Friday, May 29, 2009

No Lightning Bolts

From Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp:

"...Growth in grace doesn't come by lightning bolts and magical encounters but by humble, honest, obedient, and practical application of God's Word to the specifics of everyday experience. In sanctification God calls his children to follow, stand fast, forsake, trust, put off and put on, run, obey, put to death, study, flee, and resist."

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Death is Not Dying

"On March 4, 2009, Rachel Barkey had an opportunity to share about her hope in the midst of terminal cancer. What began as a small talk to her church women’s group became an event attended by over 600 women and was an experience that left many with a desire to discover more about Rachel’s journey and faith."

I kept hearing about this, but I just didn't believe it 'til I watched it today. You find 55 minutes and watch it, too. Death is Not Dying

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Build a House

As parents, do we sometimes think of the devotions we have with our children as the window dressings of a house? The reading and study of God's word coupled with prayer are, instead, the very timbers that hold the structure up, that hold it together. Don't think of daily devotions together as mainly the use of something you've bought at the Christian bookstore; it's the solid, daily diet of the Scriptures themselves, along with fervent and earnest payer that God's Spirit will apply its truths to our hearts, that will grow us and our children into ones who bear much fruit for His kingdom.

Photo David H-W (Extrajection)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We Have Our Assignment

This morning in Matthew:

"But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake..." (Matthew 13:32-35b, italics mine)

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wordle-ing Proverbs

I've had more than one conversation with another mom in which one or both of us have taken comfort from the familiar Proverb, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Only possible problem we may have in claiming that promise is, what do we think that kind of training looks like?

It may look quite different, require more of us, cost us more than we want to think.

Proverbs chapters 1-8
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