Monthly Archives: April 2011

Repetition.

I can hear Charlene (from my turbo jam workouts) saying, “repetition breeds results”.

So true, I can already see the ways He is making me more like Him and bringing me so close to Him.  He is strengthening me.

The discipline and chastising I am experiencing right now does not come from the evil one, my God has more power and control than him, my learning is coming from my Perfect Father who loves me.

Hebrews 12:6 “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

He is using all sorts of things in this lesson {Beautiful godly friends, bible study, situations, sermons, books, blogs, advice I gave to someone else that now I have to adhere to, quiet time reading, His dear dear promises and sometimes the same verses showing up in different ways}

For example- Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.”

Check out this awesome post about gospel centered womanhood.

Check out this awesome sermon on His discipline.

In talking about our roles as biblical woman last night at bible study, I was reminded that in every role I try to fit in or even that Christ has ordained for me as a woman, I am to act like HIM. 

So, through my trials and chastising, I will act like Him, it’s only by His grace that I can.  Here are a few ways I’ll try, hold me to em! 😉

  • I will be merciful because He is merciful.
  • I will be humble because He is humble.
  • I will be kind because He is kind.
  • I will longsuffer because He longsuffers.
  • I will (try to  be) be slow to anger because He is slow to anger.
  • I will forgive because He forgives.
  • I will love because He is love.
  • I will sacrifice because He did.
  • I will even comfort because He comforts.

I am seeing Him like never before.  I am seeing His purpose, in all things, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

I am not not taking anything lightly, I dont want repetition of the same thing…

I want repetition of acting like Christ in all areas of my life with all people in my life, and I want to teach others how to repeat.

 “repetition breeds results”, results will be peace and righteousness and so much more!

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What are some of the BIGGEST lessons you have ever learned from His discipline?

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10 months.

10 month anniversary today! what a happy day that was…  🙂

Trying to live out day-to-day, moment-by-moment our wedding passage, and am thankful for His hopeful promises and everlasting truths through His magnified word.

Colossians 3:12-14
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

BMW.

That’s what one of the ladies has dubbed the bible study getting ready to start up on Thursday.

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper.  It’s going to be good.  I have a vision and hope for Abba to do huge things in us and through us by teaching us HIS ideas about what it means to be a man or woman in this world that we live.  This day in age that tries to fill our heads with what it means to be  feminine or masculine.  Just one example, have you seen magazines lately?  Oh my.

The Down’s Apartment, Thursday nights from 7-9.  Come on out!

Hope.

Ladies-

What do you put your hope in?

A friend had this sermon posted this morning and oh my word was it an awesome teaching. 

Do yourself a favor, listen and take notes to these awesome truths.

To listen to or read the sermon, select: here.

Instead of me even writing anything about it, Ill just post some of Chandler’s teaching:

Listen to this. This is the woman that the Lord loves. Proverbs 31:25-30, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” So the Scriptures say, “Don’t find your hope, don’t find your purpose, don’t find meaning from external beauty. Cultivate your soul, and cultivate your mind.” This woman opens up her mouth and wisdom falls out. When she speaks, she speaks as one who is wise. She doesn’t respond, “Oh my God! Really?” She speaks with wisdom, and she is intelligent. Intelligence doesn’t just happen. This is a woman who has spent time cultivating her soul, cultivating her mind, and her husband and children sing her praises. And they don’t talk of her external beauty, do they? Why? Because beauty is vain; charm is deceitful. She has depth. She has not been defined by, she has not gotten by on, she has not let her value get caught up in fleeting physical beauty.

“So all the cattiness just disappears because she doesn’t need to prove that she’s better than anybody else and she’s not threatened by other people’s talents or beauties because she’s cultivated her soul and not just her external beauty. So the Scriptures here say, “Put your hope in the Lord and not in external beauty.”

What does it look like for a wife to be in submission to her husband? She respects her husband. Now listen to what the Bible says about this. Proverbs 21:19, “It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” It is better for your husband to die in the desert than to live with you if you’re a quarrelsome, fretful woman. If you constantly belittle and emasculate him, God says it’s better that he would die in the desert.

