A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. ~ Benjamin Franklin
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We all know them. Those who show up to church because of their raising, or their peers, etc. These people appear as angels on the outside on Sundays. But you check out the same people Monday – Saturday. Different story.
If you’re one to “worship” God on Sundays and then to go out and ignore him for the next 6 days of the week, why in the world are you attending church? Would you prefer to just be cursed by the words said by taking them and ignoring them?
These people typically are those who just don’t take God seriously. Maybe their preacher is some sort of hell, fire, and brimstone preacher. It still just flows off their back like water off a duck’s back.
Are we personally taking God seriously? Do we worship him like he is God? Not like some teddy bear who comforts us when we’re sad?
Picture of the day: (this is how we take pictures of people who have lost one of their teeth.)
Spanking. Not exactly politically popular.
To spank your child, on the gluteus maximus, is something highly recommended in Proverbs.
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
I.E. The difference between love and hate.
Pretty distinctive detail.
However, the important part of this is that you love the child. Beating or spanking a child with hate or anger in your heart is evil. Hatred is not a reason to ground your child either.
I do occasionally question grounding.
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
I do get that grounding is a form of punishment. And for some children, separating them from other people can be a good punishment. But for many children they would like to hole up in their rooms and hate the world.
Also, this verse brings up another good point that a child who is not disciplined will bring shame to their mothers. And, oh my is this happening now or what. Every single day I read about failing grades, suicides, cutting, killing parents, etc. Children are not being disciplined today, and we complain that children aren’t being raised in a right manner.
OPEN YOUR EYES! If you don’t love your kids and if you don’t discipline them they’re going to become a shame to their parents. Don’t be an idiot.
Proverbs 10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Proverbs 23:13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
P.S. Do not kill your children doing this. Evil.
Be consistent to what you believe. It seems that many people like to talk about rationality and being logical but then are inconsistent to what they believe in their daily lives.
Of course I mean strive for consistency. 🙂
Picture of the day: (Again old picture, I should hopefully be starting again tomorrow with the daily picture and longer posts..)
How do you decide where you go to church?
Is it the music? Is it the carpet? Is it the love for others? Is it the rock band? Is it the sermon? Is it the coffee shop? Is it the people? Is it other’s recommendations?
In every decision we make throughout our lives we make decisions based on multiple factors. Of course, not every church fits each family.
But what is the basis of your decision? Is it a fleshy desire? Or is it a Godly desire?
Are we there to worship God? Or worship the rock band/pastor?
P.S. I just edited a fairly interesting show on modern day music by the church. (That will air tomorrow.) I honestly just haven’t thought much about this. What do you guys think? What’s important?
Picture of the day: (Picture from late last year. (I’m sick, cut me some slack 😉 )
God has called us all to different trials in our lives.
1 Peter 6:6-8 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Some of us have physical pain, some emotional pain, and spiritual pain. God has called us to the testing of our faith throughout these many trials. It can be so difficult to continue to bless and cry praise to God during these trying times.
But just as a loving parent, he tests us and we grow through his ever present care and love. That we are even alive is an incredible blessing.
Thank you Father for your love and your constant testing. Thank you for the pain we feel. And I pray that we will have the faith to die for you if you ever test us in that way.
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I’m just going to make this short.
I’m thankful for those who love me and care for me. My family and friends who sacrifice of themselves to encourage and build me up. But most of all I’m thankful for Jesus Christ who has made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down his life for our sins.
Yay! It’s Sunday tomorrow. Looking forward to the sermon and fellowship.
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Death, sickness, and general mayhem are most of what we see in today’s news. Some man robbed a bank, some celebrity ruined his marriage, a new super virus was found, etc. I have come to hate reading the news. It’s not helping me to know how some murderer in Taiwan killed 8 people with a machete.
Why must the news continually report on all the evil and sickness of the world?
Well, people like it. People are very much sensationalists. Everything has to be bigger and badder or it doesn’t sell.
Is this good? What should news cover?
I want to know if something in my local community is happening that’s bad. But I just don’t need to know the evil that’s happening the world over. How’s this going to help me? I know there’s sin in the world. I don’t need to have my face dragged through it. Over and over again.
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