Monday, August 22, 2011

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Divided - The Movie

This is a wonderful movie about the church being "divided".  A challenging look at modern youth ministry. I highly recommend it!!

It's only available till Sept. to watch online for free!!  So please watch it NOW! It's worth your time!

Monday, August 8, 2011

What is it to be discreet or to have discretion??

Websters 1828 Dictionary
Prudence, or knowledge and prudence; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; nice discernment and judgement, directed by circumspection, and primarily regarding one’s own conduct.
Wise in avoiding errors or evil, and in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; circumspect; cautious; wary; not rash.
Strong’s Concordance - KJV
Ps. 112:5 - A good man showeth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Pr. 1:4 - To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
      2:11 - Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
      3:21 - My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion.
      5:2   - That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
     11:22 - As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
     19:11 - The discretion of a man deferreth his anger: and it is his glory to pass over a                      transgression.
Isa. 28:26 - For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
Jer. 10:12 - He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
Gen. 41:33,39 - Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.-- And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shown thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art.
Tit. 2:5 - To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Mark 12:34 -  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou are not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Monday, August 1, 2011

How does Chinese sound?" I asked as we pulled out of the driveway. "Hey, that's great," Eric replied with his typical enthusiasm. I'd only just met Eric and his wife, Leslie, but has already noticed Eric's exuberance and excitement about everything----- even my restaurant suggestions.
"That all right with you honey?" he gently asked Leslie, who was sitting in the back seat. "Sure," she replied sweetly.
Eric and Leslie had stopped by to visit me during a drive through the Northwest. A friend in Colorado had told me about these newlyweds and the little book they had written. Their book told the story of how they had met and grown to love each other without following the typical pattern of dating.
You'd be hard pressed to find two or more romantic people. They adored each other, and it showed. Eric rarely took his eyes of off Leslie. Sitting in the passenger seat on the way to the restaurant, he slipped his hand behind the seat, and Leslie reached forward and clasped it. Holding hands when one person is sitting in the front seat and the other is in the back? I'd never seen that before.
After dinner, while we cracked open our fortune cookies, I had a question. "You two can't keep your hands off of each other,"I began teasingly. Leslie blushed. "Was it difficult keeping the physical side of your relationship pure while you were engaged?"
Eric took Leslie's hand and smiled at her before he answered. "Of course the desire for that was present---- it always will be," he said. "But no, it wasn't a struggle. Leslie and I decided very early in our relationship that we were going to refrain from physical contact until we were married. Our first kiss was at the alter."
My jaw dropped. "You didn't kiss until you got married?"
"Nope," Eric said, beaming. "The most we did was hold hands. And, Josh, we know that kind of standard isn't for every couple. We didn't make that decision to be legalistic; it came from the heart. Everyone, even our parents, told us we should kiss. But we both decided it was what we wanted to do. It was a way to show our love, to protect each other before we were married." And then with a twinkle in his eye, he said , "Let me tell you, Josh, that first kiss was the most incredible, beautiful thing in the world. I can't even begin to describe it. "

This is an excert from I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. An excellent book. The book that Eric and Leslie Ludy wrote ( the couple in the story above ) is His Perfect Faithfulness. Another fantastic book!