Sunday, February 17, 2019

Encouragement vs Admonishment

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Encouragement vs Admonishment

Last week we learned about holding each other accountable and confronting our brothers and sisters in Christ when a sinful action is noticed (click HERE to read "Accountability and Admonishment").  Today we are going to learn the difference between encouragement and admonishment.

We will begin by defining these two words:

Encouragement - to inspire with courage, spirit or hope.  To attempt to persuade, spur on.  Hearten, cheer, embolden, boost, give confidence.

Admonish - to warn or reprimand someone firmly.  To give friendly or earnest advice.  Rebuke, chide, reprove, reproach.

It's really quite simple:
Encouraging has to do with positive characteristics and supporting or building up our family/friends/neighbors in doing good.  Whereas, admonishing has to do with the negative or sinful actions - confronting and gently restoring that person to righteousness or removing the bad.

Encouragement and admonishment are equally important.  See the verse below - we are to encourage and rebuke "with all authority."  Also, encouragement with admonishment is the perfect combination.  As an example - maybe you notice that your friend is constantly losing his/her patience and temper with his/her spouse but also notice how patient and kind that friend is to a neighbor.  You could point out the wrong while complimenting the action towards the neighbor. 


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We should constantly be encouraging one another.  In Hebrews Chapter 3 (see the first Scripture feature on this post above), we see that we should encourage each other DAILY.  As long as the day is called Today - that means always!  And in these same Bible verses we see the reason - when there is encouragement in righteousness, then bitterness and deceit will not happen.  When we are holding each other accountable for our actions and encouraging one another in good, then we will not fall back into old and bad habits (sins).

The final featured Scripture below is just wonderfully simple:
Warn
Encourage
Help
& Be Patient

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By encouraging others daily, you will see that you yourself will be lifted up.

Finally, I want to leave you with an "encouragement equation":

Encouragement + Admonishment = Accentuating the positive + Eliminating the negative


A special thanks to "singalong" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

One Dozen Rose Features for Valentine's Day

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One Dozen Rose Features for Valentine's Day
Today is Valentine's Day - a day dedicated to LOVE.  There are so many different forms of love: a parent's love for their child, children's love for their parents or grandparents, friendly love, spousal love etc.  However, the most important love is the love that God has for us! 
Click HERE to find out what TRUE LOVE IS........
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Many years ago when I began this blog, I shared with you some of the beautiful roses that my father grows around my parents' home.  I compiled some of those rose posts and threw in a few miscellaneous rose china/recipe features also.  My Valentine's Day gift to you is one dozen rose featured posts from the past! - ENJOY!
All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the roses were all grown in my father's garden.



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Click on each title below to see the entire post and more pictures in detail - ENJOY!

Monique The Rose
Monique The Rose, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Monet's Watercolor Rose
Monets Watercolor Rose by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo DSCN2601_zps5485c60f.jpg

Rosehip Applesauce RECIPE
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Eiffel Tower Rose
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

The Sunset Rose
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Peach Feather Rose
Peach Feather, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Reddy Rosie
Reddy Rosie, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


My Oma's Yellow Rose Cup & Saucer
Frank's Flowers by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo 2014-02-03_zps4b9442e1.jpg
The Mauve Miracle Rose

Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Black Cherry Rose

Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

The Rolly Rose

Rose Egg Platter with Sprouted Eggs
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Worship Wednesdays #12 - FOREVER LOVE

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Worship Wednesdays #12 - Forever LOVE
This is the twelfth post in a series called "Worship Wednesdays".  In this series I will focus on one word, thought or lesson and I will feature a modern Christian song that relates to the focus of the day.
Click HERE to read the post from a couple weeks ago: 
SHINE BRIGHT

Let's begin by defining WORSHIP - the feeling or expression of adoration for a deity.  Adoration, love, devotion, adulation, glorify, exalt, praise.

There are many ways to worship God but in this series it will be through music.

