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Proverb’s Financial Secrets for Everyone

The Bible tells us that there are many causes of poverty: injustice and disaster being two of them. This post is not to address those real issues that are out of the control of individuals.

Nevertheless, Proverbs also makes clear that there are some actions that lead toward poverty and some that lead toward wealth. In general, to paint with a very broad brush, as men and women grow in godliness, they will also become better stewards of God’s money. God’s wisdom often leads to an increased standard of living. And yet, too many are ignorant of these things.

I do not claim to be an expert in finances, but I wonder how many are suffering because they do not understand and practice what Proverbs says […]

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Greater Than Do

I am a person who likes to work. I love ministry. I don’t work for validation, I work because I truly enjoy it. Indeed, we find that hard work is commended by the Bible.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Eccl 9:10Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance. Col 3:23-24Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58

But there is a danger with this temperament as a Christian. That danger is to make myself the center of the story, to believe that it all who […]

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Repentance – Twelve Reasons to Recover this Biblical Idea

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19

I don’t hear the word repentance very much. We may think of it as an archaic term, associated with men who walked around downtown with sandwich boards proclaiming, “Repent for the end is at hand.” The term seems outdated, patriarchal, narrow-minded, and restrictive.

Yet, I want to argue that it is one of the most loving things you can say to an individual. If churches and families lose this biblical concept and framework we are the poorer for it. Could it be we have raised a generation that has not inculcated this biblical teaching?

In one sense, the word is simple. To repent […]

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Two Uncommon Ways a Parent Can Pray

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16

As a pastor, it has been my privilege to be financially supported so that I might give myself to the word and prayer. When it comes to prayer I still consider myself in first grade. I humbly confess my lack of prayer and lack of knowledge of prayer.

Knowing how little I know, I would still like to share two unusual ways to pray that I believe I can commend.

Pacing Prayer
One of the privilege of being a pastor were the days I had the […]

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Suggestions for Creating Structure In an Unstructured Week

Pastors, young mothers, and plenty of others face a common challenge. How do we create structure in an unstructured week?

The more unstructured time you have the more you need to manage yourself. As a pastor for twenty-five years and an author/speaker for five years I have had to think about this plenty. As I talk with families, I am burdened by the number of stay-at-home moms who have difficulty bringing structure to their week.

Yes, I do think this topic is related to family discipleship. As a parent we have multiple pressures and limited time. Not only that but our children will remember the atmosphere of our home. Psychologists tell us that the number one high-school problem is stress from over scheduled children. We are packing […]

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The Bridegroom, The Song of Solomon, and Middle Age

He brought me to his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4

The Bridegroom
This past weekend I watched a friend’s son get married. Being a witness has a pleasure different than when I lead the service. As an officiant, when the bride enters, I, as well as the congregation, rightly focus on her.

But this past weekend as a witness I had the pleasure of focusing most of my attention on the groom. He was the one I had watched grow from an infant. He was the one that had sat under my preaching.

As I watched his face I saw the emotions I felt thirty years ago: joy, yearning, innocence, new beginnings, gratefulness, and amazement that this beautiful bride should be […]

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Agassiz and the Fish

As a college student, I remember the impression this story made on me in the context of Inductive Bible Study. The principles have guided my study of Scripture as a pastor and teacher for 30 years.

As I was meditating on Scripture today, I realized there is a whole new generation who has not heard of this story. With the onslaught of social media this type of forced focus is needed even more!

Agassiz was the founder of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and a Harvard professor. The following account was written by one of his students, Samuel H. Scudder, one of his students wrote this account “Agassiz and the Fish, by a Student” (American Poems, 3rd ed. , pp. 450-54). […]

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