Baby Dedication Idea: Jesus Storybook Bible

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We are doing our baby dedication service next Saturday. It is always such a joy and privilege to share this special moment with the families of our church. At every Baby Dedication service we give each child a Jesus Storybook Bible it is the best gift you can give any young family. Kids and adults alike need to understand the gospel. I know of no other book that explains the totally of scripture and the purpose behind the bible in a such a simple and profound way as the Jesus Storybook Bible does. If you do baby dedications I beg you to give this to every family. They will be better for it.

Below is the letter I enclose for every parent.

How we stop short in the debate on Christians and alcohol

I came across this article on Facebook “Can a Christian drink alcohol?” It did a fine job of warning people of the very real dangers of alcohol. It’s important people need to hear those dangers loud and clear. Alcohol when abused causes much pain. My grandfather was an alcoholic and was apart of AA his whole life. I understand.

The problem with the debate of alcohol is every person I have heard preach against it has stopped short of the real problem alcohol represents. In stopping short they make alcohol out to be evil when there is nothing in scripture or in 2000 years of church writing that would show alcohol as evil. Alcohol is not evil the abuse of it is. The inordinate reliance on it is. Alcohol does not ruin marriages as the author of the above link purports. It’s something far more sinister that ruins marriages.  Just talking about the negative side effects of alcohol as he does isn’t even intellectually honest.

“Tim Keller Podcast on God’s Will”
by Tim Keller

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Great podcast by Tim Keller talking about how to discern God’s will of your life.

 

Funerals are mandatory weddings are optional.

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Funerals are mandatory weddings are optional. – Mayor Giuliani

I read this 12 years ago and have never forgot it. It comes from Mayor Giuliani’s book on leadership. Up until that point I had avoided funerals. Funerals are difficult. It isn’t easy to be confronted with your own mortality on a regular basis.  Rudy Giuliani’s quote is  actually a restatement of Ecclesiastes 3:2-4

2 Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.
    After all, everyone dies—
    so the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
    for sadness has a refining influence on us.
A wise person thinks a lot about death,
    while a fool thinks only about having a good time.

4 Tips to keep you blogging consistently

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Blogging consistently is much like making chocolate chip cookies. There are a million different variations of chocolate chip cookie recipes most only vary slightly and yet everyone claims their way is best. I don’t know if my recipe is best but I will share it with you in hopes that it will help you create your own version.

4 Tips to keep you blogging consistently: