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Profiting From Biographies January 20, 2011

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I begin my new year reading a Christian biography. What I’m after is an example of how someone in a different era applied the scriptures within their culture and to their everyday life at the time. Right now I’m reading the life of J. Graham Miller, “One Step Nearer Home.” It is about his work in New Zealand and New Hebrides. He was just a few years older than my father, so I’ve enjoyed that. Banner of Truth published it. Hope this will help you.

“Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.” (I Corinthians 10:6)

“I not only sinned with a high hand myself, but made it my
study to tempt and seduce others upon every occasion.
I eagerly sought occasion, sometimes to my own hazard
and hurt. One natural consequence of this was a loss of
favor with my new captain…. Besides, I had a little of that
unlucky wit which can multiply troubles and enemies to its
possessor….But let me not fail to praise that grace which
could pardon, that blood which could expiate, such sins as
mine… I, who was the willing slave of every evil, possessed
with a legion of unclean spirits, have been spared and saved,
and changed, to stand as a monument of His almighty power

His sinful attitude not only led to a bad relationship with his ship’s captain but eventually landed John Newton into virtual slavery to a slave-trader in Africa where even his deliverance from that did not turn him to God! He went on to become a commercial ship’s captain making his money transporting people from Africa to be sold as slaves. But, eventually, he could write, “Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me!” a hymn still popular today. His life has indeed become a memorial to God’s unmerited favor in saving sinners. After all, the Holy Spirit does not come to bring the pure and right to repentance, but sinners like John Newton or you or I. These are the kind of stories weneed to hear, don’t you think?


Christian biography is helpful to us. It shows how people of the past applied biblical principles. We all need role models and heroes. Knowledge of how people in the past worked out the Bible can help us work it out for ourselves. If Christians become our heroes, we are more likely to follow in their footsteps. William Carey could inspire us to missionary zeal, John Newton to turning to causes of justice, William Pierce to hard work and kindness, Ann Judson to helping our husband, Charles and Susie Spurgeon to having a romantic marriage. Have you teen ever heard of any of these people? Our Christian heritage has often been sadly overlooked.

There are a lot of ways to get into biographical material. I love letters and journals with just a quick outline of the life enclosed. These give you a more intimate look into the person than a formal biography. Autobiographies give you opinions tucked in among the life story. They add color and a “real person” ambiance to the read. In our computer age, everyone likes short quotes instead of digging through the lengthy biography. That might be a way to perk up a story but isolated quotes don’t compare to an up-close look at the person. But, since you are doing what you can, let the teen chose his preference. Getting them into this process of looking at how others lived out their Christian values is what counts.

Remember, all of this coaching of skills and building a spiritual house is for the purpose of godliness. Speaking of my friend and pastor, Ernest Reisinger, his biographer says,
“I have been edified by his life story, in seeing what God has
been pleased to do through an imperfect man. I long for others
to know it too. Let the facts speak for themselves,” said Geoff Thomas.
Being built up– made stronger by another’s example and acknowledging God’s grace to them– is what reading biography is all about. That is the skill you are trying to develop in yourself and your teen. This tool is especially good for constructing your roof and planting your landscaping. It is all very personal–this observable life and good deeds. Others see it and know that you have built some devotional “walls” and they may even wonder about those doctrinal foundations. Helping you to see how someone else has applied the scripture to how they act toward others or what they do with the opportunities before them, biographies give you a different perspective.


There are always lessons to learn as well as thinking skills. For instance, Ernie Reisinger tells how the Sunday School he attended had him memorize some Christian facts, but forgot to point him to Christ or tell him of the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. He went on to be a “20th century pagan!”3 That might influence a teen to teach Sunday School or help out in Bible School with an evangelistic message.

Another lesson might be the way they approach work and Christian duty. The following is from William Carey by Mary Drewery:

Everyone who ever worked alongside William Carey pays tribute
to his dogged persistence… Certainly the young shoemaker must have required all the doggedness of which his character was capable during the years he spent in Piddington. He admitted that though he could cope with shoe-making, he was not successful at running a business. Under-nourished and constantly struggling against the persistent cough and fever that plagued him, Carey endeavoured not only to scrape a living for seven people, but also to preach and study.4

How a person turns out is sometimes a big surprise. William Carey developed into a Bible translator, college professor, and missionary who took the gospel to India. His persistence and hard work are renown. “Why not find out by reading about him?” you could ask.

“Amazing Grace” is the most recorded song in history so far or at least that what I’ve been told. John Newton’s autobiography stirred his generation and made his ministry of letter writing and preaching accessible and effective. His sailing career, his slave trading, and his dramatic conversion all attested to the grace and mercy of God.

“The Lord had now to all appearances given me up to
judicial hardness; I was capable of anything. I had not the least fear of God before my eyes, nor, so far as I
remember, the least sensibility of conscience. I was
possessed of so strong a spirit of delusion that I believed
my own lie, and was firmly persuaded that after death I
should cease to be. Yet the Lord preserved me!”5

He wrote this in 1764, twelve years before Thomas Jefferson and John Adams formulated America’s plea for independence. See how it points to the biblical principle of God’s all-powerful grace in our salvation, bringing hope to your teen who might be into all kinds of sin? You could “casually” mention Newton’s experience when your teen’s classmate or friend gets addicted to drugs or alcohol or sexual impurity.

A lot has been written on the lives of Christian men, but not much has been done for us feminine minds. Mrs. Robert E. Lee by John Perry is a very valuable book because the author investigates her spiritual life. If you visit Washington, D. C., you can stand in the rooms where Robert E. and Mary Lee were engaged, raised their family, where daughter Agnes came to know the mercies of Christ. Seeing Mary Lee’s garden and her slave’s quarters and then reading of her Christian perseverance under great loss during the War Between the States personalizes the emotional side of Mary Lee’s life. Mary put aside her grievances and personal losses to keep on believing and serving Christ. Mary wrote during the 1860’s to her daughter, Mildred, about turning to Christ,
“Do not be discouraged because you see so much in yourself
that is vile and sinful. That is the sure work of the Holy Spirit.
Before His influence was shed into your heart, you could see
none of your faults. It was like coming into the parlor some
cloudy morning. All the dust & litter of the room would not be visible. But let a bright ray of sunshine gleam in & how you would see every particle of dust! So the Holy Spirit has shined into your heart & you are astonished at what you see there. He shows all these defilements to you that He may cleanse them & daily you must pray for his purifying influence…
Do not doubt for a moment His power & His willingness to receive you…He will keep you safe. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will give you peace & joy the world knows not of.”6
This could make a trip to Washington even more profitable!

Remember the goal of all of these skills is to stretch ourselves toward godliness. You might believe it was wrong of this family to own another human being, but part of profiting from history and biography is to walk in another time and another’s shoes. The mark of Christ is clearly on the Lee family.


Since so many biographies are about men, girls need to learn to pull out the spiritual lessons from the male stories. Do this again through your casual questions; your goal is to teach them to think. Ask the right questions to do this. For instance, What were the difficulties of his life? How did he overcome them? Was his wife or mother mentioned? How did she influence him? What could you learn from their relationship?

Girls are always interested in romance. So lead them into reading about marriages of famous Christians. Teach them to scan a biography, looking through the table of contents or the index for pages revealing these intimate relationships. (Scanning is a reading skill they should have been introduced to by their sophomore year in high school.) Scanning for this information might pique their interest in the whole story. Be sure to have them do this with George Whitefield by Dallimore! Scanning through men’s lives can teach girls valuable lessons.

Edna Gerstner does this for us in Jonathan and Sarah. She gives family stories in novel form, based on the life of this foremost leader of American theology.
Sarah promoted the wise building of her home by respecting her
husband’s nearly thirteen hours a day of study time and managing
her eight children through the running of a disciplined household.7
Now that is a good lesson for today’s young women to grasp! Mrs. Gerstner has also scanned the life of John Calvin for us and has written another novel about his wife, Idelette. This reading skill of scanning is very useful for us ladies!

Perhaps my favorite biography from the 1990’s is Sharon James’ My Heart In His Hands illustrating through practical stories the doctrine of God’s providence in the life of Ann Judson, America’s first foreign missionary.
The intensity of the spirituality of Ann Judson was matched
only by the compelling drama of her story. Her courage in
leaving America, her dedication in insisting that her husband
remain with the young church while she sought medical help
abroad, her loyalty during Adoniram’s imprisonment and her
disregard of personal risk seem almost superhuman. Yet
she was only too human in that she suffered greatly; she was
not hard, insensitive or cold. She was a woman who loved
intensely, loved her husband, loved her children, loved the
people of Burma, but above all loved her God.8

Another good source is Broadman Press’s accounts of Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon. Some of these are written with the pre-teen girl in mind. But, you get the idea. Find the story that will capture the imagination of your teen, ask the right questions to promote the right lessons and the right thinking.


