Archive from May, 2014
May 29, 2014 - Family Matters    2 Comments

ITS NON-NEGOTIABLE

This post week’s post I pray will give some insight to everyone, especially to those of us who have children. When it comes to training up a child, there are some things that have to be nonnegotiable. I’ve been learning this the hard way, and I guess am still learning. It’s often difficult for me to tell my children, No. Moms and dads love to please their children and you grandparents can take this to another level! August the eighteenth is my oldest daughter’s birthday and she’ll be ten years old. Emma Grace is daddy’s bundle of joy; God bless her soul. And as her father, I have to instill certain principles into her life preparing her to become a successful young lady. I want Emma Grace and her sister, Ella, to possess the godly character that Jesus has entrusted me to develop in them.

Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

imageThis is one of my favorites Bible verses and I’ll tell you why. I often joke with with parents who come to me for counseling regarding their children that training up a child in the way that they should go is like the Campbell Soup commercial, It’s in there! When we start our children off the right way by teaching them Godly principles. The Bible says that even though they may depart from it, they can return to their teaching because like Campbell Soup, It’s in there. In other words, they have a well in which to draw from and don’t you want to make sure your child’s well is full with the Word of God?

Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

This is another one of my favorite verses but it can be a little touchy for most parents until I walk them through the meaning and purpose of this scripture. I liken the “rod of correction” to those teachable moments we need to take when we find our children being disobedient or getting off track. A parent needs to take the time to teach, instruct and develop the core values between right and wrong. Children need to know that there are consequences for inappropriate behavior. The “do as I say not as I do” approach doesn’t work. Our children catch far more from us than what we teach them. When parents don’t model the behavior they desire from their children and refuse to exact consequences when needed, they become a living contradiction in their child’s eyes. There have been times that I have given my daughters a tap on their hands or bottoms, and trust me the few times that the consequences required this discipline, me being upset with them impacted them more then the tap they received.

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May 21, 2014 - Hearing From God    2 Comments

THE POWER OF THE CROWD

Last week’s post Life And Death Is In The Tongue got me thinking about the influence and power of a crowd. I know some things about crowds from my career as a police officer. I remember being assigned to various events where there would be large crowds of people and my task was to ensure the citizen’s safety through crowd control tactics. I quickly learned how one disgruntled person could influence a crowd’s behavior.

To examine just how influential a crowd can be, let’s take a close look at a silversmith named Demetrius in the Book of Acts 19:23-29 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way (Christianity). A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.

As I studied out theses scriptures, I started to noticed that there was a sequence of thinking that Demetrius had, that is common to all humans regarding how we’re influenced, our selfishness. Demetrius, the silversmith, determined that Paul’ s teaching about Christ was a potential threat to him personally and would impact his way of life by reducing his income and the income of his fellow tradesmen. But for Demetrius to drive his point home, he had to take his conclusion to the local silversmiths. Once he gathered them all together, he was able to use what they had in common, their craft and the power of a crowd, to influence their thinking. Their craft was in high demand by the people of Ephesus and made Demetrius a rich man. Paul posed a financial threat to their trade and their livelihood. Demetrius made it clear that unless they intervened, Paul’s message would not only take away their craft but ultimately destroy their culture. The crowd was furious and become riotous at hearing their goddess Artemis would be discredited and robbed of her Divine majesty. This set the crowd in an uproar and because Paul was not present they sized his companions.

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May 13, 2014 - Hearing From God    2 Comments

CLEAR THE NOISE – YOU MIGHT HEAR GOD CALLING?

It is my pleasure to welcome my dear friend, D Robinson, as this week’s guest writer for Wade in the Word. He is truly a friend in the faith and has shared much wisdom with me over the years. I so enjoyed reading his post and I know you will too! *******************************************************

Job 33:14 For God does speak–now one way, now another– though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.

In the vein of “Wade in The Word’s” recent posts about missing the message and missing the moment, I would add the experience of choosing others’ messages over God’s. More specifically, I’ve had an embarrassing number of times in which I’ve been prime to hear God,

imagebut simply chose some entertainment or other message. I’ve had times when I woke up in the early a.m. “for no reason” and could not get back to sleep, and rather than consider that God wants to speak to me, I turned on the tv, even watched an infomercial instead. God used such times to warn me of things, but I chose the tv or put on some Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, or even some contemporary Christian music, which still isn’t the silence God wanted. Other times, God was ready to speak in the still of the quiet night, but I put in my password and sought others’ words in e-mails and texts. I’ve even looked for others’ faces on Facebook over His Face and conversation.

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