Jul 28 2014

Lessons from R. C. Sproul’s Lawn: Humble Service

I am thrilled merely by getting a chance to mow the lawn of Dr. Sproul. I suppose this is sort of like getting to mow thR. C. Sproule lawn or open the door the president of the United States. Or perhaps be a limo driver for your favorite hero. Not many people get to do something like that, let alone meet their favorite heroes. Clearly I am fortunate.filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler
You know, he doesn’t know me, yet I am happy, getting no praise, no attention. Well, pretty much anyways. I am totally thrilled to help out, by helping maintain his lawn, even without a thanks. And yet again, as I reflected on this, I learned another lesson from R. C. Sproul’s lawn. I fail to love others like this. filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler
Why am I not like this with my own family? Why are we not like this for God? How often do we become disgruntled because we do not get the appreciation we ‘deserve’? Perhaps we should look to our suffering Savior, who is not praised as He deserves. Our Lord is not worshiped like He should be.

I guess perhaps I should not focus on how I am not getting the thanks and praise I want, but focus on giving the thanks and praise my Lord rightly and truly deserves. I don’t deserve any; He deserves all.

 


Jul 21 2014

The Prince’s Poison Cup: A Book Review

The Prince’s Poison Cup: A children’s book written by Dr. R.C. Sproul, a pastor and theologian from Sanford, Florida. This book was illustrated by Justin Gerard. This wonderfully illustrated book shows children the price Jesus had to pay for sins as our Ultimate Atonement. prince

The story begins as a little girl named Ella Ruth was sick, did not want to drink her medicine, asking her Dad why it tasted so bad if it was good for her. So Grandpa comes to the scene, sharing an important lesson that, “sometimes things that seem terrible are actually very good.” Grandpa tells the story of the King of Life who created a beautiful and perfect park with subjects he ruled over. This story uniquely covers the biblical account of the Fall through redemption. The King created a fountain and told His subjects, “The water in the fountain will harm you. Do not drink it.”

The King’s subjects, in disobedience, drank the water, and so left the park, building their own city called The City of Man. In the middle of the City was another fountain filled with poison. This poison was “made up of the King’s anger of the people’s disobedience.” Though the people disobeyed, there was a plan to redeem the people. The King’s Son, the Prince, was to go to City of Man and drink this deadly poison to save the people. Through the Prince’s sacrifice, the people could be redeemed; their hearts could turn from stone to flesh.

This story has some very simple, yet deep, theological implications. Some of these theological topics are that the King had every right to destroy the city (justice), the people’s hearts turned to stone (depravity), the Prince drinking the cup of the King’s wrath (propitiation), the healing of the people (redemption), and the immense love of the King. All to this to say that the Gospel was beautifully woven into the story. It is never too young for children to be learning about these important truths. It will be easy for the children to pay attention to the story as I was periodically  held in suspense myself.

Most Christian children’s books these days lack substantial meaning and are shallow.  R. C Sproul’s books are intertwined with deep seated meaning that will not only teach the children but the parents as well.  This book has helpful questions in the back of the book for parents to ask their children and to engage in theological conversations. Why keep the children in the kiddy pool when they can be in an ocean? We just need to teach them to swim first, which is the goal of this book.

Here is an example, “THE POISON THE PRINCE HAD TO DRINK WAS MADE UP OF “THE KING’S ANGER OVER THE PEOPLE’S DISOBEDIENCE.” DOES GOD GET ANGRY ABOUT SIN?
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. (Romans 1:18a)

I think that this is a great way for parents to not be lazy in simply reading the answers to their children and to customize the answer depending on the age of the child. I recommend this book for children of all ages; making a great gift for children or expectant mothers. Read this book if you desire to deepen your child’s understanding of Scripture and the Gospel.

You can purchase your copy here: The Prince’s Poison Cup

 

**Reviewer will receive a copy of the book due to writing a review**

 


Jul 14 2014

Former Lesbian Jackie Hill

jackie hillMany people, even in the reformed church, are starting to think that homosexuality is biological, that it can’t really be helped. A Christian woman is standing up and saying that God is powerful enough to change her. This amazing woman tells her story:

As early as the age of four, she experienced gender confusion and felt like she should’ve been a boy. Her next birthday brought sexual abuse which only led to more misunderstanding.

By six years old, Hill began imitating male tendencies, even standing over the toilet to urinate. Homosexual desires emerged. She fondled girls on the playground as a kindergartener.

Though these indicators are not guarantees, we nonetheless see that there is a connection with gender confusion and homosexuality. When a boy is imitating a girl, or a girl is imitating a boy, they are confused: there is no if, and, or but about that. Unfortunately, we are starting to think that these things are ‘normal’ for kids to do.

Homosexual dreams became frequent and Hill felt attracted to her female friends up until high school. No one knew. A sense of shame that haunted her since her sexual exploration on the playground kept her secret a secret.

“As a girl, I was never really called pretty, affirmed or was the focus attention of males,” said Hill.

Fathers, listen closely. If you are applauding your daughters for their strength instead of their beauty: you are wrong. It is imperative that we have a right understanding of both our daughters and homosexuality. We cannot point our daughters in the right direction if we blame their sin on ‘genetics’. Nor can we point them in the right direction if we encourage to be ‘tough and strong and brave like the boys’ and to ‘do everything the boys do’. Our actions and words have consequences. We fathers need to realize just how powerful our words can be to our children, or in Jackie’s case, lack of them.
Check out the full scoop below:

http://wadeoradio.com/former-lesbian-jackie-hill-responds-to-macklemores-same-love/


Jul 7 2014

Lessons from R. C. Sproul’s Lawn: Hypocrisy

R. C. SproulI have had the great pleasure of getting to mow the lawn, well o.k., edge and weed-eat, the lawn of my favorite theologian and teacher. And believe it or not, it’s kind of starting to suck. R. C. Sproul has a beautiful house, with a magnificent lawn, and I didn’t want to screw it up. Of course, I was also in a hurry, because in the landscaping business, time is money.

So while I was edging one of the beds that goes around a group of trees, my boss was off behind the house mowing. He couldn’t see me you see. So I decided to hurry up, extra fast! And right away I knew my motive was because I didn’t want him to come and see me doing things wrong! I did not want him to see me screwing things up.

Then it hit; I was convicted about how hypocritical I was. I did not really care about R. C.’s lawn looking good, I cared about me looking good. I did not really care about doing a good job, just looking like I do a good job. If I really cared, I would want my boss to stop me before I ruin the whole lawn! But only wanted to hurry up, for sinful motive.

Naturally, I had to reflect on how much of other times I have  ‘loved’ only hypocritically, ‘served’ in this same manner, and in my own home? Tough lesson, but God taught me in a rather gentle way. Now, with the Lord’s help, I can correct such ways. Thanks R. C. for the lesson you never knew you taught me.


Jun 30 2014

The Lightlings: A Book Review

lightlingsThe Lightlings: A children’s book written by Dr. R.C. Sproul, a pastor and professional theologian from Sanford, Florida. This book was set in a fairy tale like land with creatures that made me think of fairies. In this ornate and picturesque book (illustrated by Justin Gerard), Dr. Sproul covers the theme of light and darkness with the driving questions, “Why am I afraid of the dark?” and “Why are people afraid of the light?” It is easy for the reader to remember these questions as the book flows through the Biblical story of creation, the fall, and redemption.

The Lightlings starts off with Charlie Cobb asking his mother questions. Mrs. Cobb tells Charlie to ask his grandpa. So Grandpa begins to tell his Once Upon a Time story. The Lightlings are creatures created by the King of Light (creation). Due to rebellion (the Fall) of the Lightlings, the King of Light removes his light from the forest. It is only a matter of time when there is no light left and the Lightlings had to, “grope around as if they were blind.” It was only a matter of time when a very dim light appeared in the distance. Curious Lightlings travelled far to see what the light was. Low and behold, a little Baby Lightling was born to set the Lightlings free from darkness (Redemption). This little Baby Lightling was a gift from the King of Light. This story of redemption is the Gospel in ‘full light’.

Dr. Sproul uses Biblical language and hints of other Bible stories that would familiarize the reader with the Scriptures. The author also uses big words, like ‘reverence’ for small readers to get acquainted with. It’s difficult for me to watch older kids read and listen to books that do not stretch their minds and vocabulary. I am thankful this book is not one of them.

At the end of the book, Dr. Sproul gives helpful questions and verses for parents. These questions promote practical theological conversations between parents and young children. This method of parents teaching their children theology reminds me of Charlie’s mother at the beginning of the book. She makes a promise to her son that she will not forget to turn the night light on. She says, “I won’t leave you in the dark.” In a sense, parents will not leave their children ‘in the dark’ about God’s truths but will light “The Way” for their children.

