Monday, April 15, 2013

Redemption in Purple

Hey y'all! How was your weekend?! Ours was jam-packed and encouraging. The talks we heard by Douglas Wilson on Friday and Saturday were excellent! If they put them online I'll be sure to share the links.
I was bone-tired (you know, like you're tired from the inside out, warm, and could fall asleep standing up cause you don't feel strong enough to sit down?) Sunday morning and was oh-so-grateful that I had planned my outfit out on Thursday.


I found this skirt at an awesome thrift store in Franklin, TN... they have really nice clothing and great prices for the quality of clothes. I'll probably refer to "Our Thrift Store" often this summer since I went back on Saturday and got another huge bag of cute stuff! :D


Shirt: Goodwill ($4)
Skirt: Our Thrift Store (4.50)
Boots: TJMaxx ($15)
Hat: Target ($20)
Pearls: Stuff Sale ($0.50)
Leggings: Walmart? I bought them many years ago. 

This week's sermon was on Redemption; our text Romans 3:21-24. This Great Redemption that is spoken of here has the human-ward side of the story and the God-ward side. The former is reliant on faith (verse 21). We must have faith. This is not a work, but an attitude. Faith is a persuasion, a conviction of the soul. It must have an object-- we can have faith in anything-- let's make sure our faith is in the finished work of Christ. We have this faith not because of anything we have done, but because of Christ's grace in us.
The God-ward side is spoken of in verse 24. We see here God's motive for saving us-- for His Name's Sake. We must be clear on the point that He did not save us because of any talent, or disposition, or need we could fill. God would have been completely good and completely just if he had chosen not to save a single soul. All mankind is guilty and we have earned our just desserts. Yet, how amazing is it that God does save us, even though He didn't need to! We were justified freely. Without a cause. He showed us favor when we deserve the opposite. His reasons? Ephesians 2:7, Ezekiel 20-- for His great Name's sake!

Redemption is an astounding concept. The word means to release someone from bondage by paying a ransom, a price of deliverance. This is kind of a foreign concept to us moderns (except maybe we've seen it in spy movies); this idea that we are not free- we are slaves, in bondage, not our own. We are slaves to sin, but as Matthew 20 says, Jesus came to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many. He did our work that we could not do.

Something that Douglas Wilson said on Saturday has stuck with me-- He said it sort of jokingly, but its true-- sometimes as Reformed believers, we enjoy the doctrine of Total Depravity too much. We sin, throw up our hands, and yell "I'm depraved, so thank you for being perfect for me Jesus!" and don't try to overcome the sin issue we are dealing with.  Yes, at our core we are sinners, but Christ has given us victory over our sin! By the power of His blood, He has slain the power of sin in our lives. Bow wow wowsers. You know how major that is? 

"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."
 ~1 Corinthians 6:20
So, tell me how your weekend was! Do you find yourself fighting sin with vigor? Or are you just resolved to being a sinner and are growing relaxed in your approach to sin?

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  1. Very, cute classy outfit! Well Saturday I got called into work at 4 am!! and then I was up half the night finishing a paper that was due! Unfortunately, lately I have not been fighting sin with vigor

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  2. Lovely purple top! This outfit looks so pretty with that adorable hat.
    I agree, you can't beat a favorite local thrift shop. :)

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  3. Lovely outfit ! I usually wear my only purple top in winter because it's a turteneck but seeing yours made me wish I had something in this color for the warmer season too...I'll look for something not too expensice ! And the leggings underneath the skirt are so pretty !
    Lately I've found myself a bit overwhelmed with my lack of faith. And I had to cry to the Lord to make me stronger and look at Him only and not at my difficulties. So I guess that can fall into the category of "fighting with sin"...
    Have a fantastic week !

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  4. Love the color of your blouse! SO spring-y! I was wondering if you ever wear a one-piece dress with a sweater over it?(I do a lot!) If so do you think it makes a good combination or not?
    Jessica

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    1. Yes, I do sometimes! Although I usually find that wearing something under the dress to modest-fy it is more flattering on me. It's a great combo!

