Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christian Parenting – Instilling a heart to serve

Jesus said, “whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27-28).  Serving is what … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, parenting, spiritual formation

Where’s Jesus? the story of Jacob’s flocks (Genesis 30:25-43)

In Genesis 30:25-43 the story of Jacob’s family continues, this time as it relates to his wealth and the increase of his flocks.  Jacob takes the speckled or spotted sheep and goats and the dark-colored lambs.  But then he engages … Continue reading

Posted in Genesis, Hermeneutics, Where's Jesus

Thomas Paine and Government Debt

I just finished reading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.  IN it he lays out the case for freedom and limited government at the time of the American Revolution.  Here is a quote that we would all be wise to remember: Can … Continue reading

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Christ in the Gap – 2 Chronicles 30:1-27

I was reading this section of Scripture while on a prayer retreat in October and the sheer picture of Christ that it contains struck me.  If you are familiar with Old Testament history, you will recall that Judah has been … Continue reading

Posted in 2Chronicles

Heidelberg Catechism Devotional Q3

Q.3. How do you come to know your misery? A. The Law of God tells me. Monday Read Romans 3:20.  While the Law cannot save us, the law can show us where we are sinning.  The Laws of God show … Continue reading

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Christ to crush the serpent’s head – Gen 3:14-15

 Merry Christmas.  The Savior is come.  The King of Kings, the prince of peace, the Mighty God is with us. This advent season we have been exploring the promised children of Scripture.  We have looked at Abraham’s promised child, Isaac; we … Continue reading

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Christian Parenting – Teaching Stewardship to your children

What is stewardship?  Stewardship is the act of managing every resource within one’s control for the glory of God.  The steward asks the question, “Will my actions enhance the Kingdom of God by displaying the heart of God to the … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus? The story of Jacob’s children (Genesis 29:31-30:24)

In Genesis 29:31-30:24, there is a fascinating story about Jacob’s wives and the children they bear.  In it Leah conceives and gives birth to six sons; Rachel has one son and the two servants have two sons apiece for their … Continue reading

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Hannah’s Son of Service – 1 Sam 1:1-28, 3:19-4:1a, 7:3ff, 7:15, 12:1-3 12:23, 16:13

So far, this advent season we looked at the promised child of Abraham and saw how God had promised Abraham one who would continue the family line.  How his promised son would be specially chosen by God to be the … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Samuel, Advent

Heidelberg Catechism Devotional Q2

Q.2. What must you know
to live and die in the joy of this comfort? A. Three things:
 first, how great my sin and misery are;
 second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery;
 third, how I … Continue reading

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