Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

From Persecution Project

I love the Gospel message and the Gospel witness. It runs completely counter to everything our “old nature” tells us to do. The world says, “Live for yourself.” The Gospel says, “Die to yourself.” The world says, “Feed your self-esteem.” The Gosepl says, “Feed your soul by esteeming others.” The world says, “Make time for yourself.” The Gospel says, “Spend your time helping others.” The world says, “Look out for no. 1.” The Gospel identifies “No. 1″ as “not us.”

When people live according to Gospel precepts, the world changes. The world changes, because it doesn’t know what to do with such a crazy way of life.
By Brad Phillips, PPF President. Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

God's Ways

Christians need to be praying for those who are as yet unsaved, including those who are our personal enemies and the enemies of Christ. After all, we were all once enemies of Christ. People were no doubt praying for our conversion, and so we need to pray for all those who are not yet part of His kingdom.

And while I mainly pray for those who are close to me, I have prayed for some of the more contensious of the enemies of the kingdom. Usually I pray that they be saved in some kind of dramatic way that completely undermines their previous atheist / Muslim / etc position.

One of the people I prayed for was Osama bin Laden. Obviously, he wasn't saved.

At first when I found out I was put out. It would have been a massive "scoop" for God if, in His povidence, He had saved bin Laden. What a wasted opportunity.

Obviously, God feels differently about wasted opportunity. And recently, reading the newspaper, I found out a small portion of the reason why.

Bin Laden had illict materials on his computer.

That's right. Bin Laden, who accused the West of being decedant etc, etc, had the same sort of materials on his computer.

God's ways are indeed better than our ways. There will no doubt be many in the Islamic world who will question the ways of Islam as a result of this. And many, no doubt, will come to God because of it.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


It's so easy to say things that are less than God's standard for speech. It's so easy to fall into the pattern of the world with our mouths.

It's one thing to not swear. Some of my non-Christian friends restrain from swearing. (Though I fail in this area.) But proper Christian speech needs to be much, much more than that.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Ephesians 4:29

We are not to say ANYTHING that is going to effect those around us negatively. Wow. No complaining. No gossip. No passing the day. And if we take this to the fullest extent, we can only speak what will actually build others up. So no small talk, sports talk, wasted time and breath talk.

It's easy to think that it would be better to take a vow of silence so that we don't fail in this area. I mean for me, I do ALL of those bad things. As I stated above, I swear on occasion! Maybe being silent would be better.

But that is not all that we are commanded to do. Look at this verse:
"speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord," (Ephesians 5:19).

We are to keep speaking, to ourselves, to each other, to the non-Christians we meet. We are just supposed to use every word that comes out of our mouths for the glory of Him who is the Living Word.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Day by Day

Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day

From the musical Godspell

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Trusting For Food

If there's one thing about me that everyone knows, it's that I want 20 children. Once I introduced myself to someone at my church with the statement "I'm the crazy white girl who wants 20 kids," and they told me that they had heard of me.

What interests me is that everyone has the same response when they hear I want 20 kids. Whether the hearer is Christian or secular, they all respond with the question, "How will you afford it?" (or they tell me I need to marry a very rich man.)

I usually point out that I lived for a year on $5 a week for all of my groceries. $5 times by 22 (my and the husband'd have to eat too) only equals $110.

They usually want to know how I managed this. I point out how you can get plenty of free bread, fruit, vegetables, eggs, and honey if you know how to. Really, I spent most of the $5 on things like toilet paper.

The thing is, BOTH of these attitudes are the wrong attitudes to have.

Most people think that children are a burden. That they cost a lot of money, so you'd better not have too many.

And while I wasn't falling into that trap, I was thinking that I can provide for any amount of children. The key word there is the I could provide.

I cannot provide for 20 children. Heck, in my own strength, I cannot provide for 1! But God CAN provide for all the children He gives me, and it is no harder for Him to provide for 20 than for one.

God is sovereign, and He gives all that He needs for all of His people.

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Psalm 37:25

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Witnessing Failures

I love apologetics. I think it’s so fascinating, and I love to share with my friends why I believe in Jesus and how I try to live out my life as a result.

In fact, I like this so much that my friend Stephen apparently thinks my hidden spiritual gift is evangelism. Which made his girl-friend, my housemate Kallie laugh. It made me laugh to. I so don’t think so.

I have written before how the thing is to be obedient. Don’t worry about what your spiritual gifting is. Sure, you will be better at some things than others. We all are. But the thing is to do what you can in the situation that you are currently in – whether the situation calls for “spiritual” ministry or material ministry or anything else.

And boy, do I struggle with this. I am actually really bad at starting a conversation. Sure, once the conversation gets going, I’m usually all right. But starting one is another matter. I mean, I plan often out my phone calls on paper because otherwise I find it too difficult to dial the number. (Seriously. I have issues.)

But even when I am in a conversation, I am often SO tempted to do less than my best. I am so often tempted to let a few things slide because it’s easier, because then others will think better than me. (Fear of man = sin. I’m working on it.)

Two examples from recent times, both in relation to speaking to others (who started the conversation, no less) demonstrate this. Just before Easter I was going to the library and I bumped into two Mormons. They asked for some directions, then turned the conversation to matters of God etc. They were kind of amazed that I even know any part of Mormon theology (they don’t believe in the Trinity, etc) so we had an interesting five minute conversation. In the course of it, they mentioned how they believe in the Bible but believe that it is full of errors and that textual criticism has proved that.

The thing is, I actually know a small amount of textual criticism, and it supports the opposite – that the Bible is reliable in pretty much every aspect. And I can give enough information on this to demonstrate my point.

But I didn’t. And afterwards I felt terrible. And even when I ran into them for a second time (with my friend Kallie, just after Easter) I didn’t bring it up. Whatever happened to being always ready to give an answer?

The second one is happening now. (Well, not literally now, but I’m stressing about it now.) One of my bus drivers has passed me a few DVDs he burnt, because we then talk about history and philosophy etc. One of the DVDs he gave me was Rome, series 1 and 2. And so, when I was at home sick, I started watching them.

Oh my goodness, they were beyond inappropriate. There was way more scenes of people having s*x than some adult films. I made it through 3 episodes (the history is actually interesting; I’d go make tea while people were being inappropriate) before giving up.

The thing is, the bus driver is going to ask me all about the show next time I catch his bus. And I need to tell him that I thought it was inappropriate, and why.

I know that it is a GREAT witnessing opportunity, but I’m quite frankly, terrified.

So please pray for me.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011