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Becoming Like God: The Great Listener

Excellent article to help us become like God… by listening like him. The foremost communication skill? Listening.  A fruit of the Spirit is …listening.

The author’s points:

1. God listens to God.

2. God listens to us.- Think about all the prayers God listens to!

3. We Should Listening to Others with the Ears of God.

Here Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s rich insights remain unsurpassed: “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. . . . It is God’s love for us that he not only gives us His Word but also lends us His ear. . . . But Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work […]

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Sinners? or Saints?

Every so often, an author puts words to an inarticulate groan in my soul. This article does just that. As one who has a high view of Scripture, I have been bothered by an overabundant use of the word “sinner” in the circles that I run in.  This is one of those life-changing articles for me!

Dr. Michael Kruger  argues that calling ourselves “sinners’ does not actually help us fight sin better. Three of the key paragraphs.

And when our true identities are understood rightly, it actually affects the way we view (and respond to) our sins. We might think that the best way to appreciate the depth of our sin is to think of ourselves primarily in the category of “sinners.” But, this can actually have […]

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Do You Talk to Your Children About Faith Issues?

Dr. Kara Powell relays some statistics about parents who don’t shepherd their children at home. From Sticky Faith, page 71

According to Search Institutes’s nationwide study of 11,000 teenagers from 561 congregations across six denominations,

12% of youth have regular dialogue with their mom on faith or life issues. – Meaning 7 out of 8 don’t!
5% of youth have regular faith or life conversations with their dad. – Meaning 19 out 20 don’t!
9% of teens engage in regular reading of the Bible and devotions with their family.

When it comes to matters of faith, mum’s usually the word at home.

From Search Institute, Effective Christian Education: A National Study of Protestant Congregations (Minneapolis: Search Institute, 1990).

Identical Twin Studies Prove That Homosexuality is Not Determined by Genes

A constant stream of articles cite the link between homosexuality and biology. The common understanding now is that homosexuals are born this way and cannot change. As a result, we are told, “They need to accept themselves and we need to accept this lifestyle.”

But is homosexuality genetically determined? If that were the case, then when one identical twin is homosexual, the other should be also.

In fact, this is not true at all. See this study here.  (HT: Aquila Report)

Dr. Whitehead summarizes his article:

In summary:

1. No scientist believes genes by themselves infallibly make us behave in specified ways. Genes create a tendency, not a tyranny.

2. Identical twin studies show that neither genetic nor family factors are overwhelming.

3. Conclusion 2 will not be altered by any research […]

Tedd Tripp on Communication: Waiting for the Right Time

In regular friendship relationships you would never jump your friend the moment you saw them do something you questioned the wisdom of, or thought was wrong. So long as his life was not endangered you would not pounce on him about everything you saw him do or heard him say. You would bide your time, waiting for the proper moment.

Do your teenagers need less consideration?

I have been embarrassed sometimes to be with the parents of teenagers and hear them reprimand their children over every little thought. You have no biblical obligation to censure your children for everything they do that is irritating to you. You must increasingly make room for your teenagers differing style and manner, holding correction for moral and ethical failures.

Shepherding a Child’s […]

Three Traits of Kids Who Stay

Love this article of characteristics of kids who stay. Written from a youth leader’s perspective, not a parent’s, but very good.

1. They are converted. – We need to stop talking about good kids and start praying for regenerated kids.

2. They have been equipped not entertained. – Pastors are to equip all the saints (including youth) for works of service to build up the body of Christ.

3. Their parents preached the gospel to them. – The gospel is at the center of the home.

These ideas reinforce that The Apollos Project is on the right track in calling parents to these principles!

Read the whole thing.

Tedd Tripp on Internalizing the Gospel

Internalization of the gospel is the process of your children embracing the things of God as their own living faith….

It is obvious that internalizing the Gospel requires the work of the Holy Spirit in the child. No parent can do that work; nor can you produce it through your labors.

You labor, however, in the hope that God honors his covenant and works through means. While you dare not presume upon His sovereign mercy, you may labor with the expectation that the Gospel is powerful.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, p. 198

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Case For Christ – E-book on Sale!

The electronic version of The Case for Christ is on sale. Only $2.99 for this foundational apologetics book. Lee Strobel interviews fourteen experts to answer questions in three sections:

1. Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted?

2. Who was Jesus?

3.  Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

If you have not read this book, it needs to be in your hands and the hands of anyone with questions.  At over 280 pages, that’s a penny a page!

How Can You Say Christ is the Only Way?

HT: BTW

Sinners Who Don’t Actually Sin?

I have observed a funny paradox – many sinners don’t actually sin.

What I mean is that on Sunday in church they have no problem admitting that they are a sinner that needs a Savior.

But during the week if someone brings up a short-coming and suggests that they: were angry, mishandled a situation, were unwilling to listen, were sarcastic, were thoughtless — then they are immediately defensive.

In others words, theoretically I am a sinner but functionally I don’t actually really sin.

Strange, isn’t it?

If we don’t want that deception in our lives, this article and this summary of it are foundational on giving and receiving criticism.

Questions for reflection include:

How do I typically react to correction?
What is my first response when someone says I’m wrong?
Do I tend to attack […]