Respect For That Which Is Sacred

It is suggested that parents read this article to their children to teach them how to distinguish between that which is sacred and that which isn’t.

Let’s suppose that the garbage collectors went on strike and the garbage began to pile up. What would happen if everyone said, “Let’s take all our garbage to the churches and stick it under the pews, or wherever, until the garbage collectors start working again? Would that be a good idea? I hope you wouldn’t agree. That would be an example of profaning that which is sacred. To profane something means to make it common or unclean. It also means to cheapen or not give something the importance it deserves. A church is more than just a building. The Bible also uses the word to speak of his people in this day. To make fun of the church, God’s house, or God’s people, is a lack of respect for that which is sacred.

Ezequiel 22:26 says, Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”

The name of God is sacred. Sometimes we speak of his holy name. The word “holy” also means sacred. Both words are used in speaking of things that are set apart for a special purpose. Therefore, to take God’s name in vain, is a lack of respect for him and his name. Our text says that God was profaned because of what the priests were doing. Let’s suppose that a family came to your house for a visit. One of the boys in that family goes into your room and throws all your things on the floor. He breaks some of your toys. You would be angry, wouldn’t you? The same thing happens if you go to church and start using dirty words. Let’s suppose also that you don’t respect the Sunday school teacher and start hitting and shoving other children. What if you also took a magic marker and wrote dirty words on the walls? That would be a lack of respect for that which is sacred.

The Bible is something else that is sacred. It is called “The Holy Bible.” It is a book apart from all other books. Solomon said, in Ecclesiastes 12:12, “Of making many books there is no end.” There were few books in Solomon’s day compared to the number of books we have now. The Bible doesn’t compare to any of the other books. The Bible is God’s message to us. We need to read it, believe it, and obey it. To abuse the Bible is to profane it. A child profanes the Bible when he or she disrupts a Sunday school class when the teacher is teaching the Bible.

Prayer is another thing that is sacred. To pray is to talk to God. We shouldn’t interrupt someone who is praying. A prayer meeting shouldn’t be interrupted unless it is an emergency.

To show respect for the church, as a sacred place, we take a bath and put on good clean clothes before we go there. The Bible tells us in I Timothy 3:15 that we need to know how to behave ourselves in God’s house. “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” It is disrespectful to create a disturbance in a theater or a lecture hall. It is even more disrespectful to do it in a church service.

Human life is another thing that is sacred. That is why murder is a very serious crime. One of the ten commandments says “thou shalt not kill.” The word “kill” should be murder. Human life is sacred. That is why we never threaten to murder someone if they won’t convert to Christianity.

Knowing what is sacred is a matter of knowing what has value. Life has more meaning for us if there are things we can have, or participate in, that are sacred. We need to know what things are sacred and keep them in their place.

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Home Schooling II

January 25, 2015

Home Schooling II

Reasons why Christian Parents Should Consider Home Schooling

            If we believe that Christianity is of God, and we are serious about it, our earnest desire should be to pass it on to our children. That is the best way to perpetuate Christianity. That is one of the ways the Muslims are perpetuating the religion of Islam.

Multitudes of Christian parents have sacrificed their precious children to godless atheism by sending them to public schools. Many Christian parents have said, “Oh, but we go to a good Bible believing church. Our children are in Sunday School every Sunday.” Then, Monday through Friday, they sent them to the public school, where atheistic teachers trampled underfoot the good Bible teaching they received in a 30 minute Sunday school class. They can’t understand why their children departed from the faith.

We need to learn from history. We need to learn from experience. We need to be extremely careful about who teaches our children. In Galatians 6:7 it says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” It must also be true that whatsoever we let teachers sow in the minds of our children, that shall we reap.

Pastors also have been at fault. One wonders why they didn’t see the danger, and encourage the Christian parents in their churches to consider home schooling their children. No doubt some have, but not all.

The Bible lays the burden of responsibility for the education of children on the parents. Deuteronomy 4:8-9 says “And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?   Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.” In Proverbs 22:6 we read, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Again, in Ephesians 6:4 we read “And, ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

As we said in our first article on home schooling, not all parents are capable of doing it. For those who can’t, there are other alternatives. Some churches have opened the doors of their church for a school. That way a number of children can study together. Mothers, and even the men, can dedicate time each week to help in the school. Sometimes there are parents in the church whose children have already left the nest, and they can dedicate of their time to the school. In a church school, the children receive a Christian education without obligating the parents to carry the entire burden. It also gives the children more opportunities to participate in group games which help them to develop social skills.

There are several ways of doing home schooling. The traditional way is by means of text books that come with quizzes and exams for each child. Another way, that is now popular, is by means of audio visuals. Children are taught by professional teachers by means of DVD’s. The DVD’s come with quizzes and exams. There is also the possibility of doing your school on internet. Some internet courses are done by audio visuals that come on line instead of DVD’s. Others require the students to read the text of the lesson and take the tests on line. The child’s records are kept on the computer, but the parents can print them if they so desire.

The web page, Generationswithvision.com, tells about a survey that has been done that shows the favorable results of home schooling. The data will not be released until after a conference they have scheduled the last of January, 2015. They have found that a high percentage of home school graduates go on to home school their own children. The survey also finds that home school students and graduates have a much higher resistance to the temptations of life that are the downfall of many teen agers. That should be an incentive for Christian parents to home school their children.

Children need to be taught to have high moral values. They need to learn them also by watching how their parents live. In public school high moral values are often discouraged in the classroom. The bad example of their peers in school also tempts children to lower their moral values.

If you truly love your children, you want to do what is best for them. You will be willing to sacrifice on their behalf. Home schooling is an investment in the future of your children. If it is done well, it will make two significant contributions to their future well-being. First, it will instill in them strong convictions that will enable them to resist the temptations that are the down fall of millions of teen agers. Secondly, it will give them an education that will equip them to be successful in life and make a contribution to the well-being of those around them. We need leaders, both spiritual and political, who are well educated and informed. If you educate your children, some of them may fill that void in the future. Do your best for your children.

On my web page under “Christian home” see also my articles “Home Schooling I,” “A Child’s Education Begins At Home” and “A Contrast Between Education And Indoctrination.” If you have questions or comments you can contact us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

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Home Schooling I

January 25, 2015

Home Schooling I

            More and more parents are homeschooling their children. Since 1999 there has been a 75% increase in the number of children who are home schooled. It is now estimated that over 2.04 million children in the U. S. are being home schooled. Of the parents who home school their children, 73% give as their reason their dissatisfaction with the American school system.

It should be said that not all public school teachers are at fault. Some are sincere and do their best to teach their children. Some are frustrated because of the text books they are expected to use and the ideology of the school administration. Some public schools are governed by conservative school board members. When that is the case, they are careful to screen the teachers they hire and the curriculum and the books that are used.

Home schooling isn’t for everyone. It demands a sacrifice on the part of parents. Many times mothers have to give up their outside employment and be a stay at home mom. That means that they live on a lower economic level. It also demands a measure of self-discipline that not all parents have. Before you choose to home school your children, you need to take heed to the words of Jesus in Luke 14:28. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”

Many parents haven’t considered home schooling because they have been conditioned to think that the education of their children must be left to professionals who have a college degree and are accredited. If we consider the facts, we must accept the fact that, many times, the professionals aren’t getting the job done. To the contrary, many times, home makers without a college degree are having more success than the professionals. Having a college degree to be a teacher is a tremendous asset. Part of the problem is that many colleges are teaching future teachers to indoctrinate rather than educate.

I wouldn’t advocate home schooling If I wasn’t convinced that it is advantageous for your children. For the most part, my wife and I home schooled our six children. Three of them went on to get a college degree. All have been successful in life. None have ever been welfare recipients.

Just the fact that a child has spent twelve years in school doesn’t mean that he or she is educated. That is true for both home school and public school children. Opponents of home schooling like to cite examples of home schooled children who were poorly educated. Of course, those who home school can easily cite examples of public school children who were also poorly educated.

When considering home schooling, it will be advantageous for you to study the facts. Fortunately, surveys have been done so that comparisons can be made regarding the achievements of home school children and those who attend public school. If you are interested, you can do your own research. I have done some for you, but don’t just take my word for it. Helpful information is available on line. Regarding the comparisons, you can find helpful information by going to google and typing in “home schooling vs public school.” There is a web site that is said to be the world’s most visited home school site. It is: www.home-school.com. There you will find a wealth of information about home schooling. They also have a magazine that I’m sure home school parents find helpful.

Statistics show that, of the children who are being home schooled, 17.3 % of the fathers are accountant/engineers. Another 16.9% are professors/doctors and 10.7% are small business owners. That doesn’t mean the fathers are instructing their children. Most often their wives carry the majority, if not all the burden. The men should back up their wives and support them when there are discipline problems. It isn’t necessary that the parents be professionals, but they do need to have a sufficient level of education to have a good knowledge of the material being taught to their children. Nearly always home school teachers grow in knowledge along with their children.

It is an encouragement to see that home schooled children out perform public school children on test scores. The following are some statistics:

Subject Home schooled children Public schooled children
Language 84 50
Math 84 50
Science 86 50
Social Studies 84 50
Reading 89 50
Combination of all subjects 85.4 50

 

Home school students graduate from college at a higher rate than their peers. The comparisons are 66.1% for home schooled children vs 57.5% for public schooled children.

Our children are our most important asset. What you contribute to them will give you great satisfaction as you see them succeed. Home schooling is an investment you need to make in your children. Do your best for them.

On my web page under “Christian home” see also my articles “Home Schooling I,” “A Child’s Education Begins At Home” and “A Contrast Between Education And Indoctrination.”   If you have questions or comments they can be sent to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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Sex Education

January 11, 2015

Sex Education

What place should sex education have in our public schools? That is a question that needs to be carefully considered. For many of us, our parents, and especially our grandparents, never had sex education when they went to school. How did they become aware of what sex is all about? Obviously, they learned about it. Why then do we need sex education now?

The tragic thing about sex education in our schools is that it is encouraging illicit sexual behavior. One of the rules of education is that we learn by doing. After being taught the facts of  sex, it’s only natural that teen agers, even children, will say, “Hey, let’s try it.” Sex education is generally taught without any teaching of moral responsibility. Sometimes they even suggest that teens should look for opportunities to develop their sexual skills. The following web site www.avert.org gives the following advice. “If sex education is going to be effective it needs to include opportunities for young people to develop skills, as it can be hard for them to act on the basis of only having information.” You can find it at this web site by clicking on “sex education that works” and then going to “what skills show sex education development?”

The Heritage Foundation warns of the serious problem facing our society because of the irresponsible behavior of young people regarding the sex drive.   The following web site has something important to say about promiscuity among young people.  www.heritage.org   “Teen sexual activity remains a widespread problem confronting the nation. Each year, some 2.6 million teenagers become sexually active–a rate of 7,000 teens per day. Among high school students, nearly half report having engaged in sexual activity, and one-third are currently active.” The same web page offers the following solution: “Abstinence education teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children, and stresses the social, psychological, and health benefits of abstinence. Abstinence programs also provide youths with valuable life and decision-making skills that lay the foundation for personal responsibility and developing healthy relationships, and marriages later in life. These programs emphasize preparing young people for future-oriented goals.”

Sex education should be replaced by abstinence education. Excellent results are being reported in schools where it is being taught. You can find some good information about abstinence education by going to google.org and typing in “abstinence education.” At the following web sites you can find information about programs that are being used for abstinence education:

www.keepacleanmind.com

www. heritageservice.org

www.bestfriendsfoundation.org

Abstinence education usually encourages young people to sign a pledge saying they will refrain from sex until after marriage. Abstinence education also teaches young people to face the fact that, for them, sexual activity is costly, and that it has the risk of negative outcomes like STD (sexually transmitted diseases) infections, lower academic achievements, emotional problems, and out of wedlock childbearing.

It is only natural that children will ask questions about sex. Their questions should be addressed to their parents. Parents should answer their questions honestly and in accordance with the age of the child. If you, the parent, don’t think your child is ready for a complete explanation about it, you can say, “Honey, when you are older we will talk more about it.”

An article on the heritage.org web page, written by Christine Kim and Robert Rector, says that 80% of parents want the schools to teach youths to abstain from sexual activity until they are ready to give serious consideration to marriage. For that reason, our leaders should be encouraged to be in favor of funding abstinence education in schools. If the schools don’t do it, perhaps parents should get material and teach it to their teens. If parents would do this they could make a valuable contribution to the education of their children and warn them of the dangers of illicit sex.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The best season for a more extensive study of sexual practice is shortly before marriage. Teaching sex to young people before they have reached a good level of maturity and have some convictions about moral values is to put them in temptation that they can’t handle. Teaching children moral values, and an understanding of appropriate social relationships, is of greater value than sex education. There are good written materials they can read.

A good book for young couples to read together on their honeymoon or after marriage is: “The Act Of Marriage” by Tim and Beverly LaHaye ISBN 10:0310270626

The word “sex” doesn’t appear in the Bible, but it teaches us some important truths about sexual purity. Leviticus chapter 18 has some important prohibitions that should be highly respected. Ephesians 5:3-5 says, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;   Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.   For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Then, en verses 21-25 of that chapter, we read of the relationship that should exist between husbands and wives. Even though the word “sex” isn’t found in the Bible, it is still the best text book for teaching sex education. When its principles are followed, society enjoys peace and harmony.

Sex is a precious thing, but it should be kept in its place. Its place is in marriage as Hebrews 13:4 says. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” When sex is abused and perverted it is cheapened. When it is perverted it is often the cause of contention, the spread of disease, and illegitimate children.  Teens should be told that sex is a sacred, precious part of the marriage relationship. It is something for them to look forward to.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

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The Nuclear Family

October 28, 2014

The Nuclear Family

            The nuclear family is modern terminology for a traditional  family.  It means a family that is centered around a nucleus.  It consists of a father, mother, and children.  It functions orderly because there is a chain of command.

A nuclear family is not a perfect institution because it is made up of human beings who have a selfish nature.  Statistics clearly indicate, however, that it is superior to any other arrangement.  For example, the poverty rate for married couples with children is 6.4%.  For a single parent with children it goes up to 36.5%.[i]

The parents in a nuclear family usually teach moral values to their children.  Since they are in a close relationship, they have to learn how to get along with one another.  They are more likely to take one another’s well-being into consideration.  If the father is a wage earner, the children are more likely to learn and respect the work ethic.  If so, when they grow up, they will make their own way.  They learn to work together to keep the house and yard in order.  They play together and learn the value of happy personal relationships.

To a great extent, nuclear families are what made America great.  They gave stability to society.  They contributed to economic stability.  They weren’t an economic burden to society.  Seldom were they the cause of crime and violence.

