Worldview 31 results
  • Thought for the Lord’s Day: Circumstances & Worship

    Worship can be too tightly connected to your perception of your circumstances. If this is true your worship will be uneven and skewed by how you view your life experiences. For worship to be genuine it must be connected to the character of God and not to your circumstances: God’s love and care for you are constant. Your circumstances are not. God’s character and wonder never changes. Everything about you is in constant flux. God is always faithful in his relationship with you. Your ...
  • Super Bowl ads – $150,000 per second

    The Super Bowl is important to you as a Christian parent. The game tells you a great deal about the world your children inhabit. Advertiser’s will pay $150,000 a second or 4.5 million dollars for a 30 second commercial! And this is just for the air time. Millions more go into the production of the ad and market research. That is a lot of money to encourage you to buy a potato chip. The companies who sponsor these commercials spend a considerable amount of money and resources to attempt to ...
  • Cancer: not a random thing

    Just to bring you up to speed if you have not heard, I have been diagnosed some form of cancer that is residing in lower portion of the tongue. Diagnosis of the particular type of cancer has been inconclusive to this point. I have a biopsy of the lower left tongue on Thursday, January 29th. That should make things clearer. The doctors at this point think the cancer is treatable. But all of that is in God’s hands. There is some discomfort to date, some soreness and some difficulty swallowing...
  • Do your kids know this truth?

    It is important to educate and train your children. The question, of course, is what do you teach them and when. Here is one truth that is seldom taught because it something that people don’t like to talk about, especially with children: We live and die at God’s pleasure. It is good and necessary to teach children skills that will last a lifetime. It is also good to teach children that life is unpredictable for humans. As the Psalmist says our days are like grass and wildflowers. There is ...
  • Worry or Wait

    What is the opposite of worry? Simply answering not to worry is empty. People tend to worry about what is uncertain. But being certain about what will come is also not helpful. Because once we figure out what will happen then we worry about that. The opposite of worry is waiting. If you learn anything in the Bible it is that tomorrow is uncertain. No one knows what tomorrow will bring in terms of events and circumstances. But what God’s people do know is that God will be faithful to do what ...
  • Why is God Good?

    You often say that God is good. You often hear that he is good. For these statements to have meaning, especially for your children, you must know why he is good. It is a dangerous thought to believe God is good based upon your interpretation of the circumstances of your life. God is good because he is good, regardless of what you or I or any other person may think. God was good before the world began. He will be good after this world is gone. His goodness is determined by his own character ...
  • Happy Insanity!

    There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Every January 1st, most of the world celebrates insanity. Times Square is filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Tens of millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People are excited about ...
  • Happy Holidays – Why?

    Happy Holidays is the sensitive, politically correct, caring greeting to offer from Thanksgiving Day until Happy Holiday Day. After Happy Holliday Day then it is fine form to actually say Happy New Year. No one seems to be offended at the prospect of celebrating parties, drunkenness and the fleeting hope that next year will be better than this year. Of course saying Happy Thanksgiving is becoming problematic because someone might think you are thankful to the God of the Bible. Thus, to avoid ...
  • December 8th, the day after.

    Seventy three years ago yesterday God changed everything, everywhere. The day after is not remembered with the same clarity as the day it all happened. December 7th, September 11th are dates burned into our minds and hearts. December 8th and September 12th, not so much. On these days after reality set in. Lives were altered all over the planet. Life was now different, it would never be the same. However, the most important day after, from a human perspective, is the day after the birth of ...
  • Caesar and Christmas

    Roman emperors ruled with unquestioned authority. Their word was enough to upend the lives of people all around the ancient Mediterranean world. Like most leaders in history, Caesar Augustus gave no thought that his orders would serve the purposes of the living God. Caesar wanted to record the vastness of his empire. So he decreed a census be taken. He had no clue his orders would bring about the fulfillment of biblical prophecy; that his decree would serve the eternal decree of the true ...