The Lord’s Supper is one of the two ordinances given by Christ to the church. Since these ordinances are commands from Christ, the Lord of the church, they are not optional. As surely as all believers are commanded to be baptized, likewise all believers are commanded to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Unfortunately, some do not think this ordinance is as important as baptism. New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833) comments on the Lord’s Supper as the occassion “in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.” Similarly the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) declares: “The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.”
In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, the apostle Paul confronts an abuse of the Lord’s Supper at the church of Corinth. Since most Bible scholars believe that 1 Corinthians was written prior to any of the Gospel accounts of the Lord’s Supper, this passage contains perhaps the earliest written account of Christ’s institution of the Lord’s Supper. The occasion of Paul’s writing of this account, however, is to correct abuses which were occurring in the administration of the Lord’s Supper at the church at Corinth.
Something about the way they were taking the Lord’s Supper is indicted by Paul as “unworthily” (v. 27). This was evidently serious business since Paul says that those who take the Lord’s Supper “unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (v. 27). The answer to how they were taking the Lord’s Supper “unworthily” seems to be found earlier in vv. 20-22. There the Apostle rebukes the Corinthians for not waiting for one another. Some were pigging out while others had nothing to eat. This goes against an important part of the symbolism of the Lord’s Supper which shows the church as one body in Christ. We are to take from the common loaf and cup in recognition of the fact that we are one body. Furthermore, the Corinthians seem to be guilty of taking the Lord’s Supper as if it were just another meal. In other words, they did not acknowledge the symbolic meaning of the elements (see v. 29).
An important distinction must be made between the two words “unworthy” and “unworthily”. The Apostle Paul uses the adverb “unworthily” in this passage, not the adjective “unworthy”. The reason this is so important is that none of us are worthy to take the Lord’s Supper. That is not the issue. The issue is how we take the Lord’s Supper: in a worthy or unworthy manner. In fact, one key way that an individual can take the Lord’s Supper “unworthily” is by not recognizing that he/she is “unworthy” and needful of the sacrifice of Christ depicted in the ordinance.
Is there a way that we as Twenty-First Century believers can take the Lord’s Supper “unworthily” or in an unworthy manner? I believe we can in the same two broad areas in which the Corinthians did: by failing to prefer others before ourselves and by taking the Lord’s Supper as if it were just another meal, without recognizing and meditating upon the significance of it. In other words, to observe the Lord’s Supper worthily, we must remember that we observe the ordinance as a body and not as individuals, or rather as individuals within a body. Therefore, we must be in fellowship with one another when we take the Lord’s Supper. We also must prayerfully meditate upon what the symbols of the Lord’s Supper represent and take very seriously the meaning contained in the elements of the Lord’s Supper.
How then should we receive the Lord’s Supper? 1 Corinthians 11:26-28 gives an overview of four important looks that one should take before, during and after taking the Lord’s Supper:
- The first is a backward look to the cross. The Lord’s Supper’s primary message is about remembering the cross of Christ and what was accomplished there for our sins. Any celebration of the Lord’s Supper with acknowledging the cause of its celebration causes one to become “guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (v. 27). The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is, as v. 26 states, to “shew the Lord’s death till he come.”
- Secondly, one must also take an inward look to examine one’s own heart and motives (v. 28). Are you considering what this Supper represents? Are you right with God and your brother? These matters must be dealt with properly before receiving the Lord’s Supper.
- Thirdly, a forward look is needed. We must look forward to the Second Coming of Christ. Every celebration of the Lord’s Supper is an occasion to look forward to the day when we consummate this great feast with Jesus Christ Himself at the head of the table. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” (v. 26).
- Finally, a outward look to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ is needed. Although the Lord’s Supper is intensely personal, there is an important corporate element to this ordinance as well. Failure to care for the needs of our brothers and sisters results in the same condemnation received by the Corinthians. To come to the Lord’s table without the attitude and action of humble, serving love for one another is a failure to properly “discern the Lord’s body.” As we remember how the physical body of Christ was broken for us, it is also important that we remember that we are a part of the spiritual body of Christ. Therefore, it matters whether or not we are in fellowship with one another when partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
I hope this short explanation is helpful as we seek to obey Christ’s command to “remember his death til he come”!
