Sunday, December 6, 2015

Welcome to Debbie's Domain : My Favorite Time of the Year

Welcome to Debbie's Domain : My Favorite Time of the Year: I love all of the holidays, but Christmas is my favorite. It makes me sad that so many people forget that it's a celebration of the birt...

My Favorite Time of the Year

I love all of the holidays, but Christmas is my favorite. It makes me sad that so many people forget that it's a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Some will argue that it isn't even His real birthday. That's true. Nobody knows when Jesus was born. Some believe it was in the spring or summer. That could be true.

Many argue that our beloved Christmas traditions are of pagan origin. That's also true. The newly converted Christians didn't want to give up their colorful and festive holiday traditions.

The church was wise enough to to see the problem and offer a solution. They started a new holiday close to the old, to honor the birth of Jesus, as told in the books of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament of the Bible. They gave new meanings to old symbols and customs. They named it Christs Mass. The people embraced the new holiday and many of us celebrate it still today.

Many people want to reduce it back to a pagan holiday. They have forgotten what we are celebrating. Even worse, they aren't teaching their children what Christmas is really all about.

This year I'm making an effort to incorporate Christ into all of the activities I do with my grandchildren.

Last week we made snowmen from egg cartons. I explained that the white snow represent the purity of Christ. The round snowballs represent the never ending love of God for his children.  The coal represents how powerful our God is. The carrot represents how God provides for our needs. The hat represents that God should always be on top. He should be the most important thing in our lives. The broom symbolizes how Jesus wants to sweep our sins away. The open arms show how Jesus is always ready to welcome us.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Bruce Jenner

Almost everyone is talking about Bruce Jenner. He's on television, radio, newspapers, and the social media. Everyone has an opinion. As a Christian, I wanted to know what the Bible teaches us. Here's what I found:

Genesis 5:2 "male and female He created them."

Psalms 139:13 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

God is perfect and does not make mistakes. God made Bruce Jenner into a man, so that is what he was meant to be, whether he likes it or not. Doctors can change the way he looks, but they cannot change what God made him to be.

He may have breasts, but he still looks like a man, walks like a man, and sounds like a man. He may be an eunuch, but he is a man.

Bruce dresses like a woman. The Bible says, Deuteronomy 22:5 "A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord detests anyone who does this."

1 Corinthians 6:9 "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

So does the Bible indicate he is a sinner? Yes. It tells us that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Should we judge him? No. Matthew 7:1 "Judge not lest ye be judged."

With that said, what should we do? The Bible says we should teach him and pray for him. God is a forgiving and merciful God. He will forgive us for our sins. All we have to do is profess our sins and ask.

In our country today, people either want to condemn sinners or accept sin as a good thing. God wants us to "be in the world, but not of the world." That sends the wrong message. Being homosexual, transvestite, or transgender is a sin. We are not their judge, but we also should not condone it. Our children need to know it is not okay!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What's Wrong With the Ten Commandments?

The Ten Commandments are being removed from all government properties in the United States. I'm a Christian. I have a hard time understanding what is so wrong with using the Ten Commandments as a way of teaching good values and morality. Most children are not getting that at home anymore.

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. If you believe in any god, I would suppose you would be expected to be loyal. If you don't believe in God, what difference does it make to you? Its not like you are going to do anything different.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. If you don't believe in God, you can worship money or anything else you want. Why does it upset you if I don't?

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. It is considered unexceptable to use certain words, especially in public. Although sometimes frowned upon, most people substitute other words in their places. For instance, the word frick is often used to replace the word f__k. Crap is a common replacement for s__t. Yelling out God, Lord, or Jesus Christ is considered okay. Damn isn't really seen as such a bad word. As a Christian, its not okay. Why would you yell for someone you don't believe in? I've never heard anyone call out, "My Zeus!" Why would you wish for damnation for someone, if you don't believe in Hell?

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. If you worship the almighty dollar, I can understand why this commandment would bother you. What's wrong with resting on the Sabbath?

5. Honor thy father and thy mother. People have no respect for their parents or others. They have not been taught, in most cases. Besides, why should it matter? They aren't worried about consequences now. If there isn't a God, what difference will it make anyway?

6. Thou shalt not kill. Why not? Because it hurts someone else? People hurt people all the time. In a hundred years nobody will even care. If there isn't a hell, why should it matter?

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Who cares? Is it anyone else's business? If you catch something or get pregnant, its your problem, right?

8. Thou shalt not steal. Hey, if I want it, why shouldn't I take it? If I'm careful I won't get caught.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Everyone lies. Big deal! Why should I care?

10. Thou shalt not covet. Why not? Everyone else does.

What Is Freedom?

Our great country just celebrated another birthday. Here in the United States of America, we pride ourselves on being a free country. But what is freedom? Does that mean we can do anything we want? Of course not. For every freedom someone is granted, a freedom is taken away from someone else.

There are some great controversies going on right now over freedoms. One is over the Confederate flag. Many see it as a symbol of hate. Others see it as a southern symbol or as a tradition. Now it is being banned all over the country, amid protests of many. The Civil War is being fought again. Shouldn't the people have been allowed to vote on that decision, instead of allowing it to be decided by politicians looking for votes in the next election?

Why? Over a piece of cloth that you can make mean anything you wish. Yes, it was used toward the end of the war. That offends many.

