Weekly Prayer: September 16th, 2018

Heavenly Father,

You are good to us.

You are so good to us.

Lord, the list of blessings that you have poured down from heaven is too long for me to start in on.

The air we breathe.

The strength to raise our eyes and move at all.

A roof over our heads, walls to keep the cold out.

Clothes, Lord, not just one set. But drawers and hangers full.

You have given us food to eat and much more than water to drink.

You have filled our homes with possessions, things to bring us joy.

While it maybe a burden at times, you have given us skills and talents to work. To earn a wage, to make a living.

But even those things, Lord, are graciously given by you.

You sustain us. You hold us together. You give us life and animate our being. You are the good God that blesses his people.

His beloved children.

I kneel in awe of you God. I kneel in awe of your many blessings. I kneel in awe of your goodness towards me.

I am unworthy of such love, and yet, you lavish it upon me again and again.

Thank you Lord.

Thank you Father God.

I praise your name. I lift it high and exalt you.

You are good, and there is no one like You.

Amen.


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This prayer first appeared on Christian Thought Sandbox.

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What Do You Believe From The Scriptures?

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

– St. Augustine, Sermons

But I believe everything in the Bible. I take the Word as it is. The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.

Right?

The truth is that we are far more selective of the Bible verses we adhere to than we would like to admit, and tend to reject much of what Jesus said. We ignore some parts and highly favour others. This is not a good thing. Especially when it comes to the words of Jesus.

As Peter said, only Jesus’ words are the ones with eternal life (John 6:68).

You would think we would be better about listening to all of Jesus’ words then, but we are terrible for picking and choosing.

An example, Continue reading “What Do You Believe From The Scriptures?”

Weekly Prayer: September 9th, 2018

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
Have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
Have mercy upon us.

Remember not, Lord Christ, our offences, nor the offences
of our forefathers; neither reward us according to our sins.
Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast
redeemed with thy most precious blood, and by thy mercy
preserve us, forever.
Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and wickedness; from sin; from the crafts
and assaults of the devil; and from everlasting damnation,
Good Lord, deliver us.


From the Book of Common Prayer
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Don’t Lose Sight Of The Real Issue

“Jesus wants to get rid of the sex trafficking [in the world just like I do], only he takes it a lot more seriously than I do…

– Joshua Ryan Butler, The Skeletons in God’s Closet

No sane Christian will ever stand up and say that sex trafficking is good thing. No one that is taking Jesus’ words and actions seriously will ever be for the moving of persons for the selling and trading of sex acts. Obviously.

Christians rightly stand against such things. We should be protesting and fighting against those people and institutions and systems that make such things happen. We should be anti-sex trafficking.

But is that far enough? Continue reading “Don’t Lose Sight Of The Real Issue”

How Will You Be Remembered?

In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill, three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime – the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.

– Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

What a way to be remembered. What a way to go out.

Three extremists, all hung on trees to die a cruel Roman death. Two were left unnamed, unknown to us today. But the one, a sign hung above his head proclaiming his “crime” and his rightful title.

”King of the Jews.”

While people scoffed at him, ridiculed him to his face, those that followed him all the days of his earthly ministry knew that he was the extremist that Reverend King spoke of; Jesus was a man of love, truth, and goodness.

What a way to be remembered. Continue reading “How Will You Be Remembered?”

Beware Your Preconceived Notions

Not all preconceived notions are dangerous.

Some are. Some are very dark, hateful, judgemental ideas that are made without all the information. It could be caused by a single bad experience, secondhand information, or misinformation. Wherever it stems from, some preconceived notions are terrible, destructive ideas that only serve to tear down.

I discovered this week that I have had a preconceived notion, a preformulated idea about a piece of Scripture. I wasn’t wrong about my idea. I wasn’t distorting the Bible, but I was completely unaware, completely blinded to something that was there.

