SPF 126: Lest We Drift - Can We Backslide? How Do We Grow?

Spiritual dullness affects all Christians at some point. Some symptoms are wanting to hear what we want to hear, coming to the Word with our own presuppositions on how things should be and being wooed by the world - we must pay careful attention lest we drift away.

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Life Hack: Minimal Mom Meal Planning

Here is here blog post with video and downloadable (and editable) meal planning/shopping list!

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Lest We Drift

We can be dull and dim in our understanding even as Christians.

No one is stagnant.

We grow or regress.

We move forward or backward.

We are being softened or hardened.

In Mark 8 Jesus wants to urge His disciples on to spiritual maturity.

Mark 8:17-21

slow to understand because we. . .

  • hear what we want to hear

  • let presuppositions and preconceived ideas affect the Truth of what Jesus says

  • not receptive to spiritual teaching

  • no capacity to receive teaching when we are dull of hearing

  • We need spiritually maturity

  • God has not called us to remain infants in the faith. We are called to spiritually mature but if we are dull to hear becoming slow to understand, we remain in this infant state.

Hebrews 5 and 6 gives warning and instruction with this . . .

  • loosing confidence and hope

  • drifting away

  • neglecting a great salvation

  • Insensitive to God

  • Staying infants in our faith

  • becoming influenced by the world and it’s offerings

  • getting off track about the true mission of God

The opposite of dull is growth, it’s progress, it’s moving forward, it’s a soft soil in the heart that drinks the rain and is fruitful and receives blessing. The growing life is a blessed life.

Spiritual Growth looks like:

  • God has a way He wants to be worshipped and we worship in that way.

  • Cultivating Understanding 1 Cor 14:20

  • We long to become more like Christ instead of more like a perfect version of ourselves or a worldly standard

  • We grow by overcoming temptation

I think if we’ve become dull, we need to stop and carefully examine the occasion of our decline. Why is are my ears dull of hearing? Why is my heart hard?


Resources

Check out these sermons and articles on the topic of “dull” from Monergism (including sermon by Lawson and Piper): https://www.monergism.com/search?keywords=dull&format=All

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ESV Study Bible
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Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul



SPF 125: Coram Deo - Living Life in the Presence of God

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase translated “in the presence of God” that came out of the Reformation. It’s a phrase that summarize the Christian life of living in God’s presence, under His authority, to His honor and glory. Today we are going to talk about how all of life has purpose, what it means to live in God’s presence, and how Coram Deo can bless you every day.

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Coram Deo

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means “in the presence of God.” This phrase came out of the Reformation summarizing the Christian life of living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honor and glory of God.

God’s Presence

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? Psalm 139:7

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good Proverbs 15:3

He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah. Psalm 66:7

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths. Proverbs 5:21

great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds; Jeremiah 32:19

Living in the presence of God for the believer is two fold:

  1. It is a reminder that God is a holy God, whom we fear and have reverence for and that’s where piety comes from - a quality of being reverent - that God is holy, set apart and we honor Him.

  2. God sees us, who He saved us in our wretchedness, and now we are forever bound to Him as His children whom He loves with a never ending affection.

Romans 8:31-39

As we live our lives in the presence of God, we live in light of His authority which are clear and good commands found in Scripture and for His Glory and honor.

Colossians 3:1-4

Coram Deo is really about Christian living.

  1. Coram Deo means we do not compartmentalize our lives between the spiritual and mundane or church and work or faith and the rest of life. Coram Deo means that we are living in the presence of a most holy and wonderful God who created us, that He has given us a standard to live by, met in Christ and now we can practice it too through the power of Christ at work in us, and whatever we do we do for the glory of God. We long to honor God and not ourselves.

  2. Coram Deo also means that the Christian lives a life of integrity. Integrity for the Christian really demonstrates a pattern of consistency.

    1. RC Sproul notes that a life of integrity or consistence for a Christian is a life " lived by principle, not expediency; by humility before God, not defiance. It is a life lived under the tutelage of conscience that is held captive by the Word of God.”

