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Job’s Curse

Posted on August 13th, 2009 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Worldview

Twice in the final chapter of Job God makes this statement about Job: For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Job 42:7-8 This is surprising, perhaps, in light of Job’s reaction in chapter 3 to the tragic events that had befallen him. He is obviously speaking in agony after his overwhelming loss. Job curses the day he was born. He questions why was he born. He laments the calamities of his life. He ends his first rejoinder to his friends with these.. read more

Deal Making with God

Posted on August 10th, 2009 · Posted in Gospel, Worldview

USA Today reports in its August 7 edition that two mountain villages in southern Switzerland have determined to ask God not to continue to shrink the massive Aletsch Glacier. Since 1678, villagers from the mountain hamlets of Fiesch and Fiescherta, which lie at the base of the glacier, have vowed to live virtuous lives if God would stop the advance of the glacier and thus spare their lives. After 400 years the villagers are concerned that their prayers have worked too well. So now these folks have petitioned the Pope.. 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

What Makes Bad Language Bad

Posted on July 23rd, 2009 · Posted in Communication, Worldview

Most Christians try to avoid bad language. Few would intentionally train their children to use obscene, foul language, even though culturally foul language has become an accepted part of everyday speech. Movies, television shows, and sporting events have become common venues for four letter expletives. So, there is no question that children are exposed to indecent talk on a regular basis. Seventy years ago, in Gone with the Wind, Clark Gable uttered the first curse word in a popular movie. How things have changed!

What is right with _________?

Posted on July 20th, 2009 · Posted in Worldview

Often, when someone offers an objection to a particular activity, the immediate response is, “What’s wrong with that, doing that never hurt me!” Over time this question has become a standard method for determining whether something is acceptable. If one can’t see anything wrong with doing something, then it must be okay. However, using this question as a guideline is not a reliable standard uponwhich to base decisions. Families lead busy, hectic lives. Decisions about what should or shouldn’t be done are often made on the run. For example, a.. read more

June 21, 2009 – A Promise Kept

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 · Posted in Worldview

Yesterday, June 21, was Father’s Day. It was a time of appreciation for Dads. But yesterday was also the summer solstice. While this date holds significance for various pagan and cultic groups, it is also an important date for Christians to remember. The beginning of each of the four seasons should be a reminder to you that God keeps his promises. With the beginning of each new season, God is keeping the promise he made to Noah for all mankind. After the destruction of the Flood, God made a promise.. read more

Marriage and the State

Posted on May 14th, 2009 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, Worldview

Thanks again to Jacob for his comment and question about marriage. Jacob begins by asking this question: What I haven’t been able to wrap my mind around is how “A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife” has been accepted in Christian circles as meaning a legal union recognized by the state, stamped on paper, with all the benefits that the government can throw at you for being married. To answer this question it is important to understand our social history in chronological order. It.. read more

Marriage – Why is it Binding?

Posted on May 11th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers, Worldview

Jacob raises an important question in his comments about “What is a Marriage?” His asks what is the appropriate role of the state, if any, in determining what makes a marriage binding. He is asking, in effect, do Christians need the state to validate marriage? His unedited comments are posted below. This is the sort of question for which Christians, particularly Christian parents, must have clear, direct answers. Thanks to Jacob for asking this probing question. What is the biblical answer? How would you answer this question for your children?.. read more

What is Marriage?

Posted on May 10th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Maine has become the 5th State to change the definition of marriage. On Wednesday, May 5, 2009, Fox News  reported the event on its website: The Maine Senate voted 21-13, with one absent, for a bill that authorizes marriage between any two people rather than between one man and one woman, as state law currently allows. The House had passed the bill Tuesday. The reasoning behind this law is that any two people have the right to decide for themselves how marriage should be constituted. They believe it is unfair.. read more

Palm Sunday

Posted on April 1st, 2009 · Posted in Worldview

I grew up in Miami, Florida. Getting palm fronds to commemorate the observance of Palm Sunday was a simple task. Many folks, like we did, simply went out to the back yard and collected as many fronds as we could carry. We would take the greenery to church on Saturday in preparation the next day’s services. On Sunday when we arrived at church, the center aisle of the sanctuary was lined with green palm fronds. It was thrilling to imagine the crowds praising Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem with.. read more

What Do You Deserve?

