:: Narrow-minded simpleton ::

"... He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. Down the Via Dolorosa all the way, to Calvary."
Billy Graham: How to become a Christian
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:: Saturday, December 29, 2001 ::

Gotta share the Little Pookie (Zach) and the Christmas lights!

:: Julie 12/29/2001 12:57:00 PM [+] ::
:: Friday, December 28, 2001 ::
The New Year awaits! 2002 is almost here.

What'll it be for you this year? Another day, another dollar? Another day, another headache? Another month, another knawing feeling in the pit of your stomach? Another month, another ache in your heart? Another year, another time of not speaking to a family member that hurt you? Another year, another brick in the wall?

Why not start out this year differently? Yeah, yeah, you and I do that every year with your resolutions and turning over a new leaf. "This year will be different", we say. But I ask you, how long did resolutions last in the past? Three months? Three weeks? Three hours? Three minutes?

One resolution you can make that will last for a long, long time is to find out who Jesus Christ is. Not what your Mom or Dad or Priest or Rabbi or Imam or boyfriend or girlfriend told you about Him, but what He says about Himself.

You'll find in the Bible (Old and New Testaments) a love story written by the Creator of the World (that is, Jesus) just for you. It started with Him in the Beginning, and it can end with you safely in His arms for eternity! Ask Him to show Himself to you, and He will.

He stands at the door of your heart and knocks. He will not force Himself upon you; you must make that decision to get to know Him better. Make that your resolution today - it will be the most lasting, most beneficial one you will ever make!

:: Julie 12/28/2001 03:11:00 PM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, December 25, 2001 ::

Stop and think. What's the best gift you've ever gotten? The cool train set? The Disco Barbie? The green Jaguar? The new hardwood floor in the dining room?

How did you feel the instant you knew what it was? How did you feel toward the person who gave you this thoughtful gift?

How do you think the giver felt toward you? Great love?

Now think of the gift of Christ at Christmas. He came to give us a gift greater than all the ones you've ever received: salvation from sin and eternal life.

And there are no strings attached; come just as you are and say, "Yes, Jesus, I accept Your free gift." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

Then, go out and tell someone about the Greatest Gift you've ever gotten. Great Love!

:: Julie 12/25/2001 06:09:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, December 24, 2001 ::

How hard is it for you to accept a gift?

Do you grab it and hoarde it and say mine, mine, MINE! Do you tilt your chin to your chest kinda sideways and look up through shy, blinking eyes and tenatively take it? Do you immediately tear the paper off and, in tornado-like fashion, open the box and show it off? Or do you slowly undo the tape one piece at a time and savor the moment?

No matter how you receive gifts, there's one gift you don't have to open, you don't have to unwrap. All you have to do is accept it in your heart. That is the gift of eternal life, given by Christ Jesus' death on the cross for you and me. There are no strings attached, except life abundant. But Jesus will not force this gift upon you; He will stand at the door and knock until you either receive it, or die. And if you die without receiving this free gift, you will spend eternity separated from God.

Accept His free gift this Christmas Day!

:: Julie 12/24/2001 05:04:00 AM [+] ::
:: Friday, December 21, 2001 ::
Men don't have a clue.

Can you imagine what the world would be like today if men had to put up with such things as makeup, hairspray, nail polish, periods, mood swings, hot flashes, pantyhose, high heels, neanderthals whistling at you or staring you down, tender breasts, shaving legs and underarms often, uncomfortable/unsupportive shoes acceptable for work and all the other various things women put up with every single day?

How different would it be for men to have to live in our world for just one complete month! To experience all the good, the bad and the ugly of being female. To hold your newborn baby, once a literal extension of yourself. To feel that instinct deep inside to hug a hurting soul. To get ticked off when it's cold outside and you can't wear a baseball cap because it will mess up your hair or wrap a muffler around your face to stave off the wind because you'll get makeup all over it. To get out of bed and realize that your breasts are so tender and sore just from a normal monthly cycle that it hurts to walk to the bathroom (or anywhere) as you start your day. To walk a mile in shoes that don't support your feet or won't keep them dry when it rains. To hear the laughter of a child and get tears in your eyes.

How different a world it would be if Mary had not listened to the Angel who said, "Fear not, for I bring good tidings of great joy which shall be for all the people." She humbled herself to the Holy Spirit so that Emmanuel, God with us, would be born. Y'shua. Jesus. Christ the Lord!

Hmmm...how did I get off on that tangent? It's on my heart, my little female tender heart, that this world would be so different if men knew what it was like to be woman, and if Mary hadn't had her heart open to follow the Lord her God.

