Do you notice today that many "ministries" water down the gospel (ahem, Joel Osteen)? What about churches that are basically a huge concert? Bands, lights, sound affects and more...? Is that about true worship and gospel-proclaiming or entertainment? It can really bring God's people to despair. How can people be so flippant and careless about their worship of the Creator?
It saddens me greatly...however, as I study the Scriptures, I am encouraged more and more to know that true followers of Christ will hold to the truth in love and that with all that is going on in the world today, it is just purifying the *true* church more and more! That is a beautiful thing.
I continually read and reread the Scriptures I posted at the top of this post, in my Bible. It's so encouraging to me, truly. It pushes me on to share the gospel and love others with grace and truth. I will not water it down...I will let light shine in the darkness. If you keep reading in 2 Corinthians, you will find *more* to encourage you. I'm skipping ahead to verses 16-18...but really hope you will read all the verses in between in your own time as well. It will encourage you ~ I promise! :)
The terrible things going on in the world, the wasting away of our bodies, people pretending to play "church"...they are enough to make me want to cry (and maybe it is necessary to do so sometimes) *but* I will *not* lose heart...despite all these things ~ we must proclaim Christ and Him crucified. We must stand for truth. We must shine light in the darkness (even if people are blinded to it). All this evil is but for a moment and eternal glory is awaiting us! Be encouraged friends! :o)
When we let the chickens free-range in the afternoons/evenings, you can almost hear them cry out "Freedom!" when we open the door! (Think that scene from Braveheart). They aren't very polite about it either...they push and shove to try to get out as fast as possible...
Stella took a nap on my oil-painting things...
I saw a craft that I wanted to try and it turned out beautifully! You buy cheap, transparent plastic beads and melt them in a dish in the oven to make sun catchers!
Chris drilled a small hole in it and hung it using fishing line!
I would like to find more beads with other colors (blues, yellows, etc). But my Walmart only carries these colors. I may have to look somewhere online. :) I don't want to pay an arm and a leg though! :)
I could have had them melt longer...but I thought this looked fun! I may try other designs once I get some more beads too! It's really easy and fun! You can find the instructions for them HERE.
I hope you found encouragement here today...as well as enjoyed the photos I shared. I pray your week ahead is lovely! Thanks for visiting!