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The gospel and electric lights

Posted on June 30, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

Psalm 72 declares that God alone does wondrous things. How easily this truth is discarded! Ultimately, the reason that you can bring light to your home by flipping a switch on the wall instead of lighting a candle is the gospel. The reason someone lets you into the next traffic lane instead of running you off the road is the gospel. The reason you can buy food instead of having to kill others for it is the gospel. Sound strange or naïve? If so, then you have underestimated the power.. read more

Obedience doesn’t make your child good

Posted on June 29, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting

Biblical obedience is first and foremost a response to God’s mercy. As people in need of the grace of God there is nothing we can do nothing to earn our standing with God. Obedience doesn’t make a person good, it is a response to God’s goodness. Do your children believe this? Obedience can’t be used to plea bargain with God, or to appease him, or to become worthy in his eyes. Only the work of Christ can make things right with God. Understood in this light, obedience is not something.. read more

Fear & darkness

Posted on June 28, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Parenting

The lights are out. Something moves on the wall. There is a sudden, unexpected sound. A scary image flashes on the screen of your child’s mind. Next comes the familiar cry, “Mommy, I’m scared.” You enter your child’s room and ask what’s wrong. The weepy answer that you have heard many times before comes once again, “I don’t know. I’m just afraid. Don’t leave.” What do you do? The first thing to recognize is that there usually is not a response you can make at this moment that will magically.. read more

Patience: living in the expectation of God’s care

Posted on June 27, 2016 · Posted in Wisdom

When things are going well, we tend to be okay with God’s control. Being patient is not much of a challenge. But, when life becomes hard it is a different story. Patience is easily lost and frustration sets in. Why? The Holy Spirit says that God is causing all the events in your life to work together for your good. So, when you look at life and fail to see God’s faithfulness, even  in the painful things, you are judging God. God says he is always faithful and and gracious.. read more

A prayer

Posted on June 25, 2016 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Prayer

Dear Father, please keep me from thinking my life is about me. My dreams are too small, my desires are too selfish, my actions are too sinful for me to focus on me. Father, you know I can be down and discouraged. You know my weakness. I pray you would give me the courage to see that my life is about Jesus and loving you as he did on earth. I pray my life would be about living for his reputation. I pray my desires would be consumed with showing.. read more

Your toddler’s worldview

Posted on June 24, 2016 · Posted in Toddlers, Worldview

Toddlers and worldview are not concepts that seem compatible. The image of a 3–year-old doing a google search about worldview brings humor. However, your toddler does have a worldview. It shapes the way he looks at his life. It shapes the way he looks at you as his parent. It may be limited, but it is a worldview nonetheless. He actually expresses his worldview constantly. This worldview is shown in statements like: I’m thirsty, he took my toy, I want a cookie, I’m tired, I’m hungry, I don’t want to… read more

Assuming the obvious: poor decision

Posted on June 22, 2016 · Posted in Communication, Parenting

  “Hey mom, Jeremy is upset.” “Okay Sarah, I’ll be right there.” Mom is thinking, “Here we go again.  Sarah is always making Jeremy upset. I can’t finish anything without somebody having an issue. I’ll get to it in a moment.” Here is another example:. “Dad, I’m really sorry I messed up and forgot to cut the grass. I’ll get to it right after lunch. Sorry dad.” Inside, dad is loosing it. He is thinking, “when will this kid ever grow up and be responsible?” So in a frustrated voice.. read more

The power of meekness

Posted on June 21, 2016 · Posted in Wisdom, Worldview

These are troubling days. The wicked appear to have the upper hand. But the word of God assures you that things are not as they seem. King David wrote a song that was used in worship to remind God’s people that the wicked have limits. Meekness will triumph over wickedness! David states that the meek shall inherit the land. Some 1,000 years later Jesus quotes these very words as he begins the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus was letting his followers know that even though they would face persecution God.. read more

Summer arrives, right on schedule!

