The Answer to All Our Questions

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:8

I’m convinced that the only way to know right from wrong in a world gone wrong is to cling to the Word of God.

The Word unchanging.

The Word that changes everything.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Matthew 24:35

If you’re searching for direction, let the Word of God be your guide. It holds the answers to all our questions.

Prayer:
Father, you have blessed us with your Word. Help us open up the holy pages, open our hearts and allow you to open our eyes to the truth.

Amen.

The Irreplaceable Truth

Irreplaceable MovieThis Tuesday, May 6th, marks the release of an documentary called Irreplaceable. It seeks to answer questions about the definition of family and the significant role it plays in our society.

Sadly, I’m not surprised to learn that there has been a nasty campaign against the release of this film. Read more on that as well as the full review here.

It seems that we are now living in a society that seeks to deny free speech to Christians. Censorship is condoned as time-honored beliefs become equated to “propaganda” and believers are increasingly referred to as “hateful bigots.”

But their words do not matter. It’s God’s Word that defines us and His Spirit that compels us to speak the truth. The irreplaceable truth that God gave us rules to live by because He loves us and wants to protect us.

It is why we will support this film and others like it, to remind the world that it’s never been about hate. No matter what anyone says, it’s always been about love.

To learn more or to find out where the film is showing near you, visit the Irreplaceable Movie website.

Meanwhile, you can watch the trailer below (it’s different than the one I posted earlier) for a glimpse of what this documentary is all about.

And, by the way, if you’re wondering…I’m getting nothing from this little promo except the satisfaction of helping spread a message I believe in.

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“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ Jesus (John 8:31-32)

The BIble – A Review (sort of)

So I just finished watching the premiere of The Bible. And not long after the opening scene depicting Noah and the great flood, the critics surfaced on the world wide web and a deluge of bad reviews began to appear. 

No surprise. We live in a time when everyone is a critic. And I’ve decided, that’s exactly what I don’t want to be.

Of course, I would speak up if I found there to be some glaring error or attempt to undermine the eternal truths of God’s holy word. Thankfully, that is not what I saw.

But I had decided, in advance, there is nothing to be gained by attempting to pick apart every little detail. Yes, there were some things that didn’t make it in that some will say should have been included. However, let’s be real. It’s just not possible to fit the whole of the Bible into the confines of a television series.

The point is, the Greatest Story Ever Told is being re-told and I think it’s worth supporting. Have you seen all the stuff on the tube that passes for entertainment these days? Right. 

Enough said.

Religion – A Dirty Word?

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Religion. It has almost become a dirty world in our society. People are fond of saying that they are spiritual but not religious. What does that mean?

Maybe they are alluding to a desire to maintain some form of connection with God without having to adhere to all the trappings of so-called “manmade” rules and regulations.

Could it be that we Christians have complicated the message? Maybe the world is confused because we too often water down the Word with our own muddy interpretation leaving people stuck in the mire of semantics.

But before throwing out the baby with the bathwater, so to speak, maybe we should consider this simple and straightforward Bible definition:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

I have often heard the first part of this verse quoted but not the latter. Apparently, taking care of others is equally as important as keeping ourselves from being polluted, or as one version reads “unstained”, by the world.

But how on earth is this possible?

Once again, through the powerful Word of God. This passage from James 1:19-27 makes it clear.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 

I had a woman tell me recently, a Christian woman, that she doesn’t like rules. That’s a dangerous thing to say. The Bible is full of them. A civil society is dependent on them.  And our lives are better when we adhere to them. Jesus taught that we are to submit to the laws of God and the laws of man so that we might be at peace. The alternative is assuming a certain prideful arrogance that says we can live however we want with no consequences. And to do that is to harbor within ourselves the same spirit of rebellion that got Lucifer cast out of heaven.

When we realize that the rules established by the church and organized religion were originally an attempt to reflect the laws of God, we begin to see that there is great purpose and importance to be found in them. Although our interpretation, the church’s interpretation, will not always be perfect, we need to respectfully submit to the overall intent while guarding ourselves against outright deception:

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:17-18

So there is a balance. But when everything is bathed in the pure flow of God’s holy word, we can clearly see what is worth keeping. We reject lies. We hold tight to truth. After all, following “the perfect law that gives freedom” is meant for our safety and blessing.

That’s why we don’t “throw out the baby with the bathwater”. Because, with God’s help, we are able to discern the gleaming goodness in the midst of all the muddy mess.

The Ultimate Invitation

“But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mark 10:6-9)

Over the summer, we were invited to a family wedding. I took this photo as the nephew and his new bride were posing for the real photographer.

To me, the attire captures the essence of the event. The fancy dress and tuxedo fit the occasion. It speaks to the fact that something grand and glorious is taking place. Something out of the ordinary and special. And marriage is like an album of wedding pictures – something to be cherished, protected and treasured.

I love weddings. The traditions. The symbolism. The sacredness of that union old as time itself, breathed into existence by God. Loved ones gathered to witness the exchange of rings and promises. The sweetness of two tender hearts becoming one.

This week, my husband and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary. Our marriage is a gift I thank God for every day. I’m glad that we have faith as our foundation and that we share a commitment to “that which God has joined together”. In short, we value our vows.

But I know many do not share our story. Sadly, there are those who make a mockery of marriage just as they do the Word of God. But the lies that permeate our society today do not negate the truths of holy Scripture. Because these truths are eternal.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

If there is ever any confusion about what to believe, we can always trust what we read on those pages. Because the truth is…

“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” Numbers 23:19a

For Christians, marriage should be a reflection of our relationship with Christ. In fact, the Bible uses marriage to illustrate that covenant between Christ (the Lamb of God) and His bride (the church – believers).

“Scripture begins and ends with the picture of marriage as an institution ordained by God – designed for the union of a man and a woman in a life-long, faithful, covenantal relationship.” (excerpt from focusonthefamily.org)

One day, we will attend the most glorious occasion of all. And there will be great rejoicing, “For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:7b-8

In the meantime, there is hope for the doubting and disillusioned. Hope for marriages and hurting hearts to be restored. As we walk the path of repentance, God offers forgiveness, healing, deliverance – LIFE.

“…therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life…” Deuteronomy 30:19b-20

God has extended His grace to any who would choose truth over lies and life over death.

It is the Ultimate Invitation. All we need to do is accept it.

“Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17