I’m just a man, and Lauren is just a girl. Lauren cannot complete me, cannot fulfill me, cannot make sense of my world and to expect her to is to put pressure on her that she will be unable to carry, will be unable to sustain and will be unable to bring any of those things into my life, which will create in me an anger towards her for not doing what she was never designed to do, created to do or able to do to begin with. So when a woman says, “This man will complete me. . .this man will make sense of my world. . .this man will make me know who I am. . .this man will heal my wounds,” you are putting weight on the man that he will be unable to sustain and it will only be a matter of time before he develops hobbies to get out from under that expectation. He cannot carry it. Put your hope in God, not men. We’re sinners. Which means sometimes on accident or sometimes on purpose, we’re going to fail you and wound you. Don’t ask us to be more than we were designed to be; we will fail you. Put your hope in God, not in external beauty and not in men.

Amen and amen.

Yall, if you like that sermon where Mark Driscoll gives it to the guys straight up.  You will love this sermon.  Matt Chandler gives it to the girls and guys without being afraid of speaking the truth, boldly! 

Thank you Holy Spirit for moving through people to preach your word, unashamed!

Satisfied.

I was driving to work this morning, I only have like a 3-minute commute (I know, I know I should just walk).  Anyway, in this 3-minute commute my Lord let me be convicted and touched deeply by a song on the radio. 

“Open Up the Sky”

Some of the lyrics are:

Our beloved Father, please come down and meet us
We are waiting for Your touch
Open up the heavens, shower down your presence
We respond to Your great love

We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary,
We won’t be satisfied at all

Open up the sky, fall down like rain
We don’t want blessings, We want You
Open up the sky, fall down like fire
We don’t want anything but You

Our beloved Jesus, we just wanna see You
In the glory of Your light.
Earthly things don’t matter, They just fade and shatter
When we’re touched by love divine.

We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary
We won’t be satisfied at all

Open up the sky, fall down like rain
We don’t want blessings, we want You
Open up the sky, fall down like fire
We don’t want anything but You

Here we go, let’s go to the throne
The place that we belong, right into His arms

We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary,
We won’t be satisfied at all.

A lady from church who I was supposed to have dinner with last night with a couple other women had a stroke.  This morning they found an aneurism.  This is after she already had neurosurgery last night.  To date, she has had two surgeries since last night and she is unresponsive.  Her name is Donna Borges and she came to By Grace with her husband to minister to the younger community. 

Here is an example from an email from her, “This evening was a sweet time of fellowship for me.  It blesses my heart to see young women like each one of you desirous to please your Lord and love your husbands well.”

One of my first thoughts was why is Satan trying to attack our growing community in this way?!  Then fortunately I remembered Satan does not have more control over the God of the universe.  Nothing goes past Him.  So for whatever reasons, Donna is in a coma in the hospital.  Please pray for her and for a full recovery.  That the body at By Grace would be bonded and strengthened through this time and we could rally up alongside her husband and sons.  Deep community often happens through experiencing life together, or death.  We are praying for the first.  So please, please pray for her and her family right now.

She is a lover of God, and He might decide to take her home, to heaven.  The prognosis is 50/50.

I started meeting with a girl here this week and I had like four pages of questions to get to know her spiritually.  One of those questions (we didn’t get to obviously haha but girl if you are reading this get ready for it!) is, “do you think about heaven, or how often do you think about heaven?”

I don’t think we think about it enough.  We can get so comfortable.  We can like life here a lot.  Not that there is anything wrong with that… He loves to give us joy, to see us peaceful, etc… 

Read those lyrics again…

Here we go, let’s go to the throne
The place that we belong, right into His arms

We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary,
We won’t be satisfied at all.

Open up the sky, fall down like rain
We don’t want blessings, We want You

But why is the majority of the time I think about our King returning to get us and take us home, when He decides to take someone else home? 

Or when things don’t seem “blessed”? 

