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  • michellemu 3:34 PM on May 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    positive 12
    negative 11
    both 2
    unintelligible 1

    May 1 – You are my reward +
    May 2 – You accept me +
    May 3 – You watched a movie that I liked +
    May 4 – You cleaned the kitchen –
    May 5 – I, alone, have the right opinion of you –
    May 6 – I will not leave you +
    May 8 – Your love makes me better +
    May 9 – Behave differently because I love you –
    May 10 – I didn’t leave you in the hospital, I will never leave you. –
    May 11 – Your love makes me better (repeat) –
    May 12 – Remember when we were dating? Let’s keep that going +/-
    May 13 – Your love makes me better +/-
    May 15 – Assign weight correctly to the “voices” that influence you. ?
    May 17 – I will do my best and own up when I fail. +
    May 18 – You help my aspergers. +
    May 19 – You’re the one that I love. +
    May 20 – You give me confidence. –
    May 22 – I love you so stop worrying about other people. –
    May 23 – You bring me happiness so change –
    May 24 – You do new and good things +
    May 25 – God loves you and so do I. +
    May 26 – I have no idea what it’s like to be you, but I’m awesome. –
    May 27 – I’m a good husband because I’ll be around during the night. –
    May 29 – I wish I could give you everything. +
    May 30 – I’m going to work on being even more loving. –
    May 31 – You are the best and most beautiful. +

     
  • michellemu 11:25 AM on March 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Loving Things, Using People 

    1. There’s a horrible story about a woman having sex with 919 men during one day which cheapened her.
    2. The desire for sex is good, but not the greatest good.
    3. Married people should keep doing what helped them manage to get married in the first place, only better.
    4. The reason women get used is because there is no rite of passage in our culture, so sex is used as such.
    5. Men don’t want to be virgins.
    6. Women want to feel beautiful, so men will lie and tell a girl she’s lovely and then will toss her to the curb.
    7. Women are in charge of men’s morality and, thus, by being virtuous, they determine their own worth.
    8. Women are beautiful so a man must marry her for it.
    9. Sex is transcendent, but sex is not a god to be clawed for.
    10. God created sex and it is not dirty.
    11. Sex in marriage is good.
    12. Sex is a good that leads to a greater good.
    13. When you treat sex as the greatest good, the person you have sex with does not matter.
    14. In Christianity, the person and the body matter because you do good works with your body.
    15. The body matters, and in marriage, sex matters.
    16. One way to stem the tide of sexual immorality is to have a robust worldview of sex.
    17. Fathers need to lead their boys to be men.
    18. Fathers need to show their daughters how a man should treat a woman.
    19. Married people should have sex because it’s exclusive.
    20. Women should be chaste even if men can’t.
    21. The greatest good is love and joy that is shared mutually.

     
  • michellemu 6:02 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Fourth of July 

    1. Are you enjoying the 4th of July?
    2. Today is the fourth of July.
    3. We are losing our freedoms.
    4. We’re changing into a granny state.
    5. Too many Christians don’t worry because Jesus is coming back soon.
    6. The church needs to be the church.
    7. We are passive, but Paul preached the Gospel.
    8. Modern Christians are in response mode, first century Christians were evangelistic.
    9. Christians aren’t trained in what they believe, and they should be.
    10. If we evangelize, we will change our culture; this includes being foremost in charitable contributions and academics.
    11. Christians should depend on government less.
    12. The Great Commission is still in effect.
    13. Hang on to your freedoms and have a happy Fourth!

     
  • michellemu 2:17 PM on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Marriage as Private and Public 

    1.  Is marriage private or public? Let’s plunge into Deeper Waters and find out.
    2. I never thought about honor nor public/private aspects of marriage until I was married.
    3. Weddings are public pact-makings.
    4. Sex is private, but the last thing the couple wants, in those moments,is for their relationship to be unknown. (I think. There might be an incorrect word which totally changes the meaning of this paragraph. In that case, the summary would be: Sex is private.)
    5. Sex involves “unique trust,” which means exclusivity, but it is important for the world to know that a couple has sex.
    6. One way to demonstrate this (but to the husband alone) is that by having sex, a wife shows her husband honor — just honor, not building up, since nothing builds them up.
    7. My wife has sex with me which makes me want to overcome my phobia.
    8. Sex helps a couple to love and trust.
    9. Sex is spiritual as well as physical pleasure.
    10. A couple with children obviously love each other.
    11. Oh, wait a minute, some children are not the result of loving sex, but most are.
    12. So marriage should build up each spouse in public as well as privately.
    13. Marriage is important.
     
