MInTheGap

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

I Wish She Came With an Owners Manual

July 6th, 2014 Viewed 1135 times, 1 so far today
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The Complete Husband
By Lou Priolo

Guys, let’s face it. There are some times that you wish she came with an owner’s manual. Something that would tell you all kinds of things about her:

  • Proper care and maintenance.
  • How to read her emotional meters.
  • Ways to make her run at optimal efficiency.
  • What to do when something goes wrong.

The truth is, she does come with a manual, it just needs to be extracted and written down:

The reason that you’ve never seen it is because it’s tucked away in her heart. Deep down in her heart is all the personal information you need to understand and nurture your wife according to the Bible.

What Is Your Definition of Beauty?

July 6th, 2014 Viewed 896 times, 1 so far today

I agree with Ann Althouse’s assessment:

An interesting project, with fascinating results, somewhat skewed by the time and skill the different photo editors put into it, but you do get some interesting variations, and not just the different levels of makeup that are deemed “beautiful.”

Strangely, the most alien image is the one from…
… the United States.

Philippines and Argentina are laughable. Germany continues to scare me. The nicest one is from Romania.

The Fiance

July 6th, 2014 Viewed 790 times

During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier’s fiance had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking. When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands. Cromwell’s heart was touched and he said, “Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight!”

Our Daily Bread.

Conclusion

July 5th, 2014 Viewed 879 times

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Husbands and wives, when you were dating you wanted to find out everything you could about your significant other. You would give them presents wrapped in their favorite color, jewelry in their favorite color metal, and maybe bring them their favorite treat. There was no bounds, and you prioritized that person over everything—work, school, family (just ask them!).

While Jesus does not want to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, He demands that kind of passion—that He is the center of your life and that you will seek Him and His glory first and foremost. That you will repent of your sin, turn and follow Him wherever that leads.

May I encourage you—spend time in God’s Word, and as you do, look at it like that love that you had (and hopefully still have!) for your spouse. Look for ways that you can please Him, and don’t let the culture, what others may think, etc. get between you and giving praise and glory to your Savior.

Don’t get trapped in the lies of the world, that this is the best that it’s been. This world is not our home, and the best is yet to come.

 


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But Did I Share the Gospel?

July 5th, 2014 Viewed 881 times

This post starts out like a cute story we as parents are all too familiar with…

Just yesterday, I asked my son to clean his room. As most ten year olds do, he bantered back and forth with me, “Maaaaaa, it’s summmmmer”, and “Maaaa, I cleaned my room yesterday!” Finally, when I mentioned the upcoming consequence, he begrudgingly ran upstairs, shut the door, and from my knowledge did what he was supposed to do.

About an hour later, I heard him running down the stairs and in all excitement, approached me with his hand outstretched and a smile on his face… “Mom, look at what I made for you!”

Lo and behold there it was- a marvelously handmade “Starburst ” rainbow loom bracelet that he had been trying to master for weeks. First, I told him how beautiful it was and thanked him, then I walked up the stairs, opened up his door, and peered into a room that hadn’t been cleaned.

I yelled down to my son, and asked him to come upstairs. I questioned him why he didn’t clean up his room, like I had asked. He replied, “Mom, I was too busy making you a bracelet.” I looked at him and said, “Grant, I love that you made me this bracelet, but you weren’t obedient to what I wanted you to do. You served me the way you wanted to serve me, rather than doing what I asked.”

Then I stopped dead in my tracks.

What was her revelation?  Find out at But Did I Share the Gospel?

The Expert

July 5th, 2014 Viewed 790 times

For those of us in the technical field, where we’re considered experts, this first video is painful:

After watching that, it’s easy to believe that the request is impossible, but then this guy came up with a solution:

Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him

July 4th, 2014 Viewed 1131 times

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Jesus cuts through all of the noise of the modern culture and calls us to see things from His perspective.  In Matthew 8:18-27, we see that Jesus has just wrapped up a sermon and is preparing to leave for a different place.  At this point a variety of men show up to ask to follow him, which has some pretty interesting results.

