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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

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