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Book Recommendation!

Posted by Scott on July 7, 2008

I am currently reading through Jeremiah Burroughs’ “Gospel Worship” first published in 1648.  For anyone not satisfied with your churches worship experiences, for a church worship leader, or a layman wanting to grow deeper in what true worship is this book is a must read.  I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have read so far.

God does not have to write down every do and don’t in the Bible.  He has put forth in His word enough for us to discover His mind.  If we are studying His word on a daily basis we will know the mind of God and thus understand what He expects from His people without it being spelled out within His word.  The excuse that the Bible does not directly say anything about certain subjects does not mean we are excused to do whatever however we please.  God has  given us enough information for us to make the right choices in accordance with His word.  This is evident as you will discover from God’s dealing with Aaron’s two newly Priest sons.  On their first temple worship experience they tried to worship with “strange fire” and God took them immediately by fire.  This is how serious God feels about worship to Him. 

Many churches today feel that they can worship ever how they feel like worshipping because they think it does not matter to God as long as it is for Him.  I have news for anyone who thinks that way…God does care how you worship Him and much of today’s worship is not pleasing to Him.

Read with anticipation of understanding what God is truly looking for is the real Gospel Worship.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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-From A Dad: Devoted to Christ!

Posted by Scott on November 5, 2007

Years ago a reformation started in the church.  For those of us that hold to the fact that the bible is the inspired infallible word of God, that God is sovereign over all things, and we must take God seriously see the reformation as a great blessing.  This may not be the view of others, but it happens to be my belief.

In my growing devotion to Christ I have found the reading of the messages by many of the great theologians of the past refreshing and challenging.  Especially in light of the fact that many of today’s churches receive no such theology or doctrine from their pulpits.  I have enjoyed getting to know B.B. Warfield, Charles Spurgeon, John Owen, Thomas Bouston, Thomas Watson, Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Hugh Binning, Martin Luther, A.W. Tozer, Warren Weirsbe, John Calvin, and Ray Stedman.  I have also enjoyed setting under the education and ministry of Dr. Charles Swindoll and Dr. Steve Farrar.  That enjoyment has not stopped there, but has expanded to several other men that are keeping the torch of the true church alive such as R.C. Sproul, John Piper, John MacArthur, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, and John Stott.   These men have had a huge impact on my self-education (God directed) in the scriptures. 

Never have I experienced in the course my Christian life a love and devotion for Christ as I do now.  I am experiencing the hymns of old like I have never before.  Many of these hymns make sense to me now after digging deeply into God’s word and I can recognize the theology that is written there for our singing praise to God.   This may be one of the many issues that Christians and church goers that have fallen into the emerging church movement so ardently.  The scriptures and the love of the scriptures is where you development the interest in the things of God.  The hymns are dripping rich with the theology of God to the point that truly amazing worship can take place each time they are presented when the words are read and understood.  I understand it is difficult to know the meaning of these hymns if you cannot understand their meaning.  The challenge is to get involved in the study of God’s word to help you grasp the rich theology and doctrine that is presented as inspiration by God in these hymns. 

Many of the old hymns are personal testimonies that are presented to us in song.  One such hymn is by Martin Rinkart written in the 1600’s:

“Now thank we all our God,

with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things hath done,

in Whom this world rejoices;

Who from our mother’s arms

hath blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.”

Martin Rinkart had lived out a rough period in his life when in the end this particular trial the Lord inspired within him this hymn.  Much of the hymn writers experiences are of suffering.  Amazingly they all have nothing but praise for our God.  His mercies new each morning and His grace abounds forever more.  Many of the hymns are a far cry from the prosperity and good feeling worship services seen today.  Christians will experience suffering if they are living for the Lord.  Charles Spurgeon gave a wonderful little bit of advice for each day:

“Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise.”  -C.H. Spurgeon

Each day we are breathing here on this earth is worthy of praise.  Yes, I know heaven would be far better, but God has an appointed time for each us in regard to death, so for now we are to enjoy living here to be to the praise of God’s glory.