Besides John Newton’s autobiography, another young man that might capture the imagination of your son is that of George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore. Between 1737 and 1770, Whitefield made seven trips to the American colonies, preaching up and down the eastern seaboard riding horseback to do it. Boys love adventure and need models of zeal, hard work, and sacrifice. Ask the questions that will show the hardship of travel in America in those days. Why was he willing to endure such stresses? The following quote from Dallimore shows one impact of Whitefield’s zeal:

When the present author is stirring at 7 in the morning, he
frequently reminds himself that Whitefield had been active
since 4. Arising at that early time, he spent the first hour in
communion with God, reading and praying over a portion of the
Scriptures, praising God and also interceding with Him for lost
souls in general and for several in particular. At 5 he preached,
and virtually always to a host of men and women. John Newton,
the converted slavetrader, stated, ‘I have seen Moorfields as full
of torches at 5 in the morning as the Haymarket is on a threatre
night.’ And by 7 Whitefield had often set out on an evangelistic
journey or was writing letters or meeting the first of the number
who came seeking spiritual advice.9

Besides exposing the pre-teens/teens to quality biographies, using Bible study material to focus on a person is a good way to show them how to ask the right questions and look for character traits they could emulate. Whether you study these as a family or encourage them to study them on their own is open to your family habits. Roger Ellsworth has divided the life of David into manageable chapters with easy to pick up on biblical principles and practical lessons. For instance,

Mercy is the grandest thing in this tired old world. Mercy is
showing kindness and compassion. It may be directed to
those who are in desperate need and cannot help themselves.
It may be directed to those who have offended us in some way.
It is always directed to those who have no right to expect anything
from us….In this passage, we have a marvelous display of mercy.
Here is Mephibosheth, the grandson of King Saul and the son of
Jonathan. What a miserable figure he cuts in these verses!…
But, David, in great, generous mercy, showed kindness to him.10
He then goes on to compare David’s mercy with Christ’s mercy to to himself, using his own experience to make real the biblical principle. This is the kind of biographical lesson our teens need to here. All in two double spaced pages!

Another book to help do this with girls is William Jay’s Lectures on Female Scripture Characters, written in the 1850’s but republished in 2004 by Sprinkle Publications. He wrote this after many years of studying and preaching with the aim of helping women to apply biblical principles by examples. He relates the story of fourteen women in the Bible, pulls out the spiritual principles and applies it. For instance, he carefully notes that any conjecture as to Mary Magdalene’s being a former prostitute is just that–conjecture with no biblical basis. Then he goes on to point out her deliverance from dreadful suffering and peril. His application is that we have also been delivered and we, like Mary, should use all we have for the glory of Christ.11 (William Jay, Lectures on Female Scripture Characters, (Sprinkle Publications, Harrisonburg, Va., 2004), p. 53-56.) You would probably need to use this as a commentary, pulling out the lessons to then teach during family Bible study or pass on to your teen in a more casual setting. His warm application of biblical principles and his high regard for women make it worth your efforts. Always remember the power of examples to illustrate biblical principles.

“We must not, therefore, make the experience of others, in all respects, a rule to ourselves, nor our own a rule to others. These are common mistakes, and productive of many more. My case has been extraordinary; I have hardly met a single one resembling it.”12

Look at the quote from John Newton above. Experiences of others, whether from church history or biblical examples, can make biblical principles more clear for us. But, we should never use our own experiences or those of others as a club to force people into one mold. John Newton said in 1764 that his deliverance from a state of hardened willful sin was a magnification of God’s mercy toward sinners, but was no guarantee of deliverance to another. Overriding his own experience was the sovereignty of God to show mercy to whom He wished.13 A good example of this is to look at the relative smooth road American Christians have experienced since World War II contrasted to the British Puritans of the late 1600’s who were persecuted for their faith, had high infant mortality rates, suffered plagues etc. It would be a gross misapplication of biblical principles to claim that since Americans have been prosperous and their children healthy, they obviously were more favored by God than the Puritans. To give another example, William Jay preached in the same church for more than sixty years and his life story illustrates the fruitfulness of a long ministry in one place reaping what you sow. But, it would be a mistake to make that a “rule” for all pastors, saying to leave one church for another is wrong. The pastor who moves is still going to reap what he sows, but Jay’s long ministry should not become a club to whip him into guilt or make him stay where he is!

