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Will there be sports in heaven?

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

There is so much emphasis on sports in our culture. I am guilty of it, too! Quite frankly, it’s a distraction.

What about our children playing sports? Are there really a lot of good life lessons to be learned in sports that could not be learned in music or other venues?

Should the family center its life around the practice schedule and games of a child in baseball, softball, basketball, football, cheerleading, ballet, and the like? Does that really free us to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12) to be available to help others? Or does it over-commit us and limit our ability to help others?

Just asking challenging questions to prayerfully consider…

-Mark (seeking to have a Christ-centered family and not a “sports-centered” family)

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Homeschooling

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

We homeschool now. But what most people do not know is that I was against it in the beginning. After all, “I went to public schools and I turned out all right.” But did I?

When I consider what I truly believed, I was more a product of the government school system than my family’s Christian values. Devout Christians, my parents had much less influence upon me than my public education because I embraced abortion, euthanasia, legalization of certain drugs, drinking alcohol, and other such things. Was I thinking more like a Christian or like a public citizen?

So, why do we homeschool now? Not because we are afraid of anything! We homeschool out of faith in God – that as we teach our children what the Bible really says and what it means to be a Christian, that they will decide for themselves knowing that we want our influence to be greater than society’s.

We think this is our reasonable service of being good stewards of the children the Lord has given to us. We hope they impact their world for His glory.

Can my wife and I make two salaries and have substantially more income? Yes. But why don’t we both work outside the home? For the glory of God with the hope that our children are going to become passionate about their faith and use their abilities to lead lost souls to Christ.

It’s worth the sacrifice. Plus, it’s fun to be with your children so much, especially while they are young!

-Mark (letting you in on the secrets of homeschooling, like playing games in the morning before work and school start – how many dads get to do that?)

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“I’m not going to die until I say I’m going to die.”

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Just heard a celebrity who was a childhood star say this sentence on tv: “I’m not going to die until I say I’m going to die.”

The lies people tell themselves! They want to believe this statement is true but they do not know Who gives them breath and Who holds their destiny in His Hands.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 reminds us of this: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:time to be born, and a time to die…” (ESV from Biblegateway.com)

Whether we want to die or not does not matter because we cannot make ourselves live. Only God gives us life and every day is a blessing. Teach your children that their lives belong to the Lord and that they are to use this life to live for His glory alone! Don’t let them believe lies like this one! Let them know that they are fragile in this life ever depending upon the Lord for strength, hope, and life everlasting!

I pray you will be thankful to Him for the days you’ve lived and that you will not believe that you hold your destiny in your own hands like this celebrity whose riches deceived and whose own lies deceived this person from knowing and trusting the Lord Jesus Christ!

-Mark (learning to live and die with grace)

Not leading your family? How can you lead the church?

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

God instituted marriage before He instituted the church. That marriage unit is what makes the church function properly. Why don’t we understand this?

Look at what the ESV says in I Timothy 3:4-5 about an elder (overseer, pastor, or bishop) in regard to his OWN family: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”

In other words, if you cannot manage the persons in your own household whom you are supposed to love, how will you manage the persons in the local expression of the body of Christ who belong to God? How will you love these people in your faith family when you do not love those in your blood family?

Strong stuff. But the admonition is clear: look at your pastor’s family. How is he doing with them? If not good, then he should strongly consider stepping down from the pastorate since this is a requirement for leadership in the church. Of course, every situation is different and must be determined by the governing body of leaders in a church so I am not the one who can make that determination. Just challenging you to think about it!

If we don’t do what the Lord says in His Word, how do we expect to see Him work in our lives, our families, and our churches?

-Mark (grateful that the men I know personally who are serving the Lord as elders meet this qualification and the others in I Tim. 3 and Titus)

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February is “Family Matters” month!

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

In February, our theme is going to be the FAMILY because the family matters to God.

Did you realize that marriage and family were instituted BEFORE the church was instituted? Not that the family is more important than the church since Jesus is building His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). But what makes the church healthier is healthy families where husband, wife, and children are learning to live in community with each other under God’s laws as God’s people of grace.

The family is important to God. Look at one of the requirements for overseers in the church in I Timothy 3:4-5: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”**

So reflect on your family this month. Where do you need to improve to improve your family? What can you do to reflect the glory of God to your family members? How can you show them the love of Christ?

-Mark (looking forward to a month of family emphasis in Christ)

**The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (1 Ti 3:4-5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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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)

Happy Birthday, Michael!

May 1, 2010 Leave a comment

My six year old is now seven! He’s turning into a mighty young man of God by His grace!

So thankful for this young man who sings with joy, reads Proverbs almost every day, and is developing a relationship with His Lord Jesus Christ!

What a blessing it is to have family and family members who are growing spiritually in the Lord!

-Mark (oh, yeah, and he beats me in chess!)