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In Exodus 8 we read about the plague of frogs God inflicted upon Egypt. Frogs were over the entire country (v.2). Frogs blanketed the land (v.6). Everywhere you looked you saw frogs. Frogs were in the homes, bedrooms, on people—everywhere (v.3-4). Pharaoh’s magicians duplicated what Moses and Aaron had done (v.7). Interestingly enough, the Egyptians worshiped a frog goddess named Haquet. What “Frogs” do You Worship? Each of us have our own “frogs” (sin issues) that are making us miserable. We have frogs affecting everyone around us. We have sins we consider “sacred”— worshiping them in the place of God. … Continue reading →
Back in 1985, when I was an ambitious young church planter in South Florida trying desperately to make a name for myself, I met another young church planter who had just arrived from Las Vegas. I liked the guy right away, and we quickly became friends. His name was Bob Coy. For a period of several months (I don’t remember exactly how long) Bob would come to my office, a storefront in a decrepit strip mall in North Lauderdale, on Tuesday afternoons, and we would take a walk around a nearby lake, talking the whole time. I enjoyed those walks immensely. I … Continue reading →
For the last five years I have had the unique privilege of speaking to and hearing from parents all over the country. My wife and I are also in the last year of having a child at home before we become empty nesters. Parents continually express that the challenges they face when it comes to technology are their most pressing concerns. I am often asked about what I have learned as a father of teens being raised in a digital age and what strategies I would recommend to parents. Here is a quick summary of a three-fold strategy that I … Continue reading →
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with … Continue reading →
There is little doubt that the Internet makes much of life much easier and more convenient in many ways. However, the down side is that it also brings influences you would otherwise avoid right to your doorstep, including pornography. Because it is so hard to regulate and suppliers are constantly finding new ways to get past blocks and filters, your entire family is at risk every time they go online. The majority of initial viewings are unintentional, such as a browser search gone wrong or virus pop-ups. Some children do seek out content purposefully either out of curiosity or as … Continue reading →