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Not the Critic That Counts – Teddy Roosevelt on Courage

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcomings, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and […]

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Websites and Email to Teach Your Children About the World

You do care about God’s world but life is busy. How can we keep God’s heart for the world on our minds? How can we encourage our children to learn about God’s world?

Here are some sites I know about. Email me any you think should be added.

Operation World is the definitive guide to the status of Christianity around the world. You can receive a daily email for a country to pray for. I do and it is valuable prompt to pray (and learn about a country).

Joshua Project – Cool map of unreached people groups. Makes you want to pray and turn those red dots green!

Joshua Project will send an unreached people group to your email. Another great prompt to pray.

States and Nations Game – Ok, […]

The Power of the Conscience

Training our children to listen to their conscience is an important part of following the Lord. But I find parents woefully ignorant of this important area for their own life and for helping their children.

The following is a quick overview of the conscience by Kevin DeYoung in The Hole in Our Holiness . Those points in bold are my emphasis.

We don’t think about the conscience as much as we should. But the Bible has more to say about the “little voice in your head” than you might think. One of the great blessings of justification is a clean conscience before God. The accusations of the Devil can be silenced by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:10–11; cf. Rom. 8:1; Zech. 3:2).

But even after we’ve […]

Spurgeon on Idlers (Untried & Critical)

“Idlers may indulge in a fond conceit of their abilities, because they are untried; but the earnest worker soon learns his own weaknesses. If you seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness, attempt some great thing for Jesus.”

In my words, stop being a movie critic and actually make a movie. Before you go criticizing the bride of Christ, try attempting some great thing for Jesus. Then come back and see me.

Where Are Those Who Will Hold Their Lives Cheap

“Where are the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap and be faithful even unto death? Where are those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake, flinging them away for love of him? Where are those who will live dangerously and be reckless in his service? Where are his lovers, those who love him and the souls of men more than their own reputations or comfort or very life?

Where are the men who say ‘no’ to self, who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after him, who are willing to be nailed to it in college or office, home or mission field, who are willing, if need be, to bleed, to suffer and to die on it?

Where […]

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Just yesterday, we celebrated Martin Luther King’s birthday. At one time, one-half of the Unites States embraced slavery and it was the law of the land. Today it is an anathema in our country.

Today, a larger portion of our country still embraces abortion on demand. But I believe that one day, our country will also look back on this time as a period of barbarianism.

But today the fight must go on. And that means preparing to educate for another 40 years. And there is no better way to educated than a picture. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. On this, the 40th anniversary, of Roe v. Wade, you can and should educate yourself as to what his happening in our country.

At this […]

Courage and the Movie Premier

I am going to the midnight premier of The Hobbit tonight with Nate and some of his friends. I’m sure it’s going to be crowded.

My recent post on courage made me think of this video. Not endorsing beer but a good illustration of micro-courage.

Hope I won’t need it tonight.

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A Parenting Goal to Pray for: Backbone and Courage

Adam Griffin writes that a goal for a parent is that their child stand against the world. As a result, they will be hated. (HT: Challies) Shocking! But biblical.

If God graciously saves my Oscar, people will call him a bigot and a homophobe. Some will ridicule him as a male chauvinist as they scorn his “sexist” beliefs. He’ll be despised as closed-minded for saying that Jesus Christ is not only God but the only God. He will probably meet a girl who insults his manhood or considers him old fashioned for waiting until marriage to have sex. His peers will think him a prude. Bullies will call him a coward. His integrity will draw insults like “goody two shoes” (I don’t even know what that […]

Guys Are Flaming Out – A NonChristian Alarmist Speaks

HT: Everyday Theology.

Guys are flaming out academically, they’re wiping out relationally with girls, and sexually with women. Other than that, there’s not much of a problem. says psychologist Philip Zimbardo.

Zimbardo argues this comes from arousal addiction because of:

1. Excessive internet use
2. Excessive video gaming
3. Addiction to pornography

Christ brings hope to any and every situation. And for those given to fear, this should not warrant faithless fear. But it is good for our young men to realize how the culture will seek to conform them (Romans 12:2). We want to men and women who understand the times so that we know what the people of God should do (1 Chronicles 12:32).

Read the whole thing.

The article by Dr. Russell Moore references his book and in his own way […]

Questions for You and Your Child to Ask When You Think About Ministry

Children are not just to be ministered to. They are also capable of ministry. We need to train them that to give to the Lord’s church. As a family, we stand against the common Christian culture by not being consumers but givers at our local church.

Here are two suggestions on a simple way to start:

In prayer, ask “Lord, what do you want to do through us to build up    insert your church name      .  Pray that prayer individually or as a family and see what the Lord puts on your heart.
In addition, ask the leadership of your church, “What can we do to help build up our church?”

Make sure there are opportunities to minister together as a family as well […]