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Almost every Sunday I give announcements in our weekly service and pray before our time of giving. After giving announcements, I used to try and find a meaningful Scripture to read that applied to giving and then pray off the top of my head. Lately, I’ve been taking a different approach; I have been writing out my prayer and reading it.
It’s such a great feeling when you know you earned something. It wasn’t just given. You worked hard, spent precious time, and maybe even sweated for it. You want to show it off or talk about it.
Last night, my favorite quarterback broke the all time passing yard record in the NFL. Drew Brees passed Brett Favre and Peyton Manning in one game to take the lead.
God is concerned with your holiness, period. The natural question or objection then is, “But I’m His child, shouldn’t He want my happiness?”
Kids who grow up in Christian homes are blessed because they have parents who love Jesus and can show them what it means to love and follow Jesus. In fact, the Bible says that parents are supposed to be the primary teachers and disciplers of their children. If we're honest though, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Below are four easy ways to start intentionally teaching your kids about following Christ.
Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching 1 Peter chapter 4 to my home church. In this chapter, Peter makes it clear that we are to glorify God in every aspect of our lives and he especially deals with the topic of suffering for following Christ. If you'd like to give it a listen, I've shared it below.
Satan hates Sundays. I'm convinced of it. Sunday is what we Christians refer to as the Lord's Day. Why wouldn't satan hate a day that is all about the Lord? He absolutely despises God's people gathering as God's place to sing God's praise. Sunday is the sweetest day of the week, but often for me feels like one of the hardest days of the week.
Lately, I have been thinking about day to day life and the sovereignty of God. I'm on year 31 of my life and God has kept me safe by in large. When I drive in a metal box down the interstate somewhere between 75-80 miles per hour with other metal boxes all around me and I arrive to my destination safely, that is reason for amazement. When I go thousands of miles somewhere in a metal tube that logically has no business being in the air, that is reason for wonder.
I love my wife and my child more than anything else on this planet. They give me such joy and I would be devastated to lose them. If I'm honest with you, I think at times I fail at striking the right balance between them and God. At times, I put them in the place He deserves. I treasure the gift more than the Giver. The Bible calls this idolatry and we are all subject to it.
I walked through the halls of a middle school in my town this morning overhearing bits and pieces of conversations among students. I heard words like "threat", "guns", and "shooting". I was stopped and questioned by a principal and police officer before I ever got close to the door. Parents are losing their minds on social media. One thing I'm not hearing communicated: hope.