3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”

Colossians 3:21

Many adult problems stem from unresolved childhood trauma.  When I say that, two things happen.  1) Parents rush to defend themselves: “I did the best I could!  My children never wanted for anything!  They had it so much better than other kids!”  2) Adults rush to defend their parents:  “They did the best they could!  We never wanted for anything!  We had it so much better than other kids!”  

Let’s all take a deep breath.   Continue reading 3 Things Every Child Needs to Hear

Pray to Connect

It’s easy to forget prayer’s purpose.  If we’re not careful, we can turn prayer into a genie session where our wish is God’s command, a therapy session where our goal is simply to feel better, or a list of empty phrases on repeat.  In the Psalms, prayer’s purpose was to connect with God.  Continue reading Pray to Connect

You Can’t Handle 2019

I love a new year!  It’s a time of hope, fresh starts, renewed focus and determination.  But sadly, most new year’s resolutions are rooted in self.  They’re all about how I will change my life with my new sense of self-sufficiency and inner strength.  The truth is, you can’t handle 2019.  I can’t handle 2019.  We’re too weak and needy to handle it on our own.  Continue reading You Can’t Handle 2019

Water – God’s Dividing Line

It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good.  In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence.  God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13).  God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh.  It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning.  Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line

The Chain of Authority

Authority is the power to give commands and expect obedience.  There are 3 links in the chain of authority in Scripture:  God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), prophets and apostles, the Bible.  Pretty simple!  When Pharaoh asked, “Who is the LORD that I should obey Him?” (Exodus 5:4) he found out real quick!  As Creator, God has the power to give commands and expect obedience.  “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” (Deut. 12:32).  Continue reading The Chain of Authority

Borrowing from God

In my recent article series, I’ve argued that without God, there can be no ultimate justification for reason, science, or morality.  In this article, I want to be crystal clear about my argument.  I am not arguing that people with a godless worldview are unreasoning, can’t do science, and can’t have good morals.  I’m arguing that atheists have to borrow from God in order to justify the use of their reason, science, and morality.  Continue reading Borrowing from God

Addressing People’s Worldview part 3 – No Morality without God

The final deathblow to the godless worldview is that without God, there is no ultimate justification for morality.  In a godless universe, we descended from fish through unguided, unintelligent, purposeless biochemical reactions.  In that worldview, morality is meaningless because morality doesn’t come from chemistry.  You can’t get concepts like right, wrong, ought, and should from cells bumping into each other.   Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview part 3 – No Morality without God