After I show it to you, you’ll most likely realize you did the same thing. We all have some preconceived notions about Scripture and need to be more aware of that. Continue reading “Beware Your Preconceived Notions”

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell: Book Review

“Speaking your child’s primary love language does not mean he or she will not rebel later. It does mean your child will know you love him, and that can bring him security and hope; it can help you to rear your child to responsible adulthood. Love is the foundation.”

Saying “I love you” should be all my kids need…right? A pat on the back, a hug and kiss goodnight? A toy when I return from a trip? It all depends because each child is different. And each child understands that they are loved in different ways.

This may be a new concept to many, but one that holds immense power and potential to those that are willing to learn; there is more than one way to show your love for your son or daughter. In fact, there are 5.

Speaking out of his great wealth of knowledge, bestselling author Gary Chapman takes his thesis of 5 Love Languages and applies them to the children in our lives. With the help of Dr. Ross Campbell, who had over 30 years experience as a clinical psychiatrist focused on parent-child relationships, The 5 Love Languages of Children is a well thought out,  researched, and articulate book.

Discussing each of the 5 love languages, how they look, how to show them to your child, and the possible downsides to showing it too much, Chapman and Campbell help to illustrate how to love your child, as unique as they are, in the most effective way possible. And by doing that, they are helping you to help raise your son and daughter to be the best them that they can be.

And isn’t’ that what every parent wants?

“Whatever love language your child understands best, he needs it expressed in one way – unconditionally.”

My two-year-old son was having tantrums like crazy. All day sometimes, and my poor wife had to deal with them while I was away. Then he would pounce on me when I got home, never letting go, regardless of what I needed to be doing. I thought he was just being a two year old.

My four-year-old daughter kept demanding our attention after we praise our son or newborn for learning something new. It was always “what about me?” over everything. We thought that she was just feeling neglected because she had already learned or mastered the things for which the other two kids received praise.

We were wrong on both counts.

This book helped open up our eyes to who our kids are, and why they were acting the way they were. A boy that needed physical touch to know that he was loved and a girl that needed words of affirmation hadn’t been getting their fill from mom and dad. I’m just glad I read this book while they are still so young.

Chapman and Campbell helped to show how important love languages are, especially in children. With their only understanding of love being selfish (about them), it’s important to know how to show them love in the most effective way possible. That would be through their own love language. Though the love languages are not isolated to children, Chapman and Campbell talk about things like discipline and anger; issues that any parent will have to deal with and how it changes when we think about loving our kids through their love language. This is hugely helpful for parents with kids that are starting to get older.

While there are occasions when Chapman and Campbell will talk about children that are older or younger than your own, the truth and advise they give is not without value. Love languages are present in grandkids too.

Another point, just because you think you know your child’s primary love language, there is no reason to skip the other ones. It’s mentioned throughout the book numerous times. Speak all five love languages, because all five are needed to grow. So while my son and daughter may be displaying clearly what their primary love language is, there is no reason for me to not show love in those other ways.

It doesn’t matter how old your kids are. It doesn’t matter how much or little childhood is left. Reading The 5 Love Languages of Children will help you as a parent show them how much you care, or give you the ways to show it when you didn’t know how before. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell have given generations of parents the tools to love their kids well, from diapers to adulthood, from immaturity to healthy maturity.

Don’t let your kids miss out on such fulfilling love as that spoken through their love language.

”Unconditional love shows love to a child no matter what. We love regardless of what the child looks like; regardless of her assets, liabilities, or handicaps; regardless of what we expect her to be; and, most difficult of all, regardless of how she acts.”

I loved reading The 5 Love Languages (the original) and loved this one just as much. The information, the insight that Chapman and Campbell bring to children and their love languages is superb. Not just explaining how these love languages look in our kids, but also what actions and attitudes are the result of love lacking.

As I did with the original, I give The 5 Love Languages of Children a 5 out of 5-star rating. A must read for all parents.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This book review first appeared on Christian Thought Sandbox.