Here are the 12 points:
1. Believe that the people of God have a victorious and glorious future on this earth.
Anotherwards, hold a victory orientation in mind in line of everything you do!
2. Believe that God has entered into a covenant with His people in Christ down through their (His people) generations.
Deuteronomy 7: 9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments”. Also, there are two sides to the coin—therefore to those who hate Him and leave His commandments behind, those He is angered with, down to the third and fourth generations! Why? B/c children (and adults) imitate that which is around them—that which they see and know!
3. If you are w/in child-bearing years and are married, have lots of kids!! If you aren’t married, pray earnestly for a godly spouse that shares the goal to have lots of kids!!
Almost all of our culture today, including many to most professed Christians think it is ridiculous to have many children, seeing them as a burden upon the wife and husband, or just not “into kids”. However, that view is relatively new, within the last century or two, especially in Presbyterian and Catholic denominations. Why do I say that? Because in previous years, if you had a big(5+) family, people would assume you were either Presbyterian or Catholic, b/c they were KNOWN to have big families—for the Catholics, b/c they believe that birth control is wrong. For the Presbyterians, it was a worldview—they recognized that the more children they have; the more God has given them the chance to spread the Gospel through their (L.W.) godly offspring! They had a victory orientation in mind! Ever since I was really little, my parents taught me to pray for my future husband. We’ve prayed not only that he would be a godly leader in our home and over me, but that I would become a godly submissive wife and “help-meet”. Genesis 24:60 is a blessing Rebekah’s family (Rebekah that married Isaac) gave to her, saying, “May you, our sister, become thousands of ten thousands..” WOW! What an amazing blessing to bestow!
4. Create a material, spiritual, intellectual inheritance for your children’s children.
I hate the stupid bumper sticker that says “I am spending my children’s inheritance”. “Nuf said.. God has not told us to live for the present, yet that is what most of the world does today—including many Christians! But more about this later.. What do we mean by a material, spiritual, intellectual inheritance? Here are some examples:
Material: I love what Mr. Howard Phillips, a great man, does for his children—whatever age they are turning, on their birthdays he gives them that amount of books! Wow- talk about an incredible library by the age of 20! Other examples of material inheritance: gold, silver, investments, houses, LAND, books, and so on and so forth. Not dollars—personally, the fact is that paper money is daily decreasing in importance- b/c we can always just make more of it. What makes something valuable (besides sentimental value) is how rare that something is. The rarer it is, the more valuable it is. Gold will not lose its value b/c there is only a certain amount of gold in the world. Only God can make more of it, not man. Therefore I truly believe America should go back onto its gold standard. Anyways, to get back on track:
Spiritual inheritance: love for the Reformed faith, distinctively believed and applied. What do I mean? Don’t just teach your children to love “the reformed faith”—teach them what it is! Teach them the specifics, as in the 5 points of Calvinism, the Westminster confession of faith, the Westminster Catechism, and so on and so forth. Teach them not only what, but why.
Intellectual inheritance: give them a Christian education. Get them out of government schools—don’t put them in Christian schools that use the same books as the govt. schools, or books that don’t have the correct worldview immersed in them!
5. if at all possible, purchase land and keep it within your family!
Give your family roots!
6. Obey God’s Word on how to raise your children, particularly as in Genesis 18:17-19
“The Lord said, ‘shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and might nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.’ “
7. Give your children a distinctively Christian education and teach them to do the same.
We are taught today that everything is relative to each other. WRONG- however, everything IS relative to God and accountable to His Word and Law- teach your children, through math, history, science, English, and every subject what Gods word commands, and how they may apply it to life and the future.
8. Pray for your children, grandchildren, and the future descendants that you will never meet- frequently!
9. Work hard to reconstruct this evil culture that we live in so that someday our children might live in a less evil world and culture than we do now.
Don’t focus on the present, but instead learn from the past and strive for the future, so that your present will be spent will the victory orientation of winning the world to Christ! J
10. Guide your children regarding whom they should marry.
II Corinthians 6:14 says “Do not be bound together with unbelievers, for what partnership have righteousness and the lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” My parents have also taught me to make sure that whomever I marry has the same beliefs about our faith—not just that he is a Christian, but that he shares my beliefs about , for example, the 5 points of Calvinism.
11. Teach your children AND grandchildren to live with their focus on the future.
Proverbs 12: 7: “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.”
Proverbs 14: 11: “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.”
12. The more the church and this world is brought to Christ, the longer our future generations will have to witness to their future generations:
Isaiah 65: 20 “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his days; for the youth will die at the age of one hundred and the one who does not reach the age of one hundred will be thought accursed.”
So what does that say about those who are in their “old age” if you are “young” when one hundred??
Ok, well, I need to get ready for evening service and such, so ill put up today’s sermon notes later on L.W.
B/c He Lives and Reigns
aww yummy ice cream!
my treat.. we told a.k. it was dirt and ice cream...she laughed and said "no silly".. :) i love my niece
anyways, after McD's we went to Em's house to see their new baby lamb and sheep.. AWWWWWWW ok , ive officially decided that no matter how evil goats, cats, and chickens can be, i love THESE sheep..some sheep would drive me crazy, but this type (which i forgot what they are called) are great -- and these sheep were taught to love to be around children and humans. :)
here are some pics:
the baby lamb
the other sheep :)
the helping hand
follow the leader, lamb style!
friends, cousins, family-- including the sheep
"Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He that made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of his pasture."- Psalm 100:3
so after a good time at Em' s house, thus ended the exciting part of the yesterday.
Today we left for annie and grants house!! A.K. did NOT want to leave for home .. at first.. i think maybe that she could be worried that if she left "Grandmommy" and "Grandaddy"'s house, that we might decide to move as well , just like they did a couple weeks ago. but before we left, i got a few pics of her wearing my old hat that i wore when i was about her age, maybe a little older than her:
laughing at her aunt mercy ;)
so now i am at annies house. it only took about 3 hrs (not including stops for lunch, ice cream dessert for a.k. (i got to get a smoothie from planet smoothie instead :D ) and gas stops) after we were all settled in, a.k., jaybird, and i went to go swing on their new swingset (j.lu had already gone to bed)
there were never such devoted sisters.. :)
after all the girls were in bed, and dad and grant were about to hit the sack, mom, annie , and i went for a walk. what should we see but a HUGE owl!! heres a small glimpse of it in a tree before it flew to another tree:
ok thats all for tonight, im pretty doggone tired and need some sleep! ttyl L.W. (btw, L.W. means Lord willing)
B.c He Lives and Reigns over all
another thought bothering me is the ever constant lack of money i have.. my goal (aside from L.W. someday being a wife and mom) : to study and learn and become a really great photographer. to do that, i really do need a great camera. i have a pretty good camera. but not the camera of my dreams (of the moment): the canon digital slr EOS 30D .. ahahahhahaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh i went to Circuit City the other day (stuff w. my laptop) and stopped by the camera department and (almost) literally drooled over it. the guy working at the time (his name was kyle, i believe) was kind enough to let me play w. an "open box" one-- it had a dent in the side, (a literally miniscule dent) so instead of being $1500 , it was reduced to $1200.. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh *tries not to covet* for those of u utterly confused by why the monkey i would EVER want to spend THAT MUCH MONEY on "just a camera" here is the pic of it (courtesy of the internet):
front with flash up
oh and, that price..i believe that is EXCLUDING the lens, though that i just sort of heard, havent researched, but am praying is false(lol).
and now, i am about to fall over b.c i am quite tired and still have some things left to do before i can crash into bed, so i guess other deep thoughts will have to follow tomorrow or the next time i am on here. and ill also try to tell you my reasons why i want so much to be a "great photographer". and ill also try to put as many of my jamestown pics up as possible. but that last one is iffy. night!
B.c He Lives and Reigns