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Is Purity Worth the Cost? Part 1

Posted on July 17, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation

Is it worth it to be pure? People have been asking this question for thousands of years. The pursuit of purity seems to be out of touch with a life of enjoyment. Purity means dull, boring and unexciting, at least that is what conventional wisdom believed for millennia. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a commercial shouting out the value of being pure and decent?  A songwriter felt this tension 3,000 years ago. In frustration, he complained that fat cats got whatever they wanted. God and biblical morality.. read more

A Different World Ahead

Posted on July 16, 2019 · Posted in Apologetics, Parenting

Change is coming for your children. They will live in a different world than the one that greeted you when you left home. It is a world that views social media as a moral compass. Constantly changing public opinion pools drive online and cable news. Personal fulfillment has become life’s most important focus. Morality is measured by individual desires and lusts. This is the climate that shapes the culture you children will inhabit. It is true that these themes have been emerging for the last couple of decades. However, what.. read more

Storm Warnings!

Posted on July 15, 2019 · Posted in Worldview

Is it possible to avoid the storms of life, with all of the pain and hardship that goes with them? Can wisdom and faith in God help steer a course away from these storms?  Jesus answers these questions at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Being wise and faithful will not stop the storms. In fact, he says these storms will come to those who are wise. This warning is surprising. The ending you might expect for this beautiful sermon would be a message of peace and safety… read more

Anger: A Toxic Sin

Posted on July 12, 2019 · Posted in Anger, Wisdom

Anger is a toxic sin that results in broken relationships. Anger is often a response to injustice. With God this is good. His motives and reasons for anger are always pure and right. Your child’s anger is also often a response to injustice. But his motives and reasons are seldom pure and right. A young child thinks he has been wronged because someone else has what he wants. A middle-schooler is angry because others are not kind to her. A teenager struggles with anger because he believes no one really.. read more

Who Loved First?

Posted on July 10, 2019 · Posted in Authority, Gospel, Parenting

Two children plus one toy equals trouble.  No, this is not the beginning of a new math word problem. But it is a scenario that leads to disruptions in families every day. In this case, both children each want the special toy that came from Grandma. What is the typical question, the fair question to ask? Who had it first? Or, who had the toy most yesterday? You see, the problem is not fairness, but the selfishness of little hearts. “Who had it first?” This type of question is based.. read more

The Atonement: God’s Gift to Imperfect Parents 

Posted on July 6, 2019 · Posted in Authority, Gospel, Parenting

All parents share at least one thing in common: each one of us fails on a regular basis. It’s not pretty but it is true. Parents are imperfect! Parental authority is not based upon human worth but on God’s choice. Parental authority is derived not earned. This means you cannot earn your children’s obedience. This truth is important for them and for you.  For children, this means that parental perfection is not a requirement for obedience. Because parents are humans, they will not do parenting perfectly or even close to.. read more

Mr. and Mrs. Lot: “We Can Handle This!”

Posted on July 5, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Worldview

Abram and Lot had a good problem. The Lord had blessed them abundantly, so much so, that they needed to separate because the land could not sustain them both. Abram offered a gracious plan to Lot. He told Lot to choose the direction he wanted to inhabit and he, Abram, would go in the opposite direction. It was a generous offer! However, Mr. and Mrs. Lot made a choice that did not reflect the honor of God as Abram’s did. Standing on the high plains, they looked down at the.. read more

The False Gods of Independence

Posted on July 3, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, World View

The book of Judges speaks of a people who once loved justice and truth, a people who loved God. But these people grew weary of the constraints of loving God and his truth. They devolved into being true to themselves.  They became focused on doing what was right in their own eyes. They did what they wanted and expected God to bless them anyway.  America, too, has moved on from the Bible and its views of morality.  She now worships three modern substitutes for the living God of the Bible… read more

Meekness: God’s Response to Evil

Posted on July 2, 2019 · Posted in Authority, True Worldview Cafe, Wisdom

Things are not as they seem. It appears that everywhere we turn the wicked to appear to have the upper hand. Evil is continually finding new ways to shock and discourage.  But the word of God assures us that things are not as they seem. King David wrote a song that was used to remind God’s people that the wicked have limits. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit.. read more

Are You a Hypocrite?

Posted on June 27, 2019 · Posted in Parenting, Sanctification, Shaping Influences

Hypocrisy is something you cannot avoid. You tell your children not to fight and then you argue with your spouse. You tell your children God is in control and then you become angry or despondent with the circumstances of life. You tell your children to put God first, and then you realize you told them that for selfish reasons.   Your children are intimately aware of your hypocritical tendencies. It is as if a child is born with a fully-functioning, super-sensitive hypocrisy checker built in. Hypocrisy: something you and I.. read more

To Be Fully Self-Aware, You Must Be God-aware

Posted on June 21, 2019 · Posted in Wisdom

You think you know who you are. You think you know what you want. The only problem is that today’s thoughts are different from yesterday’s. And tomorrow’s may change yet again. So, do you really know who you are? Are you really self-aware? The problem is we are too easily self-deceived. This is where self-awareness becomes an enigma. We think we know who we are, but we really don’t. Are we truly self-aware or are we self-deceived?  How well do we know ourselves? How can we help our children gain.. read more

I Want It Now!

