When Christianity and Culture Collide {Genesis 19}

when Christianity and culture collide

 

In our culture, the only wrong – is saying something is wrong.  Tolerance is held as the world’s moral standard.

But so far in Genesis, we have seen that God was not tolerant with Adam and Eve’s sin.

God was not tolerant of Cain’s murder of Abel.

God was not tolerant of the wickedness during Noah’s day.

God was not tolerant of the pride of those building the tower of Babel.

And in this week’s reading, God was not tolerant of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In God’s great mercy, He sent 2 angels to rescue Lot and his family before the destruction of the city – but look at how Lot hesitated:

Genesis 19:15-17

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

Why did Lot hesitate?

Was it his material possessions he couldn’t leave behind? Or his friends, perhaps his son-in-laws who refused to leave or the fun?

They were told “Don’t look back and don’t stop!”  but Lot’s wife was too immersed into the culture of the city of Sodom to obey…and she faced judgement for looking back.

God did not tolerate the sin and wickedness of the men of Sodom or even Lot’s wife —-looking back!

God rained down fire on Sodom and Gomorrah in judgement.

Genesis 19:24-26 says:

24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

In America, Christianity and culture are colliding and some Christians are giving in to the pressures.  As they immerse themselves into the culture in the hopes of leading some to the Lord, they themselves are being led astray. God calls us to not love the world or anything in it – and yet we hesitate.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
~1 John 2:15

This November, I am a part of an on-line Church Leadershp Summit discussing how to respond to the change of culture in America.  The title of this on-line conference is Culture Crash.

I wasn’t planning to share this video today – it was recorded and sent in and will be played during their conference – but I have a really bad cold this week and hardly any voice left.

So while I drink this:

honey and tea

Grab yourself a glass of something hot or cold too – and listen to my video I recorded last week –  on how I believe Christians should handle the collision of culture and Christianity in America.  I think it is relevant to this week’s reading in Genesis.

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**Chime In**

Do you feel there has been a shift in our culture in America?

How should believers deal with these changes?

What are you learning so far in your reading in Genesis?  

How would you answer this question:

Genesis 19 discussion questionWalk with the King,

Courtney

This week’s reading plan:

Genesis Reading Plan Week 3

 

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The Women Living Well Book Club {Free Materials for Leaders}

WLW Book Club Free Materials for Leaders

If you would like to lead a Women Living Well Book Club in your church, neighborhood, as a home study group or on-line – you are welcome to use any and all of these materials (this includes the images with quotes, videos and free Companion Study Guide).  All that I ask is you reference WomenLivingWell.org as your source for these materials.

Download the entire Companion Study Guide free by clicking >>here<<.

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The Women Living Well Book Club

Every link below includes:

  • a video
  • images with quotes from the book
  • discussion questions to go with the chapter reading.

Part 1 – Your Walk with God

Chapter 1
Chapters 2 & 3
Your Walk with God” Webcast & Extra Resources
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Your Ministry” Webcast & Extra Resources

Part 2 – Your Marriage

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Your Marriage” Webcast & Extra Resources
Chapter 8
Chapter 9 & 10

Part 3 – Your Parenting

Chapter 11 & 12 - includes “Finding Rest in Your Home” Webcast
Chapter 13
“Your Parenting” Webcast & Extra Resources
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
“Your Health” Webcast Replay & Extra Resources

Part 4 – Your Homemaking

 Chapters 16-18
Chapters 19 & 20, Conclusion
“Balancing Family & Ministry” Webcast

 

Here is the book trailer to share with friends:

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If you lead a group – please leave a comment below and tell me about it.  I take all your feedback (both good and bad) to heart, as I journey along side of you.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapters 19, 20 & Conclusion

 

Chapters 19,20, conclusion

Hooray!  We have arrived to the FINAL post of the Book Club.  If you missed a week – no worries – this Wednesday I will post all the links to the archived posts from the book club, so you have easy access to it.

So let’s finish strong friends!

First up – the final video.  In this video I discuss two things – 1.) I have received emails telling me what is missing from my book – so in this video I answer one of these issues (there are more that maybe I’ll consider writing on later) and 2.) I discuss the “Ultimate Homemaker”.

(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Chapter 19

One of the biggest challenges of writing and blogging is being “real”.  While I can’t hang out all the ugly of my family because that would disrespect them –I try to be transparent with my personal struggles.  But even with those attempts, sometimes I fall short and I leave an impression that I have it all together…and I don’t!

I have written on the blog before that I believe this writing thing is my Ephesians 2:10.

Ephesians 2:10 says:  “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Blogging is the good work God created and prepared in advance for me to do.  It does NOT mean I have it all together – it just means I’m a follower of Jesus who loves people and who likes communicating with words (lots of them).

