Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Parenting

I think every parent, mom and dad, under ALL circumstances need to put the needs of their children first while they are growing up.

That is how it was intended by God.

Though I do mean needs, as in development and growth needs as well as love and financial needs.

What I see way too much of is giving into a child”s wants as the supposedly easiest way to pacify a child rather than actually being a parent.

My sons were given everything they needed to become good adult men. Their wants were not a big consideration (well, maybe at Christmas and birthdays) because I was raising them to be responsible adults and today they are because of this. No unwed babies, no drugs, no jail, college education for my eldest, good jobs, stable relationships, responsible members of society.

This is what it means to be a success as as a parent. (Not that some parents don’t do all in their power and the children still make poor or really bad choices, and that isn’t the parent’s fault.)

An icon illustrating a parent and child

 

December 19, 2012 Posted by | Christianity / God, Daily Gospel, Family, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Christmas in Eurabia (video)

Christmas in Eurabia (video).

December 26, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Before the Beginning Before Christmas

Before the Beginning – Before Christmas

November 30, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Can Be a Christian?

At the heart of what it means to be a Christian is justification—being right with God (see Romans 4:20-25). So, another way of asking this question is, “Who can be considered right with God?” John 1:12 says that “…as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” In other words, not everyone is automatically a child of God simply because he or she is born.

Galatians 3:26 says that one becomes a child of God “through faith in Christ Jesus.” Notice that a person is not saved by faith. We are saved by Christ through faith in Him. It is the object of our faith, the Divine God-Man Jesus Christ, who saves us. In other words, every person who will cry out to be delivered from his sin and will trust Jesus Christ, the Lord—the Divine Messiah—alone for forgiveness will be justified. Not only will that person be right with God, he will also be a child of God.

Such full forgiveness and reception into this new family relationship produces deep allegiance to God and to His people. An observable result of this new allegiance of heart and mind is that the life of a true child of God is characterized by good works, thoughts and attitudes. Good works do not serve as any ground for one’s justification, however. As Romans 10:9 states, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Good works, rather, serve as corroborating evidence that one has truly been “born again” by the Spirit of God who now dwells in the believer (see John 3:1-20; Ephesians 1:13-14).

One of Christ’s closest followers while on earth, the Apostle John, wrote these inspired words of Scripture: “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)

Note well the exclusivity of the Bible’s claim. It is not a mistake, nor is it arrogance. It is, quite simply, truth. Therefore, any religion or individual who alters, adds to, or teaches a message contrary to this gospel does not speak in alignment with the true God and eternal life but is teaching damnable heresy.

What makes Christianity different?
1. It is a spiritual belief that is open to all, regardless of age, religion, sex, or economic status.

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

2. It is a faith relationship with God that solves the problem of sin. In other words, deliverance from sin is not achieved by one’s personal adherence to a system of works. One is delivered from sin by receiving God’s grace in Christ. A sinner is declared to be right with God as the merits of Christ’s life, death, resurrection and ascension are applied to him through faith. Second Corinthians 5:21 says it this way: “He [God the Father] made Him who knew no sin (i.e. Jesus, God the Son) to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Other faiths believe that salvation is based on good deeds or keeping certain laws. Christianity recognizes that “There is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10).

The Bible clearly says that “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy.” (Titus 3:5)

3. Unlike Buddha, Mohammad, and other religious leaders, Christianity accepts that its Messiah, Jesus Christ, is still alive today.

“…Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:34)

Jesus died on the cross for sinners, but was resurrected after three days. His resurrection vindicated the truthfulness of His message. He was witnessed by many who were eventually martyred for their faith. The historic truth of Christ’s life and message has stood the test of time and will ultimately triumph over all other beliefs (Revelation 21:1-8).

There are many hypocrites and counterfeits in the world. Those who claim to be Christians, but are not true Christians. And Christians can and do sin. But the general direction of a real Christian’s life is to increasingly love the things that are dear to God’s heart such as (see Acts 2:42-47) faithfully handling, believing and obeying His Word, being relationally committed to the people of His Church, worshiping Christ sincerely from the heart, and being winsome in the way one lives and shares His message of hope to the lost.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glory to God Free Christmas E-Card

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can We See the Christ?

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Can We See the Christ?”, Ensign, Dec. 2010, 4–6

One night a grandfather was reading a story to his four-year-old granddaughter when she looked up and said, “Grandpa, look at the stars!” The older man smiled kindly and said, “We’re indoors, honey. There are no stars here.” But the child insisted, “You have stars in your room! Look!”

The grandfather looked up and, to his surprise, noticed that the ceiling was peppered with a metallic glitter. It was invisible most of the time, but when the light struck the glitter a certain way, it did indeed look like a field of stars. It took the eyes of a child to see them, but there they were. And from that moment on, when the grandfather walked into this room and looked up, he could see what he had not been able to see before.

We are entering another wonderful Christmas season filled with music and lights, parties and presents. But of all people, we as members of the church that bears the Savior’s name need to look beyond the façade of the season and see the sublime truth and beauty of this time of year.

I wonder how many in Bethlehem knew that right there, close to them, the Savior had been born? The Son of God, the long-awaited and promised Messiah—He was in their midst!

Do you remember what the angel told the shepherds? “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” And they said to themselves, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass” (Luke 2:11, 15).

Like the shepherds of old, we need to say in our hearts, “Let us see this thing which is come to pass.” We need to desire it in our hearts. Let us see the Holy One of Israel in the manger, in the temple, on the mount, and on the cross. Like the shepherds, let us glorify and praise God for these tidings of great joy!

Sometimes the most difficult things to see are those that have been right in front of us all along. Like the grandfather who failed to see the stars on the ceiling, we sometimes cannot see that which is in plain sight.

We who have heard the glorious message of the coming of the Son of God, we who have taken upon us His name and have covenanted to walk in His path as His disciples—we must not fail to open our hearts and minds and truly see Him.

The Christmas season is wonderful in many ways. It is a season of charitable acts of kindness and brotherly love. It is a season of being more reflective about our own lives and about the many blessings that are ours. It is a season of forgiving and being forgiven. It is a season to enjoy the music and lights, parties and presents. But the glitter of the season should never dim our sight and prevent us from truly seeing the Prince of Peace in His majesty.

Let us all make this year’s Christmas season a time of rejoicing and celebration, a time when we acknowledge the miracle that our Almighty God sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world!

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

December 25

today, O God,
the soles of your feet
have touched the earth.

today,
the back street,
the forgotten place
have been lit up with significance.

today,
the households of earth
welcome the King of heaven.
for you have come among us,
you are one of us.
so may our songs rise to surround your throne
as our knees bend to salute your cradle.

amen.

-the book of common order,
church of scotland

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Greatest Gift

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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