Train up a Child . . .

“Train a child in the way that he should go, and he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Often, we think this means that if we raised a child to know Jesus, he will return to his roots if he goes wayward. But notice, the proverb specifically says the child will not depart from his training. It is much easier to place the burden upon the child for his waywardness, but what if what is truly at issue is the training. If a child is trained right, he shall go right, but if he is trained wrong, he shall go wrong.

This is not to say that there is not redemption for a child poorly trained or for the mother or father failing to train well. God certainly forgives and redeems us from our errant ways. But do we want to miss all the time it takes for us to get back on the right road by not being on that road from the beginning? Read more

Worldview Development, Part 3

Truth does not change, but our worldview should. If our worldview is not changing, we are not maturing in our knowledge of the truth.

Repentance is changing the way you think to line up with or turn around to truth. Practicing repentance changes our worldview. Thus, our worldview ought to be changing as we mature. If we still think the exact same way we did a few years ago, we are not practicing repentance.

When we learn something new it does not necessarily fit in to our worldview like a missing puzzle piece. We may have the wrong piece already wedged into that slot. We already thought something about the subject and either intentionally or unintentionally placed a bad piece into our puzzle. Read more

Thinking that leads to Repentance

fe1bc295-65ce-4931-81e4-bbec4c63baf1I once thought along hard lines. If you pushed against one of those lines, I pushed back. If your thinking did not fit inside my lines, it was wrong and you were wrong. I believed in absolute truth. There was no margin for error. If my truth was in error, I was in error, and maybe all of Christendom. I had to hold the fort and hold it I did.

I admired the sharp lines of my thinking. I sought to perfect those lines with study. I read all that supported my thinking and nothing that would threaten it. Then one day I ran into people. These people became my friends. And these friends thought differently than me. These friends were good strong Christians, yet they did not see the world the same as I. Read more

Building Your Worldview Truth By Truth

edifice2Worldviews are like edifices. They are a structure of thoughts built into our minds. We look out at the world through the windows of this structure. Our visibility corresponds to the strength or weakness of our structure in relation to what is true. We will see reality more accurately the more our structure is aligned with truth and less accurately the more the structure errs.

23002525484_dca668d869_bOur structure has many rooms designed by experience, assumptions, and what we have gleaned learning from others either on purpose or by mindless absorption. To use a Star Trek reference it is like a Borg Ship, where we have assimilated ideas that we have come in contact with throughout the years of our life. We are all assimilating the data into our mental structure whether we do it on purpose or not. Very few think about the structure that is being built. We think with it all the time, but never about it. Very few people know there is a thought structure inside the mind.   Read more

Thoughts on Church and Judging Believers v. Unbelievers

1corinthiansI Corinthians 5: 9-12

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

This passage provides two great points for discussion. The first is that there is a distinction between those who are joined to the church and those who are of this world. In order to “expel” there must be a physical group from which this “wicked person” is no longer granted admittance. This expelling includes that he is no longer to be associated with as a member of this community or welcomed to sup at the table with this community. The person is not expelled by believers from being a believer, but expelled from the church, a local community of joined believers. Read more

How To Apply Truth

I find it more beneficial for people to disagree with truth than to too quickly agree with it. When we agree hastily with something we did not previously believe it has little impact on our lives. When we disagree first, we are more likely to go through the process of considering a new idea thoroughly before deciding what to do with it. Truth often offends the mind before changing the heart. In so doing, we use discernment to determine if we disagree because we find the idea too difficult to choose, or because it isn’t truth at all. What we must not do is accept it without thinking. When we do that, it has little affect upon us, and it becomes a useless fact that makes no difference as to what we think about it.

Truth is often rejected before being properly valued. Jesus is the chief cornerstone that the builders rejected. When we choose Jesus, we choose all that our old nature rejects. We journey into a new way of life constantly facing what we would previously reject and choosing it.

Anointing Aides Repentance  

There are times when we have precious moments of clarity where truth is received in full repentance. To repent means changing the way you think. The transformative power of truth, spoken in the anointing, can communicate to the heart in a manner that sets it free. The shackles are released for the truth has brought freedom. This freedom can be fleeting if we do not consciously choose to walk it out. People can be set free in a moment and continue to live as if they are still bound.

Avoiding Hostage Situations

Truth has to be consciously applied. We are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to the truth. Our thoughts will take us captive, if we do not take them captive. Read more