Yesterday he confessed to our entire family (most of which also claim Christ but I do not believe know Him) that he is actually an atheist.
This is painful news to everyone.
Even if it is not shocking to me, it aches me deep to my bones, to be reminded of the destination of those I love most because of their hardened hearts and rebellion. But God saved me when I was in the same estate, and He can save them.
Be in prayer for my family.
Humanity said that, and we should all know the flesh doesn’t speak truth.
If you aren’t baptized, you aren’t forgiven of sins
What of those who die before they are able to be baptized?
They are in the hands of God. But let me tell you, hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, and frontline battalions allow baptism for the ill.
If your sins cannot be forgiven without baptism then you cannot enter into the presence of a holy God. If you cannot enter into the presence of a holy God, you are going to hell. The logic here is that there is some salvivfic power in baptism. If this is true, then Jesus Christ is a liar when he said to the man on the cross “And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” who died before he was baptized (Luke 23:43).
Faith in Christ alone is what saves you, because Christ alone justifies.
Reminding myself not to be like the world, but to be diligent, thankful, and quiet. Remembering that my work sanctifies me.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Philippians 2:14 ESV
Do all things without grumbling or disputing.
Today, her husband wrote this in the obituary:
"To my Darling Wife Mildred ,
From The first minute I met you at Grumman Aircraft,I was taken aback by your beauty and personality. After we had dated, I fell in love and prayed you felt the same way. You later told me you could not live without me. We would have made 46 years of marriage this March 23. We have a beautiful daughter Darlene that we raised to make us very proud and gained a son in law Paul Gagnon, that loves and protects her. I’m sorry you had to experience such pain and suffering as I stood by your side and asked God for help. My life will never be the same without you as I pray to God we will be together again. From my hand’s to God’s hands.
Your Loving Husband Robert”
No one is perfect, and as many people say “especially not the next door neighbors.” But I was blessed to see in my encounters with Robert while Milly was sick, the deep and compassionate love this husband had for his wife. May the God of all peace bring comfort in his time of loss.
Just now realizing that I’ve been too busy to even notice how painful it is that my dog died today.
The tears will come, whenever I get a moment of rest (Friday, probably).
After an entire life of open rebellion against God, and two years after He saved me from myself, and from the chains of sin and death, tomorrow I am blessed to profess my faith, and become a member of a faithful church. This is special, because this is my first public profession; confessing Christ for myself; even as Christ claimed me for Himself. This too is special because I will come under the care of my church, which I love; a church full of faithful men and women. Pray that I may serve Christ well, serve His body well, and keep my profession to my last day; always seeking to walk in the light, and please the Lord my God.
May all of God’s people have a blessed Sabbath; remembering Christ’s death and resurrection, enjoying the shadow of the eternal Sabbath, which is to be with Christ in heaven.
Abolish human abortion, protect human life.
Anonymous asked: What denomination are you? I'm curious because I read your post regarding the man that is courting you and you said you have a headship. I'm not familiar with that. Also, if God placed love in your hearts for each other why would you let a pastor make the decision if you two should be wed. Surely, your pastors opinion doesn't trump who God has chose for you. God putting confidence in your heart that he is the one you are to spend your life with should be all you need. Not a pastors thumbs up.
Hi, thank you for your questions!
1. I am Presbyterian, and belong to the Orthodox Presbyterian Denomination; which is a theologically conservative denomination that holds to the Westminster Standards and Reformed theology.
2. Headship means that someone has authority over you. Just as a husband is the head of his wife, and Christ is the head of the church, so the authority (namely a father of a woman, or an older Christian couple if the father is not in the picture or is an unbeliever) is the head of the courtship. Which means that those under the headship must submit to their authority.
3. Do I need a pastor to ordain for me my love before I am married? No. Will God marry me to the man He has chosen for me irrespective of what authority I have or do not have? Yes. The purpose of authority is to keep us accountable, and to help direct and guide us. For example, many times when young couples are so in love, they can be sinning against each other in ways that are unacceptable, but they accept them because they are blinded by love. I consider a friend of mine who was in love with a man who began to hit her on occasion before they were married, and she ended up having to divorce him because he was abusive in marriage. The pastor/head of the courtship if they would have known that he hit her in courtship would not have allowed them to be married, because such behavior is unacceptable. Likewise, I know a friend who found on her boyfriend’s computer gay pornography before they were married; and she did not tell anyone. Today, after ten years of marriage they are divorcing because he has been engaging in adultery with men in their marriage. Even further, the last man I was with wanted to be a pastor, and I was in love with him. We were having sex, and I wanted to stop, but he did not. I did not tell anyone because he asked me not to, and thought it would be okay if we were still to get married. However, all of the things listed here are unacceptable, because they are open violation of the law of God, and these things (and many others like it) warrant the end of a relationship; but people who are in love don’t end the relationship even when something warrants it. I was with the man for two years, the one who continued to sleep with me, and never ended the relationship because of it. Yet, had my pastor known that we were constantly engaging in open sinfulness, he would have called me to end the relationship, and if I was under his authority, I would have had to. This protects us, as young, and even older couples; because it keeps us accountable to our actions in a relationship (that we should not sin against one another), but it also protects us from being sinned against; and gives us a greater opportunity for a successful marriage.
I do not believe that my pastor, or any other authority, would contend that I should end my courtship; because my suitor and I are not living in any active sin; nor are there areas of concern for marriage. But if there were, I would report them to my authority, and ask their advice, and by the grace of God heed their wisdom. Those who are older have more experience than I do, and they can see the early warning signs that even I cannot see. That is why it is important.
Ultimately however, God will do as He pleases in my life, and I will marry who He calls me to marry, and nothing can thwart the plan of God. :)
I hope this helps.
This means: That our relationship has a headship (namely, our pastor - since my father is not of sound doctrine, and our pastor’s wife). If they decide that we are unfit for marriage, or the pursuit of marriage, or are found to be in sin, or if they deem us unfit for one another, they will tell us to end our courtship; and we must submit to their authority and wisdom out of reverence for Christ.
This means: We do not kiss, or speak in any sexually provocative ways, nor do we dress provocatively, nor do we entice each other to think about one another in a sexual way.
This means: We grow in friendship; both our spiritual and earthly friendship. We pray for and with one another, we read the Bible separately and together, and we catechize one another. We also play together, learn about one another, share in life with one another; even as we would with any of our brothers and sisters in the faith; but with this alone as the difference: We are pursuing marriage with one another.
This does not mean: That we do not love each other, that we do not show affection for one another (indeed, even a glance of his eyes can undo me), that we do not talk about marriage, that we do not long for physical intimacy (though we do not fantasize about it, imagine it, or speak as though we will surely marry and become one; we simply say “If God wills that we should be married, then we will belong to one another in His good timing”). This does not mean that we do not have fun with each other, we play and grow in friendship, and experience all of the beauties of life together.
May God give us to one another in His perfect timing, and not let us be impatient or impure; but may He bless us to grow in wisdom, purity, and faithfulness, until (if) that day comes.
Tune in soon for an entry on why I believe courting is the most Biblical approach to relationships.