Excuses or repentance

Posted on October 6, 2015 · Posted in Wisdom

All of us are born with a tendency to follow Adam and Eve. “The woman you gave me.” “The serpent deceived me.” Humans have been embellishing and refining our ability to be master excuse makers ever since. Excuses keep us from trusting God, erode our human relationships and weaken our character. The default mode for the excuse maker is to shift blame instead of looking to God in repentance. Repentance brings hope. Excuses result in fear. This how the Holy Spirit describes the difference. “He who conceals his sins does.. read more

Raising your children to face persecution and danger

Posted on October 5, 2015 · Posted in Culture, Prayer

Your objective as a Christian parent is to raise your children to live a godly life following Christ. This idea is exciting, even inspiring. But how conscious are you that there is another side to living a godly life? Encouraging your children to follow Christ also will lead them into persecution. This reality balances the excitement. Following Christ is a wonderful, fulfilling and sobering pursuit. It is a path not to be taken lightly. Paul reminds us of this when he says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly.. read more

Jesus, rain and faith

Posted on October 3, 2015 · Posted in Wisdom, Worldview

Jesus was on a boat with his disciples. He decided to take a nap. While he was sleeping a fierce storm came up. Waves were crashing over the top of the boat. The disciples feared for their lives so, in a panic, they woke Jesus shouting, “we are going to drown!” Let’s stop the tape. Can you identify with the passengers? It appeared the boat was about to sink and what was Jesus doing, sleeping! The disciples acted as if they didn’t alert their sleeping master he wouldn’t know that.. read more

Do Christian lives matter?

Posted on October 2, 2015 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

On Thursday morning October 1st, students at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon went to class. They were “protected” by a gun free zone and by academic freedom that is designed to keep religion and mention of the Christian God from education. It was a bright, beautiful fall day. But one man determined that there would be nothing beautiful about this day. The actual story of the shooting and murder of the college students is slowly emerging. The killer asked students if they were Christians. If they said yes they.. read more

Syria, Joaquin, and Oregon

Posted on October 1, 2015 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

How big is your God? In Syria, Russian and United States combat planes appear to be flying missions with different objectives. The close proximity of the these two armed forces combined with the uncertainty of the Russian’s strategic objective is unsettling. Also, it appears that the Russians and Iranians are working together. Wars have started with less provocation. Hurricane Joaquin has the potential to strike the Eastern seaboard. Recent storms hitting the same area have done considerable damage. Again, there is reason to be concerned for life and property. In.. read more

Obedience is your reward

Posted on September 30, 2015 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Wisdom

Obedience is not something I use to gain a reward – obedience itself is my reward. Just as I cannot make myself more acceptable to God by my obedience, neither do I want my children to think that I will be more accepting of them because of their obedience. When children disobey, the solution should not be to do better next time. The solution is to to trust Christ for the strength to do what cannot be done in one’s own strength. Training your children to be obedient is not.. read more

From Tedd Tripp

Posted on September 29, 2015 · Posted in Parenting

Your children were made for the delights of knowing the supremacy of Christ. Bringing these sorts of truths to your children is the vision of Psalm 145. You cannot over-estimate the importance of showing your children the glory of God. If they do not know who God is, how God thinks, what God feels and why he does what he does, they will have no ground for finding joy in him, no reason to celebrate his abundant goodness, and no basis for finding satisfaction in him. Delight in God cannot.. read more

Confronting and controlling your fears

Posted on September 28, 2015 · Posted in Bible, Shaping Influences

Whatever fears you struggle with, consider them in the light of Romans 8. There is no fear that you have that cannot be conquered by God’s power at work in you!  The greatest fear anyone can have is the condemnation of God. But in Christ, there is no condemnation. Confront your fear with this truth. You do not have to be controlled by fear. Apply the teaching of this wonderful chapter to help you be controlled by the Spirit of God and his word. Here is a brief application from.. read more

Worship is a heart issue

Posted on September 26, 2015 · Posted in Worship

God is not interested in sharing heart space with anyone or anything other than himself. A heart where the splendor of God shares space with the worries of life is a divided heart. God commands that his music is to play in your heart. Colossians 3:16 is not a suggestion, it is a command.  Ignoring this command is just as destructive as ignoring the command not to steal. When you engage in corporate worship, when you engage in day-to-day worship the word of Christ is to dominate your heart. His.. read more

