Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sex slaves

On Monday night I went to see a movie called The Abolitionists. The movie was about an Underground Jump Team that consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts to rescue children that have been sold into sex trafficking. On their website they say:
To the children: Hold on. We are on our way.
To the captors and perpetrators: Be afraid. We are coming for you.
But let's not forget that there is a whole other group that is held in slavery to sex - those addicted to pornography. They need to be rescued from their sin!  God and His team says:
To those addicted: Hold on. I am on my way.
To the enemy: Be afraid. I have already won the battle.
Each of us must confront our own evil desires and that which entices us. (James 1:14-15) When we do this, we come out from under the cover of darkness and expose the sham we've been living. Then, in the light, God helps us to deal with the temptation and find freedom!

In June we will be challenging anyone who has been tempted by pornography to take a 30-day challenge. You can sign up now at You and I may not be former Navy SEALs, but we can do something. We can challenge ourselves and others to personal holiness.
“Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good.” 
― Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom's Cabin

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Turgor Pressure

I think everyone has learned some random facts that stick with them for some reason or another. One day, a long time ago, I was teaching a science lesson to my son, when I learned about Turgor Pressure and for some reason it fascinated me and stuck with me. Take a look at this 17 second video and maybe you'll understand why.

Cool, huh? So what is Turgor Pressure? Well, to put it simply, when the plant's cells do not have any water, they are like a brick wall without any mortar in between the bricks. The cell wall is unstable, and to us it looks wilted on the outside. But when the plant is given water and that water gets to the cells, they begin to expand and get rigid so the plant is able to "stand up."

This Sunday, my husband will continue to talk about the second half of our motto, "Out to love." We are called to go out into a world full of wilted plants (Matthew 28: 18-20) and bring to them the "living water" that Jesus spoke about in John 4:10. In verse 14 of that same chapter, Jesus said:
"those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." 
Do we believe in this living water? Who has God called us to bring it to? In John 4, verse 6 we learn that when Jesus arrived at that well, He was tired from a long walk, but He did not use it an excuse to keep Him from doing what He was called to do. Nor did He let the world dictate who He brought the living water to. Jesus brought it to a Samaritan woman. Jews did not associate with Samaritans, let alone a Samaritan woman. And not only was she a Samaritan woman, but a Samaritan woman living in sin!

God has put a group of people on your heart. Is it children? The elderly? Or those suffering persecution in a far away land? We need to figure out who that group of people is and go tell them about the living water.