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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Knitting Looms Set

We rewarded Katie with a gift for graduating first grade this past week.  We got her a colorful knitting loom set and I will probably be using it too!  She has been wanting to learn how to knit, so we can learn together.  It shows you how to use them to make hats, booties, teddy bear, scarves and other things.

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Tricia said...

That is really cute! I have an off topic question and want your input if you have time. When you became a Christian, did you lose any friends? I have a best friend that I love like a sister. She is a practicing Catholic and I am godmother to one of her kids. Since I have changed churches and have gotten more involved with our church, learning about God, biblical womanhood, etc., she and I have less and less in common. I told her I am nearing the point of becoming Born Again and she thinks it is absoulutely insane and has a very low opinion of Born Again Christians, stating they are "holy rollers" and "hipocrites". I can't explain it, but I feel God leading me this way. I love our new church and what I have been learning! I want a relationship with her, but I know I am going to be looked down upon by her while I am celebrating my relationship with God. Any advice???

Christian Homekeeper said...

When I got saved, my friends left me lol. They couldn't take that I didn't want to sin anymore, do the things we used to do anymore, etc. I became a brand new person, a new creature and as the Bible states:

2 Cor 5:17
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

I also couldn't be buddy-buddy with them anymore because they were not Christians and the Bible tells us that we must also not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Not that I didn't talk with them and be friendly, but we weren't as before.

God gave me new friends, friends that wanted to live holy lives and encourage me in that. The old phrase is still true "if you hang around a skunk, you will end up smelling like one" or "if you run with a horse thief long enough, you will eventually become a horse thief." They basically say that who we hang around with, we will become like. The Bible even goes further and says:

1 Peter 4:4
"Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:"

Non-believers will not understand those that have been born-again. They will only drag you down and criticize your new life in Christ.

Jesus said:

John 5:18-19
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

On the "holy roller" part - take that as a compliment! 'cause if they knew what we were rolling about, they'd be rolling too!!

Hope some of that helped! :)


Christian Homekeeper said...

I just re-read your post, so to add: I noticed you mentioned you are about to become born-again. Well, the verses above that I shared apply to those who have been born-again. Right now, I pray that you make that step and trust in God!! We are on the winning side - come on over! :)


Tricia said...

Thanks for you input! So, now I'm curious, when you become Born Again, how does the water baptism come in?? Is it two separate events??? Can you do one without the other?

Christian Homekeeper said...

According to the Bible, water baptism is AFTER you have been saved (born-again). Water baptism is simply an OUTWARD show of an INWARD work. You are dying to the old self as you go down in the water and coming up again in newness of life in the resurrection power of Jesus. It is signifying that and it is something you should seek to do after you have been saved.

Some churches teach the false doctrine that water saves you - that is heresy and run far from those! Salvation and water baptism are two separate things - they are not one in the same.

It is the preaching of the gospel that God has ordained to lead to salvation, not water baptism as shown in 1 Cor. 1:18-19

"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

There are many other verses, but it would take a post to explain, so I will give you something to read - read Acts 10. It shows how they believed/repented (saved/born-again) then they got filled with the Holy Ghost and then they were baptized. After salvation comes water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, they are three distinct events.

Acts 10:43-48
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."


Tricia said...

Thank you for all your help with this! I appreciate it very much!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Your welcome! :)


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