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Like Deborah,
I will serve the Lord in power and speak His word without fear.
Judges 4:4-5:12

Like Esther,
I will intercede for God’s people before the throne.
Esther 4:13

Like Abigail,
I will humble myself to wash the feet of the servants of the Lord.
1Samuel 25:41

Like Sarah,
I will respect my spouse and his ministry to the Lord.
1Peter 3:16

Like Hannah,
I will dedicate my children to the Lord.
1Samuel 1:27-28

Like Priscilla,
I will explain the way of God more perfectly to those who are seeking.
Acts 18:26

Like the Shunammite widow,
I will trust God in the day of adversity.
2Kings 4:1-37

Like Lydia,
I will be a worshiper of God and open my home to His ministers.
Acts 16:14-15

Like Tabitha (Dorcas),
I will always do good and help the poor.
Acts 9:36-41

Like Joanna,
I will use my wealth to support the ministry of Jesus.
Luke 8:3 and 24:10

Like Mary, the mother of Jesus,
I will hear the Word of God to me and answer, “Be it unto me according to your Word”.
Luke 1:38

Like Mary, the sister of Martha,
I will know the Voice of Jesus and hear His Words.
Luke 10:39

Like Mary, the mother of Mark,
I will make my home a haven for the followers of Jesus.
Acts 12:12

Like Mary, the Magdalene,
I will keep sitting at the feet of Jesus and love Him unto death
Luke 7:38-50

Author Unknown

“Little Bitsey Trinkets”

As I was reading about Missionaries John and Betty Stam, this quote reminded me that when I hold on to that which is not important, God is not able to place in my hands that which is of eternal value. – Angela

“When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice, and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go some little bitsey trinkets we have been grabbing, and when our hands are empty, He fills them full of His treasures.”

Betty Stam
Missionary to China
Martyred for Christ in China along with her husband, John Stam
December 8th, 1934 by the incoming communists

Christmas Reminder

With the Christmas season upon us, I just wanted to post some reminders about what it is all about:

Isaiah 9:6-7  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Matthew 1:21-23  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Revelation 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Revelation 1:5  ….Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Acts 20:21  … repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let us NEVER forget that it’s ALL about HIM!

He Is my All Sufficiency

Sitting at my laptop with barely enough energy to type (from low blood sugar), I feel quite useless as the rest of the family buzzes around getting things done. Our youngest doll – Carolyn – piggy tails and all, was first doing a puzzle and chattering away, but now is helping Abigail and Melissa with the laundry, folding tea towels and such; Cynthia and Sarah took over from me making lunch; and Brianna is practicing guitar. It just seems the norm lately: doing a few hours work then having no energy for the rest of the day. It has been very frustrating. We start the school year on Monday; I resume sewing for customers the following week, and I honestly have no idea how I am going to get everything done like I did before.

Still, in the midst of all this frustration and seemingly impossible schedule, I have a peace knowing that my Saviour is my all sufficiency. He will get me through, as long as I remember to lean on Him. I know I cannot do all that needs done without Him, and it may mean re-organizing our squedule and/or eliminating some things, but I also know He is always faithful to help me.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34 

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 2 Corinthians 3:5 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 

 

Proper Christian Attire

MODESTY

Proper Christian Attire

By Bill Mosley

Modesty, decency, virtue, chastity, wholesome, proper, etc. are terms that have been used by parents for centuries as they attempted to teach their children moral excellence. These terms are likely still used as many parents continue to teach their offspring proper standards. This is no surprise when parents seek to bring up their children by biblical criterion. However, the idea of modest behaviour that is taught in the Bible has somehow taken on a relative meaning by worldly standards. But then these words (modesty, decency, virtue, chastity, wholesome, proper, etc.) have always had a relative point by which they obtained an established meaning. The Word of God gives the definition and the level of requirement established by God if the condition of modesty, decency, virtue, etc. are to be achieved. The world today, as always, has set a different standard for modesty, decency, virtue, and chastity. And once again the church has picked up on the standard set by the world and are busy defending their position on action and appearance not only in the world but also at worship services.

Legalism is generally cried out when this subject is approached. However, strict adherence to the law is not an undesirable quality. Law is an established rule that must be observed if society is to have any resemblance of a high quality of life. Even civil law is established by our all wise God and is beneficial not only for those who observe and respect the law but also for the disobedient (Rom. 13:1-7). Just as surely as God required Israel to follow the ceremonial law in their worship, just that surely the moral law of God was given not only to Israel but to all mankind and His requirements have not been repealed. God does not haphazardly introduce His commands. Each command of God has it’s own divine purpose and morality and decency is a divine requirement.

