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John Lee’s Series on Giving

I appreciate so much John Lee taking a series of Sundays to teach both for our benefit and since I was to be gone for a few of them. He taught a very helpful, thorough series on “Biblical Giving.”

As is typical of John, his teaching was clear, understandable, and had a good mix of bible, theology and practical help. You can download his notes by clicking here.

The picture didn’t have anything to do with his series, but I also wanted to commend his family on their charade rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Bowed Reindeer”


A Meditation to Complement Our Lesson

The following words from J.C. Ryle complement well the challenge we are hearing from Proverbs 4 on “Keeping our Family on Wisdom’s Way,” (which we hope to finish next week!):

“There is a widely-spread desire to make things pleasant in religion – to saw off the corners and edges of the cross, and to avoid, as far as possible, self-denial. On every side we hear professing Christians declaring loudly that we must not be “narrow and exclusive” and that there is no harm in many things which the holiest of saints of old thought bad for their souls.”

“That we may go anywhere, and do anything, and spend our time in anything, and read anything, and keep any company, and plunge into anything, and all the while may be very good Christians – this is the maxim of thousands. In a day like this I think it good to raise a warning voice, and invite attention to the teaching of God’s Word. It is written in that Word, ‘Come out and be separate.’

~ J.C. Ryle

Practical Religion, “The World”, 284, 285.



“Ritaling” Parents of Drug Dependence

Here is some British Common Sense talked about in the following US News and World Report article: Skip the Ritalin and Treat Parents Instead. Parents in America, even many Christian parents, have put more faith in the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals than in the effectiveness of Scriptural obedience.

Of course, the best Parenting advice comes from the Scriptures which leaves very little to no room for psychologically medicating children.


  • “Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.” Proverbs 23:13-14
  • “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15
  • “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
  • He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Proverbs 13:24

This last verse gets to the essence of the problem. We as parents end up loving ourselves more than we love our children when we refuse to discipline them and either:

  • Raise Delinquents by letting them run wild,
  • Relinquish our responsibility to Day Care by choosing someone else to parent them, or
  • Rely on Drugs by medicating the personality (which needs directed) out of them.

There is a helpful and straightforward book in our bookstore called Withhold Not Correction by Bruce Ray. If you need Scripture-saturated encouragement on this topic I would suggest you read it.


Practical Advice on Fatherhood


Greetings for a new week. I hope you were blessed by the worship we enjoyed together yesterday and remembering the Lord’s death for us last night.

I read a blurb on the Children Desiring God website called Strategy for Fatherhood. It was a summary of a session done at a Children Desiring God conference. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with all the emphasis of Greg Harris’ ministry, but his advice on fatherhood in general is really helpful, particularly his practical suggestions of how to apply Psalm 127: 3-5.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children [1] of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
(Psalm 127:3-5)

How Should Children Be Treated Like Arrows in the Hands of a Warrior?

Harris’s suggestions:

  • Sharpen them intellectually. Have dinner together as a family. Invite guests into your home that will enlarge your children’s minds. Read.
  • Straighten them out morally. Discipline them—if you can’t, call the police. Seriously. Make sure they know that you care enough to keep them in line.
  • Pay attention to the feathers on the arrow, their moral guidance system.
  • Aim them at what matters. Don’t waste ammo on trivial targets.
  • Hold them back till their ready to be released. (This may create tension.) Don’t over-protect, strategically protect.
  • When they’re ready, let them go with only your prayer and friendship left as an influence.

Decision Making

Thanks to Dan Huffstutler for teaching a helpful and important lesson on Decision Making and the Will of God last Sunday. A number of you were out of town, so I asked Dan if I could post the notes for you to download if you so choose. Here they are. I encourage you to take some time to read through them, and feel free to ask questions in the comments section for Dan if you would like. Click on the following for the file: decision-making-and-gods-will].


HOPE Conference Outline

For those of you who were able to attend the session I did for the hope conference, here is a fuller version of the notes, including the chart and some of the quotes I shared in the session, as well as some I did not have time to share.

 “Depression: Getting Up When Life Has You Down” 

If you prefer to see the powerpoint presentation, you can do so by clicking on the following: Hope 2007 Depression Presentation 

Feel free to interact with me on the topic.

Pastor Pearson 



God’s Priorities for Our Parenting

For your own personal use, I am making the presentation and outline available from our recent series on God’s Priorities for Our Parenting. Hope this is a help to you.

God’s Priorities for Our Parenting Presentation

God’s Priorities for Our Parenting Outline

Pastor Pearson