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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sneak Peek at 7 Month Photos

I just thought I'd get you a peek at the 7 month photos :)
Here are just a few of the too many that I took.

Trust me... there's a lot more where that came from!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Judging" and the Local Church

I read recently where someone used 2 Timothy 4:1-4 as a call to be judges in peoples lives. A call to "stand for the truth..." judging sin. (Let me point out, I don't know this person, nor she I so I have no fear of her feeling like i'm preaching at her. It was just something I read).

Let  me post 2 Timothy 4:1-2 here real quick:

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. 
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

My first note, is that whenever there is the word: therefore it is supposed to take you back a little ways. Therefore implies that he has just said something and this sentence is a continuance of a previous thought.

Chapter 3 of 2 Timothy is talking about Perilous Times and Perilous Men. 
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of goliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
For  of this sort are those who creep into household and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith: but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs was also.
But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perserverance,  persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra- what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But eveil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood ou have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness,, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I charge you therefore,.... (2 Timothy 4)

The Purpose of 2 Timothy was this:
Paul's immediate purpose int he letter was to issue an affectionate appeal to Timothy to come to him. However, Paul's main concern was the welfare of the church, and he gave Timothy instru=ctions for perfecting its organization and safeguarding the gospel. With the realization that his death was imminent, and that Timothy might not reach Thehim in time for a final visit, Paul injected into this letter solemn words of admonition. His preoccupation was with the gospel, and he expressed to Timothy his concern that his young coworkeer would faithfully transmit the gospel after the old warrior's death. The letter urges Timothy to be faithful in the face of hardships, desertions and error.

See, the church at the time was becoming infiltrated with those who perverted the gospel living vile lives and those would try to turn they who were established by faith in the Grace of Christ Jesus back to the false religeon of performing laws and ceremonies for righteousness. Paul was exhorting Timothy to preserve the Gospel and protect the church from such men... Thus we see Chapter 4:

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. 
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

This is not a charge to judge the church in general... and definitely not a charge to judge the lost.
There were very specific problems that Timothy was to address which called for good judgement, etc. We tend to ignore the word "longsuffering" included in Paul's exhortation to Timothy. 

Longsuffering: makrothymia
1) patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance
2) patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs

Matthew 7:1-3 (Jesus) says:
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you" use it, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own?"

and again in Luke 6: 37 (Jesus) says:

"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

We are most definitely not to be the judge of our brothers and sisters in Christ (outside of gross immorality and the perversion of the gospel)... any attempt to do so indicates a lack of a true understanding of Grace found thru Faith in Christ Jesus.
However, we also are not to judge the lost!

1 Corinthians 5: 9-13:
"I wrote to you in m epistle not to keep the company with sexually immoral people.
yet, I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-- not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges, Therefore put away from yourselves the evil person."

Now before you harp on a brother in Christ who you believe is covetous... You need to know that Paul is not addressing small one-time issues with the Corinths here. The church of Corinth was infiltrated with brothers who were sueing brothers in the church for selfish gain. Paul was addressing that harshly as that does not adorn the Gospel.
And, before you go preaching against drinking in general... here's the definition of a drunkard:
One who habitually drinks strong liquors immoderately; one whose habit it is to get drunk; a toper; a sot.

Once again, Paul isn't giving license to judge as we feel necessary... But was giving those over the church of Corinth insite into dealing with very severe issues that were harming  the body of Christ.
We all know that Christ's heart is for the church... anything that harms the church... He is passionately against.

2 Corinthians 5: 17-20 I believe, gives us good insite into God's heart:

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconcilation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Hiimself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconcilation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's bahalf, be reconciled to God."

1 Corinthians 6:12 has good insite regarding how to look at yourself and even others:

"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."

If you find yourself being "brought under the power" of something.. at that point I would ask myself if this is helpful... healthy... for me? and if you find that your brother in Christ is being "ruled" by something then....

Galatians 6: 1-5
"Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who [are] spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law (insertion of my own here... law... not laws plural. Previously it was stated... for all of the law is fullfulled in this one law: love on another) of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 
For each one shall bear his own load."

The last sentence says it all for me... I am responsible for myself first and foremost.

I am going to end this note here as it's getting quite lengthy but...


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sweet Reflections

You know how moments come and you think to yourself, "I'll never forget this moment." *sigh* I wish that were always true. The truth for me however, is I too easily forget what isn't even a year past. That's one reason why I'm grateful for this blog outlet. I can instantly put a memory on here and go back months or even years later and reflect.
The above photos are a precious memory that could possibly be much too easy to forget. They're of Timothy's first time eating with a spoon.

He really wasn't sure about the whole idea at first... But of course, now he's a regular ol' pro at it.

I'm ending this post with my most recent photo of him in his high chair about to eat.
Signing out,
Mixed emotions momma

Friday, July 8, 2011

In the Gospel

Galatians 2:16-21
Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. and we have believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.
But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean that Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not!
Rather I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of the law I already tore down.
For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law- I stopped trying to meet all its requirements- so that I might live for God.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by  trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

There is a song a good friend of ours Neil Silverburg wrote called "In the Gospel" and part of it goes:

"In the Gospel, I have found all that I need..."

It's so true! I am found righteous by means of GRACE (the Gospel) and I do not take that for granted or add one more step to it!

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Lovely Blog Award

I am so thrilled to have been chosen as one to receive this award from sweet Carmen Vargas over at RoCa and Company. It's a huge surprise and has me so excited that the moment I found out I sat down to post it here! Thank you, thank you, thank you Carmen!

Apparently per the rules of the One Lovely Blog Award I am to share 7 things about myself... This is such fun ya'll!!!

1) I'm a southern girl to the core; born and raised in Tennessee... and proud of it!

2) I adore being hospitable and would just as soon go over board to be than to be found guilty of

3) I love interior decorating and though I do not have a degree... I feel like I'm not too terrible at it myself.
(It's my dream job)

4) I'm a pastor's daughter and I LOVE proving the typical "sterotyped" ideal of pastors kids wrong!

5) I'm married to the ultimate "nerd" (said with love). A man who's master's degree is in mathematics education; Justin McConnell.

6) I feel like a jack-of-all-trades/master-of-none when it comes to my "crafty side".

7) I'm a Grace-saved, Jesus-lovin', Christian who's all about the relationship NOT the religion!

Now, with great pleasure I am nominating my 15 recipients for A Lovely Blog Award!

Please check out each of the recipients here. You'll find as I have I'm sure, that they're more than worth it!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

6 Month Photos

As I've done once a month since Timothy was 2 months old I took his "Month Birthday" photos. *sigh*
Timothy is 6 months old already! Can you believe it? Cause I can't!
He's crawling, grabbing onto things to stand up, extremely vocal, etc. I just wasn't ready for all of this to come so quickly.

Anyways, here are his 6 month photos! Please forgive me as there are quite a few :)

If you'd like to know how to make the monthly onesies click here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Timothy, Timothy, Timothy

Well followers, Timothy is crawling, pulling himself up and down-right getting into everything.
Here are some recent pictures I took of him in his highchair: