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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011 with the Edwardses


We had a lovely Easter together and spent the day worshipping with our church family, feasting with our extended family, and fellowshipping with our friends-that-are-like-family. 




Grandma and our girls.


Family egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa's house.





Menfolk--and Lydia.


Lydia and Grandma Edwards


Easter evening with our friends-that-are-like-family. We were treated to some great bluegrass music and then we sang a couple of worship songs together.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

As you meditate on Christ's death this Good Friday, you might appreciate this talk from Kempton Turner. Mr. Edwards and I saw Pastor Kempton deliver this sermon at the Children Desiring God conference in March. Delight in Jesus through His Word.



Kempton Turner: Your Testimonies Are My Delight from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Parenting with the Gospel in Mind

There are two little booklets from Children Desiring God that I can't seem to keep around because I keep giving away my copies! Fortunately, they are now available as e-booklets and for just $3 each I can download a new copy.

Helping Children to Understand the Gospel
This booklet briefly but clearly explains how we can best prepare our children for the Gospel. Perhaps more than any other resource, this booklet helped me see that my children's sinful behavior shouldn't discourage me, but is part of their journey in understanding their need for a Savior. How can our parenting communicate the Gospel to our kids? You need to put that into action in your home, but this booklet helps you see how to communicate Gospel truth to your children. A 10-week family devotional is also included, that is a great tool for teaching your family the good news of Jesus.

Praying for the Next Generation
This booklet gathers together Scriptures to pray for children and teens into 12 groups, one prayer theme for each month in the year. It also describes how to turn God's word into prayers, beginning with Psalm 1. I highly recommend this, even if you are a veteran at praying Scripture.

Both booklets are also available pre-printed and bound, if you would rather not download and print your own copy. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Holy Week Reflection

I'm spending the days between Palm Sunday and Easter reading the Gospels' account of Jesus' week leading up to his death. He spent much of his time that week teaching in the temple. This struck me afresh this morning:

"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:25-28 (emphasis added)

The Gospel chapters that tell about Jesus' final week:

Matthew 21-26
Mark 11-14
Luke 19-22
John 12-18

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Update

We've been busy this spring with projects around the house, school activities, and AWANA quizzing. A crawling baby added to the mix makes kitchen renovating and painting walls a little tricky--and slow going.


Tobias was a great help tearing out tile in the kitchen.



Hope and Sydney competed again in the Awana Bible Quizzing Competition. Their team took first place (above). Sydney's paddle quiz (the oral portion of the competition in which the kids raise a paddle with their multiple-choice answer) and written quiz were perfectly done and she was one of just five kids to have perfect overall scores.



Hope had a perfect written test (pictured below with her purple ribbon), and just missed one on the paddle quiz. It was one of the hardest questions, asking which Scripture reference was the support for a particular topic. She was keenly disappointed since it happened to be one we studied multiple times, but we were so proud of the way she handled her disappointment.


Meanwhile, Lydia's nearly one year old!



Lane wished for a basketball hoop in his room. Undeterred, he and his buddy made one.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

More Anniversary Honors for the KJV

...from the most unusual quarters: Atheist Christopher Hitchens over at Vanity Fair.

An excerpt:
A culture that does not possess this common store of image and allegory will be a perilously thin one. To seek restlessly to update [the King James Bible] or make it “relevant” is to miss the point, like yearning for a hip-hop Shakespeare. “Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward,” says the Book of Job. Want to try to improve that for Twitter?

My own "New Affection for the King James Bible" post is here.
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