I’ve been inspired recently in reading a work by the early Christian writer, Mark Felix. In one respect, I was surprised to see how little society changes. As we age, many of us in conservative Christian circles tend to bemoan the downward spiral of moral depravity which seems to be more and more commonplace. Yet, when one looks carefully at the annals of history and cultures past, it is easy to agree with Ecclesiastes 1:9 which states “there is nothing new under the sun.” Read More
Will we be denied the right to teach our children the greatest commandment?
If you were going to teach your children one commandment from all of scripture, what would you teach them? In Matthew 22:36-38, a Pharisee once asked Jesus the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responds with these words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Read More
“Sanctification, by which our hearts and lives are conformed to the law, is a grace of God communicated to us…” Walter Marshall, a great puritan preacher of the 1600’s, said these words in a book called The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification where he outlines the essential Biblical teaching regarding how we grow spiritually. Since my wife and I home educate our children and attend a family integrated church there is the possibility that we could rely on these wonderful things to carry us through the Christian walk; but as Walter Marshall said it is the grace of God that sanctifies us, not an external action, even if that external action is a good thing. Read More
There once was a man who built a house for himself. He meticulously crafted every aspect, every detail he thought out, every element and color chosen to be a reflection of himself.
And it was a beautiful home.
Not long after though, his job required him to travel for an unspecified, but extended period of time. To ensure that his home was well cared for, he went looking for a tenant. He found another man who was, by trade, a skilled handy man, someone who he felt could manage the home and care for any needs that might arise. They struck a deal. In exchange for free rent, the man would take care of the home. He would be given whatever resources would be necessary to keep the home in the owner’s desired condition.
Then the owner left. Read More
Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
We know this to be true in the business world. Companies spend enormous sums of
money every year to craft their mission and vision statements. They align
their goals and investments with these statements and tailor each employee’s
development plan around attaining the prescribed vision. Read More