Another struggle I have is giving the wrong impression. For example – some people think I want everyone to live in a box and be just like me. No – a thousand time NOOOOOOO!  You do not have to strive to be a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom to be Godly. I recognize that we all have different puzzles and different hands that have been dealt to us.

I love it when I run into readers around town.  I am always so blessed when a working mom tells me she reads my blog.  I am blessed because this world has created “mommy wars” and says we should have tension over this.  But you have loved me and called me friend. Thank you!!!

Here are two quotes from Chapter 19 that sum up my thoughts on this:

never seek to be someone else you are amazing

(image credit: Biblical Homemaking)

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“The biblical principles in this book should be the same for all of us, but how we apply them will look different in every home.  We must be careful that we are not followers of everyone online but rather followers of Christ.” ~pg.196

Chapter 20

Chapter 20 is all about the Proverbs 31 woman.   I love her because she is SO inspiring!  I want her discipline, diligence and eagerness to work hard!

How to Get the Eagerness of the P31 Woman

If you are new to this blog – please be sure to subscribe to get my FREE Proverbs 31 ebook.

Go >>HERE<< to find all the details on how to subscribe and to view all of the free videos (13) that go along with the ebook!

Final Discussion Question:

We’ve come to the close of this book.
What is one major take-away you have learned?

May God bless you as you serve your family and as you continue to walk with the King!

Lots of Love, 
Courtney

Balancing Family & Ministry Webcast + Everyday Confetti Giveaway!

This is it – our final webcast replay of the series!  Grab a big pile of laundry to fold and enjoy this 40 minute webcast featuring Karen Ehman as our keynote speaker and Darlene (TimeWarpWife.com) and Ruth (TheBetterMom.com) on the couch as we discuss balancing family and ministry.

Session 7b

(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Karen is giving away TWO copies of her newly released book titled Everyday Confetti (co-authored with Glynnis Whitwer)

Everday.Confetti.cover

Here’s what’s inside Everyday Confetti (isn’t the cover adorable!!!):

When a busy woman looks at her calendar and sees a birthday, holiday, or special occasion, she has the best intentions for bringing joy to her family and creating lasting memories. Then reality hits. Amidst demanding responsibilities and an overloaded schedule, when is she ever going to have time to plan the perfect celebration or find the creativity to make it special?

In this go-to guide, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer give women the ideas and the motivation they need to make such occasions less daunting. They provide creative ideas and menu plans for

· Holidays
· Birthdays
· Special Events
· Everyday Occasions

Readers will even find suggestions for reaching out to others throughout the year through celebrations that are simple, doable, and stress-free.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Winners will be posted here and will receive an email after the giveaway ends.

The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapter 15 {School Choices}

chapter 15 school choices

Let’s Discuss Chapter 15

If you want to start disunity in the body of Christ…just talk about school choices.  Ugh. I am aware of this, so I tread very carefully into today’s blog post ;)

As chapter 15 says, I’m a product of public schools.  My parents walked alongside me, discipling me and teaching me how to be a light in darkness for 12 years and when I graduated, I was on fire for Jesus.

My parents lived out Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

I believe that school choices are not permanent choices.  I know many moms who homeschooled and then put their kids into a brick and mortar school and many moms who first sent their kids to a brick and mortar school but then pulled them out to homeschool them.  And then there are those like me, who only did public school and there are those, who are homeschool graduates.  All of us are walking with the Lord now…so it is not necessarily the school choice that determines the depth of our walk with God.

We each have our own journey – our own life puzzle and our own set of circumstances that will determine our school choices.  I do not believe in a cookie cutter – one size fits all – approach to education.

 

We are not replicas of each other

In this chapter, I share my education experience as a child, my reasons for homeschooling, the benefits and challenges of homeschooling and a day in our lives.  My conclusion in this chapter is — regardless of which school choice we make, our job as parents is to teach our children to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

I know the drive of the culture is to try to make our kids cool, honor roll students or star athletes.  It’s the prevailing voice of today – but that is not God’s voice.

We must remind our children – you don’t have to be cool.  Be like Christ.

You don’t have to be on the honor roll.  Honor the Lord.

You don’t have to be a star athlete. Worship the one who made the stars.

And if you happen to be on the honor roll or a star athlete –do it to the glory of God!

A reminder to our children

 

My daughter wanted to join me for today’s video – it’s super short and casual – just a little over one minute…

(if you can’t see this video – click here)

Discussion Questions:

1.)  What is the puzzle God has given your family that has determined your school choice for this season?

2.)  Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9.  Are you diligently teaching your children about the Lord?  What are some practical ways you are carrying this out in the home?

For Extra Discussion go to the Forum and click on the thread that says “Chapter 15″

Walk with the King,

Courtney