It’s been quiet on here for a long time. Not so with my paper journal. ;) There is something very therapeutic (at least to me there is) about actually putting pen to paper—it’s different, somehow, than typing. Even though typing is faster. And doesn’t fatigue my hand as quickly.

This summer has been crazy busy, and flown by (I guess those two usually go together, right?).

Our family has recently embarked on an in-depth study of early church history. It’s something we’ve been studying off and on for the past few years (about 3 years?), and something I’ve studied in school, but not as much as I would like.

Here is a brief History of the Early Church (if you want something to whet your appetite for more reading- thanks to Sara P for sharing this link with me!).

Here are some of the resources we’re utilizing as we read and learn:

The Acts of the Apostles

The Writings of the Early Church Fathers (especially the Anti-Nicene Fathers right now)

Brief History of the Persecutions of the Early Church

History of the Christian Church/Christian Persecution

Early Church History Timeline (because visuals are SO helpful!)

I’m not necessarily endorsing everything on these websites, but I’ve found these links helpful, so I hope you can benefit from them as well. Be like the Bereans! :)

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:11

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Our family garden…

08 May 2012

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I’m so grateful for the rain God sent last night, and for the rain that’s coming this afternoon, Lord willing.
Spending time in the garden is such a joy. It’s refreshing and calming. And it’s so exciting when you can eat food grown right on your own land. :) Num, num…

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“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” – Francis Chan

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Matthew 16:24

08 Apr 2012

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

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Here is my personal fundraising page!

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Does “coming to Christ” mean that we have to give up things that we enjoy? Things that are fun?

Does becoming an adopted child of God mean that, suddenly, we have a huge list of “dos and do nots” to follow?

Or, are we set free from our bondage to the sin that we loved (Scripture clearly says that people reject Christ because they hate the light, and love their sin), and set free to walk in obedience to Him, no longer slaves to Satan, to do his will?

Isn’t that a much brighter picture?

“For we which have believed do enter into rest…For he that is entered into His [God's] rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:3a, 10

No longer bound to sin, we are at liberty to walk in His holiness, have a relationship with Him, and rest in His perfect provision.

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From the daily 40 Days for Life email:

“When Carol Everett, a former abortionist and
post-abortive woman, was asked what turned her heart
from death to life in Christ, she said, “Unconditional
love,” shown by a man who prayed daily for her in
front of the abortion clinic where she worked.

He told Carol that “God had sent him” because there
was someone in there that God wanted out.

She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ’s
ambassador to help others.”

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”

Clearly, we must always be ready to give an answer, or defense of the hope that is within us.
Give the reason we live.
Reveal the passion that fuels our lives.

I’ve heard messages taught on this verse where the point is brought out: “How many times have people asked you what made you different? What your hope was?”

Often, the answer is: “Not very many.”

Paul’s phrase, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be”, seems a fitting response.

So why aren’t we asked what makes us different? Why don’t people ask us for the reason of our hope? Perhaps the answer is found in the preceding and following verses…

” And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit…” 1 Peter 3:13-18

This ties into my previous blog post regarding Job’s righteous response when God tested him:

“And Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mothers womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”

If in every difficulty, or tragedy, or likewise terrible situation, we responded as Job did, indeed, the world would have cause to wonder, and ask in what our hope was founded!

Lord, give us faith like Job, and let us trust you so fully, so completely, that we can respond, and submit, and not question what you permit and ordain in our lives!

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