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How to Raise a Fake Christian

A new website I came across is called Kingdom People.  Titles are a key to catching someone’s attention.  So this one caught my eye.  Read through and see if there is anything that needs adjusting.  It came from this website.  Enjoy.

Raising kids that truly love Jesus is hard work. That’s why so many of parents settle for plan B.

What would happen if you were actually trying to raise a pretend believer? Here are some 9 steps you might take.

My point is not to encourage this type of parenting, only to point out where we might be doing it on accident. 

1. Look down on others: Psalm One is sound advice, but it’s no permit for raising sanctimonious kids.

2. Practice route prayers: Religious habits can serve children well, but it’s no substitute for knowing God as Father.

3. Confess only acceptable sins: This sets up a safe duality, some sins you talk about and some you keep secret. The end condition kills any hope of real accountability.

4. Crank up the K-love: Our family loves to sing along in the car, but I never want my kids to think Jesus is an entertainment choice. Don’t let your kids confuse music preference for Christian spirituality.

5. Never miss church: Another good habit that can quietly becomes the basis of our assurance.

6. Pray aloud to your Daddy-GodI doubt Jesus has changed his mind about showoffs.

7. Buy the t-shirt(s): They may know us by the t-shirts we wear, but God looks at the heart.

8. In a phrase Prosperity Gospel: Children who want their best life now may miss out of God’s best later.

9. Lead by example: Playing religion comes natural when kids see their parents do the same thing.

Obviously we don’t want you raising fake Christians. I’m afraid this is what’s happening to many kids on accident. My point is to show how so-called christian behavior does not always equal belief in Jesus.

Hardships and the Kingdom of God

I wanted to share something that I learned this week. It really impacted me and gave me a greater understanding of why we go through hardships.
 
Acts 14: 21-22- They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
  
How does God lead lead you into a place where He controls more and more areas of your life? Or in other words, where you accept His control over more and more parts of your life? Where you receive His rule over your finances, relationships, thought life, diet, job, ministry, prayer times and so forth? What does it take for these areas of your life to come under His control to enter the His kingdom? What confronts those things in our lives that resist His kingdom, thoses lesser supports, false securities, and selfish ambitions?
 
The answer is hardships and tribulations.
 
This is a hard teaching. Because none of us like to go through hard times. Yet it seems to be the way the Lord chooses to keep our eyes fixed on Him, His kingdom and eternity. I send this to you as an encouragement and I pray that it does strengthen your faith. We know that the troubles we face here are light and momentary compared to the glory in eternity that far outweighs any trouble. My prayer for all of us is that we would have an obsession with our focus on Him. That we would seek His face and grow more and more in love with Him every day. Do this in us Jesus! Amen

 

Guest post: Heidi F., Recent CRBC member moved to Kansas City, MO to work with Lighthouse Network and IHOP.

Relief Aid for Japan

Japanese Tourboat rests precariously on one of only a few remaining structures left in Otsuchi, Japan.

Parts of the island of Japan are now nearly 8 feet from where they were just a week ago.  A record breaking earthquake along with a record breaking death count and physical devastation has hit our world like never before.  With our ability to receive vast amounts of information at break-neck speed, the impact of this natural disaster is so much greater than many of us can fathom.   Our ability to watch a mud wave roll through towns, farms, and countryside is beyond surreal.  There was nothing any of us could do to stop it.  It destroyed everything in its path.

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Singing is not just worship warm-up!

I wonder if the debates about music in church will ever end.  But I guess as long as there are people who go to church who each have an opinion, there are going to be that many more debates. 

There are some who argue that music before preaching is unnecessary. There are all sorts of reasons why it isn’t pertinent.  My friend Zac Hicks is worship leader at a church in Denver. He has written an excellent article on this subject. If you are settled on this subject, don’t bother reading.  If you need encouragement that all parts of the Sunday morning Order of Service are relevant, then go here and see if he can change your mind.

Donation ‘Thank You’ from Kiwi Pastor

 

Donation Thank you from Kate Cremisino on Vimeo

I received this video thank you on Facebook just a bit ago. How stinkin’ exciting to think that our resources can be gathered, transmitted, distributed, and operating with such speed and precision. What a blessing it is to be a blessing to friends and fellow kingdom-subjects down-under.

“Castle Rock Bible Church in Colorado donated money our way to help people here after our recent earthquake. So far we have used some of that money to donate goods to this relief effort through Grace Vineyard Church, which has a set up a food/supply bank at the beach campus, in a badly-affected area. This is a THANK YOU from the beach campus pastor, Sam Harvey. “