Posts Tagged "idols"
Welcome to “The Blog Patrol” where every week we bring you the best of the blogs related to Christianity in general with just a little emphasis on Children’s Ministry.
These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!
- I just found this blog this week, so the stragglers includes several older posts. This one offers practical ideas for teaching 2 and 3 year olds.
- Practical tips for working with 4 & 5 year olds.
- This article looks at advice for teaching first and second graders.
- This article offers 77 bits of insight related to recruiting and working with volunteers.
Tuesday (May 12, 2009)
- Perry Noble begins a series on four areas any Christian Minister/Ministry will face.
- This article asks a collection of people involved in Children’s Ministry what they think of the issue of children’s baptism. I like this new feature from Ministry-to-Children.comfeature so much that I wrote a separate blog entry about it last week
- In this final installment of this series, Jabberfrog looks at the skill of giving to God.
- From Stuff Christians Like, this is actually an older post revisited, but I liked #7 in the list so much that I decided to include it in this week’s Blog Patrol.
- In this article, Trevin Wax challenges Pastors to preach large sections of Scripture from memory.
- From Charlie Wallace, this article on complaining starts “Ironically, parents complain that one of the areas of parenting that is most frustrating to them is when their children complain.”
- From Between Two Worlds, this is a transcription of a sermon preached by Dr. Russell Moore in which he looks at how the Devil tries to usurp the power of the Gospel. I have not read the transcript but listened to the sermon several weeks ago. It is well worth a read and a listen!
I’m working on a new series for this blog called “American Idols.” I’m hoping to roll it out either later this week, or more likely next week some time. The series will look at some of the common idols in our American society today. I’ve also recently discovered the treasury that is the sermons and writings of Charles Spurgeon. I’m not sure how it has taken me this long to find them, but I’m glad that I finally did. His vivid writing bring theological concepts to life and light.
Anyhow, in doing some research on what idolatry, I came across the following a Spurgeon sermon entitled “Idols Abolished.” In the following excerpt, Spurgeon looks at the idol of self-righteousness. If you can read what he has to say and not feel at all convicted, you might what to examine whether your heart has been hardened to your own self-righteousness and pray that God would search your heart and reveal any such idol to you. There is an even more powerful portion of the sermon on idolatry and the cross of Christ, but I am saving that for the introduction to the “American Idols” series. Here is what Spurgeon has to say about self-righteousness:Read More
In the last chapter, the author laid out 6 shaping influences which impact our children, but he was quick to point out that it is not shaping influences alone which determine the types of people our kids will grow up to be. Mr. Tripp explains that regardless of the shaping influences in a child’s life, it is his Godward orientation that determines how he will react to those influences.
Mr. Tripp points to Proverbs 9:7-10 for guidance. Here is that verse from the English Standard Version:
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Tripp makes the observation that, “It is the fear of the Lord that makes one wise and it is wisdom that determines how he responds to correction.”