Posts Tagged "God’s Word"

How to Get Kids Excited About the Bible

KidsReading Here is another article I published over on The article titled 10 Way to Get Kids Excited About the Bible was published on June 19, 2010.

Brief Synopsis: I love the Bible. I really do. I love what it teaches me about my Lord and Savior, and appreciate that God was graceful enough to share it with us. In this article I offer 10 ways that you can help to get your kids excited about the Bible.

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Blog Patrol (June 30, 2009)



The Blog Patrol is now three months old, and I have had a great time putting together every week. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found a lot of great blogs out there, and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. So…I’m changing it up.  The truth is, this one weekly entry takes up a large chunk of my time. That time is starting to take away from my priorities in life…my God, my family and my ministry to kids. So, I’ve decided, at least temporarily to change things. Going forward, The Blog Patrol will be a monthly series rather than weekly. I can’t promise how soon after the end of each month I will get it out, but I am going to do my best. Also, over the last several months, The Blog Patrol has become increasingly focus on the issues of children’s ministry, kids and parenting. Without intending it, my love and God’s will for my life has had a significant impact on this series. So, I’ve decided for the time being I will be limited the monthly Blog Patrol to articles related primarily to those three topics. I still follow a lot of other non-Children’s Ministry related blogs, and if I see something particularly appealing, I will be sure to pass that along. So, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the last weekly installment of the Blog Patrol. By the way, if you have any feedback about the change in format, I would love to hear about it. Enjoy!

Since last week was dedicated to articles about parenting, kids, and children’s ministry in honor of Father’s Day, there are a lot of stragglers this week. I tried to limit it to the “best of the best!”


These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

How Much Of What We Believe Is From The Bible?

  • This articles asks the pressing question, are there doctrines you hold fast to that are not actually in the Bible. May favorite is, “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve looked – it’s not in there!

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 3): How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading

  • Bruce Ashford’s series on reading continues with this article with tips for getting the most out of what you choose to read.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 4): Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading

  • I didn’t want to leave you hanging on this series. In this installment, Bruce Ashford looks at other benefits of reading.

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

  • In this article subtitled “12 Ways to Recognize the Rise of Covetousness,” John Piper looks at warning signs that your desire is turning into covetous idolatry.

8 Traits of Effective Church Leaders

  • Thomas Rainer looks at 8 qualities that are necessary to be an effective leader in a church.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 5): Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts

  • In this final post in his Disciplined Reading Series, Bruce Ashford addersses some of the questions he received while writing this series.

On Disciplined Reading

  • I love a bulleted summary, and Between Two Worlds offers this bulleted summary of the points raised by Bruce Ashford in his series on reading that we’ve been following here on the Blog Patrol!

Ohio: The state of tightrope walkers and acrobats

  • Being from Ohio, I felt morally bound to add this article to The Blog Patrol. I’d love to meet the collective genius that came up with this tourism plan! 

How much do you matter?

  • From Children’s Ministry Online, Kenny looks at 11 reasons you matter if you work in Children’s Ministry.

Twitter thought

  • In this short post, David Wakerly offers a unique twist on how to think of Children’s Ministry.

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I believe…What I believe about sin

I Believe

Throughout the history of the Christian church, men have endeavored to record the core fundamental beliefs of their faith.  Through creeds, catechisms, and other writings, they have sought to summarize and memorialize their beliefs and convictions.  I am not a theologian…just a simple sinner saved by the grace of Almighty God.  That said, as Christians we are all members of a royal priesthood, and I believe that it is important to know what we believe and to be able to state it clearly for others.  As a father and a worker in Children’s Ministry, I have found that this is especially important in order to be able to answer questions raised by kids with clear, concise, and generally brief answers.

So, I decided a useful exercise would be to begin to record my Christian beliefs in short concise statements (I hope).  I do not intend for these to represent my own personal systematic theology or to cover all aspects of the Christian faith.  It is not my intent to expand on the why of my beliefs, but simply to list what my beliefs are.  I also don’t have a plan for how frequently I might put one of these entries together.  Instead they will represent my feeble attempt to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit think a little more deeply about what I believe about selected doctrines and issues.  That said, I want these entries to represent what I believe and not just what “I feel.”  The heart is, after all, “deceitful above all things.”  So, I will endeavor to include scripture references wherever possible.  I think of it as a cheat sheet for what I believe.

So, that is WHAT I am doing.  The next logical question is, WHY am I recording them here on my blog.  There are actually three reasons,

  1. Why not?  I’ll already have them written down. 🙂
  2. I hope in some small way that they may help someone to clarify their own beliefs.
  3. I am hoping that the readers of this blog can help me out.  I am not a trained theologian.  I’ve never been to seminary.  The closest I’ve ever come to a class on Systematic Theology is that I own Wayne Grudem’s book.  I read my Bible, but I don’t consider myself a scholar.  If I miss something or misstate something, I hope that someone will point it out!