Not everyone that fought for the Confederacy owned slaves. Not everyone believed in slavery.
Not everyone who fought in the Union believed in abolition of slaves.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Constitution of the United States was a slave owner. I'm certain that there were at least some that signed it that were slave owners. Should we ban that?

Our first President, George Washington, was a slave owner. He is on our money. Should he be taken off, and his image be banned?

I've also read recently about people wanting stricter laws on what we should or should not be allowed to wear in public. Some styles of clothing have been considered indecent.

What is indecent? You can't turn on the television, radio, or computer without being bombarded with nudity, sexual innuendo, and profanity, and people having sex. It is considered freedom of the press.

Who should be able to decide what is decent and what isn't? The government? Isn't that also an infringement on people's freedom to choose?

Maybe we should allow the government to choose our wardrobe for us. Would you men object to a mandatory wearing of a certain hat? How about a turbon? Maybe everyone should have to wear the same cut or color of clothing?

Maybe you women would like to go back to wearing long dresses and keeping your hair covered? We could be like many countries and be forced to wear a veil.

Gun control is always a big issue in the news. Would gun control stop murders? There are many ways to kill a person. Should knives be banned to prevent stabbings? Baseball bats and tire irons to prevent beatings? Rope to prevent stranglings? How about anything that can be used to make explosives? Wouldn't that take away people's freedoms?

You would have to be blind and deaf to miss all of the controversy over gay rights and gay marriage. Is a person born gay, is being gay a choice, or does it even matter? Once again, who has the right to make that decision? Is it right or wrong?

Is it okay for same sex couples to be married? Does it hurt anyone? Does it infringe upon the rights of others? Who should be able to make that decision? The government just passed the laws needed to make gay marriage legal in all states.

Is it okay to refuse to marry or perform services for a gay couple? After all, the government has declared their right to marry. Isn't that taking away their freedoms?

Is it okay to force someone to perform those services, if it goes against their religious beliefs? Isn't that violating their freedom of religion?

All over America, the government is removing Bibles, the Ten Commandments, and all other Judieo-Christian symbols.

Schools no longer have Easter or Christmas programs, parties, and vacations. Even traditional greetings, decorations, stories, and songs are banned. They are now designated as Spring and Winter activities. This is to protect the rights of other religions and atheists. They are not even allowed to offer prayer in school. Does it not also take away the rights of Christians and other people who enjoy the traditions? What about their rights?

It can cost a Christian their job to speak about their religion. Doesn't that violate their freedom of speech?

Our Constitution says we are afforded freedom OF religion, not FROM religion! When our forefathers wrote about the division of church and state, they meant the government could not tell you which church you must attend. It didn't mean that the government was totally religion free.

Everything about the United States was based on the Bible. Our money says, "In God We Trust." Of course, people want to eliminate that.

The Pledge of Allegiance calls us "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all." People want to dispose of that, too.

Basically, it all boils down to this; Americans all want freedoms that benefit them, even at the expense of everyone else. What most people fail to recognize, is that by writing and passing laws that infringe upon the rights of others, and puts more and more in control of the government, puts everyone's freedom in jeopardy.

I vote, however, our elected officials usually say one thing and do something else entirely. I don't trust them. I don't want them to make all my decisions for me. Do you? Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Lord's Supper

Our little Baptist church on McClarity Fork, Four Mile, West Virginia, had The Lord's Supper several times a year. I can't remember how often,but I know it wasn't as often as the more modern churches do now. It was also much more formal. The men would set two pews facing each other on the left side of the church for the women, and two on the right side for the men. Everyone that had been baptized sat down on the pews facing each other. We had a washpan of water for each side and long cotton towels. One of the women would wrap the towel around her waist and kneel on the floor in front of the woman across from her with the washpan. She would remove the woman's shoes, then wash and dry her feet. The men did the same on their side of the church. After everyone's feet were done, the pews were returned to the normal places. A long table was set up in front of the church. A white table cloth was spread over it. Little plates and tiny glasses were set around. As many as could sit around the table were seated. The preacher told what Jesus said and did at the Last Supper. Everyone bowed their heads and the preacher prayed over the unleavened bread and grape juice. We ate the bread that represented Christ's body broken for us. Then we drank the juice representing the blood Christ shed for us. A lot of times they had to set the table several times for everyone to partake. Service was closed with song and prayer. This is one of my favorite memories of the church of my childhood. Most churches do not have a foot washing service these days.I suppose people think it's unsanitary or too embarrassing. I think if it was good enough for our Lord it should be good enough for us. Churches cater too much to people and not enough to the Word.

Diy Jewelry

Hi! I'm back. Had some computer problems for awhile. I've been busy lately with new projects and new hobbies. I've been making jewelry. I get most of my ideas off Pintrest, but of course, none of them look exactly the same. My daughter works at an animal shelter. She asked me to try my hand at making some animal jewelry. I made a horse's head and behind from copper wire. Then I needed a chain to put it on.I decided to make it using recycled materials. I used a strip of cloth and some old pony beads that I had salvaged from something else. Here are the results;
I also made a cat from copper wire, then added a pretty red bow. I did some more recycling for the chain. I took a strip of red cloth and wove it through some pop tabs. This is how it turned out;
I'm working on a few more and will let you see how they turn out after they are completed.