If I could add two things to the book it would be a more clearer gospel presentation and a more practical reason of why children do not need to be afraid of the dark. Besides the King of Light sending Jesus to be the Light of the World, the only other clear Gospel teaching is when the Grandpa says to Charlie, “all of us who love this Son will live with Him forever in heaven.”

A few reasons Dr. Sproul gives for why Charlie does not need to be afraid of the dark are because, “we were made to live in the light, those who love this Son will live with Him forever in heaven, [in heaven] there will be no darkness at all, and the King of Light brought [His Child] into the darkness…as a present.” While these are true, I think it may be difficult for children to fully understand. However, by not having these answers extremely clear, it does allow for the parents to jump in and fill the gaps. It is a perfect place to start.

It has been a pleasure to see another side of Dr. R.C. Sproul. I have read a few other of his books and it has been a blessing to see that there are some sound theological books out there for our children (and adults) to read and to grow from. This book would be a great gift to any family member. I am looking forward to reading more of Dr. Sproul’s children books and putting them on the kid’s book shelf.

Age Recommendations: For kids reading the book on their own I would recommend ages 8+. This book does seem like it would be best for parents to read with their children of all age ranges due to the rich allegory and reminder that Jesus Christ came into darkness to be the Light of the World and to save sinners from their sins.

If you would like to purchase a copy, you can do so here: The Lightlings

Rating: 9/10

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Jun 23 2014

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Jun 16 2014

We NEED Policewomen! -Answering Objections Series

Detained Female

Detained Female

Written by Lilyofthevalley2014

This series is to answer the objections that people have to support the unBiblical and ungodly notion that it is acceptable for women to be in the military and police force. This series is, in fact, the first chapter of my new and upcoming book.

7. What about in regards to a woman being searched? Only a woman should be searching a woman if she is being arrested.

 

This is a question that gets brought up to me often about ‘needing’ female police officers on the street. There are two options that I will talk about that will settle this question. The first is what has been going on for some time now. The men who are on the street search the women. The second option is to outsource this job to civilian employees.

 

According to some statistics, women make up about 13% of the nations police force. Due to the fact that there are not as many women as there are men means that there are some times and circumstances where no female officer is available to come and search a woman if she is being arrested. There were many times where I was not available to come and assist another officer who was calling for a female officer. There were times where none was available in the entire city (5 different precincts). How much more so would a female officer be unavailable or none working in the smaller departments nationwide.

 

Why do I mention the lack of female officers? The men get the job done and the vast majority of the time, they get it done professionally. We will always lack females, because most women do NOT want that kind of job. But people can’t accept this reality. You see, what usually happens is there will be a minimum of two male officers at the scene to search the female suspect. One to search and the other as accountability to ensure nothing gets out of hand. Some departments will require a supervisor to come to the scene and supervise. Most of departments now a days have cameras connected to the patrol vehicles, as well. The officers will bring the suspects in front of the camera to have further proof that nothing inappropriate occurred. Clearly, their isn’t really a ‘need’ for police women, doing a man’s job.

 

The second option as mentioned above is to outsource the job to civilians. I know of a group of community volunteers who drive around following police officers to domestic violence scenes. These volunteers assist the victims of domestic violence and support them through the court process. The same idea can be used of female civilians who drive around and are available to search female suspects when needed. This actually would be the better option if one is extremely worried about officer mal-conduct. This option would ensure that there is always a female citizen available to assist to search female suspects.

 

The objection that women are essential to the police force is false. The men get the job done very well. The areas where it seems that female officers are vital can be outsourced to civilians. There is no excuse; so why are we sending our daughter’s into combat like a bunch of pagans and misogynists? Policewomen are never ‘needed’ in society.

For more in this series:

Answering Objections #1

Answering Objections #2

Answering Objections #3

Answering Objections #4

Answering Objections #5


Jun 9 2014

The Military and Police Force is Combat-Answering Objections Series

Written by Lilyofthevalley2014

This series is to answer the objections that people have to support the unBiblical and ungodly notion that it is acceptable for women to be in the military and police force. This series is, in fact, the first chapter of my new and upcoming book.

6. I believe women should not be allowed on the front lines in combat, but the police force isn’t combat.

This was my number one justifier in joining the military and police force. I joined the Army National Guard in 2011 and a Washington State police department in 2012. I cannot emphasize enough how much I firmly believed prior to joining that women should not be allowed on the front lines and in combat. This was based on my view of scripture. My job in the military was considered “non-combat.” I viewed myself sitting behind a desk and not seeing ‘combat.’ This is a lie that I want to debunk. Little did I know that any job in the military and police force is in fact combat.

