Archive - October, 2014

Our Ambitions for Our Children


I found the short article, “Ambitious for Your Children?” by David Campbell to be very helpful. It caused me to reflect on my own ambitions for my children, especially when they were young. In doing so, I wonder if I placed a burden on them that they were never meant to bear. Here is the conclusion of his article:

Our children, it is true to say, may have no great part to play in the unfolding history of the kingdom of God. No-one may write a biography of them after they are gone. They may never serve on the mission-field, never hold office in the church, they may have no outstanding gifts. But if they have a heart for God, serve him faithfully, have the courage to do the right, and are clothed in godly humility, they will be great in the Lord’s sight. And nothing counts for more than that!


Classroom Tip: Get There Early


After more than 25 years in the classroom, this tip would be on my “Top 10 List” for effective teaching:

Arrive early to your classroom.

What do I mean by “early”? For me it meant arriving at least 15 minutes before the children arrived.  During that time, I would do things like…


The Warning and Comfort of a Jealous God


Recently I have been working on revising a curriculum titled The ABCs of God. As I was working on the lesson that teaches the attribute “jealous,” I came across this heart-rending, hope-giving quote from John Piper:

I urge you to listen to this warning. The jealousy of God for your undivided love and devotion will always have the last say. Whatever lures your affections away from God with deceptive attraction will come back to strip you bare and cut you in pieces. It is a horrifying thing to use your God-given life to commit adultery against the Almighty.

But for those of you who have been truly united to Christ and who keep your vows to forsake all others and cleave only to him and live for his honor—for you the jealousy of God is a great comfort and a great hope. Since God is infinitely jealous for the honor of his name, anything and anybody who threatens the good of his faithful wife will be opposed with divine omnipotence.

(from a sermon titled, “The Lord Whose Name Is Jealous,” ©2014 Desiring God Foundation, Website:


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