Seeing People Through A Broader Perspective

In last year’s writing class I was reviewing my life for something to write for an expressive paper. I wrote a paper called Learning the Hard Way. It deals with what happened one time when I failed to heed my mother’s warning when I was about eight. I keep discovering that I do indeed learn the hard way in just about every aspect. In that I’m like my Dad. It takes me probably five times or more to learn a lesson I’ve seen someone else grace over once and have it stick. Then ontop of that it probably takes another three or four times to get that lesson to stick.

Yesterday, I learned to see other people through a broader perspective. Not to see them for what they don’t do, but what they do. Sometimes I get so wound up in what I think a person should be doing that I don’t see that they are infact probably right where God wants them. So I learned a lesson in judgement and it hurt, but in my opinion it’s kind of like getting a spanking. It hurts but afterwards the lesson sticks with you and eventually by trial and error becomes a part of you.

I know I have a tendency for being negative but that doesn’t mean I have to focas on the negative of others. It will be hard to relearn how to be positive, but as the Bible puts it, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

I remember reading the Elsie Dinsmore series a while back and there was always a part that stuck out to me. Eddie Travilla, Elsie’s second child, commented to his father how the one boy they knew wasn’t very respectful to his mother, or something like that. Mr. Edward Travilla looked at his son and said, “Once Eddie Travilla has fixed all Eddie Travilla’s faults there will be time enough to fix the faults of others.”

Perhaps a little more meditating on my own faults and crack and a little less of looking at others. After all I’m supose to be looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. 🙂

Published in: on August 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm  Comments (1)  

The Only Ones

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

There have been many times lately when I would look around me and see all the Christians around me going the opposite direction of what God had intended and I wondered forlornly, “Are we the only ones left? Are we the only ones that are willing to serve the Lord no matter what other people said? Were we the only ones out there who believed the Bible for what God says it is? ”

Then I realized that I should have been looking to Jesus instead of around me.

Psalms 12: 6 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

About a month or so ago we began to visit a little baptist church about a half an hour away. We had been going to a mediun to large size fellowship for about three years or a little more and it is very nice. I made some great friends. They are lovely people, honest. They would do anything for you.

It has been interesting to learn from different perspectives. Getting encouragement from people by seeing the different ideas they have about God, His Word, and family.

My family however missed being around believers with the same ideas regarding these things. We missed the encouragement that comes from seeing others following God with the same kind of heart felt belief in the King James Bible.

I did not realize how my soul thirsted! When I heard the preaching I wanted to hear more and more. And well, I still want to hear more! 🙂 Hearing good sound doctrine and teaching is intoxicating!

While there we got to see a family we haven’t seen since I was a little girl and just beginning to learn to play the violin. Getting reaquainted was very nice. We have enjoyed it immensly. It has been an upliftling time for all three families that happened to get reaquainted and it has lifted the spirit of my family.

John 8:32 ” And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So, to answere the questions written above. No, we are not the only ones. God had his perfect timing and he only knows why we spent three years in a home fellowship, but I’m glad we were there for the many friends I made and lessons I learned. I have learned that we are placed where we are according to the purpose he would have us do. It’s just a matter of time before He moves us along.

Published in: on August 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wise As Serpents, And Harmless As Doves

I was listening and observing a conversation amoung several young ladies one day and to my amazement they were discussing something completely unbecoming and foolish of a young lady to say. I was struck as to how violent my one friend was talking about what she’d done to somebody. For some odd reason Matthew 10:16 came to mind.

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” That verse has stuck with me since. As I stood to go somewhere quick, I remarked to her, “Whatever happened to being wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” They all laughed and returned to their conversation.

But that verse has come in to my head these past weeks more than I can count. How many times do I lash out with my temper without thinking or talk foolishly for no good reason? I’m a bit of an observer and listener. I love to listen, more so than talk and I like to watch how people interact with their siblings and so forth. But I know I’ve got a nasty tongue when it wants to show and I’m not always careful with what I say. I’m a blunt, straite forward person and I tend to speak what is on my mind regardless of what others may think.

Lately I’ve been trying to learn when and when not to speak. It’s hard decerning just where I should put in a comment and what I should say. Sometimes I speak when I shouldn’t and other times I don’t when I should. I’m convicing myself it’s a learning process and will take time. Nothing happens in the blink of an eye. (With the exception of the rapture) I’ve got may learning goals in life, but one of the major ones is learning to be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 

Published in: on August 3, 2009 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

The Return of the King

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to every man according as his work shall be. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13

In the popular hymn Jesus Is Coming To Earth Again it speaks about how no one knows when the Lord is going to come back. It has been somewhere around 2000 years since Jesus Christ left earth for the first time and for 2000 years the Christians have been waiting for his return. The return of the King of this earth. One of the last commands Christ gave to his disciples was to “Go and preach the gospel to every creature.” Thus preparing the world for Christ return when he comes.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

I just can’t wait for Him to return and yet I feel sorry for all those who will be left behind in the rapture. Yet we must heed the warning in Revelation and never stop watching for the return of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come as a thief in the night, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

So let us be ever watchful for the return of the King lest He take us unawares. As a thief in the night!