 

Before I continue I would like to list the definition of combat. Combat: “Fighting between armed forces” (Google). Other definitions include, “a fight or contest between individuals or groups, conflict, controversy, active fighting in a war ” (Merriam Webster).

 

When going through Basic Combat Training (BCT) for the Army, a few days into training the soldier is issued a rifle and is responsible for maintaining and upkeeping it. Wait…a rifle? What for? My job is non combat, desk job. What is a rifle for? Protection? From what? Non combat is in a safe zone right? Not front lines. Unfortunately, in the military you are a rifleman first. If the base gets overrun by the enemy you must fight or be killed, injured, or captured. A soldier must know how to use a rifle. In today’s type of warfare there are no front lines. It is guerrilla warfare where one’s enemy looks like the civilian populous, lives with the civilians. This is opposed to the Red Coats and Continental Army in the War for Independence where there is a direct line separating the two fighting forces. Another integral part of BCT is hand-to-hand combat. Why is it called combat? Combat again is “Fighting between armed forces.” Just because there is no weapon does not mean that it is not combat. While I was a police officer and writing reports, the software program that was used listed under weapons “fists, hand, arm.” “Fighting between armed forces.” Combat. Soldiers are trained for combat. Basic Combat Training. Unfortunately, I was so brainwashed I couldn’t see any of this prior to joining.

 

As I mentioned above, I joined a police department and graduated from the police academy in 2012. At the academy, we trained to shoot, fight, control, be aggressive, and to not die. Shoot what? Guns. Why? Because someone is attacking/threatening us or someone is attacking/threatening someone else. And to stop the threat. What does stop mean? Two in the chest and one to the head (bullets that is) or if the suspect decides to cooperate it means de-escalation. Some claim that police officers are on the defensive and therefore it is ok for women to be officers. False. When the fire fight starts in the bar and the officer is called. The officer is required to go. If there are others inside the bar the officer will go into the bar and stop the threat. Active shooter in a mall or school. The officers will go inside. This is not defensive…this is offensive. Why do police officers wear bullet proof vests? Because they enjoy sweating in them? No, because the threat (getting shot) is imminent and they wear it for protection.

 

Fighting. Or defensive tactics as the politically correct term is. In this training we learn how to control, restrain, evaluate, search, and transport someone. This someone could be anyone from a citizen refusing to cooperate with commands or someone who is actively trying to kill/harm/maim you or someone else and it is your job to stop them. At any time a suspect can turn on the officer and begin to fight. This has led to many injuries and occasionally death to officers. Women officers die in these situations and to some people this is not combat. This is an outright lie.

 

You wear a uniform, badge, and gun and you are an immediate target. Being taught in both arenas of the military and police force, I can tell you as much as feminist and male chauvinists want you to believe that these two jobs are not combat related, they are. Military and police training teaches you how to kill and fight effectively because of the natures of the jobs. If this is not combat, I don’t know what is.

 

It was not good for me to go through this training. I am more trained than any man in my immediate family (excluding my husband) to be a man. It is to my shame and unfortunately to their shame too. God calls men to go to war. God calls men to fight and be the main protectors. Men are more aggressive than women, love violence more than women, and can handle the atrocities of war better emotionally than women. Why? Because God made them that way. Because God has called us to different roles and tasks in society.

 

For more in this series:

Answering Objections #1

Answering Objections #2

Answering Objections #3

Answering Objections #4

Answering Objections #5

 

 


Jun 2 2014

Pastor’s Support Women in Combat-Answering Objections Series

Searching the Scriptures

Searching the Scriptures

Written by Lilyofthevalley2014

This series is to answer the objections that people have to support the unBiblical and ungodly notion that it is acceptable for women to be in the military and police force. This series is, in fact, the first chapter of my new and upcoming book.

 

5. But if my pastor, husband, and father is o.k. with it, then what is wrong?

As Father’s Day approaches us (Happy Father’s Day to you Dad’s out there) it is reminder to us of how much our father’s have done for us. We show our appreciation and tell our dad’s that they are the best in the world. There are those though who don’t have earthly fathers and those who have fathers who don’t care about them. On one hand this is extremely sad but on the other hand, for those who are Christ followers, we have a heavenly Father who has adopted us as sons and daughters. We are grafted into his family and to that I am overwhelmed with gratitude to our Abba Father.

