Month: March 2013

WOULD YOU DO THIS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION?

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WRITING THE BIBLE IN LONG HAND.

We started a group on Face Book and several of us are writing the New Testament in long hand.  Some have committed to writing the whole Bible.  This is such a good thing to do, I wish I had thought of it years ago.  This was on someone’s profile to do, and they were selling journals very reasonably priced (from $3- $10, depending on the size.)   We all decided to just write it in common everyday notebooks so they would be inconspicuous if someone came in confiscating them in future generations…or our own generation.  What a treasure we would have to pass down to our descendants. 

Many of us are doing this.  We started in February of 2012.  Between February and August, I had written the complete New Testament plus Ecclesiastes and Proverbs.  If you think it is too daunting…it isn’t.  I started over in September of last year immediately and have written 14 books so far.  I’m going a little slower this time, because I need to be a Martha as well as a Mary.  🙂   It really makes the Bible come alive to you when you write it…and it isn’t such a slow process as you may think.  My goal is to write at least 3 copies of the New Testament and Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, for my three grand-children.  

The motivation? Even before there were kings in Israel, the Lord commanded the kings to write their own copies of the Law:   (If it were wise for the  kings to do…how much more would we benefit from doing this in this time and age?)

Deuteronomy 17: 18-20        And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:   And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:  That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

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Secular Things Remind Us Of Spiritual Things

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It’s funny how secular things remind us of spiritual things.  I think it comes natural for a Christian to do that, because our older Brother was the very best doing that.
One day He was teaching the Pharisees and scribes and in Chapter 23 of Matthew, He had this to say to them, in verses 23-24:   “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.  You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.  
Many times He used exaggerations and/or humor to make a vivid point in comparison. … Just some secular observations:  In comparing how we differ from one another in cooking, etc., some cut their food up  differently.  We like turnips thinly sliced instead of cooking them in big chunks. It seems that the flavorings get through them better and even the texture is different. 
Also, there is a difference in the taste of a baked potato compared to mashed potatoes.  Texture in food makes a big difference.
This talk about food and texture  (now I’ve forgotten the point I wanted to make. LOL )     Oh yeah,  Christ compared the people to straining out a small thing and going ahead and swallowing a big thing.  
I thought about texture in our foods and it made me think about the texture (feeling)  of people.  In our daily dealings, we should be careful about the texture we appear to be to people.  We don’t want or need to be of a ‘rough’ texture and rub people the wrong way. Sometimes we do this unwittingly and unintentionally but if we think before we speak, maybe that would help.
 
Some people are just naturally of a smooth texture and wouldn’t hurt a fly…except maybe their own loved ones.  Someone once said that we are at times much kinder to strangers than to the ones in our own household.  Little children need to grow up in a household that exudes kindness and not bitterness.

Sweet Little Baby…

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Sweet little baby,

 

The doctor just now placed you on my tummy.

 

Just a few minutes ago, I could have decided by law…to have you killed.

 

I’m wondering right now,how anyone, especially a mother

 

Could have the frame of mind to do that;

 

And how a doctor who signed the following oath,

 

could bring himself also, to do such an horrendous thing.

 

The Oath

 

Sorry, but the modern version of the oath is scary and I wish not to put it here.

GREAT PLANS THAT FALL BY THE WAYSIDE.

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GREAT PLANS THAT FALL BY THE WAYSIDE

When my daughter-in-law and I were first planning on getting a computer, back in 1996, we were discussing it one afternoon and talking about what all we could do. We decided we would get on the internet and build a web site and offer Bible class materials and ideas and have a market for our wares. We had been preparing our own Bible class material for a while.

Oh! We got so excited and the ideas just kept coming to our minds. We got our computers a few months apart but I got on the internet a few months before she did. As soon as all three of her children were in school, she started working there as a librarian.

The superintendent convinced her that she should go get the education hours she needed, to become certified as a teacher. She checked it out and she only needed 12 hours. (She already had a degree in business administration) so she earned the 12 hours really fast and became….a computer lab teacher.

Well she was so busy we had to put our enterprise on a back burner (that is where it still is!) But we had gotten so excited that we had already made up our business cards and oh! they were so neat. It said Ingram & Ingram Enterprises at the top and it had a row of neat colorful books under that and then what we planned to offer: Bible Time Lines, Puzzles, flip charts, Work sheets, etc.

Well in large letters at the bottom it should say: Fallen By The Wayside! Because neither of us have the time for it even yet.

You probably know where I am going with this! Some people become Christians and are so excited to be a part of something so wonderful, and live the Christian life for a number of months or even years, and then the idea of ‘eternity’ doesn’t seem real to them somehow.

They fall away for different reasons: Some can not stand the persecution that seems to befall those who are trying to put God first in their lives. Some fall away because of the cares of the world. The Bible says some of them have shallow roots and they rise up quickly and then fall away.  But we are told in 2 Peter 2:21 that “…It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”

When you speak to them about their spiritual life they all intend to come back some day. There is seldom one who intends to never come back. We hope and pray they will before it is too late!

Our plans for our “business” crashing is of no real consequence, although we would have enjoyed it… but falling away from God…or never obeying Him in the first place is a very serious matter.

 

Second video of our first great grandson.

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Video of our first great grandson.

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MAKING AN IDOL OUT OF JESUS

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MAKING AN IDOL OUT OF JESUS

One of the things that characterized pagan religions throughout history is the worship of idols which were carved from wood, chiseled from stone or cast from some precious metal. These idols were formed by the hands of the worshipers and were the product of their own imaginations. The futility of such worship is pointed out in Isaiah 44:16-20, Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.” From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.” They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Today, in our society, the worship of carved and graven images is not nearly as prevalent, yet a more subtle and deceitful form of idolatry has arisen and become common in the Christian religion. This form of idolatry is the false portrayal of Jesus Christ. Many in the Christian religion would have us believe that Jesus Christ is not concerned with doctrine, but accepts men regardless of what they believe and teach. Many would have us believe that Jesus Christ is not concerned with a person’s moral conduct but accepts men even though they continue in their evil behavior. Many would even have us believe that Jesus Christ will save unbelievers and those in pagan religions, who have never heard the gospel message or confessed the name of Jesus. Those who teach such things are using lies to carve out an idol. They call the image “Jesus”, but it is not the Jesus of the Bible. The worship of such an image is no more valid than the worship of the graven images of pagan religions in the days of Isaiah.

Those who teach that Jesus is not concerned with doctrine should consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:7-9, You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”
Those who teach that Jesus is not concerned with our moral conduct should consider Mark 9:43-48, If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.”
Those who teach that Jesus will save unbelievers should consider the words of Jesus in John 8:24, I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.
And those who teach that Jesus will save people of other religions should consider the words of Jesus in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


To portray Jesus Christ in a way that is false is to create an idol as surely as one who carves an image of wood or stone, and to worship a false portrayal of Christ is as futile as the pagan worship of idols. Let’s be sure that we are teaching, preaching and worshiping the true Jesus Christ of the New Testament.        –
Wendell Ingram

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.     Acts 4:12