“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Being fruitful and multiplying is not all that God wanted us men to do. God wanted us to actually get involved and raise our children and not just get the willy wet and leave. God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

It’s our duty to raise our children in a godly way. If we don’t and sit on our but all day, leaving them to raise them self and they go artsy. We can’t blame anyone, but our selves.

Yes, having children is a huge responsibility for us. However, just because they are a responsibility and take time out of our day, does not mean the are a hardship in are life. No, They are to be a privilege that we have been granted. Psalm 127:3-5 makes that clean, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”

As fathers, we should be spending a great deal of our time teaching our kids about God and his teachings. Trying to find ways to inject God into any activity we are engaged in with our children. Doing some garden work, Talk about Genesis and the beauty of Gods creation. Building a shelf, tell them about how Jesus was a carpenter and why He chose to be a carpenter, where he worked with his hands.

Use your time with them to teach them about God. Sure, not everyone is a bible scholar, but it’s not hard to inject a lesson into it. If you know your going to do something with them tomorrow, then after you put them to sleep, use that time to do research on a lesson you can apply to what you will be doing the following day.

God is my motivation: Losing my weight


     I have been overweight a large part of my life. I think around 9 may have been the last year I was at a normal weight. I never considered myself as fat, or  even obeseBoise. However, according to health standards, I was. 

     I believe my weight can almost entirely be due to my caffeine addiction. My addiction to Coca-Cola  to be more precise. I have made many attempts to stop drinking coke. However, I would always come back to drink it. Usually within days, at most a few weeks, but I always came back to my Coca-Cola addiction. 
 
     This addiction is my weakness, it how I am guilty of gluttony, and it is how I am failing God. As a Christian, I need to finally fight and overcome this weakness. Sadly, there are not exactly any programs like alcoholics anonymous for the Cola addiction. 
 
     So, I must do it on my own, with all the mixed pieces of information found on the Internet. And it has been a week without any kind of soda. However, I’ve been using a liquid caffeine additive, that I add to water to help with caffeine withdraws. Slowly, I will reduce my caffeine intake, but for now, I am knocking out the flavors and calories of soda, and this should help. 
 
     I am also doing this to show my faith in God and because He tells us in the Bible not to be gluttonous, and how money or other things have us serving two masters. In my case, it’s soda. 
 
     When I first wait in before starting to try to lose weight, I was 207 pounds, I now weigh 202.4 pounds. I still have a long way to go, but I’m not alone God is there. He is my motivation.  
 
 

When to Forgive.


Did you know that forgiveness is yet another way that we Christian witness to others? It’s highly effective, and can dramatically change lives and people’s perceptions. Think Jesus on the cross, forgiving our sins.

Forgiveness is an important aspect for Christians. We find the bible talks a lot about forgiveness with passages like.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:36-37 KJV)

Sadly, many people really don’t understand Christian forgiveness.  This includes, many fellow brothers in Christ. With many who view it as something where we are to forgive unconditionally no matter what. When in reality it has been our secular world today, that has shaped the biblical forgiveness view. Having us believe  this idea that we are to forgive no matter what.

Now it is true, we are to forgive, but it is not meant to be a blind forgiveness, where we forgive a person who sins. Instead, we are to forgive when they turn their back on the sin. Then we are to forgive without setting our own conditions for that forgiveness.

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him: and if he repent, forgive him.” (Luke 17:3 KJV) 

Forgiveness is a powerful thing. It can and does change lives, but if a person who has little to no interest in stopping his sin, then what kind of messages do you send them when you forgive a person who will just keep doing what he, or she is doing?

In an indirect way, we may actually be helping the sinner continue. Especially when they know, they can sin and be forgiven. Making them feel better about their sinning.  Yet, if we give our forgiveness to them only when they turn their back on that sin, then they don’t get to feel good about what they are doing. And so they are ready for our  forgiveness.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 10-11 KJV)

So keep this in mind, forgive not because they say they simply say “sorry,” but as a result of the actual desire/action for repentance.

Noah’s resistance


I am really looking forward to watching the new Noah movie, this despite that it is starring Russell Crowe. Something I consider a movie sin. Over many of my fellows, Christians don’t feel the same way. Many do not want to watch it because it does not adhere to their particular interpretation of the Bible.

Please persons are being quite petty, in my opinion. So what if it doesn’t exactly line up with what they believe. It definitely doesn’t line up with what I believe. I’m a person who accepts a local flight not a global flood. However, I’m not complaining. I’m going to watch the movie for entertainment purposes.

Unfortunately, for many of my fellow Christians, their beliefs are so incredibly weak, that their beliefs are threatened by somebody else’s creative works that they based upon the biblical story. I am not threatened by watching somebody else’s version of the story of Noah. I with drivers license keep an open mind. Although I don’t suspect the show was about trying to change a person’s mind, it was about entertaining us.

So I look forward to watching his upcoming movie.