Canaanites’ daughters: Judges 3.6 VOTD

“They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; they worshiped their gods as well.”

Judges 3.6

The people of Israel did not fully obey the Lord and clear the land of Canaan of the pagans. As a result they intermarried and worshiped their gods.

The Christian’s goal is to be fully devoted to God. All entanglements that prevent this are avoided. What does it mean to be unequally yoked? 2 Cor 6.14.

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Guest Article: iPhones or iDols?

The following article is by Josh Gulley. Josh is the son of preacher man, a high school music teacher and member of the church in the same county that I live in, but he’s not a member at Keltonburg…hey, everyone has to have a flaw or two 🙂 Hope you find his words of warning helpful:

iPhones or iDols?

Cell phones can be wonderful tools. They have made the world smaller by allowing us to communicate more quickly and conveniently than has ever been possible. Using smartphone technology we can do almost anything, from paying our bills to controlling the lighting and air conditioning in our home while we’re not there. It has made life much easier—no longer must we waste all that energy opening the door or peeking out the window to check the weather: we can do that with just a few touches of the screen. Jesting aside, they have become a useful addition to our lives, and I imagine that there are some children of God who have (as I suppose we should) given Him thanks for the blessings cellular technology has brought to our lives.

As with every other good thing, however, cell phones can grow on us like warts. Days and weeks pass before we realize that we are touch-screening our lives away. Some of us have perhaps had the experience of turning around and driving miles back to our homes because we were almost to our destination when we realized our phone was not on our person. We feel like the earth’s rotation will stop if we are without our phones for an hour or two. At some point we cease using our phones because our phones are beginning to use us.

I personally do not have a smartphone (yet), but I know the description above can be true based on simple observation and experiences with other technology. As a teacher in a public school, I constantly have to remind students to put their phones away. If I do this at the beginning of class, within two or three minutes of giving that direction I will see somebody holding their book in just such a way to hide their phone from my sight. I am afraid some of them are drifting into a world where they depend on having that gadget in their hand the way we as humans depend on food and shelter. Continue reading

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Consider Your Ways (BibleTalk)

The prophet Haggai wrote concerning the children of Israel, “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6).

The Israelites were apparently working hard but not gaining very much. What was it that prevented them from prospering according to their efforts?

Back in verse 2, the Israelites declared that even though the temple of the Lord needed repair, now was not the time to do it. They were too busy taking care of their own homes to worry about the house of the Lord. But God rebuked them for this attitude in saying, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste” (1:4)?

Too often Christians today put off doing the work of the Lord because they think their family obligations cannot wait. Sometimes taking care of the church building is put off because everyone is too tired from working at their secular jobs all week. Visits cannot be made because there are chores to do around the house.

We seem to forget the words of Christ who said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).

Taking care of our family and work obligations are very important but certainly not more important than the work that our God gives us to do. Our lives should revolve around service to God not service to home.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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Tozer on lack of Christian discipline

Mr. Tozer had the following to say about the Protestant churches of his day that he knew. May it never be said of a church of God among us.

The amount of loafing practiced by the average Christian in spiritual things would ruin a concert pianist if he allowed himself to do the same thing in the field of music. The idle puttering around that we see in church circles would end the career of a big league pitcher in one week. No scientist could solve his exacting problem if he took as little interest in it as the rank and file of Christians take in the art of being holy. The nation whose soldiers were as soft and undisciplined as the soldiers of the churches would be conquered by the first enemy that attacked it. Triumphs are not won by men in easy chairs. Success is costly. —A.W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way, 26.

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TFT: Devotion

“If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken hearted for we often shall meet more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love for God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.” Service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy in the kingdom of God.

By Oswald  Chambers

(Luke 10:27)  So he answered and said, ” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.'”

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock

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The Mind of God

The Mind of God
Who can know the mind of God? There is no one who can know the mind of God unless God has revealed Himself (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). That is exactly what the Lord has done; He has revealed Himself to man. Yet, when Paul asked this question in Romans 11:33-35, the answer to the question was (is) that no one can know the Lord’s mind (unless He revealed it). With that being the case, why is it that man thinks he is in better position to judge the Lord’s way than the Lord Himself? Man can hardly understand the affairs of life that are going on around him, much less will it be that He can understand anything of the Lord! The audacity of that is one thing, but it is another when He has revealed Himself to man and man, still thinking he is wiser than God, puts himself in the judgment seat over God. This is not audacity, this is plain stupidity! The Lord has revealed His will to man, and since we can know what it is He desires, let us submit ourselves to Him who is Judge over all. He desires that all who seek Him do so through His Son (John 14:6).

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I Am Resolved

The first thing I plan to do Monday morning is switch internet providers. This last week was the last straw. Perhaps some of you were wondering why I dropped off the “internet” face of the earth. I just couldn’t get the pages to load most of the time. It gets old paying for high speed but getting lower quality than dial-up. While it’s not really part of my annual resolutions I am resolved to make this change none the less.

This year I plan to streamline and declutter and to put rules in place to curb any new buildup.

I plan to restore margin back into my daily living. I have attempted this one before with some success, but it’s easy to fall back into old habits.

The biggest and most important resolution is to block out more time for Bible reading, writing and prayer. It might seem odd to place this one last, but hear me out. I have seen in the lives of others and especially in my own life two problems that keep us from setting aside time for God–too many things and too many commitments.

With God as my witness and my helper, I will bring these under control by the end of 2010.

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