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Prayer for our leaders!

Posted on April 28, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, World View

War talk has moved from the speculative to the possible. And it appears that we are subject to the actions of human governments. While the governing authorities and leaders are important, we must not lose sight of the real center of power. The Apostle Paul instructs that we pray for governing authorities in this way:
“of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and.. read more

From your heart to their hearts

Posted on April 27, 2017 · Posted in Communication, Parenting

The first obligation of any parent is to love God with all that you have to give. This is the meaning of the words in Deuteronomy 6:5-7 where the Holy Spirit, through Moses, instructs parents how to lead their children to follow God. Nothing less than a full-on commitment to love God is in view. These words are passionate words! God calls for you to be all-in when it comes to telling your children about him. God will not be an after-thought or an add-on to your parenting. “Love the.. read more

When God doesn’t do what you want

Posted on April 26, 2017 · Posted in Shaping Influences

When it comes to life, you and I are often poor script writers. And that is a good thing! Okay, how can I say that this is a good thing? Most of the disappointments that you face in life come because things did not work out as you had planned. This does not mean that what you had planned was necessarily bad or wrong. And this where the difficulty comes. You wanted and prayed for something you thought was good. Perhaps you prayed for the health of someone you love.. read more

How can you tell me, “I love you” or “Sin makes you stupid!”

Posted on April 24, 2017 · Posted in Wisdom

She pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what I want to know!”  She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it. One the face of it, this sounds like the man in the scenario is at least being partially to blame for being insensitive to the needs of his companion. Yes, she was wrong to nag him,.. read more

A prayer to love Christ more

Posted on April 21, 2017 · Posted in Prayer

Father, grant me the courage to love you for who you are and not for whom I want you to be. Grant me the peace to honor you for what you do and not for what I want you to do. Grant me the power to live for what adds to your reputation and not to my own. Grant me the compassion to long for people to know you. Grant me the humility to speak well of you and not of myself. Grant me the discernment build your kingdom and.. read more

There is more to life than being safe and legal

Posted on April 20, 2017 · Posted in Parenting

Rules and parenting are things that go together. But there is more to life than rules. Rules, by themselves, will not produce spiritual maturity. What rules may do is keep you safe and keep you from breaking laws. But God wants you to have more than that. Relying primarily on a set of rules to govern your family is toxic. Paul warns you about being taken captive by the human traditions of this world. Here is his warning found in Colossians two: “See to it that no one takes you.. read more

Teach your kids to love God

Posted on April 18, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel

Whether you read Deuteronomy, Matthew or Colossians, the message is the same: the first thing that God requires is that he is to be loved. Too often, when it comes to raising children, loving God is tacked on as an after thought to obedience. The thought process may run like this: “I can’t force my children to love God, so I will teach them to obey, because I can require that.” Teaching obedience appears to be a more doable task than teaching the love of God. After all, reaching the.. read more

Spring Sale – 30% off on your order!

Posted on April 17, 2017 · Posted in Uncategorized

Our Spring Sale is extended to this Friday, April, 21. Use the coupon code APRIL30 at checkout and receive a 30% discount! This is a great opportunity to get a 30% discount on all of your favorite Shepherd Press products. Click here to go to our online store.  

Dark Saturday

Posted on April 15, 2017 · Posted in Death, Gospel

Think about Saturday, the day after the crucifixion. This day was different. The trial, the crowds, the drama of Christ upon the cross was past. It was a dark Saturday. The disciples were overwhelmed. Judas was gone. The eleven and those close to them had spent three years with the most powerful person in all of human history. Try as they might they could not anticipate his next move or deed. Now, his calming presence was gone. It appeared their hopes and dreams had vanished before their eyes. The Roman.. read more

Here is your King

Posted on April 14, 2017 · Posted in Gospel

For 21st Century Americans the idea of serving a king is bizarre. One person having authority over life and death, of absolute rule is unthinkable, medieval, even barbaric. We believe we have evolved to a more sophisticated, enlightened way of life. So, if someone were to say to you, “here is your king”, you might be uncomfortable, maybe even outraged at the thought of giving someone total control of your life. 2,000 years ago, the religious leaders of Israel had similar thoughts. The Christ was only fit to be their.. read more

The triumph of the resurrection

Posted on April 13, 2017 · Posted in Gospel

The resurrection is the defining moment in all of human history. Without the resurrection the holy character of God could not have allowed for the race of men to continue to exist. It is the triumph of the risen Savior as he fulfilled the promise that was made thousands of years earlier. The resurrection means that Christ won hope, joy and peace for his people and for the honor of his Father. It means that all of the mess of this world will be reconciled and made whole. When Christ.. read more

