Monday, August 29, 2005

This Weekend

Ah... I had a lovely weekend. It's been a busy summer with Justin being born. The hubbie and I both have summer birthdays, and we hadn't had a chance to celebrate them with all the busy-ness so... I took it upon myself to have a celebration weekend.

I emailed all our buddies and invited them up for a Satuday night bash. Boy...did we have fun. It was so good to see them. And they just loved our little boy Justin. He got held and passed around and he slept and smiled and was just a good little boy. It had been a long time since some of the friends were up this way so it was so much fun to just relax with them all. What a total blast we had. Way too much food!

Then on Sunday he got baptized. The whole family, well, okay..the whole family that lives close enough to come, came. We had a good dinner. It was weird doing the baptism. Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate sitting near the front in church. I like sitting midway to the back OR up in the balcony. Well...I had to sit third row from the front. The parents insisted. The hubbie insisted. I was unimpressed. I felt like everyone was watching me. And apparently they were because they all commented on how well Justin behaved during the service (he slept it away). Jim (my hubbie) is also our pastor. He got to baptize his own son which was way cool. He had trouble holding him for the baptism part because Justin is so long and not an in-active baby at all when held flat. :) But no-one fell! Even though this momma had to restrain herself from intervening. :) Even some of Jim's family came too which was really nice. It's good to get to know the hubbie's side of the family too. Nice people.

God was very gracious to me this weekend in letting it be such a nice one. All praise be to him!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Twisting Things

One of my favourite things to do is to read. I love reading...I must read something everyday or the day doesn't seem finished. I tend to read either good christian books - right now I'm reading through two - the Joy of Fearing God and Total Truth. Both are fascinating. I am also reading a fiction work by Mercedes Lackey. It is a fantasy book.

For my devotions I am going through the book of Jeremiah. Interesting book. I"m learning things I didn't expect to. Anyways, what struck me the other day was In jeremiah 8:8-9
8"How can you say, 'We are wise,
and the law of the LORD is with us'?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
has made it into a lie.
9The wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed and taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
so what wisdom is in them?

People hear the word of God, they read it, and then they twist to their own satisfaction. The nation of Israel liked to say thet they knew God but they did their own thing. They had God, and then they had all these other gods/idols/images that they worshipped.

I remember reading that, and then in this book that I'm reading I read something similar. "It says, have no other God before me, doesn't say anything about having other gods in reserve." This was a quote from one of the characters in the book. It really showed me what people do when they twist the words of our living Lord and Saviour.

Our God is a holy God. He is the only God out there. We, as people, as a sinful fallen people, can make up as many gods as we like, it doesn't change the fact that God is God is God. And we can't change that or make it any different. God says worship me alone. Doing anything else is simply just goes against what God tells HIS people to do.

We must be careful to follow his word and to not make it say what we want it to. No twisting of scripture is okay. We must learn from the past. God punished the Israelites for twisting his word and for turning away from him. He will not hesitate to do so again. Be aware that our God is a holy and righteous and the ONLY true God.