Recorded June 29, 2014 at the Brown Street Church of Christ in Waxahachie, Texas.
I was going through a pile of papers on my desk recently, and came across a page of notes that I had written a few months ago. I had been studying Genesis chapters 1-3, and had jotted down some interesting observations that jumped out at me from the text.
When it comes to leading my children, in matters of principle or conviction I must stand my ground. I cannot compromise or “give in” when establishing and enforcing rules for their conduct that are based on God’s principles. My children need to know where the boundaries are. They need to understand that some things are wrong, period; and that some things are required of them, period. They must come to a realization of the life-critical truth that choices have consequences, both here and in eternity. If I fail to implant that truth deeply within their hearts, I have failed them. If I compromise the “rules” to be their “friend”, I may be jeopardizing their eternity.
Jake Taylor has it all: friends, fame, a basketball scholarship and the hottest girl in school. What could be better?
Enter Roger Dawson. Roger has nothing. No friends. No hope. Nothing but putdowns and getting pushed aside. Things couldn’t get worse … could they?
Jake and Roger were best friends when they were kids. But the politics of high school quickly pulled them apart. Now Roger doesn’t fit in Jake’s — or anyone’s — circle, and he’s had enough. He walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket and pain in his heart and makes a tragic move.
Jake’s last-ditch effort can’t stop Roger, and the sudden tragedy rocks Jake’s world. Something breaks loose inside and sends him questioning everything. Most of all, he can’t shake the question, Could I have saved Roger? In a quest for answers, Jake finds himself looking for the next Roger and reaching out to the geeks, losers and loners. But he quickly finds that crossing class castes threatens everything he’s built his world on. And it could cost him his own friends, his girl, his dreams and even his reputation. Is it worth the price to find the answer to his ultimate question: What do I want my life to be about?
[PART 3 OF 4]
In the previous article, we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son from the perspective of the father in the parable. In this article, we will re-examine the parable from the perspective of the prodigal son himself.
Go ahead and read through the parable again by clicking here. Then come back and continue reading.
[PART 5 OF 5]
I believe that the story of Santa Claus is the story of God!
As I’ve stated in my previous “Santa Claus Factor” articles, I believe the story of Santa Claus can be viewed as a parable that teaches us some important lessons about God. This will be my last article in this series.
If you have been using the Internet for more than about a week, you have probably accumulated a list of user names and passwords that are required in order for you to access certain websites: online banking and bill-paying, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, other social networking sites, online shopping sites, G-Mail or Yahoo! webmail, PayPal, music and media sites, etc. User names and passwords are great security measures to keep other people from having access to your personal information. If you don’t have a reliable way to remember all those user names and passwords, however, they can keep YOU from having access to all those wonderful online services with which you have established accounts.
There are some important guidelines that should be considered when creating user names and passwords, and also when storing and retrieving them.
When I was a little boy (with three brothers), one day we decided to play Cowboys and Indians. For some reason, I didn’t have a toy gun, so I improvised. I got a pair of blunt-ended elementary school scissors, unfolded them, and — voila! — a makeshift gun (what a smart little boy I was!).