Sunday, May 23, 2010

Contending with the Grandkids


Just a peek at one spot in my garden

I went to church this morning for prayer time before Sunday School, and the mold was so strong that I couldn't stay. I'm very allergic to mold, and our church tends to get moldy and musty when it rains. I just got over an allergy attack from the mold at church, so I decided to come home, sit in the garden, and listen to my favorite preacher, Dr. Voddie Baucham. He spoke on the book of Jude and "Contending for the Faith." Interestingly, as I walked and prayed early this morning, I was almost overwhelmed with the sense of responsibility that I believe God has given me to encourage the grandchildren in the faith.

Well, the Indian in the background is contending, anyway!

Contending for the faith

Dr. Baucham talked about tolerance and the fact that so many do not tolerate intolerance. Well, if one doesn't tolerate intolerance, doesn't that by definition make him intolerant? Therefore, we must choose what we will and will not tolerate. I desire for my grandchildren to be intolerant of anything in their own lives but following Christ and the principles of the Word of God, at the same time being tolerant of others' freedom to do otherwise. Now, I'm not saying that I think others are right on this issue, only that they have a right to disagree. I want my precious grandchildren to understand and contend for the faith, being willing to let people know that they believe the Bible, and to let them know why they believe it. (Look at the bottom of this post to see why I believe the Bible.) Yes, I want them to share the faith that is worth contending for.

Why I choose to believe the Bible
I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents, written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. It records supernatural events that took place to fulfill specific prophecies, thus validating the claim that the Bible is divine, rather than human in origin. (And by the way, I am a living testimony to the power of this Book!)
Dr. Voddie Baucham
on 2 Pet.1:16-21

I'm linking this post to:
Grace Alone
http://www.eph2810.com/thankful-thursday/thankful-thurday-divine-appointments/




6 comments:

The Thrifty Designer

I'm so grateful that my girls have grandparents who encourage them in the Lord, help to train them up, and pray for them diligently. You are a wonderful mom and an incredible grandmother. Thanks for being such a great example to me.<3

B Lines

I hope and pray that I can be what my grandson (and any possible future grandchildren) will need to help "train him in the way he should go, that he will not depart from it." I'm looking forward to having little conversations with him and reading him books that are based on Biblical principals. And I hope that my daughter can say the same thing your's did. :)

LV

Thank you for a great and inspiring post. Very nice and enjoyable.

Daughter of the KING

Thank you for reminding me the best thing we can offer our grandchildren is our "Faith".

Blessings,
Linda J (grandmother of 11 great kids)

shopannies

I so love this post as a fairly new grandparent (princess is only 21 months) I loved reading this post. Yes I agree among all the gifts we give her sharing our faith has to be the best gift of all

Karen

I'm a "Nana" and I pray every day that all the kids and grandkids will know Jesus!

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