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The Holy Spirit’s idea of love – is it yours?

Posted on October 15th, 2013 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

His love cannot be eaten, will not wilt, cannot be bought, cannot be lost or stolen. It is yours to give as it has been given to you. There is no better gift! Give this gift to your spouse and then to your children. When others ask why you love this way, tell them that Someone loved you first.   Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily.. read more

Faith on a Wire

Posted on June 24th, 2013 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

I watched Nik Wallenda walk 1,400 feet across the Grand Canyon on television tonight. Wallenda had cameras attached to his body so viewers could see what he was seeing. As one who is not a big fan of heights, looking straight down at the river bed 1,500 feet below, brought new meaning to reality TV. I really had no idea what to expect from this telecast. I cannot comprehend why someone would exchange solid ground for a 2” cable and a 1,500 drop. In any event, I was more than.. read more

The connection between fear and forgiveness

Posted on May 16th, 2013 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Are fear and forgiveness opposing concepts? Forgiveness includes acceptance, freedom, love, and understanding. Fear involves dread, terror, and rejection; so how can fear and forgiveness be connected? There is another meaning associated with fear. The American Heritage Dictionary’s third listing for fear is this:  “Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.” The third sense of the word is one of being overwhelmed by greatness. In the Bible, God is described as so good, so great, and so powerful that fear of Him is an automatic response. Isaiah experiences.. read more

What do your children fear?

Posted on May 15th, 2013 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

What do your children fear? This is a question that every parent must be able to answer. If you don’t know what fears your children have, you won’t be able to adequately address the concerns of their hearts. Thus, the question is not whether your children will fear, but what do they fear. This requires that you have an intimate understanding of the way your child views his world. This is why listening well to your children is essential. Each child is different. It doesn’t matter how old your children are. They.. read more

The Christian Life is not for Spectators

Posted on January 26th, 2013 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

The Christian life is not for spectators. The Christian life is for combatants. Christian combat is not like the combat of the world; our weapons are spiritual.    What do your children see – spectators or combatants? If they see combatants, do they see the Spirit’s weapons deployed? As parents, we must be skilled at wisely and lovingly using the sword of the Spirit in the battles of life. We must depend wholly on the power of Christ. Human sarcasm, manipulation, anger, hurt feelings, and pride have no place in.. read more

We Don’t Know What to Do

Posted on December 10th, 2012 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

  The words “we don’t know what to do” sound like words of defeat and confusion. But, like most things, context is important. These words in context are words of faith and trust. They are words that reflect humility and reality.    You see, almost 3,000 years ago, Jehoshaphat, King of Judah was faced with annihilation by a strong enemy coming up from the south. The intent of this enemy was the destruction of his kingdom. Jehoshaphat knew that there was no way the army of Judah would defeat this.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on October 21st, 2012 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

 We don’t worship God to appease him. We don’t give to God to impress him. We don’t love God to flatter him. We don’t obey God to make him like us. We don’t pray to God to show our piety. We don’t praise God because he needs us to.   We worship, give, love, obey, pray, and praise God simply because he is who he is!  

Fear and Stress: Man has got to understand his limitations.

Posted on September 10th, 2012 · Posted in Authority, Fear of the Lord

Clint Eastwood may not be your first choice for understanding truth. But there is one quote of his that does resonate with biblical truth. Eastwood says “a man has got to understand his limitations.” Proverbs 3:7 says “don’t be wise in your own eyes.” In other words if you think your own understanding is something you can rely on, you are headed for trouble. The structure of Hebrew wisdom literature, of which Proverbs is a part, uses a literary device called parallelism to highlight important truths. In this case, being.. read more

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

Wisdom Will Save Your Children (and You) from Sexual Immorality

Posted on July 29th, 2011 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Proverbs and the Gospel

The Holy Spirit makes bold challenges in verses 12 and 16 of Proverbs 2. The Spirit claims that through the pursuit of wisdom, a follower of God can be saved from the power of bad, corrupting company and from sexual sin. Really? How?

