Thursday, April 24, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - My Sweet Grandmother, Shift in the Homeschooling Movement, Warning to Sisters in the Faith, Me Time Myth, Drink to Health Kit & Much More!


We are on the road this week as my dear sweet Grandma Katherine passed away on Tuesday at 102 years old.  I will miss her so much - hearing her call me "honey" - her sweet kisses and being able to love and hug on her.  Grandma was a beautiful example of a wife, mother and grandmother to our whole family and I am thankful for the time the Lord gifted me with her.  Below is a picture we took of five generations together - It is Grandma Katherine, My Mom, Me, My Daughter Amber & Granddaughter Anya.  If you have a moment visit my post - Cherishing the Love of My Grandmother.


Some Good Reads This Week:

What do Ann Voskamp, Beth Moore and Sarah Young Have in Common? - "The purpose of this article is not to demonize any of these sisters, but to carefully and lovingly warn and exhort them and other women to be more diligent in studying the Word, seeking wisdom and biblical teaching from their husbands (if they're Christians), submit to their husbands' headships whether or not they are Christians (1 Cor 7:13-16, 2 Peter 3:1-2) and imitate the faith of those who are singularly faithful to God and His Word—with no deviation or imaginations (Heb 13:7, 2 Tim 1:13-14, 2 Cor 10:4-6)."

The "Me Time" Myth "But, Me Time isn’t the glorious missing piece in our lives. Life actually isn’t all about us, as some would have us believe. Our time belongs to God, to our children and our husband, AND to us. There is no such thing as Me Time. Maybe we should just call it Time When I’m Not Physically in the Same Room With My Children."

A Shift in the Homeschooling Movement - "My heart has been heavy for the future of this movement. In recent months, the homeschooling community has been rocked by a couple of national scandals involving some of the best-known speakers/advocates of homeschooling in America. As a result, many families are struggling to find their sense of “True North.” Many feel angry, some hurt, others betrayed, and more confused."

On my Bulk Herb Store Wishlist - Drink to Health Kit.  We've been enjoying a pot of tea as a family together in the evenings and the teas and books included with this kit look like a good addition to our tea and health library.  

What I'm Reading - Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith by Jon Bloom - Some dear friends passed this one along and the timing was perfect as we were going to be spending time this week with unbelieving family so Chapter 23 was a blessing.  

Last but not least - I just picked up the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for myself and I am loving it.  Some fantastic eBooks that have been on my wish list, along with excellent free products and services.  Read more about it here ---> The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and pick up your copy valued at over $900 for only $29.97.  Sale runs April 23-28th. 





"Being a biblical peacemaker has its price. You can expect to upset unbelievers who openly oppose God's Word as well as believers who compromise its truth for the sake of maintaining "peace" among people of differing doctrinal persuasions. Some will call you narrow-minded and divisive for dealing with controversial issues. Some will misunderstand your motives or even attack you personally. But that's been the path of every true peacemaker-- including our Lord Himself. Take heart and be faithful. Your efforts to bring peace show that you are a child of God." ~John MacArthur


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle & A Special Offer!


It's Bundle Season again and springtime brings my favorite one - 

This is such a great value and let me share you with you quickly what I love about the Bundles and how I use them:

1.  I do download every book onto my computer and then determine what to do with each one.

2. My top reads get put onto my iPad or Kindle

3.  The books I want to read eventually I put on in my Dropbox so I can access them from wherever I am - (we travel a lot).

4.  The ones that don't interest me I can take off my computer and gift to a friend.  I also do this with any duplicate books I may receive in the bundle.

5.  I do try and take advantage of the special offers that come with the bundles.  This bundle has audio files and e-courses - plus those fun printable packs.  Serious, we all love printables.

6.  The savings is such a plus - serious 78 eBook for less than $30 - it is a bargain even if every book doesn't interest you.  You will still come out way ahead and with so many wonderful books and authors to glean from on top of it!!


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Can You Explain the Gospel if You Only Had a Minute?


We've been reading The Gospel and Personal Evangelism together as a family and church family.  It is a book every believer should read - yearly.

So, what if you only had minutes with someone to share the gospel?  At the grocery store or airport or if someone asked you to summarize what is the gospel?  Could you do it?  Mark Dever asks his prospective members to share the gospel in one minute or less.

Here is his answer to that question:

"The good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him.  But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him.  In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in him.  He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ's sacrifice and that God's wrath against us had been exhausted.  He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness.  If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God."

~ Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism


Related Links:
Can You Share the Gospel
The True Meaning of the Cross
The Importance of the Gospel in the Life of a Believer
Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Your Sphere of Influence
The Most Difficult People to Witness to: Your Family

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The True Meaning of the Cross

*A note from Marci: I'm sharing an email by permission we received by a dear brother in the faith.  It is a response he wrote to an email he received regarding the facts of the crucifixion that are historically accurate but void of the true meaning of the Cross.  Take in the full message of the Cross as believers, those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, celebrate the fact the Christ has risen from the dead - The Gospel is good news - it is the best news!



