Monthly Archives: December 2008

16 posts

Getting Ready for 2009

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  Ephesians 4:14-16 Your comments and questions are an important part of this blog.  Please send any requests you have for issues and subjects you would like to see addressed. I already have two such requests. One […]

Parents – Guard Your Heart!

Above all else, guard your heart,        for it is the wellspring of life. NIVWatch over your heart with all diligence,         For from it flow the springs of life. NASBGuard your heart above all else,      for it determines the course of your life. NLTGuard your heart above all else,    for it is the source of life. HCSBKeep your heart with all diligence,       For out of it spring the issues of life. NKJVKeep your heart with all vigilance,   for from it flow the springs of life. ESV Proverbs 4:23 Why six translations of the same verse? Simply to make a point. In my own study I often look at several reliable translations of a passage to help grasp the nuances of that text. Such […]

Merry Christmas

The people walking in darkness        have seen a great light;        on those living in the land of the shadow of death         a light has dawned.  You have enlarged the nation        and increased their joy;        they rejoice before you        as people rejoice at the harvest,        as men rejoice        when dividing the plunder.  For as in the day of Midian's defeat,        you have shattered        the yoke that burdens them,        the bar across their shoulders,        the rod of their oppressor.  Every warrior's boot used in battle        and every garment rolled in blood        will be destined for burning,        will be fuel for the fire.  For to us a child […]

May it be to me…

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."  "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"  Luke 1:30-34 Hebrews 11 says that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Our culture pushes us in a […]

Psalm 73, Christ and You – Part 3

Yet I am always with you;        you hold me by my right hand.You guide me with your counsel,        and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?        And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,        but God is the strength of my heart        and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish;        you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God.        I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;        I will tell of all your deeds.  Psalm 73:23-28 Psalm 73 shows the danger that lurks for […]

Psalm 73, Christ and You – part 2

Yet I am always with you;        you hold me by my right hand.You guide me with your counsel,        and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?        And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,        but God is the strength of my heart        and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish;        you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God.        I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;        I will tell of all your deeds. Psalm 73:23-28 Being a faithful parent is a consuming vocation. […]

Psalm 73, Christ and You

Yet I am always with you;        you hold me by my right hand.You guide me with your counsel,        and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?        And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,        but God is the strength of my heart        and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish;        you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God.        I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;        I will tell of all your deeds.  Psalm 73:23-28 Psalm 73 talks about your relationship with Christ. […]

Heaven in a Box

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. I Corinthians 15:19 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev. 22:1&2 Do we think about giving the gift of heaven to our children? It is impossible, of course, to wrap up even a small piece of heaven in a […]

Are You Santas’ Helper

This post is from last Christmas, but I pray it will be a blessing to your and your family. Listen, my son, to your father's instruction        and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head        and a chain to adorn your neck. Proverbs 1:8&9 Little children are dependent upon their parents for everything. This includes more than food, clothing and shelter. Children are dependent upon you, parent, for how they view the world around them. The way you live in front of them is the most powerful teaching tool that God gives you. This is teaching in the milieu. God designed families to demonstrate what it means […]

Gospel Expectations – Part 2

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. —Matthew 21:31b-32 Expectations play a vital but often misunderstood role in our relationships with teenagers. One of the main sources of discouragement and frustration with teenagers (actually, for all relationships) is their failure to behave as we expect them to in a particular situation. Among other things,  we expect that good judgment will be exercised; we expect […]