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Definition of Christian

I read once on another site that a member had a problem with the name Christian, he did not want to be called by that name, but preferred the term "a child of God."

In the beginning of the early Church they were called "the Way" see Acts 9:2; 18:25-26; and 22:4 and 24:14, 22.
In the first century Christian was considered a vulgar demeaning term, but by the second century it was considered a title of honour. King Agrippa asked Paul in Acts 26:28, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" Agrippa's use of the word Christian was used as an insult.
The Revell Bible dictionary states that a Christian is a person who has a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ. Believer's were first called Christians in Antioch in Acts 11:26. The word appears only two more times in the New Testament, Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16.
The Greek word christianos, means belonging to Christ."
It is true that many people in the world …

Bible Reading Challenge

Yikes! I have failed to give an update in far too long!

I did finish the book of Acts, and have prepared a little introduction on it.
"Acts of the Apostles" written by Luke, the faithful friend and traveling companion of the apostle Paul. Luke was with Paul during both of Paul's inprisonments. Luke is the writer of the 3rd gospel, he was a physician, and historical writer of early Church history.
The book of Acts is the bridge between the gospels and Paul's letters. Acts gives the readers details of the Churches that Paul's letters do not give. It could have been written as early as 60-61 A.D. The major theme is "The Church witnessing for Christ" according to Charles Erdman. The book of Acts does not mention all of the apostles and because of this, the title "Acts of the Apostles" can be misleading. Many believe that a more accurate title for this book should be "The Acts of the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is mentioned 50 times in the…

Review---"Fresh Grounded Faith"

"Fresh Grounded Faith" by Jennifer Rothschild
I loved this book and used it as a daily devotional this year.
In this book Jennifer gives the reader a peek inside her life. She shares with us moments of exhaustion, sadness, times of teaching, and precious times with her family.
Jennifer has a talent for drawing the reader in with her aroma of rich words. She shares similar stories that we all could share, stories of friends that have died, friends that have been ill, memories of our husbands, or children. Snippets of those times in our lives that leave imprinted snapshots in our minds forever of those people that made a difference, or of those times captured that we hold dear to our hearts.
This is the first book I'd read from Jennifer Rothschild. I have a book that has two of her books in it, "Lessons I Learned in the Dark," and "Lessons I Learned in the Light." I hope to read those books soon.
Jennifer has a great website:
http://www.jenniferrothschild.co…

Question Of The Week #17

Question Of The Week #17, http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com

"What's your worship style? Do you prefer hymns or praise songs and choruses? Or perhaps a blend of the two? Do you have a favorite hymn or two that uplifts you? How about praise songs? Do you have any favorites?"
I grew up in a small Baptist Church on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. We sang hymn music along with a choir, organ, and piano. Many of the well known hymns sang during that time I still love to sing while I am in my own home, or even while driving, all sang acappella. These songs are familiar friends, they are comforting, assuring, and uplifting. "What a Friend we Have in Jesus" is one of my favorites, as well as "Blessed Assurance," and "At Calvary." When I sing those songs often I think of the Church family that I had then, many that have now gone on to heaven to live with Jesus. I can hear their voices singing, see their smiling faces, and remember the sweet fello…

Fragrance Of Life

Have you ever thought about the person you used to be? Does that question bring back a nostalgic feeling? Does it bring back a feeling of pain, remorse, or dread?
This is the question that I was given for my creative writing assignment, for a writing class I am taking. I have pondered this question for a week now, I have looked at this question from up above, both sides, and then from underneath. I have surely thought about this question too much, it is in my character to meditate on "things." Meditate sounds better than obsessing, it sounds as if I am doing something important.
I have known people that have spent too much time reflecting on past sins, a sin that they committed, or maybe a sin that someone else did that affected them. They allow this thought pattern to take control of their attitude and actions, it even changes them in their personality.
I have known people that spend most of their day dreaming and thinking about their childhood, or early married years, or col…

