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The Short Answer—I Can't Do Anything Else Proverbs 19:27 “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err from the words of knowledge.”In 1976 God spoke to my heart about starting a Christian school. I was then pastoring a small, rural church in Northeast Missouri. When I say rural, I mean way out in the middle of nowhere. When I went to the church with my burden, the people I pastored, whose lives incidentally were integrally tied into the small public school there, did not have my burden.A few months later I was ousted from the church and I and several families started a new church about 18 miles away. From the very beginning, everyone knew that a Christian school was in the works. I made a vow to the Lord that my children would never go to a public school.In September of 1978 God fulfilled my burden and the Monroe City Christian School opened its doors with 17 students. If I had had 1700 students that first day, I could not have been prouder. My wife and I bought a huge home there in the city of Monroe City and the church met in our house and we redecorated the basement for the school. Oh, what the Lord did that year.Well, it is now 20 years later, and I believe more in Christian education today than I did 20 years ago in that first ACE classroom.Let me be honest though. There have been times in these 20 years, when it has been tough to continue in this ministry. Finding good, qualified teachers and administrators with the same burden is not easy. The Christian school movement itself has not always been as popular as it was 20 years ago. On many occasions the financial burden has been a great strain on the churches I have pastored. But if something is right and God-ordered, then we should keep doing it even when it is not easy to do it.On a couple of occasions I said to the Lord, kind of in a complaining way, “Lord, would You let me pastor a church without a Christian school?” But God has always answered me, “No, I have given you this responsibility—you carry it.” During times when my burden has grown lax or problems with the Christian school have engulfed me, I have reminded myself of 3 reasons why I believe in the Christian school.Philosophically, I Cannot Do Anything Else.Our text says for us to command our children to stop hearing those who teach them contrary to the Bible. My faith is the most precious thing that I have. I cannot send my children to a Catholic Sunday School because the teachers there would teach them contrary to my faith. Neither can I send my children to a humanist Monday school because the teachers there will teach them contrary to the scriptures.Proverbs 22:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” The older my children get, the gladder I am that I did not give up during the tough times! I see in my grown, older children a worldview that comes from their training at home and at school.It is sad to me when parents give their children a choice about one of the most important things in their life: their education. God gave parents the duty of “bringing up their children” not of allowing them to bring themselves up. As a parent, I am to guide my child, I am not to allow them to guide me. (By the way, parents, that means that you have to know where you are going and what goals you have for your children).Christian schools are not found in the Scriptures. However, the command is that we are to train our children in our faith and not to allow others to teach our children (who are so moldable) contrary to our faith. Christian schools and home schools are simply a way to fulfill those commands.Practically, I Cannot Do Anything Else.One million girls will become pregnant outside of wedlock before graduation day. Before they leave high school, 1.2 million boys will become sexually active. One third of all school children will be so poorly educated they will function under their own intelligence capabilities. All public school students will be taught the untenable and unbelievable theory of evolution. Few will learn the undeniable truth that there is more evidence to support the belief that man was really created by God.Most public school students will not learn to read well and many will not learn to write and think clearly at all. Only about 50% will learn enough geography to identify the location of places like Chicago, Miami, Forth Worth, etc. Fewer will learn to locate Germany, Spain, or Saudi Arabia.They will be exposed to violence, crime, cursing to an extreme, drugs, and sexual promiscuity. Often these things will be condoned by teachers and the administration itself! Many school districts now are exposing their kids to homosexuals and will be taught by sensitivity training that alternative lifestyles are a matter of choice.If I did not have the conviction from the scriptures, even practically, I cannot send my children into that system.Purposely, I Cannot Do Anything Else.I am afraid that most parents do not raise their children on purpose. They simply have no driving purpose that guides their decisions with their home and children. I have one driving desire for my children and that is that they love and serve the wonderful God that I have loved and served.My prayer and aim is that they either serve the Lord in a full time capacity or be used in a good, Bible believing independent Baptist church to further God's work. I want them to be ambitious and do well in whatever vocation God calls them into, but business is second in my mind, God's work comes first.We only have one life and it will soon be past. A hundred years from now it will not make any difference how much money I made. It will make a difference how many souls I led to Christ, how many people I helped guide along the way, and how I served Him for Whom I was made and redeemed!Ps.127:3 says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord.” The word “heritage” means ‘loan.' My children are not mine to raise for myself, they are on loan from the Lord and I must raise them for Him. With these things in mind, I must choose a school that helps me toward my purpose. I must help my children choose a college that will help me toward my purpose. Money should not be the primary consideration. The will of God must be the driving factor. I would sell my house rather than have my children trained contrary to my faith. I know many, many people who live very sacrificially in order to train their children according to their faith.We only get one chance to train our children. Their faith and values cannot be taken for granted. They will learn faith and values. The question is, “Whose faith and whose values will they learn?”From the Daily Manna.