Posted on June 20, 2019 · Posted in Gratitude

How many time have you heard, “I want it now!” or similar language from children and adults? Whether the words come from an arrogant politician or an unhappy three-year-old they betray a craving for instant gratification. This craving is destructive. This intense self-focus will result in a life dominated by the desire for personal pleasure. Immediate gratification is the gateway to a life of destructive, abusive relationships, pornography, substance abuse, and abusive behavior. If you hear a child frequently complain or grumble, you are hearing a child who is becoming.. read more

A Prayer to Keep Me From What I Want

Posted on June 18, 2019 · Posted in Prayer, Wisdom

Dear Father, please keep me from wanting life to serve my dreams and my wishes. Keep me from trying to fit you into the narrative of my desires, even the ones I think are good! My dreams are too small, my desires are too selfish, my actions are too sinful for me to focus on what I think is best. You know my weaknesses. I pray you would give me the courage to see that my life is about Christ. I need to follow his life and love you as.. read more

Praise or Worry

Posted on June 14, 2019 · Posted in Worry, Worship

  People are designed for worship. Specifically, God made you and me for the express purpose of worshipping him.  Praise is an action of worship where people repeat back to God all the great things he is and has done.  Psalm 103 describes it this way: Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. David is saying praise should flow from.. read more

Don’t Waste Your Justified Life!

Posted on June 12, 2019 · Posted in Faith, Fear of the Lord, World View

My friend, Will Hunter, has offered a thought-provoking challenge about the amazing benefits that Christ has secured for us from Romans 5:1-11. Through the sacrifice of his Son, God has given his people the huge blessing of a justified life. However, it is so easy and so foolish to fail to take advantage of this “justified life.” You have been given the gift of being justified by faith and not by the good things that you try to do. This gift is immediate and continued access to God’s grace. You.. read more

The Curse of “Whatever”

Posted on June 7, 2019 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel, World View

“Whatever.” This is not usually a word of encouragement or optimism. It is what we say when we feel let down, betrayed, discouraged. So, “whatever” is said in a way that is intended to communicate that you don’t care. However,  the irony is that it really means that something matters very much. We continue to be surprised at being disappointed. People have this problem called sin. Sin comes from rebellion to God. At its root, rebellion starts with believing a lie. We believe we can be happy apart from dying.. read more

A President’s Prayer

Posted on June 6, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Faith

On the anniversary of D-Day we repost the prayer President Franklin Roosevelt made for the success of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944. President Roosevelt did not speak of many Gods or many faiths or many religions.  He did not sheepishly lead the nation in a moment of silence, afraid that he might offend someone. The President appealed to the living God of Scripture.  Roosevelt knew that the fate of global civilization hung in the balance as tens of thousands of young soldiers stormed the beaches of France. If.. read more

Your Will Be Done

Posted on June 5, 2019 · Posted in Authority, Prayer

When you are sick you want relief. When you are angry you seek justice. When you are hurt you want comfort. For all of these things, we as Christians are told to cry out to God. This is good! But from this point things can get a little uncertain. Should you pray for an immediate response? Has God turned away from you if there does not appear to be one? There is some clear guidance for us in the Lord’s prayer. Christ instructs his disciples to pray: your will be.. read more

Dying to Go to Church?

Posted on June 3, 2019 · Posted in Culture, World View

Well, let’s not get too extreme! Yes, you love going to church, but on balance, everyone has a life apart from church. It is important to avoid going to church just out of a sense of duty. Legalism is depressing. Sometimes a chill Sunday morning is priceless. These are easy thoughts to have, even when you do go. However, there are places on our planet where Christians are literally dying because they go to church. News agencies like the BBC are reporting that the murder of Christians is approaching genocide.. read more

A Rock, Where No Enemy Can Reach Me.

Posted on June 2, 2019 · Posted in Anger, Apologetics, Current Events, Worldview

Another shooting. Funnel clouds forming. People dying. Families broken. Lives shattered. Hatred rules. Where is safety? It was another quiet Sunday. Church had just ended. All seems normal until some motorcycles ride onto the church property. The pastor and 5 other men are pulled out and ordered “Convert to Islam or die.” They refuse, and they are executed, one-by-one behind the church.* Yes, this is a normal Sunday afternoon in Burkina Faso and in many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Many news agencies, including the BBC, are reporting that thousands.. read more