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May it be to me…

Posted on December 24th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel, Parenting, Worldview

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."  "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a.. read more

Psalm 73, Christ and You – part 2

Posted on December 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Holidays, Parenting

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

Psalm 73, Christ and You

Posted on December 19th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

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

The Greatness of Knowing Christ’s Word

Posted on December 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Godward Orientation, Holidays

The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. —Psalm 119:72 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. —Colossians 3:16 This is the season for giving gifts. Parents everywhere are thinking about what their children want for Christmas and, perhaps, what they would like to give their children for Christmas—two things which.. read more

Riches that Last

Posted on November 25th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Godward Orientation, Worldview

The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72 NIVThe law of your mouth is better to me   than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72 ESV This verse in Psalm 119 presents a challenging question to you as a Christian parent.  Is this truth something that influences you more than your bank balances?  The psalmist proclaims the word of God is of such value that gold and silver pale in comparison.  Take some time to consider this.. read more

Uncertainty & Your Children

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Worldview

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do.. read more

Lying to God

Posted on August 18th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Lying

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was.. read more

Why Children Lie

Posted on August 13th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Lying

Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."    Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?" Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah.. read more

Jesus is Life

Posted on July 29th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." John 6:68 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know.. read more

Life that is truly life

Posted on July 25th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life… read more

These words are your life

Posted on July 18th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation

They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.— Deuteronomy 32:47 How can you make the Bible real to your children? This is a question many Christian parents ponder. But there is another question that is more important – How do you make the Bible real to yourself?

Protected From the Heart

Posted on July 10th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting, Sleep, Teenagers

How can a young man keep his way pure?   By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart;   do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart   that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11 Our children need to be protected by God’s word when they sleep. We know this, at least in part, because Scripture promises it will offer protection while one is sleeping. By implication, those who do not seek the protection the.. 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

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

It’s Not Fair – part two

Posted on June 7th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

So the last will be first, and the first will be last.  Matthew 20:16 The modern concept of fairness is rooted in achieving justice. Biblically, however, both fairness and justice must be defined as doing things God’s way. From a Christian perspective, the only way to be fair is to apply God’s word accurately to a given situation. Is this the same thing as making sure each child gets the same number of minutes to play with a toy, or making sure that each child has the same number of.. read more

It’s Not Fair – part one

Posted on June 5th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting, Worldview

So the last will be first, and the first will be last. Matthew 20:16 In a recent post I identified fairness as a Goliath of humanism. The Goliath metaphor represents an idea or a practice so culturally accepted that it becomes a champion of conventional wisdom, even while standing in opposition to the truth of Scripture. So this metaphor represents concepts that are seemingly unchallengeable. There are several such modern day champions which challenge biblical truth. Humanism is the modern source of these champions, though the issues they represent are.. read more

From Death to Life

Posted on May 27th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation

Memorial Day calls Americans to take time to consider the sacrifice that so many have made to allow this country to be free. As the white markers at  Arlington National Cemetery vividly depict, this sacrifice often involves the  loss of life. It is no small thing to give one’s life that others may benefit. Certainly, those in the military should be appreciated for their willingness to make this sacrifice. This holiday is a reminder that there is more to life than living. God calls his people to consider him first.. 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