I see this happening frequently in the area of child rearing and discipline. One person finds a method that works for them. That method then becomes a “rule” for other parents. “We must all adopt this approach for successful kids!” is the cry. Don’t bet on it–even with methods Christians currently approve. That is making a life experience a rule for others. What does this have to do with you? Your goal is to train your teen to think correctly and to profit from the examples of others. Ask the right questions, coach. For example:

What is the general foundational principle you see in this life story (or incident)?
What biblical theme does John Newton’s salvation illustrate?
What lessons can you learn from Mary Lee’s life?

(Not every wife has to knit socks for the army like Mary Lee. But, keeping on believing in God’s faithfulness, trusting in His promises to never leave them and remaining faithful in performing duties are principles Mary Lee’s life makes crystal clear. And those principles would apply to every woman whether black or white, Hispanic or European or Asian.)

So do what you can. Expose them to the best. Model before them. Keep asking the right questions until their thinking is habitual. You are helping them put the roof on and landscaping their spiritual house so they can have fuller assurance they are the Lord’s redeemed. And don’t try to put an old head on a young body! They might not respond positively now, but, who knows, maybe as adults they will fly to biographies in their pursuit of holy and wise living.



Independence Day Memory July 2, 2010

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Remember our national anthem..”O Say, can  you see?”   I sang that every morning after our Bible reading and prayer in my Florida public school classroom until I graduated from high school.  Francis Scott Key wrote it during the war of 1812.  He also wrote this beautiful hymn:

“Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, For the bliss Thy love bestows,

For the pard’ning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows;

Help, O God, my weak endeavor; This dull soul to rapture raise;

Thou must light the flame, or never…  Can my love be warm’d to praise.

Praise, my soul the God that sought thee,  Wretched wand’rer far astray,

Found thee lost,  and kindly brought thee   From the paths of death away:

Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling,  Him who saw thy guilt-born fear.

And, the light of hope revealing, Bade the blood-stain’d cross appear.”

Oh my, Key was a Christian.  He could write about doctrinal matters, and love for God in the same poem.    I’m very thankful we had the freedom in our schools to know about him as I grew up.  Then, I heard this song when I was in my forties….Scroll categories to “Introductions” for names of others who could blend reformed Christian teachings with matters of the heart and life experiences. God Bless America.


A Father’s Love January 5, 2010

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Sometimes we all need help to apply:  “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” (Romans 8:28). What losses are you grieving  this January day?

We need to make sense of  this verse first, fit it into the sovereignty of God.  I don’t mean figuring out “Why is this happening to me?….” but seeing that a Father’s love is always back of our life’s events.  A father who is kind, patient, full of mercy, and good will.  One who smiles…Your circumstances are tugging at your heart, at a cross with what you desire…revealing discontent, bitterness, anger.  You are blocked in, there’s not much you can do about things. The key is to see the sovereign God as your loving Father.  He is your Father because you are “in Christ.”  You have been declared perfect.  Everything is all right between you and God. You are covered by Jesus’ perfect life and His sacrifice on the cross (Romans 3-5).  God cares about you even though what is happening to you is not what you want right now.


Getting hold of these biblical teachings helps change our attitude about what is happening to us.  You have to think those concepts out, work them like kneading bread.  That “attitude adjustment” makes all the difference.  After this understanding and change, we will feel it in our hearts when the Holy Spirit comforts and consoles us, and our love for the Lord Jesus wells up within us.

The following is my paraphrase from several letters written by Samuel Rutherford in the 1630’s.  His circumstances weren’t what he wanted either.  He was in prison for his refusal to go along with all the Anglican Church’s demands.

Let God make of you what he wants.  He will end all with comfort,and shall make glory out of your sufferings.

Let not the Lord’s dealing seem harsh, rough,or unfatherly just because it is unpleasant for you right now.

When what the Lord wants crosses with what you want, it is best, in humility, to strike sail to him and to be willing to go any way He pleases.  It is a point of denial of yourself, to be as if you didn’t have a will,to sail along with him.

