We are excited to let everyone know about an organization that we believe gives the best hope of saving the lives of babies who are yet to be born. A friend of ours from our college days started an organization called Online for Life that has the goal of ending abortion in America. We believe they have the right plan and God is lining up the resources to make that happen. Please check out their website, as well as their new effort, . Partner with us and this great organization to end abortion in America!
As a pastor of a main line church, one of the challenges is relating to the masses while being true to the gospel. I have been on both sides of this issue, trying to be flashy and engaging, as well as avoiding everything that might hint at being of the world. Below is an article that I came across that was posted by the NCFIC on their website. I do not know the author or the group that wrote the article, but I appreciate the warning. Read the article and let me know what you think: Evangelicalism’s Addiction to Novelty.
We are overcomers! The book of Revelation tells us that to him who overcomes there are incredible rewards waiting. We resonate with this idea, not just in the church, but in our culture. We love a story of an overcomer, and I have a great story of one for you.
A few weeks ago two of my boys were asking for something. They really wanted this thing and mentioned it a couple of times. I said to them, and included Sophie, that I would get it for them if they memorized the book of Titus. Sophie, being so quick witted, said she didn’t want that thing so she wasn’t going to memorize Titus. I made a different offer to her, and she said she still wouldn’t do it. She was intimidated by the task.
Sophie has dyslexia. It is a challenge for her to read, so memorizing that much is a huge challenge. Jill and I encouraged her, told her she could use her Kindle, which reads to her. We told her that we would help her and give her some tips on memorizing. She began to get excited. She began to believe that she could do it. She was on her way. She also refused to use her Kindle because no one else was using one.
Today Sophie completed the task! She not only memorized the book of Titus, but she also beat everyone, including me. Sophie is beaming, knowing she overcame a huge obstacle to accomplish this task. She is ready to move on to the next book. An appetite has been created, and we intend to feed it!
I tell you this story not to brag about my daughter, but to encourage everyone in two things. First, if you are looking at a seemingly insurmountable task, push on. Sophie gave up before she even started this task. After a little encouragement and the promise of a little help, she gave it a shot. She found some success early and discovered that she was capable of doing something she was sure that she could not. But she overcame!
Second, I tell you this story so that you too can be encouraged to memorize God’s word. We don’t do this just for the sake of memorization, we do it to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2) and so that we hide God’s word in our hear that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). I hear people all the time tell me that they can’t memorize. People tell me that their mind just can’t do what it used to do. I say those are excuses and you are to be an overcomer!
Please see our friends, the Neely’s, blog. A beautiful tribute to our nation in light of September 11 and our nations founding. Please click here.
Yesterday was the 23rd. It is our family practice to read what we call “The Psalm and Proverb of the day” which is the Psalm that correlates to the number day on the calendar. So yesterday we read Psalm 23. The classic shepherds psalm. Most people know it…”the Lord is my shepherd….”
But I encourage you to watch a WONDERFUL sermon on this Psalm. It gives a great perspective. It is not boring or dry, but VERY well done. So well done, that our kids all watched it and LOVED it!
It is available through Embassy Institute on this link below. You can subscribe for $9/mo. and have access to hundreds of amazing teacings. It would be worth it to just watch this one:
A Shepherd’s Look at the 23rd Psalm