Why am I satisfied with ordinary life and earthly desires sometimes? 

Why do I live like I have tomorrow? 

Is it hard for you to keep things in perspective sometimes?  I know I’m probably not alone in this.  What do you do, think about, etc to keep an eternal perspective?

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

Harrisonburg, and beyond!

I try to keep this blog up to date with thoughts, what we’re learning, doing, etc. 

In this post please allow me to be a little nostalgic. {WARNING of length}

Byrd was over last night and we were talking about when we prayed under the tree in the backyard of what would become “the Aletheia ministry house”.  That’s what we prayed for.  So I blame her for this 😉

I never planned on going to college.  Seriously, I know that might sound kind of strange but I was your social butterfly, left and right.  I loved my friends (still do ladies!), made pretty good money as a waitress, and did not really have “life goals” besides the whole “be married by this age, have kids at this age, etc”.  Community college was encouraged by my parents and a higher level institution was encouraged by my parents and a couple friends. After a downward spiral of emotional events I did make goals.  Get out of town, get away.  I made the goal of getting good enough grades to get me away.  Somehow I made the GPA I needed and the applications began.  I got into James Madison University.  I found out after my wisdom teeth were removed.  I remember being drugged and waking up to my sister (JMU alumni) holding a big packet in my face “you got in sister!” 

Lauren already went to JMU, she already lived in Harrisonburg. 

She needed a 3rd roommate at the last minute.  We didn’t want to be roommates.  We wanted to still like each other.  Someone had other goals for us.  So we were roommates. 

I got a job right away; I guess you could call it a job.  I got to watch sweet little girls all the time.  That family has been more then helpful in my life.

School was alright…my least favorite aspect of being there though. haha

Towards the end of the first semester the things I tried to run from followed me down the interstate.  I couldn’t run anymore.  I surrendered my life to Christ.  I grew in the wisdom and knowledge of my Savior.  In that apartment at the Mill, I dove into scripture, eating every word I could.  Down the railroad tracks less than a ¼ of a mile God led me to Aletheia.

I walked into that church heard Aaron and Graham singing “All I need is You”.  In which there is a line that says, “I left my fears by the side of the road I hear you speak and won’t let go”.  That’s exactly where I was.  I bawled by eyes out (I’m pretty sure all through Dave’s teaching too).  Liz and I came home raving about it to Lauren.  She came too.  Brittany did sometimes as well.  It’s where we all stayed, then. It’s where we grew up together in the Lord.  I met women who poured more scripture and wisdom into my life.  I sometimes laugh and shake my head about my “innocent ignorance” trying to talk to JR, Chris, Reed, Ryan, and Thomas about doctrine and theology (of which they all study, I was just learning). Haha but they taught me a ton and were men who cared about my spiritual growth, my relationship with God and showed me what it looked like to be respected.

I saw God-honoring covenant marriages.  I saw children raised in the Lord.  I saw divorce first hand and gained one of my best friends.

My growth spurt didn’t stop with my undergrad degree.  The Lord opened doors for me to go to graduate school.  It’s kind of funny… the girl who He used to get me there was a Christian and she left the program for a different calling after one semester.  Just enough time to get me to stay…

Byrd (who for months of knowing me always said “hey girl” cause she couldn’t remember my name), Lauren and I decided to be roommates.  To tell you the truth I still don’t know how that happened… but we found a house on craigslist.  It was a block from where I worked and the building all my classes were in, and 2 miles from Aletheia.  It had 3 bedrooms, a huge center room for living/dining, a nice large kitchen and a decent fenced in yard.  It was “perfect”. 

I met my husband and was biblically pursued in Harrisonburg, and the mountains around it. 

My friends were gracious enough to allow Micah to be at our house all the time (except between the hours of midnight and 7:30am) and because of that, to this day they are best friends with him too.  I love that. 

Then the time came for things to get shaken up a bit, it wasn’t time to stay anymore, people moved on, different churches, different jobs, and different life events.  We had to leave the house (long story but basically it was time to move on). 