“Seven times a day I praise you.” 

Psalm 119:164
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God has LIMITLESS LOVE - enough love for all of us everywhere: past, present and future!
There is also no time limit to God's love for us - it is FOREVER LOVE.  His Love is eternal, everlasting, endless! 


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click HERE to read: "True Love Is..."

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click HERE to read: "FORGIVENESS - Basic Questions & Answers"


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click HERE to read: "Limitless LOVE"




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click HERE to read: "Fruit of the Spirit LOVE"


A special thanks to "newchristianrockband" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Related posts (click on each title to view the entire post):
Forgiveness - Questions & Answers
 Celestial Celebration
Christ-like Imitation
Be Gentle & Kind To ALL


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #303

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #303!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "How To Upcycle a Broken Picture Frame" by Fluster Buster
2. "Classic Cherry Loaf" by Thel's Kitchen
3. "LOVE Sheet Music Wreath" by B4 and Afters



If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Monday, February 11, 2019

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (February 2019)

Valentine's Day will be here in a few days - cherish the loved ones in your life.
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Welcome to week#3 of the February 2019 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
February "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the January "You're the STAR" blog hop)

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )



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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Accountability and Admonishment

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Accountability and Admonishment

Many people in modern society today are not able to handle any kind of constructive criticism.  The modern person has become unable to acknowledge wrongdoing on their own part.  Holding each other accountable and correcting bad behavior has almost become a crime - it's considered offensive and hurtful.  The terms "I'm sorry" or "I was wrong" are rarely spoken in our obstinate world.  
Today we are going to learn from God's Word about accountability and admonishment.

We will begin by defining these two words:

Accountability - an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility.  To account for one's actions.  Answerable, liable, responsible.

Admonish - to warn or reprimand someone firmly.  To give friendly or earnest advice.  Rebuke, chide, reprove, reproach.

As Christians, our sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior, but that does NOT mean that we can continue sinning (click HERE to read "Christians are not excluded from obedience")
To make it easy we will break our focus down into two areas: OTHERS and OURSELVES.

OTHERS
Holding "others" accountable for their actions.  
(Clarification - "Others" can only be our brothers and sisters in Christ.)
In the Bible verses listed above you will see that we we notice a brother or sister in Christ sinning - we must gently restore that person to righteousness.
There is a correct and incorrect way of letting someone know that they have sinned.  Below, in the second featured Scripture we see that there are three steps to take:
STEP 1  One-on-one, go to the person at fault, just between the two of you and gently detail the sin that you have noticed.  (If that person does not change their ways then move onto step 2)
STEP 2  Take at least one other person with you and try to confront the sinner a second time.  This time the sinner will see that more than one person has noticed the sin.  (If that person does not change their ways then move onto step 3)
STEP 3  Finally, expose the sinful issue to the sinner in front of the church.

At this point if the sinner still refuses to acknowledge his/her wrongdoing and refuses to repent, then there is nothing else you can do.  Treat that person as if they were a "tax collector." (in other words - they would no longer be part of the Christian family/church).

When the sinner admits their wrong and repents, then we must help them through the repentance and "carry any burden" (see verses above).


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OURSELVES
We should be constantly looking at our own actions and repenting whenever we have sinned (testing our own actions).  In our daily prayers we should ask that God would show us areas of sin and ask for His strength, courage and wisdom to repent.
In the verse from James below you will see that we must confess our sins to each other.  As soon as you realize some sin in your life, immediately go to your brother and sister and confess.  Notice the next part of this verse - so that you may be healed. 

In the Galatians passage at the top of this post you will notice a CAUTION - when confronting others with their sin make sure not to be tempted.  Often, when someone is in a sin they are blinded to the truth and many times they are able to reason through the "fault" to make it seem like it's not really a sin.  Be careful not to get caught up in this deception.

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Pray daily for the wisdom and courage to admonish (when needed), and to hold ourselves and each other accountable.


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