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The news is filled with outrage about bonuses paid to employees of the government-bailed -out insurance giant AIG. Every day we hear cries of unfairness, greed and shock. Even the President has said that he is stunned by these bonuses. We seem to be caught in an unending series of outrageous events. Have you noticed the underlying conviction that is driving the outrage? This conviction has to do with fairness and what we deserve. We don’t deserve to have out of control spending and increased taxes. We don’t deserve to.. read more

Parenting, Ideology & Stem Cells

Posted on March 13th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

This past Monday, March 9, 2009, President Obama reversed George W. Bush’s executive order regarding human embryonic stem cell research. In supporting his decision President Obama used extraordinary reasoning. He stated that scientific decisions should be based upon facts, not ideology. The President’s new executive order will have a major impact on your parenting. What does this have to do with parenting? That’s the critical question, but we need a little more information before giving the answer. First, here is the President’s quote in context:  "Our government has forced what.. read more

Need a Bailout?

Posted on March 7th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

These days everyone is talking about bailouts. Whether on the economic or social front, things seem to be falling apart. Whether you are catching the headlines on Drudge, or the details on Fox News, or USA Today, the message is all the same. There is no way out without a bailout. As you watch, read or listen to the experts in these amazing times, the most important factor is always missing from the analysis and reporting. Talk show monologues, no-spin comments, and the latest from the financial markets—all have a.. read more

Gaming: The Alternative (part 2)

Posted on February 6th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Gaming, Godward Orientation, Teenagers, Worldview

Here is brief summary of the posts on gaming to date. There are at least two defining biblical principles that can be applied to gaming: 1.  Gaming must not detract from a biblically productive life. 2.  Gaming, if it is to be done, must proceed from faith. Proverbs 12:11 demonstrates that electronic gaming can definitely lead to a lack of productivity. ("11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment." niv) The next issue, then, is to understand what drives the desire.. read more

To Say the Right Thing

Posted on January 28th, 2009 · Posted in Parenting, Shaping Influences, Worldview

For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you     when I was made in the secret place.     When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,  your eyes saw my unformed body.     All the days ordained for me     were written in your book     before one of them came to.. read more

Landing on the Hudson: Whose Miracle?

Posted on January 24th, 2009 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.         He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.         No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?" Daniel 4:35 Like most of you, I was amazed at the skill and split-second judgment of Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger of US Air Flight 1549, as he put the plane down in the Hudson River with no loss of life. I watched one video clip in astonishment.. read more

Gospel Driven Schoolwork

Posted on January 16th, 2009 · Posted in Discipline, Parenting, Worldview

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  —Proverbs 3:5-6 In the last post we looked at a request regarding motivation and children doing schoolwork. I’d like to see you address the topic of motivation in schoolwork sometime on your blog. How do we use the Scriptures to instill in our kids a motivation to do their best in their studies? What form should discipline take for children who do.. read more

Facebook & Your Time

Posted on January 12th, 2009 · Posted in Communication, Discipline, Facebook, Worldview

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. ESV Colossians 4:5   Due to an excellent observation in a comment from Jenny, this post will address another issue regarding Facebook. Your comments and thoughts are valuable. There have been a number of good suggestions for posts in the last couple of weeks and, Lord willing, we will get to them all. Jenny raised an important consideration in her comment. She raised the concept of “me time.” As Christians our lives are to be centered on bringing.. read more

It’s Just Facebook

Posted on January 7th, 2009 · Posted in Communication, Facebook, Worldview

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ESV  Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. NIV  Romans 6:4 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according.. read more

Post Only What is Helpful

Posted on January 6th, 2009 · Posted in Communication, Facebook, Worldview

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ESV Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. NIV No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace.. read more