Archive for the ‘Christ’s Service’ Category

Gail Rein Gratitude PrintIt seems as if this time of year always stresses me out and overwhelms me!  It should be a joyous time when we are winding up our school year and deciding what activities we should continue into the summer, but it isn’t.  It seems as if each year around this time I feel the stress of trying to plan what studies my oldest will do the next year.  I then reflect on what he has done in the past to evaluate the appropriateness of having his younger sisters follow suit.  As each year passes, and my son gets older, I realize how vital the selection of the subjects/materials are to the rest of his life.  He will be entering high school next year and passing this milestone seems to overwhelm me with questions on how to accurately prepare him for college. 

Well, having said all this, my son in his usual wit has summed it all up perfectly.  I was grading a recent Algebra assignment and following a half worked problem I read this message. . . .

“I am deeply apologetic and very hesitant to inform you that this problem is beyond my capabilities at this point.  If you would be lenient enough to assist me in my struggles, I would offer my greatest thanks. 

My deepest gratitude,

Your son

P.S.  An alternate option would be to prolong the date and/or time this particular test is due.”

This statement put into perspective my struggle.  Why am I trying to do this on my own?  I need HELP!  Have I really given it to the Lord, or am I doing this in my own strength?  I am reminded of a Psalm. . .

Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For You have been a shelter to me, a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in Your tabernacle forever.  I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.  Psalm 61:2

graphics taken from art.com


Read Full Post »


The following was taken directly from “Word of Encouragement” by Charles R. Biggs. You may click here to read the entire article.

“Since it is the Advent season and the time we remember the significance and importance of Jesus’ birth, I will send out what I like to refer to as the ‘JUSTIFICATION of Christmas’. Using the letters from the word ‘Christmas’, we can reflect and be reminded of Christ’s birth, but also his accomplished work that he merited on our behalf. We rejoice that the “LORD has come” at Christmas, but we should also rejoice and be reminded of what the “LORD has done” for those who love him! The first letter of the word ‘Christmas’ is C…

C: CHOSEN IN CHRIST- Ephesians 1:11-14 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession– to the praise of his glory.

H- HE IS OUR HOLINESS- I Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God– that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

R-RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST IMPUTED- Romans 4:5-8 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him’

I-INCARNATION- Hebrews 2:14-18 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death– that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

S: Sola Fide- “Faith Alone” Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

T- “THEOLOGICAL ARTICLE UPON WHICH THE CHURCH OR INDIVIDUAL STANDS OR FALLS”- MARTIN LUTHERGalatians 1:6-12 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed….For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

M- MESSIAH-THE LAMB OF GOD John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

A- ACCOMPLISHMENT OF CHRIST IN ETERNITY AND THE APPLICATION OF HIS WORK BY THE SPIRIT Ephesians 1:4 …even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love… Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

S- SIMUL IUSTUS ET PECCATOR- “JUSTIFIED, AND AT THE SAME TIME SINFUL” Eternal life is Christ dwelling in His righteousness in the soul of the justified person. So eternal life can be easily understood as union with Jesus Christ. And the word for that union with him is faith. The sinner comes to him, rests in him, trusts in him, is one with him, abides with him; and this is life because it never ends. The united soul abides in the Vine eternally. Weakness, sin, proneness to sin never brings separation, but only the Father’s pruning, which cements the union even and ever tighter (John 15:1-8).”

Mr. Biggs goes into greater detail on each of the “letters” of Christmas.  My husband found this site through links, and we do not necessarily agree with all of his teachings or writings, but we found this to be a very thought provoking article.  I hope you enjoy it!

Graphic from Art.com

Read Full Post »

Family Worship

This evening during our family worship time, my husband read from Scripture Genesis 3:1-24.  As we discussed this portion of Scripture where Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, my husband brought up a point that we don’t immediately see.  When God is dishing out the punishment for sin (Eve having her pain during childbirth multiplied, and Adam having to toil for food), He also gives a healthy portion of grace.  What didn’t you realize that.  Let me quote the Scripture Genesis 3:23-24 . . therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.  He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.  Are you asking, “How can this be grace?”  Well think about it this way, what is the alternative?  Yes, we could have lived in the garden of Eden if God had not sent us out, but also would we not have taken from the tree of life?  We would be stuck FOREVER toiling and painfully bearing children (don’t get me wrong, I love my children, but I’m not sure I’m cut out to be Sarah having babies past my 100th birthday) instead of having a saving Redeemer die a wretched death on a cross to redeem His children for eternal life with Him in Glory.  Now I call that grace!

Read Full Post »

Acts  1:7-8     7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The past two Wednesday nights the pastor of my church, my husband, has challenged each of us to examine our lives and see who we could share the Gospel of Christ with.  Usually, I semi-dismiss statements like this, (please read on before passing judgement on me!) because my life is so sheltered.  I am at home with my family.  I home school my children.  Basically the only people I see on a regular basis, my children,  I try to teach about Christ daily.  So this charge to share the Gospel of Christ doesn’t apply to me, right? WRONG?  Does my family not eat?  Did I not use to work outside the home before my children were born?  Do I not have family members who do not know Christ?  My primary mission field at this time is my children, granted, but I do grocery shop, I do occasionally make or receive phone calls, I do get together with unregenerate family members at birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and family reunions, so this DOES apply to me directly. 

Tim Challies’ blog really touched me this morning.  I, like him, have the burden of someone dying in which I’m not really sure of their relationship with Christ.  I live with the regret of not doing more, of not voicing the Gospel of Christ again and again, which I have be commissioned to do.  But, apparently God’s conviction in my heart was forgotten, for a season, until I read the blog this morning.  My prayer would be as his, Lord do not let me forget this, bring this to my mind each time I speak to an unregenerate heart so I will not have that regret again.

Read Full Post »