Parents who send their children to public schools, which are state schools, are failing in a number of ways when it comes to obedience to God’s Word. The current reality in the United States, and the West in general, is that the only way the name of Jesus Christ is acceptably uttered in public schools is when someone curses, belittles, or denies Him. When Christian valedictorians who have achieved success in public schools are denied the chance to express gratitude to the Lord for their accomplishments in their speeches, it should tell you something. Thus, those who profess belief in Christ, and who continue to turn their children over to the state to be educated have no ground to complain or oppose the condition of the society that they have helped to maintain. Instead of being a part of the solution, they are very much a part of the problem. Continue reading
A wise man taught me that God is not impressed with the length or eloquence of our prayers. He maintained that short, one-sentence prayers spread throughout our day were more valuable in relating to God. He pointed out that the closest relationships in life are not marked by paragraphs of communication, but rather pertinent, brief dialogues.
I’ve embraced this concept and find that my days are often filled with running, audible dialogue with God (often when I’m by myself). With the advent of Bluetooth technology, most observers probably think I’m talking to another human being when they see me talking while driving solo. I’ve discovered that there are so very many things to talk to God about. Continue reading
I conduct classes in Biblical law for women. Over the course of almost two decades, I have moderated discussions on the specifics of the Ten Commandments, the case laws of the Old Testament, and their applicability for today. It is not that men would not or could not benefit from these classes. It is just that when women get together and really talk, the conversations often go to areas that a) might not interest men b) might seem trivial to men and c) might embarrass men.
Women, being much more personal in their orientation to things, like to really understand how a certain principle or mandate of Scripture applies to the various areas of their lives, right down to the nitty gritty. I am not saying men do not have this need or that they do not engage in such conversations among themselves, but my experience tells me that the conversations would be much less valuable in a mixed group of women and men. Continue reading
Education is often confused with schooling. They are not the same things. Too many people go through twelve-plus years of schooling and fail to be useful to those in their family, social circles, or jobs. Schooling often develops a mindset of compulsion and requirements, rather than a quest for knowledge. For many, education stops at graduation, if not before. To be truly useful to the Kingdom of God, we must never stop focusing on education—being a student of God’s Word, and how it applies to every aspect of our lives. This should be the focus of all education, and if it becomes tedious and irrelevant, it is time to change course. Continue reading
On my way to the Farmers Market today, I was happily listening and singing along with Judy Roger’s CD Never Be Shaken, a collection of Psalms put to music. The title song is taken from Psalm 112 and the lyrics include a list of those who will never be shaken. It goes,
Who may dwell, Lord, in Your sanctuary?
Who may live, Lord, on Your holy hill?
The vile man He will abhor, honors those who fear the Lord.
He who keeps the Word even when it hurts….
He, oh Lord, may dwell with Thee.
Little did I know I would have a chance to live that out within the hour. Continue reading