The gospel matters for your eleven-year-old

Posted on September 25, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting

Your eleven-year-old hears things. Your daughter sees the constant allure of commercials.  She hears the taunts and the temptations of the schoolyard. She feels an inner dread growing out of her many fears. She knows the darkness personally from the fears and brokenness caused by her own sin. She also knows of the darkness from the ugliness of the world around her.  Whatever the source, she has seen and experienced the attacks of the kingdom of darkness. She was born a slave to this darkness. The good news is that.. read more

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Posted on September 24, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

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Emotions and your children

Posted on September 23, 2015 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Shaping Influences, Wisdom

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 not guarded 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 us right away the value of emotions. We.. read more

Fall, your children and the God of colors

Posted on September 21, 2015 · Posted in Wisdom

God provides constant evidence of his greatness and power. For example, today is the first full day of fall, the beginning of another season. God has promised that these seasons will continue as long as the earth remains. If you live in Australia, today means that warmer weather is on the way. If you live in North America, it is time to get ready for winter. The Lord announces the change of seasons with spectacular outbursts of color. Spring arrives with fresh greens and stunning pastels. Fall is announced by.. read more

One People, One Language, One God

Posted on September 20, 2015 · Posted in Culture, Worldview, Worship

Before the fall, man had a glorious and exciting destiny to pursue. One people speaking the same language gaining dominion over all the earth for the glory of the one true God. However, after the fall, the ugliness of pride supplanted the glory of God in the hearts of men. The evil spread from generation to generation, even to the animals. Only the cleansing waters of the flood would push back the scourge of pride. But the damage was done. Pride had woven its way into the hearts of men… read more

God doesn’t take coffee-breaks

Posted on September 19, 2015 · Posted in Sanctification, Shaping Influences

Much of our behavior is centered around self-protection. When someone sins against us we often act like God was looking the other way or perhaps he was on coffee-break and missed the wrong done to us. For example: A young child has his toy taken by an older sibling. He cries out to his parents. A teenager lies to her mother. The mother informs her daughter that she can’t be trusted. A friend says something really stupid. You react with shock and awe. A co-worker takes credit for something you.. read more

Praying for a lost turtle

Posted on September 18, 2015 · Posted in Parenting, Prayer

The young daughter of a family friend realized that her pet turtle had gone missing while getting some sun in the backyard. This little girl had cared for this turtle for over a year. Understandably, the missing turtle brought sadness and hurt. I encouraged prayer for the return of the hard cased reptile. It might seem to be a stretch to ask for the turtle to be found. Perhaps some would say that this prayer might offer false hope to the daughter. But let’s think this through. This provides a.. read more

Marijuana and the presidential debate

Posted on September 17, 2015 · Posted in Culture

Last night a leading presidential candidate dismissed marijuana as a serious health threat. A couple of other candidates challenged this view. Just to clarify I have reposted an article by Dr. Charles Hodges, author of Good Mood Bad Mood. Dr. Hodges posts a clear warning about the dangers of this drug. It is worth your time. Here is his article: I have written often about the perils of the recreational use of marijuana and I cannot resist writing again. The cause for my writing is that the New York Times.. read more

Obedience is Love

Posted on September 16, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting

Teaching your children that obedience is love will radically impact your parenting. Paul tells children to obey their parents. To rightly understand Paul’s admonition to children, we must remember how Paul previously described obedient living to the Ephesians. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 Walking in the way of love is the path of blessing. This truth of this verse.. read more

Don’t let truth slip away

Posted on September 15, 2015 · Posted in Culture, Parenting

The children of Israel were about to leave the immediate protection of God’s special care. In a way it is not unlike when your own children leave your home and face the hostility of a world that has little love for God. For forty years Israel had known protection very much what like you provide for your kids. Manna was provided for them every day. The lived under the safety of the giant cloud that provided shade during the day and light at night. Their clothing and sandals did not.. read more

Christ and Schoolwork

Posted on September 14, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

School doesn’t always get off to a good start. So when things don’t go well in school this is an opportunity to call your children to faith in Christ. One of the purposes of all the work is to drive us to Christ and his gospel (Col. 3:17). In order to encourage your children to trust God, you must first encourage them with the gospel message of grace. Colossians 1 teaches that all authorities are established and control by Christ. Thus schoolwork is sent to your children by Jesus. Schoolwork is.. read more