The ideal nuclear family is also a Christian family.  The family is part of God’s plan for the human race.  Psalm 68:6 says, “God setteth the solitary in families.” In the New Testament we find a chain of command that holds the family together.  The man is subject to Christ.  “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (I Corinthians 11:3).  Wives are to be subject to their husbands.  “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). Children are to obey and honor their parents.  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.   Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:1-2).  Men have the responsibility of providing for their families.  I Timothy 5:8 says, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”  The women are to be “keepers at home.”  Titus 2:3-5 says, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;    That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

This is God’s plan.  It is never carried out perfectly, but if it is followed faithfully it will result in a healthy, happy family.

Our society is often disrupted because of a failure to follow God’s plan for the family.  Marriages are breaking up.  That never happens without heartache and emotional trauma.  Children also suffer emotionally when it happens.  The majority of young people who take drugs and live in rebellion are from unstable or broken homes.

There are forces at work in our society that are contributing to the destruction of the nuclear family.  For example, same sex marriage doesn’t even produce children; much less children who are rightly oriented to life.  The feminist movement tells mothers that it is demeaning for them to stay at home and care for small children.  Government welfare programs compensate young mothers for having children out of wedlock.

It is now being proposed, often with legislative approval, that the “village” is more competent to raise children than their parents are.  By the village is meant government employees like school teachers, psychologists, and social workers.  If it is known that there is some social unrest in a home, social workers can come in and forcefully remove the children from the home.

When there are problems in the nuclear family it is almost always a sin problem.  It is because one or more in the family is living outside the norm of biblical morality.  It is a problem that needs to be dealt with from within the family.  Christian parents often seek counsel from their pastor.  Improper behavior on the part of children can most often be corrected by loving parental counsel and discipline.

When there are problems in the nuclear family it’s not cause for abandoning it.  The problem needs to be fixed.  Nothing else that has been tried has proven to be superior to the nuclear family.  There is no substitute for it.  Don’t give your approval to the forces that are destroying it.

If yours is a nuclear family, you need to do all you can to keep it running smoothly.  It has the potential of giving you peace, love and children you can be proud of.

A new book has recently come off the press that covers this topic in detail.  It was written by Phyllis Schlafly.  The title is “Who Killed The American Family?” It is available on line at wnd.com.

If you have questions or comments, our e-mail address is: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

[i] Statistics cited from the Phyllis Schlafly Report, Oct. 2014

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A Child’s Education Begins In The Home

            To any thinking parent, it should be obvious that a child’s education begins in the home.  That is where they learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, and associate with others.  These are some of the basic functions that a child needs to learn, but their education shouldn’t stop there.  If parents love their child, logically they will want him or her to be successful in life.  Children need to be prepared in the home for the day when they begin their formal education.

Parents find joy and satisfaction in seeing their children take their first steps and learn to talk.  Unfortunately, for many, that joy and satisfaction diminishes as the child becomes more independent.    A child’s best teachers should be his or her parents.  When they go to school they are taught by hired servants who are paid to teach their children.  Parents, on the other hand,   teach their children because they love them.

Many parents seem to think that their obligation to their children stops when they have provided them with food, clothing, and shelter.  They quit too soon. Children also have mental and emotional needs.  These too must be met by their parents.  They also need to know that they are loved.  Children need the security of a stable home where mom and dad love one another.  They need parents who take time to play with them and teach them how to do things.

Good parents feel the obligation to teach their children to have moral values.  They need to know how to distinguish right from wrong.  They need to be taught to respect authority.  They need to know how to be kind.  These are lessons that most often can’t be taught without the use of corporal discipline.  Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Many psychologists tell parents that it is cruel to use corporal discipline.  The serious behavior problems parents have with their children testify to the fact that the psychologists are wrong.  Sunday school is a good thing, but we don’t find it in the Bible.  It is the plan of God that parents teach spiritual truths to their children.  Deuteronomy 4:9-10 says, “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;    Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Don’t leave your children’s spiritual education to the Sunday school

Children suffer a terrible disadvantage if they haven’t been prepared to be educated.  That is the responsibility of their parents.  That preparation consists in being taught to be docile and willing to respect authority.  If they haven’t been taught to respect and obey their parents, they won’t respect and obey their teachers either.  This training needs to start long before they start to school, but it will continue while they are in school.  Our public schools are failing in many ways.  It must be acknowledged, however, that school teachers face a tremendous obstacle when children haven’t been prepared to be educated.

Children need to be motivated to acquire knowledge. They are motivated to learn to read when their parents take time to read to them when they are at a young age.  They will look forward to the day when they too can read.  In school they are motivated to excel in athletics.  They are praised and looked up to when they do.  They also need to be praised when they excel in their academic achievements.  A child proudly brings home a   test he has taken and it has a good grade on it.  Instead of praising the child, the parents may say, “Your teacher must have been lenient with you.” That’s not what he needs to hear.  Proficiency in math begins with learning to count.  They need to be praised for progress they make.  Parents do well when they teach their children how to think and find solutions for problems.

