Women In The Word: Who Is This Jesus?

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Today’s reading had us in Matthew 14, and I couldn’t help but notice several parallels, and several verses that could be “chained” here. The one thought that kept echoing through my heart as I read was, “who do we say Jesus is?” I mean, do we REALLY know who He is and what He came to do? Do we accept this truth?

(1) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus (2) and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

It seems here that Jesus went from being a resurrected John the Baptist to a ghost. Hmm. How often are we not sure “who” Jesus is?

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

John 14: 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

John 1: 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (full of GRACE and TRUTH–gotta have both).

Matthew 14: 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (full of compassion)

Matthew 14: 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (allowed worship of Himself)

Matthew 16:

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men. (He came to die and be raised again)

John 1836 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (His kingdom is NOT of this world)

Romans 510 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (reconciled to God, having been ENEMIES before…this includes Jew/Greek, etc.)

There are so many rich passages in the New Testament that tell us just who Jesus is. The question becomes, “who do you say He is?”

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D is for Discipling Your Children

D is for Discipling

We are joining in with Kristi over at The Potter’s Hand Academy to “blog through the ABC’s.” I think this is a fantastic idea, especially as sometimes I struggle on what to write about. Join us each week and link up your own posts-the ideas are wide open!

Around here we purpose to take seriously the responsibility God has laid on us as parents to disciple our children. To teach them about Him and encourage their own walk with Him. Over the years we have used some resources to assist us in this journey, and today I would like to share with you a few favorites of ours!

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Each child has their own Bible from the youngest, age 5, to the oldest, age 16. Our preferred family translation is the New King James Version, however we have various ones around the house. For service, our church uses the NIV84. For his 8th grade graduation, my oldest son asked for, and received, the HCSB Apologetics edition. Last Christmas, I purchased my husband and the two teenage boys a Life Application NKJ version to encourage them in applying the verses in their own life. Recently, I have also been teaching them to look up words in their original languages, be it Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, using a special version of Strong’s. This version is MUCH easier to use and doesn’t require a specialty Bible–any will do. We also use various Bible dictionaries AFTER starting with Strong’s for more explanation and pictures.

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As our church is a very mission minded church, we like to teach our children about various needs around the world. Operation World has been a huge blessing, as it has led us to not only understand various parts of the world, but it has included the prayer needs of those areas as well as including interesting facts. We have an older edition that I am really hoping to replace with a more current one soon.

For our older teens (ages 16 & 14), we want them to understand “why Christianity? What’s the difference?” Amazing–there is a book by this same title, “So What’s the Difference?” It compares various religious groups around the world in a concise manner so as to not plunge them DEEP into the waters of other religions. It also talks about our differences. This book is well loved and even my mom has read some of it.

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Many times we also enjoy companion books to enrich our studies. Two absolute favorites are Do Hard Things and Start Here by the Harris twins. My oldest one went through those a few years ago and it really inspired him. The 14 year old is slowly reading through the first one now. My oldest also enjoyed I Kissed Dating Goodbye as part of his Health curriculum from My Father’s World-he had already set “dating standards” for himself long before this book, and I think it helped him to see that he wasn’t the only one out there thinking this way. It is also important for me, as evidenced by the other photos, for my boys to have a proper handling and right dividing of the Scriptures. Many times we find books along this line to help them develop proper Hermeneutics.

I am currently collecting books, and ideas, for my younger daughters, (ages 5 & 7), to take them through the turbulent adolescent years as well.

I have been blessed to review books and items for several companies and publishing houses. I look forward to continuing to “train up” my children “in the way they should go.”

What are some of your favorite resources for discipling your children?

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“Hearkening” to the Wrong Voice: Women In The Word Week 5

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Studying Genesis 16 last night really unsettled my soul. How often had I “hearkened,” (KJV rendering), to the wrong voice?

We know that in just the previous chapter, God had *promised* Abram an heir; one that would come from his own body. Not only that, his descendants would be as numerous as the stars! Yet, in the next chapter, we see Sarai, his wife–two flesh that had become one already in God’s eyes–go ahead of God and try to bring the promise to pass in her own strength; how she sees it should be done. Was she wrong? After all, God did say that the heir would come from Abram’s own flesh? Well…it appears she didn’t consult God on this decision.

How often do we see this same theme repeated in Scripture. I am a woman, I have no beef with women per say….but–how often do we take on the role of “spiritual leader” and get ourselves in a world of trouble? Or how we can “lure” our spouses, and/or others into a world of trouble. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 comes to mind here as well as Genesis 3:16. These examples ring out to me:

  1. Adam & Eve
  2. Samson & Delilah
  3. David & Bathsheba
  4. Solomon’s wives & concubines
  5. Jezebel/harlot in Revelation

Abram “hearkened” to Sarai. In Hebrew this is the word “shama.” The famous Shema–hear and obey. According to Strong’s and Brown-Driver-Briggs, this means to “hear intelligently, often with implication of attention/obedience.

Spiritually immature husbands are easily led astray….even by their own wives and her ideas. That isn’t to say that God can’t or won’t speak to women, but it has to match His word and I truly believe He will speak it to the husband as well. If He hasn’t, even if you have prayed for Him to….well….confusion is NOT from God. Spiritually immature husbands also leave wives wide open…they are our “covering” so to speak per 1 Corinthians 11:-16.

Pray for God to reach out to the men of the faith to lead their families; to search out the Scriptures for themselves. Pray that He would give them not only time, but a strong desire as well. A strong yearning for the very presence of God Himself in the midst of their marriage, life and home.

How can you pray for your husband today?


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Women In The Word Week 5


Wow! Have we REALLY been reading together this long?!? This week’s reading takes us back to Genesis and I cannot wait to hear and share, what we learn in our study! Blessings!

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Sabbath Ponderings: Reminders

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It seems that I have found myself back in the same spot in my faith I was nearly 5 years ago. And today? I got the same reminder I got back then:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope

Wondering if I will ever figure it out. Will I ever get it right? I began my search last summer, then my thoughts came crashing down into a heap on my tear stained prayer bench. Wondering…things I probably shouldn’t be wondering. Going places I shouldn’t be going-only to come back full circle and more thankful than ever.

I woke up that morning full of fear and doubt. How could I ignore the faith walk I had seen out of my family? Then came another reminder:

 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Here Paul is speaking to Timothy about the genuine faith that is in his grandmother and mother. The same thing that kept running through my own mind–their faith, their life. It couldn’t be wrong. Not from all that I had seen. The Titus 2 mentor I had prayed so hard for…the one who has nearly adopted me and my family as her own, whose husband is a “retired pastor.” Her life, her love, speaks volumes to me. 

It wouldn’t be long before a stark reminder of how Jesus truly will bring a sword of division amongst us. Although we cannot always see another person’s point of view, or truly know their “experience” with God, we cannot, by the same token, cast judgement on an entire group of people based on a few bad apples. When the reminder of division came, in the form of some comments, my heart hurt. Hadn’t I seen, and shared for a bit, this other person’s point of view? How is it that now that I didn’t quite believe entirely the same, they became so upset? I have been BLESSED, and yes I mean blessed, to have friends of varying degrees within this walk of faith. I have Evangelical, Catholic, Orthodox, Messianic, Jewish and Torah Observant sisters. I even have a few “Nazarene” brothers.  I thank God for each and every one of them. Each one has taught me something about our Lord. Each one has enriched my life and my faith in some way. I leave their “walk” up to them and God, not me. And so, I leave you with a song echoing in my head.

Who has been the Eunice/Lois in your life?

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