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Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Question 6 - My Response
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Here is the original question:

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Colossians 3:18 New International Bible

What do you think that the above Bible verse means, and how do you apply it (if you do) in your household?

I have heard so many opinions on this controversial subject. Everyone seems to have a comment to make. Some women get angry at the very idea that the Bible seems to be saying that they aren't equal to their husbands. Some men seem to think that this means that their wives should be meek, submissive things that stay barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen. Neither view is what I feel is a good view to take.

So many times folks seem to only focus on Colossians 3:18 and they don't bother to read any further. Let's review the key verse and the following verse:

 18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

Enough has been said over the years about verse 18, but I want to talk a little about verse 19.

What does it mean for a man to love his wife? How would you want to be treated by someone who loved you? Would you want to be treated with respect? Would you want folks to be kind to you instead of harsh? Would you want people to ask your opinion rather than order you to do something? I think any man or woman would say yes to all three of those questions. I don't think that there is a verse in the Bible that would contradict any of those things. 

That's how I think that a husband should treat his wife. If a husband really obeys God's command to love his spouse, then he is going to treat her with respect and kindness and value her opinion. He isn't going to treat her like a subordinate.

God made each sex a special way. He created women with the necessity to be loved and to be shown love. Although both sexes need that, the woman probably has more of a need for that emotion than a man. I'm not talking just about sexual love, although that is part of it. A woman just needs to feel like she is cared for and loved.

In the same way, the man needs to feel like he is someone. He needs to feel worthy.  Again, I'm not saying that he should be treated like a king, but he needs to feel like he has made something of himself ~ he's accomplished something. That's something that a woman needs as well, but it is probably more so felt in a man. 

Now, I also know that some women do things that make them hard to love, and many men do things that aren't respectable, but those two things are things that I feel the two different sexes desire. 

It's kind of like the opposite of a vicious circle. It's a good circle. If the man treats a woman with true love ~ I mean he really loves and respects her, then a woman will do anything for her man. Doing anything for her man will only generate more love that her husband will give her. 

God created a man and a women to compliment each other. Not for one to dominate the other. He gave both sexes specific jobs and characteristics that will meld with their spouses characteristics to make one perfect unit. It's our own sinful desires and disobedience that makes the unit imperfect. If we truly followed the Bible and the guidelines it gives for each individual to follow, then a man and wife ~ nay, I say, the world would live harmoniously.

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Monday, 25 January 2010
Twenty Four Hour Bonus on the Men's Monday Meme!
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Ok folks! I'd like to say I'm giving an extension this week because of the great popularity of my new Hot Topic - Men's Monday Meme. Or, that my blogs so busy that the server crashed. Or, I've been invited to speak to congress about homeschooling. BUT...the truth of the matter is...I'm just exhausted!

Today has been one of those days when either the mission phone (it runs into our house) and/or the house phone and/or my cell phone rang at the same time. And, it happened two or three times. We also had to go on rescue missions three times today for mission folks who needed a ride, or whose car broke down. We even got a knock on the door from a guy with a truck load of computer monitors, scanners, and printers, that he wanted to donate to the mission. I haven't checked any of them yet, but he promised they all still worked Undecided! Top that off with a blizzard today, a full day of homeschooling, four loads of laundry, and Jacob not sleeping well and being up half the night and you get a very tiring day. I just don't have it in me to think about my response to the question and post a new question tonight. It will have to wait until tomorrow.

So, it isn't the popularity of my meme or my blog, and it definitely isn't my being called to speak in the congress but you do get an extra 24 hours. I hope you all join in!

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Sunday, 24 January 2010
Ministry Focus - Our Ministry - Good News Mission
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Ministry



 The mission getting a new paint job this past October! 

Part One ~ How It All Began!

Although I realize that this blog is much more than a ministry blog, I realized that unless you read our prayer letters, you don't necessarily know what we do here at Good News Mission.

Good News Mission was started about 12 years ago when two couples felt that the Lord was calling them to begin a ministry to the low income housing folks that live in our small town. They heard that an old "mom and pop" grocery store with a house attached was going up for auction right across the street from the housing authority office so that went to a local doctor and asked if he would be willing to bid on it. He agreed, won the bid, and the ministry began in the attached house until the store front could be remodeled. 

Sarah and I began helping them out about six months after they opened. At that time the ministry consisted of a breakfast on Sunday morning followed by a Bible Study. Usually the kids and adults were seperated into age groups. They also began a clothes closet in the basement that was opened before and after the meal and Bible study. Sarah and I soon began a Kid's Bible Club on Tuesday Evenings to compliment the Sunday morning studies.

After about two years, the store front was finally remodeled enough for the services to be moved into it, and the ministry was large enough to need a full time director. Sarah and I had been working as full time missionaries working at Cedar Lake Camp, but the time was right for us to leave serving at that ministry and begin working full time at Good News Mission. 

~To be continued next week with ~ Good News Mission Over the Years.

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:07 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, 24 January 2010 11:09 PM CST
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Saturday, 23 January 2010
Apology and Some New Thru 30 Notes
Mood:  lazy
Topic: Bible Reading & Devotions

Sorry you all. I've focused more on my Blogspot (shhhh...you know, the other blog) today, so I haven't gotten anything written on this one. I was going to answer one of Redhead Riter's "Tell the Truth Thursday" questions, but the MckLinky was already closed so I couldn't add a post to it. Oh well. Maybe next time. 

I did, however, catch up a little (still not totally caught up) on my New Thru 30 reading and posted some notes. Click here for the link. Talk to you all agian tomorrow.


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Friday, 22 January 2010
Thursday's Child - A Day Late
Topic: Compassion International

The other day we had great surprise of getting not one but two letters from Marcelo. Here is one of them:

Dear Tim and Family,

Hello. I greet you with much love. I thank you for the letters that you send me, they are beautiful. I want to tell you that it has been raining these weeks and sunny at the same time. It was a fresh weather. Also here at the CDI student center there was a Bible contest and my class won the prize and we were very happy and we shared the prize. I wanted to ask you, do you have Bible contests in your country? Answering your questions, I do have many friends, they are called Raphael, Joel, Carlos and Beymar. They are very good friends because we are together in the good and bad times. I am doing well in school and at home. I will always pray for you. I say goodbye with many hugs and kisses. May the Lord bless you.

Love You,


It is always a joy to get a letter from Marcelo. I am so glad that the $32 a month that we send helps him and his family. Even more so, I am glad for the love that we can give to him and the love that he gives back. Really, I think that he is more of a blessing to us than we are to him.

Our friend Kees, told us of a time where he was visiting La Paz, the same city that Marcelo lives in. As he was entering his hotel one night, he saw three of four boys begging for money. They looked bedraggled and hungry, so he invited them to the hotel restaurant for some food. They were so appreciative. Kees often wonders what happened to them afterward. There are so many kids to help, but Compassion can only take so many. Kees told me one time that Compassion only can take the worst of the worst of the applications.

The worst of the worst. Is that Marcelo? Would Marcelo have ended up on the street like those boys?



It makes me think of Mwende, our Christmas child. She still hasn't found a sponsor. If I cannot find one for her by the end of the month, then her profile will go back to Compassion so that they can find one for her. Would you continue praying for her? I would love to be the one to find a sponsor for her. If you would like more information on Mwende, please let me know. You can leave a comment below, or send an email to me at tink38570@yahoo.com. Thanks for praying.

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:42 PM CST
Updated: Friday, 22 January 2010 11:50 PM CST
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