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God is the Gospel!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

This is a great book I would recommend to anyone wanting to know what the real gospel is rather than what the church has watered down over the past 175 years.

Most people, when they ponder what it means to be loved by God, think of the things that God does for us. John Piper writes that what is most loving about God is not his making much of us, but his enabling us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.

God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

This book is a cry from the heart of John Piper. He is pleading that God himself, as revealed in Christ’s death and resurrection, is the ultimate and greatest gift of the gospel.

None of Christ’s gospel deeds and none of our gospel blessings are good news except as means of seeing and savoring the glory of Christ. Forgiveness is good news because it opens the way to the enjoyment of God himself. Justification is good news because it wins access to the presence and pleasures of God himself. Eternal life is good news because it becomes the everlasting enjoyment of Christ.

All God’s gifts are loving only to the degree that they lead us to God himself. That is what God’s love is: his commitment to do everything necessary (most painfully the death of his only Son) to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying—namely, himself.

Saturated with Scripture, centered on the cross, and seriously joyful, this book leads us to satisfaction for the deep hungers of the soul. It touches us at the root of life where practical transformation gets its daily power. It awakens our longing for Christ and opens our eyes to his beauty.

Piper writes for the soul-thirsty who have turned away empty and in desperation from the mirage of methodology. He invites us to slow down and drink from a deeper spring. “This is eternal life,” Jesus said, “that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” This is what makes the gospel—and this book—good news.

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Examine Yourself-Are You Really Saved?

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Another great video and message from Pastor Paul Washer.  We must examine ourselves.  Will God find us living for Him will all we have or will He find us only giving Him a token portion of our life on Sunday’s?  What was your salvation experience like?  Is repentance a part of your salvation?  Do you renew that repentance daily?  Listen closely to what Paul is saying.  Paul preaches hard, but he is speaking truth from God’s word.  The message of salvation is too serious to handle delicately and dancing around the har truths that must be spoken.  Paul handles the issue with tremendous love.

 

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The Narrow Gate!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Great video by Pastor Paul Washer!

 

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Decisional-Regeneration is Psychological Manipulation!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

This is a great video by Paul Washer on the manipulation done in today’s church invitation system at the end of services.  Watch and listen closely…great stuff!

“That’s what the cults do.” – Paul Washer

“Many people think that because they prayed a prayer, walked an aisle once in their life, and/or raised their hand when all the heads are bowed because their “autonomous” emotions convinced them to at a certain point in time that they are saved even though they live as worldly and carnal as everyone else in the world. My question is “When do we just start saying that if a person continues in unbelief, worldliness, and carnality regardless of what they did at a point in time then the are unbelieving, a worldling, and carnal? Do we really need votes that much as to forsake their soul?” We need preachers like Paul Washer; not politicians behind pulpits.”

 

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Caveman Living!

Posted by Scott on May 24, 2008

A 15 pound spear zooms by his head with such force it created wind as it landed deep inside the palace wall.  As the young man realized the spear was meant for him, he jumped up and ran out of the palace without saying anything.  Sweat drenching his body, dust swirling up behind him, his heart pumping so fast he could see it pounding through his clothes, the young man continues to run for the mountain area outside of town.  As he begins to slow down, still exhausted from the threat to his life and the vigorous run he just made a young David comes to a cave to hide out for a while until the threat on his life has subsided.

Upon entering the dark cold depths of the cave, David finds a place to fall to his knees.  Still weeping, confused as to why the King was trying to kill him and trying to catch his breath in between his thoughts David cries out,

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.  It is in You my soul take refuge.  It is here I will take my refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.  I am here crying out to You, my God Most High, to my God who fulfills His purpose in me.  It is You, Lord, who reaches down from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me.  You, my Lord, send Your love and faithfulness.  I am in the midst of lions here.  I am among ravenous beasts.  These men whose teeth are like spears and arrows, whose tongues are like sharp swords telling lies about me.

Be exalted, Elohim, above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.  When these liars spread a net for my feet, I was bent over in distress.  These beast dug a pit in my path for me, but they ended up in the pit themselves.

Jehovah, my heart is steadfast towards You.  I will sing and make beautiful music.  Awake my soul, Awake you harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn with my praise in music to my God.  I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations.  I will sing of you among the people.  Great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, Elohim, my Adonai.  Above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.”

