MInTheGap

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

David Counted the Cost

August 21st, 2018 Viewed 450 times

David enjoyed much favor from God, for he was a man after God’s own heart. In 2 Samuel 24 we catch up to David near the end of his life. David numbered the children of Israel, something the kings were told not to do—their victory was to be found in the Lord.

Upon doing it, David realized his error, but he was punished anyway, and when he was given the chance to put an end and make a sacrifice he went to the threshing floor of Araunah. Araunah offered to give him the floor and the items for the offering, but David would have none of it.

He would not offer an offering to God that cost him nothing.

#QAnon Implies That Everything Ties to the Clinton Foundation

August 21st, 2018 Viewed 383 times

Part of the reason for so many people following QAnon is the fact that some of the things that are shared there are believable. I’m not saying that everything there is 100% truth– anyone who has followed for some time will state that some of what is said by Q is misinformation and what is not is cryptic at best.

Occasionally the links from Q are much less cryptic, as what has happened today, as Q links to a Reddit post that puts a lot of the puzzle pieces together into a coherent, believable whole:

Mollie Tibbetts Body Found

August 21st, 2018 Viewed 358 times, 1 so far today
Mollie Tibbetts, a 20 year old young lady who was
found dead after disappearing a short time ago

I can remember hearing that she was missing, and knowing that with how long it was between when she disappeared and that they were still looking that it wasn’t a good sign. Prayers for the family. Fox News has the details.

It reminds me of another family friend that lost a son in his 20s. This is never easy on anyone involved. I was talking to his grandfather just the other day, and heard that the parents still aren’t alright. You never expect your child to precede you in death.

Pray for those around you that have lost loved ones. They need it.

Consistent Biblical Application

August 15th, 2018 Viewed 411 times
Holding Up the Word of Truth

It didn’t take long for the new church to have to wrestle with what to do with the various different practices that those new believers brought to their faith. Not only did different believers bring with them “baggage” from their previous faiths, but they also did not have a single Bible from which to read and understand their faith.

photo by: DrGBB

Worshiping How God Desires

August 14th, 2018 Viewed 362 times
How should we worship the Lord?

Just the title of a recent post by Tim Challies makes me pause to think. The post was titled Why worship any way other than as God desires? and immediately brought to mind the idea that, as American believers, I’m not sure we know know what this is.

Challies article focuses on music in worship, which is definitely a hot-button issue in today’s churches, but a reading of the Old and New Testaments show us that God is much more interested in how we do what we do in service to Him than we are lead to believe.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

August 1st, 2018 Viewed 457 times

God’s plan for mankind was to “be fruitful and multiply.” He stated this to Adam and Eve and again to Noah after the flood. In fact, there was never a command in the Bible not to have children. In fact the Bible commends having children, and shows those incapable of having children as not receiving a blessing.

So why are we seeing Tweets asking this question?

I believe that it is because of the changing attitude of American Christianity to children.

Supreme Court Selection

July 10th, 2018 Viewed 446 times, 1 so far today

So last night, President Trump announced his selection to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Everyone knew it was going to be a show, because we have a President who used to run a reality television show and knows how to play the media. A few observations.

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brittanylynae

Inner Beauty – 1 Timothy 2:8-10, 1 Peter 3:3-4

July 9th, 2018 Viewed 567 times

Where Does Paul and Peter Derive Their Instruction about the Modesty?

Peter appeals to Sarah and Abraham—how Sarah shows her godliness through her inward attitude and how she addressed her husband. The Proverbs 31 woman would be an inspiration here.

What are the commands in these passages?

  • Women should be wearing respectable, modest apparel, not seeking to draw attention to their wealth.
  • Proper clothing for women is good works.
  • Women should be known for their inner beauty—and that should be the focus.
  • Inner beauty consists of a gentle and quiet spirit.

From these passages, what does God care about what we wear?

God cares about what we show through our clothing more than what is our clothing. The emphasis in these two passages is not on “causing a brother to stumble” or the like, but on what attitude is on display from what is worn. You see both Paul and Peter speaking out against an outward show of wealth (something we could also get from James) as well as recommending that women make sure they spend their time fostering a meek and gentle spirit. In both of these passages, these commands flow right into the idea that women should be submissive and respectful.

How do the different contexts of the two passages apply?

We Need to Be Faithful in the Wilderness

July 6th, 2018 Viewed 322 times, 2 so far today

As the children of Israel were poised to enter the promised land, God charged Joshua in what he should do in the process of retaking the land. This would not be one battle and done, as there were many city states within the area and he would have to defeat one after the other, but God commanded him to get moving and before telling him to be strong and courageous he told him that he needed to meditate day and night in the word of the Lord so that he could do according to what was written in it.

We need to be faithful in the wilderness so that when the time comes we will be mighty when we are called to action!

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mypubliclands

Christian Growth Happens in the Mundane

July 5th, 2018 Viewed 339 times

Dr. Jim Berg wrote that stress shows our true character, like a tea bag placed in hot water.

I would like to add that the mundane also shows our character, because it is itself stressful. The Bible teaches that it often takes time to see God’s will for our life.

Abraham waited 25 years between the time that God promised Abraham to be a great nation and when Isaac was born. Moses took 40 years in the wilderness before he was ready to lead the children of Israel, at the age of 80. Joseph spent a long time as a slave of Potiphar and then in Pharaoh’s prison before seeing the vision he had come true.

It was 400 years from Malachi to John the Baptist!

Jesus waited 30+ years before starting his ministry. He has left, and will one-day return, but it has been close to 2000 years!

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mypubliclands

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