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17 Teen Resolutions from John Piper

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17 Teenage Resolutions in Honor of Mom and Dad John Piper in A Godward Life, p 273-275 1. Resolved: I will obey your instructions and do what I know you expect of me, even when it is not mentioned. I will not force you into repeated reminders, which I sometimes call nagging. 2. Resolved: I will not grumble or complain when I do my chores but remember what a great thing it is to have a family, a home,clothes, food, running water, electric lights, and central heating in aworld where millions of teenagers have none of these. 3. Resolved: When…

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Godly Manhood by Bruce Ware

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Bruce Ware on Godly Manhood. His outline includes: 1. Love – Love for God and love for my wife. 2. Leadership – Biblical manhood involves exercising leadership initiative. 3. Example – Lead by your example. 4. Authority – God has given special authority to fathers and husbands.. 5. Acceptance – Of my wife. 6. Listening – Just listen to my wife. 7. Understanding – Understand my wife. 8. Work – A man’s main sense of identity, responsibility, and purpose is found in his work. 9. Sexuality – We are each other’s only legitimate expression of human sexuality. Treasure it. 10….

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One Father’s Family Devotion Routine

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One father’s family devotion routines. Good to hear what one father is doing. Some specific suggestions include: 1. Have a Routine. 2. Have Intentional Evenings. 3. Take time to play. 4. Have a Bible Time. 5. Have a Question and Answer Time. 6. Have Family Prayer. We did similar things when our kids were younger. It is difficult to keep these going. Would love to check in on him in a few years. But, these are good reminders of some categories that are to be included with our kids.

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Deception 1 – God is Not Mocked

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Don’t be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Galatians 6:7-8 The New Testament lists at least six ways that Christian can be deceived. To be deceived is to cause to think of something that is true that is indeed untrue. One of the six NT deceptions is that we will not reap what we sow;  that continued sin will have no consequences. This is a common…

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Worldliness Quote from Ray Steadman

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Ray Steadman has an old sermon with an unfootnoted quote that I liked. To sum up, the Christian’s vocation is to be in the world, but not of it; to represent Christ in it and to intercede on its behalf because it is under judgment (this is the Christian’s priesthood), to identify himself with its sufferings but not with its attitudes, to bring his influence to bear upon the world’s life without being corrupted by the world’s ways; to stand on the frontier, holding forth the Word of Life, and so to love and obey that Word that he has been…

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Why Living Together is Bad – Negative Effects of Cohabitation Part 2

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In an earlier post, I had urged inoculating our children to the temptation to think that God’s standards are not for our best. Specifically, I had pointed out how cohabitating increases the chance a couple will break up. A recent NY Times article highlights research that found just that. They showed how prevalent this thinking is: “From the perspective of many young adults, marrying without living together first seems quite foolish,” said Prof. Pamela J. Smock, a research professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “Just because some academic studies have shown that living together may increase…

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Religion Among the Millennials

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A Statistical Survey by the Pew Foundation. From the introduction to the report: By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans. Fewer young adults belong to any particular faith than older people do today. They also are less likely to be affiliated than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations were when they were young. Fully one-in-four members of the Millennial generation – so called because they were born after 1980 and began to come of age around the year 2000 – are unaffiliated with any particular faith. Indeed, Millennials are significantly more unaffiliated than…

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A Father’s Intercession

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When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”  So Jesus went with him. Mark 5:21-24 This week we read of Abraham’s intercession for the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is our example of pleading with God for…

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