You don’t know right now what the Lord is working out of this, but you will know one day.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones put it like this,

“Behind a frowning providence, is a Father’s face.

Be a good first mate.  Tend the sails to the course the captain has determined.  Don’t forget to express your concerns and to make requests of  Him along the way, but don’t  buck against His headings.  It makes for a much happier ship.


Rahab’s Mystery November 16, 2009

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In Joshua 2, we read about a lady who loved her hometown, but came to love the God of the whole earth even more.  She lived in Jericho–a fortress city on the edge of Canaan.  Through some mysterious way, she believed the stories she heard about Moses, the warnings God gave the Egyptians, the Red Sea parting, and the fierce destruction about to come to her hometown.  She believed God’s promise to give her town and lots of surrounding land to these slaves coming out of Egypt and the desert.  She knew she needed a rescue plan!

(I love my hometown.  Do you love yours?  It would be hard for me to give it up, see it wiped out.  It would be hard to trust two strangers to keep their promise to save me and all my family.  But this story is mostly about faith in the God of the whole world so we don’t want to get side-tracked!)

“‘And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath….And she tied the scarlet cord in the window'” (Joshua 2:11; 21).

Rahab hid two spies, helped them escape, and tied a scarlet ribbon in her window to mark where she lived.  Her faith that God would keep his promises caused her to do all these things. She was fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

Abraham had this same kind of faith.  Paul says that

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong  in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  That is why his faith was ‘counted to him as righteousness.’  (Romans 4:21-22) .

Rahab’s faith was counted by God in the same way.  Her faith was like Abraham’s.

The spies kept their promise and came back for her.  Her family were the only ones from Jericho to live!

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Rehab is a reminder to us of what this grace is like.  No one else in her hometown believed.  No one else helped rescue two of God’s people.  Why her?  It was all about God.  God stirred her heart to love him more than she loved her hometown! That grace was the mystery that caused her to believe God was God of the whole earth, and not only of the descendents of Abraham.

The Old Testament makes more sense when we know what the New Testament says.  This mystery of the way God worked in Rehab’s heart is further explained in Ephesians where Paul tells us, “…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,..” (Ephesians 1:4).  Rehab was not from Abraham’s family.  Her culture worshiped idols and even sacrificed their babies to them! She had nothing to do with the Jews. She probably had never met one before meeting the spies.

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:4).

Her faith and her actions help us remember there is a way of escape for all who believe in Christ Jesus, the Lord of the whole earth.

Why not ask God to give you a new heart like this and to give you full confidence that he will keep his promises?  You, too, can have this experiential faith that God will keep His promises and rescue us.


Psalm 28 November 4, 2009

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The LORD is My Strength and My Shield—Of David

To you, O LORD, I call:  my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.

Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Reading Proverbs everyday like we have this last month gives us principles on which to live wisely.  Proverbs remind me of the way less direct people talk.  They give examples or tell stories or talk around what they are really trying to get across. Not that that is bad communication; it is just less direct and to the point.  Like some less patient people, the commands of scripture are more directive!  Do not commit adultery.  Do not bear false witness.  Flee sexual immorality (I Cor. 6:18). Contrast these directives with Proverbs 7:6-27:  For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness….Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

In all of these, sexual purity is the point.  No matter the style or the time or culture from which it was written.  In this case, from Moses to Solomon to Paul.  Look how different their circumstances, cultures, and times were.  Moses was wandering in the desert with a homeless people, Solomon was one of the world’s richest kings, and Paul was a missionary to non-Jews within the Roman Empire.  Inerrancy of scripture, though, teaches us that all the Bible is from God in some mysterious way–whether directive or not.

My point is that there are differences in style among the writers of the Bible.  Naturally that would be so.  But, that doesn’t mean interpreting its meaning is open to individual style and preference or cultural ways.  We need to remember this when reading through the Bible and seeking its truth for our life and knowledge of God.

At any rate, reading the Bible in our own language for ourselves is a hallmark of the Protestant Reformation.  It is a treasure to hold on to and pass on to our children and grandchildren.

And reading the Bible for ourselves shows us our need for mercy.  Who could ever really live as wisely as Proverbs calls us to do?  Who could ever be entirely sexually pure in mind, body, and desire?  That is why we need a Savior and why we need mercy from a just and sovereign God.  David sees this in Psalm 28.  He is crying out for the Holy Spirit to strengthen him and stir his heart to remember His Savior.

