Monday, July 30, 2012

Books of the Bible Bingo Game

Teach the Books of the Old and New Testaments with this fun Bingo game:

The downloadable book includes:

Old Testament:
*  5 Game Boards
*  39 Bible Book Cards

New Testament:
*  5 Game Boards
*  27 Bible Book Cards

* 64 Game Pieces (print multiple copies to have enough for all players)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Two Free Books - The Successful Christian Life

The Successful Christian Life Workbook and Study Guide was written to accompany the free ebook by Elmer L. Towns. The targeted audience of the workbook is high school aged students through adults. Both books serve as valuable resources for church Sunday school classes, bible study groups, home schools, as well as individual or family home bible studies.

New believers and any Christian who wish to strengthen their faith foundation will find this systematic study extremely helpful. Having a basic understanding of what it means to be a Christian, what God expects of a Christian, and why we believe what we do, is crucial in establishing a firm, unshakable faith foundation.
Click below to download these free resources.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Called to be Separate

Over the past few years we have begun to eliminate worldly activities and influences in our lives, even things that seem innocent.  We’ve cancelled our cable television service and have eliminated newspapers, magazines, computer games, and other influences.  Is this radical?   In the past I would have agreed that it is, but I feel different now that I can see the profound effects these changes have made on my life, that of my husband, our marriage and our children.

A well-meaning friend recently told me:  “I don't think God intended you to shut yourself out from all portions of the world though...He expects you to experience things..but use good judgment while doing it..”

Her words made me halt and ponder for a bit.  What exactly does God want?  I think one must be careful to presume God’s intentions and thoughts without knowing His Word.

God has called us to be separate.

2 Corinthians 6:17  -  Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”  (NKJV)

Romans 12:2  -  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  (NKJV)

Romans 8:6  -  To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  (NKJV)

Shortly before His arrest, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and prayed to the Father, asking God to “sanctify” His followers by the truth.  He said that we, who believe in Him are not of the world, just as He was not of the world.   Sanctify means ‘to be separated’.   We are separated unto God, by the truth.  Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) and we are pilgrims and strangers here (1 Peter 2:11).

We are admonished by Scripture to not “love the world, neither the things that are in the world”  (1 John 2:15-17).

The apostle Paul said, “set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2)

Separation does not mean giving away all your money and living like a monk or a hermit, but being fundamentally different from the world around us  -  set apart, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated to God alone.  We cannot avoid working and living among unbelievers, but we CAN avoid becoming entangled in the poison and pollution of this world.  We can refrain from partaking in activities that draw us away from God.

We must avoid temptation when we can.

Even though we may not be able to elude ALL temptation that cross our path, we can avoid engaging in activities and entering situations where we KNOW temptation exists.  We can eliminate things from our lives that we KNOW will draw us away from God.
Matthew 26:41  -  Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

What about 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ?

1 Thessalonians 5:21  -  Test all things; hold fast what is good.

Many would argue that this verse implies that it is acceptable to participate and join in the enticements of the world, because we can “take the good in it and reject the bad.”    Does that mean that it is OK to watch a movie filled containing violence and immorality thinking that we can ignore the bad and just enjoy the entertainment value?

The Apostle Paul is saying, “Examine all things carefully;  hold fast that which is good.”   However, if we read even further, he says, “Abstain from any form of evil.”

You are deceived if you think you can partake of the world’s enticements and not be affected by it.

1 Corinthians 15:33  -  Do not be deceived:  “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

We have the example of Lot who chose to live in the fertile, enticingly successful Sodom and Gomorrah.  He thought that he could live amongst the wickedness and not be affected by it.  Even though Lot did not become corrupted by the wickedness that surrounded him, he ended up losing everything and escaping only with his life.

An angel of light?

We must always keep in mind that Satan comes, disguised as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), to confuse and deceive us.  

My husband and I used to rationalize the watching of many secular movies by thinking that it wouldn’t affect us as long as we only focus on the entertainment value and ignore the violence, immorality, language and vile imagery.   Similarly we used to rationalize many computer games for ourselves and our children.  What we realize now is that ALL things minster either blessing or cursing, either life or death.  There is no in-between.   

Satan approached Eve in the Garden with a twisted version of the truth, and even know she KNEW the truth, she was not rooted in it well enough to counter Satan’s deception.   The only way we can withstand the wiles of the devil, is by knowing the truth  -  His Word.

