Category Archives: General

What’s With the Numbers?

No doubt you’ve noticed the progression of numbers at the bottom of the last ten articles. I began with 3 numbers, 1, 2, and 8. The purpose was a visual demonstration of the reason why our country is now pagan.

The first number is 1 to the exponent x, second number is 2 to the exponent x, and last is 8 to the exponent of x, where x represents each passing generation. Each week the exponent was incremented by one indicating another generation passed.

Typically, we think of a generation as twenty years and so ten generations (exponent 10) would equal 200 years.

Now notice that the believer who reached and discipled just one other believer in his lifetime results in one believer actively sharing his faith in the tenth generation. The believer who reaches two others, with each having the same goal of reaching (and passing on) two more in their lifetime results in 1024 actively sharing their faith in the tenth generation.

However, the believer with a lifetime goal of reaching 8 others who would pass on the lifetime goal of reaching 8 more, in the tenth generation there would be 1,073,741,824 believers actively sharing their faith. That would have been more than the United States population of 350 million. In the next generation, the entire world would have been reached! Can we now see why the Christian faith has been imploding rather than exploding?

If God gave us another 200 years before Jesus’ return and we purposed to share our faith, can we see how things might be different?

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Note: My “2” column was one generation lagging beginning in the fifth generation and I corrected it in the tenth.

Steve

He’s a Hero to Me

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). A man recently wrote asking for help for his wife. Seriously, I was so touched by his love for his wife that I almost wept. He understood his place before the Lord to love and protect his wife by helping her or seeking help. What a guy!

Contrast this man to the guy who told his wife he was tired of her and wasn’t sure he was going to stay married to her.

How serious are we about our wife’s joy, peace, and success? How committed are we to seeing her successful in all she sets her hand to? How deeply will we love her?

Steve

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Guilty of Not Asking?

The Author of the universe is willing to give us wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:5-6).

Who is to blame if we don’t ask?

Steve

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Living in a Barn

Living in a barn doesn’t make you a horse any more than living under one roof makes you a family. Being a like-hearted family is no accident, but it takes conscious, courageous effort. Saying “No” to things inconsistent with the heart direction God is leading your family takes strength and commitment. That is important, but far more important is saying “Yes, yes, yes” to what will draw your family together. Be prepared because that takes vision and determination. Be in the Word. Listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Follow Him obediently. “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).

Steve

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Good Enough?

Affirming, loving, encouraging, praising, prodding, pleading in our efforts to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:10-11).

Steve

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Shortbread

Have you shared shortbread with anyone lately? Teri loves the shortbread our daughter-in-law Anna Marie makes. As I climbed into the van one day to leave for Kansas City errands, I noticed a small bag of shortbread pieces that Anna Marie had placed there for Teri to enjoy while we were out shopping.

Teri felt loved by that token of kindness, but I, too, was blessed in seeing Anna Marie’s thoughtfulness. It took Anna Marie time and effort to prepare and deliver the shortbread, but she will reap blessings many times that investment in Teri’s feeling loved. Each of us has the opportunity to bless and encourage others by small acts of love and kindness. Those acts bless more than just the recipient.

We men can very easily be “blind” to performing acts of kindness, but if we make just a little effort to plant “kindness” seeds, we will reap a bountiful harvest. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). May we especially bless and cherish those whom God has given us.

Steve

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Do You Have Spiritually Unmotivated Children?

When the disciples returned after Jesus had sent them out two by two they were rejoicing. Why? They saw the power of God at work. It would have been very exciting indeed. “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Luke 10:17).

When your children look at your family do they have reason to rejoice? If not, why not? Is it because they don’t see the power of the Lord Jesus at work? Might Jesus say to us what He said to the Sadducees – “. . . Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29)?

To see God at work in lives is very exciting and motivating. As family members see God at work in lives, it encourages them in their faith. Notice how in His rebuke, Jesus first referred to the Sadducees’ knowledge of Scripture. What place does the Bible have in our homes and lives? Are we feeding on it ourselves and feeding our family the Word of God daily? I am shocked and grieved over how few families are in the Word daily, individually, and then again as a family.

Everyone loves to be part of a successful endeavor where exciting things are happening. We aren’t perfect now nor ever will be, but I love the direction my family is heading. It gets me excited and energized because I see the power of God at work and motivating my family.

Steve

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Who’s Training Who?

The best place to train children is the best place to train parents – the home. The same skills a dad needs to lead his family are what make him valuable in the workplace, either as an employer or employee. As we strive to grow and are vulnerable before our family, we set the example and atmosphere for our children.

Since none of us has “arrived,” the question is: How much effort are we putting into improving in the following areas?

  • being a servant leader
  • being diligent in every area
  • caring deeply for those who follow us
  • focusing on the important more than the urgent
  • aiming for integrity
  • deepening our skills
  • committing to the Lord Jesus no matter what
  • striving to excel in our communication skills
  • seeking to be winsome, kind, gentle, and loving

There is so much room to grow and so little time. We must surrender to Jesus Christ in all areas. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

Steve

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Never Give Up!

Have you ever bought anything in response to unsolicited e-mail? I sure haven’t, but someone must have, or they wouldn’t continue sending it. Isn’t it amazing how relentlessly persistent they are? They don’t give up.

When it comes to raising children who will love and serve the Lord Jesus, do we keep at it – no matter what – or do we give up? Unlike many online sales campaigns, raising our children in the Lord is a worthwhile endeavor, but how engaged are we? Are we as persistent as those who send out unsolicited e-mails? Do we give it our all? “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

Steve

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Heart Check

What is the number one desire of your heart? Oh that for each of us it would be, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10).

Steve

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