Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

A Summer Read July 8, 2009

Filed under: introductions — womenembracingfaith @ 2:17 am

As I’ve said before, I love the rhythm of slowing down for the summer months. It is so hot here from July to October that you’d better slow down! I’d like to introduce you to a good summer read and also to the publisher, Banner of Truth.

Walter Chantry has written a short book explaining three Psalms that point to Christ. The book is easy to read. His exposition is simple, direct, and applicable for both devotion and everyday life.

The three Psalms are Psalm 2, 110, and 45. They are all about the return of Jesus Christ as the conquering King. All nations will bow before Him. His judgment against all unbelievers will be sure and final.
(We hear Isaiah’s descriptions, and remember the historical events that pictured the fall of the nations.) Jesus comes, not only as King, but as the loving Bridegroom, to sweep the Bride off her feet and take her to live with Him forever. It is the ultimate summer romance! We, the Bride, are to be watching and waiting for our lover to come for us.

I hope you will enjoy this book and return to these three Psalms many times when there is winter in your soul.

Order Praises For the King of Kings at http://www.cvbbs.com or http://www.banneroftruth.org

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Teaching Tips

Filed under: Teaching Tips — womenembracingfaith @ 1:54 am

During an unexpected teaching moment when little eyes and ears are ready to hear, remember this:

Noah’s ark was like Jesus, our Savior. All of the people in the ark were saved from the flood which was a judgment from God upon sin. The animals were saved too.

David, the King, was like Jesus. He fought for God’s people; he conquered the enemies of God. Jesus will defend His people. He will win.

If even Solomon (with all his wealth, wisdom, and world acclaim) could let his desires become idols that caused him to sin, it could happen to us. Let’s practice giving in to others and giving up what we want.

Peter left his fishing business to be with Jesus. He saw Jesus alive after He had been crucified. He then became a great preacher. When Dorcas died, Peter raised her from the dead! Many people came to believe in Jesus as their Savior after that. (Acts 9) Peter wrote two books in the New Testament.

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…” (I Peter 1:3).

 

A Wise Principle for Teens July 1, 2009

Filed under: Family Life,Teen Tips — womenembracingfaith @ 9:46 pm

“Hatred stirs up strife,
But, love covers all sins.”(Proverbs 10:12)

“Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)

The principle in both of these proverbs is that when we lie, it shows what we are really like inside. We should tell the truth. “Do not bear false witness” is one of the Ten Commandments. That applies to everyday life, not just during a trial. Lies originate in our heart where hatred lurks. They show us the condition of our own heart. The reason for this is the biblical teaching on original sin. Adam and Eve, remember?

Slander is a lie about someone. It changes how they are seen by others. It can ruin someone’s reputation. Passing slander along is gossip. How easy to do when we’re chatting or texting or on Facebook.

Slander and lies can ruin family relationships. You twist the truth just a tad to make yourself look better in the eyes of your parents. Or you slant things just a little to put down your sister. Face it. Hate is at the bottom of it all. It is certainly not love!

How wonderful it is that Jesus’s love for us cover these kind of sins! He loved us enough to suffer and die as our Savior. He never told one little lie. He never pitted his brother, Jude, against James. Or made himself look good at their expense. Now that sinless life covers over all of your lies. When you get a glimpse at your real heart, then run to Jesus. He will forgive you. He will dress you up like you were going to a fancy wedding–covered by His perfect life.

Your faith in these promises will be counted as if you were living a perfect life. Love will cover you up and make you presentable for a King. Then stop telling lies because of your thankfulness that you are forgiven and so dressed up in His righteousness.

“…Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22