A Place for Women

I have had to grapple with my view of women in the church… I’ve needed to confront the mindset that I had swallowed being educated in conservative Christian schools and churches.  I have had to come to grips with the disservice that we have done to women for too long.

I’ve come around, have you?  I challenge us all to read from scholars that may provide alternate views on the role of women in the church.  Biblically defendable views.

As one now married to a minister, I want to fan the flame of giftedness that so many women are humbly waiting to offer the church.

“Many churches quick to teach submission are often slow to point out that women were also among the followers of Christ (Luke 8), that the first recorded word out of His resurrected mouth was “woman” (John 20:15) and that same woman was the first evangelist. Many churches wholly devoted to teaching the household codes are slow to also point out the numerous women with whom the Apostle Paul served and for whom he possessed obvious esteem.” – Beth Moore

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Leaders Beware…

Those with a platform need to beware of the inner life…

“His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God.”
(2 Chronicles 26:15-16)

“And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not.”
(Jeremiah 45:5)

Father,
Always grant me character
that is greater than my gifts
and humility
that is greater than my influence.
Amen.

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Sports lessons Translate to Life

Every athlete I have coached, and all of my children, have this quote memorized – as I memorized it in 1980 while a Cadet at West Point…

“Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other fields, on other days, will bear the fruit of victory.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur while Commandant of Cadets at The USMA, West Point.

I wanted them to know that sports were not just a way to have fun and get exercise – but were a platform for learning great principles of teamwork, discipline, sacrifice, humility, and tribulation.

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Jesus

Greatest man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus.

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Maundy Thursday

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Prayer of Confession, Contrition, Humility, Dependency

Lord Jesus, I sin. Grant that I may never cease grieving because of it, never be content with myself, never think I can reach a point of perfection. Kill my envy, command my tongue, trample down self. Give me grace to be holy, kind, gentle, pure, peaceable, to live for You and not for self, to copy Your words, acts, spirit, to be transformed into Your likeness, to be consecrated wholly to You, to live entirely to Your glory.

Deliver me from attachment to things unclean, from wrong associations, from the predominance of evil passions, from the sugar of sin.

O God, the Eternal All, help me to know that all things are shadows, but You are substance, all things are quicksands, but You are mountain, all things are shifting, but You are anchor, all things are ignorance, but You are wisdom.

Portion of a Prayer from Valley of Vision – Puritan Prayers

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The Power of the Tongue

I’ve been led to do some study on the tongue, and thought I’d share some of the more profound verses with you all… They have been a good reminder to me.

2 Corinthians 12:20 “For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.”

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Exodus 23:1 “Do not spread false reports.”

James 1:26 “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

James 4:11 “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”

Leviticus 19:16 “Do not go about spreading slander among your people.”

Proverbs 10:18 “Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.”

Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”

Proverbs 16:28 “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Proverbs 17:9 “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death…”

Proverbs 20:19 “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.”

Proverbs 26:20 “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

1 Timothy 5:13-14 “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.”

Proverbs 26:20 “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. “

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