"Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers" (Proverbs 17:6).
This Sunday is "Grandparent's Day." As a grandfather, I have been blessed with two grandsons and six granddaughters, so I guess you could say that I have eight "stars" in my crown! Being a grandparent is special, which you already know if you are one! Here is something I've often enjoyed reading, taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds. It is entitled, What is a Grandparent?
When a person receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they become part of a new family -- the family of God. The Scriptures often refer to Christians using family terminology. For example:
Matthew 6:14 tells us that God is our "heavenly Father."
II Corinthians 6:18 refers to Christians as the "sons and daughters"
Ephesians 2:19 states that believers are now "of the household [family] of God."
James 2:15 refers to another Christian as a "brother or sister."
These are just a few references to show you … Continue Reading ››
Our current Wednesday night Bible study is about the life and ministry of Elisha, a holy prophet of God. In II Kings 6:1-7, we looked at the story of the lost axe head. One of the sons of the prophets was cutting down a tree when the axe head flew off into the Jordan River. In despair he cried out to Elisha, because the axe was borrowed. "And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut … Continue Reading ››
There are three words translated "hell"
- Gehenna (Greek): The place of punishment (Matthew 5:22,29; 10:28; James 3:6)
- Hades (Greek): The abode of the dead (Matthew 11:23; 16:18; Luke 16:23; Acts 2:27)
- Sheol (Hebrew): The grave (Psalm 9:17; 16:10)
There are those who believe and teach that hell is a place of punishment, but say that the punishment is to be annihilated - to cease conscious existence. They cannot conceive that the punishment of the wicked will be conscious and eternal
. If they are correct, then a man … Continue Reading ››
What a privilege and blessing it was to serve alongside of others as we ministered to hundreds of children through our recent mission trip to Honduras. After having 92 children the first day, it was apparent to the church leadership there that two separate Vacation Bible Schools were needed, one in the city at the main church and another in the countryside at a soccer field. The second day 119 children attended, and the third and final day yielded 202! Most importantly, 53 precious children … Continue Reading ››
Jeremiah is often referred to as "the weeping prophet" because of his burden for the lost and sinful people of his nation. As he looked around and saw their wrong paths and their coming destruction, his heart was broken and his eyes were filled with tears. While I certainly would not begin to put myself in the same class with this great prophet of God, it is not hard to understand his burden as I look at the multitudes without hope here in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. … Continue Reading ››