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Psalm 25

Psalm 25 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 25[a]

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.

22 Deliver Israel, O God,
    from all their troubles!

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Lakers “New” Star is Here

Lakers new star is here.  The team with the longest list of all-time greats has once again added the biggest name in the sport.  They have had Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Shaq, Kobe, and now Lebron.  The new team looked okay at points but will take some time to gel.  In the end this team has too much talent to not at least compete in the western conference.  Where ever Lebron goes so does winning and so the pressure is now on him to produce on the west coast.

I want to make a couple of points about this player.  I’m not a fan of his, I like other players better, and he was the “enemy” for my 2011 Mavericks.  But I think that anyone who thinks he’s not the best player of all-time has got some explaining to do.  Nothing this big has ever looked so athletic and skilled in an NBA jersey.  Kareem was great and had skill but he couldn’t dribble like this.  I’m not sure Wilt and Shaq had the pure power this guy has.  I’m not sure Magic had the vision, and I’m not sure Kobe could have topped him defensibly.  Lebron James is as perfect a basketball player as I can think of.  Sure he can’t shoot like Reggie Miller from the outside but that has gotten much better as he has developed.

Enjoy the time watching Lebron folks, soon he will be gone and we will all be wishing for the days when he was coming to a arena near us.  One other Perfect player in His role was Jesus Christ.  His role was to be the Lamb of God, and the trophy he got to raise was the centuries of Christians that follow Him.  His Championship Banner is a cross, and while not always playing in front of packed houses, he does play in the hearts and souls of men and women.  And unlike Lebron, Jesus time as King will have no end.  Enjoy the players of the day, but don’t worship them.  It has taken me much longer into my life to come to this conclusion.  Only Jesus is worth our worship, only Jesus…

The Lakers do have a new star but there will be more in the years to come but there will never be a new star that out shines Jesus.  He is the King of Kings, that brings salvation to the world.  Congrats to the Lakers for their temporary solution, but congrats to all the Christians that have found their permanent solution.  Now go out there and tell someone about His greatness.  Be a “Witness”!

500 Club? And All-Time Passing Record!

Over the weekend Tom Brady of the New England Patriots became a member of the 500 Club.  As I am writing this Drew Brees just tossed number 499 after tossing 498 earlier on Monday Night Football breaking the record for most yards tossed in NFL history.  The player that was eclipsed for the yardage record was my favorite player Peyton Manning.  This type of night when there are so many numbers that will start up the debate of whose the best of all time, which QB is most valuable, which player is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All-Time), I am reminded of who really is the greatest of all time.

While all sports records are meant to be broken, and have a limited life span.  The savior of the world was broken, and hung on a cross to give us all an unlimited everlasting life.  The real G.O.A.T. is not the players that we love to watch on Sunday, it the Holy Son of God whom we are to worship on Sunday.  Jesus thanks so much for being the leader that we need to follow, thank you for being undefeated when it comes to Life.  Thank you Lord for helping us overcome our sin nature, to become sons and daughters of the one true God.

Tonight Drew Brees was a hero to many and I congratulate him for his many accomplishments.  I was even more impressed with him how he shared the moment with his sons, using the moment to motivate them in life.  As I think about how much Brees means to the city of New Orleans I’m glad that he got to do it at home.  But I also want all my fellow football fans to consider when they debate the greatness of Brady, Brees, or Manning that they don’t forget the true G.O.A.T. Jesus Christ.  That they would remember the simple message of the Gospel.  That they would be just as passionate about him as their Savior as they are about their favorite football player.  We all remember how gutsy John Elway was during his helicopter play trying to win a Super Bowl.  For perspective how gutsy was Jesus going to the cross to take away our sin.  Jesus gave His all for us.  Don’t forget to share how great his accomplishments were.  Sure he didn’t get into the 500 club, but he did create the universe, defeat sin, satan, and death, and reconciles mankind to God the Father.  That sounds like a pretty good record.

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 it 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.

 

 

 

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