What Constitutes Sin?

Saturday, March 4, 2017



I'm not going to be very popular today, but that's okay. In every generation there seems to be one sin that the Christian community zero's in on. When I was a kid adultery was the main focus, now it is homosexuality. While both are against God's law so are others that Christians refuse to even consider.

Stealing:

Now you might say, well I don't go out and rob a bank, steal from a store, etc. However if you call yourself a believer and . . .

You don't pay your tithe, 10% of your wages to God you are stealing from Him.

Malachi 3:8
"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.

What about not paying taxes/cheating the government?

Mark 12:17
And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.


Jesus used Caesar as his example because the Jews and the Gentiles would understand his comparison.

How about taking supplies from your work? That is stealing. 

Exodus 20:15
“You shall not steal."

What about that "white" lie you tell your boss? You're not really sick but you want to stay home.

Exodus 20:16
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (False witness: any form of deception.)

Anger, anyone?

Matthew 5:22
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Ephesians 4:26
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.

Lust?

Matthew 5:28
but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.






I could go on and on about what sin is according to God's word. The reason for this blog post is because I am beyond annoyed at "believers" who claim to be following God yet they focus on one "sin" but don't see their own. We are called to hold each other accountable, within the body of Christ, not point fingers at those who are not apart of the body of Christ.

In John 13:34, Christ calls us to love one another, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Some how along the way we get self-righteous and forget that part.

Matthew 7:3 tells us Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
 Meaning why are we so busy looking at another person's sin and not cleaning up our own act.


Believe me I don't want anyone to go to hell. However, it's not my choice, God gave us free will, to choose or not to choose him. Hence Adam and Eve in the garden. I believe the Holy Spirit will impress himself upon unbelievers when the time is right for them, and it is not my job to point fingers, it is my job to love them. I am far beyond perfect. Christ was the only perfect person on this earth. I am saved by grace and learning as I walk with him.

 

Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky


 
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About the Book


  

Book: Shine Like the Dawn  

Author: Carrie Turansky  

Genre: Historical

In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother’s millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible tragedy reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. But Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart and she begins to wonder if what happened that day on the lake…might not have been an accident.

When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son Nathaniel, who is Maggie’s estranged childhood friend, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend.

Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate—and reconciling with God? Will their search for the truth about her parents’ death draw them closer or will it leave them both with broken hearts?

About the Author



CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.

Guest Post from Carrie Turansky

Hats, Glorious Hats!

 

By Carrie Turansky

 

One fun part of my research for Shine Like the Dawn was learning about hat making in the early 1900s. My heroine, Maggie Lounsbury is a milliner who designs women’s hats. She learned this skill from her grandmother who owns a small shop in the village of Heatherton. Maggie has an artistic eye and she enjoys making stylish hats, but she doesn’t like the overdone designs some of their customers request, so that creates some humorous conflict in the story.

Hats in the Edwardian era were large and often covered with feathers, flowers, lace, netting, berries and bows. The “bird nests,” as Coco Chanel called them, were held on with large hat pins stuck through piles of hair on the crown. These hats were called Gainsborough or Picture hats because of the way they framed a lady’s face. They often featured huge dried flower arrangements and sometimes included real leaves and twigs! No doubt the Garden hat was a fitting name. 1907 The Merry Window hat became very popular after the leading lady in the play by that same name wore a hat that was even taller and wider than usual. Some people complained these hats were too big and obtrusive in public places like the theater or picture shows. But English women loved them and wore them to all kinds of events.

The popularity of using large feathers and stuffed birds on hats caused concern for the welfare of birds. Many protective laws took effect and milliners had to use more ribbon and tulle and only large ostrich feathers to decorate hats. Those ostrich feathers came from birds that were raised on farms and their feathers were collected as they fell out naturally. The movement toward smaller hats began around 1913 when hats still had high crowns but smaller brims. Straw boaters, small top hats, and mini versions of picture hats were very common.

Motion pictures had the greatest influence on Edwardian hat fashion. After the release of The Three Musketeers many ladies wanted to wear tricorne and bicorne shaped hats. They were still very large but now had shapes other than just round. Hat brims were folded up on the side, at an angle, or all around to create drama. Veils disappeared in the early 1900s only to come back again as a long scarf that wrapped over the hat and under the chin for the new sport called motoring.

I’ve had fun dressing Edwardian style for book launch tea parties and other book events. It made me feel very special to wear these lovely hats. What do you think of Edwardian Hats? Would you like to wear one?

Thanks to friends at the Vintage Dancer website for some of this information.

Stop by Carrie’s Facebook author page and view her live videos February 21 – 25, 3:00 pm Eastern. She’ll be talking about the story behind Shine Like the Dawn and giving away a fun prize each day to one person who leaves a comment. Even if you can’t catch the live video you can still enter for 24 hours after it’s posted. She is also hosting a book launch celebration and giveaway on her blog February 25 – March 6.

Like to my Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorcarrieturansky/
Link to my Book Launch Blog Post: http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/blog/


My Thoughts:

Hats, glorious hats is right! I loved visiting the Edwardian Era and meeting Nate and  Maggie. The story is about forgiveness, faith, trust, patience filled with a bit of mystery and a sweet love story. The characters are real and relatable, dealing with real issues of the time. 
Recommended!


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Carrie is giving away all 4 books: Shine Like the Dawn, The Governess of Highland Hall, The Daughter of Highland Hall, and A Refuge at Highland Hall.! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b0fb


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