Monthly Archives: October 2014

29 posts

The Last Rose of Fall

In the fall colors that were vibrant in the spring become drab. But just before the bleak hues of brown become dominant, there is one final dramatic burst of color. Leaves change from green to brilliant displays of red, yellow and gold. Rose bushes yield a final canvas of delicate beauty. This final bloom reminds us that after winter’s reign the peaceful watercolors of Spring will come again. This last rose is like the contrast of the beauty of Christ set against the barren backdrop of a world that has lost its way. Don’t hide the wonder of Christ by clothing yourself in the drab colors of a fallen world: frustration, fear, sarcasm, irritation, despair and worry. Show your children […]

Three character qualities to learn from Deborah

The narratives of the Old Testament are a rich resource for God’s people. We have been looking at Deborah in the book of Judges. Even though the events of Deborah’s life took place over 3,000 years ago, God has things for us to learn from her story. Here are some of the qualities that all of us, and women in particular, can learn from the narrative concerning Deborah. Trust in God’s Word Deborah trusted in the word of God. She understood that God alone is able to do what he says he will do. So when God said that Barak and Israel would defeat the Canaanite army, Deborah believed God. She did not need to have her trust in God […]

Watching God write history

Man’s paths are difficult paths, man’s times are troubled times. This is true. However, even in troubled times you and I have the inestimable privilege of seeing God write history. You see God has told us what he is about. The messy world that we see is not a mess to God. Things happen as he has planned. He knows each person whom he will save. Then he makes it all happen. Life on our planet unfolds as God has determined.     One day our times will be recorded in history books. Wise men will read those pages and marvel that through all the chaos of human plans God was at work giving life to people and bringing honor […]

Our homes are the laboratory of life for our children

by Tedd & Margy Tripp Children need instruction to apply Scripture to issues of authority, obedience, conflict resolution, and God-given roles in relationships. Everyday life affords scores of opportunities to connect Scripture to life—from lost book-bags to broken friendships and poor test grades. Scores of training opportunities evaporate without notice as we hurry through our days thinking that devotional time with our children is enough. Our responses to the circumstances and crises of everyday life make our theology real. Bible stories glow with illustrations of children whose knowledge of Scripture translated into obedient, bold action. David’s words to Saul sound naïve and childish in the face of the Philistine army and the terrifying threats of Goliath, “Let no one lose […]


Children have the seemingly endless capacity to ask questions that begin with why. Actually, this is a good thing!   Why?   Because anytime a why question is asked you already know that God has something to do with the answer. Asking why means that you will have many opportunities to tell your children about the wonders of God.   For example, your child may ask, “Why do leaves change color in the fall?”    Even giving a technical answer can lead to good things. You can explain as the green chlorophyll is reduced in the leaves by the coming of cooler weather, the underlying color of the leaves is then on display. In other cases the brown leaves may […]

Thought for the Lord’s Day

How big is your God?   When you go to church you will sing songs that exalt the wonder and power of God.  Do you really believe that God is an amazing God? I am confident that the vast majority of you reading this post would answer an emphatic yes. But let me take this just one additional step. If you really believe that God is the wonderful, magnificent person described in the songs you sing and in the Bible you read, could you easily forget him?    Again, you say, of course I won’t forget God and his power.    In response, I am rebuked by how often I fail to acknowledge the powerful God I praise on Sunday. […]

Do you struggle with contentment?

The Bible says contentment is being satisfied because God is working everything together for my good and for his glory.  Philippians 4:13,  I Timothy 6:6   Yet, we often struggle with being content. Our minds continually manufacture reasons not to be content. In response the Holy Spirit says:   The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1   So this issue of contentment cannot be resolved by evaluating your circumstances. It is resolved by evaluating what you believe.

The Lord laughs at public opinion polls

Each political season millions are spent on public opinion polls.    Millions more are spent reporting and analyzing these polls. After all, what would the 24/7 news channels talk about without any breaking news regarding a poll?   Then to complete the cycle, more millions are spent assessing the impact of these polls in order determine what the next set of polling questions should look like.   It easy to forget that there is only one poll that matters, the one that occurs in voting booths on election day.  But, nonetheless, an industry of polling has come to have a dominate place in American life.  There are even polls that ask people what they think will happen in the future, […]

Airports, Ebola and God

Airports can be wonderful places.  They help make it possible to travel all over the world. But airports can also be places of danger. People, or more specifically, people with infectious diseases, can travel from one part of the world to another using airports. So what can be a great blessing can also be a great curse.    In the international airport in Dallas a flyer has brought the ebola virus to America. This morning the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says it is possible that several others could be infected as well. The CDC is also confident that this situation can be contained.   USA Today is reporting that the passenger in question arrived in Dallas from Liberia on […]