September 19, 2019

31 Days: Fruitful or Wasted?

Well, we are 31 days into this year and it made me think how have we been doing on our spiritual lives this year. I wanted to share and encouragement for those who have been faithful in their spiritual life and those who have not.

What opportunities have the Lord given us the first 31 days this year to share Christ to others? Has our life so far this year glorified God whether we are eating, drinking, or whatever we are doing? Have we gotten into our schedules and routines and left God our of it except on Sundays and maybe Wednesdays? I want to encourage those who have been faithful to remain faithful and those who have not to repent get things right with God and starts this month by cultivating our everyday relationship with Christ.

Priority of the Christian Life

Hey everyone! I wanted to write and talk about God being the first priority in your life; particularly in the lives of young adults.  It seems to me that many of us, myself included, often go through our daily routines of going to school, doing homework, maybe working or playing sports, but we who claim to be Christians spend little time in the Word and in prayer.  Instead we just tack God on as something  we do on Sundays and Wednesdays. Our Christianity should not be something we just do on Sundays and Wednesdays but a constant orientation around God and living out our lives in everything we do to His glory. Having a relationship with Christ is not something exclusively for adults but for every believer of any age. To have a vital relationship with him you must spend time in the Bible and in prayer. The Bible is where we learn everything we can ever know about Jesus.  Many young people do not think God can use them because of their age and inexperience, but God can, will, and does use anyone  who is walking with God and has a desire to bring God glory.  The goal of the Christian life should be as Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” Young people need to realize that our priorities are not our friends, school, sports, etc., but God who has redeemed us. I hope this is an encouragement to you to live your life for God because he is all in that is worth living for!

Related Reading for Young Adults

 

Prayer and Devotions

Hey Everyone! Well, this is my first post since the switch from my old blog! I had such an amazing week this past week at my friend’s church for teaching, fun and games and have  been encouraged is several things that I am sure will come across some more in later posts. As for today I wanted to talk to you about prayer and reading/studying your Bible. I have posted some before on these topics, but wish to bring out some different things in this post than I have mentioned in the past.

Prayer and our time in God’s Word is the means God has given us to develop a relationship with Him. Negligence  in prayer and in the Word is to neglect spending time with the God who saved us, our friend, and our creator. What things are they that would take priority over our time with the God of the universe? It is through these means that we are sanctified and made to be more like Christ. [Read more…]

What is it to Meditate?

Hey everyone! I have been reading through Thomas Watson’s book, Heaven Taken By Storm
and read through the section on prayer and meditation. If you’re like me you probably haven’t ever thought too much about what it means to meditate, but when you read in Psalm 1, “and on his law he meditates day and night” it is obviously pretty important to know what it means. I’ll share some of the thoughts from Thomas Watson on this subject.

“Thomas Watson says that meditation is a duty wherein the very heart and lifeblood of religion lies. You may be wondering what meditation even is, well Watson gives a wonderful definition of meditation being described as a holy exercise of the mind whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and seriously ponder upon them and apply them to ourselves. In meditation two things are required: A Christians retiring himself from the world; meditation can not be done in a crowd and serious thinking upon God. This is not a few transient thoughts that are gone quickly, but a fixing and staying of the mind upon heavenly objects. [Read more…]

The Influence of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Life on His Writing by: Haley Dempsey

A paper I wrote on Robert Louis Stevenson for a school project. It is a research paper which is the reason for the citations. I hope you enjoy and this gives you a better understanding of his works when you read them.

Robert Louis Stevenson is a well known writer who, because of his work, became one of the most popular authors of the nineteenth century. (Stevenson, iii) Three important aspects of his life that influenced his writings were the places he traveled, his fragile health, his experiences boating and adventures. According to Bassett, these made him, “not only one of the most popular authors during the nineteenth century but also one of the most successful.” (899)

Stevenson’s knowledge and travels to a variety of places around the world gave him information and the setting for many of his books. The setting and believability of characters in many of Stevenson’s writings came from places he had lived or traveled such as Edinburgh, France, and the island of Samoa. “The setting for his book Kidnapped came from a visit to the island of Earraid during one of his summer vacations. On the island, one of the stonemasons was named John Silver which became the name of one of the characters in his book Treasure Island more than ten years later.” (Mackenzie, 9) [Read more…]

Why Abortion? A Paper I Wrote in 7th Grade

I think abortion should be outlawed and should not be practiced under any circumstance. Abortion is taking a human life. If killing a person out of the womb is murder, why is killing a person in the womb not murder? Abortion is murdering a person. Let’s say your mother found out she was pregnant with you. Two hours after the moment of conception she aborts. Would that have been you she aborted? Of course it would or you would be denying your very existence. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in in the belly I knew thee.” Abortion has taken as many lives as the population of the 60 largest cities in the United States. In America we have lost over 45 million babies because of abortion. “If only one-third of those who have been aborted were available to start working on their 18th birthday, the demise of Social Security would be put off for decades.” says USA today. There have been more that 40 million abortions since 1973 in the USA and more than 1.3 million babies killed each year. Recently a man whose vehicle crashed into a car carrying two women, one who was pregnant. He was charged fro the death of the unborn baby that died several hours after the crash. Why is the man charged with the murder of the baby’s death, but mothers that abort are not? Abortion is wrong no mater what the circumstance. We need to take action to stop the killing of thousands of babies a year. What if you mother had aborted you? You would not be here to impact the people around you.

By: Haley Dempsey

Do Hard Things Book Report: By Haley Dempsey

In the book Do Hard Things written by Alex and Brett Harris tell how teenagers today can “rebel against low expectations” and do things that today are not expected of teenagers that used to be expected of them. This book helps teenagers to see that they have more potential than the world tells them they have. This book has already helped change the mind set of many teenagers already and if teenagers get a hold of this it will change our country and the world!

