To my son, Emmanuel on his birthday

28059339_1749536671776371_7579636256076358707_nToday marks the ninth trip around the sun for the little boy who carries the last name that I inherited from my father on to the next generation. I want to instill the following things in his life as he prepares to take on the world as a man some day soon.

I inherited some things from my own father that I would like to pass on to my only son. My dad was my hero as I was growing up. He did many things that I have come to appreciate greatly over the years. My dad had a kind heart. He never met a stranger and he would open his home to anyone. You could always count on some great advice over a hot meal or a cup of coffee. I watched my dad love on my friends and neighbors just as much as he loved on me. My dad was a man of few words, although, when he spoke, he imparted wisdom. He was an example in his actions more than he was in the words that he spoke. As I think back on my life at home with my dad, the Apostle Paul’s words ring in my ears. He wrote a letter to a church in the ancient city of Corinth. He dealt a lot with the subject of manhood. Continue reading

Boys, girls, flattery, and love oh my

563784_594851230530219_2124705527_nThe picture that you see to the left is a picture that I found on Facebook. I really like the message that is presented in the picture and decided to turn these teachings into an article with Biblical references, since all of these thoughts are actually Biblical teachings. We live in the age of pornography unfortunately, when boys and teens grow up viewing girls and women as objects of pleasure rather than equals, human beings who have great capacity and potential. I have written on the dangers of pornography and you can read it here. Most boys have viewed porn at least once by the time they are 11 years old. This marks them for the rest of their lives. That is why we need to reach out to teenage boys and young men, in order to teach them how to respect women as the equals that they are in the eyes of God. Continue reading

The portrait of a genuine Christian

Many people claim to be Christians in our world today. In fact, the stats say that there are around 2.2 billion professing Christians on planet earth at this very moment. Do you consider yourself a Christian? I would like to take a look at Saint Paul‘s epistle (letter) to the Christians in Philippi to see how the Word of God describes a genuine Christian. Continue reading

Practice what you Preach: Be a unifier and a peacemaker

Continuing our study of Ephesians and the idea of “practicing what you preach” we come to an interesting passage in chapter 4 of Ephesians. God, once again, wants to emphasize the importance of living out your faith on a daily basis. Many people have this idea that “faith” is something private, only influencing the religious part of your life yet totally left out of your secular life. If you know anything about the Word of God then you know that your relationship with God (your faith) is not just a part of life, it is a way of life. Continue reading

Celebrate Valentine’s Day correctly

As we are preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day here in the USA and all over the world I cannot help but wonder if people actually know what they are celebrating and why. Many times, traditions develop over time, as holidays or special celebrations become traditional. Those who celebrate usually forget the reason for the celebration, especially as time passes and new generations come on the scene, not necessarily directly connected to the celebrations and traditions. I feel that this is the case with Valentine’s Day, or the day of “lovers” as some have suggested. In this article I would like to give the history of  St. Valentine and the reason why we celebrate his day in many parts of the world as well as share how to celebrate “True Love” from a biblical perspective.

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Do you love people and seek to serve them?

theworld As I wrote yesterday, there are several men of faith from the O.T. who loved people and did all that they could to help people who were running as fast as they could toward destruction by being disobedient to God. I would like to continue the list that we began yesterday and see what other truths we can learn from God about how to love people and serve them.

Nehemiah is the next hero of faith that I would like to look at because he loved his country and countrymen even though he was enslaved in another country. Nehemiah gets word of what life is like in Jerusalem and he is saddened. God begins to work in Nehemiah’s heart about praying for his people and going back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and restore the city. Nehemiah goes to the Lord in prayer to intercede on behalf of his countrymen and ask the Lord what he should do. Let’s look at the prayer to God from Nehemiah.

I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. “We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are Continue reading

Do you care about people?

prayer1 I was preparing to teach a Bible study on prayer the other night and as I began to lay out the lesson plan I noticed a repeating pattern in the lives of the great men of faith in the Old Testament. They were men who cared deeply for the people around them and the people of the world. I would like to take a look at the lives of three men and the prayers that they prayed for their nation and the nations of the world.

Moses is the first person of faith that I would like to look at in the O.T. We see his prayer in the O.T. book of Exodus. Moses has been leading the people of Israel since delivering them from slavery in Egypt. Moses quickly found out that people are ungrateful and grumble and complain very easily. While following the Lord’s lead through the desert the people of Israel were disobedient to God over and over again. God had enough of their ungratefulness and was about to wipe them out. Moses began pleading with God on behalf of the people of Israel. Let’s see what happens as we read Moses’ prayer.

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