Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Soldiers know what to put on before going into combat.
Police officers know what to put on before going into the line of fire.
As a believer, do you know what to put on so you will be ready for war? That is the war of the flesh and the Spirit (1 Peter 2:11, James 4:1). The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and vice versa (Gal. 5:17, Rom. 7:22-23). It's a constant fight. We need to continuously be in the act of "putting off and putting on". Here are a couple of passages that further explain this -
Put off - Sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (v.5,8)
Put on - Compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bearing with one another, forgiving each other, and above all these put on love. (v. 12-14)
Put off - Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice.(v.31)
Put on - Kindness, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another. (v. 32)
Basically we fight the flesh and the schemes of the devil by putting on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:10-18). Are you physically fully clothed, but spiritually naked? What's the condition of your heart? God is ultimately concerned about the state of your heart because from it flow the springs of life (Prov 4:23). So each morning, be sure to "dress" your heart!
What a gift indeed! I would suggest all churches to have a get away like this for their pastors' wives. I believe the whole church body would benefit because the wife would be rejuvenated to serve her husband and he would be helped to serve the body. What a blessed cycle of service that would be!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Pastors’ wives often have to selflessly sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom. Our husbands’ jobs technically never end. Many women have asked me if I mind it. When we were first married, I was bothered by it because I didn’t understand my role, gifts, and service to my husband and the church. Praise God I have grown since then. Now if we see an open door for ministry that we sense God wants Kempton to do, I gladly (by God’s grace) support him because I know that when he’s at home he’s ALL here. The kids & I have his undivided time & attention. So, when it’s time for him to serve the body of Christ, our family tank is full. I thank God for that. I pray that we will continue to invest in one another first which allows us to adequately serve others.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
2) True Contentment doesn’t come from a cure.
3) True Peace doesn’t come from progress.
4) True Grace doesn’t come from growth charts.
5) True Wisdom doesn’t come from words spoken.
6) True Faith doesn’t come from favorable results.
Son, our God has used you to teach mommy that ALL these things come from Him. He is the giver of all spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3). Likewise, True Joy is found in Jesus alone. Because of Him, you are one of the best joys of my life!
Happy 6th Birthday Mama’s big boy!
Friday, February 6, 2009
My brother, Curt, and sister-in-"love", Shelly.
This pic was taken at the Mall of America in Aug '08 when they came to visit us for the 1st time in MN. They actually were just visting us this week so Curt could attend the Pastor's Conference with Kempton. It's a honor to have both my husband and brother in full-time ministry. Not only is my brother walking with the Lord, but he has a God-glorifying wife walking hand in hand with him. Shelly is the sweetest SIL ever! I praise God for you two. It's always a joy spending time with you. Not only are we in the same earthly family, but most importantly, we are in the same eternal family. Continue to "let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
(Some of) God’s Purposes in This Recession
1) He intends for this recession to expose hidden sin and so bring us to repentance and cleansing.
2) He intends to wake us up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.
3) He intends to relocate the roots of our joy in his grace rather than in our goods, in his mercy rather than our money, in his worth rather than our wealth.
4) He intends to advance his saving mission in the world—the spread of the gospel and the growth of his church—precisely at a time when human resources are least able to support it. This is how he guards his glory.
5) He intends for the church to care for its hurting members and to grow in the gift of love.