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Catechize Your Children

2020-05-16T01:29:17-04:00 May 30th, 2020|

There is a lot of talk these days about improving the quality of education. It goes without saying that when you talk about improving the quality of education, you have to talk about methods of teaching.

Did you know the Bible gives us some guidance in this area? It does. For example, the apostle Paul says, “In the church I desire to speak five words with my mind, that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Corinthians 14:19). In other words, Paul felt the necessity for his teaching to be clear, direct and easily understood.

But that’s not all, Paul says he wants to “instruct others.” Literally he says he wants to “catechize others.” What does it mean to “catechize?” Well, Paul is referring to the method of instruction in which the teacher asks questions and the student gives the answers. In this process instruction takes place. The student often answers his or her own questions.

Now the apostle says he used this method “in the church.” As a result, Christians have often used this method to teach their children the way of salvation. Yes, many Christian parents teach their children the specific answers to a series of questions that unfold the truth of the Bible. In this way their children learn about God, and sin. They learn about Christ and His payment for sin. They learn to trust in Christ as the only way of salvation from sin. As children literally recite the catechism, opportunity is given to parents to talk to their children about God and Christ.

Click here and watch today’s podcast from the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Inner Combat

2020-05-16T01:34:31-04:00 May 29th, 2020|

Mortal combat takes place within us. It is devastating. “I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members” (Romans 7:22-23).

We come to agree with God’s Ten Commandments. We should not lie, steal or kill. We should worship the living and true God. Then the trouble starts. We see a different principle at work in us. This principle drags us down. It wars against the right thinking in our heads. This different law or principle is the law of sin. We find degrading urges within us, parrying with and fighting against the principle of good. We get depressed. We are drained. This is not all. The fundamental principle of corruption puts a gun to our heads and drags us off in slavery to its degenerate power. I lose the battle. I discover I am “a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.”

We may cry out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death” (Romans 7:24)? There is only one permanent and lasting answer. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25).

Click here and listen to the podcast for today, “Those Inner Battles.”

Searching for God?

2020-05-16T01:27:12-04:00 May 27th, 2020|

There are tens of thousands of people in the world seeking after God. They are not seeking God in the way they should. Nor are the seeking God out of pure love for Him. For these particular reasons the Bible makes this general statement, “There is none who seeks for God” (Romans 3:11). Nevertheless, people do make feeble attempts to seek and find the Creator. And there are two reasons you may feel impelled to seek for Him.

First, the Holy Spirit of God is active in the world stirring men and women to think about Him. He is making overtures through the witness of His creation which can be clearly seen and understood (Romans 1:20). And He is making Himself known through the testimony of His law at work in every human conscience (Romans 2:14). God gives confirmation in Genesis 6:3, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever.”

Second, you were placed on this earth for the purpose of seeking God. The Bible says, “He made from one every nation of mankind … that they should seek God” (Acts 17:26-27). A sense of creatureliness is a part of the fabric of your being. And so you have to force yourself not to think about God. Likewise, because of a sense of need for the Creator, you have to suppress the instinct to seek for God.

Yes, from what has just been said, God is seeking you.  Respond by seeking Him.  To help you, click here and listen to a short sermon called “Seek the Lord Seeking You.”

The Reason for Being

2020-05-16T01:25:52-04:00 May 26th, 2020|

In the Middle East, small groups of men are sent out on missions to search for and destroy the enemy. These search and destroy missions are tough and dangerous. Back at home, many men and women are on similarly dangerous missions today. They are desperately seeking to make sense of life. They are on what might be called search and live missions. Not making sense of life is like losing your soul.

We hope for a good job, earning a good living, and the rewards of self satisfaction will bring meaning to life. At the same time, we neglect the spiritual. And so Jesus asks, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36). In other words, we can have all the material goodies life has to offer and still lose our souls. And so the next question Jesus asks is to the point, “For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul” (Mark 8:37). The soul is priceless. Nothing, absolutely nothing, fills the bill when the soul is lost, empty, in an endless search for meaning. When this happens, you can no longer afford to ignore the spiritual. You can no longer afford to neglect God.

The essential reason we are placed on this earth is to seek for God, only the living God brings rest to our souls. The Bible explains God made from one every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, that they should seek God (Acts 17:26-27). And Jesus Christ exhorts, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). Yes, we were made to seek after God. And we only have rest when we return to God through Jesus Christ.

Now, watch my podcast, “Seek the Lord, Part One.”

God’s Memorial Day

2020-05-22T18:44:30-04:00 May 25th, 2020|

In the United States, we set aside Memorial Day each year to remember those who gave their lives in the armed forces. We remember those who died on faraway battlefields to bring freedom and democracy to oppressed peoples. We commemorate their actions by honoring them in ceremonies across the land. We sometimes call it Decoration Day because we decorate the graves of fallen heroes with flags and flowers.

When Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land for the first time, God commanded Joshua to pile up a heap of stones at the place. “So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” The stones memorialized God’s great grace.

Then too, as a great statue of David memorializes the work of Michelangelo, the universe commemorates the genius of the living God. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). We see His might, power, glory, and strength in the brightness of the distant stars, the glow of the blazing comet, and in the shadow of a lunar eclipse.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20). The universe is God’s Memorial. Every day is, therefore, God’s Memorial Day.

