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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)

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When is prayer absolutely useless?

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Everyone prays. Other religions promote prayer; therefore, a praying Christian is no different than a praying Muslim or a praying Hindu or a praying Scientologist.

So, what is the difference if everyone prays?

For Christians, prayer is talking to the one true God. He is the object of prayer and if the object of prayer is a false god, then prayer is absolutely useless.

So be mindful to whom you are praying…otherwise, it’s just empty words.

-Mark (praying to the Lord Jesus Christ and listening to Him through His Word and His Spirit – Heb. 4:12)

blood

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Blood is important to God.

Genesis 9:3-4 says: “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

His blood was shed for our sins. John 19:34 tells us about Jesus on the Cross after His death: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.”

He was pierced for our transgressions. His blood covers our sin. It was the only righteous sacrifice strong enough and good enough to cover our sins. It satisfied the wrath of God perfectly.

God is serious about blood. All covenants were ratified by blood in the old testament.

The new covenant to us is ratified by the blood of Jesus.

-Mark (covered by His blood)

Faith-based

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Everyone lives by faith.

Everyone.

People are either living by faith in mankind or faith in God. But everyone lives by faith.

For those who are trusting in mankind, it is a sad existence. They keep hoping for man to be redemptive and instead, mankind fails them. Crime rates increase, sin abounds, oil spills grow, and the world becomes an increasingly pornographic and sinful place. Mankind has little power for good and even that little power comes from God Himself.

For those who are trusting in God, it is a content existence in a fallen, sin-cursed world. Man’s disobedience in Genesis 3 led to the world we live in. We call it the Fall of man. But God is redemptive. He brings good from bad. We who are trusting in Him have hope. Hope in this life and greater hope in the life to come everlasting! Our hope is not in mankind but in a good and loving and redemptive God Who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Now, who are you trusting in?

The implications of this for counseling are this: 1) are you going to trust in man’s theories/ideas of psychology and go see a secular therapist? OR 2) are you going to trust in God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit?

God is sufficient. We need no one and nothing else. We need only Him.

-Mark (trusting in Christ alone)

Utter Distrust of Self?

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I read a Christian leader say recently that the early church leaders had an “utter distrust of themselves and a living trust in God” as they traveled and established the local churches in the book of Acts. 

I don’t know about you, but it was a refreshing thought to me since I live in day where religious leaders tend to trust themselves more than Christ Who is their Head.

We are to trust Him not ourselves. In fact, I have found nowhere in the Bible that says, “Trust yourself. Do what you think is right. Do what you feel.”

On the contrary, I read the opposite in Proverbs 3:5-8 below:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
   and do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your flesh
   and refreshment to your bones.”

Nothing in this passage says, “trust your heart.” Nothing there to indicate that! In fact, the Lord says He will make straight your paths which means you are going to walk down crooked paths if not for His power to straighten your paths.

Let’s trust God and do what He says to do in His Word. Let’s get rid of “our experience” as the standard of living and live by faith according to His standards in the Scriptures. This is a key for both biblical counselors and counselees.

-Mark (utterly distrusting myself yet learning to trust Him daily as I walk and He straightens)

Void

June 8, 2010 Leave a comment

What are you filling your “void” with? Food, drugs, sex, video games, alcohol, work, or any other type of pleasure. Any of these things can be idols and a direct violation of Exodus 20:3: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

Why not fill it with God? You were made to worship Him. Spend time today in prayer and meditative Bible study which is spending time with God. He is the “put-on” and everything else in this life is the “put-off.”

You must fill your void with Christ alone.

-Mark (life’s not that complicated)

Proof that God is Green

June 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Did you know that Exodus 32:15 tells us that the 10 Commandment tablets that the Lord wrote on were written on BOTH sides?

God used all of His resources (front and back) and did not waste any space!

So when you hear about not being wasteful and being environmentally conscious (aka “green”), think about God – the original Green God! After all, it’s His creation anyway!

-Mark (lighten up!)