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Parental Authority also Sacrificed on the Altar of Sexual Promiscuity

Posted on June 12th, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Current Events, Parenting

As far as the government is concerned your authority as a parent is gone. You can believe that you still have control over your family, if you choose to believe in fantasies. But the reality is that it is government who decides what is moral for your family. Don’t bother mentioning God in this discussion – his law has been ruled unconstitutional! At least that is how the government sees things. An innocuous sounding announcement by White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, has cast a dark shadow over the American.. read more

Who is Listening?

Posted on June 10th, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel, Worldview

Each day the headlines tell us of new ways our privacy has been compromised.  There are credible fears of government’s intrusion into private electronic communication. Is privacy an illusion? Should we fear governmental agencies that appear to have gone too far? Can our private words be used against us? Perhaps. However, what really should be feared is ignored. Here is the reality that is not being reported: There is no communication or thought that is not known and recorded by God. If you want to fear something, fear this. Forget.. read more

Teenagers Sacrificed on Altar of Sexual Promiscuity.

Posted on May 1st, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Current Events, Worldview

This was a difficult post to write. The content is unpleasant. But if we love God and love our children we have no choice but to become salt and light to a dark nation. America has become obsessed with the pursuit of sexual lust. Our nation risks the death of teenagers in order to be rid God’s design for sex. If you have doubts about this, note today’s headlines. One popular news site today posted these two headline links in consecutive order: 1. FDA Approves Morning-After Pill For Over-the-Counter sales.. read more

Male, Female – Marriage, Sex

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Current Events

 There is no random with God.  Sex was designed for husbands and wives. The sexual revolution actually began with the fall – man continues to fall for the same trap; we think there has to be a better way than God’s. One of the great lies of our time is that sex and marriage have nothing to do with each other. Lust is camouflaged as sexual attraction. Saying sex is restricted to marriage is outdated, archaic, and now constitutes hate speech. Don’t fall prey to the destructive urban legend that.. read more

The Myth of Safety

Posted on April 16th, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel, Worldview

The myth of safety lies shattered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Whether we are in a movie theater, an office building, a school room, a college campus, or a sporting event, we are no more safe than if we were on the front lines in Afghanistan. Those on the front lines are constantly aware of the danger. However, in day-to-day life we believe the lie that we are entitled to safety. The truth is that we are only as safe as God has purposed for us to.. read more

What to tell your kids about North Korea

Posted on April 4th, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Speculation about the actions of North Korea have become a little more interesting. Of particular note is the announcement that the North Koreans have approved a “merciless nuclear attack” on the United States.   In some form or fashion you children will hear of the growing tension. They will have questions or concerns or in some cases, fears that need to be addressed. I am on safe ground in saying that not once in the national media will you hear a newscaster urge that the Living God of the Bible.. read more

Grief and Anxiety: Diseases or Not?

Posted on April 1st, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Sanctification

Here is the latest entry of Dr. Charles Hodges’s blog. Dr. Hodges is the author of Good Mood, Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.  In this blog post, he cites a leading British Professor, Peter Kinderman,  who comments about new findings in the psychological community regarding grief and anxiety. Since these issues touch so many, these are important matters to consider. Dr. Hodges has done a tremendous service in bringing the light of Scripture to bear on a problem where the secular medical community is finding more.. read more

Pistorious and Steenkamp – a promise shattered

Posted on February 18th, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

Oscar Pistorious and Reeva Steenkamp appeared to have it all. Mr. Pistorious was lauded as a remarkable story of courage and the will to overcome adversity.  He was the “Bladerunner.” Despite being a double amputee he was able to compete in the 2012 Olympic games in the men’s 400 meters. He finished last in his semi-final heat, but he received universal acclaim as an athlete and role model.   Also last summer, fellow South African, Reeva Steenkamp, was competing in a reality TV show. Ms. Steenkamp, was a model, lawyer,.. read more

God is speaking to America, but are we listening?

Posted on February 9th, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Instead of ascribing to God what is rightfully his due, Nemo is being blamed for the massive snowstorm that struck the Northeast this past weekend. No one will pay much attention to weather attributed to Nemo, other than grumbling and complaining about shoveling snow.     However, the Bible teaches us that large storms like this Northeaster are sent by God to gain our attention. Weather that stops us from our daily routine is designed by God to make us acknowledge him for who he is:   God’s voice thunders.. read more

The Super Bowl – Making a Name for Ourselves

Posted on February 2nd, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

The Super Bowl is a spectacle. Over 100 million people will see the game on television. Advertisers will pay 3.5 to 4 million dollars for a 30 second commercial. In fact, for many,  the commercials are more interesting than the game. The half-time show includes iconic entertainers. Millions upon millions of dollars are bet on the event. The media coverage is non-stop.    The popularity of the Super Bowl tells us much about ourselves. It is an event where we come together in a common interest. Coming together, however, is.. read more