Another great hymn written in our historical past was by William Cowper:

“God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.

You fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds you so much dread

Are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace,

Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work is vain;

God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.”

-William Cowper 1774

You understand that God in His providential power pulls us into each crisis we find ourselves in.  The order of the day is to follow Him into the canyon and as He lead you in He will certainly lead you out.  As Psalm 34:19 tells us that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers them out of them all.”  We can prepare our hearts that afflictions are coming, but can also set our hearts on the fact that God made a promise her to deliver us from them all.  The deliverance may not be as we would have chosen, but it will work directly into the plan God has for us.  

In my devotion to Christ I take it very seriously.  After years of playing the part of a Christian…playing at church I found my Lord patiently preparing me for a love of Him that I never knew could be found.  “He is the first and the last and we are gathered up between, as in great arms of eternal loving-kindness” by Amy Carmichael.  This devotion has increased over time and with the daily help of my wife and kids who challenge me to grow and grow deeply.  As our ministry to husbands and wives grow this devotion to Christ grows as well. 

Would you like to be devoted beyond your current level?  I challenge you to go beyond the norm in your relationship to Christ Jesus.  This does not come easy or over night.  Reading the bible daily, meditating on it, and prayer are the major keys to this growing devotion.  Challenge anyone that preaches a different message other than what the bible tells us.  Read about the past theologians, their messages, and be encouraged…these guys have gone on before us and have traveled down the same paths we are now experiencing.  God’s sovereign will is already ahead of us and He knows what this heart really needs. 

Challenge yourself to study more heart-felt, pray God’s word, listen to God’s word, sing the hymns prayerfully, read the hymns, study the testimony of the hymns, read and study the great theologians of the past, and be obedient to the calling no matter where that takes you.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Great Books to Read!

Posted by Scott on October 8, 2007

images11.jpg   In the course of a month I usually go through several books.  At any one time I have four to six books I am reading at the same time.  They can vary on subject.  I love to read about great historical figures, theology, life stories that glorify God, and so on.  Here is a list of books I have found great reads.

-Authentic Christianity by Ray C. Stedman

-Walking His Trail by Steve Saint (Son of Nate Saint)

-Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul

-Talking with My Father by Ray C. Stedman

-Body Life by Ray C. Stedman

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-The Ruler Who Served by Ray C. Stedman

-The Letters of Theodore Roosevelt For His Sons compiled by Doug Phillips

-Be Faithful by Warren W. Wiersbe

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-The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

-The Attribute of God by Arthur W. Pink

-Why I am Not An Arminian by Robert Peterson & Michael Williams

-Faith Alone by R. C. Sproul

-Commentary on Romans by Martin Luther

-Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther

-An Intelligent Person’s Guide to History by John Vincent

-The Five Points of Calvinism by David Steele & Curtis Thomas

-Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul  g1a3vxcay8hbo0ca8v4w97cae3wqohca6ndjz0caiz1admcagb44rkca0kyuo9caa9jh4wcagctl0tcahhr0cacab0erjrcag987d6cajtkdbqcaw625tocajsyukdca4wyrv3cao291wtcaixv0dp.jpg

-The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

-Humility by C.J. Mahaney

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-Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

-Debating Calvinism by Dave Hunt & James White

-Chosen But Free by Norman Geisler

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-Justified By Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul (Booklet)

-The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldridge

-The Last Lion (Sir Winston Churchill) by William Manchester

-The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan

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-A Change of Flight Plan by Paul Lanier M.D.

*Many books on Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, World War II, President Ronald Reagan, President George W. Bush, History.

