Monthly Archives: July 2007

Musings on …… Fundy~mental~ism

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To start out your week with a bang…. 

My stuff is written in italics 

Please remember when you are commenting here, I am only focusing on christian fundamentalism and I only did this because I was wondering if I fell under its definition….

 

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Cite This Source

fun·da·men·tal·ism   [fuhn-duh-men-tl-iz-uhm] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation

–noun

1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a movement in American Protestantism that arose in the early part of the 20th century in reaction to modernism and that stresses the infallibility of the Bible not only in matters of faith and morals but also as a literal historical record, holding as essential to Christian faith belief in such doctrines as the creation of the world, the virgin birth, physical resurrection, atonement by the sacrificial death of Christ, and the Second Coming.
2. the beliefs held by those in this movement.
3. strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principles: the fundamentalism of the extreme conservatives.

fun·da·men·tal·ist, noun, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
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American Heritage DictionaryCite This Source

fun·da·men·tal·ism   (fŭn’də-měn’tl-ĭz’əm)  Pronunciation Key
n.  

  1. A usually religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often by intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism.
    1. often Fundamentalism An organized, militant Evangelical movement originating in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century in opposition to Protestant Liberalism and secularism, insisting on the inerrancy of Scripture.
    2. Adherence to the theology of this movement.

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Interesting Facts on Money

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Well, I have sort of  strayed from The musings on giving Part 2…to this…..1Ti 3:3not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.

1Ti 6:10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 2Ti 3:2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, Heb 13:5 –  {Make sure that} your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

Lu 16:14Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. Ec 5:10He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance {with its} income. This too is vanity.

Ec 7:12For wisdom is protection {just as} money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. Ec 10:19{Men} prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.De 23:19“You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, {or} anything that may be loaned at interest.

Mt 26:15and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.

From Luke 20:24 “Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were unable to catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.

The Rich Young Man

    16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

    17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”

    18“Which ones?” the man inquired.

   Jesus replied, ” ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'”

    20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

    21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

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Keeping Your Focus on the Lord

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*SIGH* I miss my tag surfer….

onward: 

From my peacemaking e-mails:

One of the best ways to keep your focus on the Lord is to continually ask yourself these questions:

How can I please and honor God in this situation?

In particular, how can I bring praise to Jesus by showing that he has saved me and is changing me?

Seeking to please and honor God is a powerful compass for life, especially when we are faced with difficult challenges. Jesus himself was guided by these goals. He said, “I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30).

“The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him” (John 8:29). “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4).

King David showed the same desire when he wrote: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Ps. 19:14).

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 34

Food for Thought

When displaying the riches of God’s love and pleasing him is more important than holding onto worldly things and pleasing yourself, it becomes increasingly natural to respond to conflict graciously, wisely, and with self-control.

This approach brings glory to God and sets the stage for effective peacemaking.

Blessings, Kristina

Musings on….Jesus Camp

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We watched Jesus Camp last Sunday Night…..

I was all ready to go bonkers on it, had my pen and pad in hand ready to take notes for the blog.

{you know you got the blog bug bad when everything is a blog post opportunity}

It really wasn’t that bad. I did have to crack up, one of the first lines was an overweight lady telling, actually preaching to kids, that America was fat and lazy and it was a sin.

Misc kids were shown in their home setting as well as at the camp setting. Most kids were 10-13 year range.

Their lives were immersed in the church, don’t quote me but I think the church was Pentecostal.

It might have been the speaking in tongues that clued me in 😉

I was amazed and humbled by the young girl who gave a bible tract to a teenage girl in a bowling alley and told her God had told this little girl to talk to her.

The older recipient was quite shocked and didn’t really know what to say. Dad later congratulated the girl was being so brave.

I wish more kids, scratch that, I wish more people would be more responsive to the Lords leading in that area.

Since I didn’t grow up being indoctrinated with religion of any sort and have only gone to one church my whole christian journey, seeing the grown-ups pray over all the camp fixtures was kinda weird, but nothing unbiblical about that.

The chairs, the equipment, the counselors, etc. all got the once over.

I was also every surprised at all the mention of sin in this documentary. Evangelicals don’t like to talk much about that.

But this pastor Becky Fischer was ferverent in telling these kids sin is designed to destroy you and the devil goes after the young.

The kids were told they were hypocrites if they acted one way in church and another in school and to come wash their hands of their sin, all came up to have a bottle of water poured on their outstretched hands, crying and talking in tongues the whole time.

At the camp [ each day] the pastor would preach 1 hour sermons with 20 object lessons in each sermon.

I noticed scared wide-eyed looks from the kids when someone said or did something wrong. Fear, maybe?

One of the 12 year old boys preached a sermon one night. He did pretty good.

I wonder how much is fed into these kids, {or is this coming from the Lord?}

The words they use, sort of just parrotting the grown ups, but after thinking about it, of course they are fed, indoctrinated, trained.

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Abel’s Sacrifice

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This post https://krislinatin.wordpress.com/2007/07/02/musings-onunclean-foods-and-abels-sacrifice/

Only got comments about the unclean food, so I was wondering about this question:

First Question

 Do you think the sacrifice of Abel was received by God {and Cains was not}because

A. Abel’s sacrifice was of animal and blood {Cain’s was was fruit from the ground}

or

B. Abel’s sacrifice was good because his heart was in the right place {and Cain’s heart was not ‘right’ with God}?

*Scripture below

Genesis 4: Cain and Abel

    1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.
      Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

    6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

Marriage To Make Us Holy

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
This is no ordinary self-help book on the Christian family; it focuses far less on how to improve one’s marriage than how one’s marriage can improve one’s Christian faith. Author Thomas even goes so far as to suggest that “God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy,” an idea that may shock romantically inclined Americans. Marriage, writes Thomas, is a spiritual discipline because it forces us to confront our own selfishness and sinfulness. Daily sacrifices can teach service, while a demanding, lifelong commitment teaches perseverance. Problems arise when couples expect each other to fill roles (such as unconditional lover) that only God can play in their lives. The book is a refreshing addition to the evangelical canon; it draws not only on the extensive marital analogies found in Scripture but also on Church history and tradition. This makes for a thoughtful and challenging message that is not susceptible to the evangelical mode du jour. Thomas is honest about his own marital ups and downs. Although the book is sometimes hampered by its overwhelmingly male perspective (most of Thomas’s examples are taken from men’s stories), the various personal anecdotes crystallize the idea of marriage as a context for spiritual growth. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
Starting with the discovery that the goal of marriage goes beyond personal happiness, writer and speaker Gary Thomas invites readers to see how God can use marriage as a discipline and a motivation to love Him more and reflect more of the character of His Son.

 I have not read this book, but a few friends of mine have and totally recommend it, so I ordered it with the devotions for couples book.

If we think of our marriages, our spouses are our first ministry then we would be more apt to willing to serve them as unto the Lord. Like Christ does for His church.

And the book quote is right, God gave us unto marriage for our holiness not for our happiness.

 {although happiness I’m sure is to be included}

My hubby just said as I was telling him about this book , great now I’m gonna hear ‘’it’s my ministry’’ anytime I do something for him.

Then he said, ‘’yep, it’s your misery’’

He is such a card, I’m so glad I married him 😉

Blessings, I will let you know how the book is!

Kristina

Update:
I just read the 1st chapter of the devotions for a sacred marriage and already feel humbled and sinful.
I’m a self centered spouse, I do not BUT should love my spouse for or because of my reverence to God!
Lord, give me the heart, mind and strength to love my husband for Your sake.
Amen.