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July 26, 2009

I Finished!

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I recently finished a women’s bible study at my church, Northern Hills, called Stepping Up by Beth Moore.  This was especially exciting for me because out of the several studies I’ve done either in a small or large group setting I’ve never finished every page.  There were always a few (or more) blank pages of homework.  I made a commitment to get up every morning at 6:00am to meet with God at the beginning of my day instead of when I got around to it.  Anyone who has ever spent more than 10 minutes with me knows that I am NOT a get up in the wee early morning type of gal.  I have to be honest and say that it didn’t happen every morning, especially when we were back in Neb visiting family.  However, I got up many more days than not.

Briefly, this was a study of the Psalms of Ascent, Psalms 120-134.  These Psalms were sung on the pilgrimage to the Three Great Feasts.   Each Psalm that they sang were also sang and connected to the 15 steps of the temple.  After each Psalm of Ascent, Ms. Moore, had us write a one sentence summary of what touched us most from each Psalm on a stair graphic in the back of the book.  I’ve felt led to share them.

Psalm 120:  I want to feel at home.

Psalm 121:  My God protects me.

Psalm 122:  I am glad to enter my church!

Psalm 123:  I lift my eyes to you, Lord.   I give you my attention and wait expectantly.

Psalm 124:  God has always/ will always be for me.

Psalm 125:  My trust in God is like Mount Everest.

Psalm 126:  I will sow in tears BUT will reap with shouts of JOY!

Psalm 127:  “Nisi Dominus Frusta.”

Psalm 128:  I will revere the Lord and walk in His ways.

Psalm 129:  When feeling attacked-they won’t get the best of me.

Psalm 130:  There is faithful love in our Lord!

Psalm 131:  (I desire to sit with the Lord) Calm like a weaned baby, like a little child with his mom.

Psalm 132:  I want to be in God’s presence-all the time! 

The second part of Psalm 132:  His holy people will shout for joy!

Psalm 133:  Harmony and unity are blessings. 

Psalm 134 was different.  She asked us to write a blessing for over a group of people.

Sisters, I’m praying that you allow God to fully transform your hearts and  your lives-no longer live for this world, but live for the next, taking as many as you can with us.  Accept God’s abundant grace and experience life to the fullest for Him.  When times of trial come, sow in tears, allow God to mold, and keep the promise that we will reap with shouts of joy!  In Christ’s name, Amen.

May 19, 2009

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February 8, 2009

Happy (34th) Anniversary!

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So thirty-four years ago on a VERY snowy morning, my parents tied the knot.  Debra Ann Lahrs became a Tworek.  I love that after all these years, I can still see how in love with each other they are.  Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!  I love you!

April 4, 2008

Chris’ Devotional

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HubbyMy husband is a talented writer.  There are people trying to get him to blog.  It will happen…eventually.   Here’s his latest devo.  Enjoy!

Evil Backwards Is . . .
 
     There is so much in our world and in our lives that we take for granted.  The breath of air in our lungs, blinking which protects our eyes without our even thinking about it.  For many of us we take for granted that our children will have food to eat today and that we can enjoy our favorite hobbies.  We take for granted technologies that enable us to do so much for good and for bad.  We even take for granted the made wonders of the earth and we use and abuse all kinds of resources.  Even followers of Jesus Christ will take for granted the earth and all that God created,  like those who deny He exists or choose not to obey or acknowledge God.
     ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Romans 1:20).’  We are without excuse yet the vast majority of the world lives in a self-fulfilling, self-indulgent, God-denying lifestyle that is an endless circle of disappointment.  This way of life is full of evil.  It brings hurt and ruin to families.  It brings marriages to an end.  It brings successful people to ruin.  It brings sickness, disease, and death to multitudes.  It brings false happiness and false hope.  The apostle Paul makes extremely clear the many, many different ways this is seen in us.  ‘They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.  They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.  They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them (Romans 1:29-32).’  These various acts and behaviors are prevalent among the nations.  Among us!  And this is evil.
     God wants us to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.  God wants us to be the opposite of evil.  Evil when spelled backwards is:  live.  I believe to truly live is to be completely surrendered to God, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  A truly repentant heart is surrendered to God.  Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6a).’  Life is found in Jesus, not in the ways of this world.  Life is found in giving, not in acquiring.  Life is found in taking up your cross and suffering at times, not in pointless short-lived pleasures.  Enjoy the provisions of God, but seek His glory and His will in your life.  ‘Command those who are rich in this present world (and that is everyone reading these words!) not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:17-19).’  True life is found in God.  This doesn’t mean that life will be easy, that all of your problems will be solved, that you’ll never be unhappy, you’ll be rich, looked up to, and sought after.  No, in fact it usually means the opposite of those.  But to suffer for the name of Jesus is a great reward!  That’s living!  That’s evil turned backwards.
     Jesus Christ died.  He died for you.  Despite your pitfalls and downfalls, your turning from Him, your chasing after futile pleasures and material things, your shortcomings and selfishness, despite your evil…He died for you.  With repentance and trust He offers real life.  Take hold of the life that is evil backwards.  As Paul proclaimed to the Romans, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16a).’  Amen!
 
