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Psalm 73, Christ and You – Part 3

Posted on December 23rd, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Parenting, Worldview

Yet I am always with you;        you hold me by my right hand.You guide me with your counsel,        and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?        And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,        but God is the strength of my heart        and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish;        you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to.. read more

Heaven in a Box

Posted on December 16th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation, Worldview

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. I Corinthians 15:19 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations… read more

Is there no God?

Posted on December 11th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Umm… what does God have to do with ANYTHING about the financial sector of this or any country? You Jesus freaks are all the same… "money is bad, if you lose everything, god will still love you, blah blah blah" When will people wake up and realize we can't keep falling back on a false deity when things go bad? God.. read more

Gifts and Escapism – Tis the Season 6

Posted on November 21st, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Shaping Influences

Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:16-18 Here is the last installment of the series about preparing for the holiday season. Let's focus now on the attitude of the recipients of gifts. Christmas has become a season all about children. Culturally, Christmas.. read more

Breaking the Holiday Code – Tis the Season 5

Posted on November 19th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest,       and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:13&14 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn   " 'a man against his father,       a daughter against her mother,       a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –       a man's enemies will be.. read more

Tis the Season 3

Posted on November 14th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Gratitude for Christ In less than two weeks it will be Thanksgiving Day once again. That day begins four weeks stuffed full of events, culminating on Christmas Day.  Then, ironically, many will be thankful that the busy holiday season is over. The holiday season places a rather conditional spin on the theme of Thanksgiving. We hope that we will be thankful—assuming that everything works out the way.. read more

Tis the Season…

Posted on November 11th, 2008 · Posted in Culture

Enter his gates with thanksgiving        and his courts with praise;        give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;       his faithfulness continues through all generations Psalm 100:4&5 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8 Perhaps you noticed that on November 1st, immediately after Halloween, stores began to display Christmas themes. The instant transition.. read more

Fairness and Jesus Christ

Posted on June 10th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation, Parenting

…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28 Fairness is an unchallenged Goliath in the army of humanism. The modern days soldiers of humanism see the “fair” treatment of humans as an inalienable right of individuals, to the exclusion of the old notion that there is a God to whom man is accountable. The Humanist Manifesto mockingly scorns such notions. (See the Humanist Manifesto.) John Dewey and other important educational thinkers.. read more

The Day After

Posted on May 12th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Shaping Influences

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 Modern culture has developed a curious practice for giving appreciation to others. It is a mixture of style and substance, with the emphasis.. read more

Response to Kyle

Posted on April 28th, 2008 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, Worldview

Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel        who alone does marvelous deeds. Psalm 72:18 No offense intended to the author of this blog entry, or for the one who asked the initial question, but, if Christians are so dead set against bullying, harassment, etc., then why do you constantly promote it towards GLBT kids? If you are so dead set against bullying, harassment, etc., against people per se, then why don’t you come out against those who are doing the bullying, etc…, instead of.. read more

Do Hard Things

Posted on April 23rd, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers

22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the way to life… Proverbs 6:22&23 These verses envision a dynamic relationship between the word of God and young people. God’s truth should resonate in the lives of teenagers. The word is living.. read more

Young Children, Teenagers & the National Day of Silence.

Posted on April 15th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Parenting, Teenagers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the.. read more

A Question re: The National Day of Silence

Posted on April 11th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers, Worldview

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14 Caleb Land posted this comment with regard to a question that he had that had not been directly addressed in the blog. Thank you, Caleb, for posting this question! I also encourage others of you to comment about issues that have not been directly addressed in the blog, but that you would like to see addressed.  

Adultery: 81 % / Premarital Sex: 45%

Posted on April 4th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrew 13:4 In the last post we looked at a USA Today article regarding the way that Americans view sin. The article contained a survey listing various activities and the percentage of Americans who thought these activities were sin. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed thought that adultery was a sin. However, only 45% of this same group thought that having sex before marriage was a sin. This.. read more

Almost Always…

Posted on April 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Parenting

The fear of the LORD leads to life:   Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.  —Proverbs 19:23 The fool says in his heart,        "There is no God."  —Psalm 14:1 Note: a number of blogs and web sites have commented on this study.  It is important for parents to understand the movement of our culture towards a relativistic view of sin. USA Today, on March 19th, reported on the state of sin in  America. In an article titled “Has the notion of sin been lost?” the Nations’ Newspaper.. read more

Shaping Influences & Parental Legacy

Posted on February 12th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Shaping Influences

2008 is a leap year. The Summer Olympic Games will be held. Who knows what memorable events from 2008 will go down in history? In America  there will be a presidential election.  That election also marks the end of a president’s term in office. As that term draws to a close much is made of the legacy of that president. Political observers ponder how history will view the legacy of a president. Some presidents become obsessed with their legacy—their place in history. Decisions are made with an eye towards protecting.. read more

The Super Bowl and Your Heart’s Orientation

Posted on February 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation, Sports

Whether you watch the Super Bowl or not the game is important to you as a Christian parent. This annual spectacle tells you a great deal about the world your children inhabit. Proverbs 7 shows a parent looking out his window at the world around him. This father used the view from his window to instruct his son about the dangers of life. The window of your television affords you the same opportunity and obligation. In addition to the game you can learn much about the world around you from.. read more

The Super Bowl and Proverbs 4:23, part 2.

Posted on February 1st, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Proverbs, Sports

Above all else, guard your heart,      for it is the wellspring of life. In this second look at Super Bowl XLII I want to examine morality and spectacle. Solomon’s warning to guard your heart and, by implication, to teach your children to guard their hearts is one that must not be neglected. Paul addresses the same theme in Ephesians 6 where he speaks about spiritual warfare. With regard to our hearts we are never in a neutral zone or a demilitarized zone (DMZ). The enemy is always lurking… read more

The Super Bowl and Proverbs 4:23

Posted on January 31st, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Proverbs, Sports

  The message of Proverbs 4:23 is an ominous, as well as a gracious, warning. Above all else, guard your heart,      for it is the wellspring of life. There is urgency in these words of Solomon. Above all else carries an ominous tone. The Holy Spirit is saying, “Pay attention!” The warning is also gracious. You are being told what is really important. Parents, you must faithfully and frequently give this warning to your children. The reason for warnings is that dangers often come when they are least.. read more