“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.
Ok I don’t really believe it is sweet, and I was being a bit sarcastic with the title. However, Elijah has said his first bad word. And that magical word was none other then the F-Bomb.
I wish I could say he learned it from some stranger, or at preschool. However, I would be lying. He learned it from me. The Male role model in his life. At least, I am supposed to be his role model, but I failed.
He had overheard me say this word while I had been on the phone. I had been was upset about something one of our officers had done. Now I can’t be upset with him. It was 100% my fault. I said the word and he repeated a word, he knows nothing about. A word that even I should not be saying. Originally, I told him not to say it again and hopped he would forget it. Of course, he did not. He a little sponge, soaking up every little thing.
So, while Elijah, Luz had been sitting down watching a movie in the living room. Elijah said, out of the blue, “what the %$^. And immediately Luz turned gave me a look and said, “See!” I was busted. Since then he has said it a few more times, and we are stuck trying to get Elijah to understand why he should not be saying such a thing.
This also reflects badly on me. I am the head of the family. A Christian family, and I am to be the model for what my son is to grow up to be like. God had given me this responsibility, and I failed. However, I have also learned from this. I have learned that just saying a word one time, and that word can stick with my son his entire life because of me. And I cannot fail again.
Some passages in the Bible say so much, with so little. And when Christ says something, there is something good being said and this is one of them that I just had to share this with you.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).
The Bible has a lot to say about families, it even mentions the ideal family.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)
This seems simple, but a lot of families have issues. Even the most close families will have times where they find themselves having issues they must overcome. And the Bible is full of stories where families are challenged with issues. Genesis 3 is the first known case in the Bible where both the husband and the wife disobey God, only later to have one of their children kill another one of their children (Genesis 4:8).
A person’s family can challenge them in every way. Yet we cannot just simply abandon, or give up when times are hard. A family needs to learn to stick together, and meet the challenge, working together to get through the issue.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4).
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12)
Even when we have lots of issues with a family member we cannot just abandon them, or stop taking care of them. The Bible does not have anything good to say about such a person who does.
8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8).
True, it is not always easy. If you have a child who has become addicted to drugs, and takes money out of his own mother’s purse. It can be hard to trust that child. And yes… Sometimes denying that child something, you are helping him.
However, if he is hungry, you still must feed him/her. If they are sad you must still be there for them. Ultimately you are trying to build them up in the Lord (Romans 15:1) when you do this. And if you trust God, he can make your family stronger and better (Isaiah 40:31).
You must also be ready to forgive that family member when they have turned from their sin. Remember what it says in Matthew 6:14 – 14 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Trust God. Let him guide you. Live as God wants you to live.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (James 1:22-25)
And remember, you are not the first or only dysfunctional family. And God will not abandon you. You however must be willing to trust God in all things.
We have all heard the argument Muslims use to deny Christ. “1+1+1 does not equal 3.” They say this as a way to try and ridicule Christians. Saying we are not being logical. Even atheists have picked up on this argument. Atheist like Matt Dillahunty from the Atheist experience, I believe has used this.
However, like many arguments that are supposed to not just make Christians look bad, but act as an attack on the reality of the bible.
Such an attack is based not on an open mind, but a mind that is attempting to justify their own beliefs and why they believe what they do. After all, it easy to believe what you do if you have demonized what others believe. All while ignoring the hypocrisy and double-think they are guilty of when making such a bad argument.
If they truly believe what they say, they why not hold that to be true with everything. For example, the people who make this argument are a multicellular organism. Yet I am betting they don’t talk about themselves a “we,” but as “I.” As if there is only one. Yet they are made up of millions of cells, cells with many different tasks. All making up a single organism.
Yet, you don’t exactly hear many Muslims and atheist going around and saying it is not logical to take “1 cell + 1 cell + 1 cell” and say it one thing.
That is because, they are only seeing what they would like to see. Ignoring that they accept and understand how many individual things can and do equal one thing and do so without them being illogical.
If they really believe what they say. Then I wonder how they can explain to their children that a Yoke, white and shell don’t equal a egg. Because here we have a clear case of 1+1+1=1 and 3 yet none of the criticism. Why? Are they asking for us to accept a special pleading fallacy?
If an egg can be described as being made up of three distinct things, yet still be one thing. Then why not with God?
I have been finding it difficult to watch movies and television lately. So, I was happy for finally being able to watch the movie “Son of God.” A movie, that I wanted to see.
I know; I know, if you have seen one movie about Christ, you have seen them all. After all, how many ways can you retell the same story, right? Well, I like watching remakes. There, I said it. At lest when it comes to Christ, I like a good remake.
So, what did I think of the movie? I liked it. The music in the movie was just fantastic. Leaving me wanting to buy the sound track for it. The music could be considered its own character. Relaying the emotions of the scenes very well.
What really surprised me was the acting. Although not the best, the acting was good compared to the acting we normally get from Christian movies. Let’s face it, the acting we get from Christian movies is usually very bad. With very few exceptions to this rule.
Joe Coen (Joseph) acting was just awesome. He really pulled off the part. Amber Roma Downey (Mary, mother of Jesus) also did a wonderful job. Though Diogo Morgado (Jesus) did a good job, I really expected more from him seeing he is playing the most important character.
Speaking of Jesus, again we have him being portrayed as white male. You would think, that by now, we would have a Jesus more accurately representing the people about time and place.
With that said, the movie really did not stand out from any other biblical movie of this type. Marking it seem like the movie was not needed. That is, unless you are taking your kids, or someone new to Christianity to see their first Jesus oriented movie. Then a modern updated version is something I can understand.
So what is my verdict? It is a good movie, good for the family. However, seeing it lacks anything new. It is best just to wait for it to show up on your local religious television network.