Morning Musing: Psalm 127:3

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (ESV – Read the chapter

We live in a day when children are more and more considered a convenience. Parenthood is something pursued as a right, not a privilege. In other words, couples who embrace parenthood do so not from a sense of obedience to God’s command to be fruitful and multiply, but so they can say they are parents. It is becoming a status symbol more than a duty and calling. 

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Digging in Deeper: Judges 19:22

“As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door.  And they said to the old man, the master of the house, ‘Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

For Israelites who were later being told this story as part of their people’s dark past, these words would have been chilling even before the narrative of what comes next.  This whole situation would have left them shuddering in terror.  This would have been a story you didn’t tell your children, but waited until they were a bit older and could handle it.  Even now, this isn’t somewhere I’d point my boys to read just yet. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Psalm 139:13-16

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

There are two great truths that come out of this passage.  One of them is deeply personal and has been greatly encouraging to me for many years.  The other is prophetically cultural.  It speaks a word of truth into an area of cultural and political division in our country that is increasingly sharp in its contrast between the two sides. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Psalm 127:3

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

During the course of his first campaign for President, Barack Obama was asked a question about his thoughts on sex education in schools.  His answer was unintentionally a great deal more revealing than he perhaps wanted of a worldview belief far more common today than it ought to be.  On this particular occasion he was asked whether he supported students being taught an abstinence-only curriculum or preferred one that included lessons on various methods of contraception, including abortion. Read the rest…