More and more parents who truly care about their children’s education are making sacrifices on their behalf.  There are sacrifices to make to prepare your children to be educated.  Some Christian parents see the danger of sending their children to public schools where they are taught humanism and that there are no absolute moral values.  For that reason, they enroll their children in private schools.  Others choose home schooling.  Many home schooled children finish with a higher scholastic level than those educated in public schools.

Parents are often motivated to set money aside for their children’s college education.  Those who do are sometimes disillusioned when it comes time for their son or daughter to go to college.  Some can’t pass the entrance exams.  If they do, they may not have the discipline to study.

One of the highest satisfactions of parents is that of having children they can be proud of.  If they have completed their obligation to their children regarding their education, they are less likely to have children of whom they are ashamed.  There are times when parents have done their best, but still their children choose the broad way that leads to destruction.  That is unfortunate, but they don’t have to live with the guilt of having been negligent in doing their part.

The best inheritance you can leave for your children is that of having brought them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  (Ephesians 6:4) That word “nurture” means to educate.    In Proverbs 22:6 we have this promise. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” What will you leave behind when you leave this life?  If you have been good parents, there is no greater satisfaction than to know that your children are noble, honest, and compassionate.  They will continue contributing to the wellbeing of others.  They will do what you can no longer do.

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Help For Hurting People

            In spite of the material abundance we enjoy, there is an ever increasing number of hurting people.  There is a tremendous need for people willing to help hurting people.  Helpers need to have compassion.  They need to be willing to sacrifice of their time to help those in need.  They need to be willing to learn how to help them.  This article has two missions.  It is an appeal for helpers, but most of all, it is addressed to hurting people.  At the close of the article we will say something more about the need for helpers.

If you are hurting, you need to be willing to recognize that you have a need.  Then you need to be willing to seek help and accept the solution that is offered.  If you are hurting financially or physically, there are those equipped to help you with that.  This article is directed towards those with moral and spiritual problems.

Sometimes, more than anything else, hurting people need consolation.  It may be because of the loss of a loved one.  Sometimes people suffer because of tragedies.  In that case, they may need help in replacing what they have lost.  Many people are hurting because of marital problems or because their children are living an immoral life style.  It may or may not be because of their negligence.  Some need comfort because they have gone through the awful trauma of a divorce.  We need to be ready and willing to comfort them as it says in II Corinthians 1:3-4.  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;   Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  They can have lasting comfort if we introduce them to the God of all comfort.

Many are suffering because of problems that were self-inflicted.   Unfortunately, they aren’t always willing to accept the blame for their problems.  They shift the blame on poverty or society.  Modern day suffering people are being given reason for shifting the blame for their suffering by the lie being circulated by pseudo-scientists.  They are saying that addictions have nothing to do with morals, weak character, or sin.  They say it is a chronic disease like cardiovascular heart disease.  They say they are just unfortunate victims.  That philosophy sells drugs, but it certainly doesn’t help people get free from their addictions.  If they believe that lie, they aren’t going to seek help, much less accept it.

Americans, in ever increasing numbers, are struggling with addictions.  Being addicted is never beneficial.  In essence, it is to become enslaved to something.  The July 2014 issue of the Whistle Blower magazine (p. 5) sites some alarming statistics.  It says that 70 million Americans are currently taking powerful mind altering drugs, some prescribed by doctors and others illegal.  Another 60 million have an alcohol problem.  That adds up to 130 million.  That doesn’t include all those addicted to electronic games and pornography.  Those are also hurting people.

Why do people fall into addictions?  If we knew the answer to that question, perhaps we could help some before they fall into the slavery of addiction. Many start taking drugs because they are already hurting and are seeking relief.  Drugs give them temporary relief, but in the end they remain dependent on them.  It appears as though many teen-agers, as well as adults, fall into addictions because they are ignorant of what the end result will be.  Someone offers them a fix of heroin or a shot of whisky saying, “Try it.  It’ll make you feel good.” He tries it and it does make him feel good.  It isn’t that he wasn’t feeling good before, but it gives him a brief sensation of ecstasy that he has never experienced before.  He wants to try it again, and he does.  He isn’t given any warning about what the end result will be.  Being forewarned is to be forearmed.

People don’t seek help unless they are hurting.  If we could help people see the dangers ahead, they could avoid them.  Many are too proud or stubborn to seek help or take heed to warnings.  Pride keeps many people from seeking help.  They will wallow in shame, pain, and defeat rather than humble themselves and admit that they need help. Proverbs 1:25, 30 says, “But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.” Most often we have to humble ourselves to admit we need help.  We like to think we can solve our own problems.

When you are wrestling with a moral or spiritual problem, where can you turn for help? Turning to God should be your first recourse.      Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  You also need to be in a good church where you will get counsel and support.  Your pastor can give you counsel and suggest ways of getting victory.  If you know family members or friends who are mature faithful Christians they can give you good counsel.

There are times when self-help isn’t sufficient.  That is when you need to seek the help of others.  Who should you turn to?  In most cases, the first ones you should turn to are those who know and love you.  They will give you encouragement and moral support. If you are struggling with a spiritual problem and your loved ones aren’t saved, they probably couldn’t help you.