At this point, I am sure a young and totally spent David, fell further to the ground to rest.  Men, we find ourselves on run sometimes.  Hopefully not literally as David did, but in our lives we will find ourselves in the middle of being on the run within ourselves.  People accusing us falsely.  Others after us.  Some claiming to be our brothers in Christ not being truthful to us.  Many in the church not coming to our aid at all, but actually causing life to be worse than better.  Bill collectors calling because we have found ourselves in a financial disaster with no vision of a way out.  Possibly you are a commission income person with little to no prospects for income in the future that you can see.  Guys, we can find ourselves in different corners of this life with spears hurling at our heads, but what will we do? 

If we are truthful about our situations, we will understand that God is leading us to a special cave he has designed just for us.  It is there we find refuge and security.  It is in this quiet cave that we are able to gather our thoughts again and the ability to set quietly and hear God speak.  It is in this cave that some decisions are made about our situation.  Will we retreat further into self-pity and allow ourselves to become depressed over it?  Will we become so angry about our enemies attacks or it could even be anger with God for allowing us to be in that situation?  In this case we might even try to get revenge upon our assailant.  This usually only leads further down into a dark hole and sin that crushes all of our hopes and dreams.  However, there is a third approach we can take to our time as a caveman.  Stop and think for a moment who it is who lead us into the cave?  God was the orchestrator of this entire event.  In this cave He has a purpose for us there.  Something we are to learn that we would not learn in posh, easy living, is allowing circumstances to evolve in our lives that pushes us directly towards a downfall and ultimately into a cave for refuge, where we find our God waiting.

This third approach is found in Psalm 57.  As we read the account, which is the crying out to God that David did earlier in this article, although David was in distress and rightly so, he simply would not let himself get angry or depressed…he praised and worshipped God.  David was thankful to God for His deliverance of him.  He thanked God for reaching down out of heaven to save him.  He praised Elohim, our Supreme Faithful Master, for His faithful, loyal love to him.  This kind of reaction to such a dire situation is the healing we men need.  It is the encouragement that springs forth new life to our weary souls.  It is in taking a situation that was so near death and glorifying our God with it that helps us to catch a glimpse of how huge our God really is and little we really are.  Yet, in our tininess, God still stoops down to save His chosen ones. 

Guys, throughout this life, we will find all shapes and sizes of spears hurled at us.  How are we going to react to it?  I have a small tin plaque on my wall in the closet at my home.  On it is a quote from John Wayne “Courage is when you are scared to death and you still saddle up anyway”.  In this cave, gentlemen, we may be scared sometimes.  We may find ourselves trembling a bit from fear.  However, we must force ourselves with the power of the Holy Spirit to turn towards our heavenly Father, cry out to Him for fresh new mercies each morning, and saddle back up to ride another day.  This cave is not our home, guys.  This cave is our university…it is our special place of learning from God Himself through His word.  The cave experience is a place that helps us to bounce back in order to face the enemy that would like to destroy us on a daily basis.  Our families deserve for us to become a caveman for a while.  It is to their benefit we go through these times.  Is it easy?  I should say with a resounding “NO” it is not easy.  I would not pray to go through it again, however, I would not take a million dollars for the education received while in that cave.

As David was in the middle of one of his most life changing, distressing times of his life, he  chose to honor, praise and glorify God.  I want to point out 10 ways David reacted to his disastrous situation.

1. He asked for mercy from God.

2. He took refuge in the shadow of God.

3. He cried out for God to fulfill His purpose in him even in the midst of his trial.

4. He recognized that his salvation comes from God.

5. He praised God for His steadfast and faithful love to him.

6. He puts the attackers and accusers on God’s shoulders.

7. David breaks out in praise and worship to God rather than self-pity or revenge.

8. He sets his mind on the things of God rather than his distressing situation.

9. David stresses the faithfulness and loyal love of God upon him even in this dire event in his life.

10. David trusted in his God-Elohim rather than in his own strengths and ability.

Men, we need to remember something about this entire event…it is not forever.  David did not dwell in this cave forever.  He’s become one of the greatest kings ever.  He was a man after God’s own heart.  He was a fierce warrior in times of war.  He was a great leader for Israel.  However, his caveman experience was necessary so that he would lean hard upon God rather than himself.  We need to learn to do the same.  In our times of horrible distress, we must lean hard upon God, take refuge in the shadow of His wings.  Be eager to grow spiritually in the faith through the word of God.  Be still and know that He is God.  Rather than fighting our situations, whatever they may be, we need to embrace it and seek the light of the glory of God’s face. 

As we are able to see the light at the end of the cave we are in, we will find our lives forever changed.  Hopefully, the change will be a good one.  We are men fighting in the trenches everyday.  We have to fight it seems to provide for our families sometimes at a great sacrifice, but take courage in our Lord, saddle up and face our lives with the assurance that God is with us.  Ride out with praise and honor to our Almighty God and know that no matter the outcome of the situation, God is still great…God is still Almighty…God is still Sovereign…God is still reigning upon His throne.  Nothing we do and nothing we say changes our Adonai.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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True Believers Cannot Lose Their Salvation…!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

Kevin Williams presents a great message on the security of the “true” believers.  He expounds on the fact that not all calling themselves believers are not really “true” believers.

Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

-John 6:64-66

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Kevin Williams-True Believers…

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Christian-God Only Has Love and Peace for you!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

A great audio of Kevin Williams preaching God’s love for His elect!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

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Christians, God Only Has Love & Peace Towards You! Kevin Williams

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The Gospel!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

Jonathon Sims preaches John 3:16 in the simple Gospel!  This video last about 10 minutes.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

-John 3:16 (NIV) 

 

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The Land of Disappearing Children-Japan!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

“The Land of Disappearing Children” — Japan’s Population Crisis

by Al Mohler, Jr.

The nation of Japan faces a devastating population crisis. The crisis, however, is not a problem of too many people living in Japan, but too few. Japan, with several other nations close behind, faces what we might call a population implosion.

Indeed, Japan has experienced 27 consecutive years of declining birth rates. Within just a few short years the nation will experience massive social problems and a complete breakdown of economic activity.

In previous eras, this kind of population loss would be explained by war or some natural catastrophe such as famine or the plague. None of these explanations is relevant to Japan’s experience, however. As a matter of fact, the population of Japan actually grew during World War II, only to start falling in the early 1980s.

As The Washington Post reports:

The number of children has declined for 27 consecutive years, a government report said over the weekend. Japan now has fewer children who are 14 or younger than at any time since 1908.

The proportion of children in the population fell to an all-time low of 13.5 percent. That number has been falling for 34 straight years and is the lowest among 31 major countries, according to the report. In the United States, children account for about 20 percent of the population.

Japan also has a surfeit of the elderly. About 22 percent of the population is 65 or older, the highest proportion in the world. And that number is on the rise. By 2020, the elderly will outnumber children by nearly 3 to 1, the government report predicted. By 2040, they will outnumber them by nearly 4 to 1.

The numbers tell the story. Almost a quarter of Japan’s population is 65 and older; only 13.5 percent are children. The inescapable conclusion is that there will soon not be enough Japanese to keep Japan functioning as a nation, society, and culture.

The paper calls the reality “a slow-motion demographic catastrophe that is without precedent in the developed world.” Looking ahead, the paper assured its readers that it was not overstating the case. Indeed, “The economic and social consequences of these trends are difficult to overstate.”

The Japan Center for Economic Research predicts that Japan will lose 70 percent of its workers by mid-century. Japan may now be the world’s second-largest economy, but it cannot retain that status with a population in severe decline.

A society that stops having children is like a healthy person who simply decides to starve himself.  This is an act of the human will, not a natural calamity.

The population explosion prophets are still warning of a population crisis to come, but they got the story almost perfectly backward when it comes to nations like Japan.  Russia and several other European nations face similar crises.

Babies are a clear sign of cultural confidence and cultural health.  The Washington Post describes this crisis as “Japan’s disappearing children.”  Those words do describe Japan’s predicament — and this crisis will not disappear.

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Are Children a Burden or Blessing?

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

In a society that is quickly moving towards limiting the family size we must ask why is this?  Have children suddenly become burdens upon society or has this happened gradually?  Maybe the question should be asked “Are they a burden at all?”  God tells us throughout the scriptures of the Holy Bible that children are a blessing from above.  So, the question that pops into my mind, “Who made children a burden?”

I have a long article circling my small brain about this very topic.  Children are very precious to my wife and I.  We are committed to allowing God full reign over every aspect of our lives has been an 18 plus year quest of ours…this includes our family size.  Although it has not been easy to release our lives into the hands of God completely, just out of human nature, it has been the most rewarding.  In these kids of ours we can see God develop a desire in their hearts for Him.  We observe him drawing them to Himself.  We now have 10 beautiful children that reveal to us the characteristics of a loving and sometimes humerous God every day of our lives.

