Honoring Your Parents

Honoring Your Parents

A problem most all of us will face is our aging Parents. When this occurred to me that my parents were older and the roles were reversing, I asked, what does it mean to honor my parents? The era of aging parent disrupted my family life and created a major struggle in my life. Mat 15:4a For God commanded, saying, “Honor your father and mother”; To totally explore this topic is an extensive, long study. There is a book “Honoring Your Parents” at Amazon or Pikes Peak, CBMC for further study. To get started on this topic, first let me note the word honor here means to “ascribe value to”. Irrespective of your childhood or the misbehavior of your parents, you are to ascribe value to them. In some cases, I have seen from some dysfunctional families that about all that is left for them to “ascribe value to” is that the parents were chosen by God. We are called and commanded to respond in accordance to our observation of them. The accuracy to the application performed in trying to honor the parent is secondary to the attitude that “they are of value”.  No matter what your plan is you will probably meet resistance in your siblings, society, your church and your parents. Remember you will answer to God on your thinking and plan. Questions on your study and thinking on Honoring Your Parents are: 1.   Do I have any area where I need to forgive or be forgiven by my parents? 2.   Do I have any area where I need to forgive and be forgiven by...
Thinking on the Word

Thinking on the Word

The Bible, the Word of God is the key to all we believe. To waffle in your thinking on the accuracy and authority of the Word, is to disrupt your relationship and walk with God. Your commitment to the Word is a key to your walk with Christ. Jos 1:8 “This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely”. 1Pe 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and abiding forever. Instead of a treatise on The Word, let me ask these questions: 1. Have you ever read/studied the history of the bible and how it came about? If not, when are you going to? 2. Do you know the history of the canonization? 3. Do you believe in a closed or open cannon? 4. Do you believe the bible is inerrant? 5. If you don’t a. What parts are errant to you? b. Can you trust Jesus history and teachings, i.e. His use of Jonah as a historical character? c. If you don’t embrace inerrancy are you declaring your opinion as more accurate than God’s? d. Since Jesus quoted the bible often, what are we to conclude? 6. Do you have problems of squaring the bible with the archeologist? 7. Can you accept creation account? 8. Are scripture teachings, like the following, cultural or...
Motivation

Motivation

      Why does one keep on with trying to walk with Jesus and His commands and Jesus thinking and not just return to the world and its thinking (I.e. homosexuality issue, integrity, fornication, etc.)? The thinking is, I am going to Heaven and it looks like there is no downside to indulgences on my part, Christ work has saved me and He isn’t going to take it back. Christ loves me no matter what. Why not just live my life in harmony with the people around me? Why be an odd ball and think like those bunch of hypocrites of believers. There is an argument that goes, abortion sometime is required, and fornication is fun, why not eat drink and be merry for tomorrow I die…As an old saying goes, “get all you can, can all you get and poison all the rest” Verses for thoughts: Luk 9:23 And he said unto all, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 9:24 whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luk 9:25 For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his own self? Luk 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels. Notice the “Action” phrases Take up Follow me Save his...
Making Your Time Count

Making Your Time Count

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained or were already perfect, but I am pressing on, if I may lay hold of that for which I also was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Php 3:13 My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before, Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment, It is God’s plan that we should all die. We have a turn on earth and what we do with it will determine how we live in eternity. This is taught by Jesus and the Apostles. From the Bible we can conclude that our life objective is not the cleaning up of our society. Historically, that pursuit or objective seems to always get off course and with our proposed “reforms”, society will dislike us more. Just think of Ecclesiastes and Solomon’s conclusion of all his efforts in the world. Do you think you are really smarter than the wisest man? Ecc 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecc 12:13-14 This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. (14) For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or...
The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Joh_1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   Joh_1:14 And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth.   Words are important to our being.   Matthew 12: 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 38 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” We think with words, therefore a sloppy vocabulary yields a sloppy mind. A vocabulary full of what we call curse words or slang will yield that kind of thinking. This generation loves the “f:” word. That will be a dominate influence in their thinking. We can’t believe that there is no impact from a bad, poor, dirty, etc. vocabulary. We think with words. Ergo, a society with a small vocabulary have a limited opportunity to develop. I have been told that those who study the “lost” tribes in the jungle, find the people with a small anemic vocabulary have a very underdeveloped culture. Think of the inner city’s vocabulary and look at the product. Just think of hip hop verses classical music and their impact of society. Evidence says we are better off with a strong good vocabulary in our culture. But all tribes of people have a word for God. The key to speed reading is your vocabulary. If you have a weak vocabulary, you are constantly struggling with...