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Your last Christmas

Posted on December 19th, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

What if you knew that this Christmas would be your last one on earth? Would it make a difference in how you celebrated, in the gifts that you give, and in the meaning of the day? Obviously, the answer would be yes. But how would it play out in your life? Of course, you can look at things from a statistical perspective and conclude that this will probably not be your last Christmas. But the truth is that the length of our lives is not determined by statistical probabilities. The.. read more

Joy to the World — He Rules With Truth and Grace

Posted on December 15th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 4: He Rules With Truth and Grace Verse four of “Joy to the World” completes the biblical worldview contained in this Christmas hymn. This last verse is a dynamic testimony to the power of the gospel. The King who was anticipated in the first verse, celebrated for his rule in the second verse, and viewed as the Savior of this sin-cursed world in third, now is depicted as.. read more

Joy to the World — Far as the Curse Is Found

Posted on December 13th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 3: Far As the Curse Is Found “Joy to the World” is a Christmas carol that proclaims a biblical worldview. This is the third post on Isaac Watts’ famous hymn which is based on Psalm 98. The lyrics of this hymn reflect a biblical worldview, a worldview that brings honor to God in all that we do. The first part of this worldview has to do with the.. read more

Joy to the World — The Savior reigns!

Posted on December 11th, 2017 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 2: The Savior Reigns! The second verse of “Joy to the World” builds on the theme of the first verse, where Isaac Watts anticipates the coming king. Now he exults in the current reign of Christ. This is the next foundation stone in constructing a biblical worldview based on this hymn. This truth is simple, yet profound – if Jesus is reigning, it is a good thing. Here.. read more

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview

Posted on December 9th, 2017 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 1: Let Earth Receive Her King! Worldview can be an intimidating topic to discuss, let alone teach to your children. Isaac Watts has done the church a huge favor in putting a biblical worldview in the form of a song—the Christmas Carol, “Joy to the World.” In this post and in 3 upcoming posts we will look at each of the hymn’s four verses and see how they combine.. read more

Three truths for parents

Posted on November 20th, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Worldview

Five words, sixteen letters: for the Lord is good. These five words are the bedrock that gives hope and purpose to your life and to your parenting. They form the lens that will allow you see life with a clear vision. Without them life is blurry, uncertain, even terrifying. These words come from the fifth verse of Psalm 100: For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. These are words of hope when life hurts. They offer assurance when circumstances seem.. read more

Memorial Day – the courage of the fallen

Posted on May 29th, 2017 · Posted in Worldview

War is part of the human experience. War highlights the worst and best of humanity. The worst is easily grasped. The lust for power and self-importance reaches its fullest expression when lives are sacrificed to feed man’s cravings for domination. Over the centuries, countless millions have been slaughtered and maimed to feed the blood lust of the powerful. People grow to live for the carnage. War is the ultimate stage to display the ugliness of the human heart. But, war also allows us to see the best of mankind. There.. read more

Middle school and worldview

Posted on May 26th, 2017 · Posted in Worldview

Kids in middle school really are in the middle! The first years, the toddler and kindergarten years, the focus was on authority. This is where kids learn the most important life lesson of all – Who is in charge? Then they enter the challenging years of in-between. No longer in need of direction and protection for almost everything in their lives they are still not ready for the responsibilities of youth. They are beginning to think about God independently, but are still connected to what their parents believe. They are.. read more

Mosquitoes, Storms and Quakes

Posted on September 3rd, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Large storms and earthquakes tend to get our attention. But little winged insects are just an annoyance, but nothing to take seriously, like a hurricane. But of course that depends on where you live. If you live some place where malaria and yellow fever are prevalent then the winged insects are also attention-getters. In the U.S. mainland until recently mosquitoes have been mostly in the annoyance category. Then last May, a mosquito-born virus, Zika, known mainly in Africa and Asia unexpectedly arrived in Brazil. Since then, mosquitoes have been making.. read more

Deborah, a mother in Israel

Posted on August 30th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Deborah was a Judge in Israel over 3,000 years ago.  She has the distinction of being the only Judge of whom nothing negative is said by the Holy Spirit. Here are three character qualities that all of us can learn from her. Trust in God’s Word Deborah  trusted God’s word for what it was.  Her faith was strong, even when the men of Israel wavered. Barak failed to trust the word of the Lord and demanded Deborah go with him into battle.  Deborah was not afraid to challenge Barak with.. read more

News or Providence?

Posted on August 25th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Providence, Rhode Island; Providence Hospital; the hand of Providence — all these are just some of the ways the word providence intersects our culture. It is a familiar word that has lost its meaning. Today providence has been replaced by the word “news.” Webster’s Dictionary defines providence as: “God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny.” Western culture no longer sees God as the One who shapes and controls the events of each day. Today we call Providence, news. This shift leads to public cynicism and discouragement. News.. read more

Too busy for God?

Posted on August 20th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

The sky displays the glory of God. You can see the amazing  power of God in the sky each day. But most of us are too busy to take much notice of the daily display of the glory of God. Vacations are more likely opportunities to notice the work of God above. But what about Monday morning? What about today? Moms, Dads, kids, teenagers—all of us will be encouraged if we will just look at the power of God on display above us. This day and every day God declares.. read more

The Perseids — God’s signature!

Posted on August 12th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview

Every August the debris from a comet enters into the earth’s atmosphere producing a spectacular light show. The debris appears to come from the constellation Perseus, so this meteor shower is called the Perseids. Meteor showers speak of reality beyond the air that we breathe, realities far beyond human control. The streaking beauty across the night sky speaks to the magnificence of God’s creation. But not all acknowledge that it is the hand of God that hurls these lights before our eyes. Instead of bowing before the awesome power of.. read more

What rain teaches your children

Posted on August 10th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel, Worldview

Looking out onto my back lawn the sun is shining brightly and deep rumbles of thunder mix in with the sound of falling rain. Rain, sun and thunder. Each has valuable lessons to teach you and your children about how the world works. Paul told people in Lystra who were trying to offer sacrifices to him and Barnabas about the God that they were neglecting to worship. He told them that the God that he served had shown his kindness to them in ways that made the difference in their.. read more

Drama and taking out the garbage

Posted on August 9th, 2016 · Posted in Communication, Parenting, Worldview

Your view of obedience controls how you give directions. Strange as it may seem, the way your garbage is taken out can reveal your functional understanding of obedience. The goal is to learn how to give holy, everyday directions that please God and bless your children. Let me begin by asking you two questions: Do you want your children to obey your directions and take out the garbage? You might be thinking, “That’s a strange question; of course I want my children to obey me.” That leads me to the.. read more

When the universe began

Posted on August 7th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worship

There was a moment when there was no universe to observe. There were no light years to measure because there was no light. There was no way to measure time, because there was no time. There was no gravity, no radiation, no black holes, no stars, no planets, no comets, no asteroids, no moons to be observed. The physical universe did not exist. Or did it? Before there was light, time and galaxies, there was God. This same God asked Job a question whose answer gives the difference between creature.. read more

Chariots of Fire

Posted on July 28th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

One morning a young man awoke more tired than he when he had gone to bed. He was totally stressed about the problems facing his country. The politicians ignored God. The leaders despised God’s law. He dreamed about the bad things that might happen. He had tossed and turned all night. To make matters worse, the major candidates offered him no hope. The more he watched his news feed and his favorite cable news network the more discouraged he had become. In discouragement he drove by his church. Sure enough,.. read more

Broken promises

Posted on July 20th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

The political convention season is upon us. Every four years our two major political parties gather to nominate a presidential candidate. Promises are made. Hopes are raised. Solutions are offered. The throng of delegates cheer on their nominee. America’s future will be only be safe with a victory. And if the other side should win, four years of disaster are inevitable. The conventions end and the electoral dance begins. The hope of the country is said to ride on the outcome. Is it any wonder disillusion rules no matter who.. read more

Worship in the face of terror

Posted on July 17th, 2016 · Posted in Worldview, Worry, Worship

You can have confidence in the face of terror and be an encouragement to your family and to those around you. In Matthew 10 Jesus brings gentle encouragement to his followers. He tells them it is God who has the real power over body and soul. Then he tenderly comforts his followers by reminding them that not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from their Father’s care. So, don’t fear for you are worth more than many sparrows. The world is not stumbling out of control, even if.. read more

The Lesson of Nice

Posted on July 15th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 that regardless of whether one is rich or poor, wise or unwise, prepared or unprepared, young or old, the storms of life will come. These storms come in many forms. Last night the storm of terror swept over Nice, France. There is outrage, sadness and fear. Once again, the question is asked: “Why is this happening?” The answer is that we live in a sin-cursed world. We are told we can be safe. Yet we are shocked to find out there is no safety… read more