rhonda jones
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 10 years, 6 months and 18 days.

  I have published 108 blogs and 915 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Dec 26 2009 01:59:58pm

 I currently live in: United States.
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Would you mind sleeping in the stable for the night?
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
Luke 2:7 tells us that the Saviour was born in a manger- there was no room at the inn. And thus a great and terrible myth was born, that Jesus was an impoverished individual as He walked the earth. Let's take a closer look at that. First- Luke 2 tells us that Mary and Joseph were going to be counted in the census, and pay their taxes. Roman tax collectors weren't known for being fair or honest. So, Joseph had to have some shekels on hand to pay his taxes... back in the day checks, money orders and western union were not options! There was no room at the inn! No room meant no room! It wasn't a euphemism for "you folk look broke, busted and disgusted so I'm not letting you into my establishment!" Mary is portrayed as riding a donkey... and if you read in the gospel......
So, why is this happening?(again?)
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
Ok, so those of us that have been walking the Word for a while are quite familiar with Job- however I'm not going there today. We're all familiar with the truth that we face adversity, there's an Enemy that can't stand us and will do whatever he can to stop us. However, there is one thing we must remember, and that is, the Enemy comes because we are listening to, learning about and living by the Word of God. Adversity will come! Your peace will be shaken! Attempts will be made to move your feet off of the Rock of Ages. Some say that this is God testing us, but the Master has no reason to test our hearts, He already knows what's inside. But the Enemy will come, to see if you actually understand and believe all this stuff you've been reading, confessing, singing,......
If you want to keep it, give it away! (huh?)
Rhonda Jones
published . 1 min read
It's an amazing paradox. To give something away and get more than what you gave... yet, this principle is repeated several times in the Word. (I'm not rabbit trailing, so.. I'm sticking to Matt.10:8) Jesus is exhorting the disciples to give freely of what they themselves have received, the ability to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers... But let me set the stage for you to give you proper context... In Matt. 10, Jesus has given the disciples their marching orders- this is after they've been following Him, learning from Him. So they went out... and did what they were told... and what happened? Well the Word was spread of course, but, more importantly, these disciples weren't sitting around years later ..."yeah, I used to know that... I think Jesus......
Things that make ya go hmmm
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
I was reading my Bible and this verse in Exodus really grabbed my attention. Exodus 23:2. Exodus is famous in our collective consciousness for the deliverance of the Children of Israel, and the giving of the Big Ten rules for Life (Ex.20:1-17). Now for some reason, we Christians tend to tune out the rest of the ordinances God gave us ...(check out Leviticus especially for these) because we are under Grace. That's not a good idea. A lot of ungodly behaviours are tolerated because we are under Grace and don't want to be accountable for living holy lives. There's more to living Holy than just surface stuff, like wearing modest clothing and attempting to keep profanity out of our hearts ,minds, and mouths. Exodus 23:2 admonishes us not to be in agreement with an idea simply......
"somebody catch that dog! please!"
Rhonda Jones
published . 3 min read
I was watching one of those dog training shows recently. A woman had a beautiful labradoodle (lab/poodle mix). He was gorgeous! Full of energy, but he was a little out of control. The owner had an intervention with one of those dog training people, (not using the name, because the trainer didn't matter, the training did.) And as the dog trainer observed the dog, he was terrorizing his owner, by nipping on her to get her attention, jumping all over her, chasing and mauling the family cat, was totally unmanageable on walks. The owner wanted to sailing with her dog, but the dog, which had no training was a danger to himself and others! So, after observation the trainer asked the owner if she understood why she was having such issues with the dog. The owner replied, "well I love the......
Built up or blown up?
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
1 Corinthians 8:1 In the second portion of this verse the apostle Paul admonishes us that knowledge puffs a person up, but love builds a person up. It's apparent to this humble blogger that a few ideas that are being passed as doctrine aren't based on what the Bible says, or how something scriptural is translated into modern 21 century american english, but what I've heard referred to as 'head knowledge'. Information gleaned from study, whether it be archaelogial, sociological, historical, or life experience. Which is all good, and all helpful at times. However, there comes an arrogance with getting some education, and information. And it's very easy to take some information that was uncovered and take off with it like a running back breaking through the opposing......
Changing the atmosphere...are you a thermometer or a thermostat?
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
Ok, I've been thinking again... lately there has been too much focus on trying to change minds, especially here on the blog. What we should be focusing on is changing the spiritual atmosphere in our spheres of influence! Right now someone's saying...'what?' You heard me, we should be taking all that intense passionate energy and focus it with our faith and change our situations... we can, y'know. Mark 11:23 tells us we have what we say. Now if we take that at face value, and we should... after all, everything in our lives started with a word, and the Word spoken from God. Read Genesis 1. Ten times God said- and something happened. And since we are made in his image and likeness, we should be doing as He does.. and speaking to our circumstances... Confess the Word and...
What does it mean to be passionate?
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
We've had a recent blog post that stirred up much discussion, heated discussion... dare I say... passionate discussion, about how to worship God, about the feminization of Worship, about the feminization of the Church as a whole... Which begs the question... What exactly is being passionate? Is it being loud? Pushy? Argumentative? (I've been known for all of that... but that's not what makes passion, one could say I was angry, insecure, controlling... you get the picutre) And this isn't about me anyhow... not completely. Its about me and you (that's the collective you) In Revelation 3:16 we are told that Jesus Himself said He'd spit out of His mouth the lukewarm... why? Well, because Lukewarn doesn't do anything to enhance or detract or change. Lukewarm water...
A few words that should not be strung together too often...
Rhonda Jones
published . 2 min read
are "I don't believe God can..." or any variation on those words... And if you do use them, use them sparingly and within the context of Scripture. It really grieves the Spirit within me, and gets my goat in the natural when I hear a believer use a variation of that phrase in relation to the wonderful Promises that God has made to us... I'm celebrating another kind of anniversary... and that is the anniversary of the first time God paid off a bill supernaturally for me. It was about 4 years ago this week and I had put my car in the shop... at the time I needed $1500 in repairs and money was tight! I had been tithing and believed that God would pull me through, although I must admit it was rather chafing not having a set of wheels, Jacksonville is a big, big big town and......
Not paulians, or even tarsians... but christians!
Rhonda Jones
published . 1 min read
I love the Apostle Paul. He was a great guy.. had a great 'tude about his lot in life, and he was a prolific writer! Wrote 2/3 of the New Testament... really busy guy. However....I am not a disciple of Paul! However, since I've been on this blog, I've met an amazing number of people that extol the Apostle..even more so than the Man Who sent Him! I've seen people just gaga over how Paul suffered and went through trials and was noble and ... yeah. It was amazing. I am truly grateful. But! Let's take a quick look at something here... Genesis 8:22. Seedtime and harvest. Cogitate upon that... let it marinate. Here's another verse about seeds and harvests to meditate on... Mark 4:26-28 especially verse 28"For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the......
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