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Easter and Your Enemies

Posted on April 16th, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Worship

You may think you know exactly who your enemy is. Your enemy is your unhappy spouse. Your enemy is your stubborn teenager. Your enemy is your ungrateful boss. Your enemy is your friend who said something you don’t like. Your enemy is the economy or the job market. Your enemy is your sickness. Your parents are your enemy. In short, you may think life is your enemy. The truth is that most of the time you are wrong. You are likely to believe the enemy is the people and circumstances.. read more

Is the Pursuit of Purity Exciting?

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation, Ruling Desires

If someone asked you what is your goal in life, and you answered “to pursue purity,” it would, for sure, be an unexpected answer. However, when James describes what wisdom that honors God looks like, the first word he selects is pure. Peter urges us to love one another from a pure heart. Purity is vital to a life that honors God. In the New Testament, to be pure is to be genuine, authentic, and undefiled. These are qualities that would enhance any life endeavor and any relationship! So, being.. read more

The Great Lie

Posted on March 8th, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers, Wisdom, Worldview

Men, pornography is a lie. You think you are attracted to it because of sexual temptation.  That is a lie of the enemy! Yes, the lure is about sexual lust is real. But the attraction to pornography is also about the degradation and humiliation of women for your own lusts. Indulging in pornography promotes and aids human trafficking, slavery, physical abuse, emotional abuse, rape and, in some cases, death. In short, viewing of pornography is finding pleasure in the slavery and destruction of women. The enemy has deceived you into.. read more

Empty Boxes, Hurting Hearts

Posted on February 15th, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Marriage

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Gifts were given. Some carefully planned and thoughtful, others, not so much. The flowers are in their vases, the chocolate has been enjoyed, the calendar has a new date. But the most important question still remains. How is your relationship? Did last night help to make it stronger? Do doubts still remain? Does the new morning bring new worries? The answers to these questions are found in the relationship that matters most – your relationship with God. Knowing and loving God gives significance.. read more

Celebrating Insanity!

Posted on December 31st, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Every January 1st, most of the world celebrates insanity. Times Square is filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People are excited about the promise of a new year. They hope the disappointments of the.. read more

More Gifts To Give

Posted on December 27th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Gratitude

The presents have all been opened. Christmas is done. For children, next Christmas seems more than a life-time away. I remember feeling sad that there were no more gifts to open, even as I was surrounded presents and empty boxes! As I look back, I am amazed at how quickly gratitude was replaced with self-centered longing for more stuff. Not pleasant thoughts! Now as adult, I find I still quickly forget God’s kindness to me. His goodness to me is quickly forgotten and replaced with, “I need more.” Loosing focus.. read more

This Christmas, what is your good?

Posted on December 15th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

What makes a Christmas a good Christmas? Think about that for a  moment. There is danger that lurks for Christians when we evaluate the quality of life with the standards of our culture. Using the world’s standards as the measure of what is good in your life will bring dissatisfaction. This is exactly what happened to the psalmist in Psalm 73. His overwhelming discouragement came directly from evaluating life the way God’s enemies do. Parents, this applies to you, as well. If you work hard at your parenting, but use the culture’s.. read more

Whose helper are you?

Posted on December 10th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Parenting, Worldview

 Santa’s Helper? Your children know everything about you. They see when you are sleeping, they know when you have been good or bad, they know when you pout and when you shout. Your kids know all of this without your ever having to say a word. When you stumble and ask God for help — they learn. When you stumble and snap or make excuses — they learn from that, too. If you value your relationship with God above all else, your children will know that as well. What does.. read more

Our Duty?

Posted on November 26th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Gratitude, Holidays

Do we have a duty as Americans to acknowledge and honor the rule of God? Do we have a duty to obey God? Do we have a national duty to be grateful for the blessings of God?  George Washington thought so, as did both houses of Congress!  Wait! What? Yes, that is exactly what they believed! By today’s standards it appears that the first Congress and the first President didn’t understand the Constitution was against any mention of God, let alone proclaiming it is the duty of all nations to.. read more

Dying to Worship

Posted on November 20th, 2018 · Posted in Bible, Culture, Holidays, Worship

Would you risk your life and the lives of your children to come to church this Sunday? It is a serious question! For William Bradford, the answer was yes. Bradford was 33 years old. He was the leader of a group of people who sailed for a new life in the new world. The group experienced famine, cold and sickness. Yet, Bradford, called everyone together for thanksgiving and worship. 495 years ago, Governor Bradford proclaimed that Thursday, November 29th, 1623 would be a day of Thanksgiving and corporate worship. This.. read more

