Tackling Tough Questions…

question-markWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Question: How Can We Know if Something is Sin?

Many sins are spelled out plainly in the Bible. For example, the Ten Commandments give us a clear picture of God’s laws. They offer basic rules of behavior for spiritual and moral living. Many other verses in the Bible present direct examples of sin:

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. (NIV)

Galatians 5:19-21

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV)

What Do I Do When the Bible is Not Clear?

Usually when we’re in doubt over sin, our first tendency is to ask if something is bad or wrong. I’d like to suggest thinking in the opposite direction. Instead, when you’re trying to determine if something is sin, ask yourself these questions based on Scripture:

Is this a good thing for me and others? Is this beneficial? Will it draw me closer to God? Will it strengthen my faith and my witness? (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)

The next great question to ask yourself is this…will this glorify God. Will God bless this thing and use it for his purposes? Will this be pleasing and honoring to God? (1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 Corinthians 10:31)

You can also ask how will this thing affect my family and friends. Although we may have freedom in Christ in an area, we are never to let our freedom cause a weaker brother to stumble. (Romans 14:21; Romans 15:1) In addition, since the Bible teaches us to submit to those in authority over us (parents, a spouse, a teacher), we can ask, do my parents have a problem with this thing? Am I willing to submit this to those in leadership over me?

Finally, in all things, we are to let our conscience before God convict us of what is right and wrong on matters that are not clear in the Bible. We can ask do I have freedom in Christ and a clear conscience before the Lord to do whatever is in question. Are my own desires submitted to the Lord’s will? (Colossians 3:17; Romans 14:23)

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Meet Pam…

387366_10150440312056343_1962843202_nMeet Pam.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Pam about being featured on Meet-Me-Monday’s.  She said she would write something for me…and she did, a poem!

Go Pam!

There once was a gal from Maryland named Pam

Who retired and moved to be near daughter Renee and Cabot to stay.

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I visited often & moved here 2 years ago with gram.

Renee chose my house and God gave it close by her land.

I bought without seeing it—it was part of God’s plan.

I’m in Women’s ministry, E-groups and help out whenever I can.

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But a heart for women goes back 30 some years ago.

I led a study at nursing home, then taught single again women, and seminars spoke

Because I feel strongly that women need other women

Without which they would be spiritually broke.

My duel-edged passions are women and to offer counsel

Both are tools to help give women encouragement and a thirst to grow.

I love both the connectivity and creativity of thosewomen at thatchurch

Because we all need to come down off our high perch

And feel, love and give and leave none out in the lurch.

I love to paint, crochet, cross-stitch, read & write, and travel

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To enjoy God’s best, I bake, cook, grow, and like to learn too.

I love the beach and dogs and gatherings.

Whether living for God, Bible, fiction or other reads anew

All these are spices in my life and hope they will be in yours too.

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She’s a poet too!

Of course when you mention Pam, you have to mention Gram.  What a sweet lady!

Pam and Gram are two of my favorite people to meet and hug in the crossing.  It’s not a Sunday without it.

I can say with great pleasure that Pam is my friend.  You will have to find her and gram and introduce yourself…if you haven’t already.  They will make great friends to your list of friends.  Tell her you read about her on the blog…she will love it!

Love you Pam!

Tackling Tough Questions…

imgresWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Question:  Should I use a Bible Study to help my quiet times?

That is a great question!  Thanks for asking.

I am going to answer Yes and No.

Yes:  Having anything to enhance your time with the Lord is a good thing!  If it is getting you in the Word and you are spending quality time with God…go for it!

No:  I have to add that the BEST and un-bias way to study is just you and God.  Remember, people share their opinions in their books…so you get some of that.

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But if you just don’t know how to begin to study just the Word of God, then pick a study you think you will enjoy and work it!

It is all good!

Get into a study alone and also egroups or another group study.  It is another great way to learn and grow too!

Get connected!

Tackling Tough Questions…

imagesWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Question:  How can we start a family devotion?

Family devotions are a great way for families to come together and learn about the Bible together. They should be interesting and fun for everyone in the family.

You want to have family devotions because you know that devotions are a way to keep your family connected and learn Bible truths together, but what about time constraints and busy schedules? What if they just bore your kids and lose their original intent? Listed below are some ways of making the most of your time together and keeping the whole family ready to come back for more!

Tip #1: Do not make devotions boring. Make them lively and inviting. If the weather is nice, get out of the house. Have devotions in different places in the house, and not the same place every time.

Tip #2: Do not make your devotions too long. Rambling on and on is not an effective way to keep your kid’s attention. Get to the point.

Tip #3: Use object lessons for devotions. Having things that your family can feel and hold will really liven things up. For instance, if you are doing a devotion on Noah and the Flood, use stuffed animals, fill a Tupperware bowl with water and have a small boat to float on it. Use your imagination!

Tip #4: Be knowledgeable about the devotion. The devotion will be more enticing if you flow with your words. Stumbling and checking back to references can become frustrating to those listening to you. Give yourself time to prepare the devotion ahead of time.

Tip #5: Make devotions at a routine time. Whether you have daily or weekly devotions, it is a good idea to make them at the same time. This way family members will know when to expect them and clear their calendars for that special time. Making devotions at erratic times will cause friction in the family when not everyone can attend. Avoid that!

Tip #6: Get the family involved in devotions. Let the kids pick out a topic they are interested in or have everyone place topics in a paper bag and draw one out for the next devotion. If kids have a say in what they are learning, they will be more apt to pay attention and participate.

Tip #7: Incorporate real life lessons. While reading from the Bible about a particular event and the lesson it provides, show your family how you have applied this lesson to your life. Go around the room and offer anyone who has had any related experiences to share with the family. Make the devotion real.

Tip #8: Be respectful of the different age groups. When planning a devotion, use different levels of discussion questions and activities to suit each family member. You will still be learning the same lesson, but on an age-appropriate scale.

Tip #9: Switch things up and let different family members lead the devotions. It is a good idea for the parents to lead the devotions a few times, so the kids can get familiar with how things run. But, giving other family members a chance to lead the devotion will make them more excited about what they are learning.

Tip #10: Not all devotions have to be totally serious. Adding humor and laughter to the devotion will make better memories for the family. But do make sure the Bible truth has gotten across to everyone and that they understand the underlying seriousness of learning God’s Word.

Best of all…have a blast! Devotions are a great way for families to bond closer to each other, while getting closer to God.

A Devotional…

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//  Scripture:  Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership, a nation falls: there is safety in having many advisers.

//  Observation:

A good leader needs and uses wise advisers.  One persons perspective and understanding is severely limited.  He or she may not have all the facts or maybe blinded by bias, emotions or wrong impressions.  To be a wise leader at home, at church, or at work, seek the counsel of others and be open to their advice.  Then, after considering the facts make your decision.

//  Application:

How well do you take other people’s advice?

Do you give wise advice?

We would love to hear from you…please leave us a comment.

//  Prayer:

Lord, I pray that when I give advice to others I seek You first.  I never want to give false or bad advice to others, especially in a Biblical matter.  I also want to learn to be more open in receiving advice from others.  Surround me with people who care enough about me to pour into me and love me.  Help me to be that very person to others as well.  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name I pray.  Amen.

Fun Friday…God is

20 fill in the blanks…God is ______. You must attend ThatChurch…any campus, to win. You will need your Bible.  Look up the verses provided and fill in the blanks.  Place your answers in the comment box below in order and with corresponding numbers.  You must also share this on your Facebook page and Twitter if you have them. th First one to complete them all and have the correct answers will win a $25.00 gift Certificate to Lifeway Christian Book store.  That’s $25.00 people..you’ve gotta play! Play from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM…so it is timed too.

Ready go…

1)       God is __________________ (Duet 33:27; Jeremiah 10:10; Psalm 90:2)

2)      God is ___________________( I Kings 8:22-27; Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 102:25-27; Rev. 22:13)

3)      God is ___________________(Exodus 3:13-14; Psalm 50:10-12; Colossians 1:16)

4)      God is ___________________(Psalm 139:7-12)

5)      God is ___________________(Gen 18:14; Luke 18:27; Rev. 19:6)

6)      God is ___________________(Psalm  139:2-6; Isaiah 40:13-14)

7)      God is ___________________(Psalm 102:25-27; Hebrews 1:10-12; 13:8)

8)      God is ___________________( II Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 46:9-11)

9)      God is ___________________(Proverbs 3:19; Romans 16:26-27; I Timothy 1:17)

10)   God is ___________________(Leviticus 19:2; I Peter 1:15)

11)   God is ___________________(Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 11:7; Psalm 119:137)

12)   God is ___________________( Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 89:1-8)

13)   God is ___________________(Psalm 31:5; John 14:6; John 17:3; Titus 1:1-2)

14)   God is ___________________(Psalm 25:8; Psalm 34:8; Mark 10:18)

15)   God is ___________________(Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 103:8-17; Daniel 9:9; Hebrews 2:17)

16)   God is ___________________( Exodus 34:6; Psalm 103:8; I Peter 5:10)

17)   God is ___________________(John 3:16; Romans 5:8; I John 4:8)

18)   God is ___________________(John 4:24)

19)   God is ___________________(James 1:17; I John 1:5)

20)   God is ___________________(Matt 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)

Tackling Tough Questions…

tough-interview-questionsWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Question:  Which Bible translation should I use?

thThat is a great question!  There are many Bible translations out there too!

My BEST answer for you…the version you should use is: the one you will read.  That’s right…the one you actually pick up and read.  You can have a ton of Bibles on your shelf, but if you never open any of them, what good are they doing you?

th                                                                  A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t!  Love this quote and it is so true.

So when picking a Bible version that is right for you…look at them all.  If it is hard to read out loud, you most likely will not get into it and read it…keep looking you will find one you will read.

Take your time.  Pick one you know you will enjoy reading.  Pick several versions so you can compare them too.  It’s a great way to study.

Happy reading.

P.S. Who’s Bible of the picture above remind you of?  Leave a comment.