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-Standing Tall by Steve Farrar  bfouqjcayvzy1icanh7qrxca2nm4g3caidgbohca4vy4w2cacxaccccai4xm2dca2jxzticaym6pbkca2cuyq7ca6h2159camp0vs9ca485ficcar5wwsfca427qafcamu8t8xca3h6izhcaq1ooqm.jpg

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-King Me by Steve Farrar

-The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindall

-Gettin There by Steve Farrar

-Books on Charles H. Spurgin  dem3lmcaaahnyoca9uv145cayetbobcak6at54cavvw5pwca0a07oncapea49ycamc2meicac2u6jzcarnzipocaaptn0ycabfbyvscai1y7ewcafc8fl8carlg7oecan1xxdgcad5jznycafpaq8x.jpg

-Online research reading about B.B. Warfield, John Knox, Martin Luther, John Calvin, St. Augustine, Martin Lloyd Jones, Dr. R.A. Ironside, etc.

images5.jpg    These are simply some of the latest books to cross my path that I read or am reading.  I will post others as I come across them.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Handy Chart!

Posted by Scott on October 5, 2007

sarah1.jpg  My daughter, Sarah, passed along this handy little chart for everyday life and I wanted to share it with anyone that comes by the blog.  Enjoy!

  HANDY LITTLE CHART  
God has a positive answer:

YOU SAY GOD SAYS BIBLE VERSES
You say: “It’s impossible” God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: “I’m too tired” God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: “Nobody really loves me” God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
You say: “I can’t go on” God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: “I can’t figure things out” God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: “I can’t do it” God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
You say: “I’m not able” God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: “It’s not worth it” God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )
You say: “I can’t forgive myself” God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: “I can’t manage” God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
You say: “I’m afraid” God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say: “I’m not smart enough” God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: “I feel all alone” God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

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-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-The Providential Power of God Helps His People!

Posted by Scott on September 25, 2007

“Providence-there is a great mystery here that we may never fully understand.  Though God is not the author of sin, yet He allows for sin and directs every sin and act of evil for His own glory (purposes).  He is sovereign!”

“…the rise of the Nazi Third Reich, the death of Able, the boils of Job, even the presidency of Bill Clinton and the horror of 9/11 were all providential events.”

-Doug Phillips 2003

I know that today many of us are experiencing troubles that we never thought we would ever have to deal with.  In such a time it is such a great comfort to know and understand that we serve a providential God.  He works all things for good for those of us in Christ Jesus. 

“Our love to God arises out of our want:  His love to us is out of His fullness.”

-C.H. Spurgin

God speaks through prevailing prayer!  “He will call upon me, and I will answer HIm.” (Psalm 91:15)

In the Webster dictionary it defines prevail as “to produce or achieve the desired effect; to be effective; succeed.”  How do we achieve this desired effect with God….by being in good fellowship with Him.  In this way He speaks to us and answers our prayers.  Something that we don’t think about much is listening to God first and then pray based on what He said.  This will change the perspective of our prayers.  We might find that when we first kneeled down to pray it was all about us.  However, after listening to God and meditating on His word, we direct the focus of the prayer on Him and His glory no matter what our circumstances are.

As Christian dads and husbands we must continue in a spirit of prayer at all times.  Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint…” (Luke 18:1)  This does not mean we walk around with our hands folded, but just in each quiet moment whether it is short or long we can simply just speak to God about that moment…whatever that may be.

God assures us through His precious promises!  “Whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises:  that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature.”  (2 Peter 1:4)

Many of us tend to forget the promises of God for some reason.  We trod along daily without much thought of His promises.  He has promised not to forget about us, yet we set around whining about how God has forgotten us.  We are forfeiting the benefits of God by doing this.  Memorize the promises of God on a daily basis.

Some of His greatest and most used promises are His protection and provision.  His provision is every moment of our lives, men.  He has not seen anything that shocks Him or catches Him by surprise.  If you find yourself today without a job, He knew about it before the foudnations of the earth.  This was not an event that caught Him off guard and now He must react to it…..He is working His perfect plan in our lives at all times.  God never sleeps!

Review, reflect, and rely on the promises of God.  This is what gives us men our assurance for our families success.  He helps us at every turn of our lives. 

