Double force

The seventeenth-century English pastor Walter Marshall brilliantly pointed out that the good news is a double force in a believer’s life. The good news that we’re forgiven, adopted, and forever loved by God creates thankfulness and hope of life with Jesus. This draws us to him in love—like the tide pulls a ship. The good news that we’re in Christ and given the Spirit means that we can rely on God’s power in us. This is the power to flee from sin—like the wind propels that same ship.3 Tide and wind. Attraction and power. Pull and push. The good news is the double force believing kids need.

Klumpenhower, Jack. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. New Growth Press, 2014.

Good role model

What a tyrant Jesus would be if he lived a perfect life and then, as his main message, told us to be like him. What a setup for failure!

Klumpenhower, Jack. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. New Growth Press, 2014.

On the sea

We took a day to visit the sea with our friends. My goal was to find a petrified sharks tooth. This is how the story unfolded.

Beach Houses

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Sifting through shellsIMG_4236

Building castles in the sandIMG_4240

Me: “How do you find sharks teeth?”IMG_4246

Her: “You just look for little slivers…like the one you just about stepped on.”

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Her: “See, that was a sharks tooth that you missed. I will now add it to my collection and leave you green with envy.”IMG_4264

Her: “Let me count out all the sharks teeth I have found today in front of you so that you feel incompetent.”IMG_4266

Me: “Thank you.” *walks away with head down*

 

 

* Conversation may or may not have extra dialogue added.

** She didn’t really say that. But I did feel like that.

This place has not grown smaller…

But it is not Caer Dallben which has grown smaller. You have grown bigger. That is the way of it.“ [L. Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain – The Book of Three]

This quote from the end of Taran’s journey has a lot of truth in it. His home, Caer Dallben did not seem the same after his return, but it was him who had changed, not his homeland.

It was not that he had outgrown Caer Dallben, but he had grown up. One does not necessitate the other. The more we grow, and change, and mature, the more we are able to love our roots.

Resources: Change

I have asked Josh Stephens from Community Baptist Church and Biblical Counseling Alliance to share some of his top resources in various areas of counseling. Over the following weeks I would like to share those, interspersed with some of my own. Please share your own below in the comments.

The order is alphabetical. See Addictions and Anger.

Change

Wayne A. Mack – “A Homework Manual for Biblical Living: Family and Marital Problems (Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Volume 2)

Wayne A. Mack – “A Homework Manual for Biblical Living: Personal and Interpersonal Problems (Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Volume 1):

Bridges, Jerry. The Pursuit of Holiness. Enlarged ed. edition. NavPress, 2016.

Mack, Wayne A. A Fight to the Death: Taking Aim at Sin Within. P&R Publishing, 2011.

Powlison, David. How Does Sanctification Work? Crossway, 2017.

Scott, Stuart, and Zondra Scott. Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith. Bemidji, MN: Focus Publishing, 2013.

Tripp, Paul David. Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do. Crossway, 2015.

 

A couple of mine:

Piper, John, and David Mathis, eds. Acting the Miracle: God’s Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.
Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Upd Rev edition. NavPress, 2014.

England

A couple weeks ago we were able to take a trip to visit friends in England. The Houghtens are working along the coast in Essex and we were able to spend time with them, speak and present in the church where they are ministering, and experience some English food and culture!

Tea Time

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Hunting through Used Book stores.IMG_4124

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Hitching a RideIMG_3187

 

Hoarding

Hoarding money or possessions is a serious sin in God’s eyes.

What, after all, are the Israelites being tested in if not to hoard? Deuteronomy 6:10 – 12 will warn them not to hoard in the Promised Land either and will predict that growing wealth will tempt them to forget their God.

Blomberg, Christians in an Age of Wealth

Build wealth

“To give generously is not to lose wealth but to build wealth, establishing a firm basis on which to start life in heaven.”

Samuel M. Ngewa, “1 & 2 Timothy and Titus” in Africa Bible Commentary (Nairobi: Hippo Books; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 164. (Quoted in Blomberg, Christians in an Age of Wealth)