The Sheltered Life

Written by Joyce C. Lock

Parents having become volunteer home missionaries (Biblically described as carpenters, today known as church planters), I was raised much like a preacher's kid ~ among preachers, evangelists, missionaries, summer workers, and such. In fact, dad was a licensed preacher, too. Only, not feeling called to lead a church inrepparttar pastorate position, dad chose not to magnify that office, by way of ordination, so as to not lose his position as a church deacon; as would have otherwise been a requirement, within our given denomination.

Additionally, our home wasrepparttar 138319 'Home away from Home' for countless people in spiritual need andrepparttar 138320 hangout of teen preference. So, we experienced 'church', every day.

Mother also havingrepparttar 138321 gift of teaching (for which there was always one more lesson to learn) and beingrepparttar 138322 best example I have ever been blessed to witness of someone who truly walked inrepparttar 138323 Spirit, I was not ignorant of such things. In fact, I was mother's pen. Whenever God would give her a new song, poem, or other words to share ... my job was to run and grab a pen and pad then write, as fast as I could, asrepparttar 138324 words flowed through her. And, even though I hadn'trepparttar 138325 first clue as to shorthand, I wasrepparttar 138326 best available; for which we, thereafter, would manage to make out allrepparttar 138327 scribbles.

But also, while growing up, my service was welcomed inrepparttar 138328 church. Though it might not have happened that way had we had additional mature laborers, there was no forbidding of literal or spiritual children in serving our Lord ... only a general avoidance of passing on information torepparttar 138329 one who gossiped.

At age 12, I becamerepparttar 138330 church pianist of choice. Serving beside mom, we transformedrepparttar 138331 unwanted nursery duty into a real ministry. On occasion, I taught a children's class and once directedrepparttar 138332 children's choir, always worked in VBS, and many etceteras. And, I must have had some wisdom even then, as adults would come to me for advise.

Among other things, when an adult suddenly resigned from their elected duties, I revampedrepparttar 138333 church library and served as church clerk.

Younger sisters being welcomed to serve also, we improvised a bus ministry. Joining forces, we went on visitation, most every Saturday (except when we usedrepparttar 138334 phone), and built our youth intorepparttar 138335 largest group withinrepparttar 138336 church. Then, with dad's driving assistance, Sunday mornings were busy picking up loads of children and teens in our family station wagon.

Though, however we served, it was often said we did a better job than adults ... not just better but 'way better'. In fact, at one time or another, I've served in most every church elected position except preacher, deacon, music director, and treasurer.

However, even though not elected for such, I once discretely did hubby's job asrepparttar 138337 church treasurer, too ... mostly because I liked doing it. Though, it was dad who warned me to keep a low profile on that one, due to other's fears regardingrepparttar 138338 church's money.

So, while we females did let men take occasional bows for our service, for a greater good, we never heard of such a doctrine as people supposing to live balanced lives between church and family. That's aboutrepparttar 138339 same as separation of church and state. The church was our family and our life! Thankfully, our service was never belittled, disregarded, disrespected, or under valued; regardless of age or gender. Had that happened as children, we might have thought God to blame.

All this is to say I received 'what now appears to be' a rarely given opportunity to serve (apart from acceptance ofrepparttar 138340 gift of prophesy, which was not then recognized or understood); sheltered from prohibiting doctrines of men.

Only, as one grows up, moves away, finds a new church home, then moves again ... my service became less and less welcomed, my family name further not known (sometimes elected into assistant positions forrepparttar 138341 purpose of training men for those roles) until, one day, I looked around only to discover I was a nobody. Having been stripped of identity, I was no longer a preacher's kid or any variation thereof. All referenced childhood training was spat upon. I was notrepparttar 138342 right gender, not thought good enough to serve for whatever legal reason was invented next, and certainly not of qualified substance to teach a man anything.

Even so, I would have met guidelines forrepparttar 138343 privilege to serve. And though I tried,repparttar 138344 ever-changing rules of acceptance never did end.

Though, occasionally, under false pretense, request would be made for credentials or some other form of infallible proof as to my calling. I'm a Christian! That's it! Would anyone like to say, "Duh?" And, since when did anyone have to prove good enough, at anything, to serve God? Can't you seerepparttar 138345 Spirit compelling me? The Spirit doesn't lie. So what if God didn't give me an eloquent speech. I don't likerepparttar 138346 limelight, anyway.

All I really wanted was for people to stop running interference, second guessing God's heart when He'd show me people that needed love. Then, if people couldn't do that, to give me a title wherein I wouldn't have to explain every time I breathed inrepparttar 138347 church building.

Little is always much, when done for our Lord. Psalm 37:16, 1 Cor. 5:6 (And, having been welcomed while only children, we proved it to be true.) Faithful is he who calls you who also will do it. 1 Thes. 5:24

What wasrepparttar 138348 matter with these people? There were holes in their bags! Blind guides, I guess. (But no, I didn't shout ... even though I could provide a good sermon for them, now.)

