Sunday, April 27, 2008

I'm a proud older Cousin!

Yup...the little Goldman was born this morning. Adorable Jebediah Victor Goldman has officially entered the world, safe and sound, and I, once again, am an older cousin! I know that God will use this young boy to His purposes and I pray that I may be a godly example, always portraying the Creator of this gift in my every action.

Jebediah has been blessed to enter the Goldman family. For they are a God-fearing family who will train and love him, following God's example with us. The Goldman's are a wonderful family who serve God and seek out His will in all that they do. Their children are their legacy, a living, godly legacy.
Jebediah is indeed a blessed child!

p.s. Pictures to come

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Life is good!

God is good, and that makes life great!

So we went to the Regional Speech Tournament last week, and had a blast! Destiny Jane will be going to Nationals in her Dramatic Interp on Lady's a really sad and inspiring story.
I learned that if you want to get anywhere you have to put your ALL into it! I also had a lot of fun learning from others and hanging out with them.

Sunday, after the tournament was over, Grandma took us all to the Seattle Aquarium with the Sleadds, and we had a very relaxing time. After that we went on a boat cruise, with drinks and everything (that is what the pictures are from).

Thank you Grandpa Ken and Grandma Dot for paying for everyone and everything! We love you both sooooo much and are forever in debt for all that you have done for us!

Now, life continues, and all is good. Omnibus is going to start up next week and that means I'll have a lot of reading! I think I'm ready for it though :)

See you all later!

"For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake." 2 Cor. 4:5
- Sola Chritus

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Should Christians be friends with non-Christians?

One of the greatest dilemmas for a Christian is the matter of non-Christian friends. Should they continue in a bond or back away? How does this apply with “in the world, but not of it”? How can we evangelize to the unregenerate? All these are questions that many struggle with and I hope to present before you a balance.

First let me lay the foundation for why we shouldn’t have non-Christian friends. 2 Tim. 3 gives description of the ungodly and of them Paul says to “avoid such peopleFor among them are those who creep into households”. Why? Proverbs says the “companion of fools will be destroyed”. Friendships cause us to be vulnerable, to follow and be influenced by the companion there of. As Christians we cannot serve two masters at once. We have to give Christ are all in all, and being influenced by the ungodly will cause us to stumble.

But how, many ask, are we too evangelize to the non-Christian if we are not to become acquainted with them? Many people today think that in order to get through to such kind we must first learn to relate and become associated with them. Many in the church have fallen into this idea of becoming friendly and ministering through that. But by doing this we are bringing ourselves down to the unregenerate state, and this is exactly what Paul and Solomon are warning against. We are bringing ourselves down to their level not following in the path of Christ, which leads to glorification. We have to be like a city on a hill, a light in the darkness. We need to be different and show the non-Christian that the Christian life-style is different from theirs. We can’t do this by bringing ourselves down to their level in order to relate to them.

So where is the balance? How are we to minister and evangelize if we shouldn’t become close friends? The balance is found in the Word of God, love and compassion. To who we show compassion is different than to whom we become friends. When we look at the non-Christian we should have compassion for them and minister to them without forming some great bond, as Jesus did when He looked out upon the crowds, He looked and had compassion. By living a different life we become a light in the darkness and that city upon a hill. Friendships should be formed with care and should affect others with love. We should correct what is wrong with compassion and love, without bring ourselves down to their level and developing any serious friendships. We needn’t become friends in order to evangelize, that will be becoming unequally yoked. Rather we should minister out of love and compassion, as Christ did for His lost sheep.