Free of Rebellion

Most children have happy plans for their future. Kids dream of a good life and expect it to happen. And that desire is right. Sadly, many children are not taught how to truly live well. The fifth commandment—“Honor your father and your mother” (Ex. 20:12)—promises a good life (Eph. 6:2). The law’s second table startsContinue reading “Free of Rebellion”

Why Are You So Restless?

Saint Augustine was right to call human hearts restless. That’s a sad word. Restless people are constantly active, unable to find peace as a result of anxiety or boredom. Restless people roam, desire, and covet, but do not arrive, achieve, or obtain (James 4:2). The fourth commandment can cure restlessness. It offers to focus ourContinue reading “Why Are You So Restless?”

Showing Weakness to Your Children

“Would you please, please come with me? I really want you to be there. All the other moms are going.” My daughter was pleading with me to volunteer at field day for her kindergarten class. How could I deny such an earnest request? But since I couldn’t navigate the outdoors without assistance, I had toContinue reading “Showing Weakness to Your Children”

When Your Child Wants to Know Where the Baby Comes From

There are a few things to consider when you are asked the baby question. The younger the child, the less detail they need. The answer many young children can understand clearly is: “A baby grows in a mother’s belly and comes out when he or she is ready.” This will satisfy their curiosity for aContinue reading “When Your Child Wants to Know Where the Baby Comes From”

Shaken to Bear Fruit

The strange machine along the streets of Madrid seized my attention. Its long arms reached out and wrapped themselves around the trunk of a tree. Its motor vibrated those arms at high speeds so they could shake the tree violently. Its net sat suspended just beneath the lowest branches. As the machine buzzed and roared,Continue reading “Shaken to Bear Fruit”

Pray for Your Children

Devout souls delight to reflect upon those mercies that they have obtained in answer to prayer, for they can see God’s special love in them. When we can name our blessings Samuel—that is, “asked of God”—they will be as dear to us as this child was to Hannah. Peninnah had many children, but they cameContinue reading “Pray for Your Children”

No Unnecessary Miracles

Encourage him. Deuteronomy 1:38 God employs His people to encourage one another. He did not say to an angel, “Gabriel, My servant Joshua is about to lead My people into Canaan—go, encourage him.” God never performs unnecessary miracles. If His purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, He will not use miraculous agencies. Gabriel wouldContinue reading “No Unnecessary Miracles”

The Church Cannot Resurrect

If you are involved in church or religious activities to the point that your home life is hurting, you’re too involved—and you’re heading for trouble. Look at what you’re doing in the light of eternity. God is primarily interested in the quality, not quantity, of our spiritual fruit. He looks behind our hurry and hustleContinue reading “The Church Cannot Resurrect”

Who Serves Who?

God has ordained and established three great institutions: There is no question regarding our belief that the church and state (government) should be separate and distinct. Each is a unique entity, not to be consolidated. Our Lord Jesus Christ stated as much in Mark 12:17 when He said: “Render to Caesar the things that areContinue reading “Who Serves Who?”