If you, or your loved ones, don’t have financial resources to seek professional help, don’t let that hinder you.  Often there are those who can give you better help than professionals, and it won’t cost you anything.  If you aren’t in a good Bible believing church, you need to be, even if you have to drive several miles to find one.  They can help you understand what you need to do to become a child of God.   Be careful of churches that offer a quick prayer for you for your deliverance and say, “Now you are on your own.  Trust God for the victory.” Yes, you need to trust God for the victory, but it may not come over night.  You may need someone at your side to pray with you again and again and give you moral support and counsel.

Often the only effective deliverance from the chains of drug addiction is by means of a drug addiction center. There are some operated by Christian groups that have had a phenomenal success.  They  seek to guide the patient into the right relationship with God.  They are in-patient centers that involve several months of treatment and training.  The most crucial period is the withdrawal process.  After that comes the discipleship training that teaches the patient to have goals in life and develop self-discipline to resist temptations.  These centers ask for financial remuneration.  Often the victim can solicit help from family members, or his or her local church.

A call for volunteers

There is a great need for retired Christians who have a compassion for the needy.  People need someone who cares and is willing to spend time with them to give them counsel and encouragement.  Pastors are often willing to do it, but they don’t always have time for it.  Talk to your pastor and let him know that you are available.  You may think you haven’t had enough training.  There are training programs available. However, if you have lived a successful life and have had victory over temptation, you are well on your way to meeting the qualifications for being a helper to hurting people.

If you are a hurting person, let me assure you that God cares for you and can help you.  God helps those who are his.  If you aren’t a child of God, you can be by humbly coming to God as a repentant sinner and by faith receiving Christ as your Savior.  Then you will have the        privilege of casting your cares on him.  I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” The way out of the heart ache and anxiety you are in may be long, but God has promised to help you get the victory.  II Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

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Youth Evangelism

May 19, 2014

Youth Evangelism

            Pastors, churches and Christians need to wake up to the urgency of reaching young people with the gospel.  The youth are the future of our churches.  Without them our churches will die.  The annihilation of Christianity could be only one generation away.  Are we aware of that?  If so, why isn’t more being done about it?

Yes, it’s true that many young people have been spoiled rotten.  All they are interested in  is food, fun, and games.  Many parents have failed to instill character in their children.  However, not all parents are to blame.  Many Christian parents know the heart break of seeing their children repudiate the truths they hold dear and reject the only wise God.  They need the help of churches and Christian leaders to rescue their children.

Many young people have been deceived by the teaching they have received in school. It gives them reason to doubt and reject the teaching of Christianity.  The teaching of naturalism gives them reason to think that science has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bible isn’t true when it comes to science.  They have heard that teaching over and over again.  Seldom have they heard the other side of the argument.  They aren’t sufficiently grounded in the truths of God’s Word to be able to defend themselves. Proverbs 1:4 tells us that it is our duty “To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.”  Verse 5 tells us why. “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”

Before we can attempt to win most modern young people to Christ we have to convince them of the truth of creationism.  There are some good Christian organizations that have some excellent material available to expose the fallacy of evolution.  The following are the two best known:

Answers in Genesis

P.O. box 510

Hebron, Ky. 41048

www.answersingenesis.org

 

The Institute for Creation Research

P.O. Box 59029

Dallas, Tx. 75229

www.icr.org

These groups have books, magazines, and audio-visuals available.  We need to expose young people to these materials

Perhaps churches should organize monthly Saturday youth rallies with sister churches of like faith and practice.  It can be in a different church each time.  In preparation for the rally the young people can prepare special music, readings, or skits.  When possible, an enthusiastic outside speaker who knows how to communicate with young people  could be invited.  Otherwise, the pastors of the churches involved can prepare messages designed to answer questions young people have.  On occasion, videos from the above mentioned groups could be shown.  Enthusiasm would need to be built up among the young people.  They would need to be encouraged in invite their friends outside the church.  It seems as though young people always have an empty stomach, so food needs to be included.  Older people in the church could be involved in bringing and serving the food

Some Christian youth organizations of the past have self-destructed because they went overboard in trying to entertain young people and didn’t have enough spiritual content.  There needs to be some humor and fun in a youth rally, but not so much that young people come just for that.  Let them know that the reason for the rally is to communicate a message that young people need to hear

Summer camps for young people are an excellent way of teaching them spiritual truths.    They need to be well planned and properly supervised.  Just one week of camp a year isn’t enough.  It needs to be followed up by getting them in church regularly.

Young people aren’t being taught to think in school.  They are expected to accept what is being taught without asking any questions.  Years ago schools had debating teams and the students were judged according to their ability to come up with an answer when their argument was challenged.  We need to challenge young people to think for themselves.  For example, I like to put this question to them.  “If it’s true that human beings evolved for apes and monkeys, why do we still have apes and moneys?  Why did some get left behind?”  I find that most young people have never thought about that.

