Today is my birthday, and I am officialy more than halfway through my 30’s. I’m 36 now. 🙂
What is SO annoying to me is how one side of the Reformed circle of Christians is saying how the “other side” disregards it’s children as second-class, not “full” in the covenant, or calls them Baptist Presbyterians. This is so NOT the case.
Just because we don’t give our small children admittance to the Lords Supper, which is known as paedocommunnion, does not mean we are treating our children in such a bad way.
My children are part of God’s New Covenant. They were born into a Christian family, and Baptised as the New Covenant with God requires. When they are able to take the Lord’s Supper, they will. The differences between some Paedocommunionists and non-paedocommunionitsts are just that the first set believes in giving small children Communion, and the other waits until a child shows readiness in understanding what it is. Some Reformed churches are guilty of setting legalist standards that a child must reach before admittance to The Table, but this is not an across the board way in the “other side”.
Our church, one that is spat upon by many these days, doesn’t withold the Table in such legalist ways. We catechize and teach and particularly accept the fact that are children are in the Covenant. We don’t lift our children ABOVE the Covenant though.
We are accused of pushing them out of the covenant, keeping them in the dark, treating them as “children of the devil”. How far fetched is THAT?!! That’s a fantasy of some peoples minds, but not reality.
Sin permeates us all. But the Christian has victory over sin, so that it does not have the hold on us, as it does on the unregenerate. Our children are born with the tendancy to sin, just as we all were. Being regenerate doesn’t mean we don’t sin, but neither does it mean that if we beleive our children were born into Original Sin, or Totally Depraved, that they will understand sin when they are very young, and know what it is to put it to death. Understanding Christ’s Atoning Work on the Cross is an important part of The Lord’s Supper.
My children are being taught what the Bible says, who Christ is, what He did. When they demonstrate that they understand this, then we will go to the Elders immediately. What’s so wrong with THAT?
We teach our children what truth is. We don’t with-hold the truth. They aren’t “starved”, any more than I was when I was a regnerate child at a very early age. I wasn’t baptized until I was 13. Outside of the Reformed Faith I was brought up. I have the testimony of a Covenant Believer. I was regenerate and just wansn’t baptised and admitted to the Table until I was much older. I sure didn’t starve or go down a rebellious road. Far from it, I search for the deeper truth, and found the Reformed faith.
Believe me when I say, if a child of mine is able to understand Christ’s work, I’ll recognize it.
We are listening to the Auburn Ave Pastors Conference from this past January. It’s frustrating. Schlissel in particular. Wilson too. We’ve really enjoyed their writings in the past. But things they are a-changin’
How they characterize certain Presbyterian ideas … is just dead wrong. Straw men are being erected. Things are so twisted.
Pooh Bear. He’s cute. What does he say when he’s upset?
I have been trying to make some changes to this template today, and I can’t get anything done, due to Blogger problems. How much is this REALLY a problem, or just a ploy to make the free bloggers get Blogger Pro? Hmmmm?
It’s my dear husbands birthday today. He’s officially older than me by two years now, just for another week though. Edging closer to middle age is really coming to mind for me lately. I struggle with that “feeling young inside” but knowing I’m getting older, and that it won’t be too many years before 40 and beyond!
When I was a small child I thought anyone in their 30’s was old. Ha! That’s so funny now!
Well, having young children when you are in your 30’s tends to keep you younger. Others my age have teens to adults as children. Yikes! We still have diaper duty in the house, and hope for another round or two of them actually.
Speaking of diapers, we use cloth. We didn’t for our first, and I wanted to use them for his second year, just never got to it. Our second baby was over a year old when I finally started using cloth. I’ve never wanted to go back to disposables. Disgusting things.
I mostly use Mother-Ease snap on diapers. They are made from Terry-cloth and are a dream to use. I do have some prefolds, and some Aussie square nappies. These are really neat, but pins are needed and I am not so good at pinning. I don’t HAVE to pin, since we have snap diapers. An occassional pinned diaper takes 5 or 10 minutes to get right. I enjoy them once in awhile. Just once in a while, mind you.
