September 28, 2007

The Holiness of God

I am currently reading R.C. Sproul's classic Christian best-seller entitled, "The Holiness of God." This is an awesome book and Dr. Sproul is a superb writer. I have also read his, "Chosen by God," book which deals with the sticky subject (oft misunderstood) of Predestination. He is an easy-to- read writer, nothing like J. Packer, A.W. Pink or other well-known theologians. I love Packer, Piper and Pink, but will admit that I often have to read their books carefully and slowly. Packer's book, "The Sovereignty of God," took me several months to read (reading it nightly). I just couldn't get through a chapter a night (like I normally do). His book is meaty, that is for sure.

But back to Sproul and this topic of holiness. I have always been convicted of this character attribute. I can remember Kay Arthur preaching on 1 peter 1:16 and literally shaking in my skin as she shouted (on tape): "You shall be holy, for I am holy!" I can recall her illustration of "checking every image, every thought, every feeling at the door of one's mind and not allowing anything to enter in that doesn't pass the "holiness" test." Often, I have been convicted and found myself running from the very Holiness of God. I didn't want to admit it but I was living an un-holy life.

This past Sunday, our guest teacher (often a regular Pastor) at our large Bible church, preached on this same passage. He quoted R.C. Sproul (oh, I love that, especially when I am reading the very same book!) and gave them most "damning" message I have ever heard. When I say "damning", I simply mean "fire and brimstone," "cut to the core" type preaching that shakes you and makes you take stock of your viewpoint -- immediately -- without haste.

If you would like to hear this sermon, click here:

John Politan is a gifted expository preacher who happens to be a trained lawyer by profession. He is not a full-time pastor, but there is no way to get around the fact that He is called by God to preach the Good News and especially to speak forth on the issues of personal holiness and integrity. I challenge you to listen to this Godly and highly articulate and intellectual man teach on this very subject. It will change your life, I guarantee it.

So, after pulling myself up off the church floor on Sunday and spending some time in reflection on God's Holiness, I have to say that the majority of faith-professing people are living un-holy lives and thinking they can get away with it. Pastor Politan put it this way: the majority of Christian's believe that they can get away with a little bit of sin. They are mistaken. God is Holy and demands Holiness from his children. We are commanded to live holy lives. We are promised rewards for living a holy life. We will suffer correction for choosing unholiness. Let us not suffer regret when we face our Lord and find that we have wasted our life and chosen to live as the world.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

My Mother

September 21, 2007

(September 26, 2007)

On August 27, 2007, my mom underwent a total knee replacement. It has not been a good two months for her. The surgery went very well but she has been in a great deal of pain (even with heavy medication) and is slowly making her recovery (she is really doing well). Despite the difficulties and the un-comfortability of her circumstances, she is always bright and cheerful. (She is also one of the most photogenic people I know -- I DID NOT get this trait!)

September 26, 2007

Mom and Auntie

My Aunt Carol and my Mom
after a great dinner at Olive Garden
(September 26, 2007)

We have just had two great weeks visiting with my dear auntie. Auntie (yes, this is what we call her) lives in Jacksonville, FL, and came out to help care for my Mom after her knee replacement surgery. We had lots of laughs and good times while she was here. We don't get to see her very often anymore, so whenever she comes, it is always so much fun.

September 21, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Scary huh? Self-portrait (in camera) from
my newly birthed 14-year old.
September 21, 2007

Ps. all the photos above were taken by DS on his new Kodak 10mpx digital camera

Home School Tracker Plus

I think I posted about this great software already but if not here it is:

This is a free home school scheduling software program. The basic version is a free download and does just about everything the Plus (paid) version does. The Plus version costs $40 and includes a CD-Rom. It also has a high school transcript, report card with letter grades and more report templates. The biggest difference is that it stores class information in subjects and courses. This is especially useful for high school programs. The basic version stores every entry as a subject so Copywork, Literature, History, Natural History, are all listed individually. In the Plus version, English would group copywork, literature, poetry, Shakespeare, etc. under one course heading. It is really apples and oranges and if you are not interested in presentation, the free version works just as well. I wanted to have the advanced report features and the professional looking transcript so the $40 was well-worth the price.

I inputed my son's entire Y9 program into this software and it took me about 2 hours to do it. His entire year is done and I can print weekly reports as well as a daily task sheet for him in a couple minutes. It is a great time-saver and it is nice to know that it will calculate grades and points for me. I don't have to worry about doing this down the road and I can print out a progress report at any point in our school year.

September 18, 2007

Fall is here!

Finally the cooler days of fall have arrived to Arizona! By cooler, I really mean under the 100 degree mark each day. Today and through the rest of the week we are expecting temperatures to stay under the century mark. I was reminded of those unexpected "Indian Summers" we used to have each September when I was young and growing up in Illinois. Mom always took us school shopping in August and we picked out our favorite fall/winter clothes. We couldn't wait to wear our new clothes to school, mostly with leggings and turtlenecks and corduroy, on the first day of school. It didn't matter that the mornings would warm to toasty afternoons. No, we would all dress for fall even when the temperature warmed to the upper 70's. Oh, but how I remember the first frosty morning and the falling of the leaves. The piles of raked leaves on neighbor's yards and the rainshowers and yellow rain slickers. Yes, fall has to be my favorite time of the year. I love the colors, the smells, and the feel of fall. Sigh, temperatures in the high 90s today. Not quite the fall I remember but after the long hot summer, I will take it and enjoy it.

This is the day the Lord has made...I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Cat in the Hat....Nah!

Cat in the Sink

September 11, 2007

September 11, 2007

We Remember Those Who Have Given
Their Lives for Our Freedom and Democracy.
God Bless America!
(DJ created this photo himself - pretty cool!)

September 8, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Us!

David and Carol
celebrating our 23rd anniversary!
(September 8, 1984 to 2007)