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10 Bible Verses: God’s Perspective For Parents

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible. That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents.

Does parenthood trump marriage?

Marriage or parenthood? Which do you value more? Is it more worthwhile to work at marriage and being the best spouse you can be, or to be devoted to your kids and raising them to be the best they can be?

Obviously, a lot of us would say, “Do I have to choose?” But a Pew Research study found precisely that millennials (roughly those 18-29) value parenthood far more than marriage. What do we make of that?

10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs To Know

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible.

That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents. So here’s what Jesus is saying to you if you’re a mom or dad: “Parents shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Scripture gives parents perspective, encouragement, correction, and so much more.

10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs To Know

3 Lies Complainers Believe

A couple years ago I came across an ad for a counselor that promised the prospective client their money back if they weren’t completely satisfied. I don’t know if that’s a smart business strategy because what person is completely satisfied with anything in life much less an area for which they are seeking professional counseling?

The natural response of dissatisfied people is to complain. Complaining is unattractive in others but barely noticed when it comes out of our own mouth.

3 Lies Complainers Believe

8 Questions That Help Me Know If I’m Growing Spiritually

newtonbookcoverIt seems like I should be able to determine relatively easily if I’m personally growing spiritually but it isn’t as easy as you think it should be. What exactly should I be looking for in my life? For so many people the indicators of spiritual growth are only focused on behavior. Now of course our behavior is incredibly important to God but when that is the only consideration, we neglect our heart which is where our motives and loves spring from.

I recently finished Tony Reinke’s book Newton on the Christian Life; a book that will almost certainly be on the short list of best books that I read in 2015. Even if you’re not familiar with Newton, you are definitely familiar with his most famous hymn: Amazing Grace. After leaving the slave trade, Newton became a pastor in Olney and later London. While his sermons are rather ordinary, the hundreds of personal letters he wrote are exceptional. They are quite literally treasure troves of spiritual wisdom, pastoral care, and pictures of grace.

Reinke does a great job of surfacing some of Newton’s treasures and helping the reader personally benefit from it. In one section he shares Newton’s marks of a maturing Christian. While this list is hardly exhaustive, it does a good job of probing our heart and helping us see areas of our life that we might need to grow in. After each mark, I included a question(s) to further help me discern where I am spiritually.

Trump vs. BLM Showdown: What Can Christians Learn?

You don’t win many people to your side by telling them they’re wrong and you’re right.

You won’t win many to the pro-life cause by calling those who disagree with you “baby killers.” Crisis pregnancy centers that come alongside women with unplanned and often unwanted pregnancies are far more persuasive.

The same goes for politics. I don’t know any Republican or Democrat who changed party loyalties due to being berated by a co-worker. But when political parties address issues that concern us, we are open to listen.

Arthur Brooks writes about an unlikely meeting of social and political foes. On September 16, 2017, a group of President Trump’s supporters squared off on the National Mall with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York (BLMNY). There was the usual shouting of slogans promoting their cause and denouncing the other side, but then something unusual and instructive happened.

2017’s Book List: Better Late Than Never (Hopefully)

It’s been my habit to post the best books I read in a given year. I decided to not do such a list for 2017 but, much to my surprise, several people have asked for it. I enjoy looking through other people’s end of the year book lists so it only seems fair that I return the favor and post my own.

 

A few notes…

  1. These books weren’t necessarily published in 2017. It’s just the year I read them.
  2. I don’t read many books that I’d place in the “Christian Living” category. My reading tastes tend toward theology, history, biography, current issues, and novels.
  3. My criteria are very subjective. I enjoy well written books that teach, challenge, or entertain me.

These were my favorite books in 2017.

Twelve Things I’ve Learned from the Andersons

This coming Sunday, our church will have the opportunity to say good-bye to Charles and Erin Anderson and their children as they prepare to move to Indianapolis at the end of the month. I am one of many people who have been deeply impacted by their time in Columbia and will forever be grateful for

What Should You Say To Your Kids About Terrorism At The Ariana Grande Concert?

As people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, May 22nd in Manchester, England, a bomb went off killing 22 people and injuring another 59. The British authorities have identified Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber. ISIS has claimed responsibility. Intelligence services are investigating.

Unfortunately, we are no longer shocked by stories like this. There have been similar ones in the past and no doubt there will be more in the future. This incident got my attention because so many of the victims that have been identified are young kids and their moms. I read that some of the victims were moms waiting to pick up their daughters after the concert.

Because Ariana Grande’s fans are typically younger and because of the pervasiveness of social media, I think it’s reasonable to believe that most American kids have heard of the bombing even though it happened in England.

That raises the question: “What should I tell my son or daughter about an incident like this?”

“I Am Nothing”: A Reflection on Rhonda Rousey’s Comments

In May of 2015 both Sports Illustrated and Business Insider named Rhonda Rousey the “world’s most dominant athlete.” She owned an impressive resume: the first U. S. woman ever to win an Olympic medal in Judo (Bronze, 2008); consistently one of the top three ranked judo champions in the world before moving into mixed martial arts; a UFC record of 12-0 with 11 wins coming in the first round and 9 of those via submission by arm bar. It wasn’t a huge surprise when she became the highest paid UFC fighter male or female.

But then, in November 2015, she suffered her first lost when Holly Holm knocked her out. In an interview on The Ellen Show shortly after that devastating loss she said, “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and at that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? And, no one [cares] about me anymore without this.'”