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What does the Gospel have to do with our everyday lives in the home?

Theology for Homemakers
Glimpses of Grace

I decided to join Jami Balmet from Young Wife's Guide for Glimpses of Grace Book Club, Starting Thursday April 14th, we are going to be going through one chapter a week.

Today's post is an introduction to her book, with thoughts that resonated with me the Gloria Furman explains:

“The biggest question I want to explore in this book are: What does the gospel have to do with your lives in the home? How does this grace change the way we live?”

She has written this book in the look out of getting God-glorifying answers to the following questions:

  • What does the gospel have to do with everyday life in the home?
  • How does the gospel impact our dish washing, floor mopping, bill paying, friend making, guest hosting, and dinner cooking?
  • How does the fact that Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24) make a difference in my mundane life today?
  • How does this grace change the way we live?

Theology is for everybody, and yes... even for homemakers

Every Christian is a theologian whether we like to admit it or not, whether we recognize it or not.

We tend to believe Theology is a touchy topic and only reserved to, well, Theologians. We think it's too dangerous, too tricky, and we don't know if we're qualified "enough" or how to handle it.

The truth is that:

Theology is for homemakers who need to know who God is, who they are, and what this mundane life is about.

What Glimpses of Grace is About

Grace of God in Christ
The Grace of God in Christ radicaly changes us

What Gloria Furman does in her book is put the gospel right in the center of everyday life–the place where mothers fight the good fight of faith in the home.

She clearly describes the distinctly Christian hope of God's glory and how it relates to the home.

Glimpses of Grace is about how we live in the "already but not yet" time in God's redemptive history.

Glimpses of Grace is about how God's power in the gospel can transform us for his glory as we live by faith-right where we are in the mundane of our homes.

After all, we're are called to live our lives to glorify live for him.

Where is where life happens? in our homes...where life gets hectic and peaceful, joyful and painful...that's exactly where we need to cling unto God's grace, every minute, every second.

As homemakers who are made in God's image and desire to live for God, we need to know what God's intentions are for us and for the work we do in the home.

Glimpses of Grace is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to see Jesus Christ every day in every circumstance. 

Hope you join us in this journey! we're in this together :-)

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Faith in Action {Intro to the book of James}

Faith in Action {Intro to the book of James}
Faith comes first
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.- James 2:18 NIV

James wrote this letter to the early church to rebuke them for neglecting certain Christian duties.

In his letter, James analyses the nature of genuine faith, and encourages us to demonstrate the validity of our experience with Christ.

James provides advice for our everyday lives.

It teaches us on the joy found in suffering as well as the power words have.

He tells us that the key to dealing with our problems is to keep our eyes upon Christ, allowing Him to be not only Savior but also Lord. 

James is saying that our faith is not to be cheap and he gives us a warning that trials are coming so we had better be prepared for them! Because it is not a matter "IF" we'll face problems ...but "when".

It's a fact: We will face they're part of live...they're simply inevitable, unavoidable, and unpredictable, and no one is immune! So the way we deal with them is crucial for our contentment and faith.

The good news is that we can actually profit from trials. The key: is for us to look to Christ, not to our situation, and declare our circumstances as joy. We are to be content and satisfied, to face them, and then learn and grow from them.

Other principles James writes about: Wisdom, resisting temptation and about prayer.

James 2:18
Faith and Good Deeds

Genuine Faith = Action

Genuine faith produces good deeds, genuine faith also transforms lives.

Faith has to come first because when good deeds are done in faith, God always gets the glory.

It is easy to say have faith, but true faith will produce loving actions towards others.

James encourages us not to only hear the truth but to put it into practice. He contrasts empty faith (claims without any tangible action) with faith that works.

Commitment to love and to serve others is evidence of true love.

As we study the book of James, let us remember:

  • Genuine Faith translates into Good's just the outcome. Living faith makes a difference. Let us make sure that our faith is more than just a statement, after all actions speak louder than words. Let us seek for ways to put our faith to work.
  • Words are powerful, watch your mouth.
  • Earnest, heartfelt prayers are effective.

Do You Love Him?

Feed my Sheep
Feed my Sheep

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?”  Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”  So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.

Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21:15-25

In this passage we can see a heartfelt conversation between Jesus and Peter, who had disowned him three times before.

Jesus asks Peter three times if he loved Him.  Just as he had 3 opportunities to fail Jesus, here he was being given 3 opportunities to declare his love and devotion.

When Peter answered "yes", Jesus told him to feed his sheep.

There's a big difference between saying "to love Jesus" and actually being willing to serve Him or put that "love" into work.

