Are you “modest” or “the hottest”? Quiet thinking about presenting who you are to others
A recent teaching I offered on “God, why so old-fashioned about sex?” referenced a number of past discussions between parents and teens, and no doubt raised a few more
Mention “modesty” to a young girl who is longing to be noticed, and emotions can quickly spike. None of us readily invites others to tell us how we should dress. But that doesn’t mean we are impervious to pressure in this area. Popular culture puts immense pressure, especially on teens, to conform to the current standards.
Witness most recently somebody’s decision to promote jeans with rips and tears and holes in them. Suddenly, millions of women rush to wear pants which look like they’ve been through a shredder. Really?
IF AN EAGER FOLLOWER OF JESUS…
How do you make the call on what to…
Silver Trumpets Blog
You know that the Proverbs is life's wisdom manual, especially for us as we are discipling the kids God has placed in our homes
One of our key discipling tasks is to help them understand how money and their relationship with Jesus works. Proverbs is a treasure chest of helpful truths on this subject. A wise parent will take the time to read money-related proverbs with his/her children, and talk about how the proverb can shape their attitudes and actions.
"Honor the Lord with your wealth," Proverbs 3:9, "and with the firstfruits of all you produce." is just one of scores of wisdom nuggets available for lively discussion.
CODE OF SILENCE?
Ron Lieber (The Opposite of Spoiled: How to Raise Kids that are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money) offers some excellent help…
from September 17.2017
Q - When you notice that the Spirit isn't flowing through you in the way He should, how do you increase the Spirit's power? Biblical reading, prayer...anything else
When I read the New Testament letters to Christians, I hear the apostles teaching us that we should be a) very much aware that we are the home-vessel for the Holy Spirit, b) that He is there to empower our living, see Ephesians 3:14-21, and c) that we are urged to consciously and intentionally choose to be "filled" by Him (Ephesians 5:18) and to "walk in Him" (Galatians 5:16). So how do we put in play this filling and walking? Romans 8 teaches that "those who set their mind on the things of the Spirit" experience his life and peace. I take it that a…
Christ Community Church
God's Sovereign Salvation Intercepting a Sinful World
At the heart of Isaiah’s message is God’s purpose of grace for sinners. If that ultimate miracle is accepted—and one cannot be a Christian without accepting it—then a lesser miracle is no barrier. Indeed, the prophet making predictions of future events is not a problem; it is, as Isaiah intended it to be, encouraging evidence of God’s sovereign salvation intercepting a sinful world
Guess what? Life on earth doesn’t always go the way you expect or even hope for. But…our hope is not focused down. It’s focused ahead, and up!
Those who follow Jesus have a remarkable and lasting treasure – SALVATION. Not merely a religious experience in the past, salvation is a divine gift that unfolds in glory over time, and will flourish in the…