Friday, December 12, 2014

It's all in the Wardrobe (in Spare Oom)

If you were an avid reader (like me), but your favorite book had been packed in a box for four years, and you finally got it back last week, you'd be excited, wouldn't you?

I know I was!


In my book (so to speak), The Chronicles of Narnia is the best EVER, with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in a close second. 




I've read Narnia many MANY times, and I must say... I never get tired of them!

The other day, I told Daniel that I wanted to find them. So we searched and searched and SEARCHED, until we found them.

Yeah...they've been through a lot!

And I made myself a cup of tea, and sat down and...read. <3 I didn't feel right without tea.

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
-C.S. Lewis
^How true that is!^

So, what do I like about these books?
I love the allegorical story line (Aslan being the only One who could help Ed). I love the adventure. I also loved the faith that Lucy had in Aslan. I remember thinking once, I want to have that same faith in Jesus. 
But one thing I didn't ever like was the fact that Susan lost her belief...She was my favorite character until I learned that, and even now, she if a favorite (cause I love archery, and she...well...you know). 



I have always associated Narnia with Christmas, and seeing as it's the Christmas season, I thought I'd share some Narnian joy with you all. :D


Which one would you be?
  


This is exactly why I love Narnia! Aslan in particular. 
He is a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ.
  
Majestic
   
Now for some movie stills/edits:
While they didn't really stick to the book, these movies were, in and of themselves, amazing (especially the first)!











 













I did have a problem with the second one (Prince Caspian) though.
In the movies, Caspian is kind of portrayed as an arrogant person, and Peter is portrayed as being prideful.

I did NOT like that! It wasn't in the book.



  








 



More Narnia soon... ;)

Well, I must go now...but before I take my leave, there's one more thing I must share:
Five more days!!!!!



I am excited to see this, but also sad at the same time.


Well, that's all folks!

Have a wonderful weekend!
-Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Creation Notebook Series - The Four Duties of a Good Soldier

Well, I was going through my "creation notebook" (a place where I put my research and notes from various messages) and found a bunch of good stuff I wanted to share with you all! I'll obviously not be able to fit it all into this post, so I figured I'd make a series out of it. ;)

This one's not that long, so here ya go!

1. Don't get captured. 
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." -Colossians 2:8

2. Capture the culture, not the flag. 
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" -2 Corinthians 10:5

3. Capture the captured. 
"And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." -2 Timothy 2:26

4. Learn to live off the land. 
Take what the "land" offers, and show the lost to Jesus through it. For example, a movie that you both have seen. How can you turn a discussion about a movie into a discussion about Christ? 
"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious." -Acts 17:22

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."
-2 Timothy 2:3

So what do you all think? Have anything to add? Please comment!

Happy Tuesday!
-Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November already?!?!?!?!

Where in the world did October go?! Why is it already November 5th?! 
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!
Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (yes, I love exclamation marks)

I can't believe this year is almost over!
I remember on New Year's Eve/Day, playing dominoes with friends from church.

Here are the highlights of my year...


I made friends for life here! It was "the best week of my life!"

Bible Bee Locals:

Though I didn't qualify for nationals, I had a wonderful time with friends, and in God's Word!

Going witnessing with the Bright Lights ladies in Iowa:

Always a pleasure to get together with other young people.

  
CAPTURE Kansas Photography Workshop:

T'was yet another blast this year, and warmer than last! :) We also had a lot more interest this year! Praise the Lord!

I think Hannah had a good time too!



And most recently, Bible Bee Nationals:

I was able to go! It was SO MUCH more than I was expecting, and I met so many friends (from Google+ and Memverse)!

Here are the Memversers (friends who met on memverse.com)!

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." -1 John 1:3

And "POOF!" there was a photobomber...

Carissa and last year's Senior champion taught me how to play Dutch Blitz...
FUN STUFF!

Friends!

