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Content June 28, 2010

Filed under: Christianity,Life — bethanydillon @ 12:46 am

What a full day it’s been. A truly restful Sunday.

Last night, I spent the night at the Everett’s house with Kellie & Olive (Shane Everett’s wife and daughter), since both of our “Shanes” were gone to Austin for a morning service today and a concert tonight. No labor went down, but just in case, I took up some space at their house for the night. AND, it was just a good excuse to hang with those girls! This morning, we got up, had breakfast, met them at church, had some Tex Mex for lunch, then came over to my place to swim away this afternoon. So, so fun. And now, I’m currently sitting on our couch in a quiet house (savoring what that’s like for just a little while longer!), and resisting the temptation to turn on the TV.

I’m still thinking about the sermon Pastor Scott Wilson preached this morning at church… and then, when I just opened my Bible and saw the space my notes were stuck in, it made the message from this morning even more profound and relevant to my present moment.

We’ve been on a series called “How To Be Rich” – which, yes, sounds very prosperity gospel; and, in fact, is the exact opposite, which I really love. : ) Not how to GET rich, but how to BE rich… stepping back, looking at where we are compared to the rest of the people on this planet, how we are almost all (even those of us who consider ourselves to be just making ends meet) in the top 10% income made WORLDWIDE, asking ourselves WHY God has blessed us and given us more than we need, how to have a generous heart in that… you get the point. It has been… SO… GOOD. Shane and I both — and our close friends that go to the Oaks– have been really challenged and inspired by it. Re-evaluating the way we do life. If you want to hear some of the sermons in the series (which I highly recommend!) you can go to

our church’s website:: http://www.theoaksonline.org

OR, the page that takes you directly to the message library is::  http://www.theoaksonline.org/members–attenders/red-oak-fellowship/resources/message-library/

So, all of that to say, I just opened my Bible to 1 Timothy 6, read it, felt it hit me like a ton of bricks, and then really felt led to post it. I know you could just pull out your Bible and read this, but maybe there’s something to seeing the Word in different places than a page. Sometimes there is for me. Also, I just wanted to type these powerful words in order to really soak them in… let’s read these words together with a heart and mind to really process and search out what they mean for us in the specific place we’re in today.

“Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.

He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

BUT AS FOR YOU, O man of God, flee these things.

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

Fight the good fight of faith.

Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time–

He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen!

AS FOR THE RICH in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”

:: 1 Timothy 6:2-19 ::

Praying you’ll take hold of that which is truly life, and that I can as well.

Have a lovely rest of your weekend, friend!

Beth

PS– I almost forgot! Whilst bragging on our amazing church, The Oaks Fellowship, I need to mention an amazing program they have that my hubby + Shane Everett + lots of other amazing people are involved in called The Oaks School of Leadership. It’s a fully accredited college 2-year course, and you get amazing ministry training! There are still some slots open for this year, so if you have just graduated high school and haven’t made definite college plans, or are a college student feeling led in a direction like this, head over to theoaksonline.org and look for “The Oaks School of Leadership” under “Ministries”! : )

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13 Responses to “Content”

  1. Heather Says:

    Wow! that scripture is so powerful and I have a few things in mind that it already goes with. Thanks for sharing this!
    ~Heather

  2. Belinda Says:

    Hey Beth 🙂
    That is so awesome, Amen!!! I have been thinking about that so much lately especially while preparing devotions for my campers. There are so many believers out there who change the Bible to suit their lifestyles or for whatever reason and it is scary. They are leading so many people astray. The riches part is cool and it would be nice if everyone who has worldy wealth would follow this scripture, we will pray that it would be so.

    Thank you so much for your amazing blogs they really speak to me everytime and I hope and pray all goes well with the birth of dear Lucy.

    Blessings,
    Lee
    xx

  3. Anna Says:

    Thank you for sharing those words! Such a good reminder.

    …And pretty please, keep us updated on baby Lucy’s progress!

  4. Charlotte Says:

    Bethany-
    I just wanted to let you know how much you life has impacted my own. When I was in about 10th grade, I fell in love with your music. I saw you in concert several times and was very touched by your love for the Lord. I have sung along with you so many hundreds of times in my car and been so blessed by you.
    And now as I am in a new stage of life, about to enter the real world as a senior in college, I am so grateful to hear your words of truth through this blog. Thank you for being such a godly example. Congratulations as you enter into motherhood sooo soon!

  5. Love all of your posts. They are so inspiring. I just listened to all the podcasts. What an amazing series. So sad I missed it. Love you and Congrats on Lucy James. I just saw a picture and she is so beautiful!! See you soon:)

  6. Brittany Says:

    Beth!!! This post was so wonderfully encouraging, I read that entire passage this morning and I just now read your post, how cool is that! 😀 !!!! I was like “holy cow!!!!” What are the odds, God is so confirming 🙂

    Congratulations on your beautiful Lucy 🙂

    Love ya!!
    Brittany

  7. Alletta Joslin Says:

    Praise God that He has created us for so much more than temporary possessions and we are living for something much greater, ETERNITY! Thank you for posting this, it refreshed my soul. Thank you for always being so real in everything you right and not ever trying to hide your weaknesses.

  8. Miranda Says:

    Congrats on your new baby! Please post and tweet pictures soon!

  9. Christianna Says:

    Wow. I just came back from a missions trip to Mexico today and that passage…especially the part where it says to pursue righteousness is what we prayed over three of the guys from the Mexico who led our team. Thanks for sharing and reminding me about this passage which can be applied to everyone’s life. Oh, and congrats to you and Shane on the arrival of sweet little Lucy James!!!! You two are GREAT parents!!!! 🙂

  10. Steph Says:

    Bethany you should blog more! I am always encouraged!!

  11. Steph Says:

    Oh my goodness I just saw you had Lucy!! Nevermind. Take your time. No rush for another blog post 🙂

  12. Abigail Says:

    Hey Bethany!
    I love your music! What a gift God has given you!
    Congrats on your first child! Please post pictures soon! =D

    Giving God the Glory!
    ~Abby♥

  13. Charlotte Says:

    Hi Beth, Congrats on your new baby girl!
    Sometimes I laugh at the fact that I follow the life of someone I’ve never met. This morning I thought “Maybe I should thank this girl for once!” The Lord has used you in my life in very significant ways, beginning when I was 14, when I bought your first CD. I remember how it totally rocked my world, because you were 14 too! And you loved to sing and play guitar TOO! So since then I’ve always thought “I wish me and B could be friends.” Ha!
    Life has definitely thrown me some huge events since then, but I am so thankful to have a God who is able, who is faithful, who calls me his own. He is my portion and my delight. Thank you for helping me to worship Him in the midst of struggle!
    I have seen the Lord work in your heart in tremendous ways, even from afar. I love that you are consistently using the gifts He has graced you with to glorify His name and bless the body.
    You were just on my heart and in my mind this morning 🙂 I’m excited for this new chapter of your life (the baby chapter). Be encouraged that in Christ, you have everything you need for motherhood. “For it is no empty word for you, but your very LIFE…” Deut. 32:47
    -Charlotte


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