Principle over expediency

That means we live by the fundamental truth as a foundation for our decisions and actions and reasoning verses living a life of convenience and practicality despite it being improper or immoral. It’s sticking with God’s standards rather than convenience.

When we live Coram Deo we live lives that are principled based on the truth of God’s Word and not out of convenience.

Coram Deo in Daily Living

  1. Living in God’s presence means not being judged by the world’s standards - The amazing thing about Coram Deo is that we have the freedom to conform to Christ and not to the world. We are free from conforming the man’s criticisms and scrutiny because we have the Lord’s authority.

  2. Living in God’s presence means mercy - We will sin. We have sinned. But we bring it to the light and receive mercy and forgiveness.

  3. Living Coram Deo gives purpose to the mundane because now matter what we are doing we are doing it for the Lord. That leads to a contented life, a life of thanksgiving and a life that is satisfied in the Lord and not in what we do or become or have.

  4. Living Coram Deo leads to humility and holiness. This is a life that sees God on the throne and we marvel, we’re amazed, we worship with our whole lives. This leads to being living sacrifices as our spiritual act of worship.

Resources

Dr. Joel Beeke’s sermon: Coram Deo - A Convicting Mercy https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=828102210410

Monergism - Coram Deo links: https://www.monergism.com/topics/coram-deo

What Does Coram Deo Mean? Ligonier: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-coram-deo-mean/

Table Talk Magazine: https://tabletalkmagazine.com/

ESV Study Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway
The Holiness of God
By R. C. Sproul



SPF 124: Five Marks of a Genuinely Forgiven Sinner

JC Ryle once said, “Too many persons presume they are forgiven, who have no evidences to show.” What are some evidences of a truly forgiven sinner? How is God at work in those He’s redeemed that show His grace and forgiveness at work in their lives? Today we are talking about 5 marks of a Genuinely forgiven sinner.

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Five Camping Hacks

  1. Freeze water bottles to take in your cooler

  2. Take a small tupperware of toiletry stuff

  3. Bring stuff for bug bites - fav new find - the bug bit thing - uses suction to help get venom and bug saliva out of a bit to reduce irritation.

  4. Bring an airmatress and ditch the sleeping bag and use sheets and a comforter

  5. Try soup for a meal.

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Five Marks of a Genuinely Forgiven Sinner

Salvation is from God alone.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

The Gospel is the power of God. Not the power of man. Man does not do the saving. Man was dead in trespass. Dead. Not reaching a hand up to be saved. Scripture says man was dead in sin. But through the power of God was made alive in Christ.

Salvation is permanent.

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Five Marks of Forgiveness (JC Ryle)

  1. Forgiven souls hate sin

  2. Forgiven souls love Christ

  3. Forgiven souls are humble

  4. Forgiven souls are holy

  5. Forgive souls are forgiving

Hate Sin -

John the Baptist preached to the Pharisees and Sadducees to bear fruit in repentance in Matthew 3:7-10

A soul that has been saved hates sin and therefore turns from it. That is repentance and there is fruit there and evidence of our salvation.

We know what sin is because of the Bible.

Loves Christ -

How our hearts will burst for Christ the more and more we grow in the knowledge of what He did for us on the cross. Our loyalty for His glory grows and we become more and more willing to fill our roles as his bondservants.

47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Humble -

We still sin. But the forgiven soul acknowledges that God is right and we were wrong.

Holy -

holy - set apart - something only God to do and we are; set apart for God and to be made like Christ. He changes us to want the same thing God wants. The forgiven soul wants to pursue the holy life too.

Forgiving -

We cannot be effective as Christians in what we are called to do and be without remembering that we’ve been forgiven. It keeps us humble and thankful. And we in turn are able to turn to those who have sinned against us and extend forgiveness as well.

Matthew 18:32

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Charles Spurgeon Devotion

From the Morning and Evening App

"And when he thought thereon, he wept."

