Monday, July 27, 2015

The Light of the Gospel

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (emphasis mine)


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! :)

So we do not lose heartThough our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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)

At home...


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!

Warmly,
Katy
Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

7 comments:

  1. Sadly many ministries like Joel Osteen are very popular with the masses.

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  2. AMEN Katy! As this old world gets darker and darker those who are Christ's have an ever lasting hope. I believe we are on the cusp of eternity. As Christians we embrace His return with great anticipation.

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  3. Hi Katy, I enjoyed reading your blog today. I know that God is renewing my spirit daily and am thankful for His love. It saddens me that Christians are walking away from Christ. How foolish! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your chickens and a new way to make sun catchers . Have a blessed day.

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  4. Loved your sun catcher!
    A water down gospel seems to be what itching ears want to hear.
    A sad decline in our society today.
    But I know the precious Lord will continue to draw others to Himself.
    Therein lies the hope!
    Blessings!

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  5. Katy, I still love the true old fashioned church, where music is focused on the hymnal.. and a strong preacher.. I was raised in a church as this and I am thankful. I do have a question for you though.. I strayed from my walk with God for a while, but have become back into God's fold about 5 years ago. I read a lot and sometimes I have a hard time understanding, so I have a question Do you ever get afraid of the times ahead? I am sending my email so you can answer in private, I have a few other questions as well.. if you would rather not I understand too. I love your blog and came across it years ago thru Treasured up and Pondered... Bevy is a friend... here is my email... csteel001@yahoo.com Thanks and I love your sharing of the gospel, and life... I have learned so much...

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    1. I am emailing you right now. in your email...should it be steel with an E added on like in your name?

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    2. Sorry its late, email... which you already got right... thanks so much for the conversation.. I am learning... and so thankful for women like you...
      Have a blessed Wednesday evening...

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May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy