The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

Names, Characteristics & Attributes of God

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Blessing Our Children

Below is part of an article from Steve Ward with insightful ideas about how to help validate the lives and character of our children.  This dovetails well with Dr Larry Crabb’s thoughts on validating our sons.  See link below for more on that.

The Power of Blessing Our Kids

As parents, we desperately want our kids to be happy and safe from harm.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to guarantee those things happen. They will face trials and troubles, and we do not control their life or their destiny.

Recently, my older son was facing some tough times, and I felt a strong desire to do something demonstrative and powerful to encourage him. It finally hit me: I should give him my blessing.

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Reasons for Blessing Our Kids

What does blessing our kids mean?

In the Bible, when a person is blessed, it is a sign of God’s grace and presence, an assurance this person has a valuable role in God’s plans for the world.

Dr. John Trent and Dr. Gary Smalley outlined the biblical steps for blessing our kids in their book The Blessing. As described in Scripture, the process includes meaningful touch, a spoken message, and an active and ongoing commitment. And it seeks to convey two main points to them:

  1. Attaching high value to the one being blessed.
  2. Picturing a special future for him or her.

As parents, it is our mission to care for and train up our children spiritually, emotionally, and personally. Blessing our kids is a powerful tool to do just that, and we can use it to help them:

  • Establish healthy feelings of self-worth and emotional well-being.
  • Increase their own personal faith as we strongly profess our own.
  • Develop a hardy resilience for trials and issues they will face.
  • Become all they can be and fulfill their God-given potential.

There was another reason I wanted to bless my son, one more important than the others. Because he was facing some tough times, I was worried, and I longed for his well-being. Therefore, I did what any parent could do: I called on the supernatural power of the Creator of the Universe to be there for him.

Seriously. I wanted to do whatever I could to help my son, and I knew I couldn’t handle that by myself. Only by passing on a blessing from God could I help him the most.

Use this link to get an example at the bottom of the article.

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Life & Death of Nabeel Qureshi

Hugh Hefner

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Alone

Hugh Hefner, gone to his reward at the age of 91, was a pornographer and chauvinist who got rich on masturbation, consumerism and the exploitation of women, aged into a leering grotesque in a captain’s hat, and died a pack rat in a decaying manse where porn blared during his pathetic orgies.

Hef was the grinning pimp of the sexual revolution, with quaaludes for the ladies and Viagra for himself — a father of smut addictions and eating disorders, abortions and divorce and syphilis, a pretentious huckster who published Updike stories no one read while doing flesh procurement for celebrities, a revolutionary whose revolution chiefly benefited men much like himself.

Read more here.

Needless to say the obituaries for Hefner, even if they acknowledge the seaminess, have been full of encomia for his great deeds: Hef the vanquisher of puritanism, Hef the political progressive, Hef the great businessman and all the rest. There are even conservative appreciations, arguing that for all his faults Hef was an entrepreneur who appreciated the finer things in life and celebrated la différence.

What a lot of garbage.

Read more here.

Marked in Mecca

Acts 18:9-10 9 And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent.10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

 

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