If there is any group of people who should believe in the dignity of every human because they are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), it is Christians. Indeed, Bible-believing Christians believe that regardless of any physical, national, or social differences, all people are created equal at birth and should be treated with dignity and respect (Romans 10:12). Furthermore, within the church body, we believe that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. We all come to Christ the same way—through Jesus—and there is no difference in any Christian's worth to God or inclusion in the church body (Galatians 3:28).These are the ideas the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights….”But these are not the same ideas behind the Equality Act currently working its way through the United States Congress. Seeking to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equality Act makes two serious errors:It makes sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes. The Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” in public accommodations. But the Equality Act changes the meaning of “sex” from its basic biological meaning of male or female and specifically defines it to include:(A) a sex stereotype;(B) pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; (C) sexual orientation or gender identity; and(D) sex characteristics, including intersex traits. It eliminates use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The RFRA provides protection to religious exercise (already protected under the US Constitution). The Equality Act passed in the US House of Representatives by a 236-173 vote. On May 20, 2019, it was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, where it remains at the time of this writing. Why should Christians be concerned? 1. It categorizes basic Bible beliefs as discriminatory. Bible-believing Christians have always taught that God created mankind in His image and in only two possible genders—male and female, which are the core of who we are on a created level (Genesis 1:27). God created marriage as a union between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24).God created sexual intimacy as a beautiful part of marriage but forbids any sexual acts outside of marriage (Hebrews 13:4) and specifically forbids homosexual acts (Romans 1:26–27).These are convictions that Bible-believing people have held for thousands of years. They are not recently-made up to discriminate against any person or group of people. But the Equality Act sees any real conviction on these in a way that might impact a person's conscience or a church or religious group as categorically discriminatory. This could impact churches, Christian colleges, or other Christian organizations' hiring processes. It could force Christian adoption agencies to place babies in homes with same-sex couples. And this is just the beginning of the far-reaching ramifications when the government takes it upon itself to define basic religious beliefs as bigoted and intolerant.2. It endangers children and removes parental protection for minors. The bill specifically states: “an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.'' One of the reasons we as a society have gender-segregated restrooms is to provide protection and privacy for women and girls. This bill removes that protection allowing a man who identifies as a woman to enter a women's restroom, locker room, dressing room, or any other shared facility. “Shared facilities” could even include domestic violence shelters. Even more egregious, because of the broad-sweeping definitions in this bill, it could also limit parental protection for children who are confused regarding their gender identity, literally requiring doctors to give them life-altering medical treatments without their parents' consent. An article by the Heritage Foundation gave specific incidents where this is already happening in states that have imposed a similar law. This simply must not be allowed to pass at a federal level. 3. It suppresses religious liberty.Religious liberty is one of the great gifts of the American Constitution. When that Constitution becomes radically redefined to enforce the subjective identification of a person onto the objective reality of others (such as a man who identifies as a woman into a woman's restroom), objective personal freedom is left unprotected. When the government takes it upon itself to define basic Bible beliefs as discriminatory, religious liberty is thrown under the bus. James Dobson called the Equality Act “a thinly veiled attempt to finish off religious liberty in America once and for all, which ought to be plainly obvious based upon a cursory reading of the First Amendment.” In the same article, he further explained, “This decision demonstrates a frightening willingness by those on the left to advance a radical social agenda at a time when our nation already faces so many other divisive challenges. Simply put, by creating a protected class of citizens out of the LGBT community, this bill places Christians who believe in traditional marriage at grave legal and civil jeopardy.”So while Christians have always believed that every person should be treated with equal dignity as image bearers of God, they should stand in opposition to this misguided bill. The Equality Act does not protect people from discrimination; it suppresses religious liberty, endangers children, and discriminates against basic Bible beliefs. I would encourage you to pray that this bill is defeated and to also call your US Senators to ask them to vote against this bill.