Mark 14:72

“It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work. This same experience is common to all the redeemed family according to the degree in which the Spirit of God has removed the natural heart of stone. We, like Peter, remember our boastful promise: "Though all men shall forsake thee, yet will not I." We eat our own words with the bitter herbs of repentance. When we think of what we vowed we would be, and of what we have been, we may weep whole showers of grief. He thought on his denying his Lord. The place in which he did it, the little cause which led him into such heinous sin, the oaths and blasphemies with which he sought to confirm his falsehood, and the dreadful hardness of heart which drove him to do so again and yet again. Can we, when we are reminded of our sins, and their exceeding sinfulness, remain stolid and stubborn? Will we not make our house a Bochim, and cry unto the Lord for renewed assurances of pardoning love? May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin, lest ere long we have a tongue parched in the flames of hell. Peter also thought upon his Master's look of love. The Lord followed up the cock's warning voice with an admonitory look of sorrow, pity, and love. That glance was never out of Peter's mind so long as he lived. It was far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been without the Spirit. The penitent apostle would be sure to weep when he recollected the Saviour's full forgiveness, which restored him to his former place. To think that we have offended so kind and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant weepers. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.”

Resources

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What about people who “fall away” like famous Christian author Joshua Harris?

Check out this clip from Todd Friel of Wretched Radio about this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl1bQdHfac0

SPF 171: The De-conversion Story and Certainty www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode71

SPF 096: How to Be Free From Bitterness www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode96

SPF 123: How to Avoid False Knowledge

No knowledge is neutral. There are things we learn that are raised up against the knowledge of God or those that promote the knowledge of God. So why does it matter and how can be more discerning to avoid false knowledge?

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How to Avoid False Knowledge

There is nothing neutral. There are things we learn that are raised up against the knowledge of God or those that promote the knowledge of God.

This is freeing news the the Christian. Since there is no neutrality we can pick a side. And it doesn’t make us bigots or racist or challenged or put us in an echo chamber. This is the life of a Christian - to glorify God and enjoy Him forever and that means being aware of arguments of false knowledge, of empty philosophies that set themselves up against the Truth of our Reigning King.

Verses:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Romans 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

Guard - For Timothy he need to have His eye locked on that Gospel; To keep watch - so that both he and his hearers would know the Truth. This is the same for us. Guard the Gospel that has been entrusted to us. Be able to know what is false and what is true. Keep a careful watch over this precious gift.

Avoid these two things:

  • Irreverent babble which Matthew Henry, a bible commentator Talks about irreverent babble being human eloquence which is human persuasive speaking and writing which often opposes the truth of God.

  • Contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge

There is knowledge out there that is false and opposed to the Truth. It contradicts what we read in the Word.

And what’s a good rule of thumb to know true science - Matthew Henry has a great filter: true science would approve of the gospel and consent to it.

All truth is God’s truth. Non Christians can know true things but truth things will never be opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ nor to Creator God and His plan.

This is where our faith hits the road because Christians must believer that there is one source of Truth and that is the Bible. That the Bible is breathed out by God, without error, living and active, and is the ONLY INFALLIBLE rule of faith and practice. As Got Questions says, “the Bible is God’s written revelation to mankind and is never superseded by man’s thoughts, ideas, writings, or visions.”

2 Timothy 2:15-20 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Ephesians 6:10-20 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Resources

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Bible by Olive Tree
HarperCollins Christian Publishing


SPF 122: Being Students of God's Creation - Part 2 (evolution)

God has revealed Himself in His written Word, the Bible, and in what He has made. Creation is constantly testifying about God and as we study it, we get to know the Creator more! Today I’m going to share some amazing facts about God’s creation and spur us on to be students of what He made. This is Part 2 in a 2 part series.

