If, I’m honest, the last thing I wanted was a label for my child. I felt my mind scream...'He is not a label! This is NOT what is going to define him!' He is my sweet, sensitive, empathetic, understanding, loving little boy who happens to struggle with fear. I was angry. I didn’t want to tell people for fear that is all they would see.
Perhaps if we can apply biblical wisdom to the use of smartphones, internet, and tablets, we can discover ways to redeem this technology and bless our families. My family has been experimenting with this since the beginning of the year, exploring various apps that could actually encourage our family worship and personal devotions. So here's a list of 10 Apps that Encourage Family Worship (when used with accountability, wisdom, and in moderation):
As you celebrate Holy Week as a family and lead one another in family devotions, enjoying the Scriptures and the story of Jesus' death and resurrection, we have prepared this downloadable and printable pdf graphic of the HOLY WEEK TIMELINE. Each day offers a summary of the events of the day with a Scripture passage that will help you pass this story down to your children.
We live in a very religious culture. Within five miles of where I am writing this blog post there are countless churches and other religious buildings and institutions.
This is not new.
We live (and always have) in a world with many gods (little g) that people believe in. Even in my neighborhood (and probably yours) there are those religious institutions, like the Mormons and Jehovah's Witness' that will come to the door and share their own version of religion.
Our actions in life are do not come out of nowhere. A lot of us think this is so. We fly off the handle and say, "I'm sorry, I'm not sure what that was..." But the Bible teaches us that our actions are connected to our heart (bible ref), especially revelaed in unexpected situations. My family, as of three weeks ago, moved into a new home. We are very excited about it but this "new" home was actually built in 1971. So we've had our run of issues.
Last week we had a repairman come out to replace some rotted wood in our kitchen. We paid him after the job looked done without inspecting his work very closely (lesson learned there).
Sometimes I think I understand God. I think that I understand his ways and his plans. I've grown up in the church, made my faith my own in college and have been diligently following God for at least two decades now. I must have it down (I can hear my family snickering). Truth is, we will never come to a place where we grasp the fullness of who God is or what he is doing.
The Bible isn't sufficient. I can hear what you're thinking....HERESY! AWAY WITH THIS 'GOSPEL FAMILY' NONSENSE!! :) But wait...let me explain. In Acts 1o God orchestrated a series of events that led Peter to Cornelius' house (a devout, God fearing man). God was demonstrating that the Gospel has no barriers marked by ethnicity or nationality (Jew or Gentile). "What God has made clean, do not call common." (verse 15)
2017 is here. And with every new year we are presented with two opportunities:
an opportunity to look back
an opportunity to look forward
As you look back, I hope you are filled with gratitude for what God has done. As you look forward, I pray that you are filled with hope with what God might do. As we dive back into the book of Acts I am struck by Paul's conversion. He was breathing "threats and murder" against the disciples and then God interrupted and changed his life.