  • michellemu 9:11 AM on March 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    What is Praise?

    1. Question and plunge
    2. Praise is not so easy to define.
    3. God has the highest honor, but we can give him more.
    4. Worship services fail to usher us into the grandeur of God.
    5. Sex is like worship and ungrateful sex is like shallow worship.
    6. Turn your attention to God.
    7. If we are not sanctified, we must ask ourselves if we truly worship.

     
  • michellemu 11:03 AM on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    LII 

    To the choirmaster. A Maskil of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!” But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly. – Psalm 52:1-9 ESV

    Hmm…what a good strategy; when you feel backed into a corner, with evil all around, just remind yourself that God is in favor of those who take their refuge in Him. It’s an eternal thing.

     
  • michellemu 4:46 PM on July 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Is there a danger in our society where Christianity is normative? 

    1.  Neglecting to take scripture seriously leads to failure, which we all do to some extent.

    2.  Although we can recite doctrine and creeds, and we worship and evangelize, we’re all talk.

    3.  Morality is normative so when we read the bible, we aren’t amazed.

    4.  Since we were children, our churches have only spoken about what God does for us and not about personal holiness.

    5.  It would be awful if we treated our spouses with the same level of disinterest we have toward God, who will judge us in the end.

    6.  God will judge every thought, word, and deed yet we try to fudge our morality.

    7.  Actions speak louder than words; giving God less than our all proclaims our indifference to the world.

    8.  To take sin lightly is to take grace cheaply.

    9.  A man who takes his wife for granted is a good example of a man who is in danger of judgement.

    10. Being indifferent toward God will decrease your joy in eternity.

    11. Jerry Walls teaches purgatory, so let’s concede that for what follows.

    12. That means each sin puts us farther away from enjoying God’s presence, which should make you ponder, even if there isn’t a purgatory.

    13. Our consciences are seared so we can’t trust our feelings to convict us about sin.

    14. At some point you’ll stand before the Holy God, and in the meantime, how are things here?

    15. Marriage makes a good example of how people should be looking at christians and saying, “Wow!,” but they’re not.

    16. Divorce is sad, even if it’s allowable.

    17. Married christians should enjoy rich sex lives since sex involves making a covenant.

    18. We put many things before Jesus, including, sometimes, ministry.

    19. In case you think judgement is far off, consider murder victims who suddenly find themselves before God.

    20. Apparently morality is not ingrained as it once was.

    21. The world’s immorality is the church’s fault.

    22. It’s the church’s responsibility to take care of the poor, but we asked the government to take over.

    23. Everyone needs to ponder God’s grace and our responsibility.

     
  • michellemu 11:07 AM on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    LI 

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
    For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
    Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
    Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
    Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
    Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
    Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
    Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
    O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
    For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
    Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;
    then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

    Ah.

     
  • michellemu 10:04 PM on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
    Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.
    He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
    “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
    The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah
    “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
    Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.
    I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds.
    For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.
    I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.
    “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.
    Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
    Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High,
    and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
    But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?
    For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.
    If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers.
    “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.
    You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.
    These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
    “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
    The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

     
    • michellemu 9:09 AM on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanksgiving, eh? That’s the difference? God has everything, so thank Him for all you have. You know, fasting, to me, makes me realize how close we are to being torn apart every day. One day without food makes your body scream. Maybe the point is to drive you to thanking God for His providence.

      Zion is the perfection of beauty, not the womanly figure, Nick.

      • michellemu 9:10 AM on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        P.S. I’m going to read Nick’s blog with my critical filter turned off. Maybe I cannot learn from him because I’m too wary.

  • michellemu 9:11 AM on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Psalm 49 

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
    both low and high, rich and poor together!
    My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
    I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
    Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
    those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?
    Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,
    for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,
    that he should live on forever and never see the pit.
    For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.
    Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names.
    Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.
    This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
    Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
    But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah
    Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.
    For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.
    For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed –and though you get praise when you do well for yourself–
    his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.
    Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

    What a Gospel psalm. I am, once again, bothered and confused by voices that talk about earning God’s favor. Voices that tell me that if I don’t work harder, God cannot and will not save me. But look here, this psalm says that the same fate awaits the stupid and the wise, the poor and the rich. God alone will ransom and redeem.

     
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