I hope He will stir our hearts today–to read His word, to remain sexually pure, to tell the truth.

Let’s read Psalms this month.


Are You Contentious? October 24, 2009

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Thinking about Proverb 21 today?  What about 21:9?

“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.”

or 21:19..

“Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.”

Ask yourself:  What does this mean?

To be contentious is to strive or quarrel…to be in conflict; in discord…to be belligerent.  Notice in verse 19, anger is added.  It is all about verbal strife with an undertone of anger.

This kind of “communicating” ruins a home.  You’re better off getting out of the house!  It would be true of anyone, but in this case, an angry, argumentive woman is singled out.

In verse 23, everyone is urged to guard his mouth–whether male or female.  And in v. 24, a man who is haughty and proud is singled out for his arrogant pride.

Of course, the point is the arrogant pride, not the male vs. female.

The root of this home’s problem is pride.  That has to be faced and turned from–rooted out, so to speak, and then the arguing and strife can be stopped.  And if there are two of you ruled by this SELF- LOVE, then the home is ready to explode.

Being contentious just reveals your own arrogance.  Stop it; then go further and love others more than yourself.

My, we need a Savior’s righteousness don’t we?


Chewing on Truth (For Teens) August 13, 2009

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Oh, my gosh. School is about to start. All that humanism, secularism, paganism being shoved down your throat. Can you identify the difference between h/s/p and biblical Christianity? Are you able to think like a Christian in the midst of all this?

The most important thing is for you to learn to read, write, think, and do your math.

Look for someone you can help. Like sit with them at lunch so they don’t feel so bad.

Find someone who can help you during the day. Someone who loves Jesus Christ and reads their Bible. Read yours….try reading the Psalms, Proverbs, the gospels. Do you know what the gospel is?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3).

Tonight think about these two basic truths of Christianity. Dwell on them; Chew them over. I will do it too.


A Wise Principle for Teens July 1, 2009

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“Hatred stirs up strife,
But, love covers all sins.”(Proverbs 10:12)

“Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)

The principle in both of these proverbs is that when we lie, it shows what we are really like inside. We should tell the truth. “Do not bear false witness” is one of the Ten Commandments. That applies to everyday life, not just during a trial. Lies originate in our heart where hatred lurks. They show us the condition of our own heart. The reason for this is the biblical teaching on original sin. Adam and Eve, remember?

Slander is a lie about someone. It changes how they are seen by others. It can ruin someone’s reputation. Passing slander along is gossip. How easy to do when we’re chatting or texting or on Facebook.

Slander and lies can ruin family relationships. You twist the truth just a tad to make yourself look better in the eyes of your parents. Or you slant things just a little to put down your sister. Face it. Hate is at the bottom of it all. It is certainly not love!

How wonderful it is that Jesus’s love for us cover these kind of sins! He loved us enough to suffer and die as our Savior. He never told one little lie. He never pitted his brother, Jude, against James. Or made himself look good at their expense. Now that sinless life covers over all of your lies. When you get a glimpse at your real heart, then run to Jesus. He will forgive you. He will dress you up like you were going to a fancy wedding–covered by His perfect life.

Your faith in these promises will be counted as if you were living a perfect life. Love will cover you up and make you presentable for a King. Then stop telling lies because of your thankfulness that you are forgiven and so dressed up in His righteousness.

“…Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22


Teen Tip June 24, 2009

Filed under: Teen Tips — womenembracingfaith @ 5:56 pm

I want to open a new category for teens and their parents. The idea is still THINKING THRU THE BIBLE from a Reformed perspective. And, of course, it is about women of all ages embracing faith in Jesus as their Savior.

Today I heard and watched a guy on a jet ski racing around the river. He was using the jet ski to pull another boy on a board. What made me notice them was the rage and anger directed by the driver toward the other person who fell off the board. He was SO…OOO mad at him for falling!

It reminded me of how telling an incident like that can be. It is like a WARNING sign. If you were out with a guy (with a group or alone) who acted in such an outburst of anger, remember this:

“An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.” (Proverbs 29:22)

“A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back. (29:11)

Beware of getting into a serious relationship with someone like that. Don’t date them! It could mean trouble down the road!