Lessons from the Lawn IV: Father Forgive Them…

Spring has arrived along with the beginning of lawn care. The fertilizer has been applied, and the grass was coming back, plush, think and green. I had cut the grass once for the season and it was time for a second cut, but my schedule did not accommodate me cutting in a timely fashion. lawn_forgivenessI left early one Saturday morning for an event, arriving late at night.

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Thoughts About Love

As I consider Valentine’s day and contemplate love, I began asking the question, what is love? The obvious place to go is to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, the love chapter. Verses 4-8a tell us what love is….

Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs.
Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

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Why Churches Need to Stop Family Ministry

It is a topic that is generating much interest these days. First the church realized that ministry to children was important, yet often neglected in the church. Children’s ministry became mainstream, not just a forgotten part of youth ministry.

Then someone read Deuteronomy 6 and realized that it was not the church’s place to be the primary influence in a child’s spiritual walk, it was the parents. Now the church sees parents as ill-equipped to teach their children and seek family ministry to help them. So has the church once again forgotten the importance of reaching children and are reaching mainly adults again?

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Is There a War on Christmas?

I saw a post on Facebook about a mother and daughter who got into a physical altercation because of a Christmas present. The comments that followed led me to write these comments.


What I’m about to say will may be surprising, and I’m sure it will offend some people. Here it goes…..

There is only a war on Christmas because Christians are not able to admit that the atheists are right.

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When Object Lessons Become Idols

I always use objects when available to help explain a spiritual truth. I believe that if I can use a common, every day, item to help remind children, and adults, about God, then they will begin to see God in their lives all around them. The object is just that, an object, a tool to be used to draw people to God. Jesus used objects, earthly things, to teach spiritual lessons. We call those parables and I love to use parables (object lessons).

This time of year, Christmas, there are symbols and objects all around us that can be used to draw us close to Jesus. Object lessons abound from the candy cane, to candles/lights, trees, cookies, and the list goes on and on. But what happens when these objects become idols?

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