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  1. God Is A Homeschooling Dad (Deut. 6)

    December 25, 2012 by Pito

    Since God is the premiere homeschooling Dad, it is no surprise that He wants His people to be home-schooled. In our passage we find that this is exactly what He wants, what He commands.

    The foundation of all of life is that God is One. The three persons of the Trinity are One in their essence. They are spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in their being, wisdom, justice, holiness, goodness and truth. The Trinity is the model for all of life. Believing God is a monad, a singularity, has a major problem. If God is love, as the Orthodox Jews, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Unitarians believe, they have a big, a HUGE problem. If God was alone before He created, how did God know love?  If God had to create man to know love, then God is dependent on His creation, which makes Him not God. Islam also professes to believe in one god, a god of brute power. Since we become like the God we worship, it is not surprising that Islam is a religion of brute power and its concomitant, violence. Fortunately, all Muslims do not take their brand of monotheism to its extreme conclusion.

    The doctrine of the Trinity does not have these inherent difficulties. Because God has existed in three persons for all eternity, they formed an eternal society of love. God did not have to create someone to love. Understanding the implications of Trinitarian doctrine solves all the distortions of philosophers, whether they are in the universities or on the streets.

    God wants us to love Him with all our being and we should. He has given us life and all things richly to enjoy. It is reasonable that the creature should worship the Creator. The promises to Israel are promises to us in the New Covenant also. If we obey we will be blessed and if we disobey we will be cursed. We “reap what we sow.” While we recognize that by faith in Christ our sins are forgiven, we also recognize that “… and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”  In the Christian life, we must not pit works against faith, nor grace against the law. It is both/and, not either/or.

    It is essential that we teach and warn our children so that the blessings given to one generation do not become a curse to the next generation. God does not want us to send our children away to be educated by others. He requires fathers and mothers to raise up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We are to do this all day long and into the night. We are to confront them and ourselves with the wisdom of God which is His Word. This Word is to be in our hearts. We also write it on our doorposts to remind us of what is to be in our hearts.

    We have all failed in these responsibilities and we repent as we prepare for the year to come. It is time to put away childish things and to act like men, like the mature Man, Jesus Christ. May God grant that we all grow up this coming year, into the glorious image of our Lord and Savior. There is no time to waste. Life is a vapor and only what we do for Christ will last. Let us be about the Father’s business without delay.


  2. Impotent Darkness (Luke 1:57-80)

    December 23, 2012 by Pito

    Although Zecharias showed little faith when the angel told him of the conception of his son, God gave him a second chance. He does the same for us. We sin again and again and again and God forgives us again and again and again.  And when he does, like Zacharias, our mouths are opened and we praise and thank God for His blessing.

    Like at creation, God’s plan moves from darkness to light. We find the beginning of the re-creation of all things in the Christmas story. Jesus, the bright an Morning Star, came at night to drive out the darkness that consumed the ancient world. The enchantment of evil was heavy upon them but the Light of the world arrived. Christmas morning finally came and the darkness fled. The Morning Star arrived and the darkness was impotent.

    Peter tells us that the Morning Star has arisen in the hearts of Christians. Jesus has shined into our Adamic darkness and one day, when He reaches His zenith, millions will be confronted on the road to Damascus with a Christ brighter than the noonday sun.

    We are the children of Light, the Light that has arisen and no amount of heathen darkness can do anything about it. We lived in darkness but we have seen a great Light. The Light was so powerful that it has been coming to the entire world even as it came to Galilee of the Gentiles.

    Christ has arisen, Christians rejoice! Christ has ascended high into the eastern sky, you Christians, lift up your heads. Let us thank the Father for sending the Light into the world, for bringing Light to every man. May He be in us and we in Him that our shining will bring glory and honor and blessing to His Holy Name. Amen!

     


  3. Faith Sings (Luke 1:39-56)

    December 12, 2012 by Pito

    John leaping for joy in Elizabeth’s womb indicates to us that he had a spiritual awareness and could respond to the Spirit of God. We must not let our rationalism undermine the Bible’s teaching on the faith of children, even the unborn.

    Can children have faith? Can the unborn have faith? What else can they have? The don’t have propositional knowledge. Faith is all they can have. David says of himself in Psalm 22, “…From my mother’s womb you have been my God…You have made me trust while on my mother’s breast…”  We should not question their spiritual capacity nor their feeble worship. We expect them to live their lives in the context of God’s grace and truth, to be sharp arrows for the piercing of God’s enemies and faithful worshipers and soldiers in God’s army.

    Jesus took special effort to include them in the ranks of the disciples, even setting them up as the model for adults. Holding an infant in His arms He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say unto you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

    Mary sang of her Lord, “My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”  Mary and the Church have a lot in common. We, the handmaiden of the Lord, also are of very low estate. The Lord has raised us up out of the miry clay and set our feet on the Rock.

    We call the Church blessed because it is she, our Mother, who has birthed us into the New Covenant by our baptisms. She has taught us the gospel and has nurtured us in the faith and disciplined us as needed. She has fed us with the eternal food of the body and blood of Christ. Well do we call her blessed.

    Through her the Lord has done mighty things for us. In His holiness He has redeemed our lives from destruction and set us free from the bondage of sin.  He has crowned us with loving kindness and tender mercies while bringing down the mighty from their thrones. He has filled us, giving us all things richly to enjoy while sending the worldly rich away empty.

    At the beginning of the New Testament Church Peter reminds us that “…as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ… And if you be Christ’s, then you are  Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

    This song of Mary is our song as well and we sing it joyously to the glory  and praise of our God. Our singing rises even higher and with greater clarity and boldness as we remember the coming of our Savior over 2000 year ago.

    This day our soul doth magnify the Lord and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior. As we worship together each week the Lord calls us to eat His body and to drink His blood and to bring our children with us. With great expectation and hearts full of thanksgiving, let us go up to Him and eat at His Table, the Table of Joy. Our Husband meets us here. Welcome to the Table of the Lord.

     


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