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Resources

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Brazil Nut Tree & Bee Info: http://brazilnuttree.co.uk/bees.html

How Long Were the Genesis Days? - 30 Minute video https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/how-long-were-the-genesis-days-creation-magazine-live-7-02?utm_source=creation.com&utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=homepage_slider

How Long Were the Days of Genesis - article https://creation.com/how-long-were-the-days-of-genesis-1

Martin Luther on Days of Creation - quote https://creation.com/luther-on-creation-days

Creation in Six Days - article list https://creation.com/search?q=six+day+creation

Six Literal Days (and 10 things every Christians should know) - article https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/six-literal-days/

Days of Creation - 6 minute video https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/

Creation Days Ordinary Days - 1.5 minute video https://www.icr.org/article/thats-fact-creation-days

When is a Day Not a Day? article https://www.icr.org/article/when-day-not-day

Evolution’s Achilles Heel - DVD https://usstore.creation.com/evolution-s-achilles-heels-705

Pseudo-Science Attacks Irreducible Complexity - https://www.icr.org/article/pseudo-science-attacks-irreducible

Irreducible Complexity and DNA, etc - https://www.icr.org/article/imminent-death-darwinism-rise-intelligent-design

Free Magazine

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Evolution's Achilles' Heels
Starring Robert Carter, Ph.D., John Sanford, Horace Skipper, Ph.D
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland

SPF 121: Build Up Your Faith by Studying Creation Part 1

God has revealed Himself in His written Word, the Bible, and in what He has made. Creation is constantly testifying about God and as we study it, we get to know the Creator more! Today I’m going to share some amazing facts about God’s creation and spur us on to be students of what He made. This is Part 1 in a 2 part series.

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Creation Pours Out Knowledge about God

It’s important for us to be students who diligently study God’s Word, but it’s also a gift to us and glorifies God to study what He has made. It all points to Him and magnifies His greatness.

Psalm 19 is known as the Psalm that teaches about both of God’s books - His Word and His Creation.

Psalm 111:2 says Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in Him.

One aspect of Solomon’s wisdom - the wisest man to live - was to talk about natural history because it’s part of the glory of God. 1 Kings 4:31-34

Ask the beasts and they will teach you! Job 12:7-10

God has made us to love beauty and He made beautiful things - in fact, He was lavish in His design and creation. And we get to know Him by studying it a bit more. 

Benefits in Studying God’s Creation

Studying God’s creation helps us be better apologists!

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15

One of the ways to become a better apologist is to have an excellent foundation of creation. Many people who argue against God have been steeped in secular humanism and science.

First it’s important that our foundation is Scripture. Scripture is true and Genesis 1-11 lays the foundation for creation, marriage, children, history. Study creation through the lens of Scripture and our eyes will be opened to how cohesive what we can observe is to what is written.

“When you don’t raise up kids who can defend their faith - give an answer for the hope they have - they are going to be consumed by culture.” - Ken Ham

Resources

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Incredible Creature Cards ($4) - Evangelistic cards to give away with animal facts - like the chuckwalla lizard!

https://creationproclaims.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=3&product_id=33

Creation Proclaims - Dr. Jobe Martin - Videos and resources on animals that point to our Creator

https://creationproclaims.com/index.php?route=common/home

Answers in Genesis - Ken Ham

https://answersingenesis.org

Worldview Academy - Bill Jack

https://worldview.org/about/

Riot and the Dance - Dr. Gordon Wilson (movie and biology curriculum)

http://canonpress.com/search.php?search_query=riot+and+the+dance&Search=

Answers for Kids Box Set (Answers Book for Kids)
By Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Cindy Malott
The Riot and the Dance: Earth
Starring Dr. Gordon Wilson
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution I
Starring David Hames, Dr. Jobe Martin

SPF 120: Are Obedience & Faith at Odds With Each Other?

Good works, obedience, submission to Christ, the 10 commandments are these at odds with things like grace and faith? On today’s episode I invite my husband Andy to discuss some possible reason behind some of the hesitancy and resistance of words like obedience and how we can take great joy in the whole Gospel and the power that is at work in the believer’s life.

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Episode Notes

Andy Stanley, Jeff Durbin Debate on Should we Unhitch Christianity from the Old Testament

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yji0fqtVEw8

What Have You Podcast with Rachel Jankovic and Rebecca Merkle

https://www.nsa.edu/what-have-you-goes-rogue-what-have-you-93/

John MacArthur Commentary on Philippians 2:13-14

https://www.gty.org/library/bibleqnas-library/QA0141/what-does-it-mean-to-work-out-your-salvation

Paul Washer Quote:

“Although the believer will battle with sin, and at times suffer loss, it does not diminish the fact that both his heart and affections have been transformed. His sin is no longer a cause for delight and boasting, but of mourning and confession.”