What if Jesus had not been born until now? How would life be for women and men? Men still wouldn't have a clue!

:: Julie 12/21/2001 03:21:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, December 17, 2001 ::

I've been checking out some of the other blogs on some of the blogrings I'm on.

Is it just me, or are there a bunch of immature, blathering airheads out there? Most of the stuff is personal-diary-type diatribe from teenagers! I guess if I had the chance to use the 'Net when I was their age, I might have done the same thing.

It sure gives me a glimpse into the vapidity of the moral conscience of today's society. Insipid, flat, boring, empty yabberings about nothing of eternal importance.

Of course, everything I write is significant and trenchant. Not to mention humble...

:: Julie 12/17/2001 12:06:00 PM [+] ::
:: Thursday, December 13, 2001 ::
WARNING! Non-Christian-like polemics ahead!

Are you a half-born Christian? You know who you are...you go to Church on Sunday in pharisaical fashion, greeting others and smiling like you're sliced bread, extending the hand of fellowship, singing hymns like a blessed canary, listening intently to the sermon, only yawning once or twice, and waltzing out afterwards like you'd done your deed for the week.

You put your Christianity in your pocket, only to bring it out during an approximately 2 hour Sunday window. It is returned safely for the rest of the week. You smugly think that because this deed, this faith is close to your vest, then it counts. You've been to the front of the church, you've been dunked in the baptistry, and your faith sits smugly in your pocket.

You only gossip when gossiped to. "They brought it up first," you think, "so it doesn't hurt to contribute." You pay a tithe...well...you were going to pay that tithe when you got that new job that paid more. You may even sing in the choir. You may serve in the nursery or library. You may be the pastor's best friend and confidant. You may be on the building committee or the head of the Committee on Committees.

All those works do not matter a hill of beans. You are a half-born (and I'd really like to use the "a-word" here) Christian. You are not living as Christ Jesus said live! "He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf." II Corinthians 5:15.

What are your motives for going to church? For extending the hand of fellowship? For taking Communion or the Lord's Supper? For singing in the choir? For doing anything, anything at all?

I'm sick of Christianity being called hypocritical usually because of some half-born Christian!

Be so thankful for the indescribable gift of Christ Jesus and forgiveness of sin that you keep your faith on your shirt sleeve, on your visage, your face, your lips, your very countenance, instead of tucked away safely in your pocket.

Am I perfect in doing all this myself? Heck, no, but who said I was perfect? I am the Sinner of Sinners. But I do try my best to see each person I encounter on the 'Net or live in person as Christ would see them, with love, compassion, mercy. Live each day for Christ, like it was your last on Earth. In these times of terror, it just may well be.

:: Julie 12/13/2001 09:23:00 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 ::

A followup to my Harry Potter blogentry:

After thinking on it a little while longer, I don't think the wizardry and magic of Harry Potter will have long-lasting harmful effects on most smaller children, who read fairy tales and have imaginary play friends (just like I did).

But what about older children, those that should be old enough to know that magic can be used for evil and there are consequences for evil behaviour? What about immature adults, looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places? Those that are operating in a spiritual vacuum will suck up anything around them, it seems, except Christ, Who is the Truth.

"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." - Colossians 2:8, New Kings James Version

Don't allow yourself or your children to be swept up and sucked in to the wizardry of Harry Potter! If you'd like an exciting, enthralling alternative to Harry Potter, check out the Chronicles of Narnia series of books by C.S. Lewis. You'll be glad you did, and where you spend eternity may depend on it.

:: Julie 12/12/2001 03:33:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 ::

I finally saw "The Matrix." I need to see it again, to continue making connections from its plotline to the Bible.

I might even do something I don't usually do; rent a movie, so I can watch it again (it was on TV this past weekend). There is so much gratuitous sex, trash, vulgarity and non-appealing stuff in movies these days that my husband and I have basically stopped renting and going. Kinda like we've done since 1994 with Major League Baseball, those stuck-up, money-hungry jerks.

And I'm still mad that the Vols lost to LSWho. I guess I'll have to stop calling them LSWho, now, huh? <grin>

:: Julie 12/11/2001 12:20:00 PM [+] ::
:: Saturday, December 08, 2001 ::

Humility. Something that I, as an only-child, struggle with.

Not humility that rolls over and plays dead. I'm not talking being humiliated. I'm just talking that sweet, quiet yet confident spirit of humility.

Knowing that you are right, but not flaunting it. Being quite sure of something, but not being in someone else's face about it.

Humility. Get me closer to You, oh Lord.