The Cross, the ultimate reality check

Posted on April 12, 2017 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification

As humans we have an amazing capacity for self-importance. After being with Jesus at the last supper, after having him wash their feet, after hearing that one of them would betray Jesus, the disciples began to discuss an important topic. Actually, it was a dispute. They began to argue about which of them would have the highest public opinion poll! “A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.” Luke 22:24 Amazing. But not really, the disciples are too much like me for.. read more

A Commitment to Grief

Posted on April 11, 2017 · Posted in Sorrow

Before the foundation of the world, the members of the Trinity committed to bring about the creation and salvation of a people that God would claim as his own. Part of this eternal, divine commitment included something we seldom consider. The members of the Trinity committed themselves to grief. While it is impossible to fully know the mind of God, he does with gracious compassion disclose some intimate details to us. When God committed to save a people for himself, that commitment included grief. Jesus, the second member of the.. read more

When God has a different script

Posted on April 9, 2017 · Posted in Gospel

On Palm Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem to cheering crowds. Five days later the same crowds shouted for his crucifixion. When Christ met the expectations of the crowd, he was their king. When he did not, they swore allegiance to Caesar. How often does your heart replay this scene? When life follows the script that satisfies you, God is good and worthy of praise. But when God has written a different narrative, one that disappoints or brings pain, he becomes distant and praise is a stranger to your heart. You cannot.. read more

I’m fat

Posted on April 6, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers

Your 13 year old daughter, whom you think could gain a few pounds, has just announced to you, “I’m fat.” You are really puzzled so you say, “No way, you’re fat. Why would you even say that?” With eyes that show grim determination, she says: “Mom, you don’t get it. Compared to everyone at school, I’m fat. I need to lose weight. I can’t keep going to school like this. Look at me, I’m all puffy!” “Sarah, that’s ridiculous! You’re not fat. You’re healthy. Don’t be controlled by such silly.. read more

Encouragement builds relationships

Posted on April 5, 2017 · Posted in Parenting

Encouragement is not primarily about solving problems. Encouragement builds relationships. It is primarily about engaging in thoughts and activities that bring honor to God. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul urges you to focus on things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Here are two practical examples of doing this: Two young children are fussing and complaining. Negative response: “Why can’t you two just be quiet! Being noisy and fussy is a distraction to everybody in this house. I don’t want to hear any more unpleasantness, and I mean it! Do you understand?!?”.. read more

Would you go to church if…

Posted on April 4, 2017 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Entertainment, Godward Orientation

  Would you go to church if: you couldn’t go to the mountains, you couldn’t go to the beach, you couldn’t go on vacation, if the weather is not too bad, if your favorite team is not playing on TV, if you don’t have tickets to see your favorite team play, if this weren’t your only chance to catch an important film or fine arts performance, if the weather is too rainy for a hike or picnic, if you weren’t too tired, if you weren’t feeling bad, if you didn’t.. read more

The passionate pursuit of God

Posted on April 3, 2017 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Wisdom

Is God distant, maybe not as close as you would like? Is he an idea, a fleeting abstraction that when you use his name it sounds hollow? When you talk to your kids about goodness of God, do they either literally or figuratively roll their eyes? Is the idea of showing Christ to those you an illusive dream? So how do we clear the vision? How can we make God vibrant in our own eyes — so vibrant that our kids know we are genuinely compelled by our love for.. read more

The wide road

Posted on March 31, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, Wisdom

Public opinion polls have the goal of finding out what is the most popular viewpoint. Politicians in particular are motivated by these polls; safety in numbers. Polls portend of danger ahead or indicate where most think safety lies. The road with the most people on it is the one leading to security or to at least to an election victory. But Jesus has some warnings about public opinion. John’s gospel tells how Jesus had won the popularity of many at the beginning of his public ministry. “But Jesus would not.. read more

Pornography: a virus that is redefining relationships and marriage

Posted on March 29, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Parenting

Tim Challies argues that “pornography reshapes our very understanding of sex, manhood, and womanhood.” Tim is right. Pornography views people as objects whose purpose is to serve the wants and desires of others. Relationships are valued for what pleasure they produce. Pornography ignites a passion for self-gratification and little else. Our children are growing up at a time where self-sacrifice is viewed as fool’s game. Sex exists to serve personal cravings. In this cultural climate all relationships suffer, but none more painfully than marriage. Tim Challies has written an essential.. read more