The reward

Ultimately the bottom-line for us is this: 

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
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 and the length of your days
(Deuteronomy 20:19-20)

We are not making these changes to purchase God’s favor, blessings or salvation.  We are doing it, because we are sincerely grateful for the free gift of salvation and forgiveness of sins that Christ made available to us.  We are choosing to live differently from this world to honor our God and Creator, whose lovingkindness, grace and mercy are worthy to be praised.  We are choosing to avoid all forms of evil in our lives because in doing so we are experiencing the joy of living a life dedicated to glorifying the God who loves us and gave Himself for us.

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”
(Isaiah 26:3)

Friday, July 20, 2012

God Thinks About Me?

For I know the thought that I think towards you, says the Lord
thoughts of peace and not evil
to give you a future and a hope
Then you will call upon Me, and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me, and find Me
when you search for me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

God has pre-ordained a "future and a hope"  -  an expected outcome  -  for us, and the entire journey is one of "shalom"  -  nothing missing, nothing broken.

We never ever have to doubt God's intentions towards us.  His intentions are always good and the things that He brings about in our lives are ALWAYS good things, edifying and meant to be a blessing.

We should never accuse God of causing calamity in our lies, nor blame Him for temptation and challenges that we might face.   

"Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"
for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above 
and comes down from the Father of lights 
with whom there is no variation of shadow of turning."
(James 1:13-14)

I've been guilty in the past of thinking that God has brought a specific problem or difficult circumstance into my life for whatever purpose it might be - to teach me a lesson, to encourage spiritual growth, etc.
Now I realize that I have been guilty of wrong thinking.  God's Word is clear that He is NOT the author of evil.  He does not cause calamity in my life, nor does He bring temptation to my doorstep.    He only brings every good and every perfect gift, because it is His desire to bless His children.

"God is light and in Him is no darkness at all"
(1 John 1:5)

It is not God's WILL for His children to suffer.  God is not trying to punish us by causing illness or troubled circumstances either.  The punishment for our sin has been executed in Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross.  

It is never God who withdraws from us or withholds blessings based on our behavior.  If there is darkness in my life, it is because I have withdrawn from God, allowed the world and it's enticements to distract me from what is important, or because I have given Satan permission to influence me for evil.   It is true that we live in a corrupt world and that we cannot escape trouble at all times, however God is not the author of troubled circumstances.  In many cases, I am the cause, and only I can reverse the situation by turning back to God.

God is light and He desires to have fellowship with His children.  When we search for Him with all our heart, and keep our mind focused on Him we will always walk in the light, despite the darkness of this world.

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path."
(Psalm 119:105)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

True prosperity

Psa 35:27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

God reminded me of this verse tonight. Our goal should be to pursue righteousness and righteous causes that will cause people to glorify the LORD and to please him. It will please him when we pursue and achieve this goal in His strength. We cannot accomplish it in our own strength and abilities (Pro 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.). David lived for God's glory and so should we.

In my Bible (NKJV), just on the opposite page is Ps. 37: 3- 7:
Psa 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 
Psa 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 
Psa 37:6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 
Psa 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself  because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  

Ps. 35: 27 is often used to say that God wants us rich and will give us riches and people who yearn for earthly riches quote this verse to claim this promise. What this world regards as prosperity, and which they pursue with all their strength and ability, is temporary and superficial. Jesus himself contrasts it with true riches:
Luk_16:11  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 

Don't fight your own fight, trying to prove your own righteousness because then our cause is limited to what we can accomplish in our own abilities. Instead, let God defend us. He is continually looking for someone who is righteous and in whose cause He can show Himself to be strong (2Ch 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him).

In contrast to the worldly prosperity which people try to use Ps 35: 27 to claim, is the eternal true prosperity which is described in Ps. 37: 3- 7. When we pursue these righteous causes of trusting in the LORD, delighting ourselves in Him, committing our way unto the Lord, and resting in Him, waiting patiently for Him and obviously doing things that are consistent with His word and His will, we will enjoy the true prosperity that is everlasting and which results in eternal rewards.

I had the idea that I couldn't hear from God while I heard all the time that other people heard from Him. Tonight He was speaking to me through these verses. I can serve God where I work by showing people God's peace in every stressful situation, showing them the joy that comes from God living in me through His Spirit, kindness and patience which only He can give. 

We are already blessed with the eternal prosperity and with hearing from God and receiving His guidance from His wonderful Word. Rather than feeling pressure to hear from him for spiritual guidance for my family I could recognize that He was already speaking to me and by me just making the time and giving Him the opportunity, I could hear His voice. It is so simple and right here in front of me. There must have been some deception from the devil at work in my life, some hindering spirits trying to keep me from this realization that it is so much simpler than I had thought it would be.

