First, and most important, I'm a sinner saved by the grace of God, and through Faith alone!! Without Him I would be nothing and my life would be meaningless. God has worked in me SO much, and I pray, everyday, that He will continue to mold me into the women He wants me to be. I pray that He would use me, small unimportant me, to make a difference in this word! My desire is to glorify God through my life, and through the choices I make... (1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.")
A lot has happened to me in the last year, but the biggest thing is that I married the love of my life!! He is SO amazing! I live in Montana now, and I have to say it has to be one of the most beautiful places I've been to! I feel SO blessed. I honestly don't deserve how much God has blessed me, but I am So grateful!
Some back history about me....
I was raised in a conservative Christian family. I'm the youngest of 7 children, (5 girls and 2 boys.) My Mother homeschooled all of us and we are now all graduated, which she is quite happy about. lol I loved growing up in a big family, and I have good relationships with all of my siblings! My family means A LOT to me, and I love them very much!! :D Big families are AWESOME!
I enjoy doing lots of things... :) Two of the things that I really love, and am very interested in, are Music and Photography.
Some of my favorite Bible verses are...
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ~2 Corinthians 2:19~
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6 ~
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~Jeremiah 29:11~
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7~
1 Corinthians 10:13 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Anyways... Please feel free to add me as a friend. I love getting to know new people, and would be happy to friend you back!! :D
Authers I really like... Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Francine Rivers, John Piper, and C. S. Lewis
I pick and choose out of all different genres of music... I do listen to a lot of Christian music , though. :) Some of my favorite Christian artist are, Kari Jobe, Francesca Battistell, For King & Country, Selah, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Hillsong United .. And so many more... :)
FAMILY & LIFESTYLE
Want (more) Children:
Homeschool your children?:
Yes, I plan to homeschool.
PROFESSIONAL & EDUCATIONAL
Homeschooled all the way
God, the bible, photography, music, people, talking, writing, reading, learning, dancing, art of any kind, Doctrines of Grace, 7th day Sabbath
How are you doing? The weather seems to be all people talk about these days, so I'll go ahead and say that we have had one of the coldest winters I remember, but are now moving into warmer temps. How about you?
Have you read an good books lately? I just took out "Quiet - the power of introverts in a world that won't stop talking" and it's really good!
Oh, that is awesome!! All of my sisters and I were able to be home together for the holidays, and then my immediate family all traveled up to my Grandma's house to spend time with aunts/uncles/cousins. I took several days off work, so I'm enjoying this family time! What does your family like to do when you're all together?
Well first off I am very sorry it has taken me so long to respond, this is a busy shipping time of the year for us, I should have let you know with a short note though. I did not mean to be this long winded, I always say that but I really did not. After looking over this letter it may be impossible for you to follow I am not gifted with writing and I kind of jumped all around. Make sure and know that I do not expect you to respond to all of this unless you really want to, haha. Once again I will say in a different way some times I get over bearing and scare people off with long post don't let that happen I will try and keep it shorter in the future.
I think you forget that if God created A person to be lost, then He made them to sin, which means He sinned something that I think we can both agree on He can't do.
“i know that I am completely depraved and I would much rather believe that God is the one in control of my life, and not me! I cannot trust myself, but I most certainly can trust God!' This statement of yours is the exact thing that I blame the doctrine of Calvin with the taking away of the personal responsibility of many a friend that I have grown up with, they can't do anything so why try and on top of that they are saved and the elect.
Genesis 4:6 “So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
You used four sections out of the book of Romans and indeed at first these verses appear to be good choices, in the end they fail to prove anything for Calvin. First off they ignore all of the free will verses mixed in between, even if we just focusing on these verses alone though an Arminian could easily claim that their belief applied just as much as Calvin’s. I am not going to dwell on the exact Arminian view but just to state it briefly as I understand it at least. OK here go's the over view:
Rom 8:21-30 " For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” The Father predestined that Jesus would be the sacrifice, therefor any one who has faith in Jesus is predestined and the elect, therefor you can choose to have faith, also once you do have your election you can still walk away from it, 2 Peter 1:10”Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
Rom 9:15-16 " For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy." ” God has mercy on those who have faith and does not on those who don't have faith Romans 1:17” For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
Rom 9:21 "Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?" Sure does, by faith in Jesus.
Rom 9:11-13 "(for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her,“The older shall serve the younger.”[a] 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” This is kind of considered the death blow for the Arminian right, is it though how about: Hebrews 12:12-17
Hebrews 12:12” Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.”
Yep, as far as I can tell the Arminst have as good a chance at explaining these verses as Calvin and on top of that these are some of Calvin’s best verses. Aside from these and just a few other verses, Scripture as a whole seems to lean clearly free will.
At this point though, I would like to say that I personally think that Paul is getting at two different points at the same time. When asked, both calvinists and Arminians would agree that Paul is dealing not only with salvation but the difference of Israel and gentile and the salvation of both. Yet they rarely ever ask what does this have to do with how the verses effect our doctrine, they just go on dogmatically arguing their points. I would like to point a few things out and get your thoughts on them, I am going over Ephesians 1-2, Galatians 4, and the whole book of Romans.
Get a Bible and read Ephesians 1:3-12 who is Paul referring to through theses verses pay close attention to the us”s, and the we's. Now read Ephesians 1:13-22 again pay close attention to the you's. Paul is talking to two sets of people they are both being saved in the same way Ephesians 1:19 “and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” however how he refers to them is different.
Ephesians 1:4 “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,”
Ephesians 1:11 “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.” Now take note of the predestined, two of the four places they appear in the bible are here, also take note of the adoption as sons, these I am going to say are words that deal with Israel. Now read Ephesians 2, notice the whole theme is God bringing them together everyone having a way to salvation
Now read Romans starting in chapter 1 Paul is dealing with Jew, and Greek, we are off to the same thing as in Ephesians.
Romans 3:1”What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?”So the Jews had the oracles of God, we are still dealing with the same type of thing.
Romans 4:1”What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.“ Abraham believed God this is why he was saved, and yet his works did bring about God's people and his people do have certain credentials as we shall see.
As we move into Romans chapter 8 we find that we are still dealing with the same things Jew, Greek, Law, Grace. Take note of the different wording here in these verses those, and whom, I think in light of the next chapter Romans 9 that Paul is talking about Israel here and the reason he brings them up is because God was faithful to bring about His plan in the way He said He would no matter what He can do it Romans8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Romans:2 “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised![a] Amen.”
this with the follow verses leads me to believe that God does things as He saw fit with His people on earth but it was not unto forcing people to be saved or not but much more to do with “the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises”.
This brings us to Romans 9:16 “It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”[g] 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.”
If we look at where these verses come from and their surrounding verses in exodus the wording is interesting “that thou mayest know” Exodus 9:14 “For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.“
Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?
I think these verses make it clear why God hardened his heart “As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people”. Another interesting thing is we are still dealing with protecting God's people not salvation.
I will leave you with a couple of verses that I think kind of rounds things out. One last note we are on chapter 10 and still dealing with Israel and it continues on after this as well.
Romans 10:11 “As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f “
Romans 10:17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
It is harder to get together as a family as everyone gets older, gets married, and moves away. Fortunately, right now all of my sisters and I live in the same state, but I know that might not always be the case. Will you get to see most of your family over the Christmas holidays?