Monthly Archives: June 2014


Real Heroes Needed

heroes in the making

How many Christians are really prepared to stand their ground when it comes to being bold for the Christian faith, especially in our culture that is increasingly turning against Christians and seeing them as the enemy? And how many Christians are willing to stand their ground even as they are accused by secularists of being intolerant or unloving?

Will we stand our ground for biblical truths when we are attacked for being judgmental because we stand for biblical marriage (one man and one woman)? And will we stand against murdering babies in their mother’s wombs by abortion?

Will we have the courage of the great reformer Martin Luther, who despite the fact he knew he could be killed, stood before authorities 500 years ago and reportedly said: “Here I stand [on God’s Word]; I can do no other; God help me”?

In fact, who would be prepared to be like those believers described in the Bible who stood their ground on God’s Word? They were, according to Hebrews 11, “tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

Last year, a football star and a hero to many, Tim Tebow, cancelled a speaking engagement at First Baptist Church in Dallas. Apparently, he bowed to political and professional pressure because the pastor of the church has taken a bold stand on biblical marriage: one man and one woman. Many in the secular press twisted the pastor’s statements and (as they have done with us over and over), made false accusations, often using highly emotional language.

Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, commented on the cancellation:

Now, take out Tebow’s name and insert your own. The massive moral shift taking shape around us is fast eliminating any neutral ground on this issue. Those celebrating the moral normalization of homosexuality will demand an answer from us all. Giglio [a pastor who was to have prayed at the presidential inauguration] and Tebow withdrew from controversial appearances, but they will not evade the demand to answer the fundamental question, and any Christian who will not join the moral revolution will be marginalized as a moral outlier in the larger society.

Dr. Mohler continued:

Evangelical Christians are now called upon to think strategically about what it means to speak truthfully and lovingly to a society that increasingly sees us as the moral outlaws. Clearly, we must watch our speech carefully, measuring every word for truth and tone and avoiding incendiary sound bites. We must also guard our hearts toward the persistent temptation towards self-righteousness. But, at the same time, even the most humble statement of biblical truth can now be turned into a sound bite described as hate speech and a refusal to affirm the normalization of homosexuality is turned into repulsive intolerance.

We now face no shortage of arguments for capitulation, but abandoning the truth of God’s Word is not an option. We deny the gospel if we deny the sinfulness of sin. That sin. Every sin. Our sin. [1]

AiG’s theme for the past year has been “Standing Our Ground; Rescuing Our Kids.” Our emphasis will be to boldly stand on God’s Word and help rescue our children from this evil generation.

My challenge to all of us is this: are we all prepared to be the Christian “heroes” God wants us to be, and stand our ground, regardless of how the culture may mock and attack us?

As Christians, we are instructed to:

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

We need more Christian heroes like Dr. Duane Gish, a bold creationist who passed away as we were about to go to print.

Let’s raise a generation that will stand boldly for God and His Word!


HamBy Ken Ham

Ken Ham is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis–USA. He has edited and authored many books about the authority of God’s Word and the impact of evolutionary thinking on our culture, including Already Compromised and The Lie. He was a featured speaker at the 2010 and 2014 Christian Heritage Conference; download his sessions here!

 

Used by permission of Answers in Genesis. Original article can be found here.

“The Carpenter,” © 2009 Brandon Warren, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.

Footnotes

1. “Tebow’s Big Fumble,” by Dr. Al Mohler, posted February 22, 2013 to ChristianityToday.com

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by BlogManager12
June 9, 2014
Celebrations, Fathers
 

This Father’s Day: The Most Important 10 Minutes in Homeschooling

fatherSo you and your wife have decided to homeschool, eh? Congratulations! You’re on the most important journey you’ll ever take as a family. And now you’re wondering how you can help, right? You’re already working overtime to make ends meet. There aren’t enough hours in the day to complete the many commitments you already have at work, at home, at church and elsewhere. So how can you make the greatest impact on your family’s homeschool experience?

It’s so easy, most of us overlook it. It’s those first ten minutes when you walk in the door from work. Your wife has been mentoring, teaching, encouraging, disciplining, testing, grading and changing diapers all day long. She needs to know that you understand the sacrifice she’s made today. She needs you to not look at the pile of bills on the kitchen table, to not look at today’s scores on ESPN, to not look at what’s on the stove for dinner and to not look at the lawn that needs mowing. She needs you to look her directly in the eyes and ask her, “So tell me about your day, sweetheart.” (more…)

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Webinar Recording: How to Deal with Disrespectful Teenagers with Lou Priolo

How to Deal with Disrespectful Teenagers - Priolo
As a rule, nothing provokes parents to anger quicker than disrespect. There is something about an insolent son or daughter that upsets a parent and incites him to action—often the wrong kind of action. In this broadcast, Lou Priolo (one of the featured speakers at the upcoming Family Relationships & Parenting Conference) will explore what disrespect is, how it is displayed, why teenagers might be motivated to show it, and what parents can do to help teens correct it.
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De-Cluttering: The First Steps to Organization

My husband Bob and I had an experience that transformed our ability to de-clutter our home effectively.  We have always been strong advocates of trying to clean out things we no longer need, especially since we’ve always lived in small homes and we’ve desired all the space we could get.  But when we put our house on the market for sale a few years ago, we became what we thought were temporary extreme de-clutterers (yes, I made up that word) through the use of a rental storage unit; but this actually transformed us into master de-clutterers!  *chuckle*  Our home needed to look and be more spacious. And by de-cluttering, well, one can literally double the amount of space in a home. You’ll have more space for the children to play in, more space for homeschooling, more space for relaxation, more space for company, more space for more children – more space to live in!  I’d like to share the following with you:

  • Strategies and methods for de-cluttering
  • How to be careful with others in your family as you develop plans for de-cluttering and organizing your home

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