I’ve decided to start with my beliefs on the issue of sin.  There have been a lot in the news stories recently where people have been ridiculed, lambasted or otherwise ridiculed for their beliefs on particular sins (be that abortion, homosexuality, marriage, divorce, or anything else).  Rather than addressing each sin individually, it seemed like a good time to step back and examine my beliefs on sin in general.

Here’s what I believe:

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God’s Word…

We’re taking a little break this week from our study of love (mainly because I didn’t get it done) to look at what the Bible has to say about the Bible.  So here is a list of 100 things simply titled:

God’s Word…

  1. is finished and complete (Dt 4:2)
  2. should be on our heart (Dt 6:6)
  3. is our sustenance (Dt 8:3)
  4. is near (Dt 30:14)
  5. prolongs your days (Dt 32:47)
  6. is truth (2 Sam 7:28, Jn 17:17)
  7. is tested (2 Sam 22:31; Prov 30:5)
  8. helps the tottering (Jb 4:4)
  9. strengthens the feeble (Jb 4:4)
  10. is pure and refined (Ps 12:6)
  11. is tried (Ps 18:30)
  12. is perfect (Ps 19:7)
  13. restores the soul (Ps 19:7)
  14. is sure (Ps 19:7)
  15. makes the wise simple (Ps 19:7)
  16. is right (Ps 19:8)
  17. rejoices the heart (Ps 19:8)
  18. is pure (Ps 19:8)
  19. enlightens the eyes (Ps 19:8)
  20. is clean (Ps 19:9)
  21. endures forever (Ps 19:9)
  22. is sweeter than honey (Ps 19:10)
  23. serves to warn (Ps 19:11)
  24. is upright (Ps 33:4)
  25. created the heavens (Ps 33:6)
  26. is sure (Ps 111:7)
  27. should be our delight (Ps 112:1)
  28. is worth treasuring (Ps 119:11)
  29. revives (Ps 119:25)
  30. strengthens (Ps 119:28)
  31. is better than gold and silver (Ps 119:72)
  32. is faithful (Ps 119:86)
  33. is settled in heaven (Ps 119:89)
  34. is exceedingly broad (Ps 119:96)
  35. brings wisdom (Ps 119:98)
  36. is sweeter than honey (Ps 119:103)
  37. is a lamp to the feet and a light to the path (Ps 119:105)
  38. sustains (Ps 119:116)
  39. is righteous (Ps 119:123)
  40. gives light (Ps 119:130)
  41. is truth (Ps 119:160, Jn 17:17)
  42. is awe inspiring (Ps 119:161)
  43. brings rejoicing (Ps 119:162)
  44. brings peace (Ps 119:165)
  45. gives understanding (Ps 119:169)
  46. delivers (Ps 119:170)
  47. runs very swiftly (Ps 147:15)
  48. stands forever (Is 40:8)
  49. goes forth in righteousness (Is 45:23)
  50. will not return empty (Is 55:11)
  51. accomplishes the will of God (Is 55:11)
  52. should cause trembling (Is 66:2)
  53. consumes like fire (Jer 5:14)
  54. is meant to be consumed (Jer 15:16)
  55. is a joy and a delight (Jer 15:16)
  56. is like fire (Jer 23:29)
  57. is like a hammer which shatters a rock (Jer 23:29)
  58. will come to fulfillment (Ez 12:28)
  59. does good (Mic 2:7)
  60. chases and overtakes (Zech 1:6)
  61. is gracious (Zech 1:13)
  62. is comforting (Zech 1:13)
  63. feeds us (Mt 4:4)
  64. will be accomplished (Mt 5:18)
  65. casts out spirits (Mt 8:16)
  66. heals (Mt 8:16)
  67. brings persecution (Mt 13:21)
  68. is foundational (Mt 13:23)
  69. will not pass away (Mt 24:35)
  70. brings blessing (Lk 11:28)
  71. is pre-existent (Jn 1:1)
  72. became flesh (Jn 1:14)
  73. lives in us (Jn 5:38)
  74. brings eternal life (Jn 6:68)
  75. cannot be broken (Jn 10:35)
  76. is the power of God (Rom 1:16)
  77. gives faith (Rom 10:17)
  78. is encouraging (Rom 15:4)
  79. gives hope (Rom 15:4)
  80. is foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Cor 1:18)
  81. is the power of God to those who believe (1 Cor 1:18)
  82. is the Sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17)
  83. comforts (1 Thes 4:18)
  84. sanctifies (1 Tim 4:5)
  85. can not be imprisoned (2 Tim 2:9)
  86. is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16)
  87. is useful for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16)
  88. upholds all things (Heb 1:3)
  89. is living and active (Heb 4:12)
  90. is sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12)
  91. is piercing (Heb 4:12)
  92. is able to judge thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb 4:12)
  93. is purposeful (Jm 4:5)
  94. is living and enduring (1 Pet 1:23)
  95. endures forever (1 Pet 1:25)
  96. is desirable (1 Pet 2:2)
  97. is sincere (1 Pet 2:2)
  98. leads to growth (1 Pet 2:2)
  99. is given by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:21)
  100. slays (Rev 6:9)
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