And of course, the Strangs! 
Though sometimes I wonder if "Strang" was a typo for "Strange". ;) jk
In the few minutes we had to visit (I had to leave), we had a blast - if you can call debating with Jordan about tea and coffee a blast... :P
I still haven't been converted to coffee! ;D

The debate intensifies.

But seriously, it was so awesome to meet them!

Bethany and myself. :D 
Two practical jokers in one room...

"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." 
-Proverbs 27:17

To see all of my pictures from the Bible Bee, go here.

In other news...I got my drivers license and voted for the first time!
The people at the voting place were so glad to see a young person voting. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful year!
-Elizabeth

Monday, October 6, 2014

I Just Wanted to Share...

One of my favorite things happen to be flash mobs, and while I've never gotten to witness a real live one, I hope to someday.

They ALWAYS send shivers down my spine!

Here are my favorites:





Sunday, October 5, 2014

Crumbling Foundations - Compromise in the Church

Back in June, I was the guest writer on One Love for Christ - the blog of my friend, Hannah.

Now, if you've been around for a while, you know that creation/evolution topics are kind of my thing. Creation Science and Christian Apologetics have been a passion of mine for many, many years.


So without further adieu, let me share with you the article I wrote back in June:

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3

This is exactly what is happening in our churches today!  Many Christians believe that God created everything.  However, they also accept the ideas of evolution, saying that God could have used evolution to create.  They take positions such as the Gap TheoryTheistic Evolution, and Progressive Creation to explain such beliefs.
As I began to research the subject of evolution in the church and the results of such thinking, I was saddened and disturbed by what I learned.  Statistics state that 61% of today’s young adults had been churched at one point during their teen years, but are now not actively attending church, praying, or reading the Bible.  So, why are we losing two-thirds of our youth by the time they reach their college years?

In many churches, Christian leaders and parents have told their children that it doesn’t matter whether they believe in evolution and millions of years or whether they believe in what the Bible teaches as fact, as long as they trust Jesus.  But in so doing, they undermine biblical authority! You see, if we invalidate the foundational book of the Bible, then who’s to say we can’t alter the rest?  If kids are told that they can reinterpret Genesis on the basis of what secularists say about the age of the earth, why should they not also reinterpret what the Bible teaches about marriage and other issues on the basis of what the same secularists believe?  That is why we have the issues of gay marriage and abortion in the church – topics which, just a hundred years ago, would have been unthinkable in Christian circles.

Genesis is the foundation on which the whole Bible was laid.  All of Christianity rests on this book.  Doctrines like sin, marriage (one man + one woman), why we wear clothes, why we need a Saviour, etc. – this is all found in Genesis!  Every single biblical doctrine of theology, directly or indirectly, ultimately has its basis in the Book of Genesis.
If you destroy the foundation of anything, the structure will collapse.  If you want to knock down a building, you are guaranteed early success if you destroy its foundation first.  Likewise, if one wants to destroy Christianity, then he should begin with the foundational history found in Genesis.

When children go to church, I have noticed that they are being told stories:  “Who wants to read a story about Noah’s Ark?”, “…Jonah and the big fish?”, etc. and then they go to school the next day and are taught the “real history” of the earth – the anti-biblical foundation of evolution and millions of yearsThis foundation, of course, cannot allow the Christian structure to stand.  In our Sunday schools, our kids are being taught what the world calls “fairy tales”, and we wonder why they don’t believe in true, biblical accounts.


This is the problem. Because of compromise in the church, increasing numbers of the next generation – my generation – have made man the authority – not God.
I would encourage you to read The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years and Already Gone, both by Ken Ham, and check out the four Answers Books, available at LifeWay Christian Stores, or on the Answers in Genesis website (link below).  Also, I have found the following websites to be most helpful for my studies on this subject as well as many others: answersingenesis.orggetanswers.org and youroriginsmatter.com

Here are a couple of other blog posts from that same week, by a couple other young ladies:

So, that's what I've got for today...I hope you all are enjoying this fine October weather! 
-Elizabeth