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Do You Feel the Sacrifice of the Incarnation?

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)

I dont know about you but I cannot grasp that grace.

Several years ago, I came across a story in National Geographic (June 2003) that has stayed with me. In it, I begin to feel the incarnation in a minuscule way. Perhaps it will affect you too.

It is a story about people like Dinesh Parmar. One of 10,000 Bhangis in Ahmadabad, Parmar earns money by manually cleaning latrines, sewers, and gutters and by removing dead animals from the streets. He is a Bhangi, a member of the Untouchable caste.

In India there are 5 castes- levels […]

Asking Life Questions Around the Holidays

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Proverbs 20:5.

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with our family.  One of the ways we can encourage our children to grow wise is to ask questions when they are in the presence of older and wiser people. Just a few questions can draw wisdom from a humble, self-effacing saint. Our American culture values the young and disparages the old. The church is not immune to this blindspot.

But what questions to ask? I recently stumbled upon a pdf that has a number of good questions to ask. I highly recommend you take a look at this pdf. Pick out one or two questions and use it around the holidays […]

Evangelistic Questions for Your Christmas Gatherings

The Christmas season gives us all sorts of opportunities to interact with those who don’t know Christ.

There are Christmas parties for fellow workers. And holiday gatherings with distant relatives. But often we don’t know how to bring up the topic of Christ or spiritual things. And we are afraid of saying the wrong thing.

That’s the whole purpose of Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied.

But today’s post is a Throw Back Thursday Post to point out Twelve Evangelistic Questions that can open a conversation to spiritual things. Think of these questions as tools in your toolbox.

Of particular benefit around Christmas one might be, “Have you ever thought much about Christmas? Who do you think Jesus is?” 

After they tell you that ask your diagnostic questions like – “Why do […]

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Will The Real Saint Nick Stand Up?

2/1/2019 Haste makes waste – I included the wrong link in the email.
Article on Rich Sacra is here. 
Two recent posts tell us about who the real St. Nick was.

Kevin DeYoung helpfully writes about what we do know here.

And Nathan Busenitz also writes about Nicholas of Myra here. 

But what I enjoyed was the historically based legend he pointed to in William Bennett’s Book, The True Saint Nicholas.

Tradition says that Nicholas was one of the bishops attending the great council . As he sat listening to Arius proclaim views that seemed to him blasphemous, his anger mounted. He must have asked himself: Did I suffer through all those years in prison to listen to this man betray our beliefs?

His anger got the best of him. He […]

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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, […]

Around the Web – Swearing, Listening, and Exasperating Your Children

The Heart of Swearing – Good words here on looking at the heart issue of swearing. Especially good for parents. I have written to older Christians here who are arguing for swearing to fit in with those around them.

Do you listen when you apologize? – Excellent counsel! Apologizing without listening can actually cause more pain.

David Murray on 15 ways to exasperate your children.

Dealing with the T of LGBT – With the Time Magazine cover, we are moving on to the T of LGBT. Who would have thought we would be here? Russell Moore has a quick helpful article to help our young adults. CBMW has some good words here.

Should the Church Speak of Gay Christians? – Helpful thinking on moving Christian understanding away from identity […]

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Around the Web

Teachers Banning Laptops – I knew it. Now there is proof. This is why I ask my children to bring paper Bibles to church and take notes in a notebook with a writing instrument. Yes, they have an ipod but there is something about paper, a pen, not typing, and not being distracted by the internet.

There is no such thing as casual sex – Great quotation by Dallas Willard

Gospel Inclusion and Instagram – This article raises several excellent points. Are we excluding others? Are we bragging? Are we living a life that is hypocritical – showing one thing to our friends, while the reality is quite different. According to one daughter of mine, this is quite prevalent at her college.

A Dad Who Sings — I […]

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Around the Web – Listening as Ministry, Bible Reading, Cutting

Listening as Ministry – Lessons in Good Listening
1. Good listening requires patience.
2. Good listening is an act of love.
3. Good listening asks perceptive questions.
4. Good listening is ministry.
5. Good listening prepares us to speak well
6. Good listening reflects our relationship with God.

John Wesley’s Take on Formative Reading of Scriptures by Children.
(i.) Reading: Constantly, some part of everyday; regularly, all the Bible in order; carefully, with the Notes; seriously, with prayer before and after; fruitfully, immediately practicing what you learn there?
(ii.) Meditating: At set times? by any rule?
(iii.) Hearing: Every morning? carefully; with prayer before, at, after; immediately putting in practice? Have you a New Testament always about you (15)?

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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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Ask Big!

Last night I watched this video for the first time. I found my eyes filling with tears.

Why? Because in it, I saw a picture of the gospel.

God graciously invites us to come to him and ask of him. Not all take him up on this offer. They are going to be sorry later!

But those that do, hear him call them by name. And he invites them ask him anything (Matthew 7:7). And then there is time delay between faith filled asking and the provision.

But then out of his overflowing riches, he delights to answer. And he answers big to the delight and joy of those who asked. And it is all by grace.

But we must have faith and ASK BIG. Don’t just ask for underwear and socks.

 

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