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The Church in Thy House

A WISE WOMEN BUILDS HER HOME

The church in thy house.”
Is there a Church in this house? Are parents, children, friends, servants, all members of it? Or are some still unconverted? Let us pause here and let the question go round–Am I a member of the Church in this house? How would father’s heart leap for joy, and mother’s eyes fill with holy tears if from the eldest to the youngest all were saved! Let us pray for this great mercy until the Lord shall grant it to us.
Probably it had been the dearest object of Philemon’s desires to have all his household saved; but it was not at first granted him in its fulness. He had a wicked servant, Onesimus, who, having wronged him, ran away from his service. His master’s prayers followed him, and at last, as God would have it, Onesimus was led to hear Paul preach; his heart was touched, and he returned to Philemon, not only to be a faithful servant, but a brother beloved, adding another member to the Church in Philemon’s house.
Is there an unconverted servant or child absent this morning? Make special supplication that such may, on their return to their home, gladden all hearts with good news of what grace has done! Is there one present? Let him partake in the same earnest entreaty.
If there be such a Church in our house, let us order it well,
and let all act as in the sight of God.
Let us move in the common affairs of life with studied holiness, diligence, kindness, and integrity. More is expected of a Church than of an ordinary household; family worship must, in such a case, be more devout and hearty; internal love must be more warm and unbroken, and external conduct must be more sanctified and Christlike. 
We need not fear that the smallness of our number will put us out of the list of Churches, for the Holy Spirit has here enrolled a family-church in the inspired book of remembrance.
As a Church let us now draw nigh to the great head of the one Church universal, and let us beseech him to give us grace to shine before men to the glory of his name.
–Charles Spurgeon Devotional, Bible Gateway 
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3 wise responses:

Raising Mighty Arrows said…
What a great post June. My M-I-L was 1 of 9 children. 7 of the 9 children were saved with two sons still yet to have accepted Christ. Someone once told my M-I-L’s dad that he should be proud of the 7 that were saved. He said he couldn’t truly be proud until all were!
November 7, 2011 7:46:00 AM CST
Mrs. June Fuentes said…
Thanks for sharing, Heather, that reminds me of many godly couples I know that raised children who are seriously walking with the Lord today. They make it their priority and dedicate their lives to giving what it takes to share the gospel and its teachings to their family and others. They give every last breath!Many blessings…
November 7, 2011 8:04:00 AM CST
Kari said…
Loved this. As a child, I remember my parents praying over and over that their children would come to know Jesus as Savior. And by His great mercy we have!! I’m now praying that same prayer for my children!
November 7, 2011 12:29:00 PM CST

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ISUS E RASPUNSUL !

DAR CARE-I INTREBAREA ?

Exista sfinti cu stea in frunte. Sau mai bine-zis, cu
cruce. Ei nesocotesc sfatul eclesiastului de a nu fi
prea neprihanit si a nu te arata prea intelept. Vad
doar ordinea lui Dumnezeu si ignora voia Sa permisiva.
Pentru ei, nu exista viata concreta, iar crestinismul
inseamna (doar) “lege si ordine”. Daca Isus a zis ca

in Cer nu ne vom casatori, atunci aduc Raiul pe pamant
si nu se mai casatoresc nici aici.
Fotbalul, computerul, un film sau o masa imbelsugata
sunt lucruri nespirituale, viscerale, pierdere de
timp. Ei sunt legiuitorii, biciul lui Dumnezeu.
Manifesta aversiune fata de orice intra in contradictie
cu setul lor de credinte. Petru era unul dintre ei.
Crezand ca a “invatat” totul despre Dumnezeu de la
rabini, nu-si dorea, in comoditatea lui, sa-I strice
“cineva” jucariile, nici sa se spurce cu lucruri
specifice neamurilor. Nascut din nou dar limitandu-l
pe Hristos la schema fariseica, Petru s-a vrut
ambasadorul Lui, dar numai in Iudeea, nu si in

