For Our Families and Children
- 2016May 06
Our gracious heavenly Father, we love You and praise You! You alone Are worthy of all glory and honor, forever! May our words be a sweet sound in Your ear, as we lift before You our families and children. Father, every year we come before You, believing the culture MUST have finally hit rock bottom...and then…another outrage, a new low. It’s gotten to the point where 1 in every 3 millennials don’t even WANT to raise children in this world! Lord God, I feel the first thing we need to do is confess our sin. We confess that we have set our own sliding scale as a standard for righteousness. We’ve expected lives of comfort and happiness, rather than hearts that are contrite and holy. Forgive us Lord! May we be humble, as we bow before You, begging for Your protection and healing for our families. May it begin with marriages that are built upon the platform of self-sacrificing love; a lifelong commitment, established through an unbreakable covenant between a man, a woman, and Jesus Christ! May our families grow, through natural childbirth, foster care, and adoption; Lord, You’ve knitted my family together like a patchwork quilt! Yet, regardless of how it was constructed, it keeps all of us warm! Inspire Your church to embrace single parents and orphans; remind us of Your mighty heart for Biblical justice! Help us speak with an unwavering voice for the unborn…and then, follow our words with action! And Lord…make us moms and dads with the guts to be their parents, and not their friends! May we set examples our kids can’t miss in our homes: eyes that won’t look upon worldly filth in the culture! Lips that praise, and not curse; words that uplift and not tear down. May our children see us reading Your Word, and praying for Your will. Help us exhibit a genuine caring for others that doesn’t end as we walk out the church door every Sunday. And an obvious love for our spouse that will make our kids feel safe and secure, and want what WE have in their own homes someday! Father, I pray today for a family revival! And may it begin at MY home address! May each of us say, as we choose this day, just whom we will serve: “As for me and MY house…we will serve the Lord!” In the Name of Jesus…Amen!
- 2016Feb 22
What a tangled, mixed-up time we’re experiencing in America. Filmmakers expose the horrors of people selling the body parts of aborted babies for massive profit. The alleged villains are exonerated, and the heroes are arrested! Our teens and young adults think “not recycling” is worse than “viewing pornography.”* Millennials, many of whom have never known or acknowledged the unmistakable benefits of capitalism, protest the overreach of the government, and mock our leaders—even as many of them support presidential candidates that would make government control is nearly absolute! And the endless obsession with the election! Franklin Graham recently posted on Facebook, “While the United States is focused on its own politics, the world is unraveling. The danger signals are everywhere. Beheadings, rapes, murders, bombings are taking place every day across North Africa through the Middle East, all the way to the borders of India.”** North Korea has successfully fired a long range missile that could carry a warhead to America, and Iran has been newly-empowered with the funds IT needs to develop nukes of its own. All this, as we worry about transgender locker rooms and Kanye’s spat with Taylor.
Christian, I beg of you—don’t allow this horrific culture to distract you. Don’t allow the headlines to discourage you. Keep at the work of the great commission, and the great commandment, and lift your eyes, because our redemption is indeed near. And never, ever, EVER give up hope!
- 2015Aug 17
I’m offended! Hey…in today’s culture, that should grab EVERYONE’s attention! There should be a legion of corporate executives with somber faces, ready to apologize for whatever offense may have rankled my sensitive sensibilities!
So WHY am I so put off? Well...you may have seen that recruitment video for a University of Alabama sorority? The one where dozens of beautiful young women frolic before the camera in various outfits? It’s been the fascination of NBC’s Today Show for nearly a week now, and we’ve heard the outrage from feminists, the diversity police, and others who were OFFEN-N-NDED by the video. The university was pressured to take it down, though the production still plays as “B-Roll” every few minutes on “Today.” You know why I’M offended by this spectacle?
Because I’m simply tired of people being “offended” by everything. And, I’m wondering who gets to choose what “offends” all of “us” in the first place.
For example: Katie Yoder, a staff writer for the Media Research Center, online at NewsBusters.org, reported August 13th that—out of 243 hours and 30 minutes of network news shows—the so-called “Big 3” have only covered the Planned Parenthood scandal for 23 minutes and 32 seconds. 23 minutes, out of 243+ HOURS of news coverage! Digging deeper, the MRC found that the networks played the controversial videos in question for a grand total of 1 minute and 13 seconds of those 23 minutes, and that none of the graphic images were displayed. ABC News hasn’t played a single SECOND of the undercover videos. Maybe if “Caitlyn” Jenner made a cameo appearance in them, we might see more from David Muir.
The Rising Generation is already tuning away from network television at a record pace. How about you?