Question Of The Week #16

http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/
"Do you participate in reading challenges? Why or why not? Would you be interested in participating in more reading challenges? Perhaps Christian related reading challenges. Perhaps Bible related reading challenges. I've been contemplating having mini-challenges-nothing certain, nothing planned out yet. And I was curious if they'd be any interest. If there's not that's fine. Do you have any ideas of what you'd want to see in a mini reading challenge?" In 2009 I signed up for several reading challenges, but after reality settled in I've had to scale back to only a few. The reading challenges that I am currently signed up for are: 1. War Through The Generations Challenge World War II---I have completed this challenge by reading 8 books. 2. Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge---I am currently still reading for this challenge, I've read 11 so far, with 5 more to be finished soon, my goal is 50. 3. Operation…
I hope I am not getting on your "last nerve," but I have not been satisfied with my blog, and so I have made more changes. I am hoping that a decision on theme selection has finally been made.

I have continued to walk most weekdays, 70 minutes each time. The temperature yesterday was 90 and the temperature now is 93. I have lathered myself with sunscreen, stretched, drank several gulps of water, and now at 5 o'clock in the afternoon--I'm headed out the door!

Review---The Shack

"The Shack" by William P. Young
248 pages

"The Shack" has been on the bestseller list for months, it has achieved great success in getting the attention of not only the Christian community, but the secular as well. This book has been discussed on cable talk shows, radio, magazines, sermons, book clubs, and the blogging community. I have heard people express varied opinions about it, some of the opinions are made with raised eyebrows and a hesitant expression. People seem to either love the book, or they are in disagreement about the authors choice of storyline and explanations of the trinity.
When I first began reading the book, I was several pages into it before I began to feel more comfortable in it. The nightmare that unfolded in the Phillip's family was almost too much for me to bear. It is after all a parent and grandparent's worst nightmare.
I was and am still amazed at the story telling ability of the author. He tells a horrific story in the voice of a …
"Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Bible Reading Challenge

I have not kept up with my daily Bible readings over the past week. I continue to have a daily devotional time every morning, but I have not picked back up in reading my way through Acts.

I am well from the virus I'd had last week, I was still sick over the weekend, the virus seemed to stick with me a few days. I bought a Ford Edge last Saturday, I am so thrilled to have a new car. My other car I'd had a long time and it had many miles on it. I feel so blessed! I still continue to peer in to the garage window at this beautiful new car in my garage, and I just cannot believe that it's really mine!

I had shared earlier in the year about my fitness goals for this year, I have failed to keep you posted. I have had setbacks in finding out I have degenerated discs with bone spurs in my neck and back, so I am not lifting weights anymore. I have plantar fasciitis in my right heel and arch, a nerve problem at the ball of my right foot. My left ankle has been sprained so many times in…

Question Of The Week #15

Question Of The Week #15 http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com
"Do you listen to the Bible on audio? Why not? Do you have a favorite audio edition? Do you prefer dramatized editions or voice only editions? Do you have any you'd recommend?"I do not listen to the Bible on audio, I do not believe that I ever have. I do enjoy reading the Bible aloud. I love God's Word, and to fill the room with His Word, to hear it read and not just read it and process it in my mind, makes a more dynamic impact. Reading God's Word aloud also makes it easier to memorize scripture. Memorizing scripture so that it is always in our mind ready to be retrieved for those moments when we need to hear from Him. One of the reasons that I do not listen to the Bible on audio is because I am a visual learner. When I hear a sermon, or listen to a lecture, I must take notes in order to process the information better. I enjoy going back at a later date to re-read what I have written and I gain a fr…

Good Friday

I am struggling to get well from a stomach virus and we are in the process of buying a newer car!

I will be taking off from blogging the next few days. I pray that all of you will have a wonderful Easter weekend!