I heard a question raised by a parent who called in to a well know talk show the other day.  The question the fellow made was “shouldn’t Christian parents have fewer children so their children can have a better life economically and socially?”  Wow!  That question raises the hair on my neck as to what may Christian parents are thinking these days.  Does scripture support this kind of thinking anywhere within its pages in true context?  I doubt it!  The problem with the question is that it shows insight into a growing belief among Christian parents that we should spoil our children and give them more than we  had growing up…of course we would like our kids live’s to be easier, but should we really strive to achieve that?  This kind of pie in the sky philosophy is dangerous and in fact this kind of philosophy is producing one of the most spoiled, disrespectful, snobby, unprepared generations of children to ever dawn the face of this earth.  They will not be able to stand in the face of the enemy and defend the family or the Christian faith someday.  Their faith is being built on posh, tender footed, pansism rather than real life hardness with biblical answers. 

What is up with Christian parents thinking we should have fewer children in order to pamper the kids “behinds”?  Is this real?  I would hope this is one parents mistaken question, but I am affraid it is a growing gas that is spreading across our nation and will eventually ignite into a ball of fire that will consume anyone in its path of opposition to detriment of this Christian nation.  This question as it is raised in all of its “rawness” is supposing that large families grow up poor, disadvantaged, uneducated, and down right burdens on society.  Well, I dare you to do the real research on large families and their contribution to society over the past 300 years…I don’t have time to expound on that in this post, but will try to update this post later on. 

Here are few other questions that arise from this regurgitated question:

1. Are we as parents suppose to be able to buy our kids everything they want, send them to the finest schools, provide them with the finest friends, with the finest homes and cars?  At this moment, I know what you might be thinking, so, put aside the thought of this being jealousy or condemnation of wealth, because it is not.  This probes far deeper than anything that shallow.  True wealth is not a sin, but it can lead to much sin like anything else in this life including poverty.

2. Are we as parents to involve these kids in every worldly social activity under the sun like all the sports they can play at one time, all the camps that can be afforded them for the summer, all the birthday parties they can stomach, all the “play dates” you can schedule, all the “Mothers Day Out” programs one can afford?  All of this so that we as parents can be the personal chauffers to our kids and their “loyal” friends, so we can have “Me time”, so we can go to the gym and jogging with our other friends lest we allow one ounce of fat on our bodies and many other vain issues that would take more blog space to address…one disclaimer here, “Staying healthy is a good thing and there is nothing wrong with working out”.  Really parents, think about these questions for a long moment.  Where is this kind of thinking coming from?  Where in all of this does glorifying our heavenly Father come into action?  How much personel time do we spend with these precious God given kids of ours compared to the time they spend under the influence of everyone else in the world that has little interest in the spiritual well being of our kids?  How is any of this activity preparing them for the future in the world?  I know you can make up reasons to justify the action..I hear them all the time, we all can do that including taking biblical verses out of context to support them, but I am talking about taking our live’s and laying it open and bare before God and from His Holy Word scripting out examples from the Bible as to the pros and cons of our life!

3. Are we as parents listening to the Word of God anymore?  Isn’t it in reality that we are listening to our peers put pressure on us to put the kids in everything so they will be “socially well rounded”, “every child should have the opportunity to play a sport”…”this is a right of passage” they will tell us, the peer pressure is we don’t want our kids to be outcast with their “friends”…we teach them by our very actions to be like everyone else instead of being different from the world?  This is tragic that we allow family and friends dictate to us how to raise our family all the while we know in our hearts we are not raising them according to God’s biblical standard for them.   we have not only been living in the world, but we have also become like the world…we have grown into and rooted ourselves in this worldly society.

These are some of the probing questions that pierce deep into the mind of each of us or should.  The issue is really not the size of the families or economic status of the families…that is just the face or front of it all.  The real issue is which worldview we as parents have.  Is our worldview truly a biblical worldview or is it a humanistic philosophical worldview many times disquised or counted as a biblical worldview?  We must be careful…we have the Book that tells us and shows us the difference.