Help for Patients Who Endure Much

Posted on January 31st, 2013 · Posted in Current Events

     We still face the same problem that doctors did in Luke’s Gospel. We encounter diseases that we struggle to accurately diagnose and effectively treat. And patients endure much.    The purpose of this book is to look at another area of medicine in which patients face the kind of problems this woman faced. The diagnosis and treatment of the disease do not result in a rapid and complete cure. The cost of treatment and the lost wages are a significant burden to those affected. Yet in a significant.. read more

On Flat Tires

Posted on January 30th, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

On first impression flat tires appear to offer little evidence of God’s love and care. But that is just unbelief spinning events in way that seeks to discredit God’s providential care. Yes, a flat tire is an inconvenient addition to an already busy day. But that is just from your perspective. Suppose you knew that having a flat tire would mean that you avoided a situation that would have resulted in harm to you or your family that otherwise would have occurred if you had been on schedule. From this.. read more

There is No Plan B

Posted on January 16th, 2013 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel, Worldview

What hope does a country have that has no fear of God?   There is only one – repentance.    Over time, unrepentant sin may lead to arrogance and self-importance. Ancient Nineveh was considered an important city. It was large and proud. And like today, bringing honor to God was not a priority. Honoring man was the priority. In other words the city was evil.    Yet, when the King of Nineveh was confronted by God’s prophet, he did something extraordinary – he repented!   When the news reached the.. read more

Good Mood, Bad Mood – Available Soon!

Posted on December 28th, 2012 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

The Holiday Season is a season of moods. Thoughts of depression, discontent, and sadness mix together with the parties, presents, and promises of a better new year.  Moods, good or bad, are challenging to understand. Help is on the way!   Dr. Charles Hodges has written a compassionate and information packed resource that sheds biblical light on our moods. Shepherd Press is pleased to announce the publication of Good Mood, Bad Mood. Next week we will provide you with details on how you can take advantage of a special pre-publication.. read more

Did Prohibition end Alcohol Abuse?

Posted on December 22nd, 2012 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

This is an important question. Was alcohol or evil the problem in early 20th Century America? Are guns or evil the problem in early 21st Century America? Evil is a reality that will exist until Christ returns. We live in the time of the Fall. This means that evil actions are certain. Will the elimination of alcohol, vehicles, drugs, or guns end evil? No, the reality is that if even all of these things were made illegal the world would not be a safer place. Why, because evil would still.. read more

Shepherd Press Black Friday Sale!

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 · Posted in Current Events

Here is an opportunity to get wonderful gifts or make valuable additions to your own library. Here are the details of the Shepherd Press Black Friday sale! •         Buy any SP book for $4.99 – limit of 2 per customer per book, only 200 copies per title are available at this reduced price. •         Sale begins at 9 AM EST Friday the 25th. •         Friday morning a great ebook deal will also be announced on the web site. Look for more details and follow the event at: Shepherdpress.com

Sin, Penn State, and the Gospel

Posted on November 11th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Sports

This week’s revelations about the football program at Penn State are beyond troubling. Joe Paterno was an icon of virtue in college football. He and his program did things the right way—that is, until he looked the other way. The devastating, horrific story has been chronicled in the national media. Paterno testified before a grand jury that he had heard of a sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky, one of his assistant coaches, on a young boy. He then reported that incident to other leaders in the university, as required by.. read more

Steve Jobs – I wanted my kids to know me

Posted on October 13th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Parenting

As you know, Steve Jobs, leader of Apple Computer died last week after a prolonged battle with cancer. Jobs was an innovator who made computing technology accessible and even essential for millions.  It is safe to say that he revolutionized the way our culture communicates and listens to music. iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad have literally changed the way people live, work and think. Steve Jobs was a legend. He was also a master communicator and presenter.  The public announcements of new Apple products were major media events.  Yet, despite.. read more

Is 9/12 safer than 9/11?

Posted on September 12th, 2011 · Posted in Current Events, Proverbs and the Gospel, Wisdom, Worldview

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Despite rumors and concerns there were no follow up attacks in the United States. Which raises the question – are you safer today than yesterday? We addressed this in the last post – we are only truly safe if we belong to Christ. To help underscore this truth, Proverbs offers some helpful commentary.  Note the relevance of these words.   Discuss it with your children. Thank God for it in your prayers.  The Lord is our confidence. Praise his name! 21.. read more

Safety, 9/11 and the Gospel

Posted on September 9th, 2011 · Posted in Apologetics, Current Events, Gospel

It has been ten years. The normal reply would be, ten years since what? But this weekend, everyone remembers what occurred on September 11, 2001. The rumors are swirling of a 10-year anniversary attack. Is it possible for history to repeat itself? Are you and your children truly safe?