Influence

“Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible for others souls spiritually before God? For instance, if I allow any private deflection from God in my life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit together in heavenly places.” “Whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” When once you allow physical selfishness, mental slovenliness, moral obtuseness, spiritual density, everyone belonging to your crowd will suffer.” Oswald Chambers, The Quotable Oswald Chambers. Daily we are influenced by what takes place around us. The world is full of influences that can “brain wash” and lure us in a  wrong direction.  Even within Christian circles, a time will come when your child will likely be exposed to trusted individuals who make a poor choice and deeply disappoint.  We live in a fallen world; we are a fallen people. How can we help our kids not be brain washed or “conformed to the pattern of this world?” (Romans 12:2) Parents: Purpose to be their primary influence. To influence means to have an impact, to impress, to sway or cause an effect. No one – and no thing –  has  greater power to  influence kids than mom and dad. You are their best form of defense- and I am not referring to  micro managing them. Rather I refer to the influence you exert by nature of who you are at your core.  To repeat Oswald Chambers, be diligent to not allow any private deflection from God in your life!! While you will make mistakes and your parenting will be far from perfect, your children will be most influenced by a core steadfastness and love that wells...

Defining TAUTA

For if you do these things – “TAUTA” – you will never stumble. 2 Peter 1:10 I am fascinated by Apostle Peter – more is written about this man in the four Gospels than any other person, other than Jesus himself.  His triumphs fascinate me:  He walked on water, preached at Pentecost with 3,000 people responding in faith, and was delivered miraculously out of prison.  His mishaps interest me as well. What on earth caused him to cut off a servant’s ear and soon afterward deny Jesus three times?   How could he courageously walk on water one minute and sink the next?  And what transformed this man who after Pentecost grew in steadfastness and courage becoming the leading gospel preacher of his time? Who was the man Peter when he was first called by Jesus?  As the spokesman for the Twelve, he was clearly singled out for special lessons.  And who was the Peter when he wrote 2 Peter from prison facing imminent death by crucifixion?  Thankfully we have a clear window into his thinking in his final letter to churches written approximately 1,943 years ago. What did this passionate apostle, at the end of his life, want believers in his day to remember?  And what in his parting message stands out for believers today? Peter clearly wanted to equip believers to remain steadfast in the face of false teaching.  He did not want to see them stumble nor become unfruitful. He knew what it took to face trials and to confront fears.  He knew how to deal with major setbacks and disasters.  He knew how to confront pain...