Keys To Discernment: Paul’s Salutation To The Colossians

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“Oh DebbieLynne, no!” you’re saying. “Paul’s opening verses in Colossians don’t really talk about discernment. Can’t you just skip them?”

To be truthful, sisters, I seriously considered skipping these introductory remarks Paul made. Like you, I’m eager to get into the meat of the epistle! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that even these verses possess nuggets of doctrine that can help us discern sound teaching. Remember — true discernment comes through Continue reading

To Save A Wretch Like Me

Our Christian life is victorious. Certainly we should celebrate our victory over sin and death, as well as the temporal blessings and answered prayers God gives us. Truly, we live lives that overflow with a quality of joy that non-Christians can’t begin to imagine!

But the real victory is our salvation. In and of ourselves, we’re miserable wretches, totally incapable of any godliness. Yet Jesus took our sin on Himself, giving us His righteousness in exchange! He made us His own possession, though we did nothing to merit His favor. What a stunning victory!

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Saturday Sampler: January 12 — January 18

For  a variety of interesting topics, see  The Mailbag: Potpourri (Home churches, Non-Calvinist authors, Memes from false teachers, Contrarian commenter?)by Michelle Lesley. I don’t know if I entirely agree with her view on home churches, but I don’t entirely disagree either. Her answer about contrarian commenters indirectly helps me with a situation on Facebook, though. In total, this post is well worth reading.

In an article for Caffeinated Theology, we learn How to Read Authors and Theologians with Whom You Disagree from David Norman. Don’t ignore his postscript — it’s particularly convicting and therefore helpful.

Reading Leslie A’s Growing 4 Life blog frequently forces me to ask myself hard questions, which makes me appreciate her. There Are Only Two Roads asks another hard question that those of us who claim to know Christ must answer. Praise the Lord for Leslie’s courage to help us examine ourselves!

Don’t make 2020  the year of Me, Myself and My Selfie, advises SharaC of Into the Foolishness of God. I’m so delighted to see her speak out against the popular idea that we ought to love ourselves first. Her post brings back some basic Christian concepts that have fallen out of fashion in recent decades.

Elizabeth Prata observes that Many mercies go unnoticed in the course of providence in an essay for The End Time. During my years as a Charismatic, I scoffed at the idea of providence, preferring to focus on miracles, but now I appreciate the way God providentially works in His creation. Elizabeth’s post explains the wonder of providence in ordering everything according to His purposes.

Teaching God’s Word is a tremendous responsibility, as Melissa Edginton of Your Mom Has a Blog testifies. She writes James 3:1 and the Trembling Teacher with wonderful balance to encourage us to look to the Lord rather than to ourselves.

The Reformation gave us men who returned us to truth, but it also gave us women who applied that truth in their personal lives. Writing for A Place For Truth, Simonetta Carr presents Mary Honywood and Her Flickering, Unquenchable Faith as an encouragement to those of us who struggle with doubt. Don’t overlook this piece.

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Flashback Friday: Forgetful Evangelicals And The Entitlement Mentality

Originally posted April 4, 2018

Glory Of The CrossI believe evangelicals of the 21st Century have by and large lost the sense that God has saved us for His honor and glory. As we’ve incorporated Charismatic teaching and psychological principles into our weakened version of Christianity, we’ve accepted the mistaken idea that God exists to heal our bodies, expand our bank accounts, make our marriages satisfying and remove all temptation from us. We conveniently forget why He calls us to Him in the first place.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~~1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

Anyone can distort the Bible into false promises of health, prosperity and your best life now, insisting that God wants us to be happy. But, even though the Lord is a good Father Who gives good gifts to His children, He doesn’t give those gifts to Continue reading

When Innocence Is Taken From Children

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Do you remember the days when children thought God looked down from heaven, saw who the married ladies were, and put babies in their tummies? Except for Mary, of course — Jesus was special because His real Daddy was God, not Joseph.

Until I was 12, I quite contentedly believed that scenario. When my dad died, I understood that God wouldn’t  give Mom any more babies because she was a widow. And, despite having two gay relatives, I knew nothing about homosexuality until I was 18.

Looking back, I’m thankful to have been a child in such an innocent era. It breaks my heart that children today can’t have the innocence that guarded my childhood.

As early as the mid-1970s, things changed. I remember sitting in the neighborhood park during my college years, waiting for my sister to retrieve me. A boy no older than nine approached me, obviously curious about my Continue reading

I Haven’t Blogged About Yoga In A Long Time

6aaf1-meditationIt’s funny how the Lord works.

When people ask me how the Lord brought me to Reformed Theology, I’m often tempted to answer simply,  “Yoga.” Undoubtedly, this temptation comes from my early adolescent days when I liked shocking people. But as an adult, I realize that doing things for shock value isn’t always helpful.

Researching Holy Yoga actually did play a role in leading me to Reformed Theology, I must admit. Of course, the Lord used a number of other factors, so I would be dishonest to attribute my change solely to yoga.

That said, I’ve always seen yoga (“holy” or otherwise) as a serious problem ensnaring far too many evangelicals. Sadly, I know several people who see no conflict between Continue reading

The Drudgery And Privilege Of Prayer And Bible Reading

Flourishes04We’ve all had those days. We grudgingly open our Bibles because we know we should, but we’d really rather finish that crafts project or read another chapter in that novel.

If I can publicly admit to having days that I simply don’t want to spend time with the Lord, the least you could do is privately confess it to Him. After all, He already knows your secret thoughts.

Of course we feel guilty about approaching our devotions as if they were a chore like cleaning the oven. And I have no intention of alleviating our guilt. We need to come to terms with the fact that we fail to Continue reading