:: Julie 12/08/2001 04:26:00 PM [+] ::
:: Thursday, December 06, 2001 ::
I have a friend who I think is struggling with homosexuality. Her own homosexuality.

It's interesting to me that my own Father was very distant, and that made me not really want to have anything to do with men in general. All I'd known in that arena is abandonment and hurt, so why bother at all with the male sex? So, I wondered myself for a while if I was a lesbian, but came to find out that Dad's negative influence on my life caused me to have this question about my sexuality.

My friend has a Mom that does everything she can to compliment/build-up/cajole/pay attention to my friend's Slug younger brother, all while telling my friend that she's not good enough. And my friend is not a teenager or child - she's in her 40s! I see her sliding down the slope toward lesbianism because she wants soooo very desperately the approval and love of her Mother, and she's turning to other women to get that love need fulfilled. But I'm afraid that she's bought into the lie that homosexuality is something you're born with, and thus her slide is inevitable.

God created her (and me) very specially, in His own image. He created us male and female, not male and male or female and female. Homosexuality is changeable, redeemable. Tell that to a homosexual and they'll tell me I'm intolerant and full of hate for trying to change them. They know *deep inside* that homosexuality goes against creation, but they don't want to face it, so they lash out at me, and God.

Very sad that they're kept in a prison. So sad, since all they have to do is examine the family in which they grew up and check out the relationships with their parents and/or parental substitutes, and see where the dysfunction is, and as soon as that's worked through and healed with the help of a wise counselor, the homosexuality falls away. They find they were not born that way.

Nevertheless, God loves them just where they are, just as He loves me where I am, and calls me to love homosexuals where they are. Let it be so, Lord.

:: Julie 12/06/2001 04:13:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 ::

What gripes me about terrorism is that it will never end. There will always, always be a lunatic in every group that will go against even the Leader's wishes.

Only One Leader will stop all this. And every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.

Even those who don't believe in Him or acknowledge His existance.

:: Julie 12/04/2001 05:03:00 PM [+] ::
:: Monday, December 03, 2001 ::
And what is the dang deal with the hangup so many people have with the word "sin?"

Why does it bother so many when I point out that they are sinners, whilst in the same breath, I'm pointing my finger in my own face? I'm calling the kettle black!!! I AM A SINNER!

"It's because I'm judging them," they whine.

I ain't judging them, the Bible is judging them.

:: Julie 12/03/2001 06:04:00 PM [+] ::

So, I was talking with a Presbyterian friend of mine, and we discussed predestination. As in God chose, before the foundation of the world, who would be saved (go to Heaven) and who would not.

To me, predestination is fatalism. If you're saved, you know you're going, so why bother living your life for Jesus? Aah, but he tells me, you don't know *who* you might influence into being saved, and thus be a part in that Predestined Plan of God, if you do live your life for Jesus.

But, I muse, if God already knows, then living your life for Jesus won't matter in anyone else's life because their eternal destiny is already sealed, one way or another no matter what you do in your own life. So, why bother living for Jesus?

To me, if you're into predestination, think on this: what loving God would purposefully choose who would live with Him forever in Heaven and who would live apart from Him forever in Hell? Is that really love?

I say not. He loved us so much that He gave us free will. Free will to choose Him, or not. He gives us the free gift of salvation through Christ Jesus, and we can choose to accept it, or not.

I choose the free gift of Christ Jesus. Did God know I was going to choose Him? Of course! Did he *force* me into accepting the free gift? You decide.

:: Julie 12/03/2001 06:02:00 PM [+] ::

HOW 'BOUT THEM VOLS?!! Beat Florida at the Swamp! Yeeeehah!

:: Julie 12/03/2001 10:53:00 AM [+] ::
:: Saturday, December 01, 2001 ::
I hate it when I'm in my car and I think of something profound about which I would like to blog. Usually, by the time I can find a scrap of paper to write it on, I'm already on to something else, and forget what I was aspiring to pontificate on.

And if I carry that digital recorder in the car with me, so I could immediately record these thoughts of wisdom, I can get in trouble in the place I work for just having it in my car in the parking lot (nuclear weapons plant).

So, all you thousands reading this, think of what you're missing by my 39-year-old brain not being able to remember from one minute to the next...

:: Julie 12/01/2001 09:38:00 AM [+] ::

Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, Maryville TN

So, why would I call myself "Narrow-Minded Simpleton," a moniker that is usually launched with derision towards far-right Christian "lunatics" who quote the Bible all the time and think there's only one (simple) Way to Heaven?

If the shoe fits...

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