Grew up in a small northern Minnesota town. Since moving to the cities I try to pretend to be a city girl but I prefer looking at trees instead of buildings.The Lord saved me April of 1995. When I became a Christian everything changed. Before coming to Christ I was into drinking and drugs and had thoughts of suicide. I have no idea where I would be right now if Jesus hadn’t saved me!

For the past several years there has been a lot of changes concerning my faith. I was primarily brought up in the charismatic movement and went to a large word of faith church for nine years. Since having children I began to really wonder how would I teach my children about Jesus and ‘pass down’ my faith which lead me to question and finally see the error in the charismatic and word of faith teaching. Along the way I know I have said harsh things but it has all been part of the growing pains of growing up.

I have begun to really enjoy the old catechisms that have come out of the Reformation. (This isn’t a RCC thing) Why didn’t anyone tell me about them earlier?

I have been married since 2002 to Joel. We have 3 young sons. Children are a blessing not a burden. I’m learning to raise our boys in God’s grace. I’m also learning about catechizing and teaching them the old but faithful catechisms.

Joel and I are members at Beacon of Hope church in St. Paul and we both are grateful for what the Lord has done in our lives despite us.


Much of my understanding seems to be changing. So what I have posted about Baptism and the like I may not think like that now but I haven’t blogged about it as of yet.


Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone

Solus Christus – Christ Alone
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone


6 thoughts on “Elise

  1. Glad I found your blog. Count me in as a subscriber!

    Posted by Mr PSb | May 29, 2010, 12:46 am
  2. Hi, Elise. I follow you on Twitter (I’m theophilo7) and appreciate your heart for God and interest is theology. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and saying a little here on the blog about your spiritual journey.

    Posted by Roderick Graciano | December 5, 2010, 10:50 pm
  3. Since I can’t fit my response to your questions about the temple in Ezekiel in 140 characters or less on Twitter, and I can’t find your email address on this blog, I’m going to post my thoughts here. Like I said in my previous tweets, I don’t think Ezekiel refers to a literal blueprint for an end times temple. I believe Jesus fulfilled this, He is the temple. Ezekiel 40:1 is important for understanding this. The date would have been 10 Nisan in 25th year of the exile, so Apr 28, 573 B.C. This was the beginning of Passover, the day when the lamb was selected. The lamb would be slaughtered on the 14th of the month, so 3 days later. Jesus was our Passover Lamb, who God chose to be His temple on earth. He was also slaughtered on Passover as our Lamb; and so I believe Ezekiel’s vision, like all of Scripture, points us to Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

    It is also interesting to note that God gave the plans for the tabernacle to Moses, who was a prophet, and He gave the plans for Solomon’s temple to David, who was a king. Now He reveals the plans for a glorious temple to Ezekiel who is both a priest and a prophet! And we know of course that Jesus fulfilled all three roles as a prophet, priest, and king. In Hebrews 8:1-2 Jesus Christ is proclaimed as the great high priest of his people who reigns in heaven. He is called the one “who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” The true tabernacle is heavenly, and the one built under Moses is a type of it. Moses’ tabernacle is therefore called a “worldly sanctuary” in Hebrews 9:1, and it was “an illustration (Literally: Parable) for the present time … applying until the time of the new order” (Hebrews 9:9-10). But of what was it a shadow? The real significance of the tabernacle is Jesus Christ, whose body is the true tabernacle: ‘Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” But the temple he had spoken of was his body’ (John 2:19, 21).

    But how can Jesus be said to fulfill the temple worship? John proclaims Jesus as the Word of God, coequal with the Father, very God of very God (John 1:1-3). This Word, says John, “became flesh and made his dwelling (Literally: tabernacled) among us.” (John 1:14.) Truly Jesus is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). Now in a fuller way than God tabernacled among his people by means of the tabernacle and the temple, he has come in the flesh and united himself to his people in their conditions. Jesus is fully God; Jesus is fully human, yet there are not two persons, but the one person, Jesus. So complete is the incarnation, that the unity of God with his people in the tabernacle must fade into insignificance alongside it. This is why the tabernacle worship is called a “copy and shadow of what is in heaven” (Hebrews 8:5). Once Christ the substance came, what place was there for the shadowy worship of the temple? As long as the Jewish temple stood, it testified that the incarnation was still to come. Nowhere is this brought out more fully than in an examination of the animal sacrifices. As long as the blood of bulls and goats was shed, by divine appointment, God’s people were told that perfect redemption had not yet come (Hebrews 10:1-4). But when Christ, the real sacrifice came, the shadowy sacrifices had to lose their meaning for they testified that full redemption had not yet been made. As long as the animal sacrifices continued, the Holy Spirit signified “that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. This is an illustration for the present time … applying until the time of the new order” (Hebrews 9:8-10). But when the time of reformation came, Christ “by his own blood . . . entered the Most Holy Place once for all having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12).

    A rebuilding of the temple involves the reinstating of the temple worship, which centers in the animal sacrifices. But these sacrifices deny the completed character of the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross. No one can read the book of Hebrews, especially the passages above, and come to any other conclusion. But the Old Testament did predict the rebuilding of the temple in Ezekiel 40, so what can be said about this? Jesus Himself said that if the Jews destroy the temple, He would rebuild it in 3 days (John 2:19). He was clearly referring to Himself. But it gets even better:”If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:17). Now WE are the temple of God! After the Lord died and rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to indwell His people. The Holy Spirit unites believers to the Lord Jesus Christ in all His offices as prophet, priest and king. In the same way that God indwelt the tabernacle and the temple, He now indwells the people of God. No longer does God indwell the physical building of stones; now he dwells in the hearts of his people, the “living stones that are being built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5). This is brought out clearly in several passages. When the gospel was preached, God added people to the Church. Paul saw this as the erecting of the temple: “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:10-11). That is why Christians are to be holy, because they are God’s holy temple indwelt by God Himself: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

    The main purpose of the prophecy in Ezekiel 40-48 thus seems to be to comfort exiled Israel with promises of the coming Messianic Kingdom but to do so in terms of the civic and religious life with which they would identify. In other words, the vision was not so much to keep the people remembering Jerusalem as it once was but to keep them fixed on how it one day will be. Also, Ezekiel’s temple is missing a few things that other temples have had. There is no ark of the covenant, golden altar of incense, lampstand, table of bread, veil or high priest. He includes only three of the five Levitical sacrifices and two of the seven Jewish feasts and none of these omissions are explained. It seems to make sense that Jesus and the Church is the fulfillment of this temple and the abolition of animal sacrifice. Jesus became our Passover Lamb and was the perfect sacrifice on our behalf. As there is only one people of God, with identical promises, destiny and salvation, so also the new temple is one building. Jewish and Gentile believers are united to form God’s house. The temple of the New Testament is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Ephesians 2:20-22).

    Posted by Dan | February 8, 2011, 5:02 pm

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