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Deborah, a mother in Israel

Posted on August 30th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Deborah was a Judge in Israel over 3,000 years ago.  She has the distinction of being the only Judge of whom nothing negative is said by the Holy Spirit. Here are three character qualities that all of us can learn from her. Trust in God’s Word Deborah  trusted God’s word for what it was.  Her faith was strong, even when the men of Israel wavered. Barak failed to trust the word of the Lord and demanded Deborah go with him into battle.  Deborah was not afraid to challenge Barak with.. read more

Too busy for God?

Posted on August 20th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

The sky displays the glory of God. You can see the amazing  power of God in the sky each day. But most of us are too busy to take much notice of the daily display of the glory of God. Vacations are more likely opportunities to notice the work of God above. But what about Monday morning? What about today? Moms, Dads, kids, teenagers—all of us will be encouraged if we will just look at the power of God on display above us. This day and every day God declares.. read more

Wisdom and joy for your children

Posted on July 27th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Psalms 111 and 112 both focus on the fear of the Lord. Both psalms have the same acrostic poetic structure. Therefore, it is important to see the connection between the end of Psalm 111 and the beginning of Psalm 112. The end of 111 says that the fear for Lord brings wisdom and the beginning of 112 says the fear of the Lord brings joy or happiness. Wisdom and joy are two good things that you want for your children! The Psalms are built on one great foundational truth: God.. read more

The Lesson of Nice

Posted on July 15th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 that regardless of whether one is rich or poor, wise or unwise, prepared or unprepared, young or old, the storms of life will come. These storms come in many forms. Last night the storm of terror swept over Nice, France. There is outrage, sadness and fear. Once again, the question is asked: “Why is this happening?” The answer is that we live in a sin-cursed world. We are told we can be safe. Yet we are shocked to find out there is no safety… read more

Fear & darkness

Posted on June 28th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Parenting

The lights are out. Something moves on the wall. There is a sudden, unexpected sound. A scary image flashes on the screen of your child’s mind. Next comes the familiar cry, “Mommy, I’m scared.” You enter your child’s room and ask what’s wrong. The weepy answer that you have heard many times before comes once again, “I don’t know. I’m just afraid. Don’t leave.” What do you do? The first thing to recognize is that there usually is not a response you can make at this moment that will magically.. read more

A moment of silence: a moment of futility

Posted on November 15th, 2015 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Fear of the Lord

The leaders of the G20 nations met and observed a moment of silence regarding the terrorist attack in Paris. At the beginning of each of Sunday’s NFL games there was also a moment of silence for Paris. Tragically, the main purpose of a moment of silence is not to offend anyone who does not believe in Christianity. Everyone can feel included. However, nothing is accomplished except to ignore and offend the Lord of the Universe. It was not always so. In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt led the nation in prayer for.. read more

Keep your child from the brink of destruction

Posted on October 29th, 2015 · Posted in Culture, Discipline, Fear of the Lord

In his first epistle, the apostle John speaks of the world as a hostile place. This hostility, however, is masked by deception. The world does not present itself as a hostile enemy. Rather, the world offers itself as the ultimate source of pleasure, fulfillment and satisfaction. The success of this deception is evident in the lives of many children from Christian homes who have been savaged by the world. Too many have repeated the cry of Proverbs: “Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, and you.. read more

When I am afraid

Posted on July 30th, 2015 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

The world is a scary place. Life is full of things that you and I cannot control. You cannot will your children to safety. You cannot wish cancer away. You cannot remove the drunk driver from the road. You cannot force world leaders to be wise and responsible. You cannot stop dangers on the playground or even in your backyard. You cannot stop the hurricane or earthquake. In short, you cannot eliminate the things that bring fear in this life. Even in scary times, God calls you to trust him… read more

Fighting Peer Pressure

Posted on July 16th, 2015 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Narrative

The narrative of King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab in 2 Chronicles 18 provides insight into the dynamics of peer pressure. When you or your children yield to peer pressure you are, in effect, dividing your loyalties between God and man. This double-mindedness simply does not work. It results in decision making that is foolish. Many sins that young people become entangled with begin when they yield to peer pressure. This story of King Jehoshaphat demonstrates that young people are not the only ones susceptible to this problem. Jehoshaphat should have.. read more

Love is not an intention

Posted on January 8th, 2015 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Gospel, Parenting

Too often we cover our backsides with intentions. We intend to love, so we tend to ignore the impact of our actions. For example: “I am so sorry I got angry with you. It is just that I love you so much and I know that what you did will be bad for you. I just needed to get your attention right away.” Hint, your child is not buying this. A decision was made to replace love with anger. But, you may protest, that was not my intention! However, intentions.. read more

Airports, Ebola and God

Posted on October 1st, 2014 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Airports can be wonderful places.  They help make it possible to travel all over the world. But airports can also be places of danger. People, or more specifically, people with infectious diseases, can travel from one part of the world to another using airports. So what can be a great blessing can also be a great curse.    In the international airport in Dallas a flyer has brought the ebola virus to America. This morning the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says it is possible that several others could be.. read more

Teach your daughters to fear God, not men!

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord

Relationships based on the fear of the Lord bring safety and security.  Men who fear God will honor, cherish and understand their wives. Women who fear God will be able to recognize men who do not fear the Lord. This awareness offers women protection from relationships that may lead to exploitation, insecurity and abuse. Your daughters must know this.    Weak men find their security in having women fear them. This is indeed ironic. These men put themselves in the place of God. They demand to be held in awe.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on August 24th, 2014 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worship

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.. read more

ISIS – The Darker Side of Evil

Posted on August 21st, 2014 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

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.. read more

Wisdom & Your Emotions

Posted on July 7th, 2014 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Wisdom

The pursuit of wisdom must be a passionate pursuit.  I admit that passion and wisdom are not thoughts that are often put together. But this comparison is made with great force in Proverbs: Wisdom is more precious than rubies;     nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:15   Additionally, acquiring wisdom means that wisdom is be loved:   Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;     love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:6   The love of wisdom is what will protect your heart. Notice.. read more

God’s idea of freedom:

Posted on July 4th, 2014 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Gospel

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. 3 On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.Malachi 4:2-3  

70 years ago: a prayer to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization.

Posted on June 6th, 2014 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Prayer, Worldview

June 6, 1944 our President led the nation in prayer to God. The American people welcomed this prayer.  Notice FDR did not speak of many Gods or many faiths or many religions.  He asked that the will of Almighty God be done. Today, we seek protection from a moment of silence offered to a god of our own choosing. Today, we are too proud to seek protection of the one true God.    May God have mercy on our land.   Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944   My.. read more

This Easter, what do your children think of Jesus?

Posted on April 14th, 2014 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

When you consider consider the sacrifice of your Savior, consider also your children. How have you represented God to you children? 3,500 years ago Moses failed to represent God as the holy, unique Lord of all creation. He made God look ordinary to the Israelites. As parents we must represent Christ for the holy One that he truly is.  He is God who has not treated us as our sins deserve. He is God who is loving and compassionate when we are not. He is God who gave his son.. read more

Just heard from God

Posted on January 11th, 2014 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

People often ask where is God. They want to see a sign that he exits. They question his power. The truth is that God shows himself and his power all the time. He demonstrates his power in awesome and terrible ways that tell us he is not to be trifled with.  Earlier this morning I heard once again the loud peals of thunder. Later, there was the sound of rushing wind. As I went outside on the front porch the wind was blowing sheets of rain parallel to the ground… 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