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The historical data has never been in doubt. A modicum understanding of United States history shows the utter absurdity of our nation’s secularists attempts to remove God from the national holiday known as Thanksgiving. Included below are some key historical facts which may have been overlooked in our children’s and grandchildren’s classrooms. It is our responsibility as parents and grandparents, not only to instruct our young people in all things related to Christ and His gospel, but also to teach them the significance of the vestiges of our godly heritage which remain in our country. Please use these facts to teach your children/grandchildren about our nation’s history, but more importantly about the God to Whom we each owe everything, especially thanks!
The First Thanksgiving
The first thanksgiving was celebrated 382 years ago this Thanksgiving in 1623. The people who celebrated this first thanksgiving were called Pilgrims. These brave men and women had traveled across a dangerous Atlantic ocean in search of religious freedom and the opportunity for a fresh start in a ‘new world.’ The 103 Pilgrim’s who survived their hazardous journey arrived near Cape Cod, Massachusetts on November 12, 1620. They had been aiming for Virginia, but strong winds had blown their ship, the Mayflower, off course by 500 miles. We now know ‘Plymouth Rock’ as the place where these settlers landed. Before disembarking from their ship, each Pilgrim signed the “Mayflower Compact” (a covenant made with God describing how they would conduct themselves in this new land). It said in part:
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these present solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together in a civil Body Politick….
The Mayflower Compact can be read in its entirety by clicking here.
The Pilgrims were now ready to step upon land for the first time in over two months. Governor William Bradford records their reaction as follows:
Being thus arrived . . . they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils . . . again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth.
Shortly after arriving upon shore, the Pilgrims began constructing houses for the approaching winter. The winter proved to be a costly one in terms of human life. 51 of the 103 pilgrims died that first winter. Unfortunately, spring and summer a couple of years later did not prove much better for the struggling Pilgrims. Governor Bradford, who also became the Pilgrim’s historian in his classic Of Plymouth Plantation (still in print), described a three month drought during which the corn withered and ground cracked open. According to Bradford, the Pilgrims then set aside “a solemn day of humiliation, to seek ye Lord by humble and fervent prayer, in this great distress.” When they begun praying, it was a hot, clear day with no cloud in sight. As evening approached, however, it became overcast and began to rain. Bradford writes that the rains:
which did so apparently revive and quicken ye decayed corn and other fruits, as was wonderful to see, and made ye Indians astonished to behold; and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather, as through his blessing caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing.
As a result of God’s gracious intervention, a bountiful harvest was brought in and Gov. Bradford proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving and prayer for God’s provision. The official proclamation for the first Thanksgiving was issued in 1623 and said:
Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forest to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at the meeting house, on the hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November the 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to the pastor and render thanksgiving to Almighty God for all His blessings.
It is interesting to note that the famous Thanksgiving feast only comes after the Pilgrims had gathered for three hours of prayer and listening to the pastor preach at their church house. We’ve kept the turkey-eating, but neglect the thanks-giving. We can’t even get people to come to Wednesday night prayer meeting the day before Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving in United States History
Of course the first celebration of Thanksgiving by citizens of the United States could not happen for another 166 years. This is because the United States did not exist until then. However, our first president, George Washington, issued the first proclamation for a National Day of Thanksgiving. He wrote:
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will . . . I do recommend . . . Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November . . . to be devoted by the People of these United States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficient Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. . . . that we may . . . humbly offer our prayers . . . to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national . . . transgressions.
Complete text of Washington’s proclamation can be accessed by clicking here.
In 1817, New York became the first state to adopt Thanksgiving Day as a holiday. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday. Each year since, presidents have issued proclamations for the fourth Thursday in November. Lincoln’s first Thanksgiving proclamation said in part:
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the most high God…I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens…[It is] announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord…It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.
Complete text forLincoln’s Proclamation is available online by clicking here.
