Friday, 8/18/2017

 

Good Morning, My Friend,

 

Well, we made the plunge. It was not because it was time because I knew that it was time three or four months ago. I just did not have enough time available back there in April to investigate and work through a decision. But, now we no longer have cable TV in our lives and the “bundle” with Time Warner/Spectrum. We also replaced our landline telephone with Vonage. Linda is able to get her Hallmark movies and Hallmark Mystery shows and that is all that is important to our viewing pleasure. I would like to see the Packer games this season and see how that might work into our package with Sling TV (a streaming company). But, it is not that important to me…I have some writing of a commentary that I would like to do! Linda seems to be a happy camper and that makes me a happy camper. We purchased one Roku and the other came with our sign-up with Sling TV. I was able to navigate to get Sling on both televisions…now, that is a miracle. Now we can enjoy saving a few bucks and still get the streaming channels we desire and use our funds for God’s glory in other ways. We appreciated going over the Matt and Krissa’s home to enjoy a meal and the sweet fellowship with the family. We had a great time talking about our lives and their kids… homeschooling, the future, and what God has been doing in their lives. It was a precious time for Linda and me. They then introduced us to Sling TV that they have had for some time…really it was their daughter (4 years-old) who turned it on and was navigating it to her “favorite” show. It is our techy age and the young learn so easily. Anyway, we were sold on switching after viewing their Sling TV selections. God is so good to us!!!

 

1 Corinthians 7:3737 But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.

 

Subject:  Be Steadfast in Heart

 

Are you “steadfast in heart” as a Christian? I means that you are unwavering (remain with an opinion), but not be stubborn. There is nothing wrong with being firmly established in one’s heart about the good things in this life. In this passage, Paul is speaking about engagement, being single or married.

 

Let me divert for a little while if I may (and, I may…smile). Some people think that we are being stubborn (persistent, tenacious, determined) about being a Bible-thumping Christian. That is, we are sold out to the Word of God as being our foundation of our faith in spiritual matters. It is the Bible that becomes our source of knowing who, what, when, and how God created this universe. We are unchangeable about those facts.

 

We are firmly established about the reason why people die…SIN. We understand the origin of sin in this world – Gen. 3. We understand the devastation the worldwide flood caused in Gen. 6-9. We hold fast to the beginning of the nation of Israel and the prophecy concerning their Messiah. We follow the trail of history of this nation under the rule of Judges and later Kings and how the nation was overthrown and placed into captivity. What a sad history for a people who had a top-notched opportunity to have it all!

 

We are unwavering in our understanding and opinion about the man, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came into this world about 4 B.C. He came to His own people, the Jews, to give Himself for their sins…and the sins of the world. His death upon the cross and the shedding of His blood for our sins was the sacrifice for us to have passage into heaven forever. When we trusted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, God gave to us the gift of eternal life and wrote our names in the book of life. For this we are extremely thankful and are steadfast, not stubborn. We are convinced!!!

 

Paul speaks about being steadfast (v.37) and the couple who are determined in their hearts to stay engaged and eventually get married do well. Paul is not against marriage, but is striving to help people think through the whole idea of dating, engagement, and marriage as well as living a single lifestyle, should that be the choice. Please be prayerful as the act of marriage is a lifetime commit-ment to each other. God takes that very seriously!!!

 

Committed to Linda,

 

Pastor Les

 

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.