Fall is on its way and people are returning after enjoying their summers. I, for one, am more than ready to start participating in new studies and classes. So, with that in mind, beginning September 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. I will facilitate a weekly book study of Dr. Larry Crabb’s book: Fully Alive, A Biblical Vision of Gender That Frees Men and Women to Live Beyond Stereotypes. I do hope you are able to attend this book study. The book contains a total of 27 chapters plus a Prologue and an Epilogue, all of which we will study in depth. Dr. Crabb has provided a group study guide which we will follow very closely, along with delving deeply into God’s Word. Please note the study will be held at the home of Greg and Julie Costas, 3094 O’Brien Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. You can call me at 459-7303 with questions, concerns, thoughts, etc. If you need a book to be provided to you on the first night of the study please let me know. I haven’t found them in town yet so I’m having to order them online.
Biblical masculinity and femininity are to be learned about, celebrated, and released as imperfect yet real reflections of God Himself. He created us to glorify Him and we do this at our absolute best as male and female image-bearers. I am growing every day in my femininity and I am absolutely thrilled about how God is leading me on this God-honoring and God-glorifying journey. If you have any interest in learning how to better reflect God in your own maleness or femaleness, join us. It will be interesting for sure, and I pray it will be very enlightening and identity-releasing for all who attend.
Being “Out” and Proud is Becoming the “In” Thing to Do
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel “proudly” carried a story on August 29 about a young woman in Key West who had designed a footbridge she thought would look great in that area. This 10-year-old young woman won the endorsement of city officials. One even said, “I thought it was a brilliant idea,” said City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley. Do you know why he thought it was brilliant? Because it was a “rainbow pride bridge” giving special recognition to the homosexually-identifying community in that area. I applaud the young woman’s design abilities and her inventiveness. I cannot, though, be happy about her choice of colors and significance attached to the so-called “gay” community.
But, how would she know any different? She is being raised by two homosexually-identifying men. So, she believes she is doing something good for her “two dads” by honoring their lifestyle and bringing special recognition to the high percentage of homosexual- and lesbian-identifying residents and tourists in that area. This is all very good in her eyes and she is being highly praised for her achievement and her honoring of this community of people living in sexual sin.
Today, unbelievably, we have reached the time when it is no longer the hidden activity; it is now the acclaimed activity. More and more young people are believing the lies which tell them that being “gay” is OK. I can only pray for our country and continue to present my story along with my absolute and firm belief that this is not truth, never has been truth, and thankfully never will be truth.
Do not misunderstand me, on the other hand. I am fully aware of the emotional pain individuals who live trapped in this lifestyle are bound by. They probably do not feel it, but they do know they can never find complete satisfaction even if all of their demands are met related to the acceptance of homosexual-identification. This is why I continue to say homosexual-identification is not the problem; the real underlying problem is spiritually related. These persons are not connected to the Savior who can truly transform their lives. In the exact same way any non-believing individual needs Jesus, so do these folks. There is no difference in their ultimate need and the absolute answer found in the Person of Jesus Christ.
I continue to praise the Lord for the work He is doing in my life – showing me how I am a Christian woman who no longer must spend most of her life hiding this fact, resisting this truth, and rejecting the identity God gave her from the beginning of time. This is why the book study is so important to me – we can all learn how to be more released image-bearers of God and learn how to reject any lies we may have about ourselves related to our masculinity or femininity.
The rainbow does not belong to the homosexually-identifying community, contrary to its deeply misguided belief. God gave us the rainbow and He tells us why in Genesis 9:
“[f]or God made man in his own image. And you, be fruitful and multiply, teem on the earth and multiply in it.” Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him. “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth” (Genesis 9:6-17).
Of What Can We Then Be Proud?
I can boast in the Lord and in the amazing work He is doing in me and in so many others – through transforming and releasing His new creations to glorify Him. Paul reminds us: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” (Galatians 6:14-15). I am truly a new creation, able to proudly boast of my Lord and be extremely proud when I see the rainbow in the sky that this reminds Him and me of the everlasting covenant God placed between Himself and man. There is nothing else of which we need to boast. I will proudly and loudly proclaim the Lord of all creation as my identity-maker.
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