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Apr 26, 2012

What If This Present Were The World's Last Night?

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Strokes just happen; they do not give any prior warning. I know; I just had one. One instant things were fine; the next it was over, leaving its mark. Fortunately, it was a small one. As I was explaining my mother’s history of strokes to my doctor, I said “She still lived to be 86 and I do not think I will live that long. He then said, “You won’t have to: the Lord will come by then. That took me by surprise. I have long felt that we, in this generation, were very possibly living in the last days; I mean the very last days, like the last generation, but I had not put it into years. This statement did. “Will, Jesus come in the next twenty years, I thought? Perhaps you are asking the same question, or then perhaps you are not. You have lots of things to get done, lots of plans yet to accomplish. The end of the age, the halt of the world cannot come yet, can it?
Jesus says after listing a number of things that have characterized the last two millennia, “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Matthew 24:32-34. If you read the text plainly without any pre-conceived notions, Jesus meant “this generation to be the generation who could read the fig leaves, the generation who had seen “all these things happen. The last things do not need a lot of time to occur, unlike the “gospel of the kingdom being preached in the whole world; that has taken some time like the other things mentioned here with it. “The great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again (Matthew 24:21) has clearly not yet happened; but it could happen in a generation, and Jesus says it will be cut short, else no one will survive. This is why Jesus says these last things will happen in “this generation. He is giving hope to those who see the “unequaled distress that this distress will be cut short for those who do indeed experience it. This can take place quickly when the time is ripe for it, which could be now or very soon, certainly in the next two decades considering the speed at which the present world is moving.
The point is that many believing Christians are being lulled into thinking that the Lord’s return cannot be that soon for any number of personal reasons and plans, not necessarily the signs Jesus speaks of in this Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 and 25. Quite clearly, we cannot and do not know the day or the hour of His return, not even He knew it by His own admission. But it is precisely an event for which many will be totally unprepared. The thrust of Jesus’ words (now and in the following parables of Matthew 25) were not that we might find out the day or the time, or try to fix it precisely. The whole intent of His warnings is that we might be concerned about the nature of our actions and priorities today! What are we about, and what does our behavior and what we are doing with our daily lives say about who we are? Our actions, our works, signify who we are; it fixes our identity. In Jesus’ own words, are we “sheep or goat, and do we show it by how we are living and thinking today; for there is no time to make up for it or create it “out of whole cloth when the lightening begins to flash. That moment is a split second, and that time frame is the time frame of Christ’s return. It is sudden; in the twinkling of an eye.
Let the reader of Jesus’ warnings beware; “Now is the day of salvation we read in Hebrews. And it means that you need to begin in this moment, if you have not done so yet, to utilize the talents He has given you (see the parable of the talents in Matthew 25). They must be put to work, not hidden, or “saved. My stroke came without any prior or immediate warning. The “halt that Jesus’ coming brings to our moving world will come suddenly without any immediate warning. Use what little time is left to be about the work your Master has given you, so that He finds you doing it when he says, “Halt! to the world, and there really is no more time!

