Securing Their Hearts

[387 words] How shall the young secure their hearts and guard their lives from sin? Thy Word, the choicest rules impart to keep the conscience clean! Where in the world can young people learn what is holy and pure and right? The words of that old song clearly and lovingly convey the solitary truth that Biblical guidance is really the only way that our young people can survive in a world full of wickedness (I John 2:15-17). Even though they may not tell us directly, our young people desire some things of us every single time we see them: Encouragement...

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Let Singing Be Stirring!

[338 words] When we sing songs that we’ve sung for years, we often have a temptation to “shift our brains into neutral” and cease thinking about the words and messages; about the benefits and recipients of those messages we sing! God wants singing to be a part of His worship (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Heb. 13:15). God purposed also, in part, that attendance in worship ought to be a way of stirring each other up to love and good works (Heb. 10:24-25). What ought I to consider if my singing is to be stirring? To whom am I singing? The...

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How You Can Help ‘Boost Our Bible School’

[351 words] VBS is here! It is one of my favorite times of year. It’s exciting to see really creative and talented minds that shine in making a great experience for our kids. It is an opportunity to really “think outside the box” and to make a lasting impression on these kids about Jesus. Even if you are not directly involved in the teaching, decorating, feeding process, or anything else here is how you can help “boost” our Bible school:  Pray. Some of us don’t have the energy we once did to keep up with kids and that is ok....

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The Blessings of Teachers

[391 words] One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about teaching is witnessing the “a-ha!” moment. It is when the student has the lightbulb go on and suddenly a mysterious concept becomes plain to them. The teacher has just opened the door for the student, and the student now has the keys themselves. There is blessing for the student, but also blessing for the teachers. The teachers will be blessed themselves by the way they deliver that truth. Notice a blessed teacher and their qualities:  Blessed Teachers Will Explain. A teacher that is blessed by teaching will look at a...

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The ‘If-Then’s’ of the Prophets

[396 words] Working your way through the major or minor prophets, where God is rebuking His people, it can become tedious to read. However, as one reads along, a reader will invariably come across an “if-then” statement. A good Bible student will note and highlight these if-then statements because they indicate application of God’s word to the people to whom they are being spoken. These if-then statements are landmarks NOT to be ignored. They can and will remind us of:  God’s infinite goodness. Like a parent not wanting their child to make a choice that would lead to difficulty, God...

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Thoughts About the Grace of Giving

  [350 words] This time of year, many don’t think twice about volunteering in a food bank, in a soup kitchen, or in taking a neighbor some extra peanut brittle made for an office party. This time of year, it doesn’t take much prompting for someone to drop some pocket change into the rounded-metal canisters sitting near to those folks who ring the hand bells incessantly as you enter your favorite stores. This time of year, everyone seems eager to want to give just a little bit more to ease someone else’s burden. Everyone seems a little more cheerful and...

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Falling Through the Cracks

  [265 words] Sometimes things unintentionally fall through the cracks. We can have lots of events well-organized, well-oiled, and well-planned, and yet have a key event or responsibility go unnoticed or undone. Thus, it appears as if that part of it was unimportant in the first place. Sad to say, sometimes we can let people fall through the cracks. We as the church make a BIG leap when we assume that a fellow Christian knows how much we love them and care about them. We make a BIG leap when we operate under the assumption that someone is ok spiritually,...

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Sinkholes

  [354 words] A giant sinkhole opened up in Schmalkalden, Germany about 98 feet across and about 65 feet deep that swallowed a car, part of a garage and house. Yet, it was small compared to the sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City in 2007. Reportedly, residents heard rumblings for weeks but no one knew why. In one day, almost instantly, a perfectly round plot of earth disappeared and left a hole more than thirty stories deep! Experts suppose that sinkholes appear because of the movement of earth beneath what we see everyday. The problem can be caused by...

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Marks of the Maker

  [397 words] As I was laying on the floor of the parking garage at the Fort Bend County Justice Center (for those of you concerned—it was for exercise), I noticed that on the huge slab of concrete above me, it had arrows and notes drawn in chalk on it. Being that it was too high for the average individual to reach, and too odd for anyone to spend anytime drawing on the ceiling of a parking garage, I concluded that the marks were specifically made to show the makers of the garage where to fit this slab of concrete....

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Hide and Seek With a Spider

  [368 words] As I made my coffee one morning, I noticed the movement of a brown object down on the floor. It was big enough to catch my eye and big enough to make me jump. It was a large (silver dollar-sized) spider that quickly ran and took refuge under a chair. While I told myself it was no big deal, I found myself looking under that chair every couple of minutes, and imagining that I saw movement. As I waited for the spider, in his quest for blood, to come and either end my life or make me...

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What We Win Them With, We Win Them To

  [352 words] Years ago, as a youth minister, I had a gentleman from a denominational organization call me and want our group to come to a denominational youth rally. He promised games, prizes, entertainment, a great concert with the latest bands, and that our youth group would be “stoked” to “be on fire for Jesus.” I politely declined to which he pressured, “Why? Don’t you want these things for your youth?”  We absolutely want our kids (and adults) to be fully invested in their faith. However, we would all do well to remember this timeless truth: what you win...

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Honoring Moms

  [316 words] Did you know that Mother’s Day is known as the #1 most popular day of the year for eating in a restaurant? All the restaurants will be slammed as people don’t want mom to have to cook and everyone says, “let’s go out and honor mom!” We should rightly honor mothers everywhere for who they are and for what they’ve done for us, however, the Bible tells us that honor needs to be done without the attachment of “day” to it (see Exodus 20:12). Here are some practical things you can do to make mothers feel honored...

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