Growing, Growing, Growing

4/23/2014Posted by Helene

If the blogging world is any test, the series Growing up in God's Word is going to be very popular.  You can find it reviewed at

I don't want to stretch your patience by going over the ground they've already covered. Instead I'd like to tell you what I've learned from working through the lessons on Exodus with my 5 year old this term.

The Pride of Life

4/21/2014Posted by Helene

I read a disturbing and convicting article aimed at leaders recently.  It suggested that sometimes christian workers, especially missionaries suffer from the "pride of life."  In other words they may take more than a little pride in what they've suffered, what they've given up, what they've done and who they've become.  

It reminded me immediately of the Pharisee we talked about in last week's post.  As he stood before God, he told the truth.  He hadn't extorted money, bribed any official or cheated on his wife.  He took a sidelong look at that poor (and obviously) sinful tax collector and was glad not to be him.  He was literally proud of his life.  So what's the problem?

We didn't want him to be ashamed of all those good things, did we?  No, no more than we neglect to honor those who put everything on the line to follow God.

The Crossroads of Pride

4/14/2014Posted by Helene

I've been sitting at the crossroads of Nebuchadnezzar, the Pharaoh and the Pharisee.  

Pharaoh came to me from "Exodus," one of the books we're reviewing (coming up soon) from Pryor Convictions Media.  My 5 year old daughter and I are using it for homeschool Bible curriculum this term.  Nebuchadnezzar has been around for about a month as the our little church is reading through Daniel together.  And we read the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in morning devos where we've been focused on prayer.

So what do you get if distill these three personalities?


Pharaoh's pride forced him to challenge God again and again.  God determined to show  his ascendency over the gods of Egypt and Pharaoh does not want to see.  He begins by having his magicians, by their secret arts, recreate the miracles that God can do.

Active Submission

4/11/2014Posted by Melissa

My congregation is doing a marriage class on Sunday mornings.  One day, our teacher said something that impacted me a lot.  He told the husbands that if they want to understand how hard it is for their wives to submit to them, they only need to think about how hard it is for they themselves to submit to God.  I appreciated his comment right off because it made me feel better about my struggles with submission.  It's not just that I'm an outspoken shrew of a woman.  I'm human, and humans have a hard time with submitting.  As time went on, I began to see the importance of the parallel between our submission to our heavenly Father and to our earthly husbands.  

What image does the world have when they think of submission?  The picture is a passive one, anything from a woman sitting still with her hands meekly folded all the way to an all out doormat.