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Guest Post: Jesus Tore the Curtain — Brian G. Hedges

Posted on December 8th, 2017 · Posted in Bible, Gospel

On the Cross, Jesus Tore the Curtain: Reconciliation Jesus took our place, facing the darkness of God’s judgment and wrath against our sins. Then, “Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Mark 15:37–38) The Jerusalem temple had two veils—one that separated the rest of the temple from the Holy of Holies, the place where God’s presence dwelled, and another that separated the Court of Israel from the Court of Women and the Court of.. read more

Guest Post: Abiding in the Vine — Brian G. Hedges

Posted on December 1st, 2017 · Posted in Bible, Godward Orientation

Abiding in the Vine One of the most vivid and powerful illustrations for the believer’s union with Christ in all of Scripture is that of the vine and branches. Branches bear fruit only when they abide in the vine. So it is for believers: the only way we can glorify the Father with fruitful lives is by abiding in Jesus. This teaching is found in John 15, where Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his imminent death and departure by instructing them about their calling and mission as his.. read more

Worry, anxiety, obedience and your children

Posted on June 27th, 2017 · Posted in Bible, Discipline, Parenting

Obedience to God is something that is meant to bring comfort and peace to life. The Holy Spirit illuminates his word so that obedience can be the ultimate stress reliever. Jesus urges you to know the relief and refreshment from taking his yoke upon you instead of trying to figure out life for yourself. John says the commands of God are not burdensome. I can hear someone thinking or saying, “Time out! These are not exactly my first thoughts about obedience. What are you talking about?” Well, such an objection.. read more

Featured in World Magazine

Posted on July 26th, 2016 · Posted in Bible

Noah: A Journal of Praise Featured in World Magazine Ganz imagines Noah keeping a journal into which she invites her readers: “Let’s pretend that we are reading some pages from Noah’s journal.” The beautifully illustrated journal begins on the day Noah enters the ark for the last time before the flood: “I was thankful that our God himself shut the door of the ark. Would I have the strength to do it?” Noah writes about the ark’s sounds and smells, his fear, and the attributes of God to which he.. read more

40% Off books for your family!

Posted on November 13th, 2015 · Posted in Bible

  40% Off – Great books that bring the Bible’s story to your family! Here they are: Noah: A Journal Praise Now in stock and ready to ship! A beautifully illustrated book that considers what Noah’s thoughts were like on the most epic voyage in human history. God’s Great Plan A visual summary of God’s great plan of redemption that will captivate your children. Herein Is Love Children’s Commentaries A powerful educational tool that explains the first five books of Scripture your and your children. This series is truly unique!.. read more

Why the story of Noah matters today

Posted on October 30th, 2015 · Posted in Bible, Culture, Worldview

  The setting is in any one of the high-crime areas of several major U.S. cities. The time is approximately 10:00 p.m. A loud, sharp bang gets everyone’s attention. A young child turns to her mother and asks, “How many gunshots is that we have heard tonight?” “Two or three.” “Mom, do you think maybe somebody got shot?” “I don’t know baby. I hope not.” “Why do people have to get mad and shoot each other?” “You know the answer, sweetheart.” “I know, it is because of sin. But I.. read more

Confronting and controlling your fears

Posted on September 28th, 2015 · Posted in Bible, Shaping Influences

Whatever fears you struggle with, consider them in the light of Romans 8. There is no fear that you have that cannot be conquered by God’s power at work in you!  The greatest fear anyone can have is the condemnation of God. But in Christ, there is no condemnation. Confront your fear with this truth. You do not have to be controlled by fear. Apply the teaching of this wonderful chapter to help you be controlled by the Spirit of God and his word. Here is a brief application from.. read more

The Bible & Worship

Posted on August 15th, 2015 · Posted in Bible, Worship

Hebrews 4:12 describes the Bible as being living and active. Is this merely a fact to you? Or does this phrase in Hebrews speak about you? Do you read the Bible simply to increase  your knowledge—or to be spiritually fed and enlivened as you read? We know that our children must trust the Bible and live it. But do our children see that these words of God are living and working in us? Do our children know that the Bible defines who we are and how we live? The prophet.. read more

Is the Bible alive to you?

Posted on July 25th, 2015 · Posted in Bible, Worldview, Worship

Hebrews 4:12 describes the Bible as being living and active. Is this merely a fact you teach your kids? Or does this phrase in Hebrews speak of you? Do you read the Bible simply to increase  your knowledge—or to be spiritually fed and enlivened as you read? You know that your children must trust the Bible and live it. But do your children see that these words of God are living and working in you? Do your children know that the Bible defines who you are and how you live?.. read more

Mary, an ordinary girl

Posted on December 20th, 2014 · Posted in Bible, Gospel, Holidays

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, unexpectedly came face-to-face with the angel Gabriel. Mary was a young woman, quite possibly a teen-ager. To say that she was startled and taken aback would be a huge understatement. But Gabriel comforts her and then with a few spoken words turned her life upside down. She was going to become a mother. She was told her child would grow up to take the throne of King David and that his kingdom would have no end. This was not an ordinary conversation. Gabriel was.. read more

The Holy Spirit says heaven is for real!

