friday, September 18, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Old Bibles

Bible Senders is a IFB ministry based out of Walworth Baptist Church in Ulen, MN Our goals is to send Bibles (KJV), tracts, and other scripture to needy missionaries around the world. We accept used Bibles, good Bible based literature, dvds, cds, etc.

We also have a sister ministry which seeks to produce high quality tracts. All materials are free as the Lord provides.

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If you have old Bibles, consider taking up a collection of them, and sending them off to be used!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Loving Mercy

Lately God has been showing me the truth in Micah 6:8. I am a disciplinarian. It's how I was raised. I see things very much as black or white - wrong or right. While this worked great with my kids when they were little, as they get older, the stubborn streak they inherited from both parents (as well as a sin nature!) balks against a heavy hand. My husband is much more gentle, patient, and teaching with them. And it shows as they get older, and start to prefer his company over mine. Boy, does that hurt!

God works with us all of our lives, molding us into the image of His Son, the Bible says. What he has been teaching me of late is to love mercy. Today's Proverb dealt with this as well. Training up a child doesn't always mean pinching off every flaw and tiny mark of sin. Sometimes it means gently guiding, having the patience to allow the child to come to the right conclusion in their own time, and not forcing your own "perfect will" on the emerging "plant".

Think of a garden. How well would our plants grow if every time we saw a bug infestation on them, we trampled the spout while killing the bugs? Or how sickly would the plant be if we were constantly pinching off any weak or unsightly new growth before it had a chance to correct itself? Part of this is having the faith in God and His Word, that you have sown the right seeds. You have watered, and weeded, and now it is time to step back a little...not completely. The plants may still need to be tied to stakes, powdered for mildew, or picked up if a windstorm knocks them over. But a plant that is never allowed to stand on it's own, will never be strong.

What does this have to do with loving mercy? Mercy is not giving someone what they have rightly deserved. Does your child deserve a punishment for breaking a house rule? Yes. Do they know the rules? Yes. Did they break them? Yes. But instead of a harsh hand, I am watching my husband get real results with a quiet talk, and if the action is apologized for and repented of, showing them mercy.

"WHAT!?!?" I thought. "No punishment! No consequences!? Isn't that sending the wrong message that they can do wrong and get away with it?!?!" Until my husband gently reminded me of all the things I had done wrong to him...and he forgave and showed mercy in. I have a good man. And a good God to teach me, that sometimes, I lack in showing mercy.

Finally, (I have noticed this is a pattern with me) a song (surprise!) came to mind. It is a song that my husband actually taught me twenty years ago in Bible college. Micah 6:8 "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? " You can hear it here: CLICK

Monday, September 07, 2009

Letter From a Friend

"Don't worry about people having their own choice and free will. When God works a sinner can change his mind in a hurry."

I have been going through a lot of trials in my life regarding my two teenage daughters, ages 15 and 17. Trying to do the right thing, I have been in a lot of prayer, and although I know God can have the victory, I have been somewhat defeated by the thought that even though I could pray until my knees bleed, they still have free choice. I think I have gotten sidetracked with that thought. Today I got a letter from a missionary friend who says that churches in America are weak and have no power. He has seen things that he only ever read about here in America. He constantly encourages me to pray more - and a key of prayer is faith. If I am praying that God will intervene and change hearts...but then I fret about free I having any faith? I am still working through all this, but I do know that the above quote gave me some peace and hope...and I wanted a place to post it where I could remember it.

It kind of reminded me of a song I learned when I was young:

When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God,
And grieved Him because of their sin,
God sent along hornets to bring them to terms,
And to help His own people to win.

If a nest of live hornets were brought to this room,
And the creatures allowed to go free,
You would not need urging to make yourself scarce,
You’d want to get out, don’t you see!

They would not lay hold and by force of their strength,
Throw you out of the window, oh, no!
They would not compel you to go against your will,
But they would just make you willing to go.

When Jonah was sent to the work of the Lord,
The outlook was not very bright.
He never had done such a hard thing before,
So he backed and ran off from the fight.

Now, the Lord sent a great fish to swallow him up,
The story I am sure you all know.
God did not compel him to go against his will,
But He just made him willing to go.

God does not compel us to go, oh, no!
He never compels us to go.
God does not compel us to go against our will,
But He just makes us willing to go.