Archive for April, 2009

What’s in Fatherly Advice

April 27, 2009

"Bride of Christ"

A close friend and I were discussing the message from church this past weekend when he peeked my interest. Seems this father of three has been keeping a journal for his children.
The sermon was on forgiveness. It was truly a great and inspirational message that everyone needs to hear and apply. The message was based on God’s truth and not on our own understanding of how to deal with forgiveness that is directly relational.
I could give you the whole message, but I’ll give you the link instead(when available) if you want to take the time to listen.
Now back to my friend. He revealed that he was going to add the message we had heard into this journal he was keeping for his two sons. The name of his journal, “Things my father didn’t teach me.”
My friend is keeping notes on things he wants his children to know about. Things he feels is of vital importance in their life and marriage. He plans on giving this book to his kids as each one gets married. I think it is a wonderful idea and hope it proves inspirational for his two boys when they finally get married (and his daughter who is still very young).
It led me however to the fact that our Heavenly Father has penned a book for us. Everything we need to know about Him and his son is in this book we call the Bible.images
From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals himself to us through his word. You want to know about the consequences of not obeying God, then read about the many characters in this divine reading. You want to know about the faith of others, then open up this number one best seller from all generations.
What a gift this book truly is. When we come to know the Lord through our salvation experience and become the “Bride of Christ”, we have Jehovah’s Journal to tap from.
Actually, the book is open to all who want to discover the true identity of all of creation and its splendor. The Bible doesn’t know race, creed, nationality, color or class scale. It opens if you are five or ninety five. This book has road maps, pictures, letters, dedications, instructions, lessons and many other useful tools that directs us to a closer walk with our Father.
It has heritage and history that proves that our God is sovereign. Outside of the cross (that is in the Bible as well), this gift is monumental. If you haven’t discovered this gift, then I challenge you to open up this revelation of life. It evens knows the future.

There are no perfect earthly fathers and I don’t know one person that doesn’t have some kind of “father issues”. The truth is, our Father in Heaven is perfect and has written down everything we need to know for our journey. What exactly do you think your Father wants you to know? It is ready to discover and rediscover. He loved you enough to write it down.

I hope and pray you enjoy his love letters to you.


What’s in being fruitful

April 2, 2009

I heard a pastor just last night that got inside my head enough to keep me from sleeping. It was a topic I had never really thought of. Well, I had, but not enough to ever discuss it with any one. It wasn’t on purpose, it was just a topic that I thought was never presented to the church or Christians for that matter.
Okay, so I’ve lingered long enough. The topic is being fruitful as a Christian. Having large families to be exact.
According to statistics, mathematically, Christian families are not keeping up. In layman’s terms, for every Christian that dies, there is not a Christian replacing that life.
Now I know that you can’t be born a Christian, but the chances are great that Christian families that have offspring will become Christians. Look in all cultures and the kids become a product of their environment.
Doesn’t sound like a big enough deal. Hey man, having big families is not worth “dying on the hill” for. Well the group of people in this world that hates America and Christians the worst, are on average have much larger families. The are reproducing more frequently than Christians.
I still haven’t chewed this topic enough, so that is why I would covet your wise input as Christians readers.
Before you do however, be careful that you don’t sound like the world.
In Genesis God said to be fruitful and multiply. From a deep theological standpoint, there is a personal reason for this.
Also, many bible scholars and readers wonder where America is in the book of Revelation. Maybe, the pastor remarked, we ran out of Christians.
After much thought, why don’t you see large families any more?
Most of the reasons can simply come down to selfish and/or worldly reasoning. Now when this pastor shared this message he used actual interviews sharing what most people reason with. I understood and agreed with them (till this topic).
Outside of a mass revival in America, Christians voices will continue to diminish over time. Like it or not, heathens are reproducing faster than the Christians. Yes, even Christians have slimmed down their family sizes for a variety of reasons without thinking about being fruitful and multiplying. In conjunction with the divorce rate, Christians are simply not stepping up to the plate. The pastor was passionate about standing before God and trying to explain why the unbelievers were “out-begatting” the Christians.

Now I’m not doing this topic justice, so if you want to dive into this more before you scald me then google love, marraige and stinking thinking. It is all very interesting to say the least, and maybe just worth repeating to the church.