Stay in the Battle!

Well, we’ve gone from Rosie the Riveter to Susie the Spackler to Sandy the Sander and now: Patty the Painter, all in one week!  During that time, the ministry marches on: the cares and concerns do not cease.  At times, I wonder if we’re making a difference.

As I talked with a coworker who goes to a contemporary church and he tells me that the church runs about one hundred fifty people, half of which are children, and that they are going to build soon…I wonder, are we making a difference?

We’re in a battle, folks.  If you are trying to live a godly separated (I didn’t say isolated which is often the accusation) life, then you will always be the minority!  I am not against that church.  I praise God for every soul that is saved, every life that is touched and encouraged to Christ-likeness; however, I question the validity of bringing the world into the church.

When I went to the Lord this morning for nourishment from His Word, I have to admit, I was a bit droopy.  I prayed for guidance and wisdom and He gave it abundantly!  Praise His Name!

In the Feature, A Daily Bible Study Guide ( devotional booklet that we use, the study has been about David.  Today was specifically about his battle with Goliath.  Have you ever thought about everyone’s reaction to his choice of five smooth stones?  Ridiculous – sort of like the reaction I got from another pastor’s wife when I told her we use hymns and CCM (Classical Contemporary Music!!!!)  “You’ll never draw a crowd with that,” she said, and she was right!  But is that our vision, our focus?  Sure, I want to see the place packed out, but I am convinced that if I use the world’s weapons I will not be slaying giants but rather, creating more!  Five smooth stones – David chose his weapons wisely even though all of Israel – his own people – thought he was crazy!  He refused the king’s armor!  Can you imagine?  That took a lot of nerve; no, it took a lot of faith in God.

As I was listening to a sermon this week by Dr. Mark Minnick, (  The Struggle to Believe God is Good OCTOBER 9TH, 2012), he said that at times when we walk by faith, we cannot even trust what are eyes are seeing.  All around us, church after church, family after family are falling under the spell of the other CCM!  It is a giant of epic proportion!  Beware!  If we are feeding our flesh and tickling the Spirit, there will be consequences!

Paul tells us to “…walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Ga 5:16)  It’s a daily battle, but there are so many consequences that follow a shallow, worldly life – I’m just not going to risk it!  That little guy at the top is just one of the reasons.  We determined to give our grandchildren godly parents and the music we fed their little hearts was a vital part of that commitment!  Stay in the battle, folks!

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I've been blogging for several years now, and continue to be thankful for the opportunity to share my heart, as well as hone my writing skills. When I was urged to write about my passion, three things came to mind: my God, my family, and music. I am a born-again believer of Jesus Christ. My doctrine is Baptist, my stand is fundamental. I love the Word of God and want to share how it has changed my life. It is my primary passion; however, my family is the close second! God has blessed me with a wonderful godly husband who has led me and discipled me in my walk with Christ. God also gave us three wonderful children who, along with their spouses, all love the Lord and are passionate soldiers in God's army as well. Add seven grandchildren, and my heart is overflowing with praise to my God! Music comes in third and is a great burden on my heart. We all need to find what is acceptable and pleasing to God in this area. Like every area of the Christian life, we cannot just choose music because we like it.

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