“Some Christians who do know Christ are in great doubt as to whether they know him. This ought not to be. It is too solemn a matter to be left to chance or conjecture. I believe there are saved ones who do not know of a surety that they are saved. They are raising the question often that never ought to be a question. No man ought to be content to leave that unsettled, for mark thee, my hearer, if thou art not a saved man, thou art a condemned man. If thou art not forgiven, thy sins lie on thee. Thou art now in danger of hell if thou art not now secure of heaven, for there is no place between these two. Thou art either a child of God, or not. Why say ye, ??I hope I am a child of God, yet I do not know; I hope, yet not know that I am forgiven??? In such suspense ye ought not to be. Thou art either one or the other ? either a saint or a sinner, either saved or lost, either walking in the light or walking in the dark.” Charles Spurgeon

Christianity,

Verse Card Maker Tool

Here’s a handy tool for printing out verses to memorize in a business card format. It’s called the Verse Card Maker by Michael Scott. I have yet to try it, so I’ll update this post after I tried it. Verse Card Maker

Christianity,

Trutone Bibles Going Bad

The trutone material is a new thing for Bibles. I don’t know exactly when they started making them, but it seems like it hasn’t been more than a couple years.  When they are new, the look and feel is very impressive, however, it seems that they are not doing well with age. J. Mark Bertrand has been reviewing Bibles for years and keeps an eye out for quality Bibles. This time he’s discovered the Trutone covers are not surviving with age. Read his article and the comments on his blog, you’ll see that many people are experiencing the same thing with these Trutone bibles. Looks like they are a waste of money and resources. Click Here for J. Mark Bertrand on Trutone Bibles

Organics,

Our Eggs Come From Here

We get our eggs through our weekly CSA veggie box. The chicken rancher is Jim Dunlop of TLC Ranch. He had told me about his mobile chicken coops, and I’ve tried to imagine what they look like; now there’s a photo that’s up for voting in a photo contest. The mobile chicken coops allow them to take their free range chickens and move them periodically to fresh grass. This also lets the previous area recover from the chicken troopin’ and poopin’. Click here to vote for this photo in their contest.

“TLC Ranch raise pigs and laying hens on 20 acres of organic pasture. The laying hens share the pasture with a system of movable fencing and mobile chicken coops made from recycled cotton trailers”

 

Christianity,

God’s Timing for Marriage or Parents

Isn’t it interesting that God had designed our bodies such that we begin to have intense physical attraction to the opposite sex in our high school and teenage years and at the same time parents are doing their best to avoid having daughters that become single teenage mothers or sons who become dead beat fathers . I’ve often wondered if perhaps God’s timing for marriage is not the same as our culture’s timing for marriage; it has been shifted not based on biblical reasons, but based on worldy reasons such as education, career, aquisition of a house, or other wordly things. On the other hand, God has designed our bodies such that they are ready for marriage and family much sooner.

I totally agree that we should be celibate before marriage, but if you don’t have the gift of celibacy—a life of celibacy for the purpose of serving God—then perhaps it’s unwise to try to force a gift that God has not given. Instead parents can plan for their children to marry earlier and experience the gift of marriage.

It seems that the wider evangelical world might be in for a bit of a shake-up in this respect. Christianity today’s cover story is “The Case for Early Marriage” and Albert Mohler is blogging and supporting it too. I’m all for it too—with a healthy portion of wisdom and discernment. Click here to see the article: “The Case for (Early) Marriage” on Albert Mohler’s blog.

Netflix to Puritan Picks

Perhaps only a few of you know that I love the Puritans. My old friends from my school days, or party days, might not know a single thing about the Puritans. Perhaps their name invokes a stereotype of boring, religious people; but I’m more familiar with their writings, which use rich, sometimes poetic language that is full of passion and love for God. What if you can watch stuff like that on your modern flat panel LCD ? Well, there is a DVD lending service called Puritan Picks. I stumbled across it when looking at the redesign of the Monergism website. It looks like something worth checking out for all those who are curious about what a Puritan might pick to watch! wink

Click Here for Puritan Picks