I graduated from James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA and I did end up with two degrees, that isn’t why I love Harrisonburg though.  I never thought of that goal and I never could have dreamed of the degree of what Christ went through for me, because of which I am decreed “not guilty”, “innocent because of His blood, shed for me”, the good news is a beautiful thing to those who believe.

The people, the church, the smells, the memories, the life changing events through birth and death, the bonds, the prayer time, the baby and wedding showers, babies, the sleepovers, the “firecamps”, the cookouts, the retreats, the community, the baptisms, the bible studies, the church events, the dog, the restaurants, the farmer’s markets, the views, the old barns, farms, and mountains, the water tower I jumped off of, the river I was baptized in, did I say the people?  It makes me giddy just thinking about it all!

I have a framed diploma hanging on my wall, but my new life in Christ was framed in those four years, in Harrisonburg.  THAT is why I love that place.

I try to let that new life in Christ frame every action, thought, and word, wherever I am.   The  degree paid that I didnt earn, is what I try to show.

Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes not to think back on the past and say, “those were the good ole days”.  So I won’t, in the sense that now the days aren’t.  They were good days then, and now though they are different, they are still good, because He is good and His kindness and mercy are everlasting.  Seasons may come and seasons may go.  My God is unchanging. 

If you made it to the end of this post, you deserve to see some pictures!  I wish I could upload all of them! 😉

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Thoughts in the Battlefield.

“Thou my best thought, by day or by night”… (this song is on repeat today by the way).

He really is the best thought I can ever have in my head.

My mind is such a battlefield.  I’m sure many could say the same for them.

It drives me nuts!

I try to pray- get distracted.   I try to listen to people- get distracted.   I try to read- get distracted.

Here some useful battle weapons, hopefully they will help you too!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Psalm 26:1-3  Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Anyone want to memorize one or all of these with me?!  Lol

Which specific truths hit you today?

Reminders.

I was pretty bummed that I wasnt able to make it to the Aletheia women’s retreat this year.  Their topic was humility and pride.

I’ve been thinking about those two things for months, because anytime I am sinning it stems from pride.

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This morning, Abba was sweet to remind me in church of what a lowly state I came from.  He didnt do this to make me feel guilty or condemned (Romans 8:1).  I believe He had me remember to remind me of His saving grace, just how great and Holy He really is.  

You see there is probably one person who knows some of my deepest past sins beside Christ.  I only told her to “get it out if you will”… I had already repented and confessed it to Christ, my precious mediator, but I wanted to bring it out of the darkness of my heart and mind verbally and let His light, love, and mercy heal that hurt, that shame, and the pain that it brought.   

Those”secret sins” were brought out over four years ago, and I used to pray I would forget, forget a lot of my sin so that Satan couldnt haunt me with it.  God is gracious to allow me to forget most of the time and not dwell on things of the past, because His word has prevailed in my life and changed me from the inside out.  I have been healed and made whole by the one who cleansed lepers, spoke the world into motion, came through a virgin birth, is seated on the throne, etc!  He didnt save me so that I could have my best life now… He freed me to glorify Him, live for Him, and be satisfied in Him!  Not to live for myself, for Micah, for work, for family, or anything else but Him.  How do I forget that sometimes in the “big” or “little” moments?  I am not the main character of my life drama, He is.

I was given a sweet reminder about the grace that has covered my darkness, that has made me right with my Father and brought me into His family.  I am thankful, even when the reminders hurt.  They are for my good.  They put everything in perspective. They tear down my pride and remind me that it is only by His grace that I have been saved (Ephesians 2:8-9) and that every good thing and person in my life is because of Him, not me or because of anything I did or deserve.

I dont write these things to make you wonder what I did, or to try and be super “spritual” but to make you wonder about the God that saves, redeems, and restores, and to remind you He is real, and still at work.  There is no sin too great, no burden too heavy, no heart too hard that He cannot change. 

Catechisms.

ooooo I found a goodie to share!

Catechism sermons for children (literally, or in the faith) by one of my favorites, Paul Washer.

