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It is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
1 Peter 3:17 NASB

Girl sitting reading book looking surprised. Barbara was working on her needlepoint, and I was reading the newspaper. It was any weeknight in America –just the way Norman Rockwell pictured it.

At least it was until our eighth grader, Benjamin, popped his head up from behind his school-assigned book and said, “Dad, I don’t think I should be reading this.”

“What do you mean, buddy?” I asked.

“This story–it’s got some pretty graphic details about a man and a woman in it. You know, sex!” He blushed a bit and shot a nervous glance at his mom, who nearly jabbed her finger with that sewing needle.

“Let me see that book,” I said. Quickly flipping through a few pages, I could see right away why he was concerned. He was dead on. This book was explicit and graphic as it spun a romantic tale.

As it turned out, we were able to help him get an alternate assignment. After his teacher originally threatened him with a zero for not reading this particular book, we came to a meeting of the minds and were happy with the result. But nothing made us happier than seeing our son’s conscience in action, knowing that at 14 he already had an acute sense of right and wrong–and the courage to choose what he knew was best.

I can promise you that living-room stories like these don’t happen without lots of work on the part of parents. Lots of Scripture. Lots of prayer together. Lots of offhand conversations, teachable moments and direct disciplinary actions.

If you’re doing it right, parenthood often means being a pain to your children, interfering with what they want. But those early years of character development are so important. That’s when you play the role of your children’s consciences–calling them, training them, prodding them on to a higher good, helping them learn the value of refusing evil.

Discuss
How have you seen your children’s consciences fire into action?

Pray
Pray that the Lord will always keep your kids’ consciences tender to His touch.

 

Taken from Moments Like This. Dennis Rainey.

image: sxc

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Last Friday, before our worship practice, we had our usual Bible Study. That day, Teacher Eda effectively facilitated the teaching.

It is very refreshing to be reminded about what spiritual worship. This is what we were reminded about:

That we can only have overflowing hearts of worship if we are born again in the spirit –  that is being yielded to the Holy Spirit who produces true worship. With God cleansing our hearts, we are motivated to know HIM.

First Corinthians 12:3 says, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’, except by the Holy Spirit.”

Thus, we cannot truly affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit. And we can only receive the Holy Spirit at the time when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Worship comes from a steadfast heart, one that is resolute, determined and focused solely on God. If you think of yourself more and how you want others to look at you as you worship, then you need to stop on your tracks and be right.

We must be repentant. We must be cleansed, purged, purified, having our sins confessed before God. For we can only enter into an intimate communion with our Holy God if our sin is sincerely dealt with. If we don’t, we will have difficulty abandoning ourselves in worship.

We are now about to join together in corporate worship. Let us all take time to ask God to direct His searchlight upon us to expose whatever is in the shadows, asking HIM to cleanse us as we repent. You’ll see the river of worship in this place shall easily occur.

Come, the river is so refreshing! Let’s jump and swim!

In HIM in true worship!!!

Ptr. Benjun and Ate Malou

 

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Many of our daily routines can be cut into either Principles or Decisions.

Like, today a Principle you followed is: “I don’t go outside without clothes on.” You didn’t have to ask yourself, “Should I wear clothes today?” In fact, you wouldn’t be caught dead outside without anything on! Being clothed is a Principle, not a Decision. You get to decide what clothes to wear, but not IF you will wear clothes.

It’s important for us to know the difference between a Principle and a Decision.

A Principle is defined as “a personal or specific basis of conduct or management”. It’s what you believe in and live by.

A Decision is defined as “the act of or need for making up one’s mind”. It’s something you “do or not do“.

Now consider these issues:

* I read my Bible every day.

* I pray for others every day.

* I go to Church or Bible Study weekly.

* I share the love of Jesus to others who need Him.

 

Are they Principles or Decisions?

If you make them to be Decisions, then you will have a choice to “do or not do”. If something comes up and interrupts your schedule, you may decide not to do them.

If you make them to be your Principles , then God’s Word, Prayer, Worship, and Witness  become issues “you live by”. They dictate your life, conduct, priorities and schedules.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58.

 

May we be known as Men and Women of Principle!

Grace and Mike Ibay

 

 

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Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
-Psalm 71:18
The psalmist was concerned that he not be forsaken until God declared His power to the next generation. Every generation must know firsthand the power of God. It is not enough to hear about how God visited the previous generation in great power, wonders, and miracles. Our generation must see that power manifested. Without a true manifestation of the power of God, each generation grows progressively dubious of God’s reality.

“One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases” (Luke 9:1). This action was more than simple religious protocol-it was a transferal of Jesus’ power to the next generation. What would have happened to the world if Christ had departed without giving anyone the same power He had to help people?

The same power that flowed from Christ’s robes to heal the woman with the issue of blood is available today. From generation to generation, God’s power has been passed on. Now it is our turn to rise up and show God’s power to the next generation.

Daily Readings: Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23 • Luke 8:40-9:6
• Psalm 71:1-24 • Proverbs 12:5-7

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