I hate playdough… I know, I shouldn’t hate something my kids love so much, but I do. Correction, I don’t hate playdough, I abhor it with deep and burning passion! Any time my kids play with playdough, we end up with an amazingly huge mess in our house. Worse yet is the fact that our 1 year old vacuum cleaner (also known as Maddison) eats any and everything that goes on the floor. Evie has yet to be too thrilled when she gets a hunk of playdough!
Where is the promise of His coming? This was the cry of the scoffers in the first century, and it remains the motto of fools today. Things continue as they always have… they say… there is no God, and even if there were, He isn’t going to keep His promises. I am thankful, as a child of God, that I know differently, and God is going to keep every single one of His promises.
God isn’t finished with Israel. The Jews have done some very ignorant things throughout history, and they rejected their own messiah! Though some have turned to Christ, the vast majority of Jews still reject Jesus Christ. Despite all of Israel’s failures and short comings, God still loves her and is not finished with her.
Don’t ever get over the Cross.
Don’t ever let the beauty, majesty, and wonder of God’s redemptive work become common.
Nothing ought to excite and thrill the Child of God more than considering the Cross, and the blood that was shed. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins, and sinners plunge beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
I am simply amazed that God wants to use fallen men to accomplish His purposes. The reality that God could command the rocks to cry out His glory ought to be humbling to us. God could deliver His messages and accomplish His purposes in a dozen different ways, but He chooses to use us!
Not only does God choose to use fallen men, sometimes He uses us in spite of us. We are not always the holiest, most submissive people, and yet God in His patience and love allows us to be used. Our failures should disqualify us, but God accomplishes His purposes through us even with our short comings.
Terrified would be a good word to describe my emotions when my youth pastor slammed on the brakes going down the highway. “Look at that bucket” he exclaimed. With an excited tone, he started pushing me and telling me, “go get it, hurry”!
My youth pastor, Terry Terry, is a man who sees value in almost everything! I cannot tell you how many times the man has stopped on the side of the road to pick up a piece of “junk” to use.
Naysayers and those who discourage will always be around till Jesus comes. The question is, “do you listen to them?”
Isaiah records the message of Rabshakeh from Sennacherib the king of Assyria to Israel. The gist of his message was: surrender, you have no hope... you know you cannot win on your own and no one else is going to save you. Egypt is unreliable (true), and your God will fail like all the other nation’s gods (false).
“Trust in the LORD with ALL thine heart...” - Proverbs 3:5
Trust can be hard. Surrendering control completely to someone or something else. As a teen I remember riding the Titan at Six Flags Over Texas the first time. The ride had just opened and my uncle Richard and his son Eddie took my brother and me. I was not and am still not a big roller coaster person... but I didn’t want to be the coward!
Children need to be taught like children, but eventually the child should become an adult.
Andrew is about to start 1st grade, Nate 3rd, and Brooklyn Pre-k, and all of them will be homeschooled. My office is adjacent to the room they used to do homeschool in, and I used to be able to make out what was going on during their school day. Every morning they would start out the same way... it was rather repetitive. They would say the pledge, they would sing the national anthem, they would quote scripture, they would say letter sounds... over and over and over again. The reason? Well repetition is a great teacher for children. They usually don’t grasp a concept the first time it is taught and have to be taught that same concept again and again.
“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” – Psalm 147:1
When is the last time you praised? Maybe you praised a meal exclaiming, “wow! That was the best meal I have ever had!” Maybe it was praising a person, “whew! I don’t believe anyone can play basketball as good as you!” When is the last time you praised the Lord? Isn’t there plenty of things praiseworthy about Him?