Series: I am going to spend the next few weeks blogging my thoughts about Paul David Tripp's book Age of Opportunity. I want to encourage all parents and youth workers to read this book and glean from Tripp as he lays out a biblical guide to parenting teens.
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One of my very first memories of church when I was a kid has to do with money. Every Sunday morning my family drove to church together. When we arrived to church we went to the exact same seats on the second row. We would sit down and my dad would hand my sister and me one quarter each.
Intrinsically, isn't that the cry of our hearts as we pursue the youth that God has sovereignly placed in our lives for the purpose of God glorifying Himself in this work reconciliation. "Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." - Matthew 6:10
My daughter loves to compete. As I type this, she is playing duck-duck-goose in the backyard with a friend and Natalie. Lily is at the stage of her life when she hasn't learned the social graces of tact regarding her competition. She will publicly say things like, "I am taller than him; I am older; I am bigger; I can run faster."
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him For all that is in the world "the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions "is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Why would a demon care what we eat? I would think that the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers over this present darkness (Ephesians 6:12) would have much larger tactics than tainting our tastes. Yet the Scriptures would lead us to conclude that the demonic realm indeed has intentions for our consumption as Paul writes to Timothy that the restriction of marriage and foods is related to ...
I was recently flipping through a family photo album, and stumbled across a picture of myself from the 7th grade. I couldn't help but laugh at my appearance and my attire. (My sister couldn't help either.) I'll spare you the details, but it was outright awful. I told my parents it was sin for them to let me leave the house like that. Needless to say, I will not go looking for that picture again!
But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God. - Luke 9:27 This statement initially appears quite confusing. Appearing in all the synoptic Gospels, an initial glance might seem to indicate that Jesus erred in His expectations.