SAT word of the day: Friggatriskaidekaphobia. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. Christ is cure for everything - even Friggatriskaidekephobia. I don't have it. Do you? I just love typing that four times. Now try saying it three times fast! Enjoy the day.
Remember, it is not your weaknesses that will get in the way of God's working through you, but your delusions of strength. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Point to his strength by being willing to admit your weakness. Paul Tripp in Age of Opportunity, p. 189.
Our children are being assaulted by the media on this issue. We are being told God's way is not the best way; that the Bible is out of date. Or that our understanding of the Bible on this issue is like the Southerner's support of slavery. Once we are all "enlightened" we will progress! But now comes a new study that shows that two dads are not better than one. Show this article to your children showing that God's way is the best way. Jesus does come to give abundant life (John 10:10). What is amazing is that out of 15,000 individuals surveyed only 2 has been raised long-term by a gay couple. The numbers alone prove that this is not as popular that the [...]
From a previous post, Charles Bridges on Proverbs 3:5-6 Always plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted. Therefore take all the difficulties to be resolved by Him. Be in the habit of going to him in the first place — before self-will, self-pleasing, self-wisdom, human friends, convenience, expediency. Before any of these have been consulted go to God. Consider no circumstances too clear to need his directions. In all thy ways, small as well as great; in all thy concerns, personal or relative, temporal or eternal, let Him be supreme. A very good word for the [...]
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x1MxVE5somE The ride is designed for this. The Lord is control of your circumstances too. It is all part of the plan. Just hang on! More info here.
Once again, people are discovering that there are negative effects of cohabitating before you marry. Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million. The common belief? In a nationwide survey conducted in 2001 by the National Marriage Project, then at Rutgers and now at the University of Virginia, nearly half of 20-somethings agreed with the statement, “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together with you first, so that you could find out whether you really get along.” About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce. The [...]
At The Apollos Project, our desire is to help parents disciple their children so that they do not abandon the faith. In calling attention to this problem, we want to determine the real percentage of children who walk away. We never ever want to overstate the problem so as to gain an audience. Thus, we are glad when certain overwrought statistics are debunked. In this article, Dr. Timothy Jones debunks the statistic that 9 out of 10 children walk away from their faith.
With everyone thinking about resolutions for the new year, here is repost from John Piper. Print down and review as needed. 1. Resolved: I will obey your instructions and do what I know you expect of me, even when it is not mentioned. I will not force you into repeated reminders, which I sometimes call nagging. 2. Resolved: I will not grumble or complain when I do my chores but remember what a great thing it is to have a family, a home,clothes, food, running water, electric lights, and central heating in a world where millions of teenagers have none of these. 3. Resolved: When I think your demands are unfair, I will move to do them first, and after showing an obedient attitude, I [...]
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?