Young people need to be convinced that it does make a difference what we believe.  If the Bible is true, and our origin goes back to God and creation, that answers questions about who we are and why we are here.  That gives us direction about how we should order our lives in society.  If we were created by a transcendent God for a purpose, then we need to ask, what is that purpose and how should we fulfill it?  That gives us direction in life and reason for living.

On the other hand, if naturalism is true, then there is no objective basis for morality.  Morality is nothing more than what appears to be true in our minds when we have evolved to a certain level.  Morality is subjective.  Everyone is free to decide what he thinks is true.  In modern classrooms, skepticism is applied in regard to objective truth.  The only objective truth they accept is that there is no objective truth.

We are reaping the fruit of subjective morality.  Many young people are convinced that there is no objective moral truth.  They says, “I have a right to live my life anyway I want to and no one has a right to hinder me.” That leaves them free to ruin their lives with drugs, alcohol and illicit sex.  The disaster that results from that moral philosophy is evident to any who will take time to consider it.

Our negligence in reaching out to our young people leaves our churches and Christianity without a future.  It also leaves our young people and the future generation on a downward slope that leads to chaos and calamity.  To comprehend the problem facing us and do nothing to solve the problem leaves us guilty of contributing to the problem.  What do you do when you see people on a course that will lead them to grief, pain, and shame?  To remain silent and give them no warning is to consent to their downfall.

Young people need to know that we care; that we love them.  They need to know that we want the best for them.    Christian young people need lots of help in this wicked world.  They need friends who are mature Christians who are willing to listen to their questions and give them guidance.

How can we help them?  What should we do?   What is being done? Please circulate this article among other Christian leaders.  If you have suggestions, let them be known and they will be added to this article.

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The Drug Culture

May 6, 2014

The Drug Culture

            A solution for the drug culture is on the minds of many in these days.  Is there a solution?  Perhaps there isn’t.  There will always be those who choose to abuse themselves and hurt others by living in sin. We have laws against the manufacturing and selling of drugs.  At best, they are a preventive, not a solution.  That approach was tried with regard to alcohol, but it failed.  I don’t advocate rescinding our laws against making and selling drugs, but let’s face it, they aren’t very successful.

Some say, “You can’t legislate morality.” There is an element of truth to that, but there are laws that at least restrain and discourage immoral acts.  Laws are for our protection.  The laws against theft and murder don’t give us complete assurance that we will never be victims, but if it weren’t for those laws, we would be in much greater danger.  No doubt, the drug laws we have serve to curtail the drug problem.  Let’s keep them while we look for a better way.

There is a better way.  It is by   practicing the admonition that we find in the Bible.  The Bible has an answer for all our social problems.  The farther we get away from biblical teaching the more social problems we have.

People need to be informed.  Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.   For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Yes, there are those who ignore the warning of danger and do it anyhow.  There are those who have so little self-discipline that they go on giving into fleshly desires, even knowing that they will suffer for it.   They give heed to the advice that says, “If it feels good, do it.”

Does that mean we should stop warning them?  Of course not!  Warnings about the danger of drugs are just one avenue of curtailing the problem.

You and I can help people, especially young people, by means of admonition.  A good definition of the word “admonition” is gentle persuasion.  It is sometimes just a warning about the danger of drugs accompanied by a heartfelt concern about their wellbeing. If you have occasion to talk to someone who is already taking drugs, it doesn’t help to rebuke or admonish them.  They need admonition to stop taking drugs.  Admonition is more effective if it is given by more than one person.  People need to know that someone cares for them.

People need to be properly oriented to life.  They need to have a goal in life.  They need to have a reason for living.  It is sad to find that many young people have given little thought to their future in life.  They just plan to wait and see what opportunities present themselves

It has been said, “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.” A life without a goal is an empty life.  It doesn’t accomplish anything worthwhile.  Young people need a challenge.  Perhaps they don’t have a specific career in mind, but they need to know that they need to head in the right direction.  If they are rightly oriented to life they will know that they will never have any great success in life without an education

Young people need to know that there are habits that can cripple them for life.  It may just be laziness or carelessness.  It may also be addictions.  Psalm one sets forth counsel that will lead us to prosperity and the blessed life.  “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.    But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.   The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.    Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.   For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Now let’s put all this in the context of the drug culture.  Illegal drugs have nothing good to offer us.  They are a threat to our future happiness and wellbeing.  They won’t help you get to where you want to go in life. To the contrary, they will hinder and stop you.  All these drugs have to offer is a temporary sensation of euphoria.

Young people are fortunate if they grow up in a family with parents and siblings that care for them, and when needed, know how to admonish them.  One of the leading causes of the drug culture is the breakdown of the family.  Strengthening the family would solve a lot of problems; not just the drug problem.

We will never stop the drug problem just by making it illegal to make and sell drugs.  We need to get at the cause of the problem.  People who are rightly oriented to life have no desire for drugs.  If there is no market for drugs, there will be no profit in making and selling them.

