He Knew…

Matthew 26:47–50   “While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” (ESV)

None of this surprised Jesus.  He knew Judas was a fake.  He knew:  the betrayal, the trial & judgment, the mockery.  The pain.  He knew it was all coming.  In fact, the night before He prayed so intently that He bled from His pores.  “Oh Father!  Is there another way?  Can this burden be taken from me?”  Yet He knew it had to be as planned so He submitted to the Father’s will.  Otherwise ALL men would be damned for all eternity.

He must have felt so alone.  As He prayed, His disciples couldn’t manage to stay awake and pray with Him.  No one could do this for Him.  Even the Father, who had been with Him for ALL of eternity past, would turn His face away from Him before this day was done.

He knew that in this coming agony & abandonment, He would be for the first time GUILTY.  Not for His own actions, but guilty of every sin of every person who ever lived.  Every rebellion, every lie, every abuse, every murder, were now all His.  His guilt was, to say the very least, undeserved.  Yet He willingly took it on anyway, because He knew the reward of eternal delight with all believers of all generations would far outweigh this time of pain and darkness.

He knew you, and He knew me, as He suffered and died for our sins.  So for those of us who truly know HIM, there is coming a day when this world and all its troubles will pass away and all things will become new.  There will be no more night, or pain, or suffering or sorrow ever again!

So the lingering question is this:  Do you KNOW Him?

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How to Rase a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home

I just came across this gem written by Barrett Johnson. I don’t know anything about him or the content of the site this came from. But this post speaks for itself. It is copied in its entirety below and requires no more comment by yours truly. Enjoy and be challenged!

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How to Rase a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home

We end up teaching the wrong thing because we have the wrong objectives.

This sentiment was stirred in me afresh when I read an interview with Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer. He was reflecting on how the “Christian message” he was trying to teach wasn’t Christianity at all…

“I looked back at the previous 10 years and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity. And that was a pretty serious conviction. You can say, “Hey kids, be more forgiving because the Bible says so,” or “Hey kids, be more kind because the Bible says so!” But that isn’t Christianity, it’s morality. . .

And that was such a huge shift for me from the American Christian ideal. We’re drinking a cocktail that’s a mix of the Protestant work ethic, the American dream, and the gospel. And we’ve intertwined them so completely that we can’t tell them apart anymore. Our gospel has become a gospel of following your dreams and being good so God will make all your dreams come true. It’s the Oprah god.”

So what is your objective?

Do you teach your kids “be good because the Bible tells you to” or do you teach your kids that they will never be good without Christ’s offer of grace? There is a huge difference. One leads to moralism; the other leads to brokenness. One leads to self-righteousness; the other leads to a life that realizes that Christ is everything and that nothing else matters.

I want my kids to be good. We all do. But as our kids grow up, the truth of the gospel can easily get lost somewhere between salvation (where we know we need Jesus) and living life (where we tend to say “I’ve got this”). My experience is that the vast majority of parents are encouraging moral behavior in their kids so that God will bless their (usually self-centered) pursuits. It’s the American Dream plus Jesus. And it produces good, moral pagans.

Consider the key objectives you have for your kids. Seriously, take a minute to think about what would deem you a successful parent. If your goals are focused on your kids’ behavior, their happiness, or their accomplishments (but don’t include a dependence upon Christ and a submission to His will and work), then you might want to make some adjustments.

Because the world has enough pagans. Even plenty of really nice ones. What we need is kids who fully grasp the reality that they have nothing to offer, but who intimately know a God who has everything they need.

http://infoforfamilies.com/blog/2013/11/13/how-to-raise-a-pagan-kid-in-a-christian-home#.UuBHYP16i-w

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Soup Labels for Shepherds

Drop your labels from the Labels for Education into the giant Campbell’s soup can in the foyer.

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Support Iowa Regular Baptist Camp – For Free!

You – yes you – can help financially support our camp simply by changing your internet search habits. Goodsearch.com makes it so easy: just set up a user account with them and add Iowa Regular Baptist Camp as your chosen recipient. Any time you use Goodsearch for your internet search needs, they will donate a penny to IRBC.  In fact, you can earn even more for camp by searching the “Goodshop” section of the site to find online retailers who will donate a percentage of your purchase as well.  So by doing the searching and shopping you would normally do online, you can support camp at the same time!

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