Our personal peace in God is calming!  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”  (John 14:27)

Guys we are all searching daily for meaning and purpose.  We are searching for that personal peace.  If we are not searching God’s word for this peace then we will come up empty everytime.  Our world is overrun with illicit sex, drug abuse, and even terrorism.  These are unsuccessful attempts to find that peace.   Real and lasting peace is found in Jesus Christ and only in Jesus Christ.  He offers us this peace if we are obedient to His calling and trust Him for all the results of our lives.  Guys our kids will turn out alright by God’s grace inspite of us.  We are all bent out of shape trying to make sure we do everything right.  Dads we are simply to do as God would have us do and leave the results of our kids up to Him. 

Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.”  (Joh 14:27)  We need to accept His personalized peace in our lives today.  This seems much easier to say than do, I know, but it is the only way.

God assist us through His providential power!  “And we know tha tin all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”  (Romans 8:28)

All of us dads and husbands are subject to various trials, troubles, and testings just like anyone else.  We are not exempt from this.  As a matter of fact God has told us we will encounter various trials and tribulations.  Why is it that we are constantly trying to escape them as though we should be put above everyone else on a cloud?  The trial is not evidence that God hates us…He is shaping us as a tool for His kingdoms glory. 

God works by helping His people through providential means.  He works everything, good or bad, together for their benefit and His glory.   We miss out on His benefits if we do not encounter trials and testings.  This is when we see our God at His most powerful it seems.  Bringing each us through these times as we labor and suffer through the pain is a means to display His massive providential power.

Often we will experience God’s rescue of His saints.  He uses His angels to assist us and rescue us many times.  I can remember numerous times that I have been about at the end of my rope and ready to check out when this peaceful ringing in my head will calm me down so I can think rational and focus back on His promises to me.  It is a battle, a struggle.  This is not a cake walk, gentlemen.  This is life as a Christian.  (Psalm 91:11)

God is at work, guys!  You can trust this statement.  He has not forgotten any of us that are laboring here and it will not be a labor in vain.We can trust in His word at a time when the world seems to have checked out on His word, including the church.  Sing His praises.  Sing the Hymns of old and study the deep transforming testimonies that are embedded in those hymns.  God inspired those like any other song written to Him.  I encourage you to read the songs, read God’s word and meditate on His promises for a successful life in Christ.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Just Rambling On!

Posted by Scott on September 20, 2007

Hey Guys,

Today, I just wanted to lay out my heart.  If it encourages some to stay the course great…the course we run in this life is not easy or painfree.  If it bores you to death, then I totally understand…I have endured many a boring speech or sermon.  This blog site is to encourage dads and husbands to stay the course and grow in our devotion to Christ.  The theological portions are only to prick at your curiosity to help anyone who is drawn to grow.  Be encouraged, guys…stay the course.  Life is short and we will all soon be before our heavenly Father praising and honoring Him.

Right now in my life I have never experienced such hunger for God’s word, a deeper more intimate relationship with my Lord, or anything that has to do with Him than right now.  I cannot read enough of the bible and other books that bring HIm glory.  I cannot get enough messages from God’s men of faith or listen and sing enough songs exhalting our God and His glory or enough history on our reforming theology.  It is simply a fire that has taken 40 years of my life to really start to blaze…none of this is from my own “free will”, but a direct response to the call of God upon my life.  I hope it does not take anyone else that long, but the encouraging part is that if it can take 40 years to get me to this point then anyone else can rest assured that God will prompt you at such a time as He wants you nearer to Him no matter what the age.  He has a plan and He is working that plan unto this very day.