Moving on to the question at hand, “But if my pastor, husband, and father is o.k. with it, then what is wrong?” The Word of God is over flowing with verses regarding counsel. It is Biblical to go and seek godly, wise counsel and to heed a wise person’s counsel (Ps 1:1-2, Prov 1:8, 1 Pet. 5). These people could and should be our pastors, husband (if we are a wife), and fathers. This question must make us stop and think about who we have in our counseling circles and what kind of counsel they are giving us. Are they Christ followers? Do they know the Bible well enough to know what the Bible says regarding certain topics? Are they people pleasers? These questions are tough to answer even if we know the person very well. You might raise an eyebrow to being wary of a people pleaser. If the one who is giving you counsel is a people pleaser, they will tell you what you really want to hear. This is not loving and could lead to dangerous paths.

A father in particular must not be a ‘people pleaser’ with his children. He must do what is the most loving and what is best for his children. In the children’s eyes this could be seen as too harsh and unloving, but the father who is wiser, more experienced in life, and the one who is responsible must do what is right for the child. Even if it means that the child will not like the result.

It seems apparent to me that between mothers and fathers, the fathers have the most influence over the child. We see the statistics on fatherless homes and the rate at which the children rise and fall and this is just one of many indicators of the father’s influence. I am a woman and growing up, my dad (over my mom) was the one I wanted to make proud. Not that I didn’t want to make my mom proud…I just wanted my dad’s approval more. I believe there is nothing wrong with this and the main reason I believe this is because God made us this way. God places the responsibilities on fathers to lead the family. It only makes sense that the father has more influence over children.

This brings me to a very important point. Fathers have the power to sway their children. In regards to sin and disobeying Scripture, when it speaks much too clearly to ignore (regarding the ungodliness of women in combat) it would be wise to search out the scriptures on your own (Acts 17:11) and challenge your wise counsel. To answer the question, ““But if my pastor, husband, and father is o.k. with it, then what is wrong?” If the Bible is clearly against what the counselor says is acceptable and pleasing to God, then I would suggest not going to that individual for counsel: even if it is your pastor, father, or husband. It would be best to respectfully disagree and obey what the Word of God says to do.

Many blessings to you fathers and to the to-be fathers out there! You have so much influence over your children. Raise them up in the Lord. Teach them His truths. Invest in your children’s life.


May 26 2014

Honoring God-Answering Objections Series

Written by Lilyofthevalley2014

This series is to answer the objections that people have to support the unBiblical  and ungodly notion that it is acceptable for women to be in the military and police force. This series is, in fact, the first chapter of my new and upcoming book.

4. You can witness to people, and therefore honor God as a policewoman.

It is true that a woman could be a witness for the name of Christ while in combat. But following this logic leads to the following: Is it then therefore right for one to become a prostitute in order to witness to other prostitutes? Or become a stripper to witness to others? The answer is obviously no, it does not justify distorting woman’s unique image, going against what the Bible says in regards to women in combat in order for the Gospel to be shared.

In my experience through what I have seen as a female police officer is that a Christian man in the police force or military will have more of an impact for the furtherance of the gospel. The end does not justify the means. God will honor Himself, but we will not always honor God.

Another objection is witnessing to other women and female victims that a female officer would come across. God has designed it so that men have a particular gift for influencing women and I whole heartedly believe that men could do a better job witnessing to women than a woman could do. There are always those particular cases where women have been so jaded by men that this is not the case, but it still does not justify a woman putting off her feminity for masculinity and putting herself in that role.

“Whether therefore you eat or drink, or whatever you, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31 How can a man be a man to the glory of God? How can a woman be woman to the glory of God? I can guarantee it is not a woman masculinizing herself. I can guarantee you it is not a man feminizing himself.

We as Christians are called to spread the gospel to others. Not just verbally but with our lives in how we act. Our lives tell a story. A woman playing the role of a man (protector, ultimate authority, provider, etc) does not tell the gospel story. The Church/Bride does not go after the groom (Christ). The Church does not provide for Christ. The Church does not have authority over Christ. Men are called to wash their wives in the Word. Not the other way around.

One of the most shameful times for me while I was a police officer happened when I was on vacation. I was laying by the pool reading a book when a man struck a conversation with me. He asked me if I was on spring break from college. I told him no and wound up telling him I already graduated from college and I was a Christian. He asked what my major was (Criminal Justice) and what I ended up doing for a job (Police Officer). He then looked at me with a puzzled face and said, “Really? I didn’t think Christian women did that sort of stuff.” He then left the conversation and I couldn’t finish reading the book. I couldn’t believe it. I was shamed and my chance for witnessing to someone was gone. My life was not Gospel centered living.