Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Parental Unit Activation

Proverbs 1:8 My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
Proverbs 31:1 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him.

Scripture places a great emphasis on the role of parents in the development of their children. I assume this would be because without parents a great percentage of people would not exist. By not exist, I mean they will not be here at all, and probably never would have been here in the first place.

But more than that, the parent should instill wisdom in their children, and this wisdom should go beyond just looking both ways when crossing the street. The things parents pass down to children are transcendent truths, life-skills and spirituality. These are the important things.

There are two ways kids learn, positive examples and negative examples. Children observe their parent's behavior, associate positive or negative feelings to it, and proceed to either replicate or avoid that behavior. In this regard, the mother is given a position of importance in the Proverbs. Notice how the entire book ends--it is with the account of an old man's memory of his faithful mom. How impressive was his mother? Read Proverbs 31 and you will see how she earned his respect and showed him how to display his devotion to family. The things she did had a positive impact that guided a king into success.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 Most Popular Articles

I have not posted much lately, but I plan to begin posting more articles soon. In the meantime, check out my 5 most popular articles according to blogger:

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Romans Read Through

I just completed a read-through for Romans and ended up asking myself, "Chris, why don't you do this more often?" My answer, "I donno..." Drools on self. Embarrassment. It's a great thing that God is forgiving and welcoming of every minute attempt we make to try and cultivate a relationship with Him.

A read-through is my own term (coin! Probably not) for the process of reading an entire book of scripture and only bothering to think about key words. Key words are usually indicated by repetition. Take note of those words, and you'll probably get a good idea of what the writer is trying to say.

I read Romans with a colored pencil and noticed the following groupings. These may turn out to consume my studies for the next few weeks! (BTW, I was reading the TNIV)

  • Gospel: 1
  • Judgement: 2.1-ch 3.20
  • Righteous/Justify: 3.21-ch 4
  • Reconcile: 5
  • Unity: 6-ch 7.6
  • Command: 7.7-ch 8.17
  • Creation: 8.18-39
  • Mercy: 9.1-29
  • Zeal: 9.30-ch 12
  • Authority: 13-ch 15.13
  • (Closing: 15.14-ch 16)
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