London Baptist Confession of 1689: Chapter 16 Good Works

http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/1689lbc/english/Chapter16.htm

Scriptures Referenced:

Colossians 1:13-14

Ephesians 2:8-10

Romans 8:28-30

1 John 1:8-10

Philippians 2:12-14

Matthew 5:16

Hebrews 5:14

Resources

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SPF 119: Make the Most of Summer (Plan + Purpose) Summer Special!

Summers are a season that usually have a bit of a difference pace. To make the most of our summers, I’m offering a few ideas to plan out a purposeful three months. I’ll share my number one idea with a few insights I’ve already gathered after just two days! It’s the summer special!

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Summer Life Hacks

Keep your car cool! Thanks Stephanie!

  1. Park in the shade

  2. Use a sunshade in the windshield

  3. Crack your windows

  4. Park the car facing south or west

  5. Get tinted windows

Summer Strawberry Frosted Lemonade - Homemade!

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Here’s my super secret recipe:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

  • 2 cups ice

  • 1 TBSP collagen

  • 1 Tspn xanthum gum

  • Sweetener to taste - try 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • Blend on high until smooth! Add more sweetener if you like!

  • Makes more than a quart

Here is a link to where I got my inspiration:

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Eagle Lake Camps

Looking for a Christian summer camp for your kids? Check out Eagle Lake Camps!

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Our 2018 visit to Eagle Lake!

Our 2018 visit to Eagle Lake!

Purpose and Plan for Making the Most of your Summer!

I think one of the biggest ways we can make the most of our summers is to not neglect the Word. What a gift the Word of God is to us but when slower or busier seasons hit - it can quickly fall to the wayside.

So print the plan.

Read along.

Do it with your kids or a friend at church.

Talk about it.

Share what you are learning.

Be blessed.

GET THE PLAN:

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What a full summer. 

Can you imagine getting to September 1st having read through the New Testament - I think I would look back and no matter what other things I did or didn’t do, I would be really thankful and satisfied at God’s Word having fed my soul that summer.

What I loved about Matthew 1-8

  1. Joseph - Chapter 1 - Do not fear obedience or the Lord’s plans

  2. The prophesies! In the first 4 chapters there were SEVEN fulfilled prophesies about Jesus from a variety of prophets - Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Hosea.

    1. Check out this article on probability: http://www.bereanpublishers.com/the-odds-of-eight-messianic-prophecies-coming-true/

  3. When Jesus started his ministry he was doing three things:

    1. Taught in the synagogue

    2. preached the Gospel

    3. healed people

  4. In the sermon of the mount Jesus talks about giving to the needy, praying, and fasting and the common theme is to do them for the Lord in secret and not for the praise of man.

More Ideas!

I’m going to run through some ideas and I encourage you to think about a plan for yourself and if you have kids or grand kids how you can include them in this. We have a mission field in our home and may we not miss the summer to get planting seeds and watering those right at our feet!

  1. Pick an attribute of God each week and look up some Bible verses about it

    1. https://www.challies.com/visual-theology/visual-theology-the-attributes-of-god/

  2. Pray through the Psalms in the morning or at night

  3. Memorize a chunk of Scripture 

    1. Exodus 20

    2. 1 Corinthians 13

    3. Ephesians 1

  4. Be a student of God’s Creation 

    Read a book or articles on creation websites like creation.com and learn about things you see this summer out in nature. Give glory to the creator!

    1. Watch the Riot and the Dance - free right now on Amazon Prime

    2. We read about different birds and how they build their nests and my daughter remarked - God is amazing! I could never do that and a bird does it!

  5. Attend a Christian conference

  6. Learn some hymns as a family 

  7. Practice Hospitality 

  8. Serve at church

  9. Go through Ligonier’s RC SPROUL mini booklets on crucial questions - the digital copies are free! Pick one a week and read through it with your family or on your own. 

