Breaking News: God is in charge!

Posted on December 3, 2016 · Posted in Apologetics, Authority, Current Events

Just because politicians, the press, educators, and world leaders believe that God is subject to their laws, opinions and op ed articles does not change reality. The reality is that the Living God of the Bible, the Lord of the heavens and earth is in charge of the affairs of men. The idea of Jesus Christ being the only Savior of people is repugnant to many. The truth that God rules over man and has commanded how he should live and marry is even more outrageous in our progressive world… read more

Christmas: not about naughty or nice!

Posted on December 1, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Gratitude, Holidays

Satan has done a good job of attempting to confuse the wonder of Christ’s birth with idea of presents being result of nice behavior. You know the song about Santa checking his list twice, he’s gonna find out about who has been naughty or nice. The idea is that if you are good enough that magical present will appear. Being naughty doesn’t really fit with receiving good gifts. This is exactly how Satan would prefer you think about receiving good gifts from God. His purpose is for you and your.. read more

Advent and the planet

Posted on November 30, 2016 · Posted in World View

Christmas is not typically a time when we consider the problems with our planet, its climate and environment. But the Advent of Jesus Christ means redemption not only for the souls of men, but for the planet itself. For thousands of years planet Earth has suffered from the corrosive impact of sin. Sin corrupted even the animals and the physical creation itself. Things had gone horribly wrong for our planet. But the Advent of the Savior, God’s son, brings hope and joy. Psalms 96 and 98 teach that the physical.. read more

The Holiday Season can be like Goliath

Posted on November 28, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays

Christmas is represented as a time of sweet memories and eager expectations. At least that is Hallmark’s idea and the theme of the never ending Happy Holidays commercial offerings. But if Christmas does not first represent the reality of lost souls in need of redemption, holiday memories can become an overwhelming emotional giant just as Goliath was to the anxious Israelites. The human experience apart from Christ is not one of happiness that can be sustained. Holiday memories can bring dark, heavy clouds and painful, bittersweet heartaches. Christmases not focused.. read more

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When presents become possessions

Posted on November 25, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

The parable in Luke 12 tells of a rich man who had been so successful in his farming endeavors that he had run out of room to store his crops. That was good, right? He was financially secure. As he considered his options, one became attractive. The New Living Translation captures the mindset of our rich farmer: “Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say.. read more

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Thanksgiving Day is about worship!

Posted on November 24, 2016 · Posted in Gratitude, Worship

493 years ago, Governor William Bradford proclaimed that Thursday, November 29th, 1623 would be a day of Thanksgiving and corporate worship. This day marked the third year since these pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Over half of their group died in the brutal first year of their new colony. Why did they make the journey? Why did they endure the hardship? And why did the 33 year old Bradford call them together on that November day? The answer: they came to worship their God in freedom! Would you risk losing.. read more

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Posted on November 23, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Gratitude, Prayer

O Lord my God, my Savior, I pray for a heart overflowing with thanksgiving. Father, you are my constant reason for joy. You are faithful when I am unfaithful. You promise heaven when I am consumed by the next hour. Protect me from my own selfish desires. I confess that I want what cannot satisfy. I confess that I complain about what is not done rather than be grateful for what I can do. I confess that I am easily disappointed by those I love, even though you continue to.. read more

Grateful for what God withholds

Posted on November 22, 2016 · Posted in Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day focuses on all that you have been given. That is a good thing! It is arrogant, unwise, and selfish to take God’s blessings for granted. But, there are unexpected ways that God is good to you. It is important to be thankful for what God chooses to withhold. This thought may seem not to “fit” well. After all, you pray for things, as the Lord teaches that you should. So, why should you be thankful for what you don’t have? Psalm 23 begins this way: “The Lord is.. read more

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Posted on November 21, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