Posted on June 20, 2016 · Posted in Worldview

Today is June 20th. At 6:34 p.m. EDT the Sun will reach its northern most point in the sky. For those in the northern hemisphere this is the official beginning of summer. If you live in the southern hemisphere, welcome to winter. The next three months will bring climatic changes caused by heat, cold, drought, and violent storms across the planet. Animals will hibernate and crops will grow. Days will simultaneously grow longer and shorter. Three months from now the winds of the equinox will signal the arrival of spring.. read more

Fathers, God’s Idea

Posted on June 18, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

Fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, and families exist because of God’s exquisite plan. Divine institution has brought stability to the planet Earth through out recorded history. These roles and institutions did not evolve or become reality because of a legislative or community process. God ordained fathers and all the rest of the family structure. Now the politically correct elite of today envision something different. The biblical construct of the family is deemed to be outdated. But look at what has happened under the rule of the politically correct. There is no.. read more

A Challenge to Fathers

Posted on June 17, 2016 · Posted in Parenting

Father’s Day is a time of expressing appreciation to dads. That’s a good thing. Happy Father’s Day! But this post is about presenting a challenge that the Holy Spirit gives to fathers every single day. Paul issues a two-pronged challenge directly to fathers: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 First – don’t provoke your children to anger. Why does Paul make such an obvious point? Surely everyone knows fathers should not be angry. That’s.. read more

Comforter or coddler?

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In this video clip, Dr. Tedd Tripp contrasts the difference between comforting and coddling a child.

Three keys to make your instruction attractive

Posted on June 16, 2016 · Posted in Communication, Shaping Influences

Are you interested in having your children respond gratefully to your instruction? Most parents I know would answer with a tentative yes. Why tentative? Because most believe gratitude and instruction are polar opposites when it comes to instruction. Let’s see if we can change that. Here are three keys that go hand-in-hand with making your instruction a blessing: First: listen before you speak. To be a good listener you must be able to repeat the words you hear back to the speaker in such a way that he can affirm.. read more

Are you stupid?

Posted on June 15, 2016 · Posted in Discipline

Are you stupid? This is not a pleasant question to ask. Some might even find it offensive. But stay with me. It is easier to be stupid than you might think! In Proverbs 12:1 the Holy Spirit describes what being stupid is like: Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. Hating correction is stupid. Not my words, but the Holy Spirit’s. People tend to like to choose whom they allow to offer correction. This may sound attractive but it is not a good plan. You and.. read more

What about Orlando?

Posted on June 14, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

Evil is for real. It showed its ugly face this past weekend in Orlando. There are people who are committed to bring human suffering to those they see as enemies. As evidence unfolds that this mass shooting is connected to an orchestrated scheme of terrorist plots, a grim reality continues to emerge: We are not safe. The goal of the terrorist mind is to create fear in everyday life. It is one thing to fight an enemy on a battlefield. It is quite another to wonder if death is waiting.. read more

Complain or Praise

Posted on June 13, 2016 · Posted in Parenting

People are designed, made by God, to live in continuous praise of the wonder of his great name. After the fall, man failed to live as he was intended. Instead of praise, self-focus and personal happiness take center stage. Sin feeds on the desire for immediate happiness. That is why a child can go from seeming bliss to outrage in an eye blink. One moment everything is fine. Then he sees his brother with a toy that he wants and he immediately erupts with a howl of outrage. Why? Because.. read more

Till He Returns Or Calls Me Home

Posted on June 12, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, Death, Worldview

Christina Grimmie’s earthly voice ended abruptly, shockingly, this past Friday evening. She was signing autographs after a performance when a man shot her to death. Christina was perhaps the last person you would expect to be the target of a vicious gunman. Christina radiated purity and joy as she sang. Millions followed her on you tube where she recorded countless covers. Her presentations were made all the more powerful by their simplicity. Without any flashy backgrounds or special effects, her love of music quickly drew you in and made you.. read more

Emotions: first responders of your heart

Posted on June 11, 2016 · Posted in Sanctification, Shaping Influences

In the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit has provided you with a guide book for understanding emotions. Biblically, emotions can be thought of as the first responders of the heart. If the heart is good and well-guarded emotions can work for us, not against us. If the heart is left unguarded then emotions can bring much damage. This is why Solomon is adamant that the heart be guarded above all else (Proverbs 4:23). The book of Job tells you right away the value of emotions. Job.. read more

Father’s Day Sale!

Posted on June 10, 2016 · Posted in Parenting

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When anger feels right, you know it’s wrong

Posted on June 9, 2016 · Posted in Anger

When your husband is insensitive, when the kids are selfish and squabble constantly, when your wife is disrespectful, anger stands ready to come to your defense. When others are not helpful anger is there to encourage you. When your pride is wounded, anger offers its healing power of retribution. When anger is embraced, God is cast aside. But what about righteous anger? That’s always the trap. Paul says in Ephesians 4:26 that in your anger you should not sin. So, since it is possible to be angry and not sin,.. read more