Fear the real walking dead

Posted on September 7th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Ruling Desires, Worldview

There is a popular TV show about walking dead people. These are not the kind of people that you want to hang out with. Yet, in real life, there are walking dead that we hang out with everyday. We trust them to tell us how to live, how to spend our money, how to have fun and even how to love.  I know, you are thinking who would be that crazy. Why would any one trust walking dead people?   Well, for one thing the real walking dead don’t appear.. read more

The value of suffering

Posted on September 4th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

Secular culture faces suffering with fear and dread. Affliction is something to be avoided. Suffering is regarded as an interruption to life. Suffering is not a meaningful part of life. In a biblical vision, suffering comes from the hand of a God who is good and working good in us through all that he brings. Our suffering may seem overwhelming. Afflictions are often unfair. We may see our adversity as random and meaningless. In reality our suffering is meaningful. God has a purpose in it. If we face it rightly,.. read more

The power of music 

Posted on August 7th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Music

Music is powerful. Read this account of a young and popular musician. He was as concerned about the way he appeared when he performed as the music he played . . . Around him young women swooned, others fought for and tore articles of his clothing . . . The musician encouraged such conduct because it made his legend grow. Who was this wild man after whom young women clamored? Is this a scene from today, the 90’s, 80’s, 70’s or 60’s? Actually, it is from the 30’s—the 1830’s. The.. read more

Tedd Tripp on manhood

Posted on August 3rd, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom

In 1 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul connects leadership with parenting. In doing so he gives a primer on both what it means to be a leader and what it means to be father. Paul begins the discussion of a father’s role in 1 Thessalonians 2:9 by reminding them of his toil and hardship for them: Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. This is a window.. read more

The pleasure trap

Posted on August 1st, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, Worldview

Most of the difficulties that you and your children face are not caused by a lack of information. Most arise because of a lack of sound judgment. This is illustrated by the experience of Israel after Joshua died: Israel became a spiritual train wreck. Why? They knew about God but they didn’t know God. Here is what Judges 2:10 says about this time: And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that.. read more

What’s really important in life?

Posted on July 26th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Wisdom

What are the goals you set for yourself, for your children? Do these goals center on things like grades, good jobs, a sound financial position, a comfortable house, personal accomplishments, a secure retirement? These all have their upside and they are important!  But are they the most important things in life. Paul had a discussion once with the some of the greatest intellectual minds in Athens. Paul told these great thinkers about the reality of God’s control in the lives of humans.  He told them that this God, whom they.. read more

Celebrate your Dependence 

Posted on July 4th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

Regardless of laws, judicial decrees, executive orders and public opinion, independence from God is not possible. Isaiah reminds us of God’s total control and man’s total dependence on him in Isaiah 40:21-23: Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live.. read more

Falling in love with time 

Posted on May 8th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, Worldview

John urges us not to love the treasures of this world.  Another way of saying this is not to fall in love with time. Time has do with the earth. Yes, time is important, but it is not a thing to be worshipped or to serve. If time becomes your master, you will not be able to serve God.  If time becomes your treasure, your heart will be enslaved to the wrong master.  How can loving time be a bad thing for your family?  Time is the enemy of building.. read more

What about God

Posted on May 4th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Gospel

The character of God is the one subject that is limitless.  Because God is infinite he can be contemplated, adored, worshiped and loved without limit.  But, still, the Holy Spirit wants you talk to your kids about God’s character, about who he is.  For example, Moses describes God with many expressions of awe and fascination. In Deuteronomy 10 he speaks of God in comparison to the false gods of the surrounding cultures.  This is a huge consideration.  Throughout human history there have always been pretenders to the rule of God.. read more

The pursuit of purity

Posted on March 27th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, Worldview

The pursuit of purity is not a popular quest! If someone asked you what your goal in life is and you answered “to pursue purity,” it would, for sure, be an unexpected answer. However, when James describes what wisdom that honors God looks like, the first word he selects is pure. Peter urges us to love one another from a pure heart. Purity is vital to a life that honors God. In the New Testament, to be pure is to be genuine, authentic and undefiled. So even though being pure.. read more