Saturday, March 24, 2012

Holy is the Lamb!

We have a nightly routine of playing the piano and singing worship songs. Catherine wanted to know why we "cry " Holy Holy Holy is the Lamb.

Why are we crying? What is the Lamb?  Oh my heart could burst!!! I love sitting hand-in-hand with my little ones and explaining the old way... before Jesus was sent as the perfect sacrifice, they often used lambs and other animals.

Thomas chimed in... They killed animals? What about Lucy? (our dog) Did they only kill mean animals?

They killed the best animals as a sacrifice for their sins. The took the best animal that was flawless as could be and killed it to pay for their sin.

I went on to explain more about the Lamb, perfect in every way! Catherine found it particularly interesting that the angels are gathered around the throne of Jesus singing "Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty... who was and is and is to come. I told her that we are worshiping with the angels around the throne when we sing Holy Holy Holy.

She asked if we could go back to the piano and sing it again. This time, with her sweet voice declaring our Savior's holiness in the most pure way a 3-year-old can.

Thank you, Jesus, for your perfect life, sacrificed for my imperfect life.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Book Review for Where Has Oprah Taken Us by Stephen Mansfield

Book Review for Where Has Oprah Taken Us by Stephen Mansfield
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Although one of the most influential leaders of our time started out Baptist, she has allowed the early views, self- satisfying and liberal ideas seep into her now soup type of religion... throwing a little of this and a little of that into her life and calling it good.

I did enjoy this book, but you may not if you are an Oprah fan. I appreciate Oprah's religious beliefs being exposed. The book clarified my argument against Oprah's teachings of many gods leading to heaven.... and she had such a miss opportunity to be one of the world's greatest disciples.

 Mansfield writes: "And so we have examined four pillars of Oprah Winfrey's religious worldview and seven principles of her philosophy and I have disagreed with all of them. I can do no other. I am, as I admitted in the introduction to this book, a Christian, and what Oprah Winfrey believes cuts across every major doctrine of the Christian faith. In fact, it cuts across nearly every major doctrine of nearly every major traditional faith except Hinduism and a few other Eastern religions. Beyond my own perspectives, though, what she believes is illogical, inconsistent, arrogant, destructive, and amazingly naive."

Although Oprah has a very liberal view of who and what God is, she has done so much good for others. I am saddened that the glory was not given to the One whom it was due.