Oh NO!I have nothing to

Oh NO!

I have nothing to say about this but that. It’s ridiculous!

Guardian Unlimited Observer | International | Earth ‘will expire by 2050’

Mark Townsend and Jason Burke
Sunday July 7, 2002
The Observer

Earth’s population will be forced to colonise two planets within 50 years if natural resources continue to be exploited at the current rate, according to a report out this week.
A study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to be released on Tuesday, warns that the human race is plundering the planet at a pace that outstrips its capacity to support life.

In a damning condemnation of Western society’s high consumption levels, it adds that the extra planets (the equivalent size of Earth) will be required by the year 2050 as existing resources are exhausted.

The report, based on scientific data from across the world, reveals that more than a third of the natural world has been destroyed by humans over the past three decades.

Well, church went well today.

Well, church went well today. The first service was great, great hymns and great sermon. It was the last in a short series on the offices of Elder and Deacon. We will be selecting men to apply for the offices in the next month, then voting as a congregation. Our church votes by household.

We had dinner all together, then the traditional evening service was held right after dinner, to make for a long day, but not the long day of going to church, then home, then back to church. It was just go to church … then home 🙂

The children all napped during the second service … which was fine. It was on Revelation 18. Going through Revelation for awhile now. It’s not a scary book to study, or non-understandable, as so many Christians think it is. Moderate Preterism, or Partial Preterism. A.D. 70 Fall of Jerusalem. Those terms can be used to clue one in on what we believe about Revelation 😉

ModestyGetting back to my previous

Modesty

Getting back to my previous thinking … when I published instead of posting–therefore losing my words …

Christians fall into two camps, generally speaking, those who want to follow Christ in everything, and those who think that salvation is enough and they can do whatever they want. Of course there are degrees in each camp, differences of what is believed. Still the two sides are fine for this discussion.

In our church, as reformed as it is (and it is very solidly reformed) there exist problems with the issue of Modesty. “Problems” is a plural word, and this is the right way to use it, referring to Modesty. There are many things about the issue that keep people from understanding it, or practicing it in a Biblical manner.

One thing is Christian Liberty — being against Legalism. Well, Legalism is a heart issue. Some one who adheres to the Law in the legalist fashion is generally doing so to attain, or to help attain, salvation. This cannot work. Salvation is through Christ alone. Our works avail us nothing but wrath on their own.

So, some Christians say “I have the liberty to dress however I want to,” and they do just that. Often looking like hookers, and men too. Little boys and girls can dress indecently also, it’s not just the adults or just the adult women, you know.

The “liberty” card is pulled out frequently to justify actions. What does Paul say about it? In Romans 6 he begins by saying “Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound?” What does he say next? Nothing short of “Certainly not!” or in the KJV “God forbid!”. Indeed!

If it feels risque … that should tell you something. If you feel even just the inkling of a rebellious joyousness … sit down and think about it, pray about it, and honestly look at it. Odds are, it’s sinful, but you were “wanting” to do it, and “saying” that you could do it, when in fact deep down you know that God has standards, and this was above His standards. Or should we really say ” …below His standards!”

Ah, standards. The stumbling block for those who see the points of dressing modestly, but say “We can’t set standards!” Thoughts of dressing in ugly, big clothing abound.

Our church is PresbyterianOur church

Our church is Presbyterian

Our church is a reformed Presbyterian church. Our pastor is great. He expounds the Word of God so well. We follow the RPW, or Regulative Principle of Worship. We sing from the Psalter, but also from the Hymnal. Our minister goes through the Bible, a book at a time. Though it’s so thorough, for when in a service, you’ll be flipping the pages of your Old and New Testaments back and forth, here and there … learn alot this way!

Some people don’t like the RPW. Well, they don’t go to our church where they can see how good it really is. High Church, I’ve been to those kind of services. I really, really like them … but they offer more emotional experience than true worship … I find that our church experience is much more theologically sound, now that we have the RPW as a form.

What did I do? I

What did I do? I wrote this WONDERFUL post. And then hit the “publish” button. I didn’t “post” it, or “post & publish” it. No. I just published it. AUGH!

Bread is made, roast is

Bread is made, roast is nearly done. We are going to have some of the roast for dinner tonight, and take the rest to church for dinner tomorrow. It’s so nice to be able to streamline events like this!

Preparing for the Lord’s DayToday

Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Today we must prepare for attending Worship and fellowship on the Lord’s Day. The first Sunday of each month we have a long day at church. Normal morning service, dinner on the grounds, then another service, and then home for the rest of the day.

I’m in the process of making bread, so I’ll take a loaf of freshly made Whole Wheat bread, and probably Roast Beef (in the crock pot), with gravy, and Buttered Jasmine Rice tomorrow.

Preparing for the Lord’s Day so often is a busy time, doing this and that to get our things ready. There is a need to get our minds and spirits in one accord though, and make sure we have our best presented to God, internally and externally. For who do we go to worship? God. God can see me, I just can’t see God. God can see inside of me, others cannot. To remember that God is everywhere, is something we’d all do well to remember.

Messing around with this …

I’ve been messing around with this blog a bit tonight. I sit here typing as the fireworks are blasting away on the TV. Another sad 4th at home. Nah, I don’t like the traffic and elbow rubbing it takes to see them IRL! 🙂

Already I’m wishing I had my own domain NOW so I could do the really cool stuff with this. All in good time …

😉