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Rewards

9/19/2014Posted by Melissa

 

After two years, my favorite post on this blog is still one of the first.  When I thought about how different the fairy story of Cinderella is from the most romantic story in the Bible (Ruth), I learned so much about the kind of woman God wants me to be.  He wants workers.  When Ruth worked hard in the hot fields, gleaning grain so that she and her mother in law could eat, Boaz gave her this blessing:

May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.(Ruth 2:12)
Ruth was  rewarded beyond the extra grain Boaz left for her.  She went from being a poverty stricken foreigner to the wife of a rich man and the great grandmother of the future king of Israel.  God certainly listened to Boaz's wishes for Ruth.

Shining Your Light on Social Media

9/17/2014Posted by Helene

 


The modern world comes with modern challenges.  We talked recently about the issue of bullying, a modern "sin" hiding some very real Biblical sins.  It's hard for us to translate sometimes the simple principles that Jesus gave us into the gigabytes we live with.  Take social media for an example.
I know there are all kinds of posts out there castigating social media. I hear that Facebook is a huge waste of time.  People are connecting with strangers and neglecting the real people right in front of them.  Twitter is a kind of viral gossip and Pinterest is rife with boasting, envy and crafts that  could cause a saint to cuss.
There is truth in all that.  Especially the bit about the cussing and the crafts!  Like me you might have even heard people suggest that social media might be something best avoided by Christians altogether.

Calling Bible Things by Bible Names

9/15/2014Posted by Helene

 

"Call Bible things by Bible names." Have you ever heard that maxim before?  I grew up hearing it, mostly in reference to naming things.  Nondenominational groups of all stripes have long been against calling a minister "pastor," a word that references elders in the New Testament.  Or calling a church by a person's name instead of using a biblical name like, "The Way."
However, I spent a long time thinking about that slogan from another perspective recently. In my older daughter's Sunday School class the teacher and another student had had a spirited discussion on an unfamiliar topic: bullying. 

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Sincerely Wrong

9/12/2014Posted by Melissa

 


Can I admit something?  There are parts of the Bible I don't like.  They make me uncomfortable; sometimes they scare me.  Lot offering his daughters to the people of Sodom instead of sending out his angelic visitors?  I hate that.  God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son to prove his faithfulness?  Even though I understand the story, I still don't like it.  Sapphira dropping dead because of a lie?  That scares me to the bone. 
Recently I read a lesser known story that I don't like.  In 1 Kings 13, after Jeroboam becomes king of the Northern kingdom of Israel, God sent a prophet to Bethel to speak against the king's idolatry. He also told this man of God not to stay and eat in Bethel, but to return to Judah by a different route.  The man of God intended with all his heart to obey.