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Amazing King James Version Bible

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

My dad is the most inspiring man I know on earth. I have met and seen many men, but I have never met a man that believed in the King James Bible more then my father. From the time I was a little girl, Dad taught us that the KJV was the word of God and that no matter who told us different, if we really studied it out, there was no translational errors in the KJV. In fact there is no errors at all. He has always given us both sides of the argument in anything we believed. Told us why the others were wrong and why, over and over again, we believe what we believe. I know that growing up knowing why I believed something was a very vital part of why I still believe what I do and why I made certain decisions in my life.

In July of 1604 fifty-four of the most educated men were gathered together by King James the first himself and told to translate the bible. Although he nominated 54 men only 47 of them actually translated the Bible we know as the KJV today. The men were then separated into six groups, meeting respectively at Westminster, Cambridge, and Oxford.

At Westminster, the first group of ten men were assigned Genesis-2 Kings; a second group of seven were assigned Romans-Jude. In Cambridge, a group of eight men were assigned 1Chronicles-Ecclesiastes, while another group of seven handled the Apocrypha. In Oxford another two groups were set. The first one, a group of seven, translated Isaiah-Malachi, and a second group of eight occupied themselves with the Gospels, Acts and Revelation.

They had fifteen rules to follow while translating the KJV.

1. The ordinary Bible read in the Church, commonly called the Bishops Bible, to be followed, and as little altered as the Truth of the original will permit.

2. The names of the Prophets, and the Holy Writers, with the other Names of the Text, to be retained, as nigh as may be, accordingly as they were vulgarly used.

3. The Old Ecclesiastical Words to be kept, viz. the Word Church not to be translated Congregation &c.

4. When a Word hath divers Significations, that to be kept which hath been most commonly used by the most of the Ancient Fathers, being agreeable to the Propriety of the Place, and the Analogy of the Faith.

5. The Division of the Chapters to be altered, either not at all, or as little as may be, if Necessity so require.

6. No Marginal Notes at all to be affixed, but only for the explanation of the Hebrew or Greek Words, which cannot without some circumlocution, so briefly and fitly be expressed in the Text.

7. Such Quotations of Places to be marginally set down as shall serve for the fit Reference of one Scripture to another.

8. Every particular Man of each Company, to take the same Chapter or Chapters, and having translated or amended them severally by himself, where he thinketh good, all to meet together, confer what they have done, and agree for their Parts what shall stand.

9. As any one Company hath dispatched any one Book in this Manner they shall send it to the rest, to be considered of seriously and judiciously, for His Majesty is very careful in this Point.

10. If any Company, upon the Review of the Book so sent, doubt or differ upon any Place, to send them Word thereof; note the Place, and withal send the Reasons, to which if they consent not, the Difference to be compounded at the general Meeting, which is to be of the chief Persons of each Company, at the end of the Work.

11. When any Place of special Obscurity is doubted of, Letters to be directed by Authority, to send to any Learned Man in the Land, for his Judgement of such a Place.

12. Letters to be sent from every Bishop to the rest of his Clergy, admonishing them of this Translation in hand; and to move and charge as many skilful in the Tongues; and having taken pains in that kind, to send his particular Observations to the Company, either at Westminster, Cambridge, or Oxford.

13. The Directors in each Company, to be the Deans of Westminster, and Chester for that Place; and the King’s Professors in the Hebrew or Greek in either University.

14. These translations to be used when they agree better with the Text than the Bishops Bible: Tyndale’s, Matthew’s, Coverdale’s, Whitchurch’s, Geneva.

15. Besides the said Directors before mentioned, three or four of the most Ancient and Grave Divines, in either of the Universities, not employed in Translating, to be assigned by the vice-Chancellor, upon Conference with the rest of the Heads, to be Overseers of the Translations as well Hebrew as Greek, for the better observation of the 4th Rule above specified.

It took them four years to present the complete and finished bible to King James 1. But in 1611 it was finally taken to the king and the King James Bible, named after the king of England who had begun the work, eclipsed all former versions of the Bible.

Although the Authorized Version, as it is known, is still (in the eyes of its defenders), the most accurate, there have been lots of new bible versions which have come out since then.

I believe firmly, like my dad, that the King James Version, the bible I hold and love, is the inerrant word of God. To all the translators I out there I would help issue God’s warning about changing God’s book.

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

So fellows be extremely careful when you’re retranslating Revelation. God is mighty particular about that book out of all of sixty-six.

Published in: on July 19, 2009 at 7:21 pm  Comments (1)