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Ten Things I Didn’t Understand Before I Was Reformed

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010 in Article | 1 comment

Over at Killer Robot Ninja,  Les has created a list of ten things he didn’t understand before coming to Biblical doctrine.  I’ve gotta say, the list is pretty dead on for myself!  Here’s number 8, you will have to visit the article for the rest of them though.

8. Why We Pray for the Lost

This is something everyone does. We pray for our family and friends to be saved. We say things like “soften their hearts” or “reveal yourself to them”. It’s not something I ever thought about as incosistent with my beliefs, but now I see how strange it was.

If God couldn’t override people’s free will, how could He save them? How could He do anything different than the 100% He was already giving everyone, waiting fo them to make their decision. What does it mean to “soften a heart” other than “do more than You are doing to change their mind”?

Now I can pray fervently for God to override a family member’s sinful will, because I know that it’s their only hope. If God can’t touch our wills, we all go to Hell. God, destroy their will, and MAKE them love You, so they can be saved from Hell!

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Why Homeschool?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2010 in Article | 0 comments

Veronica at “A Quiet Heart” has been blogging about why their family have chosen to homeschool and why homeschooling is the best option.  It’s a must read for anyone who is or wants to be a parent someday.

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

If our goal is to raise children, and ultimately, adults who walk with God, who love Christ, who rightly obey and apply Scripture, then we cannot, in good conscience, turn over the discipline and training of their minds (which was entrusted to us, as parents) to a system that is, not just innocuously non-Christian, but blatantly anti-Christian.

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Thinking About Santa

Posted by on Dec 23, 2009 in Article, Noel Piper | 0 comments

Here’s a great article written by Noel Piper (John Piper’s wife) from Desiring God.  Noel describes why they decided not to include Santa in their Christmas stories and decorations.  It is a very interesting read and something to definitely think about.

Over the years, we have chosen not to include Santa Claus in our Christmas stories and decorations. There are several reasons.

First, fairy tales are fun and we enjoy them, but we don’t ask our children to believe them.

Second, we want our children to understand God as fully as they’re able at whatever age they are. So we try to avoid anything that would delay or distort that understanding. It seems to us that celebrating with a mixture of Santa and manger will postpone a child’s clear understanding of what the real truth of God is. It’s very difficult for a young child to pick through a marble cake of part-truth and part-imagination to find the crumbs of reality.

Third, we think about how confusing it must be to a straight-thinking, uncritically-minded preschooler because Santa is so much like what we’re trying all year to teach our children about God. Look, for example, at the “attributes” of Santa.

  • He’s omniscient—he sees everything you do.
  • He rewards you if you’re good.
  • He’s omnipresent—at least, he can be everywhere in one night.
  • He gives you good gifts.
  • He’s the most famous “old man in the sky” figure.

But at the deeper level that young children haven’t reached yet in their understanding, he is not like God at all.

For example, does Santa really care if we’re bad or good? Think of the most awful kid you can remember. Did he or she ever not get gifts from Santa?

What about Santa’s spying and then rewarding you if you’re good enough? That’s not the way God operates. He gave us his gift—his Son—even though we weren’t good at all. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He gave his gift to us to make us good, not because we had proved ourselves good enough.

Helping our children understand God as much as they’re able at whatever age they are is our primary goal. But we’ve also seen some other encouraging effects of not including Santa in our celebration.

First, I think children are glad to realize that their parents, who live with them all year and know all the worst things about them, still show their love at Christmas. Isn’t that more significant than a funny, old, make-believe man who drops in just once a year?

Second, I think most children know their family’s usual giving patterns for birthday and special events. They tend to have an instinct about their family’s typical spending levels and abilities. Knowing that their Christmas gifts come from the people they love, rather than from a bottomless sack, can help diminish the “I-want-this, give-me-that” syndrome.

And finally, when children know that God’s generosity is reflected by God’s people, it tends to encourage a sense of responsibility about helping make Christmas good for others.

Karsten, for example, worked hard on one gift in 1975. On that Christmas morning, his daddy stepped around a large, loose-flapped cardboard box to get to his chair at the breakfast table. “Where’s Karsten?” he asked, expecting to see our excited three-year-old raring to leap into the day. Sitting down, I said, “He’ll be here in a minute.”

I nudged the box with my toe. From inside the carton, Karsten threw back the flaps and sprang to his full three-foot stature. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them . . .” He had memorized Luke 2:8-20 as a gift for his dad. Karsten knew the real story.

In fact, a few days later, he and I were walking down the hall at the church we attended then. One of the older ladies leaned down to squeeze his pink, round cheek and asked, “What did Santa bring you?” Karsten’s head jerked quickly toward me, and he whispered loudly, “Doesn’t she know?”

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What is an apostate?

Posted by on Dec 20, 2009 in Article, John MacArthur | 0 comments

John MacArthur answers the question “What is an apostate?” amazingly.  It’s short, easy to read and understand.

The word “apostasy” comes from the Greek apostasia, which is translated “falling away” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The word is closely related to the Greek word for “divorce.”

Apostates are those who fall away from the true faith, abandoning what they formerly professed to believe. The term describes those whose beliefs are so deficient as to place them outside the pale of true Christianity. For example, a liberal denomination that denies the authority of Scripture or the deity of Christ is an apostate denomination.

True Christians do not apostatize. Those who fall away into apostasy demonstrate that their faith was never real to begin with (1 John 2:19).

Also on a similar note, John MacArthur answers a question that I am sure every Christian has asked at least once in their life.  “If I battle the same sin for a long time, does that mean I am not a Christian?”.  You can find more Q&A with John MacArthur on Grace to You.

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Is Gambling OK? Don’t Bet on It

Posted by on Dec 19, 2009 in Article, Bible, Pyromaniacs | 0 comments

Phil Johnson has posted a great series on a biblical perspective of gambling.  I know it’s a very long series, but it is worth a read.  Or two!  Phil comes at the issue with a level head and makes a strong biblical point on why gambling is a sin.

  1. Is Gambling OK? Don’t Bet on It
  2. Gambling: Some Definitions and Distinctions
  3. Gambling vs. Faithful Stewardship
  4. Does ‘Mutual Consent’ Eliminate the Evil in Gambling?
  5. The Sin of Putting God to the Test
  6. Gambling: The Moral Antithesis of Charity
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In light of Oral Roberts’ death…

Posted by on Dec 18, 2009 in Article, Videos | 0 comments

I believe I have posted this video once on Facebook, but it’s definitely one worth watching again.  It’s a clip from a sermon by John Piper.

Also here’s a great article from John MacArthur about Oral Roberts.

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