    1. https://www.ligonier.org/blog/rc-sprouls-crucial-questions-ebooks-now-free/?utm_source=ligonier&utm_medium=app+slider&utm_campaign=cq+sale

Resources

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The Riot and the Dance: Earth
Starring Dr. Gordon Wilson
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland


SPF 118: The Theology of Feeling Good - Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & Jesus Christ The Righteous

What if I told you there was a worldview that sounded like Christianity. and has slipped into many churches, Christian books, and is definitely all over Instagram, but it’s actually far from the True Gospel. It’s called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and we are looking at the five beliefs of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, ways they impact Christianity, and the True Good News of Jesus Christ, the Righteous.

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The Theology of Feeling Good

Christian Smith studied American Teens and wrote the book: Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Amazon links are affiliate links)

Christian Smith really did a great job peeling back what is going on and exposing the heart of a problem. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a man centered approached to Christian beliefs but really leaves the Gospel, the good news, behind. The moralistic is a focus on trying to be a good person, but without Christ and by a standard that is not formed by the Scriptures. Therapeutic meaning that God serves us to build up our self-esteem. God is a God that we can go to help us feel better. And Deism meaning that God is God, but one who is far off and uninvolved - He is not Sovereign, He does not have a plan, He created the world and now it is happening how it happens. With the exception of when I need God to help me feel better. 

Five beliefs that Christian Smith nailed down with Moralistic Therapeutic Deism:

  1. "A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.”

  2. "God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.”

  3. "The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about ones self.”

  4. "God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.”

  5. "Good people go to heaven when they die."

Now we can easily recognize some of the dangers that can come with this worldview, mainly - the Gospel is not preached, but I wanted to go over a few more and how we can be faithful to uphold the Truth in our homes, in fellowship, and in the world.

  1. Emphasis on happiness - Christianity’s emphasis is not on happiness. It’s on God and we need to watch out for those messages and for the temptation of the flesh.

  2. A loss of historical Christianity - In Christian Smith’s study they found that relatively few teens made references in their interviews to a variety of historically central religious and theological views.

  3. Language - the language is important and when you look at the language used and promoted among this medley of religious faith, it is severely lacking in the most important terms. Critical terms like Trinity, holiness, sanctification, sin, grace, justification, church, heaven and hell are being replaced by a lunges of happiness.  

  4. Watch out for revisions that create an appearance of desired unity  - MTD appropriates, revises, and abstracts doctrinal elements from a lot of religions but mostly Christianity and Judaism - FOR ITS OWN PURPOSE. And one of the purposes is to create this appearance of unity.

The True Gospel is Found in Jesus Christ

1 John 2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

This is the Gospel - that we have sinned, that Jesus Christ, the righteous, is our advocate pleading for us before the Father; He is the propitiation for our sins, and now we can walk in the same way in which Christ walked - keeping God’s word.

Advocate - our Helper pleading before the Father; it is Jesus’ delight to save

Jesus - He will save His people from their sin -

Christ - The man of God’s own choosing to obey; shows His authority to plead for us; the successful One - able to plead before God; we may safely lay our troubles where God has laid our help - Spurgeon

The Righteous - Not just describing Jesus’ perfect character but also His plan for His righteousness for me

“He declares Himself my substitute and puts His obedience to my account.” - Spurgeon

“My soul, thou hast a friend well fitted to be thine advocate; He cannot but succeed. Leave thyself entirely in His hands.” Spurgeon

Resources

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FREE Article by Christian Smith about Moralist Therapeutic Deism: http://outreachnorthamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Smith-Moralistic.pdf

The book referenced:

ESV Study Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway


SPF 117: Daughter of the King - Adoption, Privileges & Responsibilities

At some point in your Christian faith, you may have heard the phrase or read it on a card or coffee mug “you are a daughter of the King.” It sounds lovely and special, but what does it really mean? Today we are talking about being daughters of the King, which comes through our adoption as children of God, and some of our privileges and responsibilities that go with it. 

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Life Hack

Try that dry brine chicken!! Cook it in a dutch oven and make gravy on the stove after baking!

