"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money" (Matthew 6:24).
Funny thing, this morning I received a mailing from Focus on the Family. Enclosed was a small flyer entitled "State of the Family 2010." Four key issues infecting our families were listed:
I hate sin. In my life. In others' lives. In our culture. In our world. This is who God graciously makes us in Christ - haters of sin and lovers of God. So, it has been with great sadness that I have followed the now over-exposed exploits of Tiger Woods. While the media circles like sharks around a bloody piece of bait, his adoring fans remain shocked and deeply disappointed. He was, and is, the world's greatest golfer, an icon to millions of kids. His downfall is not something to rejoice over or even to gawk at like the news agencies so want you to do.
"Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while" (Mark 6:31).
Due to the ridiculous statements being made in the aftermath of the Super Bowl, I am compelled to leave our present discussion on the American idols of busyness and lifestyle to say a few things about "The Savior of New Orleans."
For the next few posts, I want to begin challenging readers to think very seriously about the obstacles that might stand in the way of growing more cross-centered in their homes (marriage, parenting, sibling relations, etc.). After all, it should come as no surprise that if a follower of Christ makes a commitment, by God's grace, to pursue holiness and Christ-likeness in one or more areas of life, battles will ensue.
I remember well how Holy Spirit God brought conviction into my heart concerning my lack of zeal for teaching the Word to my daughters. In the Fall of 2008, I heard Dr. Albert Mohler (www.albertmohler.com) preach a sermon at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The title of that sermon, if memory serves me, was "How Not to Raise a Pagan." The text was Deuteronomy 6:1-9, which includes the well-known, but not well-practiced shema.
For many evangelical Christians in the western world, this Sunday is "Sanctity of Human Life" Day. It is mind-boggling and stomach-churning to consider the tens of millions of unborn babies we have wholesale slaughtered in this nation over the past four decades. If anyone is still wondering where the Darwinian / Naturalist worldview leads, he or she needs look no further than the massive infanticide industry led by Planned Parenthood.