Contact and Social Media

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34 thoughts on “Contact and Social Media”

  1. Michelle,
    Where do you and your husband attend church? What is your husband’s name? I’m curious because I served in Baton Rouge for a number of years as a Minister of Music!

    Thanks,
    Ken Fryer

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  2. Wow just found your blog and I’m instantly drawn while testing the spirt at the same time I’m in awe how you gracefully give sound and biblical reasoning and teaching. Praying for you sis! Excited to read more yummy blogs from you! Seriously Thankful for your love of Christ and not watering down the Gospel!!!
    Grace and Peace 💕

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  3. I just recently stated following your blog and it has been a breathe of fresh air! Thank you for your discernment and commitment to the truth. It has been hard for me, as a woman, to share my concerns about false teachers with other women. Although I try to speak the truth in love, in my experience, it doesn’t matter how lovely I speak. I am either ignored, kinda shut out, or told to pray about it. Most women I have come across value relationship over truth, so any kind of discussion like this is seen as combative, confrontational, and divisive. I hear a lot of talk about unity, loving each other, and depending on God to sort it out. I don’t like being frozen out of friendships, but I cannot water down God’s truth. It is just encouraging to me to find other women willing to stand for truth. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Kate-

      I wish I could tell you that kind of reaction is an anomaly, but, unfortunately, it is the norm. But at least you know you’re not alone :0) Come hang out with us on social media if you like, and get some encouragement and fellowship.

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  4. Hi Michelle

    I’m just wondering if there is an area where your posts can be printed. I’m old and am not very literate when it comes to ask of this but I looked and couldn’t find it. Please help if you can.

    On another note…. Let me tell you how thrilled I am to have a blog like yours to read. There’s so much muck out there and teaching that is just what I call “one click off.” Blessings as you navigate this difficult small pathway. You are in my prayers.

    Robin

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    1. Hi Robin-

      Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers. If you will go down to the bottom of the article, you’ll see a little button that says “share”. If you’ll click on that, you’ll get a dropdown of a bunch of other little buttons, and one of them says “print”. Click on that and follow the instructions. If that doesn’t work, you might want to highlight and copy the text of the article, paste it into a word processing document and print from there.

      Hope this helps :0)

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  5. Thank you ! The font is easy to read now. I really appreciate that you took the time to make this change. Also, I want you to know that your teachings and strength of conviction are an encouragment to to me.

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    1. Aw, thanks Jamie! Your kind words are an encouragement to me! I’m glad it’s easier to read now. I just wish I could make the font bigger in the body of articles without throwing the rest of the page out of whack. It’s still pretty small for me to read :0)

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  6. I didn’t realize that Bible Gateway had a resources section. I had only used the passage search function. There is a section on their resource page called Bible Engagement. In this section, one of the practices they recommend is Lectio Divina. Not sure what to think about that.

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    1. I would e-mail them with a polite complaint, explaining the problems with LD. Perhaps if they get enough complaints they will remove it. Then, you can continue to use the helpful parts of the site or not as your conscience dictates.

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  7. WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS
    It is perilously possible to make our conceptions of God like molten lead poured into a specially designed mould, and when it is cold and hard we fling it at the heads of the religious people who don’t agree with us.
    from Disciples Indeed, 388 R

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  8. Hi Michelle, dear sister in Christ, your writing has been so refreshing to me and I am forever grateful! You are truly an encouragement for women to remain faithful to Biblical truth. Thank you!

    “Make sure you’re doing it in love.” Is the oh so very common caution I get when I express to other Christian women my desire to share the gospel with unbelievers. I am unsure whether they worry I don’t have a very “loving” demeanor, or that they know I will be ostracized because of the act of proselytizing. I know for a fact that when I was a younger believer, only consuming milk so to speak, I used to caution putting oneself out there like that also . I know we need to be polite when we do it, but isn’t sharing the gospel the most loving thing a Christian can do?

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    1. Yes it is. We do need to make sure we’re using wisdom for the moment – for example, if a co-worker’s husband just died, what might be more appropriate for the moment is a hug, a casserole, and “I’m praying for you.” An actual presentation of the gospel might come a bit later.

      We also need to make sure, to the best of our ability, that when we present the gospel, nothing about us personally is hindering it. The gospel itself is offensive enough without me being personally abrasive or having bad breath. :0)

      Finally, when we talk about doing things “in love” in Christianity, we need to make sure we’re using the Bible’s definition of love, not the world’s. The world says love equals being “nice”, affirming people the way they are, never hurting anyone’s feelings, etc. That’s not the kind of so-called “love” the Bible teaches or that Jesus modeled. Biblical love is honoring God, obeying His Word, and doing what’s best for others in God’s eyes, not in the world’s eyes.

      Hope this helps. :0)

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  9. Hi Michelle, a Bible study friend shared your website with me. I’m spending my one day off of work reading what I can, but there is an ocean of information. I am, for now, the choir director at my church. I lead the choir and my husband leads the congregational hymn singing. In one question I read, I should not be doing that-the answer to the question of whether woman should serve as worship leaders or music ministers was a simple “no”. I find that much of your advice is sound and Biblical. I’m very old fashioned and cannot buy into the current feminist mantras because they do go against scripture. I Timothy 2:12 for example. However, it would help a great deal to have an extended answer, and then I’ll know whether to tender my resignation and find another way to serve. I can happily go back to just singing in the choir. Thank you for your insight.

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    1. Hi Julie- Great question, and great attitude of wanting to do what’s biblical! :0)

      I’m not sure which of my articles you were reading where I simply said “no” to the question of whether or not women should serve as worship leaders, but I have addressed that question in greater length in this article (see #4).

