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Originally posted on Church Is Messy (and that's a good thing):

I have been preaching for 20 years.  Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon.  I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name.  I said,

If you listen to Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, if you take what they teach seriously, it will not be good for you.  It will be detrimental to your long-term growth as a follower of Jesus.

(You can watch the sermon by clicking here)

I used to think that their error was so blatantly obvious that they could just be ignored.  I was wrong.  They are massively growing in popularity in the evangelical world and are seen as credible and helpful.  Before I’m inundated with questioning emails I want to share why I distrust these two and think you should as well.  So, don’t shoot met–at least not yet.

This post will be long, very long.  And…

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Renee-Claude Tanguay:

Simply Beautiful!

Originally posted on Grace for the road:

When I was 16, I got a purity ring.

And when I was 25, I took it off.

I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it — it wasn’t a statement or an emotional thing. I just slipped it off my finger that day and, before tucking it away in a box, ran my finger around the words on the familiar gold band.

“True Love Waits.” Waits.

What’s it “waiting” for, anyway?

*****

I had my reasons for deciding not to wear it anymore. Other people might have other reasons. It’s a graveyard of hearts, this place where single church girls crash into their late 20s and early 30s. Churches see the symptoms. They scramble to reach out to the ever-growing young adult singles crowd who feels alienated by family-oriented services.

But there’s something bigger behind it than that.

Much bigger.

There are a lot of girls out there…

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Image

This is one of the image you will get if you google “Beautiful Women” a good looking woman with a sexy, “come and get me look”. But is it really what beauty is all about?…. I believe, in fact, I am convinced, there is more to it. This kind of “beauty” will fade, but not the one found in God’s Word.

Dear Women and young girls, see how woefully beautiful our Creator has made us;

1) He made us in His Image, in His likeness;

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created themGenesis 1:26-27

Which also means that in God’s economy, we are equal to men, beautifully different, but equal.

2) Men was created out of the dust of the ground, woman was created out of the flesh of man;

7then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature Genesis 2:7…..18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18 ….. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs (God wounded his side… reminds you of something?) and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Genesis 2:21-22

3) The man was created outside the garden, the woman was created inside;

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Why is this significant? Because it shows how protective God is of His daughters, He created them in a place of protection, with a protector (the man). He said;

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

The man is the one leaving father and mother, the woman consistently stays under the protection of he father until her husband takes her under his protection.

4) Woman was God’s last creation. You’ll have to ready Genesis 1-2 to see this truth, Genesis 3 is where the beauty of God’s perfect design gets marred by sin shaping the world we live in until Christ comes back to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:15-17)

Do not give into what the world defines as beautiful, but embrace your God given beauty which is far better and lasting then anything the lying princes of this world would define as beauty. For true beauty is not external, but the internal that reflect on the external. Look to the King who truly defines beauty as He is the One who created it.

A big thank you to Marry Kassian for showing me these amazing truths.

For some reason, marriage has really been on my mind lately, maybe it’s the coming of the warmer months, the pictures of my friends wedding or simply a desire the Lord has put on my heart, but whatever it is, it has caused me to reflect on the subject and realize how much my views of marriage have changed since God brought me to Himself.

When I was still blind to the Gospel, wallowing in my trespasses, my idea of a husband was one of selfish ambitions, I wanted him to be good looking, one that can dress well, with a good job and off course, he would have to meet my needs and make me happy, everything to make me look good, so, well, it was all about me and what I could get out of it….

But then, the Lord took hold f my heart, brought me to repentance and showed me that, only by surrendering everything to Him and making Jesus Christ the Lord and savior of my life, could I ever experience true and lasting happiness, peace and love at the same time, my desire for a husband changed, I went from seeking someone who would meet my needs to someone that shares my beliefs and that I could serve and submit to.

Did you notice these words, “Share”, “Submit”, “Serve” those are not very popular terms in our modern world, yet I am convinced that you can do those joyfully by the amazing Grace of God.

Below are some of my favorite Scripture concerning how a wife should conduct herself. I pray that, by God’s grace, I will always abide by those and glorify His name, for even if I never get married here on earth, one day I will be wed to my Savior Jesus Christ, therefore, I want to make myself beautiful in every way, if not for my earthly husband, for the One who purchased me at the highest of price, my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, 
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, 
But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 19:14

 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, 
But a prudent wife is from the LORD.

Ephesians 5:22-24

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Here are a few ways you can show your support to our troops this holiday season;

Send your best wishes through the Sears “Operation Wishes” (Just click on the “Submit a Wish” link below the video)

You can also send a card to the address below;

Any Canadian Forces Member
Op Attention
Kabul
PO Box 5140 Stn Forces
Belleville ON K8N 5W6

Remember that even though our combat mission has ended, there are still some of our men and women in uniform there for our training mission. Please don’t forget them.

Please feel free to share any other ways to show support to our troops.

Today I went to High Park in Toronto, Ontario to take photographs of the Cherry Blossoms. My plan was to go there, take the photographs quickly so I could go to the St-Laurence Market to get me some honey comb (that I have been craving for the last few weeks) and  some sour-dough bread.

(Oh yeah, and I also got a morning gory muffin because they are gloriously sugar free!)

Well, it wasn’t quite as quick as I wanted it to be. High Park is pretty big & this was the first time I’ve ever been there and I was a little lost. As I started my journey down the path, I asked two ladies if they knew where I could find the cherry blossoms, but they had no idea of what I was talking about, so I continued on my merry way, believing I was actually going the right way.

I arrived at a big pond where the road was splitting in all directions, I looked at the map that was close by, now I still believed I should keep going in the direction I was, but I choose to go back the way I cam but using a different road. I wanted to make sure  I was going the right way so I asked this kind looking couple who very nicely told me that I was going the wrong way and guess what the right way was? Yup, where I was heading in the first place. As he was explaining it to me, I could see exactly what he meant and where I should go, there was a narrow path on the right and a wider one on the left. But when I got down the slop, I started to doubt, so I looked at the map again and choose to go left instead of right, seeing that both roads eventually met and that left was shorter so if that’s where they were I would get there quicker. Well guess what? I took the long way! Had I taken the right, I would have saved myself a few minutes.

I started reflecting on the path I had just taken and how similar it was to my Christian walk and how God so graciously give us (His saints) the Holy Spirit to guide us as well as other saints around us to point us back to the right way. There is also no short cut in the Christian walk. If you want to arrive at the cherry blossoms of sanctification, you must take the path that leads to it, there might be so ups and downs, some wrong turns and some pain, but our Savior and God is with us and will make sure we arrive safely to the eternal garden He went to prepare for us (John 14:3) by keeping us from stumbling to make us stand in the presence of His glory blameless and with great joy (Jude 1:24-25). What a mighty Savior and God!!

So as we walk to the cherry blossoms, let us “encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12-14)

One of God's Precious Gift

It is always a great joy to see God’s redemptive plan layed  out in the Old Testament and today was no different. Although I have red that passage many times, I never noticed a little portion of the phrase pointing out to the great sacrifice of our Lord and how His body was to be when hanging on the cross.

The below Scripture is from the ordinances of the Passover that God gave Moses after He had brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt;

“It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it.” Exodus 12:46

Now look at another passage of the Old Testament prophesying the coming of the Messiah;

“He keeps all his bones, Not one of them is broken.” Psalm 34-20

Now look at this passage from the New Testament;

31Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;

33but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.

34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

35And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

36For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture,(H) “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.”

37And again another Scripture says, “THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.

John 19:31-37

GLORIOUS!

What an Amazing, Loving, Merciful and Powerful God we serve!

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you (the believe) from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 1:24-25

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