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									                            IT’S LIKE THIS, KAT
                               November 13, 2011

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Some people/denominations believe it is wrong for a woman to wear pants or shorts.
Why do they believe this and what is your belief?

The premise for this belief comes from a scripture in the Old Testament, Deuteronomy
22:5: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for
the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.” This is the only scripture that is
used by those who believe women should not wear pants or shorts. Most Bible scholars
believe that this verse was referring to homosexuality. However, without considering
that argument, the fact is that there was no such thing then as a pair of pants for men or
women. They all wore robes. I would imagine that there were female robes and male
robes available, and there was some distinction. The same thing is true today. Men’s
pants/jeans are different than women’s pant/jeans. Not only could my husband not fit in
my jeans, but I don’t think he would wear them if he could! The principle behind this
scripture, in my opinion, is that we are distinctly male or we are distinctly female and that
we should not try to be the opposite of what we are. Along with Romans 1, I believe this
scripture validates God’s position on homosexuality. If modern day Christians choose to
take this scripture to mean that women are not to wear pants, it’s not a problem for me.
However, it is an inconvenience to them, and it restricts activities. In many instances,
pants are preferable to a dress and more modest! As always, let God be your guide, but I
do not believe it is a sin for women to wear pants.

The other night I followed a fire truck wailing and going quickly towards my store. The
scene I encountered there was very grim. There was no fire, but there was an absolute
power outage. I went in the store and it was only illuminated by flashlights being used by
the night crew and nobody seemed to know what was going on. At that point, I had to
leave as I was off the clock. I began to walk towards my car and the night was pitch
black save for the light from the fire truck behind me and blue-red flashing lights off in
the distance. I heard someone screaming off in the distance, and I had a feeling in the pit
of my stomach that another earthquake was imminent. I got a very chilling thought then.
Was this a glimpse of the rapture? Is this a sign of something to come? I've read
Revelations many times over, but the experience of a tangible view of what really is
described in Revelations was very intense and would make one’s hair stand on end.

Revelation 1:1, 3 (NIV): “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to
show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel
to his servant John, . . . Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy,
and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the
time is near.”

I'd like to encourage you as part of a fellowship to be ready. Be ready because Christ is
returning soon. If you want to know you're ready, you don't need a lot of legalities. Just
live a Godly life as best you know how. Stay in the Word, stay in prayer, continue
learning every day, and, as you do, be waiting on the Lord as He will be here soon.

Thank you, Josh Redwood
                         Today’s Article from Kat:
                             GOD KNOWS
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will
              have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
                                        John 16:33

Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose. God never said this life would be easy. As I
reflect on the highs and lows of my life, I realize more and more that there’s no way
around the lows. If there were no lows, we would never know the joy of the highs.

When I was a little girl, my mom bought me a little Indian purse. It was made of
something like leather and had some fringe on it (I still love fringe!). I remember being
so happy and excited about this little purse, and then one day I lost it. I don’t know
where exactly, but I couldn’t find it. My mom thought maybe I left it on the pony ride at
the store. I probably did, but when we returned to the store, it was gone. My excitement
turned into sorrow.

Has that happened to you? If you are human, it has. You have experienced loss to some
degree. For some of us, the loss has been greater than for others. When I heard about the
little girl in our neighborhood who was found dead in the sand box at the park, the loss I
have felt recently seemed so insignificant. I thanked God that my son (who turns 17
tomorrow) is healthy and strong, and that all my loved ones are safe.

God never promised us this life would be easy, but He promised that He would always be
with us. He promised us that He would go before us and prepare the way. “Trust in the
Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. He knows in
advance when loss will occur in your life. Whether it’s the loss of a little girl’s purse, the
loss of a pet, or the loss of a loved one, God knows how to comfort you. His is the only
true peace.

I am so thankful that He knows, and that His comfort is more than we could ever ask for.
I look back and see how God truly has turned my sorrow into joy in so many areas of my
life. He has and will do it again and again.

Today, whatever you are going through, whatever loss you feel, allow God to fill that
void and bring you peace, hope, and encouragement. He will do it for you! You may
say, “Things will never the same.” They may not, but I believe God has something better
than anything we’ve ever had before. The best is yet to come, in this life and for all

May God’s peace and joy be abundantly yours!

Qualifications/Credentials: Kathy has been in the ministry for 30 years. She is ordained
with Open Arms Fellowship (, a ministry ran by Kathy and her
husband Randy. Kathy and Randy minister in Word and song and specialize in the area
of relationships and meeting the needs of the world around them. They are the worship
leaders for Western Hills Assembly of God. Between the two of them, they have four
children and two grandchildren!           She may be contacted through e-mail:

Disclaimer: Kathy Barnes is not a secular, professional counselor. The nature and
purpose of her ministry is discipleship, not professional/secular counseling, and she has
not been trained in medicine or psychology, nor has she been trained in any type of
secular counseling. Kathy Barnes’ emphasis is in the direction of the Word of God, and
she trains people to search the scriptures (the Bible) for answers to life's problems.
Neither Kathy Barnes nor any representatives or contributors to this column are
responsible for and cannot be held liable for, any harm, injury, or loss occurring in the
lives of participants of this column. Kathy Barnes cannot control decisions or events in
participants' lives or what participants may decide to do in the future.

Quoted scriptures taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

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