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The Bail Out and the Blazing Furnace

Posted on September 28, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

…if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?" Daniel 3:15b If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will.. read more

Silence & Youthful Lusts

Posted on September 21, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Ruling Desires, Teenagers

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. II Timothy 2:22 In addition to the points raised in recent posts, there may be another reason why teenagers suddenly become silent and distant. As has been observed by most of the known world, the teenage years are a time of change. One change is the emergence of youthful lusts that Paul warns about in 2 Timothy. The word for lust used in the passage above is.. read more

From Monologues to Questions

Posted on September 19, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Teenagers

In the future, when your son asks you, "What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?" tell him: "We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Deuteronomy 6:20-21 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding     but delights in airing his own opinions. Proverbs 18:2 How do you measure your effectiveness at listening to your children? Besides the self-conscious concern to implement Proverbs 18:15, there is one tangible way to.. read more

Mini Post: Thinking Biblically about the Banking Crisis

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Parents, here is a helpful post from Justin Taylor's blog about the current financial unrest. You can find the article here. Justin's blog, Between Two Worlds, is a great place to keep up with theological and cultural happenings.

Monologues and Teenagers – Part 2

Posted on September 13, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Teenagers

In this series of posts we are looking at the communication breakdowns that often occur between parents and teenagers. What once appeared to be a good relationship with lots of interaction can deteriorate to silent, disinterested teens enduring parental monologues. After such an encounter, more than one parent has turned away, asking with an aching heart, why is this happening? In the last post we looked at the command in Proverbs 18:15 to be aggressive listeners. This listening is not just for current exchanges, but includes remembering the conversations of.. read more

Mini Post: Angry Ike

Posted on September 12, 2008 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

For I am the LORD your God,     Who churns up the sea so that its waves roar—    the LORD Almighty is his name. Isaiah 51:15    The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Matthew 8:27 I heard a famous TV reporter this morning, standing by the sea wall in Galveston Bay, describe the scene of Hurricane Ike's approach. As he was pelted by the water crashing over the sea wall, he described the waters of the Gulf.. read more

Monologues and Teenagers

Posted on September 11, 2008 · Posted in Shaping Influences, Teenagers

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;      the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15 One of our readers left the following as part of a comment to the post, How Sin Works – Application to Teenagers:“It is hard to dialogue and not monologue with a 13 year old who doesn’t respond. Any suggestion?” This mom is not alone. Parents are frustrated by contrasts. Contrasts, such as when you observe your teenager talking a mile-a-minute with friends and yet, when you talk with him, his exuberance collapses.. read more

The Race is On!

Posted on September 5, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

The political conventions are finished. Now begins the 60 day sprint towards election day. These next few weeks will have a significant impact on your family. Your ability to trust in God will be on display before your children and others who are close to you. I will have several posts on this topic. To get things started here is a previous post on this topic. Take some time to consider the legacy you leave to your children. 2008 is a leap year. The Summer Olympic Games will be held… read more

How Sin Works – Application to Teenagers

Posted on September 2, 2008 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Teenagers

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 Sin’s deceitfulness targets teenagers particularly. As Timothy warns, youthful passions must be avoided and righteousness pursued with great energy. We have already addressed the youthful scheming of Jonadab and Amnon. Amnon’s desires made him an easy target. He craved his sister, Tamar, and was willing to take whatever shortcuts and schemes seemed viable in order to satisfy his sensual passions. His headlong pursuit of.. read more

Gustav, Hanna, Ike and more

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The LORD does whatever pleases him,     in the heavens and on the earth,     in the seas and all their depths. Psalm 135:6 An AP headline today read "Gustave Spares Worst for New Orleans." This headline credits the thing created with the actions of the Creator. It may seem a small thing. It is not. God and God alone is the one who determined the path of Gustav. It appears from the forecasters that the eastern U.S. will be in for a round of hurricanes this next.. read more

God and Gustav

Posted on August 31, 2008 · Posted in Worldview

I know that the LORD is great,     that our Lord is greater than all gods. The LORD does whatever pleases him,     in the heavens and on the earth,     in the seas and all their depths. He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;     he sends lightning with the rain     and brings out the wind from his storehouses. Psalm 135:5-7 Hurricane season has arrived. This evening Gustav is headed toward the Louisiana coast. Hanna is lingering just east of.. read more

Worry, Panic & Schemes – How Sin Works – part 2

Posted on August 29, 2008 · Posted in Ruling Desires

When David was told, "Uriah did not go home," he asked him, "Haven’t you just come from a distance? Why didn’t you go home?" 2 Samuel 11:10 The second common form of deceit is that it offers a shortcut to what we want. The real truth behind this shortcut is that we assume we know better than God what is good for us. It is ironic that these shortcuts usually involve much more planning and scheming than simply doing what God requires. There is definitely an overlap between this form.. read more

Living for the Moment – Helping your children see how sin works

Posted on August 28, 2008 · Posted in Ruling Desires

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Genesis 37:3&4 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than.. read more

Sin – Empty Promise, Bitter Fruit

Posted on August 26, 2008 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Worldview

      When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also  desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6     So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life.. read more

Olympic Thoughts

Posted on August 22, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Sports, Worldview

Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD." 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." The Olympics are winding down this weekend. There have been many successes and many disappointments… read more

What to do about lying

Posted on August 20, 2008 · Posted in Lying, Parenting

Even from birth the wicked go astray;   from the womb they are wayward and speak lies. Psalm 58:3 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience —among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like.. read more

Lying to God

Posted on August 18, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Lying

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was.. read more

Mini-Post: Gold Medals and Sportsmanship

Posted on August 15, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

This weekend the Beijing Olympics reach the half-way mark. I continue to be amazed at the skill, determination and stamina of those winning Gold.  Whether the sport is Fencing, Swimming, Gymnastics or one of the many others, the Olympic champions are just that – Olympic in stature. As we admire these superb athletes there is even the place for the accurate use of an over-used word – unique. There is only one Michael Phelps. Have we found the modern definition of greatness in this young man? Perhaps, from the perspective.. read more

Why Children Lie – Part 2

Posted on August 14, 2008 · Posted in Lying, Parenting

    Now Amnon had a friend named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man. He asked Amnon, "Why do you, the king’s son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?"    Amnon said to him, "I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister." "Go to bed and pretend to be ill," Jonadab said. "When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare.. read more

Why Children Lie

Posted on August 13, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Lying

Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."    Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?" Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah.. read more