For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, ~ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4


The four Gospels focus very little time on the gruesome realities of the execution of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 53 that was written around 700 years earlier covers more detail than all of the four Gospels combined.  The reason that the Holy Spirit revealed to us so little of the details of the historical reality of the crucifixion is that the glory of the cross does not so much lie in Jesus Christ’s physical suffering on the cross.   

At the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry the Roman Empire crucified thousands of people every year.  His suffering and death on the cross was crucial to our salvation because through His death He paid the penalty that our sins deserved which is death.  [“The wages of sin is death…”(Romans 6:23); “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”(Heb. 9:22; Lev. 17:11)]  The reference to blood is used throughout the New Testament to refer to the death of Christ.  But the reason Jesus’ “soul was very sorrowful, even to death”(Mark 14:34) and that He was sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and crying out to His Father in prayer the night before and that the sun was darkened for three hours while He hung on the cross was that he was bearing the full and infinite wrath of God for our sins.  This is most clearly seen in Romans 3:23-26 where it says that God put forward Christ “as propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith”.  A “propitiation” is an atoning sacrifice that satisfies God’s wrath. 

There is only one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5)  And only Christ Jesus, the Son of God could have been our substitute and reconciled us to God because He was and is both God and man.  He needed to be man so that God could “condemn sin in the flesh”(Rom. 8:3).  And He needed to be God to be able to bear the infinite wrath of God which our sins deserved.  And He needed to be God to be able to defeat Satan and conquer death.  

In our rebellion we have offended an infinitely holy and worthy God so the punishment that we deserve is infinite and an eternity in hell would still not satisfy God’s justice for our sins.  And part of God’s wrath on the cross included Christ being forsaken and alienated by God the Father as He turned His back on His Son because He is so holy that He can’t even look on sin (Habakkuk 1:13) and Jesus was bearing all the sins of all the people in the history of the world who would come to believe into Him.  

Jesus acknowledged that He was being forsaken and separated from His Father, who He had perfect fellowship with for eternity, when He quoted from Psalm 22:1 which says: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?...”  Psalm 22 as well as Isaiah 53 and many other prophecies in the Scriptures were promises from God that pointed forward to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and Jesus fulfilled all of God’s Word that referred to His first coming, and when He returns to consummate the kingdom of God on earth He will fulfill the rest of the prophecies and promises of God exactly and completely.

God is holy and righteous so He could not just forgive sin without His justice being satisfied; otherwise He would be violating His very nature and would cease to be God.  But in God’s infinite wisdom and according to the riches of His mercy and grace He delivered up His Son to be our substitutionary sacrifice so that He might be just and the justifier of those who by God’s grace are united to Christ and are “in Christ” through the miracle of saving faith in His name.(Rom. 3:26)  This is what many refer to as the “Great Exchange”.  The sins of all of those who would come to trust in Christ were counted to Him on the cross, and His perfect righteousness was counted to them through the miracle of saving faith.  

Abraham is the example and father of all those who are saved by faith in Christ alone.  Abraham didn’t just believe that there was a God, he believed God and trusted in all His promises that pointed forward to the Messiah, and God counted that faith to him as righteousness.  But even Abraham’s faith was a gift of God’s grace (Eph. 2:8-10).  Unless by God’s grace you are born again and given a new heart from God above (John 3:3; Titus 3:4-7) you will consider this message foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18).  But God’s Word is powerful and all sufficient to save through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.  Salvation belongs to God from first to last so that He alone might receive all the glory by putting His mercy and grace on display through saving unworthy and lost sinners.   


The true meaning of the cross is the heart and glory of the gospel.  And God in His infinite wisdom summed up the entire gospel in one glorious verse:  “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”(2 Cor. 5:21)  

So I finish with a doxology borrowed from the apostle Paul who launched into a crescendo of praise as he completed his treatise on the doctrines of grace in Romans 1 through 11 through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “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."

~ Tom Vann


"It is at the cross where God’s Law and God’s grace are both most brilliantly displayed, where His justice and His mercy are both glorified. But it is also at the cross where we are most humbled. It is at the cross where we admit to God and to ourselves that there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn or merit our salvation."~ Jerry Bridges


Related Links:
The Gospel
Tom's Favorite Gospel Tract
Granted Ministries



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

There Are No Perfect Families


Do you ever look around at the families in your church and assume they have it all together?  That their lives must be carefree and they have these perfect obedient children, problem free marriages and every day goes just as planned?  Maybe you think some of the bloggers you enjoy reading are living lives that look unattainable to the average wife and mother.  (See my post here on Encouragement Along the Way).  

We know deep down this isn't true because we live in a fallen world.  Overcoming sin in our lives is a battle we will be dealing with until the Lord calls us home.  Sin infects every home - sin infects every Christian home.  We all battle sinful attitudes, pride, selfishness, envy, discontentment, rudeness, disobedience, unloving actions and attitudes, rebellious hearts, comparison and the list can go on.

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

Let me turn the table a moment- do you think you're family is the perfect family in your church?  Do you compare your family to others and think, "I'm thankful we don't have the issues that family has." Hmmm - there's a statement with a familiar ring to it:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”Luke 18:10-14


Please visit me at Raising Homemakers to read the rest of the article - There Are No Perfect Families


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