Ok, unless you literally live under a proverbial rock you know about the middle eastern refugees who are seeking asylum in other eastern countries as well as in the United States. I must confess that I, as a father, a husband, and as an American, am very concerned with the idea of 10,000 refugees flooding into our country. I have absolutely no problem with humanitarian needs being met. My concern is with the undoubtedly hidden threats that will also be coming into our backyards along with the innocents. Every fiber of my being is screaming that we most certainly should not let them into our personal safe haven (which isn’t really all that safe, but I guess it is relative to where they are coming from)! But, I’ve really done some thinking and soul searching and have had to check that line of thinking.
Let me throw this thought at you, from a family leadership prospective. Say a group in our country that is considered to be radical, but relatively peaceful, say the Westboro Baptist “Church”, started murdering non-Christian and Christian alike for not believing in their particular brand of hatred. Not only locally, but their movement began to spread. They attack and acquire weaponry and equipment from National Guard and Homeland Security facilities and go on the march straight to your state/city/town/neighborhood/backyard/house. You take your family and run. Lets say, for the sake of my illustration, that you run to Iraq where Islam is a stable form of government and the majority of the population is made up of moderate Muslims. But they don’t let you in with your precious family because you or the people with you could be radical Christian terrorists. You know that you and yours are innocent! But they still don’t want to let you in because of the perceived threat.
Does this scenario give you pause? Did you stop and think about what those monsters would do to your wife? To your children? Or to you? All you want to do is keep your family safe from all harm. But you can’t get away.
This is not meant to try to make you change your mind about national or personal security, or to downplay the very real threat, and I have no budgetary scheme to pay for the aid these people would need, but just to think about it in another light. I must tell you, that as I write this and realize how hard hearted I have been thus far, my heart is breaking for those innocent families who just want a place to live peacefully. Please join me in prayer for the men, women, and children who are caught up in the hateful schemes of evil men.
I’m currently enlisted in the US Air Force, my plan was to serve my 20 years while completing my bachelor’s degree in Bible/Ministry and a companion master’s then retire. After retirement I wanted to go into youth ministry or teach Bible at a Christian school. Well, after many prayers and discussions with my wife and family, I have decided to start applying for open positions and if hired, join the Air National Guard or AF Reserve. I’ll then focus on my ministry and completing my education.
I’m looking for a medium sized Church of Christ in the South Eastern United States (SC, NC, GA, AL, TN, FL Panhandle). Please shoot me an email if you have any leads! And feel free to download a copy of my resume.
More importantly, I would like y’all to pray for me and my family as we look to making a huge change in our lives.
That’s a good question isn’t it? Who did raise Job? Hmm…
We know already that Job was a Godly and righteous man. God’s Word says that he was blameless (Job 1:8)! Can you imagine God calling you, or the child you raised, blameless? But how did Job get to be that way? It’s possible that he came to knowledge of God through study. Or maybe one of his “good” friends taught him. But Job 31:16-18 tells us something about his upbringing:
If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it
(for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow)
You see, Job’s parents were servants before him. He witnessed his parents helping orphans and widows, just as we are told by James what true religion is (James 1:27).
So how did Job’s parents teach him to be such a good man? Deuteronomy 6:6-9 springs immediately to mind:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
I can’t say for certain, but I would imagine that this is how Job learned, and this is how we are to teach our children. Notice that this passage doesn’t say to let Sunday school teachers teach your children. Neither does it say let the youth minister raise your children. No, the Bible says for YOU raise them (Ephesians 6:4). It says to teach by your example. How do you talk about God? Do you talk about God? Do you pray in the morning, before meals, at bed time? Do your children see you studying the Bible? This passage says they should literally see the Word everywhere!
Now that I’m done stomping all over my own toes, I pray that you have an amazing day.
My wife and I are just starting an “allowance” for our kids, more like a chore incentive program. They do their chores, they earn a little spending money. My 5 year old son was looking for his remote control ‘Mater and said it was at the bottom of his closet, which is a nightmare! I told him not to make a huge mess, his reply: “Its ok, if I make a mess I can clean it up and get some money!” I told him that’s not how it works, you can’t create the mess on purpose just to clean it up and get some money.
Paul said something very similar to the Christians in Rome:
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!
We have a gift of grace from God, but if we sin intentionally knowing that we can ask for forgiveness and He will forgive, we are wrong! That’s not how it works! Just like my son with his intentional mess, we also can’t make an intentional spiritual mess and expect to be forgiven! Of course we will all sin and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but if we do our best to walk the Christian walk, and to be Christlike, then God will forgive our sins (1 John 1:5-9).
I pray that y’all have a great day!
2014 has ended and 2015 has begun: time for new year resolutions! I usually make the same cliché resolutions. You know: eat better, exercise more, blah blah, etc. And like a lot of people I generally make my resolutions known, except for spiritual ones. Why? Is it out of shame? Fear of being made fun of or scoffed at? Or is it because of our society telling me that religion is offensive and to keep it to yourself? I don’t know, but not this year! Here are my spiritual resolutions:
1) Be a better spiritual leader to my family.
2) Read my Bible everyday.
3) Be a more patient father.
4) Pray. Pray by myself, pray with my wife, pray with my kids.
5) Grow closer to God.
Have a great year!
One more, update the pictures in my blog header!
This quote is from a lesson by Randy Medlin from the University Church of Christ in Montgomery, AL. In the lesson, Randy likens Christians to legos. They tightly interlock together to make something much bigger and stronger than as individuals, and every single one of them is important.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
This is speaking directly to me.