Sometimes kids have a way of wording things that is unexpectedly profound, a way of asking a common question that colors a simple thought differently than you have seen before. In October of 2005, my daughter Laila asked such a question and from that day it has changed the way we pray.
Our family supports The Voice of the Martyrs, a group that helps persecuted Christians around the globe (click the pic to get to their website). Along with that support comes a newsletter that tells of different people who are currently being jailed, beaten, or otherwise persecuted for their faith. The picture for this post is part of the cover from that October issue, and I had left it on our coffee table. My daughter saw it and asked, “Daddy, why are those people in a cage?”
Wow. It is obvious they are in prison, but in a cage? I hadn’t thought of that. So I explained to my children that not everyone is free to worship God (Jehovah) and that they are sometimes put in prison, or cages, and we started praying every night with our children for “the people in cages.”
It also inspired us to pray for them in different countries, and it got hard to tell what we had already prayed for, so I bought a world map. Now, every night, one of the kids picks a country, and we pray for the people of that country to come to know Christ, and for “the people in cages.”
This isn’t to make us out to be awesome or super spiritual. I mostly wanted to tell you so that you can see a simple way to show your kids that being a Christian is more than church on Sunday, it’s more than our own country, it’s a worldwide family.
Is there anything you do with your family that might encourage others? Let me know!
I know in today’s technologically advanced world, there is no such thing as privacy, but this story SHOCKED me! If you like to post pics to facebook or Twitter from your phone (like my wife and I do), you MUST watch this! You can be found anytime, anywhere using technology you have on your person. That can be good, or bad. I generally do not post straight news without commentary, but this pretty much speaks for itself. Through the GPS functions on your phone, people can use programs to track when and where you took a picture, thus a new age of predators is born. At the end of this video is the quick fix to help eliminate this kind of intrusion.
I love the disciples. At times, they remind me of me, especially when Jesus gets done teaching, and they are still lost, and He has to explain it to them. I think they got it right near the end though.
I was reading today in Matthew 26, the last supper, and noticed something. Jesus tells the twelve that one of them will betray him, and instead of pointing fingers at who they thought may be the weakest of them, they all asked, “Who, me?”
Wow, if I could only get that one right in my life, and teach it to my kids.
God, when things go wrong, help me to see my own weakness, and the fault in me, and not to point my finger and judge other first.
Here is the text:
“When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. Now as they were eating, He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, ‘Lord, is it I?’”
There are few things in American culture that everyone will agree on, but one is that slavery is wrong. The mention of it brings up images of horror, oppression, and disgust from our country’s past. So when I saw the cover of John MacArthur’s new book, Slave, I was put off by the solid black dustcover and white text. Really? I’m not sure how that one got through marketing.
That aside, this book defines the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” In Slave, MacArthur uncovers a truth that opened my eyes to the level of commitment and obedience God expects of us. Many times I have heard the phrase; you cannot serve two masters (God and the devil) and thought it at least plausible that you could. Throughout the New Testament, the word “servant” should have been translated “slave”. Wow. That makes sense. There is no way that you could be the slave of two different masters. None.
John MacArthur also does a masterful job of redefining “slave” in the context of the Roman culture in which it was written, thus removing the stigmas that have been ingrained in American culture. This book so impacted me, that I offered my copy to my pastor. Get this. Read it.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze for allowing me to blog-review this book, and providing a copy free of charge. A positive review is not required.
My friend and brother Jay challenged me to listen to this teaching by Jason Upton. If you are not familiar with Jason Upton, he is an incredibly enlightened worshiper and teacher. I recommend most anything he puts out.
Anyway, I challenge you to listen to this teaching. It is in 8 parts, just listen to one a day, or all in one sitting. Take some notes, and go through them when you are done. I am going to put links in, and not the videos to save space on my blog.