Now, I speak all this today with a heavy heart.  These days I do not even think my family really knows what is happening inside me…spiritually, health wise or anything else.  I do have days that I simply am depressed beyond comprehension.  I have become good at seeming to be alright.  Days that I really do not want to get up and go anywhere or do anything.  Days that I would like to sleep or go far away.  My body just wants to lay down and sleep you know…it is tired.  These 40 years have actually been for most people about 70 years….I have been good at craming 70 years of livign in to 40 admittedly.   I have days that just driving to my office I want to pull over and weep.  Although God has began a tremendous work in my life, I do experience many days of feeling useless to my friends, my church, my family and my employer.  So much of this may be selfishness I will admit although it does not seem that way, but alot of it I think is just the overwhelming amount of work God has had to do in me in a short amount of time that has taken my physical body and spiritual being by surprise and simply overwhelmed it.  Please, do not misunderstand and start preaching at me.  I have become very aware of what seems to be in my own strength, which is a waste of energy and that which comes from God’s strength.  I understand this all too well.  It seems as though I am pulled in many directions.  I am to be this outstanding Godly husband that fails miserably in that catagory.  I am to be this model father for my children that again fails miserably.  So much of my teaching methods are very unorthodox for my kids and wife.  Now, if you think I am speaking of legalism you are very wrong.  I abhore and detest legalism in all of its forms pertaining to Christianity.  I will fight legalism in the church and my family until my dying breath.  Simply my version of teaching the kids in different ways is teaching them in daily life.  As I have an opportunity to raise a question, speak with them alone, use a situation that prompts a lesson, etc.  I guess I simply hate too much structure and rules.  You have it….I am kind of a rebel to the status quo in everything.  When it comes to serving my local church family I fail miserably.  I fail at everything miserably, BUT God is working His perfect plan in my life and it is all to His glory.  He leads me into crisis and in the end will receive the glory.  If I know going in the glory of the Father is at the end it help to endure the process of getting to the end.  However, if I knew what was coming I would never go in that direction.  Read on the Exodus and the Red Sea event to understand what I am saying.

Today, as I was driving over here to the office with such a heavy burden on my heart as we have some issues financially that must be addressed and I am not sure where to go with it, the thought of just opening my heart up in this blog for literally the world to watch and see as it bleeds out.  It really does not matter, because as each day goes by I simply ask for God to “wash me away”.  More of Him and much less of me.  To be saturated by Jesus and washed away by Him….this is the thrill of my life today.

Well, in order to stop this rambling on I will let you know that I am going to make it in the strength of Christ my Lord.  My family will prevail inspite of me and any of my short comings.  It is true that beyond Christ the love of my life is my wife of 17 plus years and her ministry and then each one of my 10 children to be able to see them grow up serving and loving Jesus with all their hearts.  As it seems my life moves further to the back of the sideline and my wife and kids rise to the top I just need to understand and come to grips that my job is to obey God, teach His word without shame or apology, and to love my family unconditionally.  God is at work in the life of my wife in a huge way to encourage moms and women and I want to make sure that ministry is funded well in order to pass God’s encouraging words along as the Lord sees fit.  He is at work in the lives of my children as they grow and are drawn deeper into a relationship with Him.  As my teenagers become so active within our churches youth group and the desire to serve Him grows deeper.  What a tremendous legacy can be left here someday.  As I fade away into the arms of Jesus….my hope and prayer is that I have branded the cross deep into each member of my family and friends hearts.  All my hearts desire is to serve Him faithfully and to know Him intimately.  To God be the glory for the great things He has done in all of our lives!  Be encouraged guys…the Lord will not stop working on you or with you until His plan is done.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Great Quote from C.H. Spurgeon!

Posted by Scott on September 18, 2007

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I enjoy reading Spurgeon’s sermons from the past and about him and his family.  The history hog that I am leads me to study so many great people of our past and even a few in the present.  I ran across a wonderful quote by Spurgin the other day as I was reading and wanted to share it with anyone that might read it.

