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Seven Verses To Pass Down

If your a parent you know that the love you have for your children is far greater than you could have ever thought.  Because this love is so great we want the best for them and part of that is to spend eternity with us worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.  With this in mind here are 7 very important verses for us parents to share with our kids.

#7 2 Timothy 3:16 (The Word)

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, & training in righteousness.”

This verse is important because we want our children to have a strong foundation and there is no other foundation stronger than the word of God.

#6 1 John 1:9 (Assurance of Forgiveness)

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins & purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Our kids will make mistakes just like we did.  If we are in bondage to the past we won’t be able to move forward as God wants for us.  Freedom from sin is important and this verse gives us that assurance that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will for give us.

#5 2 Corinthians 5:17 (We are New in Christ)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, The old is gone and the new has come.”

This verse is a great followup from #6, because after we confess our sins we need to act and behave like the new creation that we now are.  How do we know how to behave you ask?  Refer back to #7.

#4 1 John 5:13 (Assurance of Salvation)

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the  son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

I have talked with family and friends that say they hope that they are going to heaven.  This hope is based on them being a good enough person.  The reason they don’t know if they are going to heaven is because they don’t know if they have been good enough, and they also don’t know if they are going to be good enough in the future.  The Christian knows they have eternal life because it is not dependent on their works or behavior.  It is based on the finished work of Christ on the cross.  (How do I know this check out #3)

#3 1 John 5: 11, 12 (Assurance of Salvation)

“And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life.  And this life is in his son.  He who has the son has life;  he who does not have the son of God does not have life.”

Again only through Christ can we be assured of salvation and eternal life.

#2 Ephesians 2: 8-10 (Salvation not by Works)

“For t is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.  Not by works so that no-one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

This verse is my favorite in the entire Bible.  It tells me that I’m saved by the free gift of God’s love, through the death of Jesus.  It says not to boast in my works because it won’t give me eternal life.  It says that God has a purpose for me and it is to do good works however not that I would do them, but that he has prepared for me to do them.  So I can’t even boast in the fact that I was obedient because he made my way in advance to do them.  God is amazing.

#1 verse to share with your kids Matthew 4:19 (Witnessing)

“”Come follow me”  Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Like #6 said there are good works for us to do, and the ones of us that follow Jesus are called to fish for the hearts of men.  Teach your children to throw their nets out often and just like with Peter on the boat, lets see what God puts in our nets.  We must share the gospel with our children and we must teach them to share with others.  It is what we are called to do.

If you share these 7 verses with your children they will have confidence in Christ, they will have confidence in Salvation, they will know what their foundation is build on, they will know their purpose in life is to share the gospel, and they will know that they have been forgiven by their creator.  They will also know to not fall into Satan’s trap of pride which has us boast in our good deeds.  Those good deeds are “filthy rags in the eyes of God”.  Only in Christ, only in Grace, only through faith may we enjoy the gift of God.

 

 

 

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Planted by Streams of Water

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

Lord Jesus,

I pray that you plant my three sons by streams of water, and that they will yield fruit in season.  I pray that whatever they do they prosper.  Keep them from being wicked, show them the way of righteousness.

Amen,

Dad

Dry Bones

Proverbs 17:22 ASV

A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
There are many days, people, and circumstances which will cause us a broken spirit.  This won’t work for us.  We must remember that we are adopted children of the one true God.  We need to take heart in this and be thankful.  That thankfulness will allow us to be cheerful even when our other life circumstances say we shouldn’t be cheerful.  Don’t allow the accuser to dry up your bones.  Don’t allow Satan to give you worry, stress, and anxiety.  You are a new creation.  Be the cheerful loving person you were designed to be.

 

Alexander the Great at 8!!!

The picture above is the last picture I have of a son as a 7 year old.  It is so hard to believe that our baby is going to be 8 years old in just one day.  God has blessed us with some incredible memories and Alex you are such a joy to your mother and I.  We love your snuggles, your smiles, you sports moves, your addictions to video games, and your love of God and family.  You are such a wonderful son and you have taught us so many things.  Thanks so much for being such an incredible part of our lives.  My prayer for you this year is that you would be healthier, stronger in your faith, and enjoy the many blessings you have in this life.  Happy Birthday son, and I pray that you have many more.

Lord, may my son have a thankful heart. May he cling to Your everlasting love and rejoice in Your goodness.  Amen!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 NLT

 

Amazing 15 Years

This past week my incredible wife and I celebrated 15 years of marriage.  I still have no clue how I was blessed by a wife of such character and beauty but God’s grace is far reaching.  He has used her mightily in helping to craft me into a God fearing man.  I look back and can’t imagine what my life would be like without this woman.  She is a true gift of God and I’m so thankful for her.  She inspires me daily to be a better man, a better father, and a better husband.  I pray that my 3 boys will be just as blessed in their marriages when they get older.

If your out there and have a great wife praise God for her.  if your out there and your marriage isn’t going so good ask God to help you to work on it.  A great wife is more valuable than anything out there.  Thank you God for an amazing 15 years with the best wife ever.  Praying for many more years!

Happy Father’s Day Dad!!!

There are many great things about my Father.  He is good with fixing cars, carpentry, fishing, hunting, and just about anything a dad should be good at.  As a kid I took him for granted many times as I went off to play basketball or baseball with the kids in the neighborhood.  I wish I would have taken more time to learn from him.  He helped me to start my first business, and he supported me in sports and other endeavors.  I’m so thankful that God put me in my family and put such a wonderful man as my authority.

My dad lost his dad when he was about 8 years old.  I’ve recently been watching some children that have lost their mother and no matter how great the kids are, you are always wondering how they could make it without such a wonderful parent.  I’m spoiled to have had my dad for each of my 41 turns around the sun.  I know that many folks don’t have parents still with them, and if they are the chances of both parents still being married is fewer still.  I know that my father is flawed, and has had days in his life that I’m sure were hard.  I’m sure of that because I’m short on perfection myself.  But one thing I’ve never doubted is the love of my dad.  He has always been there for me and always wanted the best for me.

Fathers my prayer for all of you is that you love your children with all your heart.  That you would put everything you could into their lives.  That you would introduce them to Jesus Christ, and if you are blessed enough to one day baptize them praise God.  Dad’s you are the closest thing to a God Like figure your sons will know this side of heaven.  This is a big responsibility.  Make sure that you do your best with the blessings God has given you.    Dad thank you so much for me never having to doubt your love for me.

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

(The Photo above was taken at Texas Motor Speedway in Fall of 2015.  It was the last time my dad and I saw Jeff Gordon as an active driver (our favorite driver).  I needed to get a die cast signed so that I would have one for each of my boys.  As you can see dad and I both got one that day.  Fathers doing fun things together for their sons hard to beat that.  What a great day!)

How Much Are You Worth?

Do you know how much you are worth?

The world says I’m worth $XXX because that is what my Assets – Liabilities equals.

The World says I’m worth $XXX because that is what my pay stub says.

The God of the universe says that I’m worth the blood of his sinless son Jesus Christ.

Remember that there are many things that the world passes on and tosses into antique shops.  Only to be found by someone that knows it’s true worth.  Is it’s worth what the person tossing it away says it is worth, or is it worth the amount that the one that finds it, cherishes it, restores it, and proudly displays it believes?

You are more valuable than that antique, you are an adopted son of the Most High God!  Paid for with the Blood of Jesus Christ.  That is your Value, That is your Worth.

Praise God!!!