What things matter most to God? How would you answer that question?
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts, impress them on your children; talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road; when you lie down and when you get up . . . write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
This Scripture reminds us of God’s desire for us; it reminds us of His commands that we raise children who will honor Him.
You don’t hear much about that in today’s culture.
Honoring God is to be done in the context of your family—in the everyday ordinariness of living your life.
How diligent are you in impressing the commandments of God on your children?
It’s a good question to ask yourself!
It’s a “cultural” phrase you hear all the time: “Live and let live!”
Problem is—it’s a maxim that doesn’t work!
“Live and let live” isn’t a biblical principle—that why it doesn’t work!
David said in bringing his sacrifice to God, “How can I bring you a sacrifice for which there is no cost?”
If you have good things but you didn’t sacrifice to get them, you’re merely standing on the sacrifices of others.
In other words, what you enjoy in this nation you enjoy because other people did not have a “live and let live” philosophy.
Quite the contrary! They had a “give-my-life-away-to-others” philosophy.
And they and everyone else were the better for it.
Narcissism never works. Self-centeredness destroys families, organizations, schools, nations.
Don’t live and let live. How about “live and help others have life!”
If we don’t take a stand for what we believe—how can we expect our children to do so?
The answer is, we can’t!
Our children need to see that we’ll take a stand when everyone around us is just sitting it out—waiting for someone else to do it.
Parents, you’re being told regularly that “you can’t bring your faith into the school system.” You can, but you may have to be willing to put up a fight. A group of parents who wanted to pray for their children and their classmates on school property were told that very thing. The school district was proven wrong, but not without considerable legal assistance.
Our children, and their children, are being called on to take an even bigger stand than we are—and it’s up to us to set an example!
Hate speech. We talk about it—we debate it—but what is it?
The American Bar Association defines it as speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, origin, sexual orientation, disability or other traits.
So as a pastor do I have freedom of speech, freedom to call sin, sin?
My perspective is this: We’re at a turning point.
Pastors are often afraid to speak out on biblical issues. Why? Because sometimes when they do, they get an email on Monday morning saying, in effect, “Pastor, if you’re going to be political then we may have to look for another church.” Pastors under great pressure for “nickels, noses and numbers,” often capitulate to those few persons who say, “don’t be political.”
And to that I say, “I’m not being political—I’m being biblical!”
Too many students entering college dump church once they hit campus! What’s up with that?
More than half of students entering college are involved in a local church—but by the time they graduate that number drops to less than 30 percent. Aren’t universities supposed to be a place of shared ideas? Too often, it just isn’t the case.
Christian students and faculty for that matter, are being silenced by those who have everything to gain from distracting young people from their faith and subsequently their involvement in a local church.
If you’re the parent of a college age student—you know exactly what I’m talking about. And as the church, we need to be just as courageous on their behalf!
Pray and be involved in speaking out on behalf of those young people who are standing firm as champions of biblical values!
The Scripture says “pray for one another.”
The Bible also says, that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Prayer produces intimacy.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to criticize a person you’re praying for?
I heard a story about a person who was very critical of another individual—in fact, he wanted to tell him off.
When the individual came who was going to be told off, he very wisely said: “Before you tell me all my weaknesses, would you please pray that I might have the right spirit to receive what you’re about to say!”
I’m sure you know what I’m about to say.
That person prayed for the other person and then said: “I don’t have anything to share with you right now.”
Pray for one another!