Can We Talk About That?

September 23, 2010

Don’t just pray it, Live it.

Filed under: Blogroll,Christ,Community,Faith,Family,Life with God,Love,Promise and Blessing — canwetalkaboutthat @ 10:43 AM

“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them onapostles your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 Msg)

Ever had a (duh!) Ah-Ha!! moment? I have them all the time when it comes to teaching my children in the way that they should go! Makes me most thankful for the sisters and brothers that have come along side our children, helping us to teach them as we all grow.

So, last night I found a paper on the kitchen counter
(in the fruit bowl no less, really!) that states:

“Memorizing and reciting the Apostles’ Creed
will be the Honor step for earning the Intro to
our Church Unit.”

Ah-Ha!! Time (or past time maybe) to get on
with teaching the Creeds of our faith to our daughter.
Thought I’d share just how the beginning to that sort
of worked out this morning.

Me: Do you understand what the Apostles Creed is and how we got it?
Jewel: Mom, I don’t know who that Calvin guy is!!
Me: LOL!!

See her Stars teacher had written: “He descended into hell. (see Calvin)”

Ah-Ha!! Um, yes we have some other lessons to do with her also! But am thinking we’ll just start with her knowing the Creeds before we dive into learning about “that guy Calvin…”

This is my favorite version of the Apostles’ Creed in song by Rich Mullins; which is his original version. If you have teenagers they probably would like the 3rd Day version better.

September 8, 2010

The Means By Which Christians Achieve Victory

Filed under: Blogroll — canwetalkaboutthat @ 2:23 PM

 

"Then he said to me, "This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. (Zechariah 4:6)"

~ Clarke’s Commentary: "This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel – This prince was in a trying situation, and he needed especial encouragement from God; and here it is: Not by might, (of thy own), nor by power, (authority from others), but by My Spirit – the providence, authority, power, and energy of the Most High. In this way shall My temple be built; in this way shall My Church be raised and preserved. No secular arm, No human prudence, No earthly policy, No suits at law, shall ever be used for the founding, extension, and preservation of My Church. But the spirit of the world says, "These are all means to which as we must have recourse; otherwise the cause of God may be ruined." Satan, thou liest!! (Clarke’s Commentary)"

<< 2 Corinthians 10:4 >> "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."

~ Barnes’ Notes on the Bible: * For the weapons of our warfare – The means by which we hope to achieve our victory. * Are not carnal – Not those of the flesh. Not such as the people of the world use. They are not such as are employed by conquerors; nor are they such as people in general rely on to advance their cause. We do not depend on eloquence, or talent, or learning, or wealth, or beauty, or any of the external aids on which the people of this world rely. They are not such as derive advantage from any power inherent in themselves. Their strength is derived from God alone.

* But mighty through God – Margin, "to." They are rendered mighty or powerful by the agency of God. They depend on him for their efficacy. Paul has not here specified the weapons on which he relied; but he had before specified them 2 Corinthians 6:6-7, so that there was no danger of mistake. The weapons were such as were furnished by truth and righteousness, and these were rendered mighty by the attending agency of God. The sense is, that God is the author of the doctrines which we preach, and that he attends them with the agency of his Spirit, and accompanies them to the hearts of peopleArmor-of-God. It is important for all ministers to feel that their weapons are mighty only through God. Conquerors and earthly warriors go into battle depending on the might of their own arm, and on the wisdom and skill which plans the battle.

The Christian goes on his warfare, feeling that however well adapted the truths which he holds are to accomplish great purposes, and however wisely his plans are formed, yet that the efficacy of all depends on the agency of God. He has no hope of victory but in God. And if God does not attend him, he is sure of inevitable defeat. 

* To the pulling down of strongholds – The word rendered here as "strongholds" (ὀχύρωμα ochurōma) means properly a fastness, fortress, or strong fortification. It is here beautifully used to denote the various obstacles resembling a fortress which exist, and which are designed and adapted to oppose the truth and the triumph of the Christian’s cause. All those obstacles are strongly fortified. The sins of his heart are fortified by long indulgence and by the hold which they have on his soul. The wickedness of the world which he opposes is strongly fortified by the fact that it has seized on strong human passions; that one point strengthens another; that great numbers are united. The idolatry of the world was strongly fortified by prejudice, and long establishment, and the protection of laws, and the power of the priesthood; and the opinions of the world are entrenched behind false philosophy and the power of subtle argumentation. The whole world is fortified against Christianity; and the nations of the earth have been engaged in little else than in raising and strengthening such strongholds for the space of 6,000 years. The Christian religion goes forth against all the combined and concentrated powers of resistance of the whole world; and the warfare is to be waged against every strongly fortified place of error and of sin. These strong fortifications of error and of sin are to be battered down and laid in ruins by our spiritual weapons.“ (Barnes)

<< 2 Corinthians 6-13 >> in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)"

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