Do you ever tremble at the incredible responsibilities on your shoulders as a parent?
On one hand, you are called to protect the tender hearts and minds of your children, and on the other, you are trying to do so in a terribly perverse society and while exercising faith in God.
How do you balance both?
I preached a recent message on the love and trust Jocabed showed as Moses’ mom, and in it, I highlighted five commands from Scripture for parents regarding protecting their children. (You can see that excerpt from the message here.)
Although only God can give you the wisdom you need for specific situations, there are several clear instructions in Scripture regarding the protection parents are responsible to give their children: (more…)
Earlier this week President Obama made an interesting remark in the White House at the Nordic Leaders’ Summit Arrival Ceremony (emphasis mine):
And we believe in the inherent dignity of every human being. We believe in pluralism and tolerance and respect for free speech and freedom of religion…
Sounds good, right? I mean, we all believe in tolerance and free speech and freedom of religion….
No, it sounds hypocritical.
This is coming from the man who believes in “tolerance” for everyone except those who believe in the biblical family, that Jesus is the only way of salvation, and that there is a moral definition of right and wrong found in Scripture.
If you believe these things, you’re intolerant—in today’s use of the word. That is why the president included the word pluralism. (more…)
Ricky Lowe is a 2013 graduate of West Coast Baptist College. He and his wife Caitlin Lowe came from North Carolina with their five children to attend WCBC. Ricky’s testimony as a student was exemplarily, and it has been a joy to me to see God using and blessing him in ministry.
What is a way in which you have seen God’s blessing in the past year?
Wow, many different ways, but discipleship would be at the top of the list. It’s been exciting to see individuals and couples making commitments toward a stronger relationship with Jesus. And then, seeing disciples making other disciples is an incredible joy! (more…)
Christians across America are frustrated. Some are discouraged. Some are fearful. Some are hopeless.
Our culture is shifting before our very eyes, and there seems to be little to nothing we can do to stop it. We see the decaying morals and we sense the intolerance toward Christians growing around us.
Pastors, too, become discouraged with it all. Those serving in ministry wonder if there is hope for our nation or for revival.
But lest we bemoan the difficult times in our country today, could I remind you that the gospel has prospered in even more difficult times in years past.
In fact, the Apostle Paul is believed to have written the book of 2 Timothy from the Mamertine Prison in Rome. He wrote at an incredibly difficult time both in world history and in his life. Christians everywhere were persecuted, and he knew he was only a short time from his own martyrdom.
What was his instruction at this critical period? (more…)