Go to Brandon’s blog to read about the shooting competition he competed in on Saturday. He came in 4th out of 16 over all. And it was his first time.
Beth has been attempting to upload the “pie in the face” video for you to see, but we have been plagued with extremely slow internet speed tonight. Maybe she can get it tomorrow.
The majority of you are not going to understand what prompted this post, but I am going to make it public anyway. Someone wrote something they intended for me to see. I have no intention of carrying on a conversation. 
I posted something on Friday knowing full well that it would hit its intended target. That target still checks this blog regularly. If he doesn’t want to know what I have to say, then he should not read it. Well….I made said target extremely mad. Bless his little heart. He can just blow that gasket. I don’t care.
Said target did not deny what I accused him of. He just blew up because I said anything about it.
We cannot expect God to just overlook a sin we continue to flaunt. Yes, I said flaunt. God forgives. But repent means to turn in the opposite direction.


v 1: turn away from sin or do penitence [syn: atone] 2: feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about [syn: regret, rue]

Nowhere in there does it say, “Keep on doing it when you think nobody will see.” When you are doing something you know you are not supposed to do (let’s say…cheat on a spouse, for instance), God does not look the other way when you keep on doing it, because your heart is “torn between two places.”  And pointing out that everybody else is a sinner, too, does not excuse it.
Yes, all humans sin. But there are those who diligently try to stay away from sin, and there are those who make no effort at all to stay away, even after they have been told what will happen. Like the pastor says….it’s when you make it a lifestyle that you haven’t repented.
Guilt will weigh very heavily on someone who refuses to turn away from their sin of choice.
And I’d be careful about saying that our church will not forgive.
Prov 19:5…..A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who pours out lies will not go free. NIV

You’re just sorry you’ve been seen again.

NO, NO, NO….
Acts 3:19-20…..19 Repent , then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,  NIV
Prov 5:18-23…..18 So be happy with your wife and find your joy with the girl you married —  19 pretty and graceful as a deer. Let her charms keep you happy; let her surround you with her love. 20 Son, why should you give your love to another woman? Why should you prefer the charms of another man’s wife? 21 The LORD sees everything you do. Wherever you go, he is watching. 22 The sins of a wicked man are a trap. He gets caught in the net of his own sin. 23 He dies because he has no self-control. His utter stupidity will send him to his grave.  TEV
Ex 20:17…..17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  NIV
 1 John 2:3-4…..3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  NIV

You just cannot improve on what God said.

If you want forgiveness, stop what you are doing.



10 thoughts on “

  1. You are so right, you can’t improve on God’s word.  It has always confused me when people behave this way…adultery is adultery and you can’t just pretend about it.  They are fooling no one and especially they are not fooling God!:nono:
    RYC:  I don’t think I knew you lost a child, but your comment indicated so.  I am so sorry.  My parents said my Aunt is turning to GOD with her grief about loosing their son, but her husband is not a believer and our prayer is that he will come to the Lord.  It is a sad and difficult situation for them.  At least we knew that my cousin who was killed had made a decision for Christ a few years ago.  That is a comfort.

  2. I’ll be there, Paula 😉
    Cynthia, I am so sorry about the loss of your cousin. He had so much life ahead of him. Thank God he was saved.
    Yes, we lost a child in 1984. If you go back to my Feb. 7, 2006 post, I wrote about her. Her name was Rachel Elizabeth. When Bethany was born, we gave her the middle name Rachel, in memory of her sister.

  3. I thought that Herb’s sermon notes that Steve posted went very well with what you just said as well… Point #3 – Our Practice – is the practice of our life and the desire of our heart to obey what the Bible says/what God tells us is right (righteousness). Does it bring us great pain when we stumble and was it a ‘stumble’ or a purposeful ‘walk’? Did we choose what God says is wrong? When we choose evil (what God says is wrong) purposely, we reveal that we don’t believe God and we should question our own salvation. Salvation is through Faith… believing God… our very believing HIM is counted as righteousness and conversely our not believing God is unrighteousness.

  4. In some aspects Xanga is better…that’s true, but I have a lot more friends I keep in touch with on Myspace..haha. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Thanks for the comment.  You’re welcome, Adam. I just like the looks of Xanga better. MySpace and Blogspot have always just looked odd to me for some reason.
    Cynthia, it cooled down here considerably after the rain. A slight cool front came through, if there is such a thing in July!
    Suzanne, I’m emailing you.

  6. AMEN!  You just summed up what we have been dealing with for the past 3 years……….someone……..a preacher………flaunting his adulterous affair…..not having to repent……..and still at the pulpit!  Thanks for your post and the scripture in it.  Sherry
    We cannot expect God to just overlook a sin we continue to flaunt. Yes, I said flaunt. God forgives. But repent means to turn in the opposite direction.


  7. Wow….and still in the pulpit?? I can’t believe the church let him stay. There’s a scripture that deals with that:
    1 Cor 5:1-55:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud ! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.  NIV
    Of course, this scripture is not just for those who are sleeping with their step-mother, as was this situation. It’s for any sin that the person refuses to repent from. This was just used as an example of a sin that was being flaunted – they were proud. It was accepted in this church.

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