So far I just see ten of them, with #5 missing… hopefully he will keep speaking on them!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Westminister Catechisms-

Q. 1. Who made you?
A. God.


Q. 2. What else did God make?
A. God made all things.


Q. 3. Why did God make you and all things ?
A. For his own glory.


Q. 4. How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands.


Q. 5. Why ought you to glorify God?
A. Because he made me and takes care of me.


Q. 6. Are there more gods than one?
A. There is only one God.


Q. 7. In how many persons does this one God exist?
A. In three persons.


Q. 8. What are they?
A. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.


Q. 9. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, and has not a body like men.


Q. 10. Where is God?
A. God is everywhere.


Q. 11. Can you see God?
A. No; I cannot see God, but he always sees me.


Q. 12. Does God know all things?
A. Yes; nothing can be hid from God.


Q. 13. Can God do all things?
A. Yes; God can do all his holy will.


Q. 14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God?
A. In the Bible alone.


Q. 15. Who wrote the Bible?
A. Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.


Q. 16. Who were our first parents?
A. Adam and Eve.


Q. 17. Of what were our first parents made?
A. God made the body of Adam out of the ground, and formed Eve from the body of Adam.


Q. 18. What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies?
A. He gave them souls that could never die.


Q. 19. Have you a soul as well as a body?
A. Yes; I have a soul that can never die.


Q. 20. How do you know that you have a soul?
A. Because the Bible tells me so.


Q. 21. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve?
A. He made them holy and happy.


Q. 22. What is a covenant?
A. An agreement between two or more persons.


Q. 23. What covenant did God make with Adam?
A. The covenant of works.


Q. 24. What was Adam bound to do by the covenant of works?
A. To obey God perfectly.


Q. 25. What did God promise in the covenant of works?
A. To reward Adam with life if he obeyed him.


Q. 26. What did God threaten in the covenant of works?
A. To punish Adam with death if he disobeyed.


Q. 27. Did Adam keep the covenant of works?
A. No; he sinned against God.


Q. 28. What is Sin?
A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of the law of God.


Q. 29. What is meant by want of conformity?
A. Not being or doing what God requires.


Q. 30. What is meant by transgression?
A. Doing what God forbids.


Q. 31. What was the sin of our first parents?
A. Eating the forbidden fruit.


Q. 32. Who tempted them to this sin?
A. The devil tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam.


Q. 33. What befell our first parents when they had sinned?
A. Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.


Q. 34. Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of works?
A. No; he represented all his posterity.


Q. 35. What effect had the sin of Adam on all mankind?
A. All mankind are born in a state of sin and misery.


Q. 36. What is that sinful nature which we inherit from Adam called?
A. Original sin.


Q. 37. What does every sin deserve?
A. The wrath and curse of God.


Q. 38. Can any one go to heaven with this sinful nature?
A. No; our hearts must be changed before we can be fit for heaven.


Q. 39. What is a change of heart called?
A. Regeneration.


Q. 40. Who can change a sinner’s heart?
A. The Holy Spirit alone.


Q. 41. Can any one be saved through the covenant of works?
A. None can be saved through the covenant of works.


Q. 42. Why can none be saved through the covenant of works?
A. Because all have broken it, and are condemned by it


Q. 43. With whom did God the Father make the covenant of grace?
A. With Christ, his eternal Son.


Q. 44. Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace?
A. His elect people.


Q. 45. What did Christ undertake in the covenant of grace?
A. To keep the whole law for his people, and to suffer the punishment due to their sins.


Q. 46. Did our Lord Jesus Christ ever commit the least sin?
A. No; he was holy, harmless, and undefiled.


Q. 47. How could the Son of God suffer?
A. Christ, the Son of God, became man that he might obey and suffer in our nature.


Q. 48. What is meant by the Atonement?
A. Christ’s satisfying divine justice, by his sufferings and death, in the place of sinners.


Q. 49. What did God the Father undertake in the covenant of grace?
A. To justify and sanctify those for whom Christ should die.