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  5. adorable!!! You do such a good job putting together new outfits!

    ♥Michelle

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  6. How beautiful! The. top. is. gorgeous. :D

    Did you get your hair cut? It's so pretty! Love the layers. :)

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    1. Hey! I was wondering if anyone would notice :D Yes, I got my hair cut. ;)

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  7. I love your shirt and that hat is very cute!! My weekend was actually quite interesting. I attended a wedding where immodest clothing was around every corner. But concerning me, my fight with sin has not been with vigor in all honesty but I am striving to crucify my flesh daily. Which is a battle because my flesh is so strong! I want what I want when I want it. Have you ever been like that? There are certain areas that are painful emotionally to deal with you know? Spiritual battles are tough but the Lord is my strength, my help comes from Him! I still have joy. My hope is in Christ though I may fail him He fails me not. Amen? Amen!
    My short little spill :-D
    ~Mekenna

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  8. I love the ruffles and the polka dots on the shirt! And I wore my fedora hat (similar to your hat) on Sunday as well.

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  9. That shirt!!!!!!!!!!!! Gorgeous! I thought I'd share a quote from yesterday service with you - It's called the Ten Commandments, not the 10 Suggestions.
    - Jenny

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  10. That hat is my favorite part of this outfit - reminds me of something the von Trapp children might have worn in The Sound of Music. And it was delightful to meet you Saturday! =]

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    1. Caroline! It was awesome to meet you too! :D

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  11. Wow, this outift is so amazing! I LOVE it! The skirt is totally my thing, and looks amazing on you. The shirt is loveable!

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  12. Cute pics Olivia! I love the hat! My weekend was good. I finally got to go back to church after being absent for 3 weeks due to a cold. :) I love hearing about your sermons! Ours was on 1 Peter 1:13-25. ~ Sarah

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  13. Love the outfit and your heart behind this blog! So glad i found you!

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  14. Very timely post [funny cause the same thing just happend on Creations by Callie's website]. Thank you! 1 Cor 6:20 is a great verse! Gotta live by it:D

    -Miriam

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  15. JMJ
    Hey Olivia,
    I love your blog, it's super inspiring, but I don't think that Calvin with his total depravity, or Luther with Faith alone, is correct or Biblical.
    Man is not completely depraved, God has written the natural law on his heart, so even someone who has never met Christ is capable of knowing and doing good on a natural level.
    St. James writes that Faith without works is dead, useless.
    Faith is the foundation for the two other Theological virtues, Hope and Charity, but they all work together and are all necessary.
    And, of course, no one can attain heaven by himself, but that does not make good works unecesary for salvation; it's clear from the Sacred Scriptures that good works are required for salvation.
    I hope I'm making sense. :)
    Please don't think that I'm critizising you personally, this is in pursuit of truth.
    I understand if you would not like to publish this comment,as Theological debates can be intence. :)
    God bless you!
    In Christ,
    Rose

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    1. Hey! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I don't mind folks explaining their views, and I'll publish them, I just can't take the time to engage in a discussion. I do agree that works are a huge part of salvation, but it is Christ that enables us to do those works. Otherwise we are saving ourselves essentially.
      Blessings!

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    2. Works aren't required to be saved; works don't save. We're not saved BY works, we're saved TO work. When James says that faith without works is dead, he's saying that works are an important part of living in and for Christ. Does that make sense?

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    3. JMJ
      Hey Hannah,
      I see what you are saying; when I talk about salvation, I mean the Beatific Vision, seeing God face to face in heaven.
      It seems to me that you are using salvation more in the sense of a conversion. Am I right?
      St. James is using pretty strong language if he's agreeing that Faith is all that is required for salvation. Dead is...not helpful.
      Faith needs the other virtues,too: St. Paul says, "and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Charity,I am nothing." (1st Cor. 13:2)
      If one has perfect faith in Christ, but does not try his best to follow God's law, he can not presume to say he could enter heaven after having trampled on God's law.
      I'm not trying to say that we can save ourselves; Christ's grace is the only thing that enables us to have the Theological virtues so we can serve Him fully.
      I hope that's not too discombobulated. :)
      God bless you!
      In Christ,
      Rose

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    4. Yes -- when I use the word salvation, I'm talking about conversion.