Several months ago there appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal a photo of a woman in the nude standing partially hidden behind what appeared to be a pulpit stand in a church. Enough of her body was exposed to reveal she was totally naked. Both the caption and the article was to draw attention to make the religious gullibles believe that she could be as spiritual in her nudist church as anyone else and could fellowship with God feeling neither restraint nor remorse. The first woman that found herself naked ran and hid in the trees and there were no other folks around at that time other than her husband. Of course her Maker was watching and her awareness of that caused her embarrassment and fear. Wouldn’t it be great today if those who bare their bodies would as quickly take steps to get out of sight of public view. Yet hiding from God remains impossible. Now as before it should be an embarrassment to be seen even partially naked. However, carnal eyes have a way of adjusting to the dark and it seems that society no longer has the propensity to feel embarrassed. But God has not changed!

Even when the ceremonial law was being follow and sacrifices were being offered in their proper order and for specific purposes God did not ignore decency. When the blue-print for the altar of stone was given not only was the proper material required but also the manner in which it was to be constructed. One of those requirements was for the purpose of decency. They were to approach the place of worship in a proper manner. (Ex. 20:26) “Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.” If decency did not matter why would the Lord direct them to be careful about their approach to the altar. Not only was the approach to be proper for the sake of decency, their attire was for the sake of modesty. Aaron and his sons were to wear proper clothing as they ministered to the Lord. One of the requirements of the priest’s garment included modesty. (Ex. 28:42) “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:…” It is obvious that the God of heaven was taking care that His stand on modesty apparel would not be neglected. The act of worship they were performing was ceremonial…but their appearance as they worshiped was moral. Although the act of worship for believers in Christ is much different than then the believer’s moral appearance in worship has not lessened in the least. The sad conclusion of the church today seems to be that Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services are not as demanding spiritually as Sunday morning services and casual (often immodest) apparel is in order.

God was concerned about the moral issue of nakedness outside the ceremonial worship of Israel. Outside of marriage the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus explains the rule of modesty to be followed by the closest of relatives and the nearest of friends. The end result of disobeying these moral rules is the severe displeasure of God. He calls such disobedience an abomination in His sight.

The stupidity of arguing that the Gentile church is no longer under the law in an attempt to exempt so called Christian activity from moral excellence is so full of holes that it wouldn’t even get damp at “Wet and Wild” in Dallas. To say we are no longer under the law but under grace only enhances responsibility. Hear our Lord on this matter. (Matt. 5:27) “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Why would any Christian want to give another person a reason to commit adultery in their heart? Yet many men and women of all ages who call themselves Christians `unclothe’ themselves donning modern swim attire, that only the most worldly can possibly call modest, and bathe together without any apparent shame. It is immoral in the sight of God! Once again listen to the inspired Word. (1 Tim. 2:9,10) “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

One of the requirements for the bishop (pastor) before those who look to the man in that position as an example is “good behaviour” (1 Tim. 3:2). Those words are translated from the same word as is translated “modest apparel” in (1 Tim. 2:9). God is as interested and His requirements are as noble concerning the modest appearance and good behavior of men as that of women. Few if any would argue that a pastor has no responsibility to keep the requirement of good behavior. (However, some that claim to hold the position of pastor will strip to a modern swim suit and bathe with the boys and girls they should be setting a moral example before.) By inspiration from God Paul gives this bit of advice to the Corinthian church: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). What a mockery it is of the word of God to claim the sacred position of leadership and throw modesty aside.

Modern swim suit attire cannot be called modest dress by any stretch of the imagination. Yet many church and denominational leaders plan fun trips for youth that includes donning skimpy swim suits that leave little to the imagination. This is true whether it is men/women or boys/girls. The Bible does not give the size or shape of the garments Adam and Eve invented but I am sure it covered more than the garments many church members wear today even on the streets of America.

No pastor or preacher can expose his views on the matter of modest apparel without being aware of opening himself up for criticism. The opinion of man amounts to nothing at all apart from the direct command of God. However, when God leaves no doubt concerning His feeling about modesty it would do all of the human race good to heed His word and do His will. Especially those who name the name of Christ. God’s word does indeed direct in the area of modesty, decency, virtue, and chastity. It would do every believer good to examine their appearance in the light of God’s word. This is doubly true for all with the responsibility of leadership whether they are called of God or chosen by the church. May God help us as believers today and members of the body of Christ to separate ourselves from the world in appearance and apparel; in fashion and fellowship. Paul was not simply passing the time of day when writing this corrective message to Corinth: (2 Cor. 6:17,18) “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Article from:
Tabernacle Baptist Church
E. L. Bynum, Pastor
1911 34th Street Lubbock, Texas 79411
Used with permission.

Modesty

 

It is not my desire to hurt anyone by posting these studies. They are very controversial for this day and age, but I am constantly reminded in God's Word that He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and this also includes the matter of modesty. If it was right in "Biblical times", then it's right now. It is my hope that they will be an encouragement and a blessing to all who read them.

 

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1 Timothy 2:9 (modest apparel means loose and flowing).

 

Although it is Biblical for a woman towear modest (loose and flowing) garments, it is not a sure sign of salvation, nor is wearing immodest clothes a sure sign of a person being lost. I've met women who wear modest dresses only and are lost, and I've met women who flaunt every bit of flesh they can and profess they are saved. God looks on the heart, but a heart surrendered to the Lord will seek to please Him in every area.