"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. 'Why are you looking for the living among the dead?' asked the men. 'He is not here, but He has been resurrected! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day?' And they remembered His words." Luke 24: 1-8 CSB

"Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who,…

Review---A Vote of Confidence

A Vote of Confidence by Robin Lee Hatcher 272 pages Guinevere Arlington, or better known as Gwen to her family and friends, lives in the town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho. Gwen's sister Cleo and father live nearby on a ranch. Gwen and Cleo's mother lives in New Jersey. Gwen is an independent and self sufficient woman. She teaches piano and writes for the town newspaper. She is determined to remain single despite many willing admirers, she is unwilling to adhere to the control of a man. The year is 1915 and the women in Idaho had only been allowed to vote since 1896. Gwen makes the decision to run for mayor. She is undaunted by her opponents and she is focused on her win. I love this book because it focuses on Gwen's prayer life. Gwen often prays to God for His guidance and direction. She is not so head strong that she dismisses God's will for her life. I love this book because Gwen is a strong character; she is teachable, moral, conscientious, intelligent, wise, and evalu…

Question Of The Week #14

Question Of The Week #14 http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/

Do you have a favorite Biblical film? If you don't have a favorite film, do you have a least favorite?

I have several Biblical films that I like: "The Nativity," "One Night With The King," "The Ten Commandments," and "Jesus of Nazareth."
My favorite Biblical movie is "The Passion of the Christ." I love this movie not because it makes me "feel good," nor because it is a quick escape into the entertainment world provided by Hollywood.
I love this movie because it crushes my heart to see my Savior being tortured and in pain. Maybe that last sentence makes absolutely no since to many of my readers. I have read the story of Jesus' crucifixion many times, I have heard many sermons preached on it, I have read several books and Bible studies on it. There is a deep impact on me when I watch this movie depict what Jesus went through, for me, for us. Every year at thi…

Palm Sunday

"The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying out, 'Hosanna! blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!' And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey's colt."
John 12:12-15 ESV

I remember many years ago my Church had an Easter pageant, during the pageant the cast of many characters paraded throughout the sanctuary saying, "Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming!" Their bright and smiling faces, their vivaciousness and joy, the crescendo of their voices saying those three words again and again, "Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming!" This is a memory that I have filed away under "important to remember" in my mind, it is a memory that I should not forget, I cannot forget, because "Jesus is com…

Bible Reading Challenge

I finished reading chapter 7 of Acts today, in chapter 7 Stephen gave his speech before the Sanhedrin.
"When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 'Look,' he said, 'I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.' At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.' Then he fell on his knees and cried out, 'Lord do not hold this sin against them.' When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Chapter 8 verse 1, "And Saul was there, giving approval to his death." NIV
These men that Stephen had given his speech to were…

Question Of The Week #13

Question Of The Week #13, from Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/
I have enjoyed Becky's questions from her blog. If you have never visited her blogs please do so, they are wonderful, she spends an incredible amount of time and love over there!!!

Do you listen to Christian music? Why or why not? Do you listen only to Christian music? Do you have any favorite artists? A favorite album? A favorite song? Which artist(s) would you recommend to others? Why?
I love music; I love classical and opera, I love jazz and blues, I love bluegrass and country, I love old gospel music, I love classic rock, I love Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, The Beach Boy's, I love big band or swing music, and I especially love Christian music. When I am at home I prefer a quite house; occasionally I will listen to music on my CD player. When I am driving in my car I listen to the radio, preferring either Christian music, or country, or classic rock. Music often reminds me of memor…

The Kettle Club

I am a member of The Kettle Club from over at Exemplify Magazine http://exemplifymagazine.blogspot.comThe focus of this group is to share on our own individual blogs what God has been teaching us over the past month; devotional questions are posted on the site at Exemplify Magazine at the end of every month, and then the members link up to share on their own blogs. There are several questions that were posted at the end of March, we are asked to answer all of them or just one of the questions. The questions I chose are, what are some practical ways you maintain a consistent in the word time? Do you have a certain morning system that accompanies your quiet time? My quiet time or devotional time has evolved over a period of nearly 16 years. In the beginning it was during a crisis of faith that I fell before the face of God in my anguish, and He lifted me up in His Word. So often Christians cling to the Lord during a crisis, and then during times of "sunny skies" they fall away…