This story of hope in a hopeless situation may be an encouragement to you.
Parenting in a nutshell: “This morning I awoke at 12:30AM to the blood-curdling screams of my two-year old daughter. She wanted a new band-aid for her toe. Her screaming fit caused her one-year old brother to wake up as well.”
“The Christian family is under constant assault. Western hemisphere Christians have awakened to this reality in recent years as Western nations embrace everything from homosexual union as marriage, to legally forbidding parents from disciplining their own children, to restricted parental rights regarding health care. As serious as these issues remain, some of the deadliest enemies of the Christian family come from within rather than from without.”
Pastors and church leaders would do well to read and consider Ed Welch’s article on preaching and counseling.
“The same temptations that were murdering the believers under Moses are waging a spiritual war against believers today: entertainment, sexual immorality, impatience, and contentment. … These four warnings were lived out by Israel, but meant by God for you, and for me.”
This Day in 1661. 355 years ago today, Presbyterian preacher and author Samuel Rutherford died. *
It’s a question that’s well worth asking yourself. If you don’t know the answer, ask a few people who know you well. (I recently had some trusted friends tell me something very similar to this.)
All of these ought to be implemented in every church.
I’m really enjoying Kelly Needham’s writing these days. “Most days my mind is ready and active to tackle the challenge of overanalyzing any situation, whether it be my marriage, my children, recent conversations or exchanges I had with so-and-so, future plans, and more. There’s never a lack of things to think about. But an idle, purposeless thought life creates a downward spiral of self-focused thoughts and fantasies about problems that aren’t yet in existence. An idle mind can very often be the devil’s playground.”
One scandalous hypocrite makes the world suspect that all professors are so. —Thomas Watson