The Benefits of Living Together

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Articles, Interviews & Articles | 0 comments

Around Christmas time, I was walking Star–my dog–and stopped to talk to my neighbor. I told him how excited I was that this was going to be my second Christmas with Marc. His immediate question was, “So when are you getting married?” Shocked, I said that we were already married. His next reaction was priceless. “Good. As it should be.” Wait, what? Why is it that we presume all young adults who are living together aren’t married? Maybe because less and less people delay marriage until they’re in their upper 20′s and early 30′s. Maybe because young adults in church look (and act) no different from those not in church. I apologize if this is offending anyone or stirring up needless drama. This really is the first time I’ve written on the topic–and this time I’m not wussing out. It is not my aim to judge or condemn anyone, but to pose the distinct question: What does it really look like to do life together in a healthy way? I’m not just talking about living together inside or outside the context of marriage. I’m talking about Acts 2 where the believers lived together and had everything in common (Acts 2:44). Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or living with roommates or parents–it’s a question I find myself asking quite often, especially in the first year of my marriage. I’m totally stealing this from The Sacred Search, a new book by Gary Thomas. In it he says, “God made you a sexual being but commands you to restrict sexual activity to marriage (1 Cor. 6:15-20; 7:36-38; 1 Thess. 4:3-7). At a certain point, for some of you it will become overwhelming difficult, to the point of courting temptation, to delay the marriage that will allow a holy expression of sexual activity” (The Sacred Search, page 84). When Marc and I got married I was scared. Terrified. It is by the grace of God I waited until marriage for sex, and also for living together. It wasn’t because God made me or my parents forbid it, but because I truly desired to have a physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy marriage from the start. When I say there are benefits to living together it’s because I’ve lived them. Not because I’m making you see my point or telling you what to do. I can only tell you what I am experiencing and what I’m experiencing has been nothing short of a miracle. It wasn’t until I got married that I realized how unhealthy I was living. Through Marc, God showed me it was the way I was living that was causing me pain–and I didn’t even know it. I was living at my...

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Break Up Your Fallow Ground!

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Articles, Interviews & Articles | 0 comments

Jeremiah 4:3-4.  ‘For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:  “Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.  Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart.”’ Hosea 10:12.  “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, ‘till He comes and rains righteousness on you. This article owes its genesis to a walk I took last summer along a path that runs through two fields near my home.   It was during the dry spell that came at the end of June.  In the first field the farmer was growing maize, and the corn really was ‘as high as an elephant’s eye.’ Although there had been no rain for a while the maize was growing splendidly as the roots sucked up the moisture and nourishment hidden within the ground.  The field was doing what a field is supposed to do- it was providing a crop and the farmer would soon have a harvest from it- thirty-fold, sixty-fold or a hundred-fold, I don’t know, but that is what such fields are for- to produce fruit; a crop, a harvest. But when I walked into the second field, it was a very different story;  there was no crop.  There had been at one point; I could see the stalks where the maize had been cut down by a combine the year previously, but since then the farmer had left the field to lie fallow.  Now because of the hot, dry weather that we had been having, the surface of the ground had been baked hard.  Underneath it might have been soft, but there was a sort of hard skin on the surface, and almost nothing was growing- just some scrub and a few weeds- no crop. A day or two later, there was a torrential rainstorm and I thought, well, that rain will turn the field into a real quagmire, but to my surprise, when I walked through the second field the next day, the ground was still as dry and hard as ever. The rain had not penetrated that hard outer skin and had flowed off the field and into the ditch.  Now imagine if the farmer had dropped seed on that land hoping for a harvest.  Fat chance!  The seed would have remained on the surface of the ground and either the birds would have eaten it or the rain would have washed it away.  The seed needs to go deep down into the ground before it will germinate. So what does the farmer need to do to get a crop out of that field?  He must...

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31-DAY DEVOTIONAL – Indonesian Version

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Christian Living, Devotionals, Recent Work | 0 comments

BUY Perfect Bound, BW, 6 x 9, 46 pages Also available in downloadable eBOOK for iPad or Kindle. See more books of same category: Christian Living Author: Rick Lancaster God created every living person to be a part of His great work in this world. The 31-Day devotional is written for those people that realize they have a role to play in that work of God. Whether your role is great or small, this daily walk through the Scriptures will encourage you and build you up. Even if you are not sure what your role is, this devotional might help you to discover it.  ...

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Ordinary Women Extraordinary God

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Christian Living | 0 comments

BUY Perfect Bound, BW, 5.5 x 8.5, 208 pages Also available in downloadable eBOOK for iPad or Kindle. See more books of same category: Christian Living Author: June Hesterly & Sandi Macintosh Don’t you long to be Extraordinary? Most of us dream of lives that rise above the mundane, and yet, our own limitations stare back at us from the mirror each day. ­In Ordinary Women, Extraordinary God, Calvary Chapel pastors’ wives and ministry leaders-including Kay Smith, Cathe Laurie, Diane Coy, and Jean McClure-point to the One who can take your ordinary life and make it extraordinary for Him. This collection of snapshots from the lives of women of the Bible is not a reference work, but a series of Bible studies filled with personal insights and challenging applications. Each author highlights one or two women, reminding us of the rewards of faith and the consequences of sin. From Mary Magdalene to Hannah, Dorcas, and Ruth-you will see yourself in women whose destinies were transformed when their simple faith met the power of God. You will also see yourself in their flaws and gain new hope to move beyond failure to a life of victory. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter invite you to draw your own conclusions and apply biblical truth to your life. Ordinary Women, Extraordinary God will leave you longing for more of our extraordinary...

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REDEEMED AND RESTORED

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Christian Living | 0 comments

BUY Perfect Bound, BW, 5.5 x 8.5, 224 pages Also available in downloadable eBOOK for iPad or Kindle. See more books of same category: Christian Living Author: June Hesterly & Sandi Macintosh Redeemed & Restored is a collection of twelve spiritual autobiographies – from women like Kay Smith, Cathe Laurie, and Diane Coy – but really, it is the singular story of the power of an extraordinary God to rescue lives that have gone far adrift. Jesus Christ is the hero of every narrative and His glorious love and mercy come shining through every page. The women whose lives are summarized in this book were central to the Jesus Movement revival of the 1970’s. In this regard, Redeemed & Restored is a historical narrative detailing how God was at work in one of the most tumultuous times in twentieth-century American history. Weary travelers on life’s road will be reminded that God is near to the brokenhearted and at work in the most chaotic of world events. It is our hope that readers will be so filled with a sense of awe when they’ve turned the last page that they will be moved to record their own testimonies at the back of this thin volume, thus adding one more chapter to the everlasting redemption...

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