“Why Christmas? provides an attractive, joyous, and rich overview of the meaning of the coming of Christ into the world. Parents and children alike will be grateful for the wealth of clear and biblically-faithful teaching this small book offers. To use this book with your children is to give them one of the best Christmas gifts they could ever receive.” —Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “God coming to earth as a baby?! That’s as incredible as fitting an oil tanker into a bath.. read more

Late at night, wide awake

Posted on November 19, 2016 · Posted in Sleep

Sometimes at night I find myself awake, wide awake, hopelessly awake. In these moments I am confronted with piercing clarity about past sins, the stupidity of thinking I had a good reason to trust my flesh and ignore my God. I remember the allure of self-justification, of the fog of self-pity. Why could I not have had this awareness of the deceitful awfulness of sin forty years ago, twenty years ago, twenty hours ago? The opening plea of Psalm 130 perfectly describes the state of my heart with eyes wide.. read more

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Posted on November 18, 2016 · Posted in Parenting

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The fork in the road

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Each day you have a choice, you can follow the path of death or follow the path of life. Sound dramatic? Actually, no, it is just reality. The whirlpool of death swirls all around you. It is easy to be confused into thinking that it is just the hectic pace of life that keeps you feeling unsatisfied. “I’ll figure it out tomorrow.” But tomorrow turns out to be just like today, and so it goes. Choosing to consciously identify with God is choosing life. Moses told Israel that each day.. read more

Wisdom for Parents

Posted on November 16, 2016 · Posted in Parenting, Wisdom

Contentment Contentment is knowing that God has arranged all the events of my life so that at this moment I can live for his glory and experience his goodness. Contentment means I can do everything God wants me to do. I can know God’s peace regardless of my circumstance. Paul talks about contentment this way: “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in.. read more

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“God coming to earth as a baby?! That’s as incredible as fitting an oil tanker into a bath tub or a 747 into your garage. No, it’s even more astounding! Christmas may be God’s greatest miracle of all and every boy and girl should be able to know why. And Why Christmas? provides an exceptional opportunity for parents and Christian leaders to lead their children through a rich and wonderful discovery behind the miracle of Christmas – I highly recommend this brilliant little book for every child!” —Joni Eareckson Tada,.. read more

Pleasant words and Christ

Posted on November 15, 2016 · Posted in Communication, Gospel, Prayer

  Somehow the idea of pleasant words combined with discipline or instruction seems a little strange. Most memories of being corrected don’t evoke happy or pleasant thoughts. Often correction means stern or harsh warnings, even when given with the best of intentions. However, in the Proverbs instruction is to be received as precious jewelry, something to be worn with honor. How does this happen? Proverbs 16:20-24 provides a guide for how to make your instruction valuable. Solomon stresses the obvious, but neglected value of instruction. Those who pay attention to.. read more

Obedience is better than deliverance!

Posted on November 11, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Three young Hebrew men served faithfully and well in the government of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. But their faith and success was bothersome to those in the elite ruling class. So when the King made a 90 foot tall image of gold and held a dedication service that all of the government officials were to attend, these three Jews were under scrutiny. The royal herald shouted that at the sound of music everyone was to fall down and worship the image of gold. Failure to do so would be punished by.. read more

Parents — it is not about your agenda

Posted on November 10, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting

God has not called you to implement your agenda, but his. Anger is an indication that your desires and your agenda have become too important. Human anger must not characterize your discipline. If it does, you have made discipline about satisfying your requirements. As a parent you are granted authority to enforce God’s commands, not your own preferences. Your authority is derived, not earned. Human anger and biblical discipline do not mix. Man’s anger will not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:20) The key phrase is.. read more

A prayer for November 9th

Posted on November 8, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Prayer

The 24/7 news cycle has become a constant noise machine that every hour on the hour proclaims the world is a mess. The reporting on the election continues this theme. One thing you won’t hear is that God can be trusted and the real solutions to the nation’s problems are not political in nature. You won’t hear the expert analysts say what is really needed is that the country must turn to God in repentance and faith. But that’s okay. You don’t need cable news anchors to tell you who.. read more