Sunday, December 30, 2012

God Will Guide You With His Light


Does the future scare you? You don’t need to be afraid if you will simply follow what God tells you to do. He will reveal His will to you a little bit at a time—like a scroll being unrolled. As you obey what He has shown you, He will give you more revelation.

When God led Israel through the wilderness, Scripture tells us, “The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go” (Nehemiah 9:19). Although God does not lead us in exactly the same way today, He still guides us by illuminating our paths.

Walk in the light you have. He may be shining just enough light on your path to take one step. As you take that step, He will give light for another step, and so on. When you are driving at night, you do not see the entire highway lit up all at once. You can only see how far your car’s headlights will shine down the road. But as your car moves forward, the light keeps shining ahead of you. Eventually you will reach your destination by following the light.

In the same way, as you walk in faith by what God has revealed, He will continue to give you light so you can travel on the right path. God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go.” (Psalms 32:8). (Peter Lord & Kent Crockett, 10 Secrets to Life’s Biggest Challenges, Bloomington, MN: Chosen Books, 2012, p.38).

May the Lord bless you as He leads you in His will in 2013!

Coming in April 2013: Slaying Your Giants by Kent Crockett (Hendrickson Publishers)
Coming in August 2013: The Sure Cure for Worry by Kent Crockett (Chosen Books)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Should Parents Tell Their Kids About Santa?

When I was a kid rumors were swirling around the school that Santa Claus didn't exist. After I got home, I asked my mom, "Is Santa real?" My mom smiled and admitted, "No, he's not."

I thought it over and asked, "Is the Easter bunny real?" "No, he's not real either," she confessed. Finally I asked, "Is God real?" Immediately she tried to assure me, "Oh yes, God is real!" I couldn't help but wonder if she was telling me the truth this time, since she had already admitted to lying about the other two.

Christian parents are faced with the same dilemma today. What should you tell your small children (who are too little to separate fact from fiction) about Santa? You have three options:

Option #1: You can lie and tell them Santa's real. But later when they are older, you'll have to admit that you lied to them. They might even start questioning God's existence, like I did.

Option #2: You can tell them up front that Santa's not real. The downside is you're taking away much of the fun experience at Christmas. Think about it, you don't need to grow them up that quickly. You withhold a lot of information from children about other issues until they are old enough to process it. Here's a better idea:

Option #3: You can tell them that Santa's a game that you play. This is what we told our young children when they started talking about Santa. "Santa and giving each other gifts is a game that we play." They never really thought to ask what the game was about. When they got older and asked about the reality of Santa, we told them, "It was all pretend and you figured out the game!" We never lied to them and we all enjoyed the fun of Christmas.

Remember, small children think like small children, and there's nothing wrong with that. As they grow and mature, they are able to grasp the truth. The apostle Paul explained this when he said, "When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11).  So then, have a fun Christmas and remember to teach them that Jesus is real.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What Was the Bethlehem Star?


We all know the Christmas story about the wise men from the east following the star to Bethlehem. "And lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was . . . and they came into the house and saw the Child" (Matt. 2:,9,11).  Was this really a literal star that they followed? Let's think about that.

How could a literal star go before them and stop over a house?  Don't you think the heat from a star would have burned up the house, not to mention the rest of the planet?  Some people think the star was millions of miles away and it just looked like it was over the house from the wise men's vantage point. However, if the wise men had walked around to the back door instead of the front door, the star would have been behind them and not over the house. So what was this star?

Many Bible scholars believe it was a supernatural phenomenon--that God created what looked like a star to lead them to the Messiah. He did something similar to this in the Old Testament when He led the children of Israel through the wilderness by cloud and by fire. "The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night" (Ex. 13:21).

Others believe the star may have been a brilliant angel that led them to the house. Angels in Scripture are also called stars (See Rev. 1:20, 9:1, 12:4,7-9, Job 38:7, Isa. 14:12).  Since a host of angels appeared to the shepherds to announce Christ's birth, it's not unreasonable to assume that God used an angel to lead these Gentiles from the east to the Messiah. However you look at it, God supernaturally led them to the Christ child.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why you should read "10 Secrets to Life's Biggest Challenges"


In this final book that author and Bible teacher Peter Lord will write, he passes along the wisdom and insights he has gained about 10 difficulties in life. 
In this book you will discover:

  • The 5 guidelines in making a decision.  If you miss one, you might be making a bad choice.
  • The 6 levels of relationships.  Many marriages are in trouble because they haven't worked though all 6 levels.
  • The 7 keys in overcoming temptation.  This is the best information you will ever read on temptation and how to overcome it.
  • How to be healed of past hurts.  You can be free from your past by learning how to forgive and let go.
  • How to get out of debt and save money. 

The perfect book for:

  • Small Group studies (10 lessons).  Each chapter covers a different life-lesson with questions for group discussion at the end of each chapter.
  • Married Couples.  Provides important advice about how to resolve conflicts, make decisions, manage money, and changing your attitude. 
  • People struggling with life.  Wisdom comes from heeding the advice of wise people. 
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