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Surprised by War!

On a beautiful Sunday morning there were signs. There were ongoing negotiations, there were secret plans and a grand scheme. There was deception. There was a belief things could be managed, that our country would be safe. Then the sky was filled with planes and bombs. Thousands died at Pearl Harbor that Sunday. Hundreds of thousands more would die in the days that followed. There was also one missing component in the policy making of our country on that Sunday morning, December 7,1941. Like today, there was a refusal to believe what the Bible said about the human heart in Jeremiah 17:9: The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad […]

Mercy: the opposite of fairness

We desire God’s mercy while we expect, and even demand, to be treated with fairness. Desiring fairness is a black hole that leads to anger, frustration, disappointment, and struggles in relationships. Where would you and I be if God treated us fairly? In pride, I want to say I don’t deserve unfair treatment. But such thinking is not sound. To demand fairness is to live without the fear of God. To demand fairness is to live like a fool, to live as if there were no God. Yes, we must treat others with fairness but it is not something that we should demand for ourselves. Rather we must trust God to be our advocate. If we obey God’s commands and […]

Announcing “Noah: A Journal of Praise”

God created man with the powerful capacity for imagination. This capacity can be a very good thing or a very bad thing. Director Darren Aronofsky used his imagination in a damaging way with the movie Noah. The movie weaves myth, ancient heresies and speculation together to produce a story which is unfaithful to the Bible’s account of Noah. However, author Nancy Ganz and illustrator Matthew Sample show the beauty and wonder of what a biblically informed imagination can accomplish. Here is what Nancy says in the foreword: “You would think there would be a whole book in the Bible called the ‘Book of Noah,’ but the account of that incredible journey is recorded in only one small section of the […]

Christ and Schoolwork

School doesn’t always get off to a good start. So when things don’t go well in school this is an opportunity to call your children to faith in Christ. One of the purposes of all the work is to drive us to Christ and his gospel (Col. 3:17). In order to encourage your children to trust God, you must first encourage them with the gospel message of grace. Colossians 1 teaches that all authorities are established and control by Christ. Thus schoolwork is sent to your children by Jesus. Schoolwork is a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids how God is involved in all the details of life. So, when your children struggle with schoolwork, your first step is to encourage […]

God’s mercy and your worship

  Suppose you received mercy from God proportionate to the mercy you display to others. Not a comforting thought is it? Actually, it is a disturbing thought! But is it disturbing enough to result in repentance? Today is a day we set aside for corporate worship. You will praise God for his mercy. But will your praise result in you being more merciful? If if doesn’t then your praise will be empty and self-serving. God doesn’t call you to worship just so you can have a moving experience. He calls you to worship that leads to repentance. He calls you to be merciful as he is merciful. God’s mercy is a sign of greatness. Thus worship is a response to […]

You are a worldview instructor!

Whether you realize it or not you are a worldview instructor to your children. The way you react and interact with your children communicates an understanding of how the world functions. This is a given. The question is: are you communicating a world-view that is accurate? The concept of worldview can get complicated. But at its root worldview is a basic, simple concept: how does the world you live in function. For example, are the events in life random or is there order to these events. Is there one person to whom all are accountable? The Bible makes it clear that God is the one that all people must answer to. This is the core component of any biblical worldview. […]

Why your child lies

When children lie parents sometimes tend to treat the problem as one of logic and intelligence; they puzzle over why their children would lie. Scripture solves the mystery. Humans are born liars. When we sin, we lose the ability to be logical. We are blinded by self-interest (Proverbs 4:19; Psalm 58:3). Lying is the extension of a self-centered nature. Children tend to lie in two types of circumstances. First, they lie when they fear a consequence so much they will do anything to avoid it, e.g., punishment for hitting. Second, children tend to lie when there is something they desire, and they see lying as the best way to get it. In both situations the reason for the lie is […]