Well baby is getting older and pinning a diaper on isn’t as fun as it used to be. He’ll be two in September. Time sure flies! Yep, back to the “I’m getting old!” ideas.
It’s no fun to wake up in the morning when you don’t want to. Oh for the days of summer, when it was only me I had to worry about!
Actually, I’d not like that either. I hated summer ending, and school beginning. The ONLY thing I like about that was getting brand new pencils, book covers, notebooks, filler paper, binders, pens, etc. I remember back in the late 70’s the MEAD corportation came out with these neat things with snaps and flaps and stuff … really blah notebooks compared to what’s out there today! LOL!
Well, I’m just not a morning person. Never have been, except in cases of something going on … like a trip, or planning to buy something new that morning, but if it’s an every-day-like-day I’m like a rock that is half- human-conscienceness, and slowly becoming a person for real. Coffee REALLY helps!
So, what is a bouncing brain? In my case, a 2.3 on the scale, focusing is not the same for me as it is for most people. For the “most” part, normal people shift in and out of focusing on things at will. It’s like breathing to them. They know what it’s lik for them, and that is that. Everyone has the same capability, right?
Oops, no, that’s not true! So then, is anyone that is different a “deviation”? A defective person? Some think so. They want to “fix” the mind that bounces around, to be like “them”. It’s fine to be “normal” and focus like a “normal” person if that is who you are. But what if you are different? That’s just it, it’s just a different way of looking at things, interacting with things, being. Today’s societies have exasperated many bouncing brains … fast moving, instant everything. These things are not the cause of differing attention spans … These fast ways are here because of technology. Technology is the thing, not the people who “don’t fit in” oft times.
Hyper-focus and Hypo-focus are the two key phases a 2.3 deals with. Either UP or DOWN. Sustained UP or sustained DOWN when something is highly interesting, or extremely uninsteresting, for example. How does this work out in a “school setting”? Hmmm. Often it’s not good. Are these people un-able to learn, or have limited learning abilities? Usually not! Usually these kind of people are smart, highly intelligent, or even geniuses! They learn in the right setting for them.
A child must be taught to learn to read, and love it. To love learning. To love exploring. I am so thankful that God allowed me to get through school with the ability to love learning, in spite of the bad things I ran into. So, how do I learn? I find something interesting and jump onboard and get to speed on the subject as fast as I can. Do I decide what to get into? Generally, no. It “just happens”. When I HAVE to learn something on purpose, it can be difficult, if it’s not interesting to me, it’ll be a battle. That said, a course of study that is interesting will be a joy to be in. (This is how I’m developing the education of my children.)
Is it then, just a matter of the Will? No, I can honestly say from personal experience it is not something that has anything to do with “the Will” of man. There are standards that some try to say are universal, in focusing and attaining to a certain way of thinking. These people don’t understand what it’s like to be a 1.3 or a 2.2 or a 3.1, etc. To have a hyper-focus ability is really, really, cool. I am happy with the way mine works. That’s not to say my life is wonderful, through and through, all the time. Of course it isn’t, I’m human, just like the rest of you out there. I have my hypo-focus times, and they can be bad. From these highs and lows I am made up–not from just one end of the spectrum. I can really appreciate the things God shows me in my life journey.
That’s not to say that you, possibly a normal person, can’t enjoy your life as that normal person. God made each of us a certain way. Learn to LIKE how you are. And don’t think everyone has to be just like you! I’d not like everyone to be just like me. I like being me, and interacting with other types of people. We all compliment each other!
There’s a little bit of A.D.H.D. behaviour in everyone these days. Of course, technology produces behaviours that are similar to what is called ADHD. The key is
I really understand it all pretty well now. Just like I thought all along, I’m not deficient in anything. I’m a bouncing brain!
I have nothing to say about this but that. It’s ridiculous!
Mark Townsend and Jason Burke
Sunday July 7, 2002
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. 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 😉
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.