Does it seem our kids are too connected. This is brand new ground for parents of the 2000’s. Everyone in the family has their own phone and can get calls at all times of the day or night. Have you every heard a 13 year old’s phone ring at 2am in the morning. One recent text asked my child if they were mad at them because they were not answering. I guess the person on the other end couldn’t sleep and wanted company. This time my child slept through the beeping –but I couldn’t. I texted them back. I reported that my child was not mad, only asleep. Signed, dad, of coarse.
So, my new rule is to have all cell phones on the counter by a reasonable time during the school week and on weekends. As you know with rules, you have to enforce them every night because they so conveniently forget them. But, until we come up with a better plan, I want those cell phones on the kitchen counter – or else.
For those who love lists of “Stuff” I am going to list items that go towards a better life. For my first one here is “Things to be successful in 2009.”
1. Lead by Serving
2. Worship Passionately
3. Pray Unceasingly
4. Love Unconditionally
5. Make Disciples — Not Churchgoers
Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
I hear all the time how some Christians feel they can be “a good Christian” even if they aren’t a member of a local church. They feel that they can hear God just as good from a deer stand in nature or watching Christian television. Although you can experience God in nature, and some Christian television is wonderful, neither is a substitute for being hooked up with a local church.
The benefits of attending a great church are too numerous to mention, let alone the biblical command that God expects his believers to obey. Here are but a few of the great paybacks of going to a good church.
First of all, church is a perfect family activity. Even in the smallest of churches have groups or classes for everyone. For example, godly teachers make it their pleasure to input God’s Word into children. They mentor kids and supplement what parents are teaching from home. Youth groups attend summer camps, go on mission trips, and promote all sorts of activities with other believing kids, and so on. The miscellaneous picnics, programs, and practical Bible centered events are extremely valuable. Adults can learn, serve, and enjoy interaction with others all in the same place. I could go on and on about the great music, useful Bible teaching, and opportunities to network with others, but the point is reasonably made.
Last, but not at all least is the fact that God promises to bless those who diligently seek Him. Most people I know that stay at home on weekend services are sleeping in or watching way too much television. So, lets all get out of our comfortable homes and seek God together.
Seven Days of Sex? That is what Pastor Ed Young of Dallas Texas is asking his parishioners to do. People have been asking me what I thought about that. Well, I think sex in marriage is like a credit score for borrowing money. As your credit score is a mathematical snapshot of your ability to repay money, so is sex a snapshot of how well your marriage is faring. It is one of the benchmarks.
Sexual intercourse for married couples is more than just the act; it is two people coming in agreement over sharing themselves with each other. I don’t know if sex for seven days will fix your marital woes, but the process of getting in the position to have sex seven days in a row will. Also, make sure you check with your doctor if you are well enough to perform in this manor.
Hebrews 13:4 (NIV) Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Click here for video of Ed Young challenging the married people in his church to have sex for seven days straight. This is probably a great challenge for our church too!
This blog site is about living the Christian life. It is written from a pastor’s perspective and no doubt will be opinionated, but will provided great articles and links to help everyone in the family be better fathers, mothers, children, employees or whatever you are passionate about.
Boo Bash 2008 was a great success. If you want to do a great outreach that is relatively simple and effective think about a Halloween alternative. We have been doing these for a few years and now have perfected to a point where we are happy. Look here for a great link for new ideas.
Have you ever wondered what special abilities were given to you by God for His service? This is your opportunity to discover that special ingredient God put into your spirit to be effective for Him. I have faith in the Giftedness of All Believers.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:27
All you have to do is to click here and it will take you to an online test that will quickly help you see the special gifting God has given to you. Then, the goal is to find a place to use those abilities for the Lord.