Dry Brine:

Daughters of the King

When you hear the phrase daughter of the King what that phrase or title is referring to is a child of God. Because God  is our Father and He is also King, it makes His children that are female, daughters of Him. This is about our adoption - from going from God’s enemies to His children. 

With adoption we 1. have the glorious reality of our salvation and 2. a new responsibility to now   “walk in a manner worthy of our calling.” Ephesians 4:1 

Our Adoption making us Sons and Daughters of the King

Galatians 4:4-7

Paul tells us in Galatians that at just the right time, God sent His Son so that on our behalf Jesus could fulfill the righteous requirement of the Law in order that we might share with Hime the rights and privileges as children of God.

What did I do to deserve this adoption as a child of the Most High God, that I might share with Christ the rights and privileges a child has with his or her father?  Nothing.  

Jesus did it all.

Chosen - from The Ology by Marty Machowski - “We choose ice-cream that takes good. But when God chose us to be a part of his family, we were yucky spoiled sinners — not one of us was good. God didn’t chose us because he need us or because we had some special quality, God chose us what will were still sinners, just because He decided to love us.”

And When we really want to understand our adoption - our chosenness - we must also understand who we were before Christ!!

  1. Ephesians says we were strangers and aliens

  2. Colossians says we were enemies of God because of our evil behavior

  3. Colossians 3 says this is the way we once walked and lived but are now to put them away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth”

  4. We were dead in our sins, destined for hell, objects of God’s wrath

But thanks be to God through Christ Jesus’s perfect obedience to God the Father, through His death and resurrection, we can go from all these things to being adopted by God to be His children.

Because we have been chosen and adopted by God we can now call God our Father.

Abba Father doubly emphases God as our Father - in two different languages to assure us that God is our loving Father who cares for us. We are no longer God’s enemies and we are no longer at odds with our Creator - we don’t have to run from Him and try and hide our sin - we have peace with Him and He is now our source of forgiveness and mercy that we can run to at anytime. What an honor - what a blessing.

One important distinction to note is that all people are not God’s children. It is true that all people as God’s created beings are born under His authority and His lordship and will one day be judged by Him, but John 1:12-13 teaches us that God’s children are those who have received salvation:

To be adopted by God is to be blessed beyond any other blessing. Something small we can do everyday is acknowledge the blessedness of being children of God.

Privileges of Adoption

With adoption comes many privileges 

  • Our eternity is secure and our condemnation is gone through Christ

  • We are now given a new nature to worship and love God

  • We are given the Holy Spirit as a seal and also as a helper and counselor to live according to what is good and pleasing to God

  • We can now approach the throne of God and receive mercy and help in our time of need

  • We have a home in heaven and the problems and sufferings on earth are called light and momentary in comparison to our future glory

Our Responsibility as Sons and Daughters of the King

Romans 8:12-17

“So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh.” Romans 8:12

Part of our indebtedness to God is to now be about His business.

Instead, We are debtors to Christ - to him we owe it all. Matthew Henry writes, “Being delivered from so great a death by so great a ransom, we are deeply indebted to our deliverer.” 1 Corinthians 6 reminds us that we were bought with a price, so glorify God with our bodies.

Matthew 6:33 tells us But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The good news is 1. we have a new nature so our hearts desire to be about God’s work - although the flesh competes but 2. we now are led by the Spirit!

Rachel Jankovic - You Who quote (chapter 18):

“We are quick to see the role of princess as one that has a lot of privilege in it, and is in fact a privileged position. But more than that, it is a position of responsibility. You are a daughter of the King. That means you should be about His business. You are a daughter of the King — therefore you bear your responsibilities in a way that becomes the office you hold. While it is a great honor, being a daughter of the King is more like wearing a shirt that says STAFF boldly across the back. When it comes to Kingdom work, we are the Kingdom workers. Who should be more invested in this work than the children of the King Himself?”


As we grow in in our faith and understanding of God, so our hearts grow for His business. And by His power we can carry out these responsibilities with gladness and without pressure. This is our joy and delight!

RESOURCES

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Great adoption links:

https://www.gotquestions.org/Abba-Father.html

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/adoption-christ-jesus/

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/adoption-into-gods-family/