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Children & The Lord's Supper

I always get questions about whether children should participate in the Lord's Supper. I offer the following with a spirit of humility in order to provide some guidance regarding the issue of children and the Lord's Supper.

THEOLOGICAL ISSUES:

The Lord's Supper is for believers ONLY: The Lord Jesus Christ gave this ordinance to His disciples. Parents must be as certain as possible that their child has genuinely accepted Christ as Lord and Savior before they allow them to partake of the bread and juice. Do they understand that Jesus Christ is God Himself? Do they understand that sin demands judgment? Do they understand that had Jesus not sacrificed Himself on the cross to pay for our sin that we would be consigned to hell for all eternity? Do they believe that Jesus died and was raised on the third day? Have they pledged to follow Jesus all the days of their lifeThe Lord's Supper is a matter of obedience: The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to KEEP this ordinan…

Unmasking Santa

Exactly who is Santa Claus? Few topics are as confrontational and divisive as attempting to "out" the true identity of Santa. Nothing has resulted in more wars, family feuds, or denominational splits than the attempt to unmask Santa Claus.

The time has come for humanity to band together and usher in a new era of hope and peace. To do so we must honestly confront the single most important question before the human race: who is Santa Claus? Years of oral tradition have blended truthful accounts with that which is myth and fable. Add to that countless claymation specials and what we are left with is a plethora of nonsensical sentiments about who Santa Claus is.

The purpose of this blog is not to ascertain exactly who Santa is. That is a riddle far greater than this blog post can address. But perhaps we can begin to shed light and start to alleviate some of the confusion. It is the writer's belief that clues have arisen that can help point us in the right direction.

1) Base o…

Ownership Attitude

It's Monday morning and you need to get to work. Here are your options: 1) bum a ride, 2) borrow a car, 3) rent a car, 3) lease a car, or 4) buy a car. With each of those options, you will have varying degrees of care and concern about the car.

If you're bumming a ride, you don't care much about the car. You just hope it gets you to your job safely and on time. If you're borrowing, you care a little more about the car but only because you don't want to have to pay for any damages caused while you're using it. In that case, your concern is not about the car but yourself. If you rent a car, you care very little about the car because the rental insurance will cover damages. There's a little bit of personal skin in the game because you're paying for the rental and insurance but you don't personally care about the car itself. You know that your relationship with that car is going to be very short in duration. If you lease, you care about the car a little…

Splitting Wood

Doesn't it often feel as if life isn't much more than constant preparation?
This is how my day began: 1) Prayed (prepared my heart for the day); 2) Read Scripture (prepared my thoughts for the day); 3) Ate breakfast (prepared my body for the day); 4) Drank coffee (prepared my energy for the day); and 5) Made my to-do list (prepared my plan for the day). That's lots of preparation.
Now consider that my preparation required preparation. Before praying, I had to know where I was going to pray and go to that place in the house. Before reading Scripture, I had to get my Bible out and know what I was going to read. Before eating breakfast, I had to scoop protein shake mix into the glass, add milk, and blend. Before drinking coffee, I had to grind the beans, put water in the coffee maker, insert the filter, add the grounds, and push the "on" button. Before I made my to-do list, I had to get out my schedule and paper and pen. That's a lot of preparation just to prep…

To My Fellow Angierites, Angierians, and Angiercans

I grew up in Angier. My family moved here when I was 8 years old. After graduating from Harnett Central, I left and returned to Angier in 2012 after 21 years away. Since moving back, I've been active and involved in our community. I already had a love for this town but since my return my love for the people of Angier has only increased and my hopes for our town have grown greatly.

On the eve of tomorrow's municipal election (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019) I urge all citizens to vote but we should all do so with a critical eye and with a spirit of discernment and wisdom. As a citizen of Angier, as a pastor, as a neighbor, I offer what follows as the basis upon which we should choose our elected officials.

Character - A great falsehood is that personality is what matters in leadership. That's simply not true. Personality can be misleading and deceptive. What matters is that a person has good character (humility, meekness, gentleness, grace, selflessness, etc.).Peacemaking - Jesus said…

Only One Life ~ a poem by C. T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life's busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet,
And stand before His judgment seat;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, then still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God's holy will to cleave;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, an fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
Living for self or in His will;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would…

The Butt Side of Parenting

Christians are entrusted by God with an amazing task: not only to care for our children but to teach them to walk in accordance with God’s ways. Christian parenting is not about behavior modification but about gospel-transformation. It’s introducing our children to Jesus that they may taste of God’s grace and be radically changed from the inside out. Christian parenting is shepherding. It’s leading and guiding our children to be love-filled, faith-filled, hope-filled followers of Jesus. Toward that end Christian parents are to employ two key strategies: 1) corrective discipline and 2) formative instruction. Both are needed.
Formative instruction is teaching so that it forms a specific kind of life. It’s speaking God’s Word into the hearts of our children that their hearts may be transformed. Jesus said in John 17:17 that we are sanctified by God’s truth and that God’s word is truth. The way we become mature love-filled, faith-filled, and hope-filled followers of Jesus is through God’s…