There was no way I could doubt in my heart but what such doctrines were wrong. After all, I had been an eye witness and testament against such fallacies. But besides that, regardless of their lack of acceptance, God never stopped calling and that wasrepparttar 138349 torment of it all ... to hearrepparttar 138350 cries of God's wounded, to knowrepparttar 138351 plight of their souls, to see destruction inrepparttar 138352 making ... without any consideration that God might actually be capable of speaking to me, too; a female, of all things! Only God knows how many times I stood inrepparttar 138353 gap and sobbed in intercession for His wounded saints.

To the Highest Bidder (Part 2)

Written by Joyce C. Lock

The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is no assurance of its truth. -- Pierre Bayle

Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Romans 3:4

Nowrepparttar works ofrepparttar 138318 flesh are manifest, which are these ...

Adultery: I was an husband unto them, saithrepparttar 138319 Lord. Jeremiah 31:32

But as a wife thou committest adultery; taking strangers instead of her husband! Ezekiel 16:32

For they lovedrepparttar 138320 praise of men more thanrepparttar 138321 praise of God. John 12:43

fornication: doingrepparttar 138322 deeds of your father instead of our Father. John 8:41

uncleanness: despising government; presumptuous, selfwilled, not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 2 Peter 2:10

We are all as an unclean thing; all our righteousnesses as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6

lasciviousness: to work all uncleanness with greediness. Ephes. 4:19

Idolatry: stubbornness. 1 Samuel 15:23

witchcraft: rebellion. 1 Samuel 15:23

hatred: bloodthirsty. Proverbs 29:10; shedding innocent blood. Ezekiel 35:5

variance: causing division. Matthew 10:35

emulations: casting away.

God forbid ... if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For ifrepparttar 138323 casting away of them berepparttar 138324 reconciling ofrepparttar 138325 world, what shallrepparttar 138326 receiving of them be, but life fromrepparttar 138327 dead? Romans 11:11-15

wrath: The law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans 4:15

strife: Some preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will. Philip. 1:15

seditions: a pestilent fellow (a mover of sedition); gone about to profanerepparttar 138328 temple: judging according to our law. Acts 24:5-6

heresies: false teachings. 2 Peter 2:1

Envyings: slaying. Job 5:2; hating one another. Titus 3:3

They slayrepparttar 138329 widow andrepparttar 138330 stranger. Psalm 94:6;repparttar 138331 desolate. 1 Tim. 5:5; pilgrims. 1 Peter 2:11

murders: hate toward our brothers. 1 John 3:15

They murderrepparttar 138332 fatherless. Psalm 94:6;repparttar 138333 oppressed. Psalm 10:18; him that had none to help him. Job 29:12

Pure religion and undefiled before God andrepparttar 138334 Father is this, To visitrepparttar 138335 fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted fromrepparttar 138336 world. James 1:27

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness againstrepparttar 138337 sorcerers, and againstrepparttar 138338 adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppressrepparttar 138339 hireling in his wages,repparttar 138340 widow, andrepparttar 138341 fatherless, and that turn asiderepparttar 138342 stranger from his right, and fear not me, saithrepparttar 138343 Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:5

Cursed be he that pervertethrepparttar 138344 judgment ofrepparttar 138345 stranger, fatherless, and widow. And allrepparttar 138346 people shall say, Amen. Deut. 27:19

drunkenness: No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. Luke 5:39

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that byrepparttar 138347 word of Godrepparttar 138348 heavens were of old, andrepparttar 138349 earth standing out ofrepparttar 138350 water and inrepparttar 138351 water. 2 Peter 3:5

Wherebyrepparttar 138352 world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: Butrepparttar 138353 heavens andrepparttar 138354 earth, which are now, byrepparttar 138355 same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire againstrepparttar 138356 day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is withrepparttar 138357 Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Butrepparttar 138358 day ofrepparttar 138359 Lord will come as a thief inrepparttar 138360 night; inrepparttar 138361 whichrepparttar 138362 heavens shall pass away with a great noise, andrepparttar 138363 elements shall melt with fervent heat,repparttar 138364 earth also andrepparttar 138365 works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:6-10

Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king isrepparttar 138366 son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Eccles. 10:17

revellings: Thou shalt not revilerepparttar 138367 gods, nor curserepparttar 138368 ruler of thy people. Exodus 22:28

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you (persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely), for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted theyrepparttar 138369 prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

and such like: ofrepparttar 138370 which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inheritrepparttar 138371 kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 Forrepparttar 138372 wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who holdrepparttar 138373 truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Forrepparttar 138374 invisible things of him fromrepparttar 138375 creation ofrepparttar 138376 world are clearly seen, being understood byrepparttar 138377 things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:18-20

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