Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
They still are. The Bible tells us that people who have no self-control are like a city with walls broken down. The meaning is true: forces of darkness can invade, and take over a person’s heart if it is not carefully guarded. That’s why we should be vigilant, and keep alert at all times.
In a castle, the deepest and most protected area was called the keep. It was where the items of most value were placed, and defended heavily. Imagine your life as a castle, with your heart in the keep. God wants you to protect it from the impure thoughts and actions that will try to attack.
But how can we do that? Easily. The best way to guard your keep is to remember His commandments. These are the weapons we use to drive off the forces of darkness. Practice with his Word, a sharp two-edged sword that cuts to pieces any disbelief, slices away at sickness and disease, stabs through the heart of unforgiveness, and hacks away at moments of temptation.
There is much to lose if you lose the keep! Read carefully this warning from the Bible, about those who let their guard down: “They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing. And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.”
Picture the end scene of Sleeping Beauty, a castle surrounded by thorns and brambles – and a lurking dragon. It isn’t a pretty picture. Yet that is what our hearts will be like when we let our guard down, and let evil overrun our once pristine castle.
Don’t let dragons and thorns lurk in the deepest parts of your heart. God is not pleased when we allow evil into our hearts. We must fight off the enemy long before he tries to sneak in and take over. We must defend the keep!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
is Rightwise King Born of all England.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Hear ye! Hear ye! You are hereby invited to our royal kingdom! We've got plenty to learn as a part of God's royal family. There's a majestic crown waiting for everyone, and a happily ever after too. So draw out your sword - that's the word of God - and meet us at the roundtable.
Are you worthy to be called a knight? Let it not be said you have been weighed and measured – and still found wanting. If you serve the King, you must be sure to act as one. Knights lived by a code of chivalry. They were expected to have the might, and the skills to face a fight. But the code was also a system that introduced what we think of when we think of knights: honor, gallantry, bravery, and treating others with respect. As we represent our King, are we carrying ourselves in the same way? Remember, as a part of His royal court, we must act with valor!
The knights sit around the roundtable, waiting for their charge. King Arthur’s table was a new and amazing concept: it was set up so that all who sat there had equal power. The king was still the king – but every person at the table was just as important as the next. In our King’s eyes, we are all the same too. Don’t think yourself above your proper position, noble friends!
As a knight to the King, we must be prepared at all times to ride to battle. The king’s business takes haste! Nay, we are not called to stay seated inside our spacious castles. We are together on a crusade, battling against the forces of darkness!
So put on the armor of light. It is time to ride forth in the name of the King. It’s time to become Knights of Valor!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Here's our ghost pirate, one of Madison's mascot friends that goes back a long time in our family. He's taking a ride with Flynn Rider, presumably to go fishing somewhere. You can see the mass of Valentine's Day cards that Madison received all in the background. She did well this year!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Benny: Uh, yeah. Although for grilled cheese, I mighta used a wool setting.