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ALL GOD DOES IS GOOD!

This is a wonderful video that brings to our hearts a number of important reminders:

Each life is from God and EVERY child has worth

God is good in all he brings

Life is enriched when we trust and obey God

The Christmas story is overflowing with beautiful truths

ON VACATION

Thank you for reading the Well-Rooted Blog. I hope it is a meaningful help to you.

Well-Rooted will be back on August 29th.

 

THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE CALL HUMOR

When we are with people who are joking around in ways that are “off color” (which is a nicer way to say sinful), it is easy for us to slip in with them with our laughter, or even our participation.

I have noticed that Christians sometimes defend the indefensible by saying “I was just kidding”, as if that justifies sinful speech.

Chuck Lawless gives us words to consider in this article, “Why Believers Must Avoid Immoral Joking”.

He reminds us that our words really do matter – to people, and to God.

By the way we can apply these principles to words of Gossip, Slander and Criticism as well

WHEN IS IT SAFE TO ASK A WOMAN IF SHE IS PREGNANT?

Several years ago I was in our church after a service. Only a few people were still in the building talking, and I was getting ready to turn off the lights.

That’s when I heard it.

My dad cheerfully calling across the room to a woman with these fateful words, “Oh, are you pregnant?”.

The woman who I knew was NOT pregnant didn’t hear the question clearly, so she just as cheerfully asked for the question to be repeated.

That’s when I quickly evacuated the room. I am not sure how the conversation ended, I couldn’t bear to watch.

So if you are one of those people who are still not sure when it is appropriate to ask a woman if she is pregnant, here is a helpful chart. I offer it as a public service to those who need to be protected from themselves.

CONVICTION IS NOT A BAD WORD

You may have heard about the student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University who complained because a chapel message on the topic of love made him feel bad for not being more loving. In this age of heightened entitlement and feel good theology, the student believed the university victimized him.

Thankfully, in this article, Dr Everett Piper, the President of the university, refused to bow to this foolishness.

When a culture immerses itself in the goal of making everyone feel good, and treating all opinions as equally valid, we end up with self-centered emptiness.

The Word of God will bring extraordinary joy to those who receive it. However, the purpose of the Bible is not to make us happy or comfortable. God gave his Word so that we who are blind might be convicted of our rebelliousness and call out for the rule and forgiveness we so desperately need.

The fruit of surrender to biblical truth will be joy, but out of necessity (because of our wrong-headedness) the path to that eventual joy involves lots of conviction, self-examination, sorrow and humility.

If we expect what we read in God’s Word or hear preached from pulpits to always make us feel good, we have lost sight of its true purpose. Instead of having our lives shaped by God’s truth, we are looking for His Word to be shaped into our existing expectations.

The same principle is true of Christians who go to their church expecting everything that takes place to fill their happiness bucket. In heaven our gatherings will be only joy, but until we are perfected, a major purpose of church life is to make sure we are not comfortable with self-centeredness and personal kingdom construction.

Conviction is a grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. We should look for its presence and thank God for its touch on our hearts.

DO YOU LIVE BC?

Most people think the Church is a Biblical Community.

However, for that to be true, the people who make up the Church actually need to practice Biblical Community.

Biblical community is not merely a gathering of people who agree with the Bible (although this is required). Biblical community is sharing life together in ways that reflect the biblical picture of care and love. It is to fulfill the many “one another” passages God placed in His Word.

Romans 12:10  Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:16  Live in harmony with one another

Romans 15:7  Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you

2 Corinthians 13:11  Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace

Ephesians 4:2  With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you

Ephesians 5:19  Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

Ephesians 5:21  Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ

Colossians 3:16  Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom

1 Thessalonians 5:11  Encourage one another and build up one another

1 Thessalonians 5:15  See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another

Hebrews 3:13  Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened
by the deceitfulness of sin

Hebrews 10:24  Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works

James 5:16  Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another

1 Peter 4:9  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling

1 Peter 4:10  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another

1 Peter 5:5  Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another

1 John 4:11  If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another

Dustin Willis wrote this article for the Challies Blog entitled “Living on Mission through Biblical Community”. He writes,

“We can’t choose Jesus and not choose the church. They’re a package deal. That’s because God never intended for us to live out the Christian life alone.”