The Fear of God and the Gospel

Posted on May 25th, 2011 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Gospel, Proverbs and the Gospel

The opening words of Proverbs state that the fear of God is where to begin to understand how life works. Then, just to strengthen the point, Solomon says the people who think they have no need of God despise the fear of God. If Proverbs 1:7 is one of the verses you have memorized, you might be thinking that you don’t remember the verse exactly this way.  The verse actually reads this way: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. The.. read more

The Connection between Fear and Forgiveness

Posted on April 14th, 2011 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Are fear and forgiveness opposing concepts? Forgiveness includes acceptance, freedom, love, and understanding. These things have little to do with fear. Fear involves dread, terror, and rejection; so how can fear and forgiveness be connected? There is another meaning associated with fear that is important to remember. The American Heritage Dictionary’s third listing for fear is this:  “Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.”

Things to Learn from Deborah

Posted on August 21st, 2009 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Teenagers

The narratives of the Old Testament are a rich resource for God’s people. We have been looking at Deborah in the book of Judges. Even though the events of Deborah’s life took place over 3,000 years ago, God has things for us to learn from her story. Here are some of the qualities that all of us, and women in particular, can learn from the narrative concerning Deborah. Trust in God’s Word Deborah trusted in the word of God. She understood that God alone is able to do what he.. read more

Deborah – Putting God First

Posted on August 19th, 2009 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Some have questioned whether Deborah should be a role model for women today. Was Deborah usurping the role of a man? Was she failing to trust God to provide male leadership in a time of great need? Let’s take a look. Deborah’s role in leading Israel as a judge is an uncommon one. From the time of the patriarchs, men had been leading God’s people. Then, God called Moses to lead the people from Egypt back to the Promised Land. Moses was succeeded by Joshua. Then came the time of.. read more

Deborah – A Woman for God

Posted on August 18th, 2009 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation

The time of the Judges was a dark time in Israel’s history. The Israelites had quickly abandoned the responsibility to teach their children about God in their day-to-day life. God became marginalized as the people enjoyed the blessings of the land that God had won for them. By the time Joshua died a new generation had grown up–but this generation did not know God or all of the things he had done for Israel (Judges 2:10. The people did not see the land as a gift from God but rather.. read more

Blessed by the Name of the Lord part 2

Posted on August 6th, 2009 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation

This is the second in a series of posts responding to a comment from Jeffery Adams. In the last post we looked at the pain and suffering of Job as he dealt with the loss of possessions, servants, and all of his children. Job’s response to these events was to respond to his great God in worship. As the text of Job says: Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s.. read more

Blessed by the Name of the Lord

Posted on August 5th, 2009 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation, Worldview

Jeffery Adams submitted a thought provoking comment on the post, “What Makes Bad Language Bad.” I believe it is important to discuss because it is true that there are events in life when appreciation for the sovereignty of God appears to collide with our difficult experiences in the cursed creation that we inhabit. Jeffery is raising this question: Is there a word or phrase that is appropriate to say in response to such situations? For example, the headlines this morning are filled with the story of the shooting deaths of.. 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

Mini Post: Angry Ike

Posted on September 12th, 2008 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

For I am the LORD your God,     Who churns up the sea so that its waves roar—    the LORD Almighty is his name. Isaiah 51:15    The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Matthew 8:27 I heard a famous TV reporter this morning, standing by the sea wall in Galveston Bay, describe the scene of Hurricane Ike's approach. As he was pelted by the water crashing over the sea wall, he described the waters of the Gulf.. read more

A prayer at night on going to sleep

Posted on July 1st, 2008 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation, Sleep

I lie down and sleep;        I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5 O Lord God, who has given man the night for rest, as you have created a day in which he may employ himself in labor, grant, I pray, that my body may so rest during this night that my mind cease not to be awake to you, nor my heart faint or be overcome with apathy, preventing it from adhering steadfastly to the love of you. While laying aside my cares to.. read more