 

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

1 Timothy 5:14b "…  give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully."

 

My Culottes pattern is copyright free, that is to say, it may be freely distributed in adobe  .pdf form or by print to anyone and you may use it to make culottes for others even if you charge for the culottes, just don't claim the pattern as your own. I have made it to be a help to others.  …freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8b

 

Making Your Own Culottes Pattern by Angela B. Trenholm By just measurements, or by modifying an existing pattern. Available for download as well.

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Discouragement: Satan’s Most Valuable Tool

Part II of Victory in the Christian Home

One of the hardest things in life to admit is "I have failed", or "I will fail", but it is essential if we are to be victorious! Just like the sinner cannot be saved if he/she does not admit their sin merits punishment in hell, the first step to victory as a Christian is admitting our failures, or rather, that we can fail.

The "Sinless Life (Lordship Salvations), the "Prosperity Gospel" and all the false doctrines that go with them are lies straight from the pit of hell. The Bible tells the Christian:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

 Those falso doctrines are designed to discourage the Christian in believing they could never be victorious in their Christian life, but not only that: Satan would have you believe that every failure you have is a clear sign that you are not saved, are not a Christian, have failed as a parent, etc.

Let us never forget that:

"… the devil . . . is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

If Satan can discourage you, he has won a great victory, as discouragement is probably his greatest tool since it can be applied in so many aspects of our lives.

Wether he can discourage us in our wrong doing or in not doing right, he will do it! If you have not done so, now would be a good time to read "Tools for Sale", and then continue with this lesson.

Here are just some of the lies he's probably already tried on you. These are presented in the form Satan would use. Between each, I have given at least one Scriptural answer.

1. "The children are not being obedient because you slacked off in your discipline. You are a total failure as a parent." – So, you get discouraged.

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again… Proverbs 24:16

2. You are so tied down with supporting your husband, the home, and training children that you can't go soulwinning like you should. They are preventing you from doing the Lord's work. " – So, you get discouraged.

Yet, a woman's main purpose:

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalms 127:3

Never forget that God has given you those precious souls that need to be saved and discipled!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 1 Timothy 5:14

3. "You're resenting your children for "tying you down". What Christian parent would be resentful of those precious gifts the Lord has given you?" – You get discouraged.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Do you see how Satan will twist whatever he can to discourage us? Let us not be "ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11b), and break the effectiveness of his greatest tool by "putting on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:10-18), and remember that "…the devil….is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

And keeping our focus on the Lord:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

 

Part II – Discouragement – Satan's Most Valuable Tool

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!

Did you ever have that nagging feeling the Lord is trying to tell you you shouldn’t do something,  or maybe it was a case of all doors being closed to a particular event happening.  Sometimes we listen and sometimes we don’t, but praise the Lord we listened this time!

For a week or so, we’d heard an odd “bang” in the back end of the 15 passenger van. We just figured it was something loose on the muffler, tail pipe, etc. or something loosed under a seat. However, the light “bang” turned into a full blown “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” on Monday. It raised Lowell’s alarm bells so heavily that he brought it right into Okanagan Engine Rebuilders, and put a major hold on our planned trip with Grandpa into the mountains to Trail, BC, till we knew what happened.

Issue #1 – Lowell was very concerned there was some kind of tranny issue, and there was. Although minor, if it had been left, it could have torn the tranny apart.

Issue #2 was where it was made abundantly clear that God either did not want us going on this trip or  wanted it postponed: We had less than 40% of our brakes left! Not a good thing for going up and down the Canadian Rockies!!!!  Wake up call!!!!

We needed to leave this morning to make this trip work, but we only got the van back mid-day today.

Okay, Lord, we are really awake now !!!

Issue #3 – As I drove it, the brakes felt very soft, but I forgot to tell Lowell as he had to go to a meeting using the car. When he drove the van this afternoon, he brought it back to the shop only to find out the master brake cylinder was failing. The old brake fluid was about the only thing keeping it together, but when new stuff was put in, it started to fall apart. That would have been really bad in the Rockies!

So, OKER replaced it in about an hour, even with the time it took to speed ship the cylinder from a local supplier. Thanks guys!!!!

So, all that to say:

Praise the Lord for reviving “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!”

The Lord used that to most likely save our lives.

Tools For Sale

First Part of a Series on

Victory in the Christian Home

Here is my favorite illustration on Discouragement.

TOOLS FOR SALE

It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implements…..Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on.

Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well worn and priced very high.

“What is the name of this tool?” asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it.

“That is Discouragement”, replied the devil.

“Why have you priced it so high?”

“Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man’s heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me.”

My friend, don’t let Satan discourage you in anyway. You are God’s child and have the victory already won. All you have to do is keep your faith on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. The devil will not have a chance to discourage you, even with his best tools.

Author unknown

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