Comments on: Reading Reflection: http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/ The Gospel Interrupting the Ordinary Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:01:10 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 By: Alan http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-2079 Wed, 16 May 2012 21:01:08 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-2079 Modesty does not begin with the physical, but from within. Hypocrites can pretend to modesty, and so often do. When there is a respect for God, and respect for self, then both should naturally be seen in the life. A good tree produces good fruit, fruit of fidelity, of modesty, of honesty, etc. What hypocrites tend to do is to get a bad tree and seek to make it good by trying to transform the outward appearance, which is false modesty. Here is the dividing line that so many fail to see.

The hypocrite in religion, and their false modesty, feigned piety, are worse than that which we encounter in the world, for at least when we encounter those who have old fashioned values, that naturally wish not to have anything to do with God, they are being true to what they are. In many families their is a deep seated root of what is right and what is wrong, and a respect for to do what is right for the sake of doing right, not wishing to offend conscience. With a hypocrite it is worse because they do it out of a principle of deception, to deceive others into thinking themselves to be something, having first deceived themselves.

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By: Alan http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-2078 Wed, 16 May 2012 20:49:24 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-2078 Fillial fear is healthy fear. Those born of the Spirit of God have a healthy reverence for God, which brings with it wisdom and understanding, as in Solomon, and the reason why our wisdom and understanding surpasses that of the world, is of a higher plain, and that when fed into the world enlightens the dark cavities of it, as light shining in dark places. When Christendom seeks to follow the world it not only becomes like the world but begins to lose the light of right understanding, sloth, lethargy takes over, a little folding of the hands to sleep (Matt.25.5), which is generally evidenced in the way ministers speak, very shallow, most conforming to given patterns of what is commonly accepted, not capable of going out of the bounds that they themselves set, so nothing knew coming forth from them, which in turn leads to an abandonment of pulpit ministry, thousands left with no desire to attend upon ministries, anticipation of hearing something new and theologically sound, gone.

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By: Aimee Byrd http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1886 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:19:05 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1886 Welcome. This book did lead me to reflect on many implications of the proper fear of God.

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By: Aimee Byrd http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1885 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:10:08 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1885 Andrea, thank you so much! That is very encouraging. I just love to hear from women who have a passion for theology.

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By: Andrea Massop http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1883 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:16:06 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1883 Aimee! I am a (Canadian) mother of two young boys and have a deep, consuming passion for theology. I have been reading everything you write on this wonderful blog for a number of months and I wanted to communicate to you how much you have inspired me and how much I appreciate each and every word that God brings forth from you. Keep up the faith and the fight Sister, He is using you powerfully.

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By: Dana Tuttle http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1881 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:41:43 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1881 This is exactly what I was trying to communicate today about the cross, as a symbol, that I think becomes worshiped as opposed to the very God who hung on it! “We have cheapened our God and our faith by setting man made standards…” and symbols! Thanks Aimee!

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By: Aimee Byrd http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1879 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:20:03 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1879 Yes, the author does a great job discussing all this in The Two Fears. He breaks down the proper fear of God and what we do not need to fear as Christians. Good read.

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By: Tim http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1877 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:08:17 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1877 Nice review, and good insights Aimee. You got me thinking about what it means to fear God.

Often the fear of God is defined as a healthy reverence for him. I think that’s only part of it. When the Bible says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, I think it means what it says. (Proverbs 9:10.) Those without God should be in great fear of the consequences. (Hebrews 11:6.) Those of us who know that this fear is legitimate are beginning in wisdom, and it is by faith and grace that we are able to do even that. (Ephesians 2:8.) Of course, with faith comes reconciliation with God who is at that point also our loving Father in heaven, so we no longer need live in fear of the consequences of being without him. (Romans 8:1.)

Is this all a bit circular? I think it holds up scripturally.

Tim

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By: Aimee Byrd http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1875 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1875 Oh good! I think we often focus on the “don’ts” and “shoulds” and miss out on the whole meaning and opportunity to glorify the gospel message. Although, we then have to be in the uncomfortable zone of letting each person work the implications out while leaning on God’s Spirit and Word.

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By: Gloria http://www.housewifetheologian.com/reading-reflection-71/#comment-1874 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:42:42 +0000 http://www.housewifetheologian.com/?p=1094#comment-1874 “Take modesty for example. There is no skirt-length that makes me into a modest person. Not wanting to lead a brother into sin doesn’t even define my modesty. It is still a horizontal, comparative measurement. Understanding that I am created in the image of God, and wanting to properly reflect that image is the beginning of my modesty.”

Aimee, this is exactly how I want to talk with my neighbors here in the Middle East about my modesty. Thank you for giving me words!!

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