How beautiful to see that despite Jesus knowing Peter failed him badly, He still desires to entrust him to something so important in His Kingdom.

Peter's life changed when he finally realized who Jesus was

It's beautiful to see Jesus, our ever-forgiving Jesus, asking Peter to commit his life.
Jesus never gave up on this man.

Peter had repented, Jesus had forgiven and it was all in the past...a new chapter. A new opportunity to serve Him.

When we come to Jesus our lives are totally transformed. 

My husband usually says that when someone meets or encounters Jesus, that person can never or will never be the simply can't happen.

Peter changed from being a fisherman to be an evangelist. His identity changed from impetuous to "Rock".

Peter had to face his own feeling and motives when Jesus confronted him.

Are you ready for that?

How would you respond in Jesus asked you "Do you love me? Do you love me?"

Do you even know Him?

Take Heart
Take Heart

Another lesson or two from this passage...

Whatever the future holds... We can Trust Him

Jesus predicts Peter's death..

Jesus has never promised a trouble-free life. It actually promised that we would have trials and tribulations...

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."- John 16:33

But despite what our future holds, Jesus tells us to follow Him, to follow Him.

When we know He's in control we can surely follow Him

Mind Your Own Business

When Jesus told Peter about all what he would have to go through in order to serve Him and glorify Him, Peter asked Jesus how John would die...Maybe Peter wanted to make sure or confirm that if he was going to have rough times ahead so would John...after all, life as to be fair, doesn't it?

Jesus politely told him to mind his own business. That he shouldn't be concerned with that.

We as well, should remember Jesus' advice when we feel tempted to compare ourselves with others.

I believe God has given us different tasks and our purpose in this earth differs from anyone else's.

We are unique and special...Our duty is just to follow Jesus.

Dealing with Doubt


JOHN 20:19-31. 

So here in chapter 20 we see the disciples meeting in a room in Jerusalem "locked...for fear of the Jews" (v. 19b). The amazing thing about this? The locked doors that reflect the fear of the disciples, but will also show the power of the risen Christ, who can be contained neither by a rock tomb nor a locked door.

What is Jesus' response to their fear? and yours? and mine? : Peace

"Peace (eirene) be to you" (v. 19c). To these frightened disciples, Jesus gives his peace, even as he has promised (14:27). The disciples, you and me will have peace in spite of persecution by a world that will hate them even as it hates Jesus (15:18-25). While this text uses the Greek word for peace, eirene, the concept is the Jewish shalom––more than the absence of conflict––a wholeness that is the gift of God.

Thomas Doubted
Thomas believed, lost faith, and then returned to even greater faith.

Different kinds of Faith, to Different Kind of People

Through this chapter, is interesting to see that there are different kinds of faith, and that faith comes in different ways and with differing intensities to different people. 

For example, the beloved disciple believes upon seeing the empty tomb (v. 8). Mary believes when the Lord calls her name (v. 16). The disciples must see the risen Lord (v. 20). Thomas says that he must touch Jesus' wounds (v. 25)––although that need seems to evaporate once he sees the risen Christ (v. 28). People have differing needs and find various routes to faith.

"But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus (the twin), wasn't with them when Jesus came" (v. 24). Didymos is the Greek word for twin. We don't know why Thomas was absent, but we do know that he earlier thought that going to Bethany with Jesus would mean death for the disciples as well as Jesus (11:16).

"The other disciples therefore said to him, 'We have seen the Lord'" (v. 25a). The first person to whom the disciples witness is one of their own, Thomas, who was not present when Jesus first appeared to them. Their words to Thomas ("We have seen the Lord") are essentially the same words ("she had seen the Lord") that were used to describe Mary's encounter with Jesus.

"Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe" (v. 25b). Thomas does not believe the disciples, but neither did the disciples believe Mary. They were a despondent, defeated people until they saw Jesus with their own eyes.

Thomas was not the only doubter and will not remain a doubter. He doubts the witness of the other disciples and so cannot believe the resurrection. Once he sees what they have seen, he will manifest great faith.

Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus made his first appearance to them. As a result, he refused to believe. This should serve as a lesson for us. It is difficult to believe when we do not strengthen ourselves with the fellowship of other believers" (Gossip, 798).

Thomas believed, lost faith, and then returned to even greater faith.

Thomas was willing to die for Jesus (John 11:16), but still had doubt that Jesus was now alive. Jesus did not appear when Thomas was present however, in verses 24-29, Jesus returns and Thomas is no longer doubtful. Jesus is once again the loving and patient example when someone is doubtful. 

There’s no need for aggression or impatience. Some people need to doubt to believe.

