Daily Archives: March 4, 2013

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When God Takes Your Pet

Parents, if you are going to talk about God’s control it is vital that you encourage your children to trust God’s goodness when difficult things happen. For children and their parents losing a pet can be a shattering time. It is also an opportunity to trust God when life really, really hurts.   The Bible beautifully explains the closeness we can have with our pets. Nathan describes this closeness in a way that touches our hearts:   “…but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up, living with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, […]

Authority is Established Through Righteousness, Not Manipulation

The biggest issue with manipulation is that it does not acknowledge God’s rule. Manipulation relies on human wit and enticement. Neither are qualities that build relationships. Manipulation cares primarily for performance. Biblical instruction focuses primarily on the heart.   Kings detest wrongdoing,     for a throne is established through righteousness. Proverbs 16:12   Authority is established by God, not by my persuasive words.    If I seek God’s righteousness, there is no room for my pragmatic schemes.   If my leadership is established by God’s righteousness, it is foolish to have authority serve my convenient desires.   Do i seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and his righteousness or do I vainly seek the establishment of my own little kingdom.   […]