We all have one. Everyone’s is different, which makes it all the more interesting. We don’t recognize how valuable it is until we are unfamiliar with it. If you tell it to your kids, they’ll sit and listen intently. So what is this thing that kids want so badly to know about?
Thanks to Norman Rockwell, it never seems that Thanksgiving lives up to the hype that surrounds it. After all, based on his painting, we all hope for that picturesque moment when we all sit down – in perfect unity – to enjoy an exquisite meal all while we laugh, talk, cry and simply be….together. I guess there’s always next year.
Thousands of years ago, God shared his plan with Abram. It went something like this… “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Gen 12:2). A few years ago my wife and I realized that we, too, had been blessed. This wasn’t for our own enjoyment, but so that we could be a blessing to others.
This seemingly endless season of campaigning is almost over. Only one more day, and it will all be behind us; that is, for this election. There will be many more in the future, which is why I think it critical to learn from my 7 year old son.
Ten years ago it was said that there were over 33,000 “versions” of Christianity. Today, that number has only increased. Thousands and thousands of groups of people that think their ‘version’ is the right one. How did we get to this place, where people tailor religion to fit their needs, or simply create their own?
I’m one of those people that don’t follow the rules too well. It’s not that I don’t want to. Many times, it’s that I didn’t understand the directions in the first place. Every once in a while, though, this ends up being a blessing in disguise.
Most followers of Jesus are fully aware that our call is to make disciples. After all, this was Jesus’ final instruction he gave to his followers. Although we know this, and agree this would be a good thing to do, most don’t do it. I think the problem is that they don’t know how, or don’t feel qualified.
I am going to work with a legend.
Ok, maybe “legend” is a bit strong of a word. In fact, if he were sitting here, he would throw down some sort of joke to lighten the weight of that compliment. Regardless of what he says, God has used him to help people understand the grace of God and how it can be applied in the family.
There is a great deal of punitive practice within christian homes that bears the guise of the heart of God. After spending some time last week with Dr. Karyn Purvis, this was the line that stuck out to me the most. Maybe as I unpack what that means, it will hit you hard as well.
There is something unique about doing pre-marital counseling with engaged couples. As you talk with them they giggle, they blush, and they insist on holding hands throughout the entirety of the session. Conflict is far from their minds. Instead, they have visions of white picket fences, sunsets and cute puppies. Then they get married.