Parenting Through Proverbs Part 5

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 5

In Proverbs there is a caution against flatter, but affirmation isn’t flattery. Flattery is when words are used to manipulate someone; affirmation is for the sake of the hearer and is so powerful. We have so many negative tapes that are being played in our heads that we get lost in a world of shame and doubt and desperately need affirmation. We are so thirsty for genuine affirmation and so are the kids.

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 4

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 4

This is the message to our children: We are not going to find meaning outside of an abiding, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Satisfaction is not going to happen without Jesus.
However God leads our children, however they are gifted, however life turns out – marriage, jobs, locations – if Jesus isn’t the center of their universe, they are sunk. Cheap and empty pleasures will not satisfy; only He can!

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 3

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 3

If you were to watch parents these days – if you were to watch our own parenting – you would probably conclude that happiness must be secured through minimizing our kids struggles. Failure and challenge are the last things we want our kids to experience. Who wants to watch their kids struggle? Not me! Not you! We want them to succeed and be happy!

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 2

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 2

The state of humanity cannot be remedied through information or education. The Bible makes that very clear; there is nothing that rivals the Word of God in understanding the heart of man. Beginning in the Book of Genesis and throughout the entire Bible, it is taught that man is born a sinner. No child is born morally neutral; every person enters the world as a child of Adam, with a sin nature that needs little time and no encouragement to manifest itself.

God’s Wisdom. Our Mission.

God’s Wisdom. Our Mission.

1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 At the top of the prominent places along the way, at the intersection of the paths she has taken her stand; 3 beside the gates opening into the city, at the entrance of the doorways she cries out: 4 “To you, O people, I call out, and my voice calls to all mankind. 5 You who are naive, discern wisdom! And you fools, understand discernment! Proverbs 8:1-5

God’s Plan for Friendship

God’s Plan for Friendship

I think we give up on people too quickly. I think people give up on us too quickly. Biblical friendships are made of stronger stuff. Christ wants a sustaining commitment to one another. Adversity causes the relational cream in our life to rise to the top. There are people in your life who have become permanent fixtures when adversity comes your way. It’s the familiar voice you hear when you are coming out of anesthesia. It’s the person who drops off a meal when they know you are too exhausted to make one.

Why Christmas? Part 2

Why Christmas? Part 2

According to Hebrews 2:5-10, Jesus came on Christmas to resurrect our glory and dignity. The rest of the chapter explains that He is not ashamed to call us His brother or sister and place us firmly in the family of God (2:11-13). Not only has He destroyed Satan’s exploitation of death (2:14-15), but He is our faithful and merciful High Priest that advocates for us (2:17-18).

Why Christmas? Part 1

Why Christmas? Part 1

The Book of Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians who were suffering because of their allegiance to Christ. Their overwhelming temptation was to return to Jewish worship – return to the temple, to the sacrifices, to Moses, to set aside Christ and go back to the Law. Because of this, you have the Book of Hebrews where the writer lays out one of the greatest theologies on Jesus in all of Scripture. The argument of Hebrews is – why go back to what is inferior? Jesus is greater than Moses, Jesus is greater than Joshua, Jesus is greater than the Law, and Jesus is greater than Aaron and Melchizedek. Jesus is greater than the angels.

Wise Words Part 2

Wise Words Part 2

We know nothing about God’s plan unless we understand that it is a plan of love. When we are filled with the transforming love of Christ, when our hearts have been smitten by the mystery of that love, when what daily fills us is deep gratitude for His sacrifice and transformation, then our words begin to be words of love, words of service, words of grace, words of encouragement, words of peace, and words that that build and not destroy.

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