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Monday, August 25, 2014

First day of school

Normally our schooling never ends. I am a strong believer on making schooling a way of life, who we are, and not a seasonal occurrence. This summer I did take a large break to finalize paperwork for my older graduated children,and refocus on what the Lord has in store for the two youngest. I spent some much time dragging older children to the finish line that I forgot how exciting elementary school is.

We got some of our new books last week... and as I looked through the material and I visualized all the fun things we could do to make this school year an exciting, productive but fun year.

 

Most of all my goal is to plant a seed in my son a love for the Word of God. My heart to stay diligent on the Word, in the Word with him, and her. If NOTHING else gets done. I don't care. I want him so grounded in the knowledge as well as understanding that I want Him(Jesus) to solidify things within him.

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First Day of School.

 

Lord Guide me in your wisdom.

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Culture of Christ

Yesterday my family and I were sitting around with some  incredible young-men of our church. We were discussing  cultures and how the  America culture seems to have spanned and spread through every culture. Puerto Ricans, whites, blacks, and every race you see have reminiscence of this culture. Puerto Ricans ( which is my family's heritage) who are a
hard- working, proud, and glamorous people. In America ,they have a reputation to be lazy, and dishonest. They are not the people you experience on the island. The culture is spanning through each race and it is it's own culture of people.

This morning as I thought back on our conversation these thoughts came to mind:

One who calls themselves believers in Christ are called out. We would be redefined. No longer, Puerto Rican, white or Black- but brothers and sisters, in a new family. Putting off the old man, and putting on the new man.

Ephesians 4:24
22That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

 23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

 24And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

What is the Culture of Christ ? How are we as believers suppose to live?

Well it is clear in The Word of God. Lets start by examining it then we will list it.

 

First off the Lord says:

Deuteronomy 6:5

5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might

 

Matthew 22:39

39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 

Matthew 5:44

44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 

 

Are you getting what the first thing is?

 

Love... we are to live a life of love. It should ooze from our every pore and be such a part of who we are that there is NO question of who we follow and what we live for.

 

Second:

John 14:15

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments
John 15:10
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

Second is:

obedience

Obedience is an essential part of a believers life. It is who we are, how we live and what we do to glorify Christ in our lives.

The culture sucks people in, I have yet to know why except people imitate rappers, sports people, and other famous people faster than they will intimate a Believer. It is sad that we, as a church, are not successfully living and modeling  the culture of Christ for others to desire. Most will not forsake the world and live for Jesus. We are failing and losing the greatest battle; the heart and souls of man.

Lord help us. Guide us that we may shed off the old man and make ourselves new so that we may glorify you in our lives. Help us to put on the heart of love, help us to obey your Word whether we like it or not. Send your wisdom upon me that I may model these things in my own life. I love you Lord.

Amen

Monday, August 11, 2014

Loving and living

1 Peter 3:10-11
For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and he must turn away from evil and do what is good. He must seek peace and pursue it, because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their request. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Serving

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One of the greatest gifts in being in ministry is having the opportunity to serve your family, for example your siblings.

Today my beloved help and served Communion which is one of the blessings of an Elder within our church, but it always touches my heart to see him serving in this capacity, but my heart gets especially touched when I see him serve his children.

As I watched my beloved serve the Bread of Life tears came to my eyes as I watched him serve his sister. I wonder if I am the only one that sees the privilege behind the act of serving? Serving communion, the Lord's Supper, is truly a reflective reminder of the sacrifice Christ made and so many take it so fleetingly. What a honor it is to serve the people who you grew up with and know you well.

Thank you Lord for the gift you have given us as a reminder of your sacrifice. May it be a blessing to others and may others take it as seriously. We praise you and glorify your name.

 

To the Glory of our Lord Jesus

Angie

Friday, August 1, 2014

Loving vs Self -Preservation

Reflecting on scriptures this morning

1 Thessalonians 4:

9About brotherly love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.10In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

 

We try to love others as the Word commands us often  something else comes into play  in the hearts and minds of  Believers.  Self -Preservation.

Christ tells us  in

John 15

12 This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus showed us clearly how to love through his own willingness to lay down his life for us: His friends.

 

I ask, where does self -preservation play out in the walk of the Believer?

Does self-preservation have a place in our lives?

Let's put this in a different perspective: I have 7 children; the moment the Lord blessed me with life within me, my body, and my life was no longer my own. My "happiness" and preference no longer was important. What was important was bringing forth a healthy child, and raising them to be Godly, righteous, and God-fearing people.

When we become followers of Jesus Christ  transformation is to occur in our hearts. We are to transform ourselves. We are to think more like Him, for Him and less like me. Life for Christ means you are willing to lay  down your preferences, wants, and wishes  for His.

In loving each another, self-preservation is not a choice. We are  bless others through showing the Word of God and being the light in this dark world, even when it does not benefit us.

Parenting children is difficult. You raise them, feed them, change them, and love them for them to walk away from the  foundation of Truth you gave them. They become  the opposite, do the opposite and live the opposite.

Does it mean  to keep from feeling this heartache you never  become a mother? No- people do it every day, selflessly.

In our walk with Christ we are to think the same way, selflessly.  Feeling heartache or pain brings us closer to Christ for comfort and teaches us to love without conditions.

Don't you agree?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

 

Your Servant

Angie

 

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