When it comes to drugs, many adults are just as gullible as teen agers.  They may not buy illegal drugs, but when they face emotional problems, they go to the doctor to get a fix to help them live with their problems.  Before they know it, they find themselves addicted to prescription drugs.  Instead of fixing the problem, they treat the symptoms.  Many times in life we are called upon to face hardships and loss.  In John 16:33 we read that Jesus said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Those who know God personally find that God is able to sustain them in times of stress.  I Peter 5:7 says that we can cast our cares on Jesus.  “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” God’s cure for stress will not leave you in danger of being addicted to drugs.

Young man, young woman, success in life is a far greater satisfaction than you will ever get from drugs.  Have the common sense and will power to say no to drugs.  It is your duty to yourself, to those who know you and love you, and to God.  Put your faith and trust in God for salvation and seek his will for your life.  He can give you a life that is worth living and a glorious future that goes beyond this life.

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Help For Troubled Marriages

            Many find themselves struggling in their marriage.  It hasn’t been the “and they lived happily ever after,” experience they anticipated.  Altogether too often couples are too quick to come to the conclusion that there is no hope for their marriage.  They are ready to end it all.  In this article we are going to offer ways to fix it instead of ending it.

Let’s be realistic.  In a brief article like this we can’t touch on all the problems that come up in marriage and offer a solution.  What we plan to do is offer some resources where you can find help.

Fortunate are those who are genuine Christians, living the Christian life the way it was meant to be lived.  They are much less likely to have marriage problems.  If they do, they have ready access to help.  They have at their disposal the power of prayer.  God helps those who go to him in search of a solution.  If they will pray together they are much more likely to find help.

When a couple who are genuine Christians have troubles in their marriage they are extremely fortunate if they are attending a church with a pastor who is willing to take time to counsel them.  Many marriages problems are solved in a pastor’s study.

When there are marriage problems, most often both are at fault, but one may be more guilty than the other.  Often one is willing to seek help, but the other refuses.  In such cases, the one who refuses to seek help is most often the most guilty.  He or she doesn’t want to face their failure in doing their part.

If you don’t have access to pastoral counseling, or if your pastor’s counsel doesn’t help, there are still some good resources.  The following are suggestions of books you can read.  It is highly recommended that couples agree on a time when they can sit down together and read a certain number of pages in a book and then talk about what they have read.  Obviously, some books are for men and some are for women.  If you are going to read a book together it will be best to choose one that has help for both men and women.

Books

“The Joy of Committed Love”

Gary Smalley

Pyranee Books (Zondervan)

ISBN 0-310-44901-4

 

“Created to Be His helpmeet”

Debi Pearl

ISBN -13: 978-1-892112-60-6

ISBN 10: 1-892112-60-4

 

“Created to Need a Helpmeet”

A Marriage Guide For Men.  Men need women to make them better, wiser and kinder people

Michael Pearl

 

Note:  The last two books on the list are available at the web site www.NoGreaterJoy.org

 

“You Can Be The Wife Of a Happy Husband”

Darien B. Cooper

Victor Books

ISBN 0-88207-711-2

 

“Me Obey Him?”

Elizabeth Rice Handford

Sword of the Lord Publishers

ISBN 0-87398-552-4

 

“The Act Of Marriage”

Tim LaHaye

Available from timlahaye.com

ISBN 13: 9780310212003, 10: 0310212006

 

“His Needs, Her Needs”

Willard F. Harley

Available from marriagebuilders.com

Making Love Last Forever

Gary Smalley

Word Publishing

ISBN 0-8499-1194

 

On The Rock or on The Rocks

Eldon W. Stevens

Faith Baptist Church Publications

www.Fbcpublications.com

ISBN 978-1-60208-102-4

 

The Christian Home

Clarence Sexton

Crown Publications

www.FaithfortheFamily.com

ISBN1-58981-64-3-9

 

Note:  Having the ISBN number is a tremendous help in finding a book.  If you take the ISBN number to a book store, they can find it on their computer with that number and tell you if they have it in stock.  If you can go on line, the ISBN number will help you find it.  The following two web pages are a good source for books :

amazon.com

barnesandnobel.com

 

Web pages where you can get help:

Marriageministry.org

ccesonline.com

marriagebuilders.com

nogreaterjoy.org

Note:

Lord willing, this list of resources will be amplified from time to time as more resources are found.

There is hope for troubled marriages.  Don’t throw all the blame on your marriage partner.  Both need to humble themselves and recognize that they haven’t done all they could and should to make theirs a happy marriage.  More often than not, selfishness is what ruins a marriage.  If both will live to make their partner happy, a marriage will be a success.

If you can’t fix your marriage problem, look for help.  Don’t be too proud to admit that you need help.  Pastors can often help.  If you know a couple who have enjoyed a happy marriage for 40 or 50 years, it may be that they could help.  Maybe they haven’t had training in marriage counseling, but they have had experience.  It may be that they have been through the same problems you are now facing and have learned how to work their way through them.  A marriage is too precious to discard.  Fix it, whatever the cost.  It is the author’s prayer that this article will be used of God to save many troubled marriages.  Our e-mail address is rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

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