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Have a good day

Posted on June 23, 2017 · Posted in World View

“Have a good day.” You hear all the time, perhaps it is a phrase you use. However, what do you mean when you wish someone a good day? Do you mean that you hope nothing bad happens that day? If you are honest, you have to admit that it is at best an uncertain wish. Bad things happen to people everyday. So, saying have a good day is an iffy proposition. Perhaps you mean good in terms being happy. The same problems apply. There is much in life that doesn’t.. read more

When the fear of God departs

Posted on June 21, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, World View

It is natural for men to fear God and stand in awe of him. When Nineveh was confronted with their sin by Jonah, repentance swept through the great city. The vast power and splendor of God is declared daily by the wonder of creation. The psalmist speaks of how the power and wrath of God should naturally be feared by all of nations of earth: Surely your wrath against men brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill.. read more

A prayer to live for God

Posted on June 20, 2017 · Posted in Prayer

Dear Father, please keep me from wanting my life to about me. 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. Father, you know I can be down and discouraged. 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 he did on earth. I pray my life would be about adding to your.. read more

When Father’s Day hurts

Posted on June 17, 2017 · Posted in Parenting

Father’s Day is a pleasant day for me and my brothers. We recall the good example of our dad, his unselfish commitment to us. It is a kind remembrance. But, I also know not everyone has such comforting and grateful memories. For many, this yearly remembrance is a difficult, sad and even bitter time. Fathers don’t always live out their God-given mission of care and protection. Instead of memories of joy, emptiness and discouragement dominate. Thoughts drift towards what could have been, what should have been. Father’s Day becomes a.. read more

Dads, what are you giving for Father’s Day?

Posted on June 16, 2017 · Posted in Parenting

This is a serious question: fathers what are you giving to your family for Father’s Day? I know, you are thinking I have this backwards. Father’s Day is supposed to be about fathers being appreciated. And that is good. But it doesn’t mean that we get to take a break from being faithful to God and loving to our families. So, this is a good time to reflect on what you can give. Here are some ideas: Pleasant words: Pleasant words encourage and strengthen. Proverbs 16:2—24 Gentleness: A gentle spirt.. read more

Don’t be a Disengaged Dad

Posted on June 15, 2017 · Posted in Communication, Parenting

Dads, God calls you to be active and not reactive in raising your kids. Ephesians 6:4 is a familiar verse, maybe almost too familiar. Here is what Paul says: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” The phrase “bring them up” is not just a throw-away term. It is actually the same wording used earlier when Paul says husbands should “nourish and cherish” their wives just as they do for themselves. This meaning puts an active focus.. read more

Repost: A Biblical Response To Irritating People

Posted on June 14, 2017 · Posted in Anger, Sanctification

Do you know people that irritate you? Do you have some friends or family members that you find annoying? No, these are not trick questions, just honest ones. The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible to help you deal with irritating, annoying people. And, as always, God’s answers are not our answers. The church in Philippi was having some people problems. So Paul wrote a letter to address their concerns. There is much for us to consider in Philippians about relationships. But I just want to focus on one point today… read more

Repost: The Mercy of Biblical Discipline

Posted on June 13, 2017 · Posted in Discipline, Parenting

Biblical discipline has to do with love and delight, not primarily accountability and control. Biblical discipline is not about fairness, it is about mercy. Biblical discipline is not about treating children as their sins deserve. Would you really ask God to treat you as your sins deserve? If you don’t want God to treat you with fairness, then don’t make fairness the standard of your parenting. How much of the wonder and mercy of biblical discipline do you communicate to your children? Stay with me here! I am not advocating.. read more

Repost: The Manipulation Game

Posted on June 9, 2017 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting

Jesus delivers a subtle warning in the Sermon on the Mount about the danger of manipulation. Look at Luke 6:32-33: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that…” If you do good to get something good you are involved in manipulation. So, if your parental discipline is primarily designed to make things at home go more.. read more

Repost: Flee and Pursue

Posted on June 7, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting, Sanctification, Shaping Influences, Teenagers

Indulging sensual desires has become an entitlement for young people.  The message is loud and persistent: You can have it. You can have it now. You deserve it. Advertising that targets our nation’s youth is built on these three components of youthful desires or lusts. A cultural shift has occurred. It is one that is based on gratifying youthful desire. Having sex outside of marriage is the new social normal. Virginity is an indication of a dysfunctional personality.  The notion of drinking responsibly doesn’t mean restraint, it means finding a.. read more

