Are you blaming God for what ought to be blamed on Satan?
I was listening to a TV interview about a child who was severely deformed. The parents said, “We don’t know why God did this, but we’re so lucky to find a plastic surgeon who could correct it.”
I was saddened to hear that response.
How much better to have believed and said, “We don’t understand why in our broken world, that the enemy has been able to inflict suffering upon people, including our child. But we praise God that in His wisdom, He’s given knowledge and skill to physicians, and He’s given us resources to provide for our child’s care, so that he can be made well.”
See the difference?
Heartache and pain and suffering come from the enemy.
Scripture says: all good and perfect things come from the Father.
What’s foundational in your life—and why should you care?
Jesus said in Matthew 7: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house.
Yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.”
Everything in these houses was identical.
Except one thing. The foundation.
The person who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice! It makes all the difference.
As Christians, how are we perceived by our culture? For or against?
Most often Christians are perceived as being against something.
But let’s not let the secularists label us.
Critics of Christians say we’re anti-abortion. No—we’re pro-life.
They say we’re anti-gay marriage. No—we’re for traditional, biblical marriage.
In the Prop 8 battle in California against same-sex marriage, they said we were against them.
No. Proposition 8 was fourteen words simply affirming the reality of biblical marriage between a man and a woman.
There are some legitimate things we have to be against.
In fact, some of the Ten Commandments say, “Thou shall not!” Eight of the Commandments to be exact.
So don’t be intimidated by critics who say, “Oh, you’re always so against stuff . . .”
Yes, we are against some things, but let’s also be known by what we are FOR!
How many copies of the Bible do you have in your home?
I’m guessing more than one!
In fact, many of us not only have more than one Bible—we have several different translations.
But are we reading it? Is God’s Word changing us?
The Bible is still the number one best-selling book—ever. But it might very well be the least read.
It’s not that we’re illiterate—we can read, we just don’t read.
And family times around the Bible? Praying together?
Essentially gone—lost to soccer and other activities that we’ve allowed to replace our times together.
It’s our privilege—and our responsibility—as parents to instill in our children the love of God, the love of reading His Word.
Make time with God an essential time as a family!
I think it’s fair to say, we live in a culture of tolerance.
But what disturbs me is how we define tolerance. Tolerance, historically, has been a good word. But the meaning of tolerance in our culture has changed—and not for the better.
It’s become a way to say, “I accept everything, except Christianity.”
So-called tolerance is remarkably IN-tolerant.
It’s being used as a tool to intimidate believers. A tool to silence us.
I know that no one’s fully tolerant. And certainly there are things we should never tolerate. Obviously, things like murder, and rape are intolerable.
But let me be very candid here.
Do not be intimidated by this so-called culture of tolerance. By those who berate and twist words, who put down Christianity as intolerant.
Don’t be silenced! Don’t be intimidated! Live out your faith!
Some surveys show only about 40% of us attend church regularly. What’s everybody else doing?
So . . . why haven’t we won them over?
And actually the news is much worse. The survey I quoted is based on surveys of people who say they go to church.
But if you add up the actual attendance across America, it’s considerably less than 40%.
What’s going on?
There’s a spiritual dullness in our culture that concerns me.
And it should concern you.
The fact is—that spiritual dullness is an inability to connect the dots between faithful, worship attendance, and building strong families and communities.
You can’t separate the impact of one on the other!
The demise of our families and communities, and our moral fiber, is directly related to our failure to understand the importance of worshipping and studying God’s Word in a local congregation!