A Story that Pierces the Heart

Sometimes when we just don’t get it – when we can’t see our own sin problem, – we need a story that pricks our conscience.  The best example is the prophet Nathan’s simple tale about a little lamb. Continue reading

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How To Eat A Cookie to the Glory of God

After posting a picture of milk and cookies with the Bible verse about eating and drinking to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31), friends commented that the cookies distracted them from their contemplation of the Bible verse. Continue reading

Songs to Sing with Children

“Music is a powerful tool God created to glorify Himself and to help us enjoy Him.  The tones can delight our emotions.  The lyrics can engage our minds and help our memory.  We can actively participate in music by playing instruments, singing along, clapping our hands, or moving our bodies.  Because music can have such a deep impact on the emotional, intellectual and physical development of people, especially children, my desire is to use God’s gift of music to impact children and their families for eternity.” – Ross Harper, musician and composer Continue reading

Let’s Talk Q1-Q3

Welcome to my new Bible study, “Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room – Gluttony.”  Each Saturday, I will post three questions that correspond with three chapters from my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.”  Grab your Bible and a notebook and let’s get started.  Throughout the study, click on a Bible verse reference to read it on BibleGateway.com. Continue reading

Two Perspectives on Santa

With only a few days before Christmas, I’m not going to convince you to change your traditions for this year.  But now is a great time to think about this important issue while you’re in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle.  Do you have babies that are mesmerized by the sparkling lights?  What will you tell them about Santa in a few years?  Do you have children who see the fat guy in the red suit on every street corner?  Can you help them discern between real and fantasy?  Do you have teenagers looking for hypocrisy in your speech?  How you talk about Santa matters.

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To help you think about how to deal with Santa, I wrote an article called Let’s Talk about Santa Claus about telling the truth about the fictional character.

When I write my first Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room,” I was surprised when a professional Santa Claus showed up as one of my characters.  I remember thinking about weight issues and into my mind popped the man acclaimed for his tummy that shook like a bowl full of jelly when he laughed.  You can read more about him in the article, Meet Nick Saint.

One More Bonus Perspective: I enjoyed Michelle Lesley’s recent blog post about Christmas Tradition Do-Overs and Do-Overs-and-Overs.  Here’s what she wrote about talking about Santa Claus with her children.

8. I’m glad we handled Santa Claus the way we did.

We decided before we had children that we would not lie to them about the existence or omniscience (he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, etc.) of Santa Claus. The Bible says that lying is a sin, period. There’s no exception for jolly old elves who pass out toys (or for tooth fairies or Easter bunnies, for that matter). But there’s nothing wrong with the fun of Santa as long as he arrives on the scene without lies or claims to attributes only God possesses. So we sang Santa songs and told Santa stories, but on Christmas Eve, our children knew it was Mom and Dad filling the stockings. When they were very small, my husband or I would don a Santa hat and say something like: “You know how you like to play pretend? Well, mommies and daddies like to play pretend, too, especially at Christmas! Now it’s time for you to go to bed so we can pretend to be Santa Claus.” So far, no one is in therapy from us handling the Santa Claus story this way, plus there were no conspiracies with the older children to keep the secret from the younger ones, and no moments of devastation as each child grew up and found out the truth.

How do you talk to your children about Santa?  Do you need to confess to your children that you have been lying to them?  How can you help them worship Christ at Christmas?

 

Plan for Thanksgiving – Feast Your Mind on the Bible

Are you already planning your Thanksgiving feast?  Do you have your grocery list itemized?  Have you sent out invitations to family and friends? Here’s a quick list to remind you to spend time with God, filling your soul with the wisdom from His Word, so that you are ready to minister to the family and friends you spend time with over the holiday season. Continue reading