Misc Thoughts

       Tell me, with whom does God speak and deal when you are baptised? Is it not true that this Baptism is intended for you alone and for no other person? You derive the benefit of your baptismnot others. If they want to be benefited by Baptism, they must also be baptised personally.

        But what does God tell you and each person who permits himself to be baptised? This is the promise God gives in Baptism: "Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved," (Mark 16:16). Again, you are baptised into the death of Christ (Romans 6:3), into the truth that he died for you and by his death freed you from your sins and death. How then, could God speak in a friendlier way with you and more surely and specifically include your person in the Word than he does in Baptism?

There is on earth no greater comfort than Baptism.

Dr. Martin Luther

A child is constantly learning. Much of what children learn comes from observing the words and actions of those around them. How important, then, for parents to set a good example for their children.

Be a good example IN WORD.
This means watching your language. A child should not hear their parents curse, lie, or quarrel. Rather, let them hear parents use God's name in prayer and praise, and in speaking kindly to one another.

Be a good example IN BEHAVIOR.
We can't expect children to be honest, upright, and even-tempered if the parent doesn't present to them the right conduct pattern.

Be a good example IN LOVE.
Every child needs love, and all children need a home where there is love and harmony between all the members of the family.

Be a good example IN FAITH.
The Christian faith is "caught" as well as "taught." The greatest thing a parent can give a child is the memory of a father and mother who loved the Lord, showing this by prayer, reading the Bible, and regular church attendance.

When we as parents make mistakes, let's repent of them. trusting in our Savior for pardon, and the Lord will give us the strength we need to be good examples for our children in this new year of 2013.

 New Year's Day

I will  start anew this morning with a
higher, fairer creed;
I will cease to stand complaining of 
my ruthless neighbor's greed.

I will cease to sit repiming while 
duty's call is clear;
I will waste no moment whining, 
and my heart shall know no fear.

I will look sometimes about me for 
the things that merit praise:
I will search for hidden beauties 
that elude the grumbler's gaze.

I will try to find contentment in the 
paths that I shall tread;
I will cease to have resentment 
when another moves ahead.

I will not be swayed by envy when 
my rival's strength is shown;
I will not deny his merit, but I'll 
strive to prove my own.

I will try to see the beauty spread 
before me, rain or shine;
I will cease to preach your duty 
and be more concerned with mine.

S. E. Kiser
On Life's Way
The world is wide,
In time and tide,
And God is Guide;
. Then do not hurry.

That man is blest
Who does his best
And leaves the rest,
Then does not worry.

-C. F. Deems
Your Gospel
You are writing a Gospel, a chapter a day,
By the things that you do and the words that you say.
Men read what you write - distorted or true,
What is the Gospel, according to you?


"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." ~ John 10:27