Chris Green
 

January 8, 2008

My First Entry (wow it’s a doozy)

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 Hello and welcome to my new blog!!!

So I’m new to this whole blogging thing.  I want to get better and learn how to do the cool photo albums and songs and videos.  But for now, it’s just me.  And today for my first blog entry…I’m having a Jerry McGuire kind of day.  You know, the beginning of the movie when he says something about having bad pizza, then can’t sleep.  He creates this thing he calls, “A Mission Statement” and then his whole life is rocked.  I feel like my world was rocked today.

 We had this incredible day (well so far-I’ve learned that classifying good and bad days with toddlers should probably be broken into smaller sections, like hours) yes, it has been an incredible day (so far :).  We prayed, cooked breakfast together, had what I call “school”, read books, played outside, I could go on and on.  It was a great morning. 

I’m folding some laundry and decide to listen to one of my favorite talk shows:  FamilyLife Today.  I’m scrolling through the many shows I’ve missed over the last few months and one particular show catches my eye…How to Deal With Doubt.  Anyone who has talked to me in the past few weeks knows that we could be possibly moving back to Colorado, a path that makes me both excited and fearful.  So I chose this show.  Much to my surprise it’s different than I had expected…So here it goes…

 This show originally aired on 3/9/07 spoke about the salvation of our children.  And how we know if our children truly are saved.  What a topic!  It got me thinking about the salvation of anyone and how do we really know if we are going to heaven?  Are you really a Christian?

Often times we hear people call themselves “Christian” but what we see them do looks differently than what a “Christian” is.  There is a distinct difference between making a decision to follow Christ and a commitment to follow and obey Christ.  If someone only decides to trust God and ask him into their heart, but not be convicted of their sin and need for Christ-they are not truly saved.  If someone only decides to trust God, but does not grow in their own understanding of Christ, nor have fruit in their lives to show that they are Christians-they are not truly saved.  This is what many churches call a “false convert.”  This person in not truly saved and their salvation is still undetermined. 

I know all about this because this was me in 1998.  I had prayed for Jesus to come into my heart.  I had confessed that I was a sinner and that I couldn’t save myself or doing anything for or by myself.  But after that night in the basement of my sorority, there was no change-at best minimal change in the way I lived my life.  There was no fruit.  No growth.  I was not saved.  I was not going to heaven.   Back to FamilyLife Today…this is the part of the program that prompted me to write my own reflections: 

False assurance could be one of the devil’s greatest trump cards to play in a person’s life.

Wow!  So what do we do?  How can I know-for certain-where I’m going after I die?  Dr. John McArthur would ask three questions of one who would question the assurance of their salvation:

Do I love God?…Yes

Do I hate sin?…Yes

Are you willing to do whatever God asks?…Ye…wait…whatever He asks?

That’s where I’ll stop.  Where are you in your decision-no-your commitment?  We’re all committed to something, work, kids, money…

 Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.  I hope I had you at “Hello”.  🙂

And since I’m in the middle of watching Back to the Future…

“Hello?  Hello?  Anybody home (in your heart that is)?  Think, McFly, think.”

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