Happy Father’s Day 2018

Father’s Day is set aside for us to honor our fathers.  How will you honor yours?

Father’s are a gift from God.  God created the family structure.  He chose that a man and a woman would leave their families and cleave to one another.  He designed that children would be a product of their love and be cared for by them. He called the woman “mother” and the man “father.”

It is significant that (more…)

3 Reasons People Commit Suicide

and how to stop them

Suicide is a tragedy that takes place far too often. Don’t let it happen to you or your loved ones.

Every human is created with a desire to live. Self-preservation is the first instinct of mankind. Even satan knows that most people will do anything to save their own skin.

Job 2:4
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

Why then do some people choose to take their own lives?

Years ago we had a young man start coming to church sporadically. He was in and out of jail and had a daughter that would ride our bus occasionally or come with a family member. He stopped interacting with us, and I lost track of him until the day my phone rang with the news that he hung himself in his parent’s garage. The family was devastated. Everyone that knew him was hurting deeply.  It was a difficult funeral.

Most people give the quick answers of depression, anxiety, and mental illness. Is it really that simple?

Suicide is too complicated to cover thoroughly in one article. Today, let’s look at a few reasons people take their own lives and learn how to help them before it’s too late. (more…)

Where Is God When I Need Him?

Have you ever asked this question? I have.  What does the Bible say?

Where is God? Most of the time this question is not asking for the location of God. That question, though complex, is easy to answer with Scripture.

Positionally, God is in Heaven on His Throne.

Psalm 115:2–3  “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”

Relationally, He is in the hearts of believers.

Ephesians 3:17  “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

Practically, He is omnipresent; everywhere at the same time.

Psalms 139:7-10   “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

Usually, this question has a deeper meaning. When mankind is hurting, struggling, tempted, or tested, the natural response is to ask “Where is God when I need Him?” “How could God allow this to happen?” These age-old questions have been asked countless times. (more…)

Remember to Remember

We are a forgetful people.  Dedicate yourself to remembering the important things in life.

Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives serving in the US armed forces.

Remember that freedom isn’t free.  It is bought with blood and protected by sacrifice.  I thank God for the freedoms that we enjoy in America.  I acknowledge those who died so I could live. I appreciate every family that has sacrificed to protect us.  Thank you for your service!

Have you ever forgotten something important?  We all have.

Commit to remembering the significant things in life. Set up reminders.  In the Old Testament, they would erect altars to commemorate important events.  What systems do you have in place to remember important things?

Mark 6:51–52  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Mark 8:16–21  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

The disciples’ hearts were hardened because they forgot the recent miracles of Christ.  We are prone to the same mistakes.  Forgetful people are ungrateful people.

We tend to remember the bad and forget the good.  Make a conscious decision to reverse that tendency.  Remember the goodness of God.  Remember the Cross.  Remember the sacrifices of others for your good.  Remember the Truths that make you free.  Thank God for salvation.  Thank Him for the good things in your life.

Remember to remember!

8 Ingredients of a Godly Mother

Every Mom wants to do right by her children.  Here are 8 Bible truths that will empower her for success.

God chose an intimate way to create new human life. It is a very personal process. There is a special connection between mother and child. A mom carries the child in her womb for nine months, births him through suffering, feeds him from her body, and teaches him how to live.

What a privilege to be a mother!

Every mom wants to be a good mother, but how is it done? Here are 8 Bible truths that will help every mother lead their children to God and be a good mom.

1. Sincere Faith

2 Timothy 1:5   When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

How can one hope to fulfill the responsibilities of parenting without God’s help? A good mom must start with her own salvation. When her children see her unwavering and sincere faith in God, it will leave a lasting impression.

2. Accept the Responsibility

1 Timothy 2:15   Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Motherhood is a huge responsibility. God plans for a woman to be married before she experiences the joys of sex. This commitment ensures that she is stable, safe, and has a support system for the journey ahead.
Some women have not had the opportunity of Christian training and have babies when not married. If that is your testimony, then you know the hardships of single parenting. Give your life to God, and He will help you.
Whatever your situation, motherhood is hard work. Your life will not be your own for an extended period. There are no sick days and no time off. It’s a full-time gig! Accept the burden, seek God’s help, and make it happen through God’s grace.  You can do it!

3. Give to God

Psalm 22:10   I was cast upon thee from the womb: Thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

Give your children to God. They are not yours. You are a steward of their precious lives. Cast them upon God. Let them know from a young age that you have given them to God, and you want them to follow Him.

4. Made for a Purpose

Galatians 1:15   But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

Teach your children that God made them for a purpose. He made them special because He loves them and has a job that only they can do. Let them know that Who they live for is more important than how they make money.
 

5. Love Unconditionally

Proverbs 4:3   For I was my father’s son, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

Love your children without reservation or condition. Let them know in countless ways how much you love them. Be creative in your gestures of love. There should never be a day when your children doubt your love.
If you have multiple children, make sure you don’t play favorites. Love them all the same and let them know it. 
 

6. Set Boundaries

Proverbs 1:8   My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

  Proverbs 6:20   My son, keep thy father’s commandment, And forsake not the law    of thy mother:

Love sets boundaries. Give them rules and set expectations. Never mistake love for license. Many moms get this wrong and regret it.  Spoiled children won’t revere you. They will resent you.
Strive to make your home a godly balance of love and law.
 

7. Teach the Scriptures

Proverbs 31:1   The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

A mom has a unique opportunity to teach her children the Scriptures. She is connected to them like no one else in the world. Let them hear you sing hymns and spiritual songs. Help them memorize Bible verses. Teach life lessons and quote a verse, so they know your wisdom comes from God.
 

8. Be Joyful

Psalm 113:9   He maketh the barren woman to keep house, And to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

One of the best things you can do for your children is rejoicing in the Lord. Don’t let the burdens of motherhood override the joy of it. Don’t get so bogged down in daily living that you are unhappy.
Every child wants to please mom. Also, their stability is wrapped up in you. They think that if you are ok, then the world is ok.
Choose to rejoice. Ask God to give you a supernatural dose of joy regardless of your circumstances. May our children know that we love serving God!
 

You Can Do It!

Motherhood is a marvelous privilege. I thank God for the excellent work mothers do every day.
Don’t focus on your failures. Start where you are today.
Keep up the good work!