      Of course, this article doesn’t address a woman only directing the choir, but rather, serving as the minister of music. I can see some situations in which it might be biblically OK for a woman to only direct the choir.

      For example, if it’s an emergency situation like the minister of music getting sick at the last moment on Sunday morning and he has been the one to lead the choir through rehearsals, explain the text of the music to them, etc., and the only person capable of stepping in and directing the choir that morning (just the choir, not the congregation) is a woman, I don’t think that would be a problem. Another example: At my church, the choir occasionally does anthems that center around a tenor solo. Our minister of music is sometimes the only man in the choir who can handle that solo, so he will step up to the pulpit to sing the solo, and a lady in the choir will direct the choir part of the anthem. I don’t think that’s problematic, either.

      Of course, you will need to pray about it and talk it over with your husband and pastor, but, for what it’s worth, my thought on your situation is that if your husband is Scripturally qualified (as well as musically qualified) to step into the pastoral role of minister of music (because men should not hold positions of leadership they’re not biblically qualified for either), and he is overseeing the choir – selecting the music, leading rehearsals, etc. (all the pastoral type things mentioned in the article), then it would not be a problem for you to simply direct them on Sunday morning. Especially if, as it sounds like might be the case, the two of you are temporarily filling in until a permanent minister of music can be found and hired. But, really, the best case scenario would be for your husband (and/or another biblically qualified man to) lead the congregation and the choir. And it would probably be a load off your shoulders! :0)

      Hope this helps. :0)

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  10. I just read your article on Jen Wilkins who I too have done one of her studies 1 Peter with our womans group and found her to be very balanced. I came across a statement she recently said at a conference and now I’m very suspect to what her beliefs are and the fact that you can not get a ckear answer from her where she stands on certain issues. I wrote an email with my concerns but have not recieved an answer ..

    Hi Jen I just wanted to touch base with you about something I came across recently.

    First let me make you aware that as a womans ministry leader who used your 1Peter buble study recently I was very impressed with the depth an the study itself . It challenged us to search our hearts, allowed us to listen to the Holy Spirit as to what the scripture was speaking to us an then searching out the truth of what was really being spoken in the scripture instead of what we thought it was saying. All wonderful an very challenging bible study. I have to say I never did it that way prior to your study. Thank you for sharing this wisdom with us.
    I am at the moment praying about which direction to go with the next study an your newest Hebrews study is beginning to show up on my radar persay….

    Until recently actually last week I came across an article from the Reformation Charlotte organization an I am stunned at what I heard you say…..which I wont repeat I’ll allow you to listen an hear for yourself…..which once you look you will know what I am speaking of….
    I’m very shocked taken back an appalled by this comment….would you please take the time to explain yourself a bit more clearly as to why this was even spoken of?
    Please dont take this in a reprimanding way I am truely wanting to understand exactly why this was said an why you believe this?

    I have heard from others, but it was one statement…yes, I agree, it was, but that one statement speaks volumes. I am being asked about it an would like your explanation.

    I’ll wait to hear from you an Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer me.
    Franne Harkin

    .https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/12/13/jen-wilkin-of-village-church-says-womens-periods-are-a-parable-of-the-crucifixion/

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    1. Hi Franne- Thanks for sharing that with me. I’ll be interested to find out if she responds and what her response is, since I also have some concerns about her. You might be interested to read my friend Elizabeth Prata’s recent series of articles on Jen. Here is part 1 (links to parts 2&3 are in this article).

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      1. Thank you Michelle. I will check it out over the next few days. In the meantime I will be praying fir discernment and fir truth to be tevealed….it bothers that I know something is off yet I cant put my finger on it….and then I come across this horrific statement spoken by her. I’m stunned, yet grieved by what I see happening to the body if Christ in these last days.
        Blessings and prayers to you.
        Franne Harkin

        PS if she does respond to me I will be sure to let you know.

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    2. I’m a little confused by the below email sent?Did I send to the right spot? Or is the email just a response that the email I sent was recieved?Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S8, an AT&T 5G Evolution capable smartphone

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new format!!! Thank you from a reader with aging eyes and a tablet. I no longer have to enlarge your page to read it. 😀 😀 😀 And it’s beautiful, too. 🙂

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  12. Hi Michelle… Recently found this blog and found it to be refreshing and encouraging in a sea where I find myself mostly alone! I completely agree that the Bible clearly teaches that women are not to teach/preach, have authority over men in church. Having said that, I am struggling in one regard. One of my favorite Bible teachers is Chuck Missler. Through listening to much of his preaching series he mentions his wife’s materials and I am doing a study by her called “The Way of Agape”. It is incredible. A much needed message for today’s Christian. Here’s my question: This study isn’t only for women per se. I think it started that way as it was first introduced at their home church -Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa – to women only. Through her audio lectures that accompany the study she mentions specifically that she’s not a pastor and shares the story about the lessons God showed her that are contained in this study really saved her marriage. She has countless stories of that very thing happening to others through learning about God’s Love – Agape. What would you say to men who have read her book and received biblical insight from a study like this – from a women?

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    1. It’s not unscriptural for a man to read a biblical book written by a woman, although I would discourage men from using Bible studies written by women (and I would question why they would want to) because I think it at least flirts with violating the spirit of 1 Timothy 2:12, even if it technically doesn’t violate the letter of it.

      The bottom line is even when we really enjoy a certain teacher, we have to put Scripture above our feelings for that teacher.

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