Are we willing to risk the eternal lives of our children by raising them under a humanistic worldview?  Think about that for a moment!  How can raising the kids under a worldview that wars against God, that is against its Creator…how can this be of any benefit to our children in eternity?  We will all have an eternity somewhere…the question is where will our eternity be?  What do our children do each day that is of eternal benefit in heaven to them?  From the education they are getting to the sports they play…what is the eternal benefit?  Does it even matter until they are near adulthood?  I hope that answer is that it matters from their first breath in this world.  Read this creed and see if we can make it our own…it was tweeked with one new word by John Piper:

“The chief end of man is to glorify God

BY

enjoying Him forever!”

Society has produced over the decades a desirable flavor for sin that taste good to most people by saying in a bold way that “children are a burden”.  This is what I hear from people all the time it seems:  Kids cost money, they get dirty, they make your house smelly, you have to take them places all the time, kids have no respect of adults, kids cannot resist temptations, kids are like animals, kids eat too much or all the time, kids are “whiny”, I would not bring a kids into this vile world, you are insane or crazy to have that many kids, and so on.  You know for many kids I find nothing untruthful about those statements…no one has ever said raising kids was an easy thing.  However, was raising children any different 50 years ago from the way it is done now?  Yes, the world is different, the risk are possibly greater, but the end goal is still the same…godly adults that will glorify God with their lives and the way they raise their children “BY enjoying Him forever”.  Did God say along with the fact that children are a blessing that they would be perfect?  Raising children is not easy, but done in the raw-authentic parenting fashion is the most rewarding for us.  To see your kids learn from everyday life how to handle situations that come up in their lives is a great display to watch. 

Proverbs is a great place to find the wisdom into raising children in the ways of the Lord.

-Teach them about social evils Proverbs 22:28; 23:10; 30:14

22:28″Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
      set up by previous generations.”

23:10″Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;
      don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.”

-Social Obligations in Proverbs 18:24; 22:24-25; 23:1-2; 25:6-7,17

18:24″There are “friends” who destroy each other,
      but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

22:24-25″Don’t befriend angry people
      or associate with hot-tempered people,
      or you will learn to be like them
      and endanger your soul.”

-About Poverty in Proverbs 17:5; 18:23; 19:4,7,17

17:5″Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
      those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.”

18:23″The poor plead for mercy;
      the rich answer with insults.”

-Concern for the poor in Proverbs 14:31; 17:5; 18:23

14:31″Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
      but helping the poor honors him.”

17:5″Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
      those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.”

-Against laziness in Proverbs 12:27; 20:13; 2:14-15

12:27″Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,
      but the diligent make use of everything they find.”

20:13″If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
      Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!”

2:14-15″The [lazy] take pleasure in doing wrong,
      and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.
      Their actions are crooked,
      and their ways are wrong.”

-Important passages from Proverbs 10:22; 13:11; 19:4

10:22″The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,
      and he adds no sorrow with it.”

13:11″Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
      wealth from hard work grows over time.”

19:4″Wealth makes many “friends”;
      poverty drives them all away.”

-Relationships in Proverbs 18:24; 22:24-25; 25:17

25:17″Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
      or you will wear out your welcome.”

-Foolish Teachable People in Proverbs 1:4,22; 7:7-8; 21:11

1:4″These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
      knowledge and discernment to the young.”

1:22″How long, you simpletons,
      will you insist on being simpleminded?
   How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
      How long will you fools hate knowledge?”

7:7-8″I saw some naive young men,
      and one in particular who lacked common sense.
     He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman,
      strolling down the path by her house.”

21:11″If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise;
      if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.”

-Arrogant unteachable fools in Proverbs 3:34; 21:24; 22:10; 29:8

3:34″The Lord mocks the mockers
      but is gracious to the humble.”

21:24″Mockers are proud and haughty;
      they act with boundless arrogance.”

22:10″Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.
      Quarrels and insults will disappear.”

29:8″Mockers can get a whole town agitated,
      but the wise will calm anger.”

In all simplicity, we need to look no further than what God says about children. 

Psalm 37:26
“The godly always give generously to others and their children are a blessing.”

Isaiah 29:23
“For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Israel. They will stand in awe of the God of Jacob.”

