April Facebook Posts

  • My daughter and her friend were singing along to music the other day, I came into the room during a worship song and found this: Proverbs 22:6 direct your children on the right path…

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March Facebook Posts

  • “Maybe this is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture, and in the church. We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in his word, we might discover that He evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give Him.” David Platt from the book Radical. I think this is very true, what about you?

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February Facebook Page Posts

  • “We can choose the rat race, or we can choose to not love this world and “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and … run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). We each make our own choice, but the pressure to make the wrong choice is intense and should not be underestimated. As my first Bible study leader was fond of saying, “You can choose your way, but you can’t choose the result.”Excerpt From: Morley, Patrick. “The Man in the Mirror.” Zondervan, 1997. iBooks.
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  • It is not possible to have Jesus and your favorite sin. You can think you are having both, but God will not share you with your sin. What is your “Jesus and”, and what will you do to remove it?  Applied Christian Growth said, “One of mine had long been “Jesus and rage”. Anytime I was scared, sad, or hurt I reacted that way. Instead I had to begin laying those things at Christ’s feet.”
  • Saying that you are a follower of Jesus or that the devil fears you, without having knowledge of such things and obedience to God; is like saying you are a car because you sit in your garage and say “vroom”! It might sound cool, but it is a lie and very foolish.

    “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]! Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?” (James 2:17-20 AMP)

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Parenting 101: A (not so) quick word from a fired up Christian.

I had had my fill earlier and fired off a Facebook post on parenting. A little juvenile I know; but honestly after looking at it, I am not sorry for it. These things needed to be said. In fact, they need to be said more and more, until being a “full time” parent becomes the norm again. Here’s the post and a few thoughts I have had upon reflection:

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Compassion- what is it Good for?

JOB. No, not job, Job. As in the book of “Job”. You ever read it? I have, and if you haven’t, let me just say that it can be a tough journey. However, if you have the perseverance to make it through, there is a great lesson to be learned.  There are many great things from this, admittedly in hindsight, wonderful book; but the key is that through all the times (both up and down) in your life, God is sovereign, good, and worthy of praise. Through all that we see, we must also realize that we are but human and not possessed of the same knowledge that God has. Recently another great lesson has been shown me from this great book… one I had never thought of before. One that even an unbeliever should find compelling…

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Encouraging Words…1

Encouraging Words…1

 

Psalm 34:4
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”(KJV)

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (KJV)

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2015, January Facebook Page Posts

  • “The life which is unexamined is not worth living. PLATO Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. LAMENTATIONS 3:40”

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  • Define your week by your amount of obedience, nothing else.
  • God is all about specifics, Satan is about generalities. Don’t be so foolish to let the devil condemn you with general thoughts, do be humble enough to let the Lord convict you of your specific sins.
  • If you are hoping for a good new year, start by being honest with what you will need to do/change to make that happen. Good years don’t just randomly occur, they are made. What do you need to bring into obedience to God this year?
  • Christ says to come as you are, no matter where you are. This is a wonderful thing to hear. Remember though, God is seeking to transform us. Although you are to come as you are, you should expect to be changed. If you really want Christ and a difference in your life, it doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, but it does matter what you don’t want to let Him change in your future.
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Fellowship of the Unashamed

THE FELLOWSHIP of THE UNASHAMED

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

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Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children

Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children

-from “Standing Tall” by Steve Farrar

1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything they want. In this way they will grow up to believe the world owes them a living.
2. When they pick up bad words, laugh at them. This will make them think they are cute.
3. Never give them any spiritual training. Wait until they are 21 and then let them “decide for themselves.”
4. Avoid the use of “wrong.” They may develop a “guilt complex.” This will condition them to believe later, when they are arrested for stealing a car, that society is against them and they are being persecuted.
5. Pick up everything they leave lying around. Do everything for them so that they will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
6. Let them read any printed matter (or digital) they can get their hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let their mind feast on garbage.
7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won’t be so shocked when the home is broken up later.

8. Give a child all the spending money they want. Never let them earn their own.

9. Satisfy their every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that their every sensual desire is gratified.

10. Take their part against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.

11. When they get into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, “I could never do anything with them.”

12. Prepare for a life of grief, you will likely have it.

This was originally printed in a pamphlet that was handed out in Houston, TX as part of a police initiative to get parents more intimately involved in raising their children. The pamphlets were handed out around 40 years ago and were well received at the time. Can you imagine any part of the government saying these truths now?
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4 of Life’s Questions, Whose Answers can be Found in the Mirror

Ever been asked, “If you could trade lives with one person, who would it be?” I know we all have an answer to that question, but the truth is you CAN’T trade lives, nor should you really want to. It should be more of a “that would be nice” thing, not a real desire.

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