Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father
by Sharon Jaspers Caughill

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father

I often wonder at how God must view my daily silliness. He oversees my every moment, so how can He remain so incredibly patient with me? I know myself intimately and I am quite idiotic. Yet God loves me. And in Scripture He, with great compassion, warns me to be wise and careful and prudent. He instructs me desiring the best for me and wanting me to be safe. How do I respond? Sometimes I choose to be foolish and reckless and frivolous. And I question. Constantly question. In return He patiently guides and prods me along the path of life. I am always within the gaze of His eternal devotion. His eyes are specifically on me! His love is so vast. His love is so perfect.

Yesterday I was watching our grandson, Wellesley, who reminded me of this. Every time I turned around Welles was doing something dangerous or stupid. Now I think Welles is incredibly smart. He even looks smart – his eyes often peer back at me with a ‘wow you are silly Nana – I will pray for more intelligence to come your way’ eyes. But yesterday he was having a love affair with danger. I stopped him twice with scissors. The bright red-handled kitchen shears he removed from the lower rack of the dishwasher. For some reason their attractiveness is a constant draw. And tiny scissors he found rummaging through stuff his grandfather left strewn around which is another blog topic completely. I looked at him as he happily carried around danger and thought about myself – drawn to exactly what I should not be. With relish I carry peril in my heart and soul and body and mind. Because I love Wellesley a lot I chose to pry the scissors from his greedy little hands and as I did I thought about God ever so patiently taking things from mine.

A few minutes later he was at the top of the stairs shaking the protective gate hollering – desperately wanting to pull it away so he could have the freedom of the stairs. Why yes it would be fun to tumble down those hard wooden stairs and land on the basement cement. Nana is so cruel to put up that roadblock! And again I thought about the protectiveness of God for me – and how I stand pushing against that which He lovingly has in place for my protection. Do I appreciate it, thank Him for it? No I wrangle and shake and babble and whine. It seems so ‘in the way’! It seems so harsh! He guards me out of love. Why can’t I remember that? What a foolish little lamb I am. But oh my Shepherd!

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23

Sharon Jaspers Caughill is the wife of Senior Pastor Paul Caughill, High Point Baptist Chapel, Geigertown, PA. Sharon loves her time as Pastor’s wife, but especially enjoys her time as grandmother and wrote this article about an experience with her grandson. We are sharing it with her permission.

Principles to Live By

Principles to Live By

Mrs. Jeanette Whittaker

principles to live by

An exchange took place recently on social media between Mrs. Ruth Smith, our ministry founder and president, and a former student who now calls herself a mom of many. Both are dear to me, so I smiled to see my friend, the mom of many, thank Mrs. Smith for the teaching she shared years ago in a high school classroom. The mom of many summed it up perfectly as “principles to live by.”

In a world of conflicting views and clamorous voices, confusion is more common than clarity. Choices with far-reaching consequences are made simply on the whims of opinion.

How does one remain grounded in such a society? He must have principles to live by. He must focus and discipline his thoughts in a manner that exercises right thinking. He must define right from a proper authority. He must submit himself to that which should truly govern his decisions, and therein lies the difficulty.

By nature, we want our own way. We prefer ourselves over others; or we prefer to impose ourselves upon others for our own purposes.

The conflict of life, that internal alignment of the heart and mind to that which should truly define our thinking and actions must rule in place of our preferences. That alignment may be thought of as a conscious effort to submit ourselves to those principles by which we should live. Those principles aren’t man-made or contrived; nor are they forced upon us against our will.

Out of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, one must seek the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, to discover the mind of God. Discipline must be exercised with vigilance, always considering the unchanging principles of truth and righteousness which bring order in the midst of chaos, healing for brokenness, and hope that is founded on Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

On your journey of life, we would look forward to ministering to you as you search for those principles by which you will live.

