4/30/17 – Parenting 101 – Curing the Cancer of Popularity With The Gospel

Proverbs 2:1-22 ESV
1 My son, if you receive my wordsand treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdomand inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insightand raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silverand search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lordand find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom;from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justiceand watching over the way of his saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justiceand equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart,and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 discretion will watch over you,understanding will guard you, 12 delivering you from the way of evil,from men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake the paths of uprightnessto walk in the ways of darkness, 14 who rejoice in doing eviland delight in the perverseness of evil, 15 men whose paths are crooked,and who are devious in their ways. 16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,from the adulteress with her smooth words, 17 who forsakes the companion of her youthand forgets the covenant of her God; 18 for her house sinks down to death,and her paths to the departed; 19 none who go to her come back,nor do they regain the paths of life. 20 So you will walk in the way of the goodand keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will inhabit the land,and those with integrity will remain in it, 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3:1-8 ESV
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your fleshand refreshment to your bones.

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4/23/17 – Parenting 101 – Helping Kids Make The Right Choices When It Comes to Choosing Friends

Proverbs 1:8-19 ESV
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your headand pendants for your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you,do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;let us ambush the innocent without reason; 12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,and whole, like those who go down to the pit; 13 we shall find all precious goods,we shall fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot among us;we will all have one purse”— 15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;hold back your foot from their paths, 16 for their feet run to evil,and they make haste to shed blood. 17 For in vain is a net spreadin the sight of any bird, 18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;they set an ambush for their own lives. 19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;it takes away the life of its possessors.

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4/16/17 – I AM Changes Who I Am

John 11:1-27 ESV
1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” 17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

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4/9/17 – Investing In Not Just Tomorrow, but The Long Tomorrow

Luke 18:24-30 ESV
24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” 28 And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

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4/2/17 – God’s Training Wheels of Giving

Malachi 3:8-10

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

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