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We Walk By Faith

We walk by faith, parent by faith, overcome by faith, suffer by faith (Hebrews 11:33-38).  What Paul commended in Eunice and Lois’ life was their living faith (2 Timothy 1:5).  Yet trusting God in uncertainty is hard. Let this hymn encourage you.

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by […]

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Why I Don’t Believe in The Apostles’ Creed

UPDATE: Please read the article all the way through. I am not saying that I don’t believe the Apostles’ Creed. Far from it. I do! Our church recites it at times. What I am saying is that it cannot be used to define the gospel of Jesus Christ. So please read the article carefully.- Chap

Ok, it is time to come out of the closet.

I don’t believe in The Apostles’ Creed.

The Apostles’ Creed dates from very early times in the church, perhaps a half-century or so from the last book of the New Testament.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty.
Maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius […]

The Cross Does NOT Compare to the Electric Chair

You may have heard the comparison that having a cross as a symbol of Christianity is like having an electric chair as its symbol. There certainly is some truth in that statement.

This article takes the opposite tact. The electric chair was used to humanely kill a condemned criminal while the cross was meant to torture and shame.

In fact, the graffiti shows that having a crucified Messiah was a laughable insult.

This has HUGE implications for us and our children. To become a Christian is to die to what the world thinks. Nay, it is more than that. It is to identify with one so shamed.

Thank you Jesus,who for the joy before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame. Hebrews 12:2

Let us, then, go to him outside the […]

Two Powerful Questions for Young Children on the Gospel

Questions are powerful tools to discern what we understand and don’t understand. In this article Sally Lloyd-Jones talks about why she wrote The Jesus Storybook Bible. But in the beginning of the article she reveals two brilliant questions for young children, old children, and even adults.

When I go into churches and speak to children I ask them two questions:

First, How many people here sometimes think you have to be good for God to love you? They tentatively raise their hands. I raise my hand along with them.

And second, How many people here sometimes think that if you aren’t good, God will stop loving you? They look around and again raise their hands.

Excellent questions. Ask your children and yourself those questions. They will reveal whether you understand the true gospel!

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4 Questions to Ask When Reading Your Bible

I want to bounce off BTW’s post of questions to ask when reading the Scriptures. These are good for both teens and adults in their devotions. They are from JI Packer and Gerald Bray with my modifications: They include:

1. What does this teach me about God (the Father, Son or Spirit)? What do I learn about what he like, what he cares about? How do I see Jesus Christ and the gospel?

2. What does this teach me about mankind? What are we supposed to be and what has gone wrong? What human tendencies are illustrated here?

3. How do I apply to my situation? What Sin is there to confess? Promise to claim? Attribute to adore? Command to obey? Example to follow or avoid? (SPACE) How would […]

Do You Have to Have a Dramatic Conversion?

Russell Moore has some helpful words here. As Christians, we often emphasize the date of a dramatic conversion experience. Others (including our children) who do not have a dramatic experience may worry. After relaying his story, Moore says this:
The reason I write this is because my story isn’t at all typical of most Christians I know, and many kind of feel guilty about that. Many believe if they really have embraced the gospel, they ought to have a moment, a date, they can point to as the instant they passed from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
And
The same is true for the gospel. Some of you were brought to Christ suddenly and dramatically. Your past life as a prostitute or a drunk […]

The Greatest Lack in the Religion of Children…

The greatest lack in the religion of children is generally a sufficient sense of sin. Robert Murray M’Cheyene via John Piper

Hmmm. Do I believe that? Do you? Are we speaking law and grace?

Summarizing the NT in Three Word

Leave it to J.I. Packer to package the NT so tightly. Are we as parents clear on the gospel? Can we explain it clearly to our children.  Here are his three words for the NT:

adoption through propitiation

Let that pregnant phrase inform your meditation and discussions with your children. Read the whole article here. HT: BTW

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Our Children Are Never Too Young – Part II – JC Ryle

One again, we are minded it is never too soon!  HT: Ryle Quotes

We must labor to do good to our children even from their earliest years. If Satan begins so early to do them harm, we must not be behind him in diligence to lead them to God. How soon in life a child becomes responsible and accountable, is a difficult question to solve. Perhaps far sooner than many of us suppose. One thing, at all events, is very clear–it is never too soon to strive and pray for the salvation of the souls of children–never too soon to speak to them as moral beings, and tell them of God, Christ, right and wrong. The devil, we may be quite sure, loses no time in endeavoring […]

Jesus Died And Rose for You – Getting to the Heart

Jay Younts at Shepherd Press gives some helpful thoughts on connecting the forgiveness of Christ with the sin of our children AND our own sin. The gospel is not merely about sin management or behaviorism.

We apply the gospel to our children’s sin in the midst of their disobedience. And we identify with them in their sin. We are both an authority to be obeyed and fellow sinners who are tempted just like them.

Read the whole thing. The dialogue can be modified depending on the age of your child.

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