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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

Breaking the Holiday Code – Tis the Season 5

Posted on November 19th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest,       and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:13&14 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn   " 'a man against his father,       a daughter against her mother,       a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –       a man's enemies will be.. 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

God is Good!

Posted on November 5th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,   my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:12 Yesterday we saw God at work, and we can declare that God is good. As yesterday’s post noted, God is always at work doing good for his people, but sometimes we need a uncommon event, such as a presidential election, to remind us of this truth. Parents, you have.. read more

Watching God at Work

Posted on November 4th, 2008 · Posted in Current Affairs, Worldview

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  Matthew 10:29 He changes times and seasons;        he sets up kings and deposes them.        He gives wisdom to the wise        and knowledge to the discerning.  Daniel 2:21 Today is Election Day in the United States.  It is a day to see God at work.  In reality, God is at work every day, but that amazing truth often slips from our thoughts.  It.. read more

A Little History

Posted on October 31st, 2008 · 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 Nebuchadnezzar spoke these words after he had experienced God’s humbling power in his life. He thought he was in control, but as this verse shows, it is God who does as he pleases. As we enter the last weekend before the.. 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

Children, Possessions, Worry & the Markets

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."  Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"   Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not.. read more

God, Gas Prices and the Stock Market

Posted on October 17th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Earthly Treasure, Worldview, Worry

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. I Timothy 6:17 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15 Some of you may remember the post from last May about “God and gas prices.” Now, six.. read more

God Does not take Coffee Breaks

Posted on October 15th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

I know that the LORD is great,     that our Lord is greater than all gods.  The LORD does whatever pleases him,     in the heavens and on the earth,     in the seas and all their depths. Psalm 135:5&6 The last two weeks have seen wild swings in the financial markets; unsettled, even panicked, responses from government leaders; and anxiety regarding personal finances. As far as the public media is concerned, uncertainty rules. What’s next? The media answer is that no one knows. The Bible’s answer is that God.. 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

Gustav, Hanna, Ike and more

Posted on September 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Worldview

The LORD does whatever pleases him,     in the heavens and on the earth,     in the seas and all their depths. Psalm 135:6 An AP headline today read "Gustave Spares Worst for New Orleans." This headline credits the thing created with the actions of the Creator. It may seem a small thing. It is not. God and God alone is the one who determined the path of Gustav. It appears from the forecasters that the eastern U.S. will be in for a round of hurricanes this next.. read more

God and Gustav

Posted on August 31st, 2008 · Posted in Worldview

I know that the LORD is great,     that our Lord is greater than all gods. The LORD does whatever pleases him,     in the heavens and on the earth,     in the seas and all their depths. He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;     he sends lightning with the rain     and brings out the wind from his storehouses. Psalm 135:5-7 Hurricane season has arrived. This evening Gustav is headed toward the Louisiana coast. Hanna is lingering just east of.. read more

Sin – Empty Promise, Bitter Fruit

Posted on August 26th, 2008 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Worldview

      When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also  desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6     So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life.. read more

Olympic Thoughts

Posted on August 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Sports, Worldview

Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD." 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." The Olympics are winding down this weekend. There have been many successes and many disappointments… read more

Mini-Post: July 4th & Your Children

Posted on July 4th, 2008 · Posted in Worldview

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:1-4 The Fourth of July is a combination many things – cookouts, fireworks, concerts, memorials to fallen.. read more

Perspective – Talking to Your Children about the Midwest Floods

Posted on June 18th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Shaping Influences, Worldview

Your path led through the sea,   your way through the mighty waters,   though your footprints were not seen. Psalm 77:19 Last month I did a series of posts about the Asian floods and earthquakes and how the news media reported these events. Because these events happened on the other side of the world, they may not have seemed to be of immediate concern. It’s too bad, but life goes on. But now floods have come to the Midwest, the heartland of America. Many readers of this blog live.. 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

Humanism – Today’s Goliath

Posted on May 29th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Worldview

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. —2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Young David was undeterred by the huge champion Goliath. Unlike his fellow Israelites, he did not compare Goliath’s size and strength with.. read more

Raising Davids

Posted on May 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Teenagers, Worldview

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God? I Samuel 17:26 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." I Samuel 17:36-37 It is possible that after these last few posts some of you may.. read more