Antiohia.
Ne place sa vorbim despre evanghelizare, despre cat de
mare-I bucuria-n Ceruri daca fiul risipitor vine
acasa, despre rolul nostru special de a fi sarea si

lumina pamantului. Uitam insa ca de lumina e nevoie in
intuneric si de sare unde nu-I gust.
Suntem ambasadorii Lui, dar tare-am vrea sa fim
“delegati” in vreo tara occidentala si nu prin Somalia

sau Uganda. Ne-ar placea sa zidim biserici unde e cel
putin temelia pusa, nu sa ne murdarim demoland vreo
cladire subreda pentru a construi una noua. intuneric
e in inimile violatorilor, satanistilor si
criminalilor, acolo e nevoie de lumina. Fara gust e o
viata distrusa de alcool si droguri, acolo trebuie sa

fim sare. Somalia sau Uganda pot fi pentru noi oamenii
strazii sau prostituatele, printre ei sa fim
ambasadori. Iar constructiile ponosite ce trebuie
demolate sunt acele conceptii de viata atat de straine
noua: relativism, ateism, esoterism, vrajitorie etc.
Cei mai mari dusmani ai crestinismului au fost cei
care l-au cunoscut indeaproape. Marx, autorul moral al
milioanelor de crime ale comunismului, a scris la
bacalaureat o compunere cu titlul “Uniunea
credinciosilor in Hristos”. Filozofia lui Nietzche,
fiu de preot protestant si evolutionismul lui Darwin,
licentiat (doar) in teologie, l-au nascut pe Hitler.
si exemplele pot continua. Ei toti au stiut din ce
“material” e crestinismul si i-au produs mult rau. Noi

stim din ce sunt plamaditi ei, ca sa le facem mult
bine?

Nu e nimic spurcat in a citi o carte anti-crestina
pentru a intelege un ateu sau in a sta de vorba cu un
satanist, e doar incomod (mai ales daca te vede vreun
frate). Sau atat de trainica e Stanca pe care stam
incat ne e frica sa nu fie nimicita de niste
pietricele?

Sa nu-i uitam nici pe cei aflati la extrema cealalta

crestinii “opusul lui Petru”. Ei traiesc printre
“neamuri”, dar nu ca sa-I inteleaga si cheme acasa, ci
sa convietuiasca sub acelasi acoperis subred. Daca
pentru Petru, Dumnezeu era in primul rand Judecator
Suprem, pentru ei El este Iubirea ce iarta orice (f
adevarat) si oricum (fals). Petru se abtinea de la
prea multe, ei nu se mai abtin de la nimic. Muzica? Sa
fie de-orice gen, indiferent de vulgaritate, ca doar

un crestin are filtre in timpan. Filme? Cat mai
violente si obscene, ca pocaiti au un soi de imunitate
vizuala care “curata” imaginile. Lui Petru i s-a zis
“ce a curatit Dumnezeu, tu sa nu numesti spurcat”, lor
li s-ar potrivi “ceea ce Dumnezeu considera spurcat,
tu sa nu numesti curat”.

Daca ramanem doar lumini printre alte lumini, vom
orbi. Daca ne atrage intunericul si folosim drept

pretext “iluminarea” celor de acolo, ne pierdem. Daca
ne saram unii pe altii, ne vom scarbi de-asa gust si
de ramanem in “clubul pocaitilor inabordabili si
ignoranti”, unde fiecare ii confirma credinta
celuilalt, ramanem la adapost de indoieli, dar si de
oameni. si totusi, traind printre ei, le vom spune ca
“Isus este raspunsul”, mandri c-am mai pus o caramida
in Cer, fara sa ne pese ca ei nu stiu nici macar
care-I intrebarea..

Articol de Marius Badescu – Timisoara
postat deasemenea pe http://nowheresoonthere.blogspot.com/2009/07/isus-e-raspunsul-dar-care-i-intrebarea.html

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