Our current president, George W. Bush, has issued a proclamation that tomorrow, November 24th, 2005 be a National Day of Thanksgiving. His proclamation reads as follows:
Thanksgiving Day is a time to remember our many blessings and to celebrate the opportunities that freedom affords. Explorers and settlers arriving in this land often gave thanks for the extraordinary plenty they found. And today, we remain grateful to live in a country of liberty and abundance. We give thanks for the love of family and friends, and we ask God to continue to watch over America.
This Thanksgiving, we pray and express thanks for the men and women who work to keep America safe and secure. Members of our Armed Forces, State and local law enforcement, and first responders embody our Nation’s highest ideals of courage and devotion to duty. Our country is grateful for their service and for the support and sacrifice of their families. We ask God’s special blessings on those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.
We also remember those affected by the destruction of natural disasters. Their tremendous determination to recover their lives exemplifies the American spirit, and we are grateful for those across our Nation who answered the cries of their neighbors in need and provided them with food, shelter, and a helping hand. We ask for continued strength and perseverance as we work to rebuild these communities and return hope to our citizens.
We give thanks to live in a country where freedom reigns, justice prevails, and hope prospers. We recognize that America is a better place when we answer the universal call to love a neighbor and help those in need. May God bless and guide the United States of America as we move forward.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 2005, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather together in their homes and places of worship with family, friends, and loved ones to reinforce the ties that bind us and give thanks for the freedoms and many blessings we enjoy.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
This year, and each year that follows, please take the opportunity to think about God’s blessings upon you and your family. Consider the fact that you owe everything to the Giver of “every good gift and every perfect gift” (James 1:17). Think of how you can help teach the ones who are entrusted to you the “true meaning” of Thanksgiving. Our nation’s secularists will continue to attempt to erase all evidence of a belief in God in our history. Given the amount of evidence listed above, they are going to need a big eraser!
- Al Mohler on what funeral music says about us.
- Doug Wilson on the marks of a Pharisee.
- A couple of reviews of Walk the Line (the new movie about Johnny Cash) that make me want to see it. Click on the following names for their reviews: Chuck Colson and Russell Moore.
- My brother, the Doxoblogist, has been inducted into the blogger’s equivalent of the Hall of Fame.
- Monergism has a new Hall of Contemporary Reformers. Check it out!
- Phil Johnson posts a highlight from the Spurgeon Archive which shows Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s belief in an universal aspect to the atonement.
- Jeff Wright has posted several posts recently on the Tennesse Baptist Convention and its relationship to Carson-Newman and Belmont.
- Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries has a new blog called Worship Matters. Check out this post on Songs for the Hard Times which includes an offer of a free download of a new song from Sovereign Grace Music called “God Moves“.
- Everyone needs to keep an eye on The Pearcey Report “a website of news, comment, information, and worldview.”
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I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, (2) That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. (3) For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: (4) Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; (5) Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. (6) Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: (7) Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. (8) That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (9) For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. (10) And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (11) (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) (12) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. (13) As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
I. The Problem of Israel’s Rejection, vv. 1-3.
The apostle begins this section of his letter with a passionate plea on behalf of unbelieving Jews. This passionate appeal is emphasized in three ways in verse 1. Paul proclaims that he is speaking the truth, not lying and that his conscience aided by the Holy Spirit is confirming what he is about to say. What is it that Paul is so deadly serious about? It is the condition of his countrymen, the Israelites, for which he is so passionate!
Paul goes so far in this passage to suggest that he would be willing (if it were possible) to allow himself to be accursed from Christ for the sake of his fellow Jews. The word translated “accursed” in this passage is the Greek word ἀνάθεμα which is the same word used by the apostle in Galatians 1:8 and 9. There he states his desire that any who preached a false gospel would be “accursed” ἀνάθεμα. The word means to be “eternally damned.” This is how serious Paul took any false teaching about the gospel which could eternally damn those who heard it. Amazingly this is what Paul is wishing for himself for the sake of his “brethren [his] kinsmen according to the flesh.” In other words, Paul is expressing his desire to go to hell on behalf of his fellow Israelites if it could result in their salvation. What a burden!!! This should put us all to shame! It is the burden of a real man of God who so longs for the salvation of others that he would be willing to put his own salvation at risk. Paul here is like Moses in Exodus 32:31-32. There, on the occasion of the children of Israel’s construction of a golden calf to worship instead of the true God, Moses pleaded to God for them with these words:
Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin — but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.
