The Bible on Spanking for California Legislators

April 4, 2007

Check out this link for an excellent explanation of why the Bible requires parents to spank their children as a loving and normal part of raising them up to love and honor God (link).  It is a Bible Study that Ralph Drollinger presented to some of the California state legislators.

As a resident of California and a parent, I am really glad there are people like Ralph Drollinger ministering to the legislators on capitol hill.  As some of you may know, there has recently been an effort to ban spanking of children under 4 in California.   This is a horrible idea that I personally oppose.

Please be praying for Ralph as he ministers in California.  I expect he will be facing some opposition for taking this stand.  Also, please be praying that the legislators in California will act with wisdom on this issue.  Pray that they will not make parenting more difficult for those who want to honor God.


How to Be a Spiritual Leader in the Home

March 17, 2007

Here are some suggestions from Ted Tripp regarding being a spiritual leader. You can find them in Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry. By the way, the truth Ted Tripp shares applies to all men, not just pastors.

  1. Share your spiritual life with your family. Let them see you reading, praying and living before God.
  2. Teach your kids a Biblical worldview. Help them to see God in everything.
  3. Spend time in the Bible with your kids every day.
  4. Lead your family in worship and prayer daily.

In Christ

Pastor Mike

Spiritual Leadership–A Generational Project

March 16, 2007

In his chapter in Dear Timothy, “Love Your Family” Tedd Tripp calls men to be spiritual leaders.  While referring to Deuteronomy 6:2 Tripp notes:

“Moses is giving men a long-term vision.  His focus is not survival or even getting through the week. The callings of spiritual leadership are so that you and your son and your son’s son may know and fear the Lord (verse 2).  This three-generation vision will help you resist the temptations to fall into the expediencies of the moment.  As fathers, we have bigger concerns than the moment–we are concerned with where our grandchildren will be fifty years from now.” (p.55)

Men, what are you doing right now to ensure that your descendants know and fear the Lord?  If you are single or newly married without kids are you immersing yourself in the Bible and building a biblical worldview?  Are you getting to know other godly fathers and learning from them?  Fathers, are you spending time with your kids instructing them in the ways of God?  Grandfathers, are you passing on your experiences of God’s faithfulness.  We all have a role to play.  Let’s work hard to pass the baton from generation to generation that God might be known and glorified.

In Christ

Pastor Mike

Children in Church

February 14, 2007

I have a 19 month old daughter, so I am not a practical expert in the area of children in church. However, I do believe that young children (as young as 3 or 4) can and should be with their parents during the Sunday morning worship service.

Please note, this is a personal conviction. I don’t impose it on others. I don’t judge others who come to a different conclusion. In fact, the church I pastor does offer a Kid’s Bible time during the sermon. However, I plan to have my children remain in church at a very young age. I have also seen a number of families do it very successfully; although, it is not easy!

Here are a couple of links that I’ve found helpful in thinking and planning for my daughter to attend and profit from the Sunday morning worship of the church:

Pastor Paul Martin: Helping Little Ones Sit in Church

John and Noel Piper: The Family Together in God’s Presence

In Christ

Pastor Mike

Marriage and the Glory of God

January 29, 2007

Here is a link to a must read, listen or watch sermon on marraige!

John Piper on Marriage.