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“Kids” or Children?

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

My recently deceased grandmother once told me, “I don’t call children ‘kids’ because a ‘kid’ is a goat and children are not wild animals.”

Wow, how our words change over the years!

At first, I didn’t get it. But what she was saying to me was, “Mark, I value children as human beings made in the image of God and do not think of them as wild animals.” Value.

Do you value your children? Do you treat them with dignity? If so, why not delete the word “kid” from your vocabulary. Try replacing it just for one week with the word “child” and see how well you do. It’s hard to do.

I’ve been doing it for years but I still slip occasionally and say “kid” every once in awhile, but it’s rare praise God!

Jesus valued children according to Matthew 19:13-15: “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.” (The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Mt 19:13-15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)

-Mark (finding high value in the little children and wanting to have their type of faith)

Missions: how important is it to you to share your faith?

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

How important should missions work be to us?

Read Matthew 28:18-20 and give me an answer. I think Jesus placed a high value on missions work!

Where does most missional work occur? In our neighborhoods? I would say in our homes. I live with 4 children who I am a missionary to – they all need Christ. Our children are lost. They are born that way. They need to know Christ (John 17:3). Do you realize that?

Hoping our children magically find Christ is not good enough. We must evangelize them which occurs in BOTH word and in DEED. Our actions speak louder than words. Then, we must ask the Holy Spirit to do His work of saving grace to bring them to Himself.

When that battle is won, then I recommend you go to your neighbors (or maybe you do both at the same time – evangelize your children and your neighbors). The world needs the Gospel but it starts in your own home. Share the Gospel with those nearest you today and expect God to bring them to Himself!

-Mark (missional work is important in every way)

Parents…can they speak the truth in love?

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s amazing to me that we live in a day and age when parents expect others to teach and discipline their own children. Some parents expect their church to teach their children about God. Some parents expect their children to learn good manners by working at Chic-Fil-a. Some parents believe that the military will give their children the structure and discipline they need to thrive in today’s world.

It’s sad.

So who is responsible for instructing children in all things? How about the parents.

Parents don’t own their children. Parents are stewards of their children because God owns their children. Parents are to instruct and discipline the children God gave them and to do so in the way that HE alone instructs. Those children belong to God and He wants them raised to know Him and His word in an intimate way. They need the truth in love.

-Mark (grateful for my 4 and knowing I can do better as a parent)

Giving THESE to a 5 year old?

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

I read recently that when school begins this year in Massachusetts, one school is giving condoms to children as young as 5 years old and they say it doesn’t matter what parents think about it. They are doing what is “right.”

Now, I’m not going to blog very long on this because it’s obvious to Christians and even most non-Christians that this is wrong but is being called “right.”

“Right” is a relative term when we think from man’s perspective. What’s right in their eyes is not necessarily right in God’s eyes? God alone is perfectly just because He alone has a unique perspective as Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and King of Kings. No one else has His divine perspective!

There is no standard to go by…everyone does what is right in his own eyes…see the book of Judges for a history lesson on how that works out for God’s children! No one looks to the Bible and Christians do not know the Word well enough to defend this situation. So, the government or someone at a school has decided this is the right thing to do and they do it. The folks in Massachusetts have decided it is right to give 5 year olds condoms.

I’d like to read your comments on this issue!

-Mark (sad about the world, glad about my Savior and His kingdom is coming)

Job’s children?

October 27, 2009 2 comments

Everything that Job lost was doubled by the end of the book except for his children. Why?

In Job 1:3, he had 7,000 sheep and in Job 42:12 he had been restored double that with 14,000 sheep. Camels, oxen, and donkeys were doubled, too.

Job was given twice as much in physical possessions, but not physical children. He was given 10 more children but not 20. Why?

I believe the implication is that all 10 of his first set of children will be in heaven so the next set of 10 were given as twice as much SPIRITUALLY speaking though not physically. I think the promise of God was to save Job’s 2nd set of children so Job did have 20 souls saved. It was a spiritual doubling not a physical doubling.

Don’t you want your children in heaven? I know I do. It’s a main concern and prayer of my heart!

I want to be like Job in Job 42:16 who saw his children and grandchildren for 4 generations.

-Mark (God is the God of redemption and His blessings in His economy are phenomenal because He can bless us spiritually as well as physically)

P.S. I love Job 42:10 tells us that Job prayed for his friends! Wouldn’t we all love to have  a friend like Job?

We work with children and teens!

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Not everyone knows that we provide biblical counseling to children and teens! We are counseling more and more young people and I love it because teens are fertile ground.

They are teachable (most times) and do their assigned homework unlike many adults. In fact, many of our young people who we are currently ministering to, run circles around some of our adults in terms of their child-like faith and even accurate knowledge of the Scriptures!

Recently, we saw an entire family become reconciled to God and each other and the Lord worked through the children! Praise His Holy Name!

It’s a blessing to work with young people and their families! We have over 13 biblical counselors who have a gift of working with children and teens! What a blessing!

One final note: We counsel teens and children as long as their guardians/parents are part of the process! Parents must be willing to meet with us FIRST and be active in the biblical counseling process or it will not be as effective as it could be!

-Mark (thankful to work with young people who sometimes challenge me in my walk with Him)

What does TIL offer?

March 10, 2009 Leave a comment

You may not be aware that Truth in Love has biblical counselors who are equipped to address the following problems in a BIBLICAL manner:

Career Transition Counseling

Marital Counseling

Parental Counseling

Child/Teen Counseling

“Addiction” Counseling (of all types)

Individual Counseling for Anger, Fear, Worry, and Sadness (depression)

Counseling for Men to become Leaders in their homes

Counseling for Women for all types of issues

Financial Counseling

Soon we will likely be offering biblical Counseling for the DEAF as someone recently completed the training program for counseling and is working toward ASL certification!

The Bible speaks to all of these subjects and even more! All of these “services” are provided FREE of charge AND with 2 biblical counselors – not one!

Praise the Lord for His provision!

-Mark (extremely grateful for the wonderful team God is assembling at TIL)