The Importance of Sunday School in the Local Church The goal of Sunday school is to accomplish one of the greatest needs in the 21st century– to provide Biblical education to individuals in a particular life stage.Sunday school, like many things in the church, is a tool, not a goal. It is a tool that God has used in amazing ways. It is a tool to systematically, comprehensively, and appropriately teach the Bible to a particular life stage. Sunday school exists to transform lives through effectively teaching God's Word.Sunday school lessons usually provide a format for discussion and interaction, while following a set curriculum that covers the Bible and applies it to a particular life stage, then cycles around every few years.If the only teaching your congregation receives in the course of the week is a forty-five minute sermon, they're not learning as much as they could. There is so much more that you could be teaching them, and Sunday school provides that opportunity.Sunday school should focus on providing age-appropriate instruction. It is a venue to teach biblical world views in everything from dating to evangelism, from knowing God's will to interacting with parents and coworkers, all while allowing time for questions and answers. It should provide Biblical education to a particular group of people at a particular life stage.One Bible college professor was asked by a college student what someone should do in order to become a theologian. He replied, “That's easy. Teach a third-grade Sunday school class.” Sunday school makes it possible to get age-appropriate biblical teaching into the life of the church.Sunday school is a valuable tool for discipling believers. It complements and supplements the sermon, gives age-appropriate knowledge needed for godly living. Accountability, fellowship, community, and mission—these things are all very important, but what gives them their power is the Word of God. Sunday school provides the biblical education necessary for discipleship.
Our Response to God's Call Has Far-Reaching Consequences Many years ago I was reading a prayer letter from a missionary in the Dominican Republic. In the last paragraph, the missionary wrote these words, “Alexis asked me a couple months ago: ‘What would have happened to me and all the people in our church if you had not come to the Dominican Republic?'”I have often thought, “What if the Lord Jesus Christ, after counting the cost of man's salvation, had decided to stop short of the cross?” Thank God He did not! Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The gospel is free to us, but it was not cheap.What if every Bible-believing church in America took seriously the Great Commission? Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” I praise God for churches all over the world that have taken seriously God's Great Commission to us. Sometimes, we get so involved in superficial things that we fail to do the one thing that God has commanded. We are to make Him known to “every creature” in our generation.What if every Christian gave something every week to missions above a tithe and offering? Many churches use what we call “grace-giving” or “faith-promise giving” to encourage their members to give something every week, above their regular offering, for worldwide evangelization.What if there were a great emphasis on world evangelization in all of our Christian schools, Bible colleges, and seminaries? What a great difference this would make! Our missions organizations would soon be flooded with mission candidates.What if God's people took seriously the prayer request of our Lord Jesus Christ? After looking at the multitudes of hurting people, Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Matthew 9:37). While the harvest field is much larger today than it was when Jesus walked upon the face of the earth, the force of laborers has not increased in proportion. The problem is not with the harvest; the problem is a lack of laborers. After making that great statement, Jesus commanded His disciples, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into his harvest.”What if you and I would go before God daily and pray to Him that He would send forth laborers into this great harvest field? Many people are fearful of praying that God will send forth laborers. Their fears rest in the fact that they are not willing to go to the mission field, and if they pray, God might lay the mission field on their hearts. Someone has well said, “We should not pray unless we are willing to be the answer to God's prayer.” We should always be willing for God to use us and our loved ones anywhere in this life.Thank God, the missionary went to the Dominican Republic, and Alexis and his friends were saved. Thank God, Jesus Christ went all the way to Calvary and suffered, bled, and died so you and I could be saved from our sins. My constant prayer is that we will not come short of what God has for each of us.
I asked God to rescue me from a place I hated. He wanted me to stay put.It’s one of my most vivid memories as a girl: sitting on the edge of my bed, face angled toward the window, eyes peeled for my daddy. My heart would race as a new set of headlights approached—maybe that’s him—before sinking as the car passed into the distance. Still, I’d hold on to hope. From the time my parents divorced—I was four—I looked forward to these planned outings with my dad.Although they were both college-educated and hard-working, my parents differed greatly. My mom was very much a homebody. Other than work, she hardly ventured anywhere. Even so, I admired her: Everything she did, she did excellently. And when she had convictions, she stuck to them. She gave me a wonderfully stable, predictable life. But for me, that often translated to boring.My dad was the fun one. Mom would never ride a roller coaster, but Dad would coax me into the front car. He played sports, loved music, and had an infectious laugh. Whenever I knew he was coming, I’d have my bag packed, ready to go.Where is he? Did he forget about me? Daddy was always out and about, so there was never any point trying his landline. (This was the era before mobile phones.) All I could do was wait, even as daylight turned to dusk and dusk to night. Tears would gather as I realized he wasn’t coming. Again. More than once I thought, I must not really matter. He must not really love me.When I picture that little girl looking out the window, pining for her father, it’s amazing to think that God was watching me even then. He knew the void I felt. He knew the relationship I longed for. And he knew that one day he would draw me to himself.Craving IntimacyI was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, ...Continue reading...
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