Matthew 11:25
[ Rest for the Weary ] “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”

Matthew 18:3
And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

  1. Matthew 19:13
    [ The Little Children and Jesus ] Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
    Matthew 19:12-14 (in Context) Matthew 19 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Matthew 19:14
    Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Some final thoughts.  Children are looked upon with high regard by God.  He does not ever use them in context with a burden, but uses them numerous times throughout scripture in context with blessings.  In light of this fact, we are to take our job in raising them spiritually very serious.  This includes the activities and worldview we pass down to them.  Parents, this life is not about you and me.  Our life is about glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ as the supreme holy One.  It is all about raising our children in a home with a biblical worldview…a worldview that will contradict nearly everything you think is right in this world and could bring about strong convistions from your peers.  This will be a life that is radically different from the world.  It is parenting that is radically different from the way society tells us to raise our children.  Parents, this authentic life will be met with constant questioning from fellow believers and non-believers alike.  It will be a life that is ridiculed by our neighbors because a life truly lived for Christ and the raising of our children along the same lines is a reflection of Christ that our humanistic society simply cannot tolerate.  If we reflect Christ we will be in constant conflict with the world.  Man cannot stand to look at his own sinfulness and a life lived for Christ will mirror the sin in others lives that are not living for Christ.  If we have no conflict with the world by the life that we live, we need to prayerfully think about how we are living.  We should not measure our success or the success in our kids live’s in this life based on anyone around us, fellow Christians included.  Our measuring stick, our plumb-line is found within the pages of God’s word not in the pages of science, Aristotle, Hercules, Einstein, Carl Marx, and anyone of the like.  Humans have placed such strong faith in science being the truth while the Bible must be false and yet many Christians have fallen into the same trap by buying into and co-mingling this scientific language into the Christian faith.  Science has many unproven theories that are challenged and shown to be false almost daily.  Darwin’s theory of Evolution is a biggy on that list.

I have heard so many Christians bring the “big bang” theory into their Christian beliefs believing that may be the way the Lord created it…concluding that He could not literally have spoken it into existence.  This is a dangerous belief.  You are either on the scientific side of evolution or you are on the literal creationist side of this.  Stop trying to stand on both sides so you can get along with everyone…our kids are watching and listening to us and they hang on our every word.  Many Christians believe that evolution is how God created human beings.  What?  Surely I did not just say that.  This is the result of sending our kids to these fine upstanding public institutions so many Christians defend on a daily basis…if we don’t want our kids for example to live like the Roman’s then don’t send our kids to the Roman (government ruled) institutions for their education and influence.  Think about how the government is run today and corrupt it is…this is the same for the schools.  Our two hours per day with them will not over come the 8 plus hours per day the worldly government sponsored institution has them.  I cannot say this enough concerning the time spent with our children on a daily basis.  Society wants you to believe that the child’s education is most important and his or her social skills come next…and we should let them decide upon faith and religion in their spare time.  Parents, no child will come to faith in Christ on their own…God must draw them to Himself and He wants to use us to help them along the path by giving them biblical truths on a daily basis by word and example…help them to “feast on the word of God”.  The lie goes further to say that you can only accomplish a true kind of education and social ability in a public institution.  The public school system is not a friend of the Christian nor is it at peace with God…it is actually at war with God and has been since its beginning, yet, this is dangerous for even me to say, because so many would defend the public school faster than the word of God, but who ever said “truth” would be acceptable to the majority!

In the end of all this, who is creating burdensome children?  Could it be us as parents are creating little monsters rather than great Christian young people that will contribute to society in a way that brings true peace and true light into the world rather than further darkness?  The conclusion can be yours.  In my opinion, which is worth about a quarter cent, parents better wake-up t-o-d-a-y!  The children are growing up faster than we know and soon they will be adults out in the world.  What kind of adult are you producing?  The numbers do not support the job the Christian parents and church has been doing over the past several decades.  With a high percentage of young people dropping out of church once they leave home for college, the number of young people renouncing their faith are further results that prove the humanistic philosophical worldview is not working and it has not worked for decades…actually it has never worked.

Will we become bold parents that will decide today to refocus on the scriptural, spiritual way of parenting and put far more emphasis on the spiritual aspect of their life rather than the educational aspect..more education will not add one day to their life nor will it get them any closer to our heavenly Father?  Will we as parents decide to reduce our children’s exposure to societies traps?  Will we as parents choose to make some hard decisions to ensure our kids receive the most intense biblical training possible before leaving the nest?  Will we raise the standard higher from the low expectations the world sets for our kids…this is both at home, school, and in the church?  Yes, it is true our actions speak louder than words, but we must remain in the Word in order for our children to put the words with the actions…otherwise it is simply action with no foundation.  Lean hard upon God to make these difficult changes in life, but they are necessary if you really want your children to succeed beyond this life and become great godly adults for the society we must endure.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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