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God’s Memorial Day

2020-05-15T21:57:33-04:00 May 25th, 2020|

We set aside Memorial Day each year to remember those who gave their lives in the armed forces. We remember those who died on far away battlefields to bring freedom and democracy to oppressed peoples. We commemorate their actions by honoring them in ceremonies across the land. We sometimes call it Decoration Day because we decorate the graves of fallen heroes with flags and flowers.

When Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land for the first time, God commanded Joshua to pile up a heap of stones at the place. “So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” The stones memorialized God’s great grace.

Then too, as a great statue of David memorializes the work of Michelangelo, the universe commemorates the genius of the living God. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). We see His might, power, glory and strength in the brightness of the distant stars, the glow of the blazing comet, and in the shadow of a lunar eclipse.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20). The universe is God’s Memorial. Every day is therefore God’s Memorial Day.

Click here to listen to a message called, “Talk About God from Creation.”

The Patience of God

2020-05-15T22:05:21-04:00 May 24th, 2020|

It took Noah about 120 years to build the ark. During that time he warned the people around him to turn from their wicked ways. They sneered back, “A flood? That’s ridiculous! Such a thing will never happen!”

We too may wonder why the flood was so long in coming. The Bible tells us, “The patience of God was waiting in the days of Noah” (1 Peter 3:20). You see, God was patient and gave the men and women of Noah’s day ample time to turn back to Him.

The Bible tells us God will bring another judgment upon the earth, a great final judgment. “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Because this promise has been unfulfilled for two thousand years, many people laugh and ask, “Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:4). They do not realize “the Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God is still giving men, women, young people, and children time to turn back to Him.

What about you? “Do you think lightly of the riches of His . . . patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

Listen to today’s podcast about “The Patience of God.”

Devotion to God

2020-05-15T22:07:25-04:00 May 23rd, 2020|

When you are devoted to someone, you attempt to do all you can to please this person. For example, you use every effort to spend time with that special fellow or gal.

This is how your relationship with God ought to be. First, you should do all you can to please Him. As the Bible says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Even when you sit down at the table to eat your bacon and eggs and drink your coffee, you think about pleasing God.

Second, if you are devoted to God, you will also spend time alone with Him each day. You will listen to what God has to say to you. You do this by reading the Bible. When you read the Bible, God speaks to you from the pages of this great book. You will also talk with God. This is prayer. We call spending time with God each day in Bible reading and prayer our daily devotions. Whether or not you have daily devotions may be an indicator of the depth of your devotion to God.

Are you devoted to God? How do you respond to these questions? Do you attempt to please God in all you do? Do you spend time alone with God each day?

Listen to today’s podcast to see how you too may join “The Monuments to God’s Grace.”

What is a Normal Family?

2020-05-15T22:02:09-04:00 May 22nd, 2020|

My father-in-law often interjected a question in conversations about family life. Hw would ask, “What is normal?” For some reason that question stopped us in our tracks. Usually we couldn’t answer it. The situation is aggravated in our present world. Is a normal family one in which both mom and dad have a full time job, Johnny is in school and little Jane is in day-care? That was not considered normal fifty years ago. Is it normal when dad skips out on the family, and after filing for divorce, disappears to avoid paying child support? Most of us admit this may be common but not normal. Homosexual and lesbian couples are gaining respectability. Many accept their lifestyles as normal. Books are being published for children that put lesbians in a good light. One of them talks about a family with two moms. Is that a family? What is normal anyway?

Once again the Bible helps us. The story of a mom and dad and two sons is found in the little book of Ruth in the Old Testament of the Bible. This family left home because of famine. They became refugees in a foreign land. It reminds us of Somalia or Sudan. The family is grief stricken when the father suddenly dies. There is joy when the two sons marry local girls. Sadness overtakes the family when the two sons die.

Then the mother and one of the daughters-in-law return to the old home town. They are destitute and on welfare. This situation seems a little abnormal too. But what is really abnormal about this story, from our perspective, is the faith in God exemplified by the two women. Although many families face financial hardship, the loss of loved ones, and extreme challenges, few modern families have faith in the restorative power of the living God.

Click here for a message, which answers the question, “What is a Normal Family?”

How to Handle Trouble

2020-05-15T22:06:16-04:00 May 21st, 2020|

Not everyone feels that they have a handle on life. If you’re one of these people you may even feel a little lost. It’s not that you have brought trouble upon yourself. You may be faced with trouble although you have not asked for it. If you are unable to get a handle on your personal troubles the way you think you should, it can be very depressing. You may even become bitter.

You need to remember that if you attempt to face trouble without God, you may come completely undone. You see, God is an important part of really understanding trouble. The Bible says, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28). This means that God is at work in the midst of your personal troubles. This is a very important perspective to have. Not only so, God is doing something good in the midst of your trouble. He is making all the puzzle pieces of trouble fall together for the best for you. If you have this perspective on your own problems, it will mean the difference between real victory and defeat.

But remember, the Bible says, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” In other words, unless you love God, you can’t get the proper perspective on your troubles. So you need to turn to God and accept the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true demonstration of God’s love. You need to trust Christ; that He died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. Then, when you begin to really experience God’s love for you, you will begin to love Him. Then you can also begin to get the proper perspective on your troubles.

Listen to today’s podcast, “How to Handle Trouble.”