Is biblical community something you have thought about?

How do you make provision for it?

If you don’t, what is the reason?

Do you think this issue is important to God?

Do you see biblical community as a blessing for you and for others?

If you are committed to biblical community, what are some creative new ways to walk in it?

 

LADIES WE HAVE A CONFERENCE FOR YOU!

Sovereign Grace Women's Weekend

by Debbie Huber

Sovereign Grace Church of Marlton, NJ has invited the women of Greentree to attend a special regional Women’s Weekend Conference with speaker and author Nancy Guthrie.

The theme for this conference is “Oh For Grace To Trust Him More”. Pastor Warren Boettcher and his wife Kim of Sovereign Grace Church are dear friends of Kyle and mine and I am confident that the Greentree women will feel warmly welcomed!

Nancy is a prolific author, Bible study teacher, and international conference speaker. She also offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David host for couples who have faced the death of a child, through books and through the GriefShare video series. She has also written a series of books, “Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament”.

I first heard of Nancy Guthrie a few years ago through her testimony that appeared on a blog. Nancy and her husband had two babies born with a rare metabolic disorder who both died before they were six months old. The sadness and suffering that they experienced touched my heart, but her response to this great loss was what stood out to me. She learned that God allows suffering into our lives for a purpose, “instead of running from it, we can embrace it, and look around for God in it”.

Nancy’s message to those who are hurting:

“Instead of urging them to pray away their suffering, I want to encourage them to look for God in the midst of it. If God has allowed suffering into your life, it is for a significant purpose. So rather than just focusing on getting rid of it, seek to discover God’s purpose in your pain, to submit to his plan and his purpose, to please him in how you respond to adversity. You have an incredible opportunity to glorify God just by your simple trust in him during these dark days. He will bring you from the darkness into the light, so look for him in the darkness.”

The conference is November 13-14, 2015. It should be a wonderful weekend of refreshment for us with strong Biblical teaching, worship and time for reflection, as well as food, skits, and prizes. There are a block of hotel rooms available at a discounted rate.

This conference is close enough that you can drive both days to avoid hotel costs. Or you can invite a friend to stay with you and enjoy a ladies fellowship getaway!
Whether you stay over or just attend the teaching, consider someone new in our church you can invite to share the experience with us

You can find out more and register here at our website. Remember the deadline for registration is November 1!

“LIFE ON MISSION”

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Question: What would be the most important use of your life today?

Answer: Be part of what God is doing in people’s lives

God is active and his works are not only wonderful – they are eternal

Nothing compares to what God is doing

Nothing even comes close

Christians want to see their lives to count for God, but (too) many are vague on what that means for them.

Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe help us with their book, “Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God”.

“Life on Mission” is filled with clarifying thoughts on what it means for any of us to see everyday life fulfill God’s glorious mission for us.

This is too important to leave as an “I’ll get to it later” priority.

“Our missionary God is not waiting for you or me—He is already at work. And the exciting news is that He invites us to join in His mission of reconciliation.”

Living on mission is not only important, it is immensely satisfying – much more than anything we are doing in its place!

This is something every Christian can do, because it is God’s desire for us, AND He is the one who enables us literally every step of the way.

Take a step toward living on mission, by reading Life on Mission”.

IN CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM

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As we thankfully celebrate our freedoms, may we start with Christ!

All the rest is emptiness and bondage without Him.

For every Christian, Independence Day is the day he saved us!

MAP OF TOP CHRISTIAN APPS

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With the spread of smartphones we now hold the world in our hands – or at least an enormous gateway to it.

The challenge for us is to use this powerful tool in wise ways, particularly as Christians who want to use all of life for Christ.

This cool “World Map of Christian Apps” can help (click a couple times on the Map to enlarge it).

Some of these apps you may already know and use, but there is sure to be many you have not heard of and hopefully there are several that would be a significant help to you.

Happy searching