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Apr 19, 2012

Different Yet The Same

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It is one of the most amazing accounts in the Bible, and absolutely one of my favorites: the last Chapter of the Gospel of John. Seven men in the most natural setting you can imagine talked and ate with a risen Jesus; He whom they knew to be crucified and who had been placed dead in a tomb just days earlier. In the first minutes of daybreak as the sun’s rays began to creep across the Sea of Galilee, these close friends who had been fishing all night with no success suddenly saw a figure on the shore watching them. Asking them if they caught any fish, while knowing the answer, He told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. Immediately their net swelled with a big school of large fish. Who was this “stranger? It was John who put it together; “It is the Lord, he quietly said to Peter. The statement exploded with recognition in Peter’s head and in seconds he was in the water. He couldn’t wait for the boat to reach shore.
Waiting on shore was a charcoal fire going strong with cooked fish ready to eat. The Lord Jesus was different, as He was to the two disciples walking to Emmaus the afternoon of the resurrection day, yet He was the same! Recognition was not immediate, but they knew who this was. No doubts whatsoever. Awe, yet certainty filled their eyes. No need to ask, “Is it really you? There were other appearances between the resurrection and the ascension; over 500 people could attest that Jesus was alive! The proof of His resurrection is irrefutable; except for the blind who will not consider the evidence. It is not that they can’t believe it for lack of facts; it is that they will not believe it. It is their voluntary choice to remain steeped in ignorance.
He had the scars of the crucifixion in his body. What He said brought back memories, yet opened their minds to understand all He had taught them in a new and powerful perspective. It so cemented the truth in their hearts and minds that they would willingly die in spreading the message of life to a dying world. His body was different in that it was incorruptible, yet the same in that they knew it was the Lord whom they walked with for about 3 years; ate and talked with, and touched (I John 1:1). Here in this account is the living proof and visible expression of Paul’s description of a resurrection body in I Corinthians 15. It is a difficult passage to visualize, the difference between an earthly body and one that is like the man of heaven, as Paul writes. But this is what the Lord shows the disciples on the shore of Galilee, and in all the appearances before the ascension. Here we see glimpses of the resurrected body we shall have one day; different, yet the same.
What kind of body do you want for eternity? In any case the body you now have has a glory fit for an earthly body. The resurrected body has a glory fit for eternity. Though you cannot now know or see what yours will be, two facts are clear: you will be known as you, and you will be satisfied with the body God gives, just as He gave you a body for this life. You should be satisfied with what He has given you in this life simply because He chose it for you. You will be satisfied with your body for eternity because the glory of it is like the man of heaven, who walked several days ago (a thousand years is as a day, and a day is as a thousand years) along the shore of Galilee and enjoyed fellowship with His friends as they talked and ate fish and bread together. I do not think you have to worry about what you will look like for eternity; it’s in the right hands!

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Apr 17, 2012

Why French Parents Are Superior

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A thought provoking article regarding how Americans fret over parenthood that was written by Pamela Druckerman for Wall Street Journal detailing her investigation of French parenting. Driven by her self-proclaimed maternal desperation, the article entitled “Why French Parents are Superior” talks of how the French are raising happy, well-behaved children while avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying no. Glenda Anderson, who has mothered thousands of youth here at the Paul Anderson Youth Home speaks often of how your yes must mean yes and your no must mean no. Much of what Glenda teaches are the same as seen in French parents. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Children should say hello, goodbye, thank you and please. It helps them to learn that they aren’t the only ones with feelings and needs.
  • When they misbehave, give them the “big eyes”—a stern look of admonishment.
  • Remind them (and yourself) who’s the boss. French parents say, “It’s me who decides.”
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no.” Kids have to learn how to cope with some frustration.

Remember, you are the parent. Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no. You are the one in charge. Through your guidance, instruction, and loving command, your child learns safety, security, and what it means for their home to be their shelter from the world around them.
To read the full article, follow this link: Why French Parents are Superior
What tactics have you learned about parenting over the years? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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Apr 13, 2012

High School Report: U.S. Ninth Worst for High School Dropouts

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The United States now ranks near the bottom of the list of advanced economies for its high school dropout rate — 23.3 percent of American students do not receive a high school diploma.
Of the roughly 4 million students who enter high school each year, about 1 million will drop out before graduation. That’s 7,000 every school day.
The problem is even greater in large cities. Nearly half of all students in the nation’s 50 largest school districts drop out before graduation, CBS News reported.
In fact, just 25 of America’s 11,000 school districts with high schools accounted for one out of every five dropouts in one recent year, according to the Washington Post.
The U.S. rate compares poorly to the dropout rate in most of the countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the group of 34 advanced nations with economies most comparable to the U.S.
For example, in the U.K. the rate is 8.9 percent; in South Korea, 7 percent; in Japan, 5.3 percent; Ireland, 4 percent; Germany, 2.8 percent, according to OECD figures reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Among the countries with a higher rate than the United States, Canada has a rate of 23.7; Portugal, 37.1 percent; Mexico, 56 percent; and Turkey, 73.8 percent.
The OECD average is 20 percent.
Dropouts cost American taxpayers more than $8 billion a year in public assistance programs such as food stamps. They earn about $10,000 a year less than workers with high school diplomas, CBS reported.
They are also more likely to be unemployed. And nearly 60 percent of federal prison inmates are high school dropouts.