Wherever You Go

The first individual, a scribe, comes up to Jesus and asks to follow Jesus wherever He goes.  He probably figured that Jesus would be quite impressed that a religious scribe was going to join him, and figured hearing some kind of encouraging words.  Instead he heard:

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Jesus tells the man that he will not have the comforts that he’s used to.  Now, we don’t know if this was enough to turn the man around so that he didn’t follow Jesus, but we know that Jesus was stressing that this would cost him his comfort.

The world today tells us that there are certain things that we must have, certain expectations to have a good life.  The world would call us insane if we gave up that which we could have to follow Christ, and yet God wants all of us, not just a part.

Can I Bury My Dad?

A second man comes up to Jesus and wants to follow him; however, he needs to go and bury his dad first.  Jesus responds:

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Basically, Jesus is saying “let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead.”  Tough words.  Now, we’re not sure whether the man’s dad was already dead or on death’s doorstep, so we don’t know how long the wait was, but Jesus was again making the man choose the culture or radical abandonment to Christ. Regardless, the culture told him that it was right to go bury his father, Jesus was saying that it was more important to follow Him than the cultural practice.

The question for us is, do we let the culture dictate our obedience to the Word of God?  Whether it’s what we allow to entertain us, where we eat, or how we dress, whom do we let dictate how we will behave or what we think about?

If what God says and what the culture says are two different things, whom should we follow?  Whom do we follow?

Can I at Least Say Goodbye?

In Luke 9, the last of our gang of three approaches Christ and wants to follow after him, but only after he bids his family farewell.  Jesus responds:

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jesus startles us by saying that whomever starts to do the work and then looks back is unworthy of the work.  This harkens over to one of the most difficult passages of Scripture (for me anyways) where Jesus says that there are some that have done things in Jesus’ name and yet He still tells them to depart, for He never knew them.

It also seems to echo what Jesus said in Luke 14:26-27 where Jesus tells those following that it they don’t hate their family and don’t take up our cross daily, we’re not worthy of Him.  Matthew Henry has the following to say:

They must be willing to quit that which was very dear, and therefore must come to him thoroughly weaned from all their creature-comforts, and dead to them, so as cheerfully to part with them rather than quit their interest in Christ, v. 26. A man cannot be Christ’s disciple but he must hate father, and mother, and his own life. He is not sincere, he will be constant and persevering, unless he love Christ better than any thing in this world, and be willing to part with that which he may and must leave, either as a sacrifice, when Christ may be glorified by our parting with it (so the martyrs, who loved not their lives to death), or as a temptation, when by our parting with it we are put into a better capacity of serving Christ.

Jesus is not Asking Us to be Good Versions of the World

It’s easy as believers to get caught up in thinking that we need to be good.  We refrain from behaviors on which society frowns.  We also like to have people look at us as individuals that are “good” and that are admirable.  However, this is the antithesis of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

I’m not saying that we should not be growing closer to God in our daily walk.  I am saying that the closer that we get to God, the greater our awareness of how far we fall short should be.  In Isaiah 6, when Isaiah got close to God his response was to realize that he was undone.  Paul, as he got closer to God, went from being in sin to the Chief of Sinners.

Whenever a believer stops seeing the great debt that he owes God that was paid by Jesus’ blood, and starts to believe that he is good because of his righteous living, he is falling into the same trap Even fell into– pride.

Jesus calls us to set aside what we could be under the world’s power to be what we can be under His.  He wants us to reach the lost, and understand that we  will struggle with sin.  He wants us to take His Word wherever we go– but not just to tell someone what they need to know to pray a prayer, but to disciple them so tha tthey may grow in Him.

Above all, He wants us to give Him glory.  The Bible, this world, our lives– it’s all about Him.  Our salvation is all about Him.  We give Him glory when we are so attuned to Him that we instinctively do what He wants.

How can we do that if we’re concerned about what Modern society thinks?


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