Observations on Raising Children

Observations On Raising Children: Deut. 6:1-7
Scripture Reading: I Sam. 2:12-17, 3:11-14

This is a subject that has been on my heart for a long time. Growing up in a Christian home - Pastor's home - I observed "Christian" kids leave the church, become self righteous, fail miserably. Kinds from homes where church attendance was 3 times a week. Kids who were home schooled, Christian schooled, and still left God and the church.

methods and principles.

I love to read Warren Wiersbe's book, "On Being a Servant of God". On page 2 he points out that to adopt a method of ministry; such as music style, evangelistic program, sermon style, worship service format, and so forth, without understanding the principles of ministry behind the method you are bound to move on to a new method when this one does not work as the new wonder drug for the church. Methods are only tools. The right tool for the right job at the right time.

Christmas Eve: John 1:4, 5

CHRISTMAS EVE 2014

We live in a very dark world. It was a dark night when Jesus came.
- As the light - God's presence - diminished by darkness. shadows and fears, tears and despair.

There have been many attempts to remove the darkness in this God rejecting world throughout history. Attempts to keep God away. Politics, Economics, Secret Societies, Religion, Education…

struggles

The church is often a place of struggle, rather than a safe place to struggle. It is all to common for churches to condemn or discipline those who are struggling (with anything including sin) instead of encouraging them to righteousness, strengthening them to continue. We do not give permission to struggle, so the church ends up being full of the hypocrisy of those who pretend they are doing "just fine".
How can we reach a lost world, in its struggles if we can not ourselves honestly deal with our own struggles.

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Song of Solomon: Desire

I have been reading Song of Solomon with a mind toward the typology of Christ and the church. I was struck by the groom's (Christ') statement in 7:6. "How fair and how pleasant art thou (the bride, the church), o love for delights."
In 7:10, The bride says of Christ, the groom, "His desire is toward me."
The setting all throughout is a garden, a place of pleasant fruit enjoyed by 2 lovers. 5:1 "I am come to my garden." says the groom (Christ) and 7:13 "pleasant fruits… laid up" for the bride to give the groom.

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