Q. 50. What is justification?
A. It is God’s forgiving sinners, and treating them as if they had never sinned.


Q. 51. What is sanctification?
A. It is God’s making sinners holy in heart and conduct.


Q. 52. For whom did Christ obey and suffer?
A. For those whom the Father had given him.


Q. 53. What kind of life did Christ live on earth?
A. A life of poverty and suffering.


Q. 54. What kind of death did Christ die?
A. The painful and shameful death of the cross.


Q. 55. Who will be saved?
A. Only those who repent of sin, believe in Christ, and lead holy lives.


Q. 56. What is it to repent?
A. To be sorry for sin, and to hate and forsake it because it is displeasing to God.


Q. 57. What is it to believe or have faith in Christ?
A. To trust in Christ alone for salvation.


Q. 58. Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power?
A. No; I can do nothing good without the help of God’s Holy Spirit.


Q. 59. How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit?
A. God has told us that we must pray to him for the Holy Spirit.


Q. 60. How long ago is it since Christ died?
A. More than nineteen hundred years.


Q. 61. How were pious persons saved before the coming of Christ?
A. By believing in a Savior to come.


Q. 62. How did they show their faith?
A. By offering sacrifices on God’s altar.


Q. 63. What did these sacrifices represent?
A. Christ, the Lamb of God, who was to die for sinners.


Q. 64. What offices has Christ?
A. Christ has three offices.


Q. 65. What are they?
A. The offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king.


Q. 66. How is Christ a prophet?
A. Because he teaches us the will of God.


Q. 67. How is Christ a priest?
A. Because he died for our sins and pleads with God for us.


Q. 68. How is Christ a king?
A. Because he rules over us and defends us.


Q. 69. Why do you need Christ as a prophet?
A. Because I am ignorant.


Q. 70. Why do you need Christ as a priest?
A. Because I am guilty.


Q. 71. Why do you need Christ as a king?
A. Because I am weak and helpless.


Q. 72. How many commandments did God give on Mount Sinai?
A. Ten commandments.


Q. 73. What are the ten commandments sometimes called?
A. The Decalogue.


Q. 74. What do the first four commandments teach?
A. Our duty to God.


Q. 75. What do the last six commandments teach?
A. Our duty to our fellow men.


Q. 76. What is the sum of the ten commandments?
A. To love God with all my heart, and my neighbor as myself.


Q. 77. Who is your neighbor?A. All my fellow men are my neighbors.


Q. 78. Is God pleased with those who love and obey him?
A. Yes; he says, “I love them that love me.”


Q. 79. Is God displeased with those who do not love and obey him?
A. Yes; “God is angry with the wicked every day.”


Q. 80. What is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.


Q. 81. What does the first commandment teach us?
A. To worship God alone.


Q. 82. What is the second commandment?
A. The second commandment is, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any things that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.


Q. 83. What does the second commandment teach us?
A. To worship God in a proper manner, and to avoid idolatry.


Q. 84. What is the third commandment?
A. The third commandment is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.


Q. 85. What does the third commandment teach me?
A. To reverence God’s name, word, and works.


Q. 86. What is the fourth commandment?
A. The fourth commandment is, Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day, and hallowed it.


Q. 87. What does the fourth commandment teach us?
A. To keep the Sabbath holy.


Q. 88. What day of the week is the Christian Sabbath?
A. The first day of the week, called the Lord’s day.


Q. 89. Why is it called the Lord’s day?
A. Because on that day Christ rose from the dead.


Q. 90. How should the Sabbath be spent?
A. In prayer and praise, in hearing and reading God’s Word, and in doing good to our fellow men.


Q. 91. What is the fifth commandment?
A. The fifth commandment is, Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.


Q. 92. What does the fifth commandment teach me?
A. To love and obey our parents and teachers.


Q. 93. What is the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.


Q. 94. What does the sixth commandment teach us?
A. To avoid angry passions.


Q. 95. What is the seventh commandment?
A. The seventh commandment is, Thou shalt not commit adultery.


Q. 96. What does the seventh commandment teach us?
A. To be pure in heart, language, and conduct.


Q. 97. What is the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.


Q. 98. What does the eighth commandment teach us?
A. To be honest and industrious.


Q. 99. What is the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.


Q. 100. What does the ninth commandment teach us?
A. To tell the truth.


Q. 101. What is the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.


Q. 102. What does the tenth commandment teach us?
A. To be content with our lot.


Q. 103. Can any man keep these ten commandments perfectly?
A. No mere man, since the fall of Adam, ever did or can keep the ten commandments perfectly.


