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Use Christmas to Teach Your Children

December 5, 2015
Birth of Jesus

Use Christmas to Teach Your Children

There’s nothing as precious as holding your new baby in your arms, but each time I gave birth, I also felt the enormity of the task before me.  We want our children to have a good life, and good parenting lays the foundation for that. They need to be loved and they need to be taught. In fact, I believe loving them means teaching them. I also believe every parent should teach their children rather than leaving it up to the church. The job it too important to pass off.

Christmastime, however, can be a huge distraction. I love the pretty lights that blink at us from everywhere. Santa and his elves appear everywhere, and you’ll see nutcrackers dressed up with ribbons in store windows. Getting up the decorations and hanging the stockings are all such fun. But none of the glitter our culture spreads about addresses our biggest task, teaching our children. A world broken by sin would have no hope. All the tinsel we could throw up in our homes would just hide the reality of our doom. Jesus came to redeem us, and if we embrace that, all the celebration is worth it. Because Jesus set us free, we need to sing about our joy at the top of our lungs. Psalms says “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!”

There are, however, things to consider when we discuss doctrine with our offspring. If you think about the Old Testament, there are places that it’s x rated because God shows people as they are. You also need to consider varying maturity levels. A parent shouldn’t give a child more than they can digest emotionally. Pastor and author Marty Machowski offers suggestions on how to teach at Christmas and all year as well.

Learn more about Mr. Machowski here and learn more about his writing here.

 

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Holidays: Loving Difficult Relatives

November 6, 2015
Judy practices in Tennessee

Holidays: Loving Difficult Relatives –

The holidays are approaching fast, and it’s such a busy time. Many of us will see relatives we love and a few relatives we don’t like. For some of us,  Thanksgiving and Christmas bring stress as we consider interacting with  that difficult person. Today we’re here to offer some thoughts to make those times easier.

I remember what Paul said in Romans. He advised us strongly to make our bodies a living sacrifice. I don’t know if you’ve noticed the change in language these days. But you’ll hear people talk about freedom of worship rather than freedom of religion. I think that’s deliberate. People who don’t understand our faith assume everything happens inside a church, but it doesn’t. A living sacrifice doesn’t crawl off the altar. In fact, that phrase is an oxymoron. That’s like saying that’s a hot ice cube. The word sacrifice entailed death.  In our case, however, we are to live all the time through Christ as if the old nature is dead.  That’s or service of worship. In that same passage in Romans Paul says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Hebrews 12:14)  What a huge assignment, especially with the history we bring to our families.

Today we have Counselor Judy Herman to share ideas about demonstrating God’s love to those hardest to enjoy.

Learn more about Judy here.

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Fiery Trials

October 16, 2015
Speaker, Bible teacher

Fiery Trials

Once I heard someone describe the song Amazing Grace as a white spiritual. After getting over my shock, I realized this man thought the song was written to express our disappointment over life’s hardships. Clearly he didn’t grasp redemption, but all of us realize things aren’t right. Let’s face it, our world is broken. God didn’t design us to live in a damaged world.

Romans chapter eight talks about this.  My husband calls this passage groaning 101. Verse twenty-two and twenty-three say, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”

Sometimes those groans blaze into a raging fire.  What then?

Today I have Carol McLeod. Her ministry is all about suffering.  Her latest book is Refined.

Learn more about Carol here.

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Beware of Human Trafficking

October 16, 2015

Beware of Human Trafficking

How much is an individual worth? What about a woman? A child? The present administration has set up criteria to measure the worth of the individual to society. Obviously, the older you get, the more money your health care will take, which they dislike. They planned on having a board to decide who got health care and who didn’t. Elderly won’t receive care past a certain age. Based on the evolutionary standard, survival of the fittest, a person isn’t worth much. Evolutionists would view each of us as an accident of nature.

You determine worth by how much someone is willing to pay. Jesus gave his life to redeem us from sin. That makes each of us priceless.

Today we have the nightmare of human trafficking in which men entrap girls and women and enslave them for sexual pleasure. What a horror. As mothers and wives, we want our families protected and we long to see the captors freed.

Susan Coggins Norris speaks out for those in slavery, and she gives safety advice to keep us all free.

Learn more about her ministry here. Her personal page is here.

 

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Build a Great Marriage

September 4, 2015

Build a Great Marriage:

Popular media today seldom depicts enduring love in marriage. Many people seem to be on a quest for that special someone who will fulfill their dreams and make them happy, while other choose never to marry. All the while the divorce rate climbs and many despair.

However, you and your spouse can build a great marriage. In Ephesians five God reveals his design for marriage, which depicts the relationship of Christ and the church. God issues that very unpopular command for a wife to submit to her husband.  But he also says he man should love his wife enough to die for her.

Greg and Julie Gorman share how God helped them untangle the knots in their relationship. You’ll enjoy listening to both Greg and Julie open their hearts.

You may reach Julie here.

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Can We Trust the Bible? Josh McDowell

July 17, 2015
Text of the Bible

Can we trust the Bible? Many skeptics today say we can’t because the words have been translated too many times.

The cry of the Reformation was solo scriptura, which means scripture alone. Dr. Martin Luther refuted the writings of the popes and councils, relying only on the text of the Bible as the authority in life, morals, and salvation.

For those who base their eternal destiny on the words in the Bible, this is a huge issue. I Corinthians fifteen says that if Jesus has not been raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain.

But what if the very words of the Bible came from shysters who wanted to fool innocent people? How horrible to learn we’d been duped for years.  If the Bible wasn’t accurately translated, we have no hope.

Apologist Josh McDowell offers answers. Josh has conducted life-long extensive research and now has released a book, God Breathed,  on the power and accuracy of the Word of God.  Listen and enjoy hearing Josh share his testimony and work.

* At 1:30 Learn what trauma Josh endured that made him want to disprove Christianity

* At 2:40 listen to how scrolls were preserved in history.

* At 3:20 learn how Josh’s life changed

* 5:40 Josh tells about what he found

* At 6:35 Josh says what we have now

  • Evidences that the manuscripts are accurate 7:30

  • Learn what changed Josh’s life 9:30
  • Josh talks about what brought pain 10:00

 

Tweetables:

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[tweetthis]Scripture brings healing to our souls[/tweetthis]

Learn more about Josh here. Find God Breathed here.

 

 

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How Shall We Live Now?

July 9, 2015

The latest landmark  court decision distressed many believers. Our world changed, drastically. In light of that, how shall we live now? Cynthia interviewed Denise Shick of Help 4 Families, and Pastor Dane Skelton for answers. Listen and be encouraged.

Denise Shick’s ministry is found here.

Find more about Dane Skelton here.

Denise Shick

Denise Shick

Pastor Dane Skelton

Pastor Dane Skelton

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