Saturday, February 16, 2013


Gossip is our dark moral fervor eagerly seeking gratification.
Gossip makes us feel important and needed as we declare our judgments.
It makes us feel included to know the inside scoop.
It makes us feel powerful to cut someone else down to size, especially someone we are jealous of.
It makes us feel righteous, even responsible, to pronounce someone else guilty.
Gossip can feel good in multiple ways. But it is of the flesh, not of the Spirit.
Gossip is a sin rarely disciplined but often more socially destructive than the sensational sins.
Gossip leaves a wide trail of devastation wherever and however it goes – word of mouth, email, blogging, YouTube.
It erodes trust and destroys morale.
It creates a social environment of suspicion where everyone must wonder what is being said behind their backs and whether appearances of friendship are sincere.
It ruins hard-won reputations with cowardly but effective weapons of misrepresentation.
It manipulates people into taking sides when no such action is necessary or beneficial.
It unleashes the dark powers of psychological transference, doing violence to the gossiper, to the one receiving the gossip and to the person being spoken against.
It makes the Body of Christ look like the Body of Antichrist – destroyers rather than healers.
It exhausts the energies we would otherwise devote to positive witness.
It robs our Lord of the Church he deserves.
It exposes the hostility in our hearts and discredits the gospel in the eyes of the world. Then we wonder why we don’t see more conversions, why “the ground is so hard.”
this was on a blog by PCA minister Ray Ortlund

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I was reading Matthew 28 in preparation for our FIRST EVER Wonderfully Wacky Wednesdays tomorrow evening (supper at 5, WWW at 6). We will be focusing on Missions; the first six weeks will be on what God is doing in Colombia, more specifically in Bogota with the Bonhams and the Kines.

Anyway... I digress. As I was reading the Great Commission, where Jesus is instructing His disciples to go and make disciples, (verses 18-20) I lingered on verse 20:
     "...teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
The footnote said, "Disciples are not just taught what to believe, but how to obey. Jesus taught practical holiness." 

Isn't that what parenting is? We don't just teach our children the truths of Scripture, we disciple them in how to put those Truths into action - which takes loving discipline, guidance, and modeling. We are in the business of making disciples!! Isn't that exciting?! Scary, you say? Nah. Because the rest of verse 20 says, "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Through colic, terrific 2s, fearsome 5s, tingling teenagers, and marvelous milestones. 

We are not alone in our joys and conundrums of parenting. He, the God who has been making disciples for vast generations, continues to work. He uses us! And He's with us every breath and step of the way. And His grace abounds!!