"And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after
you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you
and to your offspring after you. " Genesis 17:7
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
James was also the brother of Jesus, the leader of the Jerusalem church after Christ’s resurrection, and the writer of the book of James. James’ direct involvement in the church is documented in Acts 15:13-21, and 21:18-25. In both cases, James is concerned with the law of Moses and its continuing significance for the believer. He understood that the Law’s character was abiding because it reflected the abiding character of God. His concern was for the holiness of the church. This is also evident in his letter to the church at large. True faith and the flesh cannot continue to and should not begin to be allowed to coexist. James’ concern is evident in his opening exhortation:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (Jas. 1:5-8 ESV)In the above paragraph is introduced the central target of James’ letter, that of double-mindedness in the church. Faith in Christ and adopting the goals and ethos of the world and the flesh are ultimately mutually exclusive. James saw the new Baal for what it was, a false god who was tolerant of faith in Christ in so much as it was a dead faith.
Similarly, Elijah served Israel at a time when this sort of syncretism was alive and well.
And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word. (1 Kings 18:21)
So what do we want from James Elijah Hamlin? We want him to be conformed to the image of Christ in such a manner as to become more-and-more a man of single-minded purpose. We want him to put his sin to death, even culturally acceptable sins, as sin will otherwise be killing him. We also want him to courageously work for the holiness of the church, even if in such work, he may be called a “troubler of Israel” (18:17) “so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed” (Heb. 12:13).
What will he need for this task but confidence in and reliance upon our Lord Jesus Christ? In contrast to the double-minded prayer described in chapter 1, “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” (Jas 5:16-18)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I know our little boy will be proud to have a hall-of-famer Daddy!
By the way, only 5 days to go!!!
Friday, November 07, 2008
the beautiful cake that Mrs. DeVries made
Anna Ruth cuddling with Memaw
Mom and my 3 sisters (who were all able to come into town for the weekend)
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
We went to the children's museum downtown, and one of the playrooms was a mini Publix. Anna Ruth loved pushing the cart around and "shopping" like Mommy.
Another exhibit was the water room, and Anna Ruth enjoyed pouring water through the mills and watching it spin.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Anna Ruth and I at the Columbia Zoo at the beginning of October.
Anna Ruth riding Clifford, the big red dog at Chuck E Cheese's (and yes, that's a fake smile).
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The menu tonight consisted of Calico Beans and Hoe Cake Bread, both of which are recipes given to me by my mother-in-law. This was my first time trying them out, and I had to give her a couple calls with questions. She hadn't made the bread in years, so she wanted me to take some pictures of the process. First off is a picture of the calico beans, which turned out great. They have a nice sweet flavor to them, are easy to make, and cheap, too!
Of course, Anna Ruth wanted to help with the special meal, and she wanted me to get a picture of her with the bread before it went in the oven. ...And the final product!
Everything turned out well. Thanks Anne!
P.S. If you would like the recipes, let me know!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
On July 9th, Rich and I celebrated 4 blissful years of marriage and enjoyed an evening out while his parents kept Anna Ruth.
I volunteered my time and energy to help out with VBS at our church this year, and I was assigned to be The Craft Lady. A lot of work and planning went into getting the crafts ready for the kids, but everything was so much fun. It was very rewarding to see the kids' faces and hear their ooohs and ahhs when they walked in the room and saw what craft we were making each day. And before each craft, we explained how it correlated with the Bible lesson for the day. The children were all extremely receptive and participated well. The week was tiring, but lots of fun for me and for Anna Ruth.
Just today, my mom, dad, mother-in-law, and Anna Ruth and I visited Rosebank Farms where they have fresh produce and seafood, flowers, a petting zoo (the main attraction for us), a small museum, and art displays. Anna Ruth loved all the animals, especially the mule (which she called a horse) and the ducks and roosters that were roaming freely. Here are some highlights of the day:
The horse/mule named "Blue Belle"
Anna Ruth standing in front of the miniature horse
(shortly after, he tried to eat her ponytail)
One FAT pig
One of the more interesting exhibits
Anna Ruth kept talking about riding on the horse, and though we weren't allowed to take rides on the real one, we found this metal one which satisfied her just as well.
Anna Ruth having a seat and drinking some much-needed refreshment
(Did I mention the 108-degree heat index?)
And now I think I'm finally caught up! Are you tired of reading yet? OK, good. I'm tired of typing and sitting here while the pictures take forever to upload. Adios for now.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Below is a picture of those who attended (including spouses and significant others of the CCS-ers).
(Standing, from left to right): Greg, Mindy DeVries, Ian, Mandy DeVries, Ashley (Deaton) Russell, Jon Russell, Brian Muller, Michael Campbell, Rob Moller (cut off, unfortunately)
(Seated, from left to right): Lauren Edewaard, Stephanie Blanton, Olivia (Moller) Hamlin, Rich Hamlin, Joe Faust