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 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.  – Acts 16:31

Pastor Franklin begins this chapter stating that women were out numbering men in church attendance.  I believe this was true when I was younger, but not so much today.  This book was printed back in 2007.  Even in 2007, I can’t say my experience is the same.  I remember couples and families filling the pews.

In churches I have been in lately (the past few years), I see an equal number of men and women, however I see more attendees in my age range and older.  I see a few in the generation below me, and I am shamed to say I see even less two generations below me, and hardly anyone 20 and below.  Isn’t that shameful to say?  I began to ask myself, why is that?  Churches I am referring to have both young and old ministers, so it is the teaching.  What is it?  I began to pray.

God reminded me the world is constantly changing.  He reminded me of how he prepared me for this new world.  Most people are hitting the internet for all their needs.  They shop online, socialize online, attend college and high school online, they gossip online, read the newspaper online, they do everything except bathe or eat online.  (I am smiling)  I remember a time when I hardly saw a real person except at work or a social gathering.  Why you might ask, because I was online. (smirked)

Today, people are even working at home via remote sessions, online connections, etc.  Video conferencing has grown so much from just a social tool, to a business tool, and now used on smart phones.  Yes, I am guilty, I like to video call.  I would rather video call than just talk on the phone.   I don’t mind texting, but if I can see the person I am communicating with, I feel as though I am right there in the same room with them.

My husband, the pastor, is preparing to take his ministry online as well.  This year we uploaded many of his services to YouTube.  No he was not the first to do this, but in our revolving world he is the first.  It has proven to be a great avenue in reaching souls.  I pray God will continue to allow us to do this and for my husband to allow me to teach him how to use these internet tools I mentioned.

We are moving, and where we are going they seemed to be avid internet users.  My husband already has a skype ID and now new emails and Facebook accounts.  We are changing local internet service providers (ISP) .  So I recently set him up with a universal emails, both gmail and outlook.   So now he can use google hangout or skype to video chat/talk to those that wish to communicate that way.  He can write letters via emails.  I will have to teach him how to blog.  🙂

Anyway, back to the topic, REACHING OUR Friends, Families, and strangers for Christ.  This chapter discusses a relationship between a husband and wife.  A women who the Lord spoke with and a man who longs to have a relationship with the Lord as she does.  Jealousy is a sin and to purposely cause another to sin is wrong, but this kind of sin may just change a person’s life.  Pastor Franklin spoke about how an unsaved man seeks the actions of a saved woman and instead of falling out of love with her, he falls deeper in love with her and desires to know God as she does.  He develops a yearning for the Lord.  As scripture states: 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 (Paul is giving advice)

     But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: if any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.  And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband…But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases.  But God has called us to peace.  For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband?   Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

No one knows if one is willing to change their life for Christ, but there is always hope.  If God called you into a relationship with Himself.  Than HE can call your spouse as well.  With that said, know He can also call your children, siblings, and friends.  Yes, even your parents if need be.

I want to discuss the latter part even further.  Pastor Franklin goes into another area of discussion with this passage, which I summarized above, but I feel led to talk about the part, “….But God has called us to peace.  For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?”  I know it is hard for men and women to relate to eachother completely, God designed us so different.  We understand things different and react different to things, situations than the opposite sex.  I have seen couples who are unequally yoked.  Yoked referring to their level of understanding in God’s Word or level of commitment to Christ Jesus and God Almighty.  Who I might add are one of the same.  Anyway, when one spouse feels less spiritual than the other, they become discontent in their self and seek affection elsewhere rather than turning to their spouse as a friend to gain understanding.  This is so sad, because eventually it can lead to divorce.  I know, my ex-husband left me and stated that he didnt’ feel good enough and could not be the man he thought I wanted.  When trying to get to the root of the matter, turns out he felt like I put the church and God before him.  I tried to explain that the church didn’t come before him, but GOD did.  He was not happy about that.  He didn’t understand and accused me of being to much of a fanatic or religious.

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