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Thanks to Irwin, we found this.

 

A very simple message, huh, but according to Irwin, that’s what he learned when he encountered God.

(Irwin is one of our young people… there is a lot to be said when a teenager encounters the Living God. His life is changed. Forever.)

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Good morning, Kingdom People!  Starting back when we were kids, it has been our quest to be in heaven, a fluffy place to live with God on His throne while chubby, curly haired cherubs float on shimmering white  clouds play divine music with their golden harps.  The Kingdom of God is waiting ’til we die…as we thought to be… before we actually read the Bible.

Now, that we know the truth…we don’t have to wait for death to gain access to God’s Kingdom. Wonderful, good news!  For the Kingdom of God is within us and among us. (Luke 17:21)  s sir! We are citizens of the kingdom now, because Jesus as our King has dominion over us, right here, right now.  We are actually enjoying the benefits of heaven!  Righteousness, peace, joy in the Holy Spirit…prosperity, health and victory.  If we do, then why are other Christians not aware of it? 

Could it be that that some Christians are more absorbed in the kingdom of this world?  It’s a world
that can be seen and touched…and enjoyed.  And for this reason, they haven’t given much thought
of the reality of  the real kingdom – the Kingdom of God. Only if we study and meditate on the Word about what it says about the Kingdom of God will we become more KINGDOM-MINDED. 

As Colossians 3:1-2 says,  “Aim and seek  the rich, eternal treasure that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  And set your minds and keep them set on what is above – the higher things –
not on the things that are on the earth.”(AMP version)

Many us us grew up thinking that we were poor…that we don’t have money as our parents pounded on our heads back in the Philippines.  Lately, we realized, we were not. We ate three square meals a day plus merienda in between. Didn’t you grow up with at least two maids, lavandera, some with houseboys and driver?  Most of us in the Philippines graduated college without a scholarship. Our parents sent us to big cities to go to big universities and safe, clean dormitories, with allowances. All of it comes from the family budget not from government grants. Generally, we are joyful, no matter what comes our way. We are inherently hospitable, friendly, peace-loving and contented people who love and honor the Lord.  We have been dwelling in God’s Kingdom, not knowing we are! The transfer has been made. “God has delivered us out of the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.” Colossians 1:13 (AMP version)

That is good to know. Right?

Ptrs. Benjun and Malou….going forth as one,

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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.

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How you view your children and what you think about discipline can help you stay calm and use healthy routines when things get tough. Imagine a car dealership where a man named Martin works in the showroom. Martin sells cars to prospective customers. If he sees a car without a door, he’s surprised and upset. He doesn’t expect to see defects. Cars in the showroom are supposed to be finished.

cars assembly Bill, on the other hand, works in the factory and inspects cars for flaws and missing parts. It’s his job to find problems and fix them. In fact, Bill is prepared with a number of routines depending on the nature of the problem. If a door is missing, Bill doesn’t get upset; he just goes through his routine of obtaining a door and putting it on.

Bill knows that when a car is on the production line it requires continual work. Doors are added, pieces are put together, and workers are continually looking for ways to improve the product.

cars-assembly-02 Viewing your children as works in progress instead of as finished products can help you respond to them without harshness or frustration. Like Bill, you can view problems as opportunities. Misbehavior and relational struggles are indicators of where your child needs help to grow and mature.

Parents are often frustrated by the continual need for correction and the endless number of mistakes that children make. If you can remember that your children are on the production line instead of in the showroom, your expectations will lead you to solutions instead of to anger.

vintage-cars Paul knew that his readers were a work in progress when he said in Philippians 1:6 “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God is also at work in your children and sometimes it takes time to see progress.

 

 

 

 

This tip comes from the book, “Good and Angry, Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids,” by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller.  

images: flickr-assembly;flickr-car

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This is an interview that Dennis Rainey of Family Life conducted with each of the young men who wanted to date his 4 daughters. He wrote a book about this, challenging parents to get to know their daughter’s dates and have this conversation with the boys. It’s kind of hard to do in our culture, but as you will read below, this is a dad’s role in protecting his daughter’s innocence, not just her virginity.

Quite a challenge, huh? But i know as redeemed Filipino parents, by the grace of God, this is something we can emulate.

The Interview

Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
Job 38:3 NIV

I wrote yesterday about an interview I’ve conducted numerous times with young men who have wanted to date our daughters. Lots of parents have asked me to share some of the things I cover when I meet with these young men. Here’s a “high fly by” list:

  1. A woman is God’s creation, a beautiful creation, a fine creation. You’ve certainly noticed that my daughter is pretty, is attractive and has a cute figure, haven’t you?
  2. The attraction of a young man to a young lady is both normal and good. I’m glad you like her and want to be with her.
  3. I understand and remember what the sex drive of a young man is like. Believe me, I’ve been there, I know what you’re dealing with.
  4. I’m going to hold you accountable for your relationship with my daughter. Expect me to be asking to see if you’re dealing uprightly with her.
  5. I’m challenging you to purity. I want you to guard her innocence, not just her virginity.
  6. I want you to respect and uphold the dignity of my daughter by keeping your hands off of her. Keeping this one precaution in mind will help keep you from getting into further trouble.
  7. Do you understand all of what I’ve just said to you? Are we clear on what I’m expecting and what you can expect from me?
  8. When you’re a dad someday, I hope you will challenge your own children to abide by these standards and will interview your daughter’s dates. My prayer is that you will never forget this conversation.

One of the greatest privileges God has given me is to stand alongside our four daughters and honorably and gently attempt to protect their innocence. Meeting with these young men has been one of the highlights of being a dad.

Discuss
Dads, discuss with your wife why this can be a little awkward to do. Moms, share with your husband how it makes you feel when you see him protecting your daughter.

Pray
Pray for courage to follow through with what you know to be right.

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                            Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
                               that we are working for could easily replace us in
                                                        a matter of days.

                               But the family we left behind will feel the loss
                                               for the rest of their lives.
                            And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
                                        into work than into our own family,
                                           an unwise investment indeed,
                                                    don’t you think?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

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beach One of the best childhood memories I have is our times at the beach with our family. Our parents always scheduled family outings on a weekly basis. I remember some choices we had like going out to play in the park as the city band played nearby, dining in the Chinese restaurant, taking trips to the ancestral home of our Tatay’s side of the family in Villaba and of course, taking a whole Saturday to frolic in the sea. Tatay believed that the saltwater and sea breeze brought healing to our colds and cough, with the sun raising our serotonin level. Sunset, to us, means time to pack up, after gathering a few shells and flatstones to last a month’s game of “biko-biko”.

We cannot understand why we get healed after a day’s time of splashing and swimming in the sea. You will never believe, if you haven’t tried it yourself. The beauty that we marveled as the sea receded to a low tide at dusk was marvelous as we wade one last time to bade good-bye, to the majestic beauty of Ormoc Bay.

God’s love and its promises are as real as the ocean. But like describing the sea, it’s magnificent beauty cannot be seen until you actually experience it. As Billy Graham wrote about God’s love in his book, Peace With God:

“Until you actually experience it, until you actually posses true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you.

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