‘It is no novelty, then, that I am preaching; no new doctrine.  I love to proclaim these strong old doctrines, that are called by nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Christ Jesus.  By this truth I make a pilgrimage into the past, and as I go, I see father after father, confessor after confessor, martyr after martyr, standing up to shake hands with me….taking these things to be the standard of my faith, I see the land of the ancients peopled with my brethern; I behold multitudes who confess the same as I do and acknowledge that htis is the religion of God’s own church.”

imagescalvin.jpg   A factual update is that this doctrine or theology has been around far longer than John Calvin was alive.  It was formed on paper and in pulpits around St. Augustine’s time frame 300 A.D.   The Five Points of Calvinism did not come about until after John Calvin’s death.  The Arminian’s tried to change the course of the Protestant Reformed movement by sending Five Points of their own to the Synod of Dort….which was a council of the churches at that time.  The Synod of Dort rejected the Five Points of Arminianism after 180 days of comparing the scripture to what those points were and could find no truth in it.  So, they in turn came out with the Five Points of Calvinism to put in print the theology or doctrine of the church.  The actual Five Points of Calvinism are in the Theoogy section of my blog if you would like to read them for yourself. 

Hope you enjoyed that.  I will share from time to time other great quotes from past and present men and women of God.

 -Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Modesty In Girls Comes From Home!

Posted by Scott on September 10, 2007

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Today, our society including the church have become very loose with our dress, speech, spending and much more.  Women and girls run along the walk ways in our neighborhoods hardly dressed and what they do have on is very tightly revealing.  As a man wo really would like to focus on the road has trouble with this sometimes.  As natural as it seems, for me to keep my eyes on the road and not take a quick look is a battle.  I am sure many other men and/or dads fight the same battles every day as I do.

I heard someone quote President John Adams, “When women in our country become immodest, then our government and nation will suffer greatly.” 

How prophetic those words have been.  To a great extent the war with Islam that America faces has been greatly inhanced by the trampy dress of our females and carrying on the way they do…this is directly forbidden in that religion.  I have seen some very vile things on the internet and tv before and am convinced that many women (not all) today show no boundaries at all.  They will do anything that makes them feel good, look good, and for the right amount of money.  For us dads this poses a tremendous challenge for us to raise our daughters to be modest according to biblical standards.  Yes, we are free…free to glorify God in our dress, actions, and attitude.  Not bending to the way the world thinks a person should dress or conduct themselves…”it is no longer I that lives, but Christ lives in me…”  This is not to say that girls should zip up in a suit from neck to toes or wear tent jumpers all the time.  I believe they can be very beautiful in the way they dress without appearing to be a very “loose” person.  Another quote I heard gave a very broad explanation of how women and girls should decide to dress for each day.

“Women’s clothing should be tight enough so that we can tell they are a women and loose enough for us to know that she is a ‘lady’.” 

-Unknown Quoter

So, dads look out for your wife and daughters when they leave the house.  Care enough about them to tell them if something needs to be changed.  If they have something on that might make another man think these gals are wanting much more than just a quick hello, it is time to speak up.  I know I battled this in our home at times, but our daughters are starting to understand the reason behind glorifying Christ with everything they do, say, and wear.  It is a direct reflection upon the parents and especially on dads/husbands, but most importantly it reflects directly on the kind of God you serve…if us dads are not willing to speak up then who will?

I am challenging dads to help their girls to understand the purpose of modesty so it can help us guys to remain pure at heart and mind by not tempting us by dressing provocatively…beautifully is one thing, but trampy is another.  Keep the mystery about how trully beautiful you are for your wedding night…this creates something special that you and your husband will never forget.  This is how God’s word does address this…

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest dress…”

-1Tim 2:9

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

 

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-God Expands Our Territory!

Posted by Scott on September 10, 2007

   In the 1970’s and 1980’s my father farmed cotton, milo and wheat along with his father, my grand-father.  During these years I observed the tremendous amount of faith my dad had.  While other farmers in the area would politic to accumulate more leased land from retiring farmers, my dad or grand-father never took part in that kind of business.  As I remember, my dad would be up at around 5:30 am each morning studying his bible and deep in prayer.  As my dad’s farming operation expanded I later learned that none of the land he had came from politics at all.  My dad simply prayed that God’s will be done in his family, business, and spiritual life.  The Lord always expanded his territory to many of the other farmers surprise much of the time.  It was my dad’s faith in God that the expansion came about not his faith in himself.  You see my dad understood something that has taken me years to understand and that is that it is not about us or for, but all about God and for Him.  This should be our way of life as we strive to be authentic Christians in a fallen depraved world.

