Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sonrise

I had a dream last night that started a conversation with God as I woke up. I decided to take a little drive to watch the sun rise and pray. Sounds pretty simple but I soon found myself driving down several 'dead end' roads looking for that allusive perfect spot.

As I see the first glint of the sun through the fog I wonder how many people's lives are like my ride this morning? How many of us are running around, spinning our wheels, wasting energy on dead end roads trying to connect with God? Doing church is easier than Jesus. Being a good spouse, parent, employee is easier than Jesus. You get the point. Don't get me wrong, all of those things are good (even Godly) but none of them are God.

I finally just had to park. It's not the spot I imagined but it worked. I saw the sun rise over the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and that was the point. I'd encourage you to quit trying to find the perfect place or be the perfect person in your pursuit of God. Just stop where you are and look up.

This morning I got really honest and vulnerable with Jesus and immediately heard his voice speaking to my heart. And in the end I guess that's the point.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ladies' Night.


Before you jump to conclusions and pass judgment please read the entire post.

"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety." - 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Many churches approach women in ministry, leadership, etc. from a 'sit down and shut up' attitude based this passage of Scripture. I however do not. I think it is always wise to read a passage in the context of the entire counsel of Scripture. Scholars have debated this topic for centuries and good and Godly men have fallen on both sides of the fence. In my humble and accurate opinion you have to dismiss mountains of evidence throughout both the Old and New Testaments to relegate women to the corner of the Church. Where would Israel have been without Deborah? What if Esther had kept quiet? Don't forget that Moses' wife saved his life when the Lord had determined to kill him. Numerous women were involved in the ministry of Jesus. It was a woman who was the first witness of the resurrection and TOLD the apostles. Don't forget Priscilla & Aquila who ministered with Paul (Let me pause to say that it was extremely odd to list the wife before the husband because it is a sign of rank. Barnabas was always listed before Saul/Paul until he took the primary leadership roll in the ministry). In Acts 21 we learn that Stephen had 4 unmarried daughters who prophesied which only jives with what Jesus said in Acts 2:17 - "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."

That does not mean that men and women are the same (obviously we are plumbed AND wired differently). That does not mean that God has not established order in the home and the church (we are to submit to one another. So ladies let your voices be heard, let your God given gifts shine and let your lives lead the way in your family, your community and our church. It's time to stand up and speak out!

"You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise." - Galatians 3:26-29

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