Finishing Strong… A Few Weeks Late

finish.strongWhen August rolls around I get excited.  I have all of these wonderful shiny new homeschool books on my shelves!  I’ve spent hours praying over what to pick and trying to get the best prices.  I’ve planned and agonized over my kid’s reactions to their new course work.   It is an emotionally charged time!  Then the official first day rolls around and we get busy with life and school. As we progress through those fall months something happens.  We itch for those summer days of leisure.  The kid’s start working at a snail’s pace but no worries it is only November we have all year to make up those few math lessons.  Then December comes around.  I personally plan for most of the month off from book studies because we get busy with holidays and family fun! Poof! It is the New Year and we only have to make up 11 history lessons, 1 week of science and about 7 math lessons!  No problem we will double up! Do you see a trend here?  All of a sudden it is May 15th and you are 4 modules in science from completion, 30 math lessons left and your 6th grader tells you he was stuck on grammar so hasn’t done it in a month.  (Maybe I need to get on grading that book?)  All of a sudden that May finish date is around the corner and we are not ready! So what do we do?  Well, we get a schedule and work hard.  Science can be tripled up!  What we don’t do is get discouraged! We have time…   Continue Reading →

You Don’t Love Me!

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You don’t love me…

Has your child ever said this to you? We’re going through this phase for the second time of our parenthood…different child, same age range. It shocked me the first time. I’ll be honest…it hurts. It hurts to think my daughter doesn’t think I love her no matter what the reason.
So what prompted this break-my-heart statement? I punished her.

My girls are not perfect…I know this comes as a huge surprise to everyone, right? Before I had kids I thought discipline would be a simple matter. Continue Reading →

An Attack on Marriage is Ultimately an Assault on God’s Character and God’s Word.

Believers must never adjust the Bible to the age, but the age to the BibleCharles Spurgeon is considered the Prince of Preachers but what is often not known about him and his ministry is that he faced attacks on the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible he loved to proclaim to God’s people the world over . Spurgeon faced challenges from all corners with people who wanted him to compromise. Spurgeon in the midst of all of these challenges declared that “believers must never adjust the Bible to the age, but the age to the Bible.”[i]

Just as Spurgeon faced attacks on inerrancy, evangelical Christians are under attack by those who think that marriage should no longer be defined as between a man and a woman, but rather between any combination of man or woman. At the heart of these attacks is a rejection of what the Bible teaches which makes these attacks ultimately an attack on the authority and inerrancy of Scripture.

Attack on marriage is an assault on God's character and God's WordIt seems to me that those who attack the biblical teaching on marriage want to re-write the Bible to suit their own view even while they suggest that the Bible doesn’t speak to the issue of marriage. The problem with all of this is the Bible does clearly speak to this issue. If one even skims over Genesis 1-3 it becomes clear that marriage is a God-ordained institution and therefore to be treated as such. Any attack on marriage is ultimately an attack on the God who created the world we live in and get to enjoy by His grace. An attack on marriage is ultimately an assault on God’s character and God’s Word.

Attacks on marriage and the Word of God are not new but rather as old as the Garden of Eden. The Word of God always stands in judgment of men never do men– stand in judgment of it. This fundamental fact reveals the problem going on inside and outside the Church in regard to marriage: that the issue of marriage is revealed in who is authoritative-- man or God. Charles Spurgeon revealed the problem when he stated that, “He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him.”

As the Word of God did its work in Spurgeon’s time, so today can evangelicals be encouraged that the Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God is the means that God uses by His Spirit to pierce the heart of the convinced atheist, rejecters like Judas, and deniers like Peter. “When people understand they can trust in the early chapters of Genesis, they can better understand and can be more responsive to the gospel—the gospel that is based on that history.”[ii] Evangelicals need to stand firm in the grace of God and the Word of God by looking to the example of men like Spurgeon and be encouraged that God, by His grace, is still working to bring people to Himself and build His church for His glory and praise.

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This is a guest post by Dave Jenkins, is part one in a three part series. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 coming soon.

[i] Charles Spurgeon, An All-Around Ministry: Addresses to Ministers and Students (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1906), 230.

[ii] Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge, How Do We Know The Bible Is True Volume 1 (ARK, New Leaf Press, 2011), 9.