As I said before this has been a tough lesson for me to learn, but as I get older I can see that God does not expect us to act in the same way as the world does nor does He want us “believing” in ourselves to do anything…apart from Christ we cannot do anything.  He expects us to carry more faithfulness in Him into our every day lives.  This is one way He receives glory for everything we do.  Our God is sovereign.  He expands his people’s territory.  It is God for whom we ultimately work for each day not our worldly employers, our friends, or anyone else. 

As a dad now myself, I want to commit myself to showing my children that kind of faith.  This is a long hard battle and my faith has not always been that strong, but as I look back upon a strong faithful dad I can see the nuggets of truth that were lived out each day in his life.  Although the farming operation no longer exist in our family, I am striving to bring that same faith into my current business.  My faith has lacked the punch it should have had all these years, but the Lord has taught me so much over the past few years.  I can now look back and see how His hand has been directly involved in each avenue of my life and the life of my family.  Now, I want my children to be able to look back and see God’s mighty hand at work in our family.  This is a far greater legacy in my opinion than that of a super sport star, business mogul, multi-million dollar investor, or any kind of achievement that the world calls success.  To be authentic Christians we need not look to the approval of men….I am striving to apply this truth to my life, too.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Are We Standing On Holy Ground?

Posted by Scott on August 30, 2007

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  I pose that question for a reason.  When Moses went before God in the mountains, the angels instructed Moses to take off his shoes because he was standing on “holy” ground.  What made that ground holy?  Well, that is obvious; it was the presence of a holy God that made the ground holy.Now, the questions of whether the ground we are standing is holy or not has to do with whether we believe God dwells within us or not.  If God is with us as believers all the time then the ground we are standing on must be holy.  It is not holy because we are there, but because God is there.

If we as dads sat down in our living rooms to tell the kids a bible story and they are before you on the floor, would this not be setting on holy ground?  I ask this question to help us as dads to think deeper as we seek out God in our lives and the deeper realtionship we desire. 

 If we have God in our lives with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit then should we not live as though God is in us?  Too much of our Christian life is lived as though we can put God in a closet when we want and then carry Him with us when we want.  Unfortunately, for the masses we drag Him into our sinful activities everyday.  This is how the world views Christianity.  This is why the term “hypocrite” has been made synonymous with Christians.  We have failed to take God serious in our daily lives thus showing the world that our God seemingly has no power or influence.  It is that “sham” Christianity that is prevelant in the world today.

  “This is one of the most biblically illiterate generations to exist since Christ walked on this earth.”

Why are we living in a biblically illiterate generation?  Could it be that we as parents are not teaching our children the word of God?  We opt for sports, school, a formal education based on secular points of view rather than biblical points of view, dating, movies, or just plainly our own pleasures.  Think back over the past two weeks and ask yourself how many times you have spoken about a biblical point of view on anything?  I have to do the same pondering and at times it can be hard to remember the last time.  Shame on me for not making this a daily priority in my own life.  Everything in this life is to glorify God and prepare us for an eternity of worshipping Jesus, however, we live as though this life on earth is all the life there will be.

Now, if we want to see our world change in a God glorifying manner, then we must prepare a generation of young people that knows the scriptures inside and out.  Breath the word of God on our kids, speak it to them, write it on everything you give to them, above the door post, on the walls, give your home a smell of the presence of God.  Parents we are going to make mistakes no doubt.  Our lives are a constant struggle because we are human, but we must take the battle to the enemy.  In order to take back our lives for the cause of Christ it must start with the word of God and teaching that to our children.  Dig in deep and ask God to give you that desire for Him that you once had, so you can forward that on to your kids.

Scott Bailey © 2007

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