Q. 104. Of what use are the ten commandments to us?
A. They teach us our duty, and show our need of a Savior.


Q. 105. What is prayer?
A. Prayer is asking God for things which he has promised to give.


Q. 106. In whose name should we pray?
A. Only in the name of Christ.


Q. 107. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
A. The Lord’s Prayer.


Q. 108. Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.
A. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


Q. 109. How many petitions are there in The Lord’s Prayer?
A. Six.


Q. 110. What is the first petition?
A. “Hallowed be thy name.”


Q. 111. What do we pray for in the first petition?
A. That God’s name may be honored by us and all men.


Q. 112. What is the second petition?
A. “Thy kingdom come.”


Q. 113. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. That the gospel may be preached in all the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men.


Q. 114. What is the third petition?
A. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”


Q. 115. What do we pray for in the third petition?
A. That men on earth may serve God as the angels do in heaven.


Q. 116. What is the fourth petition?
A. “Give us this day our daily bread.”


Q. 117. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
A. That God would give us all things needful for our bodies and souls.


Q. 118. What is the fifth petition?
A. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”


Q. 119. What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
A. That God would pardon our sins for Christ’s sake, and enable us to forgive those who have injured us.


Q. 120. What is the sixth petition?
A. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”


Q. 121. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
A. That God would keep us from sin.


Q. 122. How many sacraments are there?
A. Two.


Q. 123. What are they?
A. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.


Q. 124. Who appointed these sacraments?
A. The Lord Jesus Christ.


Q. 125. Why did Christ appoint these sacraments?
A. To distinguish his disciples from the world, and to comfort and strengthen them.


Q. 126. What sign is used in baptism?
A. The washing with water.


Q. 127. What does this signify?
A. That we are cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ.


Q. 128. In whose name are we baptized?
A. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.


not sure about this one… we believe in a believer’s baptism out of obedience and public declaration of faith.

Q. 129. Who are to be baptized?
A. Believers and their children.


not sure about this one… we believe in a believer’s baptism out of obedience and public declaration of faith.

Q. 130. Why should infants be baptized?
A. Because they have a sinful nature and need a Savior.


Q. 131. Does Christ care for little children?
A. Yes; for he says, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”


Q. 132. To what does your baptism bind you?
A. To be a true follower of Christ.


Q. 133. What is the Lord’s Supper?
A. The eating of bread and drinking of wine in remembrance of the sufferings and death of Christ.


Q. 134. What does the bread represent?
A. The body of Christ, broken for our sins.


Q. 135. What does the wine represent?
A. The blood of Christ, shed for our salvation.


Q. 136. Who should partake of the Lord’s Supper?
A. Only those who repent of their sins, believe in Christ for salvation, and love their fellow men.


Q. 137. Did Christ remain in the tomb after his crucifixion?
A. No; he rose from the tomb on the third day after his death.


Q. 138. Where is Christ now?
A. In heaven, interceding for sinners.


Q. 139. Will he come again?
A. Yes; at the last day Christ will come to judge the world.


Q. 140. What becomes of men at death?
A. The body returns to dust, and the soul goes into the world of spirits.


Q. 141. Will the bodies of the dead be raised to life again?
A. Yes; “The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised.”


Q. 142. What will become of the wicked in the day of judgment?
A. They shall be cast into hell.


Q. 143. What is hell?
A. A place of dreadful and endless torment.


Q. 144. What will become of the righteous?
A. They shall be taken to heaven.


Q. 145. What is heaven?
A. A glorious and happy place, where the righteous shall be forever with the Lord.