Doubt can deepen your faith as you continue to search for the answer. Jesus is always tender and patient with our unbelief and we should follow His example when we are talking to someone with doubt about Christ.

When Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe,” and John ends this chapter with his statement that Jesus did other signs but they are not recorded here, we are reminded that we are to have faith – just believe – we don’t need to touch Jesus or see His wounds – we have all the written accounts of those who were there – we are to trust and obey.

“…and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (v. 31b) This reminds us that it is God’s role and His work that are empowering and saving – we simply respond. Our faith is a response – not a work; we recognize Christ because He reveals Himself to us. 

All the blessings and wonders that we experience are in Christ and He gives us faith that we can turn into more faith by our commitment and obedience.

Food for the Thought:

Have you ever doubted God? If you are like most of Christians, you probably have...and may have even felt guilty! But Jesus welcomes you to bring your doubts to Him. Just like Thomas, be honest and open with Jesus about your doubts. 

Jesus will meet you where you are if you are honest with him. Ask Him to show you who He is and to help you to believe what He says He can do...He's faithful...and just like Thomas, your faith will increase!

Blessed, Fruitful and Prosperous {Blogging through The Psalms}

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

God's Word in our Hearts
God's Word in our Hearts

How to be Blessed in two simple steps:

1.- Choose your friends carefully
2.- Delight and Meditate on God's Law (His precepts and instructions) day and night

The importance of choosing your friends carefully 

There will always be voices discrediting or ridiculing you, nevertheless great joy comes when you obey God and refuse to listen to those voices.

It's amazing how much influence people we surround ourselves with have on us, and most of the time, this influence (good or bad) is very subtle.

If we "walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers" we might as well end up becoming indifferent to God's will or insensitive to God's voice.

It is true that we must have contact with unbelievers, if we actually want to witness to them, but this does not mean we need to join in or imitate their sinful behaviour.

Time for a bit of reflection, please be honest: Do your friends contribute to building up your faith? or do they tear it down?

True Friends
True Friends

True friends should help you draw closer to God, instead of hindering your relationship with Him.

Delight and Meditate in the Law of the Lord

Meditating on His word means to spend time reading and thinking about what you have read. It also means looking for practical ways to apply what you learnt to your daily life.

The more we know God's word, the more guidelines we will have to live our lives and make daily decisions.

The more we delight in His presence, the more fruitful we will be...

Only then...we'll be Blessed, Fruitful and Prosperous

These verses hide a promise...that only after separating ourselves from bad influences and seeking God by meditating on His word and taking delight in His presence, we'll be blessed, we'll be fruitful and prosperous.

To be blessed, means to be happy! (hey, and who doesn't want to be happy?)

" Psalm 1:Blessed is the man,.... This psalm begins in like manner as Christ's sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:3; setting forth the praises and expressing the happiness of the man who is described in this verse and Psalm 1:2. The words may be rendered, "O, the blessednesses of the man", or "of this man" (l); he is doubly blessed, a thrice happy and blessed man; blessed in things temporal and spiritual; happy in this world, and in that to come. He is to be praised and commended as a good man, so the Targum:
"the goodness, or, Oh, the goodness of the man;''
or as others,
"Oh, the right goings or happy progress, or prosperous success of the man (m),''
who answers to the following characters; which right walking of his is next observed, and his prosperity in Psalm 1:3. Some have interpreted this psalm of Christ, and think it is properly spoken of him (n); 1-3 "-Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
To be Fruitful:

We'll only be healthy, fruit-bearing trees with strong, deep roots if we soak up God's Word...only then, we'll be able to produce actions and attitudes that honor God.

To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God's Word in our hearts.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
         And whose trust is the LORD.

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
         That extends its roots by a stream
         And will not fear when the heat comes;
         But its leaves will be green,
         And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
         Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

"Whatever he does prospers"

This does not mean we will be exempt us of failures and troubles. 

Neither guarantees us health, wealth or happiness.

I know there's a lot of controversy as far as biblical prosperity is concerned but according to Strong’s Complete Concordance of the Bible, one Hebrew word for prosperity is shalom. We often associate the word shalom with peace, but the peace that Christ went to war for on the cross is a complete, whole kind of peace. Also according to Strong’s, shalom is “completeness, soundness, welfare and peace.” It represents completeness in number and safety and soundness in your physical body. Shalom also covers relationships with God and with people. {Source}

In others words, those who give God and His Word first place in their lives can expect to prosper in every way.

Are you giving God and His Word the place it deserves in your life?
Are your friends building up your faith or tearing it down?