Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Iona's Baptism

 
Any attempt to deprive infants of the right of membership, 
is a virtual attempt to set aside the laws of God.
The church being essentially the same under both dispensations, 
and baptism having been substituted for circumcision as the initiatory rite, 
it followed, as a matter of course, 
that infants still retained the right of membership,
 and consequently were baptized. 
~Ashbel G. Fairchild, Scripture Baptism, Its Mode and Subjects 
There is but one church,
one people of God,
extending from the beginning to the end of time. 
It's membership consists of believers and their households. 
~Robert Booth

If the church is one under both dispensations; 
if infants were members of the Church under the theocracy, 
then they are members of the church now, 
unless the contrary can be proved. 
~Charles Hodge

A church feast
Two Proud Grandmothers
Iona's Family
Iona Smiles
Peter explained that in an early church council of Carthage,
around the year 253 AD,
where Cyprian was one of the chief characters in the discussion,
it was decided that an infant is not required to be 
eight days old before he can be baptized.
Happily Married

Monday, October 20, 2014

Iona Has Come

Newborn
Labor was tough, 
but Greg was very supportive.
Sutter Davis has an excellent birthing center. 
http://www.sutterdavis.org/services/birthing/
 Two Dolls
Greg's Girls
We loved singing around the piano
in the evenings.
Another Gift
Little Lady

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 31 is Reformation Day

Friday, 31 October is the birthday of all Evangelical and Bible-believing churches. On 31 October 1517, Dr. Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation with his bold stand at the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

Freedom and Productivity
Western civilisation has been blessed with the greatest freedoms, productivity and prosperity ever known in history. The liberty, standards of justice and creativity enjoyed in Western civilisation is a direct result of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Reformed Theology

Peter was in the library to use their internet and came upon the book, "Encyclopedia of American Religious History." As a general book viewing the Reformed tradition from the outside, it is interesting to see how it summarizes the Reformed tradition (i.e. Calvinism, Presbyterianism, Dutch Reformed, German Reformed, etc...). It gives five distinctives that characterize Reformed teaching. 

The first is God's sovereignty, especially as it plays out in salvation.
The second is the doctrine of human depravity. 

The fifth is the importance of doctrinal formulations and orthodoxy. 

But the third and fourth distinctives are especially interesting, due to the tendencies in some contemporary Reformed circles to move away from them, especially the fourth:

"Third, Christians in their personal behavior must be obedient to the laws of God that are revealed in the Bible. The church, too, should conform itself to the mandates of Scripture and eradicate all ceremonies that lack a clear biblical precedent.

"Fourth, the Reformed tradition has consistently emphasized that religion is not merely a private affair, but demands an engagement with society. Church and culture function together in creative tension. Despite its fallen state, the world belongs to God, and Christians must help to transform it into the image of God's kingdom." (volume 2, p. 598-599)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Merge

I feared when Peter set Melody's books in order, he would not have enough room for his. Yet when his work was complete, there was ample room for both! ~Es




Peter said, "All your books are here, so you won't have any distractions!" ~M

Peter & Melody at Daniel Boone Frontier Village Chapel in Missouri

Peter, portraying the young minister
William Sterling Lacy
 for "Pioneer Days."  







 Pipe Organ
 On the right is the pastor's study.







Newborn Tia

Cousins 

 Grandparents
 The Guys
 Cousins
 Grandpa and Mercy
Uncle Jodavid

Friday, September 5, 2014

You are a bridegroom of blood to me.

Here's the link to David's teaching:
The sign of the covenant was rejected by Zipporah,
therefore
God was about to put Moses to death because
he was renigging on his responsibility.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Baby Tia

From two years of age, when Dinah carried 
her newborn brother, Victor, out the front door, 
we had to keep an eye on Dinah because 
she loves babies.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain 
because her time has come; 
but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish 
because of her joy that 
a child is born into the world. ~John 16:21


Auntie Melody and Gma. delight in 
Dinah's long awaited child.



Some months before Dustin came into our world, Dinah asked girls entering the Bakersfield abortion clinic if they would let her adopt their child, to no avail. 

Just 13 months after their wedding day, God has granted the desire of Dinah's heart.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Courtship

Courtship is a time for a girl to answer, "Do I respect this guy enough to follow him?" and a young man to evaluate, "Can this girl follow me as I follow Christ?" It is a time to read and discuss what we believe. When courtship is skipped or rushed through to get to engagement, it can make life together difficult. Courtship involves parental approval, accountability and blessing in evaluating whether someone is right and learning to work through things together.

There are many responsibilities a man can hand off to her, but theology is not one. Theology is a life and death issue.  If she cannot follow him, he should not marry her.  If they are not able to learn and grow and stretch, it could be trouble long haul.