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“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 timothy 3.16-17

Letters written to Christian women ---after the manner of Titus 2.3-5

Remember Therefore…

These are perilous times in our nation — in our world.  Seriously, these are unprecedented days! As we observe the times, the great falling away, the great delusion under which our society continues: the lawlessness, the seeming hopelessness, degradation, evil, anger, immorality; let’s not become weary in well doing — let’s not be led astray, held captive or defeated by the words and actions of the deceivers or the great deceiver himself.

I say all this because potential effects of the warp speed at which society is careening in an ever increasing downward spiral away from truth — away from righteousness — away from God.  Our homes have been the first target–and the church has not been far behind.  It seems the more we seek to stand for truth and righteousness,  the more it seems far from us.  At least that’s how it feels here in this Christian home.

Thus, more to the point and in light of the following Scripture, I have to ask myself hard questions and take a good long look in the mirror; I need some extended time to examine my path, my heart, my steps.  Am I walking my talk? Am I doing my saying?  Am I believing my beliefs? Am I? Really? Am I holding fast to that which is good?  Am I labouring for the Lord?  Am I fainting?  Have I left my first love?  What am I doing here in the place and with the time the Lord’s given me?

quotebeginUnto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;   I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.   Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” —Revelation 2.1-7

Spurgeon on Mothers

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon was England’s best-known preacher for most of the latter half of the nineteenth century – Spurgeon was twenty years old when he became the pastor of London’s New Park Street Church.  Imagine that, at twenty years old!   The motto of Spurgeon’s ministry and Metropolitan Tabernacle church in London England was, “We Preach Christ and Him Crucified.  Here’s a small taste of what he concluded regarding mothers.  How we must reflect on these powerful sentiments.

quotebeginO dear mothers, you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He hath in effect said to you, “Take this child and nurse it for Me, and I will give thee thy wages.” You are called to equip the future man of God, that he may be thoroughly furnished unto every good work. If God spares you, you may live to hear that pretty boy speak to thousands, and you will have the sweet reflection in your heart that the quiet teachings of the nursery led the man to love his God and serve Him. Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship; but dream not that she is lost to the work of the church; far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord. Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty.”

quotebeginThere is never a babe dropped into a mother’s bosom but it brings care, labour, grief, and anxiety with it.”

quotebeginOur fathers are all very well—God bless them!—and a father’s godly influence and earnest prayers are of untold value to his children; but the mothers are worth two of them, mostly, as to the moral training and religious bent of their sons and daughters.”

quotebeginThere is, somehow, a wonderful power about a mother’s voice, when she talks to her children about Jesus and his love, which stamps itself upon the heart, and the heart is a far better place for the custody of truth than ever the brain can become.”