Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy




Homosexuality and the church


This is a subject I have been thinking about for some time now.  I have heard from both sides of the issue and the friction that it causes in modern day society, more specifically in the church.  Over the years, homosexuality has become more accepted in society.  Back in the 1970s, for example, anyone who was homosexual kept it a secret from friends and family for the most part.  It was not socially accepted.  Today more and more people are "coming out of the closet," as they say, and embracing their homosexuality.  I honestly don't know if this trend is a result of growing social acceptance or peer pressure or what.  So, for the purposes of this paper, I'll leave that alone.  That's a whole other research paper. 

The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin.  In my research, I found there are 43 scriptural references in the Bible pertaining to homosexuality.  One old testament example is Leviticus 20:13 (ESV)  13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. It also talks about homosexuality in the new testament.  In 1 Timothy 1:10 English Standard Version (ESV), the Bible says  10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,[a] liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound[b] doctrine. 

I am a born-again Christian.  I am also a sinner.  We are all sinners.  We all fall short of the glory of God.  It is only through Jesus Christ and believing in Him and his death on the cross for our sins that we can be born again.

 Homosexuality is a sin, but so is stealing.  Murder is a sin.  Gossiping is a sin.  All are sins in the eyes of God.  We are ALL guilty of committing sin.  That's why we are all sinners.  God does not have "degrees" of sin.  Sin is sin in God's eyes.  The problem in regards to homosexuality as a sin, as I see it, is how Christians act/respond to homosexuals.


 Homosexuality is not part of God's plan for us.  As I pointed out earlier, the Bible clearly speaks against it.  Theoretically speaking, if we all were homosexual, the human race would die out as we could not reproduce.  God intended for us to "be fruitful and multiply."  He also said in Mark 10:6-9 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’  ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,[a] and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Many of the verses on homosexuality in the Bible are in the old testament.  This was the old covenant.  Extreme measures were taken on those who practiced homosexuality.  Like in Leviticus 20:13, it says, " If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them."  Likewise, in the old testament, it speaks against adultery.  In Deuteronomy 22:22 it says, “If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel."  Clearly, in today's society, death is not the punishment for adultery.  Nor should it be the punishment for homosexuality, especially at the hands of Christians.


 I think the issue here is not whether or not homosexuality is a sin, but how Christians deal with homosexuals.  Yes, it is a sin.  The Bible clearly states that.  So, why do we Christians persecute homosexuals on a grander scale than we do, say, adulterers?  Thieves?  Gossipers?  Are they not sinners as well?  Or is it easier to hide such sins from others?  I think much of it has to do with the fact that homosexuality is not "normal."  It's not understood, so the easiest thing to do is condemn those who practice homosexuality.   Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.  No one?  I thought not.  

Why do we not accept them into the house of the Lord like we would anyone else?  The Bible teaches us to love the sinner, hate the sin.  If all of us had our sins exposed as a scarlet letter, how would others treat us?  Think about it. Regarding whether homosexuality is a lifestyle choice as opposed to something one is born with, I am unsure of the answer.  I don't think anyone truly knows the answer.  I believe environmental variables have a huge impact on how one is "bent" in this regard.  Your upbringing, home life, emotional health, etc all plays a part in how you see the world and how you fit in.  Again, all these factors would require much deeper research to adequately address them all. 

Reference:  http://www.openbible.info/topics/homosexuality

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Loyal lyrics

Loyal


We've never seen the savior in the flesh 
some think the bible's just a script like a movie
 
and someday heaven's our address
 
when we leave this town, it's our happy ending
 

I sing the psalms like I'm blessed..praise God..no matter what I go thru
 
blood stain, thorn crown..dying just to save you
 
don't be scared..he's fighting enemies in your dreams
 
so every night i'm like my lord..jesus..guard me with your spirit
 
angel armies satans gotta fear it
 
I declare, I'm all caught up in this love affair
 

So we gotta stay loyal
 
sins are covered by his blood
 
that kind of life he want's for us
 
he's got a selfless type of love
 
let him be your ruler
 
believers are guaranteed
 
and baby he'll prove, he'll prove, he'll prove, he'll prove
 
the reward's eternity
 

My friends and I—we've cracked the code
 
we have the word to keep us all from falling
 
and everyone who knows us knows that we're fine with this
 
its just our calling
 

I sing the psalms like I'm blessed..praise god..no matter what I go thru
 
blood stain, thorn crown..dying just to save you
 
don't be scared..he's fighting enemies in your dreams
 
so every night I'm like my Lord..Jesus..guard me with your spirit
 
angel armies satan's gotta fear it
 
I declare, I'm all caught up in this love affair
 

So we gotta stay loyal
 
sins are covered by his blood
 
that kind of life he want's for us
 
he's got a selfless type of love
 
let him be your ruler
 
believers are guaranteed
 
and baby he'll prove, he'll prove, he'll prove, he'll prove
 
the reward's eternity
 

Ooh ooh oh
 
he's bigger than we've ever dreamed
 
and I will call him holy king
 
ooh ooh oh
 
that's the reason why I share
 
I'm all caught up in this love affair
 

So we gotta stay loyal
 
sins are covered by his blood
 
that kind of life he want's for us
 
he's got a selfless type of love
 
let him be your ruler
 
believers are guaranteed
 
and baby he'll prove, he'll prove, he'll prove, he'll prove
 
the reward's eternity

Monday, January 13, 2014

Questions to ask b4 spending time with a boy

Another excerpt from Lysa TerKeurst.  Good stuff!

1/13/14
As a mom of teen girls, there’s a big part of me that wants to say, “stay away from boys until you’re 30!” But maybe a more realistic approach is to teach them the right questions to ask before spending time with a friend boy. (And yes, that wording is intentional.)

Worship — Who or what does he worship in the shrine of his heart?
Words — Do his words (spoken and written) build others up or tear them down?
Character — Who is he when no one else is looking?
Personality — Who is he around other people?
Interests — What kinds of things does he do to recharge?
Feelings — Do you feel better about yourself when he’s around?
Attraction — Is your attraction to him centered around something that will stay over time?

How does he treat his mother?
Knowledge – what is he feeding his mind with?


What do you think about these questions? Are there others you would add?


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mothering

You have the exact qualities God knew your kids would need in a mother. So, each day,

hold up your willingness and ask God to make you the best version of you that you can 

possibly be.

Lysa TerKeurst 1/7/14

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I saw this on Facebook yesterday.  I needed this. I love how God works!


Lysa TerKeurst posted this on her Facebook page yesterday...


Dear Lord, please bless her with Your peace.  Give her strength to hand over

the worries, cares and loneliness.  Take the pain and squelch the doubt.  

Remind her You are her God; the Great I AM.  Nothing is impossible with You.

And You do turn all things for good.  Be with her tonight and grant her sweet,

safe, sound sleep.  Thank You for Your presence.  In Jesus' name, Amen.



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SDHS parking & traffic flow


Information for the 2013-2014 school year

The following is what was handed to my daughter when she went to purchase her parking decal for the new school year.  I am glad I don't have to deal with this potential nightmare on the first day!  I pray for safety for those that do!  Only two lots this year for students to park in, whereas in the past, there were four.  They had students come the day before to pick up a sheet to fill out in order to bring back the next day to purchase the decal itself.  Did they only sell this few spots?  There are no assigned spots this year either, so it's first come, first served.  I just wonder how this will play out.....