Thank you so much, our marvelous and powerful God, that You are speaking to me and that I am at long last hearing your voice, as anyone can who has accepted the Lord Jesus, who is a sheep of the Great Shepherd (Jn. 10: 3) and has received the Holy Spirit. Glory be to your holy Name.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

5 Reasons Why People Give

The 5 reasons why people give to ministries are as follows:

1.  To get a tax deduction  

2.  To get their "free love gift" (they're buying something)

3.  To get their financial "harvest" by sowing their financial "seed" into a ministry  (they want more money)

4To get their healing by releasing their faith in the form of a cash donation  (they want to buy a miracle  -  Did Jesus demand payment for healing?)

5.  To give Jesus Christ glory by obeying His commandment to give without expecting anything in return.

Are you a giver or are you a getter?

 "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  (Acts 20:35b)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Perfect Peace

So, if God is true to His Word, then I should experience perfect peace no matter what my circumstances might be, IF I keep my thoughts filled with His Word.  

This has been a profound awakening in my life.  Basically, if I don’t experience perfect peace in my life it’s my own fault, because God isn’t ambivalent.  His promises are true.  The question is:  What am I filling my mind with?

Friday, July 6, 2012

God's Plan for Us

Our heart’s cry this evening was to hear God’s voice.   “Speak to us, O Lord!  Make your will known to us.”

Riètte received the following:

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; 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 and the length of your days.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a)

God has given us a choice.  We can either choose to follow Him and His will for our lives, or we can choose to run and manage our own lives.  It is the same choice every human being on the face of the earth is faced with. 

What does our choice entail?
1. We will Love Him as our God
2. We will obey His voice
3.  We will cling to Him

What is the reward?
1.        Both of us and our descendents will live.   It’s a promise that extends to our children and our children’s children and onward through the generations to follow.
2.       We will enjoy a long life.  And we fully expect this life to be fruitful, healthy and joyous.

How powerful is that?!?

Andrew added..

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose min is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  (Isaiah 26:3)

God promises us PERFECT PEACE, no matter what our circumstances might be, no matter what the future might bring, no matter what the world or the ruler of this world throws at us.

Then, Andrew received a special Word:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  (Revelation 3:20)

Tonight we came knocking at God’s door, wanting to hear His voice, but in reality He has been patiently waiting for us, desiring to have a personal relationship with us.

Andrew’s ministry:
The following thoughts came to mind, and we submit these ideas to Him for confirmation.   We fully expect God to continue to reveal His will to us. 

  • Andrew has a call on his life for ministry.  Andrew stated that he feels at the age of 42, “if this is all there is, then it will be a terrible waste.”   He obviously strongly feels that there is more for Him to do to further God’s Kingdom.  He led bible studies in South Africa and started walking in a special calling there.  He has been in a time and season of transition to the United States, and beginning a family.  However, now that the kids are out of the baby phase and he is established in his work, he is beginning to feel a strong desire to be more active for the Lord.
  • Riètte confirmed that in her heart she knows there is a call on Andrew’s life.  She feels her role will be in a supportive capacity and NOT in leadership.  Her ministry lies at home, ministering to Andrew’s needs, training the children, homeschooling, and building the publishing business.   
  • God doesn’t necessarily use a person based on his talents.  God does not call the equipped.  He equips the called.
  • Andrew’s ministry might include our son.  The Alert Cadets which they will join in 2013, might be the launching pad and preparatory environment in which Andrew’s ministry and skills start to blossom.
  • Andrew’s work environment is a rich mission field.  We could ask God to lay specific people on Andrew’s heart, and begin interceding for them, asking for a word of utterance to be given to Andrew, and that his sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s guidance will be increased.

O Lord!  We praise You for Your mercy and grace towards us!   
You are the Holy One, the One True God, the Apha and the Omega!    
We commit ourselves to You. 


We had fireflies in our backyard last night and it was just awesome watching these little creatures flying all over our deck and yard shining their little lamps.

I couldn’t help but be in awe at the beauty of God’s Creation and shake my head at the absolute ridiculous notion that a creature like this came into existence by accident.  I think you must have a tremendous amount of blind faith in order to believe such a foolish notion. 

When coming across a single deserted house in a vast desert, the average person would say, “O look!  Someone lived here before!”….  The evolutionist would say, “O look what evolved out of the desert!”

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone,
but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
~ Martin Luther