Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mackinac Island

I'm visiting the blog over at today. You can catch me there and hear about our trip to the island.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Who is your Daddy?

I expect you've heard this story before. But a friend shared it with me recently and it bears repeating.

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. And one morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to Enjoy a quiet, family meal. 

While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, "I hope he doesn't come over here." 

But sure enough, the man did come over to their table. "Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.

"Oklahoma," they answered.

"It's great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do
 for a living?"

"I teach at a seminary," the professor replied.

"Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you." And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

The professor groaned and thought to himself, Great.. Just what I need ... another preacher story!

The man began the story. "See that mountain over there?" He pointed out the restaurant window. "Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he Was always asked the same  question, 'Hey boy,  who's your daddy?' Whether he Was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same Question, 'Who's your daddy?'

"He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad. 'When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?'

"But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.

"Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about the boy, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's Your daddy?'

"The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church was looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?'

"This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using Discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that Scared little boy. 'Wait a minute! I know who you are! I see the family Resemblance now, You are a child of God.'

"With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a Great inheritance.. Go and claim it.'

"The boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody Asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.''

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?"

The professor responded that it really was a great story!

As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, "Do you know who that man was -- the one who just left that was sitting at our table?"

The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's governor of Tennessee!"

Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they're one of God's Children!

'The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands Forever.' ~~Isaiah



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Spiritual Encouragement for Women

Many scriptures given to us for encouragement are literally spoken by men to other men. Can we women really use these for our own encouragement? Does God care about women? This question has troubled me for years. The verse "Let your women keep silence in the churches" rings in my ears.

What does the Bible say about women?

This week, in my study of the Word, I was amazed by the mention of women prophetess, Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Nordiah (a false prophet), Anna, and Phillip's four unmarried daughters.

While many women of the bible were silly and spiteful and frivolous, many were worthy. We know God used women to fulfill his purpose many times throughout history. Naomi, Ruth, Esther come to mind. Abigail, Rahab, and Jesus's own friends, Mary and Martha.

God does not honor evil men or women but these new testament scriptures affirm to me that God does honor women who choose to follow Him. He has not called me to speak in the churches, but He has called me to write for Him.

Matthew 26:7-11
There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. <– God honors the woman who honors Him

Luke 4:26
But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. <– This messenger of God was only sent to a woman this time.

Luke 7:37- 50
And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. <– A woman's faith can save her.

Luke 10:38
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. <– Jesus visited a woman in her home.

John 4:27
And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? <– Jesus treated the woman like a real person.

John 4:39
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. <– The woman convinced the men that Jesus was God.

What a wonderful testimony that women can lead men to Christ. Obviously that is not what is meant that women are not to usurp authority over men. I believe that women are to speak the truth in love . . . but stop short of nagging. Praise God. This verse makes me feel complete in Him.

Acts 1:14
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. <– Men and women worshiping together.

Acts 9:36
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. <– A good woman is praised.

Acts 16:13-14
And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. <– Teaching women directly. Not just a byproduct of teaching men.

Acts 17:4
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. <– Chief Women ~ A compliment.

Acts 17:34
Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them. <– Women mentioned as part of the new converts.

1 Corinthians 11:10
For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. <– Power for women.

Philippians 4:3
And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. <– Women can labor in God's vineyard.

Titus 2:3-4
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, <– Older women can be teachers of God's ways.

1 Peter 3:5
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: <– We need the blessing of our husbands.

How has God spoken to you this week?