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Thought for the Lord’s Day

True worship must be rooted in humility.   Worship must be consumed with whom you worship. If your worship focuses upon your  experience then your experience becomes the object of worship.  This is not only a bad idea, it is an insult to God.    True worship must be rooted in humility. You and I are indeed people with unclean lips. Humility is a response to God’s greatness, power and holiness.   Worship is a response to greatness. When you consider who God is, you can not help but bow before him. If you are not blown away by the greatness of God, you are thinking too much of yourself.   Worship is a response to power. When you consider […]

Love without words

Parents. Solomon makes an important observation about the importance of your facial expressions.   In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain. Proverbs 16:15   In countries ruled by kings, a king’s smile was a big deal. A king had absolute authority. He literally had the power of life and death. So, the smile of the king was a welcome sight to his subjects. In Israel if the spring rains failed to come then the crops would fail and there could soon be famine in the land. The king’s favor was like the welcome rains of spring.   You may not be a king. Still, Proverbs […]

Warn your children about the myth of “Safe Sex”

Modern man, in his proverbial darkened state, plunges ever deeper into darkness by seeking new and creative ways to say YES to sex outside of marriage. This thinking brings a rising tide of the health risks and emotional wreckage that comes from the practice of “safe sex.”   Safe sex outside of marriage is a deadly oxymoron of modern life. The truth is that any sex outside of marriage is anything but safe! Extramarital sex is one of the most dangerous activities that people can engage in. A few moments of pleasure are stupidly traded for a life of worry, insecurity and physical danger. Within one generation, the slide into immorality has gone from can I get her to kiss […]

ISIS – The Darker Side of Evil

Once again we have come face-to-face with the darker side of evil.     We face evil in some form everyday. We do live in a dark world. We know there is danger but we have become accustomed to the darkness. We use laws, social norms, military force, education, enlightened media pundits and brave first responders to make everyday evil seem less intimidating. We do this in the same way we use the light switch to make the night to less frightening.    Here are some examples of how we attempt to coexist with everyday evil.    Sexual immorality is evil. But rather than face this evil directly we use a different strategy.  We have made sexual immorality legal and […]

Will your children love your instruction 30 years from now?

Biblical instruction is not about changing behavior, it is about heart change. Proverbs 6:22 defines the purpose of biblical parental instruction. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. This passage in Proverbs is the goal of what is commanded in Deuteronomy 6:4-7.  Truth is to be passed on from one heart to another heart. The goal of biblical instruction is to have your children own the truth of Scripture for themselves!  Solomon tells children that this instruction is so precious they must make it part of their inner life. Solomon is saying this truth will adorn those who hear it and live it. The […]

Help! Someone I love has cancer.

Here is the opening of a post featuring the new mini-book, Help! Someone I love has cancer: “I’m sorry. I don’t think I caught that. I have what?”“I said the tests are conclusive. You have cancer. I’m very sorry.”It doesn’t matter what has transpired before we or our loved ones hear these words, or what happens after. In that first frozen moment, we tend to go completely numb. The impact is so great it paralyzes us emotionally—perhaps for months. Our first response to disaster is typically disbelief: “No, that just can’t be. Surely the tests are wrong. Maybe we need to see another doctor! This can’t be happening to us.” Maybe we’re the ones receiving this diagnosis ourselves, or maybe […]

School and Gospel Grace

School has started.   Even though summer has another month on the calendar, it has already ended.  Schedules, grades, behavioral concerns, homework, and extra-curricular activities once again have center stage.  Of course, all of life’s regular challenges are still present: financial issues, home and car maintenance, issues at work, relational struggles, problems at church, appointments, etc. In the midst of all this day-to-day turmoil your children can begin to feel less like a blessing and more like a burden.   It is one thing to say that your children are a blessing to you and that you delight in them. It is another for them to actually believe this.  Don’t misunderstand, failing to discipline and teach your children is not […]

Instructing a Child’s Heart:

How to build a biblical worldview for your family. For the next several weeks I will be blogging through Instructing a Child’s Heart  by Tedd and Margy Tripp. This book is foundational in nature. It will provide you with a biblical perspective on how to view your children before God, in the world they inhabit, and how God wants you to instruct them in the paths of the gospel. About Instructing a Child’s Heart This book begins with concept that all of life is a classroom. Teaching is always taking place. So the important questions are: who is doing the teaching and what is it that being taught.  Teaching, in some form, never stops. To prepare for this cultural assault […]

Obedience: A biblical worldview

God wants your children to obey you because it pleases Him and blesses them. For example, here is the direction from a parent who has taught this concept to her child. “Joshua, take the garbage out now, please.” “Sure, Mom, no problem.” Joshua’s mom expects to be obeyed. She doesn’t ask Joshua a question, she gives him clear, pleasant direction. She doesn’t whine or plead or bargain or threaten. She speaks directly but pleasantly. Joshua knows exactly what she wants him to do and when. Joshua has been trained to understand that obeying his parents is doing exactly what he is told, right away, with a good attitude. Joshua’s response is not one that came naturally to him. He is […]

Thought for the Lord’s Day

The Danger of Worship Words   God is the heart knower. In fact, he is the only one who knows the content of your heart. But, even with this knowledge, you and I can be foolish enough to come before God with words that mask the thoughts of our hearts. We can speak and sing words that make us acceptable, even pleasing to others, while we hide the reality of our troubled heart.   Israel had this same problem.  They honored God with his Psalms. They said Hallelujah when they heard his truth.  But their hearts were distant. Their hearts were busy with their own desires.   Too often we do these same things today. We sing hymns and Psalms […]