There’s no question—these are troubling times to raise children.
But don’t give up!
As a parent, you know children will test you to the max.
But don’t give up on them.
There’s never been a time in our history when we were in greater need of strong leaders for the future.
Leaders who’ll honor God and honor His Word.
Frankly, I don’t care much where kids go to college or how much money they earn.
I do care that they love God. I care about how they treat other people.
It should be our desire to raise convictional, rational, loving, highly principled children—wherever they serve.
It starts with us—with parents.
If our priorities are straight—if we as parents honor God and His Word—that’s the place to start!
Raise children with character!
What, or who, are you substituting for God in your life?
And how’s it working out for you?
There’s a good reason we call God, Savior. Savior means somebody who saves us—the implication being that we need to be saved; saved from our sins and self-centeredness.
If I asked you to spell sin—you’d likely say, s-i-n.
Well I spell it S-E-L-F. Self. Self-absorbed. Self-centered.
But God comes along and He says, “I want to be the epicenter of your life. I want to save you from your SELF.”
What’s at the center of your life right now?
When Jesus died on the cross, He took your imperfections, assigned them to Himself and paid a dear price for it.
And He wants to be at the center.
And when He is—it makes all the difference!
Well, today’s a big day . . .
. . . and there’s no question, we have some deeply-rooted issues to face as a nation! But as followers of Christ, we have a powerful option—PRAYER!
I have a deep confidence in God that He can touch this wounded land and bring healing. How will He do that is the question.
And the answer? Through prayer. Serious prayer!
And the reminder of Paul’s instructions in 1st Timothy 2:1 that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” And too often, we leave out verse 3: “This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”
We need God’s touch on our country and on the world!
The Christian’s response to abortion—an issue that’s as important as any we will face in these days!
Obviously, there IS a difference of views in the political arena.
But when it comes to a Christian view—we appeal to the Scripture. And there’s no divergency in terms of the Bible.
The concept pertaining to abortion, is clearly indicated.
Psalm 139 gives indication that God knows us while we’re being formed in the womb. Jeremiah was known in the womb.
Jeremiah chapter one refers specifically to it.
These are not referred to as “blobs” that can be removed.
Let’s be candid—abortion is murder.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is —when Jesus died on the cross, He died for all sins, including murder.
As Christians, we should never waffle–abortion is wrong!
It’s popular in today’s culture, to reject affiliation with the local church.
As a pastor, you might expect I’d have something to say about it!
Well . . . hang on . . . I do!
Claiming to be a follower of Jesus—yet rejecting affiliation with a church? Really?
It’s like you’re a member of a team, but refuse to put on the jersey.
A life lived for Jesus isn’t lived in solitary confinement.
And about those who say the church is irrelevant, hypocritical . . . the church has its weaknesses—no question, but only because we as members have weaknesses. We’re flawed.
But the church has ten thousand strengths!
I admit the church has problems—but it’s better than any alternative.
Isolationism is not a biblical concept.
With all the gathered church has against it, it’s still God’s best plan!
God doesn’t give us everything we want—He gives us everything we need. Sooo, are you okay with that?
We want more, bigger, better, faster—and it’s killing us!
There’s the story of a man fishing. Each morning he’d fish, then take time with his family all afternoon.
A businessman asked him, “How much do you make a day?”
The fisherman said, “Twenty-five a day.”
“Wow”, my friend said. “If you’d borrow the money, you could get more boats, hire more people and make a thousand dollars a day!”
“Why?” asked the fisherman.
“So you could take time off with your family.”
The fisherman replied, “But that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Why do we attempt so much? Why are we racing against the clock to make life count? Your answer will make all the difference!