Shovelling your Driveway

I don't have a snow blower and I don't pay someone to shovel my driveway. This is rare in my neighbourhood, in fact, I may be the only one who shovels my driveway. My driveway could fit about 10 cars on it, and it can take from 10 minutes to 1.5 hours to clear it depending on the amount of snow. 

The benefits of shovelling your driveway are physical activity, being outside, and a driveway without snow. However, even when I explain these reasons most people don't understand and think it is a waste of time. But, it is only a waste of time if I have something better to do.
So, what is that something better that I could be doing? Is it watching Netflix, YouTube, a movie, playing a sport, reading a book? How are any of those things better than shovelling my driveway? There is a country song by Alabama that has stuck with me over the years, it goes like this: I'm in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I…

Raising Children Godly or Goldly

Making decisions regarding your children is difficult in the best of times, but it is impossible if you have the wrong master.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. What is money? Jesus talks about it as earthly treasure. In other words, it is things that you value that are only valuable on earth.

The meaning of the word master has a few definitions but there is one that is particularly enlightening, "he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding." A master is someone who makes the decisions for another person. In almost all businesses, the ultimate decision maker is not the CEO but the bottom line (i.e. money).  This is expected given the goal of most companies, but when it comes to raising children this should not be the case. The objective of every parent should be to raise godly offspring not profit.
Did he not m…

Children are abusing Children

The Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri, is seeing a disturbing trend of children abusing children. They say that in over half there sexual assault cases the perpetrator is a minor most likely between the ages of 11 and 15 and the victim is a girl between the ages of 4 and 8. As a father of two daughters this scares me!

The above article doesn't say absolutely pornography is the cause of this trend, but they think it plays a role. Unfortunately, I can't wait for a study to come out to make decisions for my children, so I will have to use a little common sense.

Pornography is ubiquitous. 30% of data transferred on the internet is porn. 70% of men and 30% of men women watch porn.

Pornography is violent. A recent study of the top 50 films showed that 88% of the scenes contained physical violence and 49% contained verbal aggression. In these scenes the victim, mostly women, reacted 95% with pleasure or neutrality.

Pornography is reaching children through smart phones. Be…

Get High or be Holy?

On October 17, 2018 Canada became only the second country to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Many Christians will lament this day, but others will use it as a reason to starting using marijuana. What should the Christian response be?

I grew up in a house without any alcohol and in a social context where alcohol was considered bad or sinful. I can't say specifically what I was taught by my parents, but that is the overall impression that I had in my younger days. Anecdotally, I would say that this was the predominate understanding of most people in my generation. Since the Bible does not prohibit alcohol the consequence of this understanding was that many young people only evaluated the moral aspect of drinking alcohol instead of the negative consequences of alcohol use and abuse. In other words, once they discovered that it was not morally wrong they began to drink freely.
Although consuming alcohol may not strictly be against God's command we are cautioned to consume…

Christianity is not Self-Help

I was listening to a sermon the other day on David and Goliath when it dawned on me that Christianity in North America has turned into self-help. The preacher didn't really say anything wrong, but he seemed to miss the point of the story. This story isn't primarily about how we can slay giants in our lives, but it is about God slaying giants for His name.
For the battle is the LORD's, and He will give you into our hand. (1 Sam. 17:47)  When we read the Bible we often think about the practical application and how we should modify our lives accordingly. This isn't necessarily bad but far too often it ends there. For example, many people have used the phrase, "your body is a temple (1 Cor. 6:19)," as a reason to exercise and be in shape, even though that is the opposite of what it means. Let me digress for a moment. The point being made is that sexual immorality is uniquely a sin against the body, whereas being fat is not. Now, back to the task at hand. If we ar…

Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

Being pro-choice and saying that homosexuality is not a sin is incompatible with the teachings of Jesus. Anybody who holds these views and any other view that is contrary to God's commands should not consider themselves Christian.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent. Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the Lord’s anger burns against His people; His hand is raised and He strikes them down. (Isaiah 5:20-25)  That being said, it seems that…

Examine Yourself!

Job was the greatest man from both a heavenly and earthly perspective. He had everything any human could want.
There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. (Job 1:2-3) And, he had God's approval. Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? (Job 1:7-8) Job was wisdom personified. "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding (Job 28:28)." This is the very description that God used for Job. His action were faultless. He took care of the poor (Job 31:16), the widows (31:16), and the fatherless (31:17). Job was not lustful (31:5), deceitful, greedy (31:24), adulterous (31:27), vindictive (31:29), or hypocritical (31:32). Jobs religion was pure and unde…