Thursday, November 30, 2006

I Do it for You

Ella, from Created to be a Help, has graciously granted permission to post her poem, "I Do it For You:"

They call me legalistic- “She’s gone too far”
But can I go too far in saving
My body for you?
I do it for you, my darling- I do it for you.

They say it’s unnecessary- “Who really cares?”
But lust is a very real struggle.
I’ll do it for my brothers-
I hope that my sisters will do it for you.
I will help you pursue purity, my dear- I do it for you.

Images of beauty, seductive fashions
They attract me-it would all be so easy
To give in.
Sometimes, I don’t want to stand out.
But I’ll choose the hard route for you, beloved- I do it for you.

They think I do it because I like to;
But how tempting the scanty clothes can look!
I want to look stunning, too!
But I’ll wait for you, my husband- I do it for you.

My King-
You have called me to honor You
My body has been bought with a price-
Your precious blood
So I will do it for you, Lord Jesus- I ultimately do it for You.



Please be sure to check out Ella's blog. It won't be a waste of time!

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving

Forgive me for sounding cliché. I know thankfulness is vogue when November comes around. These words from a poem by Amy Carmichael (via Jim Spencer’s musical rendition) reminded me how much we truly have:

I have a Savior; though I sought

Through earth and air and sea

I could not find a word, a thought

To show Him worthily

But planted here in rock and moss

I see the Sign of utmost loss

I hear a word – “On Calvary’s cross

Love gave Himself for Thee

Love gave Himself for Thee”…

What more is there to be thankful for than God Himself?

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,

and burst their bonds apart.

Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love,

for His wondrous works to the children of men!

-Psalm 107:14-15


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Of Fish and Men

Flash. A glimmer of pure, vivid gold waves steadily, in constant languid motion. A pair of bulbous eyes stare blankly as though in perpetual shock. Gills move hypnotically. In and out. In and out. In and...

Such is the life of a goldfish. Born in water, he will most likely spend his life doing the same exciting activities as always: eating, breathing, and of course, swimming. Believe it or not, this little fish with his pea-sized brain and infamous three-second memory span, has a lesson to teach.

Can the goldfish know he is wet, if he has never known what it means to be dry?

Pause. Take a close look at your surroundings. What do you see? You are immersed in a culture: a society that is the product of the lives, ideas, and beliefs of the men and women around you. You are bombarded with the culture through the media---music, books, newspapers, television, and the internet.

Whether or not you are conscious of it, every single form of media is sending you a message. Do you know what messages you are being sent? Do you know what messages you are unconsciously accepting?

A.W. Tozer said, "What we believe about God is the most important thing about us."Who or what you worship defines how you live. Fun-worshipers (believe me, they exist) live in pursuit of new thrills. Ambition-driven individuals live in pursuit of their ambition. On a more specific level, New Age devotees live to ascend by conforming to the "cosmic purpose." Buddhists live for the extermination of all desires. Even secular humanists, who claim to worship no one, live for the potential of mankind, or in other words, themselves.

What dictates the lifestyle of a Christian? As recently the Church of England announced that killing disabled babies is ethical and the American Episcopalian Church has installed its first presiding female bishop, it is unsurprising that only 9% of born again believers and only 50% of American pastors have a Biblical worldview.

As the goldfish swims back and forth in total ignorance that he is wet, even a Christian can live without knowing how much his worldview is influenced by the world and not God. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:2)

Lord willing, by digging into the depths of God's Word, these goldfish eyes will be opened a little wider.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BftH Exclusive Newsflash!

Happy Birthday, Lindsey!

"A bosom friend...you know--a really
kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I've
dreamed of meeting her all my life."
-Anne of Green Gables

The Photo That Says a Thousand Words: Lindsey Anne (that's "Anne" with an "e!") as she heroically sacrifices a lock of her brown tresses as a token of her friendship. She's truly a kindred spirit.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Infanticide: The Cost of Apathy

"The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die.
Christians have long argued that life should preserved at all costs - but a bishop representing the national church has now sparked controversy by arguing that there are occasions when it is compassionate to leave a severely disabled child to die."
(The full article can be read here.)

This so-called Church "dogma" is a core principle of the Bible. Sanctity of life is not merely a teaching endorsed by the Church; it is a teaching established by God. As God's own precious Son spilled His life-blood for the sake of the eternal life of human beings, He declared that we were valuable to Him. These church members could not have missed this very clear teaching.

Too often pious, culture-smart, and sometimes very sincere church members give into apathy. Instead of vigorously defending Scripture, culture is allowed to dictate their decisions. Leonard Ravenhill said, "One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed."

We hope to discuss apathy and the importance of a Biblical worldview in future posts. We would love to hear your thoughts on this issue. What do you think about the Church of England's decision? What do you think about the importance of a Biblical worldview in general?

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