4 Simple Tips for a Great Time at Christian Camp

or any other activity

Summer is here!  Christian Camps, Conferences, Revivals, and Trips are in full swing.  For countless people, these activities have been a proven way to make great memories and life-changing decisions.  Follow these simple tips for a great time you will remember for the rest of your life.

Be Happy.

Bring a good time with you. “Bored” is a state of mind. You won’t have access to your usual distractions (TV, phone, game system, etc.). Plan to enjoy nature and the company of others at camp. (more…)

The Glory of Fatherhood

Father.  Dad.  Daddy.  Any man that has heard these words from the mouth of a child is blessed.  These three truths remind us of the glory of fatherhood.

Proverbs 17:6  Children’s children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.

God shares His name with fathers.

God revealed Himself to be our Heavenly Father.  He gives life.  He watches over and cares for His children.  He desires a close and personal relationship with each of them.

Matthew 6:1  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6:4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

I love being a father.  I never tire of hearing my children call me Dad.  What a privilege that God shares this lofty title with earthly fathers!   (more…)

10 Proven Practices to Develop a Heart of Ministry in Children

Every parent wants their children to succeed.  Every Christian parent wants their children to follow the Lord.  How do we develop a heart of ministry service in our children?  Here are ten powerful tips.

Developing a heart of ministry in children

Child rearing is one of the most important jobs on the planet.  We only get one chance to raise our children.  Before we know it, they will be adults themselves.  I am not an expert on child rearing.  I have my hands full with my children.  My child rearing philosophy is simple.  “Obey God the best you can and beg Him to make up the difference.”  This article is born out of my personal search of the Scriptures to be a better parent for my children and to help the families of our church.  I hope it can help you as well.

I rebel against the idea that children and teens are expected to be petty and selfish.  I believe that children reared in Christian homes have the opportunity to be an example of what a believer should be.  1 Tim 4:12  A happy Christian, adult or child, will have a servant’s heart.  The heart of ministry is a vital component of Christlikeness.  May our children have a heart to serve God!

1. Seek Their True Salvation.

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Every Christian parent wants their children to be saved.  Yet, (more…)

5 Proven Steps to Protect Sexual Purity

The world abounds with adultery, fornication and sexual sin. Yet, God has called His children to purity. How can you protect yourself and your family?  Here are 5 Proven Steps.

Steps Protect Purity

God wants you to be pure in mind, heart, and body.  Sexual desire is natural and part of God’s plan.  However, Sex outside of marriage is a sin.  Satan works to destroy purity and virtue.  Purity is still important to God!  If you are unmarried, you should save yourself for your future spouse.  If you have already committed fornication, ask God for forgiveness now and decide to honor God until you are married.

Married couples are not immune to the devices of satan.  How many marriages are rocked by infidelity?  How many married people struggle with pornography?  How many families have been shattered by adultery?  Being married doesn’t make you immune to sinful seduction and lustful desires.

These five steps are for anyone who wants to honor God with a pure life. (more…)

Simple Tips for a Spectacular Marriage

A Charge to Newlyweds that will Help us All

One privilege of pastoring is performing weddings.  I love being on the platform so close to the action as God unites  a man and woman for life.  I get to feel the nervousness of the groom as he awaits his bride.  I get to hear him catch his breath as he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress.  I am privileged to see the expressions on the faces and the emotions in the voices as they say their vows.  I watch their trembling hands gently place the wedding ring on their new spouse.  Yes, it is a privilege.  Every wedding makes me appreciate my wife more and reminds me how precious is my own marriage. Here are some thoughts I gave to a young couple at a recent wedding that are good reminders to us all.

Newlyweds

The first miracle that our Lord Jesus performed was at the wedding of Cana.  The Lord puts His stamp of approval on marriage in Scripture.  Consider Matthew 19:4-6.

“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Marriage is the most intimate of human relationships.  It is not simply a legal contract, but also spiritual union in which God works a miracle making 2 separate lives become one. God created, defined and ordained marriage to be a holy union and life-long commitment between Husband and Wife.  This is a relationship so spiritual and so sacred that is to be ended only in death.  It is our privilege to be witnesses of this wedding ceremony.

Marriage is a spiritual union.  It must be built upon Christ to reach its potential.  So many people have given up on marriage today as antiquated and out dated.  Others see it as a failed institution.  I remind you that marriage does not fail people.  People fail marriage;  usually because one or both reject God’s design for it.  God created marriage and He alone has the wisdom to help you succeed at it.  Your success in this marriage depends directly on your willingness to submit to God and His leadership.  I believe you will. (more…)