Leadership Demanded by a Republic

Leadership Demanded by a Republic

Leadership demanded by a Republic

As you watch the news, do you sometimes wonder, “Where is the leadership that is needed in our nation?”  Leadership has been defined as, “to follow in advance of others.”  Perhaps this definition raises questions in your mind.  If so, take some time to reflect upon what a leader must follow–principles? a goal or purpose? a philosophy?

 

James Rose, President of the American Christian History Institute, declared “A Constitutional Federal Republic demands, calls for, requires, American Christian leadership be taught, illustrated, and demonstrated on four levels/arenas, simultaneously, for the purpose of advancing individual liberty and self government. As parents, pastors, pedagogues, and producers lead (follow Christ, the Bible) in these four arenas, simultaneously, a Republic can be preserved and perpetuated.

“The four levels are:

“LOCAL SELF-GOVERNING HOME/FAMILY – What would parents – Dad and Mom – be found doing in a local self-governing home to Teach, Illustrate and Demonstrate self-government?

“LOCAL SELF GOVERNING CHURCH – What would the pastor and members be doing to Teach, Illustrate and Demonstrate local self-government?

“LOCAL CHRISTIAN HOME OR DAY SCHOOL – What would the “pedagogues” – administration and faculty – be doing to Teach, Illustration and emonstrate American Christian Education for the purpose of sustaining and advancing the capacity to reason from the Bible and practice self government?

“LOCAL BUSINESS – What could a local, self-governing producer – employers and employees – do to sustain and advance individual liberty and self government under a Constitutional Federal Republic?”

Hear a clip from his presentation “Leadership Demanded by a Republic”, presented at a Pilgrim Institute Conference. Enjoy the full presentation on CD or DVD.

Easter Remembrance

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:3-4.

May this Easter season be a time of remembering the blessed gift God gave of His Son that we might have eternal life. When an individual receives this blessed gift of the Gospel, Christ dwells in his heart. This indwelling Christ is ready to direct and control each thought and action of our life. However, we must consent to this direction and control. This is Christian self government, the spirit of the law.

As we rejoice this Easter season in this wonderful gift, may we be reminded that this gift of self government is ours throughout our life. We simply must consent to God’s government in our lives. As we pass on to our children and grandchildren the good news of salvation, may we also share the good news that we can be governed by God on a daily basis.

Let us never forget that Christ and Christianity are the basis for self government and self government is the foundation upon which this nation was built and by which it must be restored.

Christ Changed History

Christ Changed History

Christ Changed Hearts

“When Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth, He came as a baby. He grew up in the simple home of His earthly father, the carpenter Joseph. We know little about Jesus as a boy. We do know that he was perfect.

“His work on earth began when he was about thirty years of age. Jesus walked the roads of Israel.  He traveled fro city to city. He taught the people and performed many miracles. Jesus taught that He was the Son of God. He taught that He had come to bring life.

“Many people followed Jesus from place to place to hear Him teach. But Jesus did not come to earth just to teach the people. God sent Jesus Christ, His Son, to earth to die for our sins.

“As people believed in Jesus as their Saviour, their hearts were changed. They loved a living God rather than idols. They began to love the things of God, rather than the things of the world.

“As people believed that Jesus was the Son of God, their lives were changed. They began to love their neighbors. Others could not understand them.

“During the early years after Jesus’ ministry, His followers began to be called Christians.  There were some who said that the Christians ‘turned the world upside down.’

“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” Acts 17:6

“Christians knew that they could be governed in their hearts. They could be controlled and directed by God.  This is Christian self government.”1

“All of history reflects Christ and Christianity. History reveals that liberty for
the individual is the result of Christ’s work upon this earth: His death, burial,
resurrection and ascention into heaven as the Son of God.  Liberty first comes to
the individual internally. The internal change of the heart brings forth external
changes in the life and work of the individual.” 2

1.The Mighty Works of God, Liberty and Justice for All, Student Text, pgs. 35-37,
Bradford Press, 2003
2. The Mighty Works of God, Liberty and Justice for All, Teacher Guide, pgs. 51-52,
Bradford Press, 2003

 

 

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