>”Perhaps one reason God delays His answers to our prayers is because He knows we need to be with Him far more than we need the things we ask of Him.” Ben Patterson
>The February 11 issue of “Newsweek” has a “Modern Family” column on page 60 titled “Talking to Kids About God.” The author, Kathleen Deveny, is a self-described “cafeteria Catholic” (I admire her honesty…come down the serving line of the Catholic faith and take want you want; pass on what you don’t like…and, alas, it is not just Catholics who do so).
She thinks “it is easier to talk to (her) daughter about sex than about God. Perhaps that’s because I have a pretty good idea where babies come from, but I’m still a little fuzzy on the details about God.”
Well, since she is (again, by her own admission) picking-and-choosing tidbits here and there about her faith, it is no wonder she is “fuzzy on the details.”
But the saddest part in her column occurs as she quotes a friend who has a nine-year-old daughter, “I kind of play down the religious aspect of church…At a recent meeting to discuss what we would like the Sunday school to teach, I got quite a few funny looks when I said I didn’t want a lot of emphasis on the spiritual side of things.”
Man, I sure am glad she got some “funny looks” instead of applause!
I was raised in a non-church-going family. Christ grabbed me when I was 26. These many years later I still can’t understand why people (regardless of denomination) go to church if they don’t believe. Obviously for some it is a cultural thing; some, I suppose, go for the “sake of the children.”
But to verbalize one’s belief that Sunday school should not teach spiritual things amazes me. That’s not even “holding to a form of godliness…”
I recall one of my drill sergeants screaming at a recruit who couldn’t accomplish a task, “What do you want me to do, hold your hand?” Obviously this was not voiced in a pleasant or helpful way.
But look at Psalm 37.23,24: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”
What a promise of a “very present help.” What a promise of security. Abba, Daddy, holds the hand of those who try to walk in His way…
This is rather cool!
>My oh my. I admit I was not looking forward to the game; I thought it would be a Patriot pounding.
Instead it turns into perhaps the best Superbowl I’ve watched. Manning getting away from the sack, that amazing catch-on-top-of-the-helmet; the chumpy way the Patriots coach wimped off the field of play…
Here’s an appropriate quotation as the Hagers wait on the Lord to see to the details of our upcoming move to Missouri:
God has a time for everything, a perfect schedule. He is never too soon, never too late. The when of His will is as important as the what and the how.
Richard C. Halverson
>“The good news of the kingdom is not freedom from hardship, suffering, and loss. It is the news of a Redeemer who has come to rescue me from myself. His rescue produces change that fundamentally alters my response to these inescapable realities. The Redeemer turns rebels into disciples, fools into humble listeners. He makes cripples walk again. In him we can face life and respond with faith, love, and hope. And as he changes us, he allows us to be a part of what he is doing in the lives of others. As you respond to the Redeemer’s work in your life, you can learn to be an instrument in his hands.”-
Paul David Tripp
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
(Phillipsburg, Pa.: P & R publishing, 2002), 16.
I suppose some might be offended by this, if so, lighten up, laugh a bit