MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Should Christians Care if Christmas was December 25th?

December 8th, 2016 Viewed 236 times, 7 so far today

christmasfamily07.jpgThe Bible is right to consider people sheep.  We do a lot of things because we have always done them.  Whether it’s where we work, our patterns for the day or the things we get involved in, there’s a combination of enjoying the familiar and not causing ripples that keeps most people from doing anything different.

This is part of the reason that I believe we have a celebration of Jesus’ birth in the middle of winter, and why it will probably never change.

Now, you could obviously start this conversation with a discussion of whether we should be celebrating His birth at all. The New Testament is devoid of decreeing any kind of celebration of days– in fact Romans 14 goes so far as to say that regarding any day better than another is something that really isn’t all the Spiritual, but a personal preference.

Marriage and the Book of Ezra

December 7th, 2016 Viewed 200 times, 5 so far today

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There are difficult passages in the Bible– ones that, on the surface, don’t seem to square with ones we find in other places.  One of these passages is in the book of Ezra.  In Ezra 10, Ezra the priest has read the law that he found in the temple and has come across a problem– the exiles from Israel had transgressed the law of God in regards to marrying foreign women.  God wanted Israel to stay pure and only to marry other Israelites.  Some of the captives even had children with these foreign women.  What to do?

Ezra and the priests decide that all those who had married foreign wives must put them away, or divorce them.  If they had children, they should be put away as well.  This would be an arduous task, and they expected it to take some time to be pure again.

Ideas to Make Christmas Special

December 3rd, 2016 Viewed 226 times, 4 so far today

christmas-wrapping-4.jpgHow do you make Christmas special? Two years back we were teasing the kids that we didn’t get them anything for Christmas.  That Christmas Eve we decided to hide the presents around the house and have them take turns finding them. The kids liked it so much that we did it again last year.

The point is to do something that’s unique to your family or something that you can share in.  So what are some of your traditions?

Here are some other ideas: How To Make Christmas Special for Your Kids

First There Was 4D Ultrasounds, now…

December 2nd, 2016 Viewed 227 times, 2 so far today

Baby UltrasoundExpectant mothers may soon be able to view their unborn baby in virtual reality (VR), after the announcement of ground-breaking new scanning technology.

Scientists in Brazil have merged ultrasound images with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to build a 3D model of a baby in the womb, which can be brought to life by using a virtual reality headset.

Research has found that over half of “abortion-minded” women end up keeping their babies after seeing a scan.

Hat Tip: Christian Research Network

The Power of Principle

November 30th, 2016 Viewed 111 times, 3 so far today

benjamin-251.jpgGetting older, I’ve mused upon the fact that one way to mark the passage of time is through the number of options that are left to you in life.  While the number of options are finite while at home, once a child leaves the home and is off in the world there are so many options that they have before them (more so if they’ve prepared while they are home).  Each decision that we make can have a limiting effect at the number or character of the future decisions that we make.  The older we get, the fewer the decisions that are available, or the ability to rationally choose them.

This is part of the reason that having principles is foundational to making good decisions– and making those decisions beforehand is paramount.  Many life events are going to happen that seem larger than life when they are in the midst of them, but in the long view of them may be relatively small.  Some decisions we are to make may seem like they have to be made at the moment, when more time would be advised.

Some large decisions could be greatly different based on principle– things like whether to go into debt to buy a house/car/toy/etc., whether or not you should marry someone of a different faith, what political leanings you have, and you philosophy on abortion are just some of the things that can affect all areas of your life.

However, what I’ve found is that either people are unwilling to make decisions on principle, or unwilling to do what it takes to stick to principle.  This is only something that is learned through practice and through walking through walking through adversity.  Life is not going to be full of happiness and joy– we are going to face opposition and people saying something against our idea and ideals.  Principles help guide and instruct us, and when based properly they will cause us to make the best decision regardless of the circumstance.

Satan Wants Us to Consider Ourselves First

November 29th, 2016 Viewed 195 times, 4 so far today

Alone-amongst-the-dead_thumb.jpgIn A.B. Bruce’s Training of the Twelve, there is a discussion about the third of the way in about the first time that Jesus was crystal clear about the fact that He would literally die– something that goes against the concept that the disciples had for what would happen to their Messiah.  Peter, just coming off of his pronouncement that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, wades in to tell Jesus that He won’t let him die, echoing Satan’s temptation back at the beginning of the ministry with a plea to Jesus to do something else, other that God’s will, to find something convenient and to fear the death that would follow.

Sardis or Laodecia?

November 24th, 2016 Viewed 202 times, 10 so far today

Prayer-is-the-language-by-Leland-Francisco.jpgIn my recent Bible reading I found myself in Revelation 3 considering the churches that are presented there.  I believe that I’ve only ever heard of this present age being Laodecia for a couple of reasons.

First, many in the circles I travel are pre-tribulation , pre-millenialists , and these people hold to the idea that the ordering of the churches in the book of Revelation has significance to the time periods before Christ’s return.  Therefore, to be in Laodecia– the last of the churches mentioned– means that the Lord’s return is not just imminent but soon.

Be Quick To Resolve Offenses and To Seek Forgiveness

November 23rd, 2016 Viewed 201 times, 13 so far today

Man-Woman-Fight.jpgThe Bible is a practical book, teaching us not just who God is but how He wants us to live.  Within the pages of Scripture we see both principle and example of many different life choices.  The one I want to focus on today is the idea that we are not to let things go on long when there is an issue with other people.

In Ephesians 4:26 we read:

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

This is a very wise principle, for over time things tend to harden in our minds and the more time passes the harder it is to restore what once was there.  Indeed, while sometimes time will heal some old wounds, it won’t do it until forgiveness and repair have been had– and sometimes what happens is that time has healed the wound, but the relationship has already been destroyed and is now beyond repair.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.