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A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

~Mark Twain

Talents

It’s amazing the way things have changed over the years. When I was growing up, we didn’t have computers and internet. We didn’t have digital cameras and digital cell phones. We didn’t have CDs or DVDs. We didn’t have HD TV or all these fancy plasma screens and LCDs. No email, we wrote letters. No Instant Messaging, we called people.

You know how old I am? I’m 23!!! Things have changed a lot in a short order of time haven’t they? But no matter how much they change, we should endeavor to keep our focus where it should be. The potential that all the above mentioned things have for good can be turned into an equal potential for evil. What are we doing with the things God has given us? Do we use these things to honor and glorify Him?

You know, maybe we aren’t using them for evil necessarily, maybe we just dig a hole and hide them in it? I mean that maybe we are just not doing anything with what God has given to us. We don’t use it for evil, but we aren’t doing anything good with it either. Remember the parable of the talents? Not doing anything with what we have been given is not good. It does not honor and glorify the Lord. In fact, in that parable the servant that didn’t do anything with his talent was called wicked and slothful.

Am I saying that you have to have a blog such as this one in order to be effective? No, of course not. I am not implying that or anything of the sort. But what I am saying is that we need to be careful to not let the things God has given us lay idle.

You don’t need big terms

Some of my first memories are of my dad and I out in a semi-truck somewhere in this big US of A. He started taking me with him in the truck when I was three years old. I remember that I loved to be with my dad. And at this place in my life I realize that there could have been nothing better for me. He quit driving when I was about 6 or so to work in a factory for a while, but I was again in the truck with my dad when he went back to truck driving. I was 11 at the time. He continued to be a truck driver until I was 15 and I went with him everywhere. Because I was homeschooled I could take my school work with me. Anything I needed help with from my mom could be done when dad and I got back home. And of course anything that dad could help me with, such as math, he could help me with right there as we were driving down the road (he is still much better at math than I will ever be).

As I said, I feel that this was the best thing that could have happened to me at that age. Children need their father, especially boys. They need an example of a man to follow. For those of us who subscribe to covenant theology, it’s easy to be all talk. When my parents decided that they needed to be raising their children in a more Godly fashion, they didn’t know anything about covenant theology. They read in Proverbs where is says to train up a child in the way he should go… and they knew that they needed to do that. We realize now that the things that we have come to believe over the years are part of something called covenant theology. It’s a big fancy term. Sometimes we can get wrapped up in something, and tell other people that that is what they should be doing, and we forget to do it ourselves. I know of people who can tell you how to raise your children, but you had better look at the fruit of the children that they raised before you take their advice. It’s time for those of the ranks of covenant theology who have been raised that way, to remember why they were raised that way. It’s not just another set of doctrines. We are trying to raise up a Godly seed. And my parents are living proof that you don’t have to know about some big fancy doctrine called covenant theology, you don’t have to know the order of salvation as taught by Calvin (or other great theologians), you don’t have to know what TULIP means, what you need to do is Train up your child.

For those who were not raised with covenant theology, you need to train up your child. To ALL who are reading this who have children. You need to train up your children.

Train them up in what? In the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If you teach your children the scripture, it means that you will have to learn that scripture too (or at least you had better). So if you don’t know the order of salvation when you start training your children, by the time you are done you probably will.

Am I saying that doctrine is not important? NOT BY ANY MEANS. But we must make sure our focus is right. The first thing we have to have is obedience. If you are obedient to the word of God when He tells you train your children (this also falls under that category of making disciples of all nations, by the way), then you are at a good starting place.

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It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

~Mark Twain

Misc. Stuff

Today in church we studied the last chapter of the book of James. We have been going through the book of James for the last couple of weeks. Next week we start on the book of Philippians.

I just purchased a program called Dreamweaver, which is a webesign program, and I have been busy changing the sites that I manage over to that program, and redesigning the sites on the way. This program should make it much easier for me to manage the sites I take care of because it automatically updates the menu in all the pages if I change the template.

This week promises to be busy at work. We have a lot of projects going, and it can be difficult to keep up with them all.

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I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.

~John Calvin

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Gravity is not just a good idea, it’s the law.

~Douglas Wilson

Daily Routine

I have been listening to sermons by Douglas Wilson on marriage, and have really been enjoying them. They are excellent messages. Rachel has been downloading them as they become available, and as they are only available for a short amount of time on his website, I got behind on downloading them. So when I was in Peoria to visit her last I copied all the sermons over to my computer and then burned them to CD. So now I listen to one every morning on my way to work.

On my way home, if I am not talking to Rachel I usually listen to some sort of music. Once in a while I listen to Classical music, sometimes I listen to one of our local Christian stations (usually 94.5The Fish), or sometimes I listen to some of the Christian contemporary music I have on CD. The last couple of days I have been listening to soundtrack from The Lord of the Rings.

So there is how parts of my day go. Douglas Wilson’s latest sermons can be downloaded HERE