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Worshiping The Perfect Family: For Women by a Woman

Kristin Kluck reminds women about the tendency to take a good thing – family – and make it an ultimate thing – an idol.

That is the spirit of the age we live in. But Jesus demands that he come before family (Matt 10:34ff, 12:46ff, 19:29ff, Luke 11:27-28, Luke 14:26ff.)

Kristin writes:
Isn’t family still a gift, not a god? Isn’t it still something that can be elevated into first place, which should be reserved for God alone? I think we see the problem in our reactions to the hardships of family life—fractured relationships with parents, wayward or difficult children, marriages that are anything less than Christian-movie quality. We take it personally. We feel somehow personally affronted or shafted by God, as though the Perfect Family were our birthright […]

People Do Not Drift Toward Holiness – D. A. Carson

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. —D.A. Carson

Two Ways to Look at Christian Liberty

Douglas Wilson:
The way others are to view your liberty is not the same way that you should view your liberty.

Other Christians should let you do what you want unless the Bible forbids it. That’s how we guard against legalism.

But you should use your liberty differently—you should be asking what the reasons are for doing it, and not what the reasons are for prohibiting it.
HT: BTW

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How is a Christian to Relate to the World? – The Power of Purpose Part 3

The following excerpt is from The Power of Purpose. You can get a free copy by subscribing to the blog. If you are already subscribed you can use the contact form and I will send you one.

Timothy must have been saddened but not shocked. Paul, his father in the faith, was nearing the end of his life. Paul had invested his life in many people like Timothy with the hope that they would carry on the work. But in this last letter that Timothy received, one of those coworkers had walked away and abandoned Paul. It must have broken his heart to write, “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica,” (2 Timothy 4:10). Demas, who once had worked so hard […]

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Ten Ways to Raise Our Children to Take the Land – The Power of Purpose Part 2

The blog was silent for the past few weeks due to travel and writing of The Power of Purpose. Below is a second excerpt. You can get a free copy by subscribing to the blog. If you are already subscribed you can use the contact form and I will send you one.

This all sounds well and good but how do we practically pass on a life of purpose to our children? Here are a number of suggestions.

Live a life of passion, purpose, and mission yourself. More is always caught than taught. Our children will pick up on our excitement and passion. Do you see your own activities as contributing to the great cosmic battle that is raging? Do you realize the fields that God has assigned you […]

The Power of Purpose – Raising Our Children to Take the Land

The blog was silent for the past few weeks due to travel and writing of The Power of Purpose. Below is an excerpt. You can get a free copy by subscribing to the blog. If you are already subscribed you can use the contact form.
Raising Your Children to Take the Land
Tucked away in the first few chapters of the obscure book of Judges is an instructive narrative for any parent who wants to disciple his or her children in the faith. Perhaps Timothy’s mother thought about this story as she brought Timothy up in the faith.

The book of Judges begins with the transition from Joshua’s conquering generation to the children of those conquerors. That first generation was too young to be held responsible for not […]

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Mathetes – On How Christian Are Different

An early Christian apologist writes to a friend about how Christians are different. Mathetes (which means disciple) writes Diognetus about the Christians saying:

These Christians are not distinguished from other men by country, language, or common customs. They don’t have their own cities, they don’t have their own language, and they don’t lead a lifestyle which is peculiar or spectacular. They haven’t developed a new philosophy invented by very smart men; they don’t proclaim themselves to be the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, living in Greek and barbarian cities without preference, according to their lot in life, they follow the customs of the people who live where they live in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct. But they display […]

A 3 Minute Case Against Abortion

A compelling video to persuade any and all: 1. Not to have an abortion and 2. That abortion cannot continue in our country. Technology is making it obvious. This is a human life. One day, those who support abortion on demand will be seen like those who support slavery on demand; sickly out of touch with reality!

Who can you show this video to?  HT: Randy Alcorn

Putting in the Big Rocks: Priority Management

Why is it that something like discipling our children is not as important as we know it should be? Mismanaged priorities. Stephen Covey illustrates putting the first things first in this video: (HT. Michael Hyatt)

Are We Raising Good Kids or Great Kids?

We and our children are assaulted by the self-absorption of American culture. We are insulated and isolated from the needs of this world and the kingdom. This message will challenge you and your children to think about the needs of the world.

I believe one of the ways to fight the worldliness of our kids is to “ruin” them by thinking about the needs of the world.

David Platt: SBC Pastors Conference 2009 from Todd Thomas on Vimeo.