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Linked Together: Teaching Your Children

Justification by Faith
Fred Zaspel has a helpful article on teaching the doctrine of justification by faith to our children in January’s Credo Magazine.

For many Christian parents it is not that they don’t want to teach doctrine — it’s just that they feel they don’t know how. So let’s think for a bit on that level: how can we teach our children this most important doctrine. What are the essentials that we need to get across?

Click below to read it. 


The Trinity
I’ve mentioned previously that I don’t recommend using analogies for the Trinity because the ones I know do a better job illustrating a trinitarian heresy than illustrating the Trinity. This one is better than most, but I’m still not sure about it.

What do you think? Does it help?


Heidelberg Catechism

Question 27. What do you mean by the providence of God?

Answer: The providence of God is his almighty and ever present power (a) by which he upholds and governs (b) heaven, earth, and all creatures, so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, (c) fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, (d) riches and poverty (e)—yes, everything—comes to us not by chance, but by his fatherly hand. (f)

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Sunday's Hymn: All Things Bright and Beautiful


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

— Cecil F. Alexander

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.


I Am Who I Am

This morning I posted at Out of the Ordinary on God’s most important name.
At the very least, “I am” means that God exists. We live in a physical world, surrounded by physical things, and it’s easy to live our lives as if what we can see and touch is all that exists. God is not physical; we can’t see or touch him, but his name “I Am” assures us that he there, as real—no, more real—than the stuff around us.

Status Report: March

Sitting…on the couch in the living room.

Eating…a bowl of raisin bran as a bedtime snack.

Dreading…this weekend’s time change. I don’t need it. Nobody needs it. Why mess with our circadian rhythms for nothing? Want more daylight? Get up earlier.

And think about this: Now that they’ve extended daylight savings time from the beginning of March thru the beginning of November, we spend more time on fake time than real time. We’re all living lies for eight months of the year.

Finished…phase 2 of my bathroom painting painting project. I painted the green cupboard white. Three coats, inside and out, because green paint doesn’t like to be covered. Phase 1 was painting the walls white, and phase 3 will be painting the rest of the trim white. I’m going to have me an all-white bathroom. 

Missing…the grandchildren. Two have their far away grandma visiting this week, and the other’s been sick, so I’ve not had them here for their weekly grandma visits. I used the extra time for the painting project, so it all worked out, but still, I’ve missed them.

Pleased…with youngest granddaughter’s new home. They are moving this week to a better house (Remember all their furnace problems?), with a better yard (It has grass.), in a better location (not a slum), at a better price. My granddaughter runs through the house with her arms in the air shouting, “New home!”

Reading…the same books as last month. But I’ve made progress in each one, so that’s something.

Counting…the weeks until garage sales start, the leaves are on the trees, and the garden is planted.

Hoping…your March brings you spring and my March doesn’t bring me snow. (I’ll have to wait until April or May for spring, I’m afraid.)