Saturday, April 21, 2018

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"Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction" Proverbs 19:18An average child begins to struggle with his identity and seek his independence as he approaches the age of 12. The permissive parent starts to panic when the child assumes his own identity and starts pulling away. Fearing the worst, the parent becomes authoritarian by tightening the screws of discipline and restricting the child's activities. A power struggle ensues with predictable results. The child bolts and the parent calls for advice.The problem of the rebellious, stubborn, disobedient child... Read More

"Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!" Job 10:18Why me, oh Lord. Why did you let this happen to me?Ever heard those words uttered before. Have you said them yourself? As I look back on my life, most of the "Why me's" have been a result of my own actions. I can hardly blame anyone else for those. For example, Janette and I went on a mini vacation a while back. I felt the Lord telling me not to. I heard my wife saying it wasn't necessary. We went anyway and had a terrible time. I asked, "Why me?" As the days wore on and mysterious things... Read More

"You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?" says the LORD of hosts. "Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house" Haggai 1:9Sometimes they are on top of the world; other times they are in the pits. Ever wonder why?Have you ever tracked your spiritual development and compared it to your financial status? I have, and I sometimes find that when I have sin abounding in my life, my financial status does a serious reversal. I have also discovered that I have received plenty of warning and opportunities... Read More

People ask me: Are you on Facebook? with a furtive look, as if inquiring whether I surf the 'net for porn. What do you make of it, they ask? They don't get it, they say, quizzically. They are suspicious of it, paranoid. Like it's going to suck their blood. Steal their souls. At the very least, expose them to the scrutiny of anonymous others from all quarters of the online universe. And lead to their eventual undoing.


Exposure is what Facebook is all about, I say. To complain about it is like going to a cocktail party and getting upset when people talk to you. If you... Read More

"But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all" Matthew 12:15If anyone could have boasted, it would be Jesus. He was the Son of God. He was a miracle worker. He could produce gold out of the mouth of a fish. He could raise the dead. It seems that there was nothing that He couldn't do. And all of this is true. Still, when it came to a point when He could boast, He told everyone to keep His story a secret.He could have aroused the crowds into a rebellious frenzy. He could have commanded a legion of angels to prepare the way. If a follower... Read More

"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah" Psalm 46:1-3We have all found ourselves in need of refuge and shelter. It may be a refuge from the heat, or rain, or cold, or lightning, or wind, or snow. We may need shelter from the storms of life or the oppression of the spiritual world. Whatever the problem, we often seek help in the form of some type of refuge.God... Read More

"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matt 5:4What a paradox! We think of grief and happiness as being mutually exclusive. In fact, even in Christian circles, we are often taught that the Christian always has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. We are told that to be sad is sinful, that grief represents a lack of faith, and that pain comes from sinful living. Yet, this teaching is directly contrary to what Jesus is saying here.Let's look for a moment at the word "mourn." In the Greek it means to grieve a loss. This may be the loss of a loved one, but it may be... Read More

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