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Apr 11, 2012

Prescription Drug Use Rising Among Teenagers


The following article regarding the use of prescription drugs among teenagers is just one of many that has been coming out in the past few months. The avalanche of information regarding prescription pill abuse further supports the data we have been measuring and analyzing among our young men and their experiences with drugs.
While the primary drug youth first try remains marijuana, there is an increasing trend showing that at earlier ages, the first drug youth try are presciption pills. Through “pharm parties” or “trailblazing,” parents need to see this as a supply and demand issue. The supply of pills is enormous and the demand to have a new experience is very real in this generation. As youth experiment, often, their first experience is through pills.
To read the full article, follow this link: Fairfax Times

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Apr 05, 2012

The Unbridgeable Great Chasm

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Blood and gore; maggots and worms. Cinematography, the art and science of creating movies on the big screen and television, has come a long way in one century. It has progressed from the herky-jerky silent screen to producing almost anything the eye can imagine; and it can depict death in every possible form. The more sensitive are forced to turn their eyes away from the horror on the screen, while many others eventually become desensitized to the ugly horror of death and gory destruction of the magnificently created human body. If you watch any of the many forensic shows on TV such as all the various CSI series you will see dead humanity in every state imaginable being sliced and diced and picked apart to determine what happened to the poor soul. There is very little left to the imagination. Death is not a pretty or welcome sight except for those who do not see the full ramification of it. The avid watcher of horror movies and player of violent video games, sometimes translating into real life behavior, usually has no idea what lies beyond the curtain between life and death, and appears to come to a conclusion where it doesn’t really matter; it is simply a fascinating “game bringing an adrenaline rush.
There is far greater horror in the parable Jesus told of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16, than in any slasher movie or mutilation of a human victim. There is no blood and gore in the parable, just the worst horror one can imagine; consciously experiencing utter misery and not being able to do one thing to free oneself or end the pain. Yet the acknowledgement of the real potential of this does not even stir fear in the minds of those who have set a course for just such an irrevocable predicament. To have no fear of what Jesus has clearly spoken means one of two conclusions: (1) He is a deluded liar. (2) Even if you knew He said it, it doesn’t matter. This is exactly the case of the Rich Man in the parable; he had no concern for the truth Jesus spoke prior to his “untimely death. Where he would end up was not even on his radar screen.
This is why the celebration of Easter means little more for many people than the celebration of July 4th or Labor Day, or casual Friday. In fact, these other holidays may be more exciting. What does it matter to me if Jesus rose from the grave or He didn’t? Or, if one goes along with the crowd and gives unwitting acceptance to the resurrection, but it makes no difference on how they live their life; how are they any better off than the hardened unbeliever who thinks it is all so much hocus-pocus? Both are on a path to the horror of the Rich Man in Jesus’ parable.
The resurrection of Jesus, surrounded as it is by unassailable facts, even if willingly ignored, is the guarantee of the truth of everything Jesus said, to include the horror and the glory of this parable. If Jesus rose from the grave the truth of this parable is locked in concrete. For those who know they will be on Lazarus’ side of the chasm, Easter is one great “hallelujah in their soul, a celebration of unmitigated joy and promise. Yet it is also an indictment on the poor soul who rejoices not in the resurrection, who continues in his blind stupor, and lives a predictably sad life headed toward a far sadder ending, because his ears are stopped up, and his eyes are covered.
For those of you who see the truth of this parable, even though it brings tears to your eyes for those who will not hear, you cannot help but rejoice in Resurrection Sunday! “He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord. Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph or his foes, He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose, He arose, Hallelujah, Christ arose! No matter what your circumstance this Sunday, if you know Jesus as your Savior you are blessed beyond all measure. Rejoice!

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