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The Battle for Pleasure

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Let’s not fight our children’s desire for pleasure but rather direct them to the better pleasures. “Sin can exert a powerful vice-grip on the human heart, one that mere shouts of denunciation and threats of divine wrath fail to dislodge. The promise and allure of sensual gratification must be countered by the promise and allure of a gratification in God that is sweeter, more sublime, more beautiful, more exquisite, more excellent, more solid, more substantive, and more satisfying. One can only wonder at the impact of the church on this younger generation (and the older one as well) if such…

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J. C. Ryle on the Duties of Christian Parents

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Train with this thought continually before your eyes- that the soul of your child is the first thing to be considered. Precious, no doubt, are these little ones in your eyes; but if you love them, think often of their souls. No interest should weigh with you so much as their eternal interests. No part of them should be so dear to you as that part which will never die. The world, with all its glory, shall pass away; the hills shall melt; the heavens shall be wrapped together as a scroll; the sun shall cease to shine. But the…

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J.C. Ryle on the Sinfulness of Our Children

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years No Comments

Do we really believe and understand the paradox of our children. They are made in the image of God. And they are dreadfully sinful. J.C. Ryle states it this way: The fairest child, who has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family, is not, as his mother perhaps fondly calls him, a little “angel” or a little “innocent,” but a little “sinner.” Alas! As that infant boy or girl lies smiling and crowing in its cradle, that little creature carries in its heart the seeds of every kind of wickedness! Only watch it carefully, as it…

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Are We Raising Good Kids or Great Kids?

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We and our children are assaulted by the self-absorption of American culture. We are insulated and isolated from the needs of this world and the kingdom. This message will challenge you and your children to think about the needs of the world. I believe one of the ways to fight the worldliness of our kids is to “ruin” them by thinking about the needs of the world. David Platt: SBC Pastors Conference 2009 from Todd Thomas on Vimeo.

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Wayne Grudem’s Lectures Online

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Wayne Grudem has gone through his systematic theology book in his Sunday School class in Scottsdale, Arizona. These excellent lectures would be helpful for my apologetics class or to redeem your commute. This is also a good time to recommend any of his three works for purchase. They are viewable at The Apollos Project bookstore. Enjoy.

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Memorizing Long Sections of Scripture

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Memorizing Scripture is an excellent means of grace to our souls. We can memorize individual verses for specific times. And we can memorize long passages of Scripture to meditate on the flow of the thought of the speaker or writer. But how to memorize long sections of Scripture? One of the most helpful treatments I have found on this subject is a pamphlet by Dr. Andrew Davis.  His suggested method boils down to this: 1. Recite  yesterday’s verse 10 times. Make sure to recite the reference. 2. Recite all of the Scripture that you have memorized including yesterday’s verse. 3….

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King David’s Palace Discovered

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Liberal scholars doubt the truthfulness of the biblical record. But over time, the archeological discoveries only prove the truthfulness of the Bible. They never disprove it. Today we have word that King David’s palace is believed to be discovered, much to the surprise of those who see the OT stories as mere fiction. If I have to choose between trusting in the Bible or trusting in the doubters, I’ll place my bet with the Bible any day. HT: BTW

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Complementarian Thoughts for My Daughter

By Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Sexuality No Comments

With the current misunderstanding of Biblical masculinity and femininity, and with one daughter headed off from home, I have penned the following summary overview for what I believe Scripture teaches. It is not complete but touches on points I want her to understand. – 1. You are made in God’s image and extremely valuable to him (Gen 1:26-27). 2. Both men and women are on equal footing when it comes to salvation and access to the Father (Galatians 3:28). Both men and women are equally beloved by Jesus. Both men and women are equal recipients of the Holy Spirit. 3….

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