Posted on April 10th, 2014 · Posted in Authority, Bible

The Holy Spirit has given his word that heaven is a reality. He has provided vivid and breathtaking descriptions of the wonder of heaven in the Bible. In his wisdom, God has provided exactly what we need to know about what heaven is like. But, there is more. For you and me to believe and trust in the Bible, Jesus Christ had to die. If Jesus had not suffered agonizing punishment and death for our sins, we would not be capable of seeing the wonder and majesty of the Spirit’s book; we.. read more

As the world turns

Posted on March 13th, 2014 · Posted in Authority, Bible

 The brilliant colors of spring are beginning to appear, at least where I live. Some of you will have to wait a bit longer.  Spring happens because earth is once again in position to turn its northern hemisphere towards the warmth of the Sun. On March 21, the spring equinox will occur when the equator is pointed directly at the sun. There will be exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.  This not a random event. Neither is it an event governed by the laws of science… read more

The Bible: your connection to eternity!

Posted on March 7th, 2014 · Posted in Bible, Godward Orientation

Scripture is your connection to the wonder of eternity. The Bible is the only source that you can trust about what is to come. The plan of the enemy is for you to think that your life on earth is all that is real. However, life on earth is meaningless if it is not connected to eternity.   The freedom of being liberated from the limitations of this life is the hope of eternity. What happens here is not all that there is. The day will  come when we are.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day and everyday!

Posted on February 22nd, 2014 · Posted in Bible, Worldview, Worship

Your Rules or God’s Light Here are two ways to view the Bible. Which one is more likely to be the view your children have of scripture? View #1                                                                                                                           .. read more

A gift that you cannot buy

Posted on December 16th, 2013 · Posted in Bible, Parenting

How can you give the gift of God’s Word to your children? The best way to present the gift of the Word of Christ to your children is to have that Word dwell richly within you.  A full, energetic relationship with Christ through his Word dwelling in your life is a magnificent gift to your children. It is also an essential gift. Only this will make you a biblical shepherd who is practical, caring and responsive to your children.  Shepherding your child’s heart is an awesome and fearful task, but.. read more

Historical ignorance and the modern assault on Christianity

Posted on December 12th, 2013 · Posted in Bible, Fear of the Lord, Weblogs

The Associated Press reports that officials at Shaw Air Force in South Carolina have removed a Nativity Scene from the base at the urging of the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation.” The foundation lodged a complaint about the display through the Air Force in Washington. Paul Loebe, spokesman for the foundation, said the Nativity scene was in violation of the Constitution. Ignorance of United States history is one of the great weapons used against Christianity. Here is  a quote from the official brochure of the Office of the Chaplain of the.. read more

The Bible, the Spirit’s Masterpiece

Posted on October 30th, 2013 · Posted in Bible

Good writing is a work of connected beauty. Words and thoughts are woven together that build word pictures that can be etched into hearts. No other piece of literature is comparable to the Bible in this regard. When we read we must look for these connections to understand the power of the Spirit’s work. The Bible is the literary masterpiece of all time. Every word is exactly placed to draw the hearts of God’s people to the life that is truly life.  It can be dangerous to make connections that.. read more

Introducing your children’s world

Posted on July 27th, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Bible, Culture, Worldview

Children growing into adulthood encounter a seductive yet hostile world. They will enter a world which has written off the bible.  And any God who would be connected with the Bible is immediately viewed as a hateful bigot. The Bible itself has been ruled irrelevant, largely because of its teaching on sexual activity and marriage. Modern culture has unceremoniously moved on from the Bible and its views of morality. Three “modern” replacements have been found to succeed the supposed outdated structure of biblical Christianity. Here are the replacements: Public opinion.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on July 7th, 2013 · Posted in Bible

How important is the Bible? How important is the Bible to you? I don’t mean how important would you like it to be to you or to your children. What I mean is—how important is the Bible to you and the way you live? You want your children to follow the ways of Scripture. You want them to know its content. You want them to know its Author. You know that what the Holy Spirit has written in his Word is essential for life.  But allow me to ask again,.. read more

June 26, 2013: Defiance Day

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Bible, Current Events

George Washington nominated intolerant extremist, John Jay, to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. At least that is what our current Court thinks. On September 24th, 1789, President George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act. Later that day he nominated John Jay of New York to be the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Jay had impressive credentials. But for our purposes please note these three quotes made by John Jay regarding Christianity and the Bible: “By conveying the Bible to people . . … read more