Do you have that kind of heart for your own family, much less for your fellow citizens of the United States most of whom you never have or never will meet!?!?
Paul issues his passionate plea here, however, to highlight the condition of ethnic Israel. If they are in need of someone being accursed for them, then they themselves are accursed! This is Paul’s point. This is the problem of Israel’s apparent rejection. The vast majority of God’s chosen people are now apparently separated from God’s love! How can God remain faithful if this is the case? What does this mean for God’s New Covenant people in the church? Will God remain faithful to them? This is the problem which this passage was written to address! But what makes the problem worse is . . .
II. The Privilege of Israel’s Adoption, vv. 4-5.
In verses 4 and 5, the apostle Paul outlines the reason for his personal anguish over the current state of the nation of Israel. He does so by listing eight special privileges of the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people. These eight privileges are also the reason for the concern among the 1st Century Christian community. If God has forsaken this special nation, what will keep Him from abandoning us as well! Again, the problem is the question of God’s faithfulness. Can He be trusted?
Before Paul offers a solution to this problem, he first heightens our awareness of the seriousness of the problem by emphasizing the special relationship of God to the nation of Israel. Here we can be thankful that the God of the Scriptures does not hide from the hard questions! God is not afraid of our questions! In this passage, Paul does not hide from the question, but raises it himself under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at these eight privileges briefly:
1. They had the Adoption. They were called God’s son, His firstborn. This is perhaps a reference to God’s deliverance out of Egypt which is later referred to by God, “Out of Egypt have I called My son.”
2. Theirs was the Glory. The glory of God dwelt with them first in the pillar of fire, later in the Tabernacle and finally in the Temple.
3. They had the Covenants. The covenants made to Abraham and David. Also the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31.
4. To them was given the Law. What a privilege to have God write His law with His own finger and entrust it to you as a nation.
5. They were given the Service of God. This is a reference to the giving of the Tabernacle, the Priesthood and the sacrificial system at the same time the Law was given to Moses.
6. They had received the Promises. This is a reference to the promise made originally to Abraham and reconfirmed to Isaac and Jacob.
7. Theirs were the Patriarchs. The fathers were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (to whom the promises mentioned above were made).
8. The Christ Himself was a Jew! Note Paul’s strong statement of the deity of Christ. He is the Christ who is over all, God blessed forever!
What amazing privileges are these! Why then does it appear that God has forsaken these people? Why are not all Israelites in right relationship with God? This is the question which Paul specifically answers in verses 6-13.
III. The Purpose of Israel’s Election, vv. 6-13.
Here in verse 6, Paul states the problem explicitly: Has the Word of God failed? Paul responds to that question emphatically and negatively. “It is not as though the Word of God has failed!” Why? Because not all of Israel are really Israel! What?!? Paul explains exactly what he means by this curious expression in the verses which follow. Let me summarize before we look in detail at those verses. He means that the true Israel is not merely the physical, but the spiritual heirs. He means that the true Israel is not merely those who were begotten of a certain race, but those chosen by grace (see v. 11). This truth is illustrated in two ways from Israel’s history in these verses.
First, the story of God’s choice of Isaac over Ishmael illustrates God’s prerogative of choosing His people (vv. 7-9). Paul states that just because one is physically descended from Abraham does not mean that individual is a child of Abraham. Paul says something very similar in Romans 2:28-29,
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Paul now illustrates this truth from Abraham’s life by quoting from Genesis 21:12, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called” (v. 7b). The occasion when God said this to Abraham was when Sarah (Abraham’s wife) insisted that Ishmael and his mother Hagar be driven away. Abraham didn’t want to do this, but God said for him to do what Sarah had said, because “In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” In other words, Ishmael is not the chosen seed, but only Isaac. Paul explains in verse 8 that “the children of the flesh … are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are.” By the way, Paul says in Galatians 4:28, “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” But Paul’s point here is that not all the physical descendants of Abraham are the true children of Abraham in the spiritual sense. Only those chosen by God are the true children. In this case, the chosen one is Isaac. Ishmael is rejected. Abraham had six more children with Keturah after Sarah died, but they were not “the children of the promise.”