Do Hard Things is separated into three sections. The first section gives the vision of what the teen years should really look like to get the most out of them. The second section of the book tells about five kinds of hard things for teenagers and helps to show how to do those hard things. The last section of the book contains the testimonies of teens who have and are “doing hard things” as well as challenging the reader to figure out what God would have him to be doing.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to teenagers. Today the idea of the teen years is so perverted and teens need to see that there should be more there than just enjoying oneself. Teens should be perusing excellence and doing hard things to glorify God.

Importance of Prayer

A few weeks ago on a Wednesday night Dad taught on the issue of prayer. I decided to share some things that I learned that night and things that every Christian should think about.

Many times when a friend is in need you will often hear,”Well, I’ll be praying for you. I wish I could do more.” This statement suggest that prayer is a light thing and not that important, while on the contrary it is important and sometimes God uses the prayers of the saints as a means for Him to work in a situation. What are some examples of this from the Bible? Well, on that would most likely stand out the most would be of Peter in prison. The Bible says in Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” After the Bible tells us that the church was praying for Peter we read that then the angel came and released Peter from prison.  Thomas Watson said, ” It was the angel that fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angle.” As a person prays they will often pray generally. (ie. God bless so-and-so or I pray that you would bless this person) As we grow in prayer we should grow to pray more specifically. Paul often ask for the prayers of those he is writing to and tells them his specific needs.  Note the following verses. The words in bold are Paul’s specific needs or the specific prayers for others.

Romans 15:30-31 “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,”

Colossians 4:3-4 “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith….”

(Below is Paul’s prayers for others)

Philemon 1:4-6 “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,  because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,  and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.”

Philippians 1:9-11 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 1:9 “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
I am sure you can see that when Paul requested prayer or prayed for others he did so praying specifically and he says in Colossians 4:2 to pray steadfastly. We are to labor in prayer for others and to bear their burdens on ourselves. I hope you have been able to gain something useful from this article.

My testimony

I decided that I would share my testimony with my blog readers for those who don’t know it.

When I was about 8 years old I was saved. I was being convicted by the Holy Spirit, I had many questions running through my mind and went to my Dad for the answers. For weeks every night when Dad would get home from work I would call him up to my room and we would talk for hours. One night before dad got home the Holy spirit convicted me of my sin. I repented of my sins and the Lord saved me that night. I don’t know the date of when I was saved, but it was around the summer of 2004 . I have now been serving the Lord for almost six or seven years.

My testimony is not as extravagant as others, but I once was lost but now I’m found. I once was blind but now I see.

Katherine von Bora

This is the paper I wrote for the Reformation Day party at Christ Reformed Church for the “talent show.” I wrote it as follows…

Katherine von Bora

Katherine von Bora was born on January 29, 1499 in Lippendorf, Germany. She was born to her father Hans von Bora and her mother Anna von Bora. Katherine’s parents were what one would call impoverished nobility. This does not mean much for them except that they had the title and owned some land. Katherine also had three brothers and one sister.  Six years after her birth Katherine’s mother died. Her father soon remarried to a woman named Margarethe. Katherine was then sent at age five to the Benedictine cloister.  She was not particularly sent there to be trained in becoming a nun, but for an education. Five years after staring at Benedictine cloister, Katherine was transferred to the cloister Marienthron (meaning Mary’s Throne) where two of her aunts where already at. There she learned reading, writing, and some Latin. Finally at the age of sixteen, Katherine von Bora took her vows to become a nun. Not long after becoming a nun, she and the other nuns began hearing rumors of a man named Martin Luther who was opposing the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. They heard he protested particularly concerning the selling of indulgences and taught that salvation came through the grace of God alone and not through the church and that we should only give our allegiance to the scripture. Luther’s teachings and writings soon made their way into the convent and Katherine and several other nuns were convicted of the Holy Spirit and they saw for the first time that justification came by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Grace of God upon them. No longer being able to go through the motions of being a nun and confessing sins to the priest and doing penance for salvation, the nuns secretly wrote to Luther asking for his help to escape. Luther agreed to help and arranged for them to be smuggled out in empty fish barrels on a wagon! After the safe arrival of the nuns in Wittenberg, Luther helped to find a husband, job, or home for all the nuns except Katherine. Katherine refused to marry anyone else except Dr. Martin Luther or his associate Dr. Amsdorf. Finally Luther agreed to marry Katherine. At last Luther at age 42 and Katherine at age 26 married on Tuesday June 15, 1525. Katherine is said to have rose at 4am in the summer and 5am in the winter to help look after all the workings of their home. For this reason Luther is said to have called her “The Morning Star of Wittenberg.” Although not much is know of her she is most widely know for the clear example she helped to set for clergy marriages and protestant family life. Katherine helped around the house by taking care of the children, breading and selling cattle, doing the families finances, and even brewed beer for the family! In 1546 Martin Luther died, leaving Katherine a heavy burden to provide for herself and her children still at home. Not long after Luther’s death a war broke out and Katherine had to leave her home and flee for safety. When she was finally able to return she found her home utterly destroyed and because of finances she was not able to stay. Thanks to the generosity of the Prince of Anhalt, John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, Katherine was able to provide an income for herself. In 1552, however, Katherine was once again forced to leave the city because of The Black Plague and crop failure. While fleeing Wittenberg as she was entering into the city of Torgau the cart she was on was in an accident and seriously injured Katherine. Katherine von Bora Luther died on December 20, 1552 three months after the accident. Her last words were: “I will stick to Christ as a burr on a top coat.” There is much to be learned from Katherine von Bora. She was a woman who loved Christ, was a hard worker and was an encouragement to her husband. She is a woman who can be held up to women and girls and a role model for their lives.