Polluting Influences - July 7, 2008

Hello everybody,
Once again here I am with a blog post which is not in chronological order with the next two. :P This is before the Lohs left for Canada - the last Bright Lights meeting that they attended!

The topic was Polluting Influences:

~Do you know what is pollution?
Water, streams, lakes, air, fields, food, our bodies etc. can all be polluted.

~What pollutes it? The things that pollute it include:
Garbage, chemicals, preservatives, ozone, dirt, clutter, plastics, litter, germs, toxins, drugs etc.

~Our bodies can be polluted by what we eat and breathe, but do you know that our mind, soul, and spirit can also be polluted? In Matthew chapter 15, the scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus and complained that His disciples didn't wash their hands before they ate. But Jesus explained to them that it is the inside, and not the outside, that defiles us.

~Now that we know that our mind, body, soul, and spirit can be polluted, do you know exactly WHAT pollutes it?

~Things that pollute our mind include:
False concepts, wrong words, evil words, improper attitudes, nonspiritual heroes, a rebellious spirit, goals of the world, fads of the world, bad pictures, wrong advice, desire for wealth, fears, etc.

~So what IS our goal? Our goal is to "escape the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 2:20).

~Dangers to avoid:
- The danger of considering yourself strong enough to withstand polluting influences and not let them hurt you. Do you take poison and say, "My body is strong enough to fight it off!" ???

- The danger of believing that there are no polluting influences in your life.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit."

Conclusion: Be careful about the things that may pollute our minds, soul and spirit - these things pollute our lives and this hinders our testimony for the LORD as Bright Lights.

And on to the Kodak (no, I mean Canon) moments!:)

We celebrated Priscilla and Carmen's birthdays with these yummilicious cupcakes baked With Much Love by Priscilla and Phoebe! They were faburiffic. :)
And a different angle... They were soooo delicious and I was greatly honored to get two! haha:)
Pris and Carmmie blow out the candles (this store-boughten cake wasn't as nice as the cupcakes)
Some kuehs to go with our tea party (the moms said we were very much privileged to get two tea parties in a row because we had one last Bright Lights too!)Auntie Suzanna praying for the birthday girls
All the Bright Lights girls... from the oldest, Emily Marie, at 18 to the youngest, Danielle Moi at 9. We managed to get up on this wall with quite a bit of difficulties, but we got up all the same! Yay! :D
We did baking... or cooking rather - it was mashed potatoes with a tomato filling, recipe courtesy of Evangeline. They were a blast!
So sweet right? Both in blue:)
Emily, Autumn, Vicky and I hanging out after dinner:)
And finally: Priscilla and Evangeline with Vicky and Johanna. We played Blow Wind Blow and it was especially amusing because those two little ones sat on Evan and Pris and so it was hilarious seeing them trying to change places and such. :)

{Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God} II Corinthians 7:1

May God bless your week, all! :)
*text by Carmen [as it was her last meeting attended] and pictures and post by Danielle

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