Archive for December, 2006

How to think, not just what to think

Friday, December 29th, 2006 at 6:09 pm

As a father of four children, I am committed to raising them so they become well-functioning adults. As part of raising them, my wife and I have established rules they are to follow. These rules are not meant to be hindrances to their joy, but rather the rules if followed are meant to protect them. However, one can cross a dangerous line with rules for your children. If all you teach them is what to think, you need to create rules for every possible situation your children may ever encounter. It is important that we also teach our children how to think, how to discern the positive and negative. Rules are good, but the thought process behind the rules should also be taught.

The following articles, Fence Building and Dog Training: Fundamentalism’s Dearth of Discernment and Discerning Dogs and the Masters Who Train Them: Developing Christian Discernment, do a great job at explaining this further. If you are serious about training up your children in the way they should go, then I highly recommend you read these two articles.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Not just your sins were nailed to the cross

Thursday, December 28th, 2006 at 9:40 am

Most Christians will tell you their sins were nailed to the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. But it wasn’t just your sins that were nailed to the cross – you were:

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans 6:6

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Separation

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 at 4:50 pm

According to the Bible, we are to practice separation. But how far are we to take it? And over what should we separate? It seems that Christians will separate from other Christians over little things. You let your women wear pants? I can’t fellowship with you! You don’t let your women wear pants? I can’t fellowship with you! You use the NIV? I can’t fellowship with you! You use the KJV? I can’t fellowship with you! You watch movies at the theater? I can’t fellowship with you! You don’t let people go to the theaters? I can’t fellowship with you! There are a lot more examples that I’m sure you can list. Why do we separate over some of these things? It seems in the world of Christianity, we will separate over any and everything, but in the world of politics, if it says Republican, we’re all for it. These things ought not to be. We won’t accept another Christian because of minor differences, but we will vote Republican even if the Republican is for killing babies or gay marriage. This is a sad state.

by Gordy

Was Jesus born on December 25th?

Monday, December 18th, 2006 at 12:12 am

I’ve heard many people say Jesus could not have been born in December. They suggest it was probably during the summer months. Here’s an article that examines Bible passages that seem to indicate that Jesus was born on or around December 25th.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

The Root of Bitterness

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 at 3:20 pm

Have you ever been bitter about something? Are you bitter now? Listen to this sermon, The Root of Bitterness, by the late Adrian Rogers.

Posted in Sermons
by Gordy

Self-righteousness

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 at 11:57 am

This article, A Gracious Gospel vs. A Fleshly Facade, is worth reading.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy