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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

Facebook and You

Posted on January 5th, 2009 · Posted in Culture, Facebook, Worldview

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3&4 Facebook began in a college dorm room at Harvard in February 2004. Since then, the Facebook community has grown to over 140 million active users. Facebook describes itself as a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. Efficient communication indeed! The Facebook Factsheet reports that 2.6 billion minutes.. read more

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 3

Posted on December 23rd, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Parenting, Worldview

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

Gospel Expectations – Part 2

Posted on December 12th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Teenagers, Worldview

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. —Matthew 21:31b-32 Expectations play a vital but often misunderstood role in our relationships with teenagers. One of the main sources of discouragement and frustration with teenagers (actually,.. read more

Is there no God?

Posted on December 11th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Umm… what does God have to do with ANYTHING about the financial sector of this or any country? You Jesus freaks are all the same… "money is bad, if you lose everything, god will still love you, blah blah blah" When will people wake up and realize we can't keep falling back on a false deity when things go bad? God.. read more

The Greatness of Knowing Christ

Posted on November 28th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:7&8 The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72 Knowing Christ is a great thing. That is easy to say but challenging to live. Just how great is it? Taken at face value, Paul’s.. read more