Our streets are so violent
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The human race just can’t get over having been expelled from Paradise. We just cannot shake the illusion that there should be heaven on earth. Ever since our first parents decided that Satan’s way of life sounded exciting, we, their descendants, have to live in Satan’s war zone. One of its trademarks is human cruelty and violence. The “good old days” in biblical times were not always so good: “LORD, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence... Read More
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Parents like to think that their children’s growth and education come primarily from their teachers at school. Would that ’twere so. Our kids’ education is derived to an astonishing extent from their peers, from the people they hang out with. Each year you will have less and less influence on the people they choose as their friends. Each year you will be less and less aware of the conversations and culture that they are part of. It is important that... Read More
All is well
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There are things that go bump in the night that disturb our sleep. There are things that go bump in the daytime that disrupt our plans. There are things that go bump in our immune systems that weaken our health. There are things that go bump through our connected devices that cause slowdowns and flash crashes. We need to watch out for all the things that go bump. There is so much we can’t see coming. Darkness provides cover for... Read More
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I do not have good news. The perception of the value of marriage is on the decline in our country. Even when they weary of casual hookups, young adults today are much more likely just to move in with each other. Just in my lifetime the average age of marriage has climbed from 22 to 28. But I also bear good news. There is a growing body of research to show that getting married and staying married is a powerful... Read More
The role of rules
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Every family has its own set of rules: Rules that dictate proper behavior. Rules that govern the use of electronics. Rules that establish a general daily schedule. Each family is a little bit different, but every family has rules. Here’s a silly question: How long did you have to keep the rules before you were brought into your family? You know that the role of rules is not to bring people into a family. Rules indicate you are already in... Read More
Can you believe it?
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Among my friends, the same topic comes up every year around this time. The friends who are teachers bring it up the most: Can you believe how many kids know nothing about 9/11? My students weren’t even born when it happened. My husband’s grandma says the same thing about D-Day. She mourns the fact that many in our country don’t even remember what date it was. Same thing with Pearl Harbor. So many tragic, life-robbing days in our country’s history... Read More
Cover this
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The prophet Jeremiah has a reputation for being very unhappy. He was dealt a lousy hand, and his audience regularly played the victim card. But tucked in among Jeremiah’s laments is a challenge for disgruntled believers to get off their backsides and act in accord with their own history. “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).... Read More
Where does your compass point?
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If you are a fan of the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean, you know all about Captain Jack Sparrow’s magic compass. His compass did not point to magnetic North. It pointed toward the thing your heart most wanted at the time. How appropriate for our age, the Age of Me. People today don’t want a moral compass to tell them the truth about their Creator’s behavioral expectations. They want shortcuts to get them what they want. Rejecting the idea... Read More
Everybody is warped
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All sin is bad. No sinners are any better than any other, but you wouldn’t know that from some of our national “Christian” dialogue on the homosexual lifestyle. For some reason, this particular sin strikes some people as worse, more disgusting, more insidious than all the others. Gay people feel singled out and shunned by Christian communities, as though they were the lepers of today. Living a gay lifestyle is indeed forbidden by God’s Word. But so is living an... Read More
Recognize your idols
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The word idol today has a pleasant connotation. In today’s lingo it means a star, a great performer, someone who can wow and dazzle a crowd, somebody who has hundreds of thousands or maybe millions of Twitter followers. Television pumps out idols by the dozens for us to fawn over and applaud. In biblical times the term referred to an image or statue representing a heathen god or goddess. Satan made sure that the Old Testament Israelites saw much to... Read More