Our Family Album
Today, I am starting a new “mid-week” musing series, which will continue each Wednesday for a few weeks. It will be excerpts from a book I wrote in 2012 about our family experiences. Our story has been somewhat unique, although I guess when you think about it every family’s story is unique. At any rate, I wanted to share some insight into the backstory of my musings. Perhaps you will find it interesting. If not, you can always skips Wednesdays.
Introduction To The Brewer Family
Steven, Eileen, Joshua & Joel
Established November 22, 1975
Joshua 24:14-15 – “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness…But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (NIV 1984)
In many respects, Our Family Album is no different than most. Proudly displayed in its pages are pictures that celebrate Continue reading “Our Family Album”
Right Thing, Right Way, Right Reason
Leviticus 19:5 – When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We know that the world is full of people who do the wrong thing. There are also many who may be doing the right thing, but in the wrong way or with the wrong intent. This may be just as bad as doing the wrong thing.
My Advice – It is not enough to do the right thing. Do it the right way and with the right motive. But never use this as an excuse, however, to do the wrong thing (or to not do the right thing).
Leviticus 18:3 – “You must not so as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Just because we live in a fallen world, and just because there is evil all around us, does not mean we have to be like those around us.
My Advice – No matter where God takes you in life to work and live, you are likely to find things that are inconsistent with God’s laws. Do not follow the crowd. As a child of God, you are called to be different from the crowd. You may be ridiculed and made fun of, but it will all be worthwhile to hear God say “well done.”
Time for another Sunday amusing. But as I am sure you are finding, what appears to be amusing at first, may not be after all. Read on.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine – Source unknown.
We both laugh and complain about change. Yet this quote has it all wrong. There is something else, or rather someone else, who does not change:
Malachi 3:6 – “I the LORD do not change” (NIV 1984).
My Musing – But sometimes it sure seems like it, when you consider what passes for right and wrong nowadays. Still God has not changed. And neither has mankind. We are still looking for ways to twist God’s moral standards to suit our own needs and desires. We recreate God in our own image and accept “fake theology” as a substitute for the truth. As Christians. we must relentlessly guard God’s truth, hide it in our hearts and share it with others with gentleness and respect. Because, despite what Arlo might say, change is a big deal if we are changing what God says.
But there is so much of this fake theology out there, that we have to ask ourselves how can we be relentless in guarding the truth? Continue reading “Fake Theology”
Step 3 – A Spirit-Led Lifestyle
“I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” (Ezekiel 36:27)
A: Discovering the Truth
The Holy Spirit is perhaps the least understood and the most unappreciated person of the Trinity. But He is just as much part of the Godhead as is the Father and the Son. He is a personal being, not some impersonal force or vague presence. To believers, He plays an indispensable role. So much so, Continue reading “A Spirit-Led Lifestyle”
Grow In Holiness
Leviticus 11:44 – “I am the Lord your God, consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am Holy.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We cannot be holy in the absolute sense that God is. But we should make every effort to develop in holiness as we grow in Christ.
My Advice – You were saved by grace. That secured your salvation and made you a son of God. That is your position which cannot change. Now, be an imitator of God and of His holiness, as you grow in the faith. This is your character, which develops over time.
Leviticus 10:3 – “Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of the people I will be honored.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Even though we are sons and daughters and even though we have Jesus as an intercessor we should respect and honor God.
My Advice – Do not be so casual with God that you dishonor Him. Do not take Him for granted. While we can boldly approach His “throne of grace,” we should still be respectful and consider His holiness.