      In a sense, I don't think it's possible to live a Christian life and not do good works and follow God's will, because He won't let you live that way. By "won't" meaning that you will not have peace and joy -- He'll chastise you. And who would want to live under that constantly? It'd be miserable. And anyway, if you have Christ livng in you, then you won't want to live that way...

      Is that basically what you are saying as well?

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    5. JMJ
      The heart of what I'm getting at is this:
      Christ tells us that sin sends one to hell; If your had causes you to sin it's better to go without it than end up in eternal fire.
      Following the logical progression of this fact, the opposite of sin, good works, should send one to heaven.
      So our works really do make all the difference where we end up for eternity.
      God bless you. :)
      In Christ,
      Rose

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  16. Beautiful, Olivia! You are a lovely young woman.

    Hannah

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  17. Oh, love the outfit!!! And thanks for the challenge to fight sin with vigor! It's what I desire to do, but I do often find myself excusing my sin "I'm only human" and stuff like than, when what I need to remember is Christ redeemed me and I need to live for Him. :) The last picture made me smile - the joy you have is so evident.

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  18. I love the skirt!
    Claire

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  19. I LOVE the top! It's so cute!!! =)

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  20. Hi! My name is Grace and I am a member of St. Peter Presbyterian in Bristol, TN. I love your blog! I also have a blog graceinthesouthland.blogspot.com.

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  21. The colors somehow don't quite match...but I'm not sure what I would recommend haha. I think I like your church, though, based on what you post from it :D And I also love the word "slain". It's so romantic. That sounds bad...I know. But I MUCH prefer "slain" to "killed". If something/someone bad is "slain", the "slayer" carries away a nobility; or if, such as in Jesus' case, someone good and righteous is "slain", their death and sacrifice has a nobility and dignity to it that it doesn't so much has if they were "killed".

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    1. Excellent point about "slain" verses "killed"! You're right-- choice of words can add another dimension of meaning!
      And yeah, I'm not a huge fan of the colors either... probably not a repeat outfit. ;)

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  22. HI I was wondering why all the American Christians do not send there kids to school? Dont you have Christian ore Evangelical schools? Here in the Netherlands it is not allowed to homeschool!

    SJ

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    1. Well... that's a good question. =) We do have Christian schools, as well as the public schools. Many people avoid the public schools because of the influence of the non-christians and because the teaching isn't biblical. And people often choose homeschooling over Christian schools, because even though the curriculum is Christian, the peer pressure isn't a whole lot different. And homeschooling has so many benefits beyond that. Flexibilty, curriculum that fits each person's learning style, etc. Hope that answers your question!

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  23. Hi Hannah, Thank you for answering! That answers my question! It sounds so great the homeschooling! And indeed you have so less peer pressure! In the Netherlands you do not have private schools, there are maybe 200. But we have a lot of evangelical en Christian public schools.

    SJ

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  24. Hey, Olivia!
    This is Alicia Joy from ajoyworthhaving.blogspot.com. I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you to receive the Most Inspiring Blogger Award, because I find you to be truly inspiring in your posts. You can read all about the award here: http://ajoyworthhaving.blogspot.com/2013/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html
    Keep up the good work!

    Alicia Joy

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  25. Hi Olivia! How can I communicate to you in privite? in need to share something... thank you :)

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  26. I was so surprised when I scrolled to this post--I have the same shirt, I picked it up in a yard sale!
    Love your blog, btw, so happy I found it! (:

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  27. Huge fan of the purple-polka-dots-and-cowboy-boots combo!

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