Repost: A Daily Prayer for Troubled Times

Posted on June 5, 2017 · Posted in Parenting, Prayer

Here is a prayer to pray with your family as you begin the day. It is modeled on the prayer Jesus taught to his disciples. Dear Father, we need your help this day. Our world is a mess. But you are holy and worthy of our praise.  We ask that your kingdom will come with power to our family, our lives, our country and our world.  There are many things that trouble us. There are threats of war, disease, terrorism and unrest. We pray that your will be in charge.. read more

Interview with Paul Tautges, author of “Pray About Everything”

Posted on June 1, 2017 · Posted in Prayer

Earlier today, Knowing the Truth Radio with Pastor Kevin Boling interviewed Paul Tautges about his new book, Pray About Everything. You can listen to the interview at Sermon Audio, or by using the audio player below: Pray About Everything is available for pre-order here at 30% off, but this sale won’t last much longer — the book will be arriving in our warehouse soon!

Why is God good?

Posted on May 31, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation

God is good because of who he is. He is not good because of the beauty of nature. He is not good because of who is or is not the president. He is not good because I am happy with my circumstances. He is not good because I deserve it. He is not good because I have good health. He is not good because I live in apparent safety compared to others. He is not good because it is a beautiful day. God is good simply and profoundly because his.. read more

New Interview with Jay Younts

Posted on · Posted in Parenting, Teenagers

Yesterday, Jay Younts was interviewed about his recent book, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, on the Knowing the Truth radio program with Pastor Kevin Boling. You can listen to the interview either at Sermon Audio, or by using the player below. Learn more & purchase here

Memorial Day – the courage of the fallen

Posted on May 29, 2017 · Posted in Worldview

War is part of the human experience. War highlights the worst and best of humanity. The worst is easily grasped. The lust for power and self-importance reaches its fullest expression when lives are sacrificed to feed man’s cravings for domination. Over the centuries, countless millions have been slaughtered and maimed to feed the blood lust of the powerful. People grow to live for the carnage. War is the ultimate stage to display the ugliness of the human heart. But, war also allows us to see the best of mankind. There.. read more

Middle school and worldview

Posted on May 26, 2017 · Posted in Worldview

    Kids in middle school really are in the middle! The first years, the toddler and kindergarten years, the focus was on authority. This is where kids learn the most important life lesson of all – Who is in charge? Then they enter the challenging years of in-between. No longer in need of direction and protection for almost everything in their lives they are still not ready for the responsibilities of youth. They are beginning to think about God independently, but are still connected to what their parents believe… read more

Stress can be a good thing

Posted on May 24, 2017 · Posted in Shaping Influences, Worry

Stress is part of life. There is no way to avoid it. But what you can avoid is the fatigue and disorientation of continuing stress. When stress comes you can either turn to God and his word or you can rely on your own judgement and watch the stress deepen. Trusting in God leads to peace. This means stress can lead to peace. When you attribute short, curt answers and a contentious spirit to stress, the stressful situation has overcome you. There is much in life that can be overwhelming… read more

The pursuit of contentment

Posted on May 23, 2017 · Posted in Sanctification, Worry

Discontent comes when you believe things are out control. Discontent happens when things don’t go the way you believe they should. Discontent happens when you think you don’t have enough. Discontent is the enemy of healthy, loving relationships. When getting ahead in life is measured by the things you acquire or by the approval of others discontent thrives. In short, living for things that you cannot eternally possess results in futility. Listen to what Paul says about contentment: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into.. read more

Dr. Charles Hodges on Family Life Radio!

Posted on May 22, 2017 · Posted in Uncategorized

Charles Hodges on Family Life radio today through Wednesday, May 24th. Click here to listen.  

Christianity is not a spectator sport!

Posted on May 20, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom

Christianity is not a spectator sport where you sit in the stands and cheer for your team. Christianity is about being on the playing field and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. It is important that you accurately identify your enemy. You will be tempted to believe your enemies are the people and circumstances you encounter. When this happens your energy is spent fighting the wrong target. This is precisely what your true enemy wants! You need the wisdom of God’s Spirit found in his word to identify your actual enemy. Otherwise.. read more