Commanded to Teach the Children

O my people, hear my teaching; Listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old — What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done.

Psalm 78:1-4

We have been entrusted with a most sacred duty. We are to teach the Word of God – the Holy Scriptures to the children.

  • Truth
  • Christ, his death and resurrection
  • Secrets of life and death
  • The Holy Spirit
  • How to be filled with the indescribable Love of God
  • God’s guidance for living a godly life; wisdom, understanding, drugs, deceit
  • Knowledge for salvation

Our children are the very ones who will run our churches, marry and have children of their own to raise in the church.

The children come every Sunday, sit in these rooms, with eager minds and hearts, they want to know the truth. They drink it in faster than we can pour it out.

And we are too busy.

One parent, when asked to help teach the children said, “Spend time with the kids? No way!”

He (God) decreed statutes for Jacob (God’s people), And established the law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, Even the children yet to be born, And they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God, And would not forget His deeds, But would keep His commands.

Psalm 78:6-7

When no one teaches the children about God and His deeds and laws, then the children wander through life looking for the love they crave. They become lost. They become targets for those looking to use, abuse and destroy.

The children are the future. Will the future be one of life in God? Or will it be one of a living death?

It will be up to you.

The Word of God

The word of God is the heavy Bible that is sitting on my side table. Nestled inside a decorative cover, it sits just to my left on top of a pile of magazines I haven’t had a chance to read.

Yet, the word of God is so much more!

The Word of God is God himself.

            In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1-2  (NIV)

The Word of God is also inside me.

            The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart. Rom 10:8

We often refer to Jesus as the Living Word. He is in us.

Jesus said:

             I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:20

Therefore, God’s Word is living and active inside of my heart right this very minute. The Word speaks to me if I listen closely.

It has taken me many years to learn how to listen to God’s living Word that is inside my heart. There was a time in my life when I began to get serious about hearing from God. I gave away my T.V. and stopped my internet service. I spent my evenings reading scripture, praying and worshiping. Those times were very rich. Sometimes three hours sped by, feeling like five minutes. I slowly learned to hear the gentle voice of God.

I have never heard the audible voice of God, but I have friends who have. One friend tells the story of how he was sitting in his regular spot in his favorite bar, on the day of his daughter’s birthday. God literally spoke in his ear. “Is this how you intend to spend the rest of your life?” My friend turned around, looking behind him for the source of the voice. No one was there. He got up and walked out the door, leaving his sitting on the bar, half full. To this day he has never entered a bar again.

 This work of commitment and active listening is not easy. It is hard work. I had to make the decision every single day. I spent many hours that year sitting at God’s feet. I often took notes on what He was telling me. I read and reread the New Testament. I studied the Old Testament as well. I wanted to be sure that what I was hearing from God was truly Him, and not simply my own desires.

Once I learned to discern His prompting, I returned to a busy life of serving people at church and in my community. I do have a T.V. now, but I am careful to not let it devour my time or fill my mind with desires of the world. I stop often and spend time with God, listening.

How much time do you spend listening for God’s voice?

Politics?

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I do not like politics. I have never written about politics and probably never will again.

Last month, a man named Howard Schultz announced he might be running for president in 2020. A 60 Minutes interview profiled this intriguing man.

            I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system, we’re living at a most-fragile time not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics. (cbsnews.com)


Finally, someone speaking with common sense!

            I look at both parties– we see extremes on both sides, well, we are sitting, today, with approximately $21.5 trillion of debt, which is a reckless example, not only of Republicans, but of Democrats, as well, as a reckless failure of their constitutional responsibility.


Howard Schultz calls our national debt “reckless.” I believe our nation Can Not survive with this kind of debt—and going higher all the time. Imagine what will happen when the United States of America crumbles because the politicians refuse to address reality. What will our lives look like? I believe we must stop being greedy, self-centered individualists and start doing what is best for the nation. Sure, we all want free college tuition and free health care. Yet, it simply cannot be done without severely damaging our nation.

            Can an independent candidate win an election? Mr. Schultz says:

            What we know, factually, is that over 40 percent of the electorate is either a registered Independent or currently affiliates themselves as an Independent. Because the American people are exhausted. Their trust has been broken. And they are looking for a better choice.


I have recently become an independent because neither Democrats nor Republicans are using common sense. They spend their time on attack and revenge, not to mention power grabs and layers upon layers of lies.

I do know that issues regarding running the government are important and I do try to stay updated on what is going on. I take my responsibility to vote seriously. However, politics leaves a bitter taste in my mouth these days.

I have not decided for sure that I would vote for Howard Schultz, but I am watching very carefully what he does and what he says. We need someone like Howard Schultz.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/howard-schultz-starbucks-ceo-considering-independent-run-for-president-60-minutes/

https://www.howardschultz.com/

The following link is an inciteful opinion about the direction in which our two-party system (helped along by the media) is taking our country.

https://www.news-journal.com/opinion/will-howard-schultz-would-spoil-what-exactly/article_b1985c30-3cb1-11e9-8a97-239f63ad3e0e.html

What do you think about someone running as an independent?

How many people do you know who consider themselves an independent?

How Long Are We Here For?

On Tuesday I posted a blog about our purpose in life. Little did I know that within 24 hours of posting that blog two friends would pass away.

Tuesday evening a good friend went outside in the evening for a quick errand. When he did not return, his wife went looking for him. He was laying in the snow and was already gone.

Wednesday in the early morning hours, a lady (whom I know from church), rolled over in bed and discovered that her husband had died in his sleep.

Both of these deaths were completely unexpected!

We cannot know the day nor the hour that God calls us from this life into the next.

We can know our purpose here in this life. It is not to live as many days as we possibly can. It is not to accumulate as much stuff as we possibly can. It is to “love God and serve Him will all our might.”

One friend never attended church and one did. Church attendance does not indicate salvation. I do not know where either of these men were, in their relationship with God. However, their opportunity to make a decision for Christ is now past.

Friend, do not wait. You do not know at what hour God will call you from this life. Only a commitment to Christ can ensure your next life will be in Heaven, surrounded by the love of God.

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I have thought of this parable many times today: Luke Chapter 12 –

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

This very day reach out to Jesus.