MInTheGap

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

Commit To God

June 10th, 2015 Viewed 1102 times

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
-Psalm 37:5-6

Trust in the Lord

June 10th, 2015 Viewed 1085 times

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
– Psalm 37:3-4

Confession Comes First

April 2nd, 2015 Viewed 1287 times

One of the things we learn about Nehemiah early on is that he has a close relationship with God– often going to him in prayer as a reflex.  In the first part of this book, he hears a report that his people are living in poor conditions.  Nehemiah is concerned about them, but rather than Nehemiah immediately getting on a horse, organizing a food drive, or trying to get things done under his own power, he turns to God, but in an interesting way.

But Did I Share the Gospel?

July 5th, 2014 Viewed 1154 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?

What Are You Looking At?

June 3rd, 2014 Viewed 1036 times
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart – 1 Samuel 16:7

God Speaks With a Purpose

August 19th, 2008 Viewed 2855 times

cris photoshoped by djem

We tend to have weird expectations on the Creator of the Universe.  We act as though this great God lives only in His Word and is at our beckon call.

Doubt me?  How do many Christians approach God or the Bible?

Many Christians approach the Bible and a relationship with God in a way that says we want Him to give us a devotional thought that we can take with us all day, and that’s about it.

However, that’s not what God wants.  God wants a relationship that is as personal and real as the relationship you have with your spouse, your children, and your friends.  He wants to be part of your conversations and part of your thoughts.

Losing a Generation

April 26th, 2007 Viewed 4213 times

It has only recently become evident that the key to changing society was through the next generation.  For many years, Christians watched as the Bible and Godly morals were questioned and removed from our schools and we got somewhat upset, but did not realize the full impact of the replacement.

Now, many wage their battles with our children in the schools, and many have removed their children from the schools altogether– realizing just how powerful having the time every day to expose children to values in this way is.

Godly Wife: Are You Helping Your Husband to Greater Heights?

March 13th, 2007 Viewed 4882 times

This question goes hand in hand with how you make your husband feel.  Whenever a man thinks and dreams about accomplishing something– whether it be at church, in the workforce, or with his family– there’s an internal calculator that has to count the costs of doing such a thing.

One of the biggest factors is time– how much of my time will it take for me to do this thing, where will I find the time, and how much time can I afford?  Only slightly less (and is a part of the time question) is how will my family– specifically my wife– react to me trying this?

Proverbs 31:23 states:

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

This is a testimony to the Godly Wife encouraging her husband to do God-honoring feats.  You see, your husband will be weary of attempting something if he knows that you are not with him.  In some cases he will press on anyway, but doing so because he counted the cost and knows what the outcome could be.  This is not fun for either party.

The author of this question puts it this way:

As he considers striving for higher goals, and weighs his assets against his liabilities, which are you? Can he say, “The whole world may be against me, but I know I can count on God and my wife to be with me all the way?” Or must he sigh, “This will be challenging, and all the more so because I can never predict from hour to hour whether my wife will be my best friend or my worst and cruelest enemy” (cf. Prov. 25:19)? Or worse still, must he groan, “I don’t see how I can even try this, since my wife will be cutting and tearing at me every step of the way” (Prov. 12:4b)?

So, what are you like, Godly Wife, when your husband wants to pursue God-honoring feats?  Are you the kind that will be behind him encouraging him, or will you be unpredictable and possibly cutting him down?

Question Idea taken from Questions for a Godly Wife

Godly Wife: Who Trains the Children?

February 6th, 2007 Viewed 4080 times

Being bored and having a television is a bad combination. You can find yourself watching things that are borderline or that you only find acceptable because “you have nothing else to do.” That being said, I have learned something important from the Nanny 911 / Supernanny combination about raising children– the parents have a whole lot more to do with it than they usually think.

The few times that I have seen this show, the nanny who has to come in to straighten out the mess finds two parents that are not on the same page as far as discipline, privileges, involvement, etc. They are either detached, the kid’s friends, or they simply do not agree and the anger between the parents shows in the children.

Godly Wife: Is He Your Master?

November 21st, 2006 Viewed 11029 times

I told you this would be hard. In I Peter 3:5-6 Peter commends Sarah as being a holy woman by saying that she obeyed Abraham by calling him lord.

We’ve come a long way from this. It used to be that part of the vows that a wife took were to obey her husband. Now it’s a joke that they do not. Whether it’s feminism or just the fact that we have been trained to think of the partners as equals, this statement and the idea of there being a division and hierarchy in the family is gradually being replaced, even in Christian circles, by equality and emphasis on the women.

Here are the musings of ckhnat on this issue:

Sarah called Abraham “lord” (sometimes translated “master”). Should wives today follow Sarah’s example in calling their husbands “lord”? What does this title mean to a woman? For Sarah, it was a sign of her submission. To comply to her husband’s wishes, to please her mate, to encourage him, to yield to his preferences–some modern women might be willing to sign their names on the dotted line to the above. However, to call him “lord”?

Now, I’m not suggesting that husbands should force their wives to not address them by their first names, to call them only “master” or “lord”, but what I do think is appropriate for discussion here is what her saying the term meant and how it should be applied today.

Obviously the term connotes submission– to the Lord and to her lord. It showed what was stated in Genesis about the woman’s desire being toward the man was there. It was part of what was necessary after the fall, and for families to function.

Ladies, if you lump your husband in with your children as far as telling him what to do and when to do it– you’re not treating him with the respect God told you to have for him. You need to respect him, love him, build him up. He can be the person you expect him to be, but he doesn’t get that way by being belittled.

If you want your man to be a man, he can get that way by being encouraged when he makes decisions, by knowing that you stand with him, by hearing that you trust him, and by following his lead– regardless if you know better, and without hearing “I told you so.”

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