Isaac was considered the child of the promise, because his birth was humanly impossible. The only explanation for his existence was the Sovereign act of God. In verse 9, “the word of promise” is cited from Genesis 18:10 and 14, “At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son” (v. 9). Ishmael was the product of human achievement, but Isaac was the promise of divine accomplishment! Ishmael represents man’s way, Isaac represents God’s way!
Second, the story of God’s choice of Jacob over Esau also illustrates God’s right to choose whomsoever He wills (vv. 10-13).Some may object that the reason God chose Isaac was that although Ishmael was Abraham’s son, he was not Sarah’s. But Paul wants us to understand that God’s choice of individuals to be part of the true Israel is not based upon anything good or bad about them. This choice is completely by grace. To illustrate this truth, Paul has to go no further than the next generation. When Isaac became a man, he married Rebecca. She, like Sarah, was barren for a number of years. Finally she conceived and bore twins: Jacob and Esau. These two had the same father and mother! They were conceived the same millisecond. They shared the same birthday. They had the same grandfather and grandmother: Abraham and Sarah. The only difference between the two favored Esau who exited the womb first. God, however, chose Jacob over Esau. There is no human explanation for God’s choice of Jacob over Esau. God chose Jacob before their birth. In Genesis 25:23 God said to Rebecca, “The elder shall serve the younger” (v. 12). What was the cause for this pronouncement? According to Malachi 1:2-3 the cause is God’s love for Jacob and hatred for Esau. These are the verses referenced in verse 13 and they say in their entirety:
I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Why does God chose some and reject others? A brief answer is given in verse 11. The reason God chooses some and rejects others is so that God’s gracious purpose of election might stand. What is that gracious purpose? It is so that salvation will not be based on human works but upon the grace of God! This is why God has “chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world”! So that before we were born, having never done good or evil, so that we could not say that we were chosen because we were good, so that our salvation would not be based on our works, but upon “Him that calleth.” There is great insight here into the doctrine of election. This explains why God chose some to eternal life while rejecting others. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31,
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
As Augustine said, “God does not choose us because we believe, but that we may believe.”
Now back to the point in question. Has God’s Word failed? Can God be trusted? What about the Israelites to whom the promises were made? Has God forsaken them? Will He forsake us?
Here are Paul’s answer to these questions: God’s promises were never made to those who were merely Abraham’s physical descendants. The promises were made to the chosen remnant of spiritual Israel within physical Israel, like Isaac and Jacob! Therefore God’s promises have not failed they are being fulfilled in the “remnant according to the election of grace” (11:5). Also, Romans 11:26ff seems to indicate that God has chosen to save an entire generation of physical Jews as the Second Coming of Christ approaches. God’s people have always been the product of God’s Sovereign election, both in the Old and New Testaments, among both Jews and Gentiles. Physical birth doesn’t get you into the people of God. It takes a new birth!
God’s Word has not Failed! He has kept his promise to spiritual Israel and He will keep his promise to national Israel! We can trust His Word to those who believe! Nothing can separate us from God’s love!
- A lot of what I thought was my personality was just sin.
- People laugh at your unwholesome talk at the moment but think less of you afterwards.
- I started out wanting to be my children’s savior, and ended up pleading for forgiveness.
- An inferiority complex is a desire to be better than other people.
- The best teaching moments are never at convenient times.
- You’re one prayerless day away from being capable of any sin.
- My kids have a foggy recollection of things I tried to teach them, and total recall of my phone conversations they overheard from the next room.
- My kids have a rough recollection of my Christian propaganda but reproduce my attitudes with cloned precision.
- Tell your child what delights you about him. He doesn’t know unless you tell him.
- Your child is never angry for no reason.
- Praising and thanking God all day long are the only cure I’ve found for depression.
- Drop the dust rag and look at your child when he’s telling you a story.
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