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.
Church kids come in one of two types—unsaved and saved. Both types desperately need to see Jesus.Klumpenhower, Jack. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. New Growth Press, 2014.
Here is a short video of s’more making during our Conversational English activity this weekend (watch for the barbarities committed when people realize you can roast more than just marshmallows).
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.
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.
Sifting through shells
Building castles in the sand
Me: “How do you find sharks teeth?”
Her: “You just look for little slivers…like the one you just about stepped on.”
Her: “See, that was a sharks tooth that you missed. I will now add it to my collection and leave you green with envy.”
Her: “Let me count out all the sharks teeth I have found today in front of you so that you feel incompetent.”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
Hunting through Used Book stores.
Hitching a Ride
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
“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)