Thoughts on Reformed Doctrine

This is a walk though my personal thought process hope you enjoy.

Over the past several years I have been moving more and more toward a belief in Calvinism and the Reformed doctrine system.  If you don’t know what that is it may not matter for the sake of this conversation but feel free to look it up here.

I have been having some great conversations about this topic and other with my friend Dale. (just like old time, eh bro) when I started down a strange thought process.  Is it possible that my attraction to Calvinism is based on a logical fallacy?  Let me walk through a little background.

I was first introduced to Calvinism through the ministry of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church Seattle.  As I studied more of the theology really meant I believe I may have been attracted, at least in part, to the importance they really placed on the power and majesty of God as opposed to the doctrines themselves.  I had come from a background in modern evangelisms where God can at times be reduced to a background figure.  There is so much “How to improve your life” being preached that the Gospel is merely something tacked on to the end of the message for the altar call.  But the reformed preachers seemed different to me.  They truly are committed to “Know nothing but Christ and him Crucified.”  The Gospel of Christ’s sacrifice courses through every sermon and is even orchestrated through our entire service at Veritas.  So, it may have been possible that I linked these two concepts in my brain.

Is it possible that I have attributed truth to their claims based on the factors other than the claims themselves?  I admit it is possible but I don’t believe it is true.

I still find myself torn when it comes to the idea if it is up to us or God when it comes to Salvation.  There are men much smarter than me who have argued this for a long time and I can see good solid points on both sides.  So I still find myself lost in the middle but I wanted to at least get some thoughts out since work is finally slowing down and I have a few moments.

Hope you enjoy the ride that is my thought process.

Fathers and Prayer

How to pray for your children?

  1. Consistently
  2. Constantly
  3. Fervently

You find when you are a parent that your children reflect many things about you that make you smile and many things that will make you weep.  Often I find I am most frustrated with my children at moments when they are acting just like me.  Praying for your children in their presence will not only have the affect of prayer but also of teaching them that prayer is important to you and therefore to them.

There have been many times when I had to go to my daughters and repent for my temper and I have more than once heard my daughter repenting in prayer on the baby monitor. (Yea I felt bad for eavesdropping but I was too touched to turn it off).  I don’t believe she would have done this if it had not been for the fact that she has seen me do it and had learned from me.

Fathers, understand that raising children up in discipline and instruction of the Lord means more than teaching them facts, but teaching them how to live as a disciple of Jesus, even if you are still figuring out what this means, as most of us are.  Both parents are called to raise children but as the head of your house the largest responsibility belongs to you.

We should pray for our children consistently, creating a pattern of prayer will help them to do so in their own life, making it as natural to their daily pattern as breathing, eating and sleeping.  That is why we pray over our meals, not only because we should be thankful for the fact that have more food than we can possibly eat but because it is good to build a pattern into your life until prayer becomes a habit.

You can not pray too much for your children, I took a tip from Matt Chandler and constantly pray that my children would be protected from my sins.  This isn’t a bad prayer for everyone.  I don’t want my children to learn from my anger issues or my pride; I want them to be spared from those issues if at all possible, I am sure they will have enough sin issues of their own without inheriting mine.

Realize that your prayers will have an affect on your children and will create a passion in you to pray for them.

If you would like a place to start, pray these scriptures over your children.

Numbers 6:24-26

Eph 1:17-23

Eph 3:14-20

//Godfidence Tweets 2010-08-08

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  • Down loading froyo for the second time today, what a day to forget my phone charger. #
  • Liberty means the freedom to fail and learn from your mistakes. #
  • I was once in a birthing class with James and Lily Potter and they had no clue when I asked if they were naming thier son Harry. How sad. #
  • Why Spurgeon Rules: No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching. #
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OK, my job is finally slowing down and I have a few minutes to write and get things up and running with //godfidence again.

Next week I will be back to normal publishing schedule.  Hope you like it.

//Godfidence Tweets 2010-08-01

  • WOW all my wishes are being granted today #
  • Any aging metal heads want to go see Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax with me? I wonder if I can grow a mullet by then? #
  • Starcraft II and I don't have to be back at work for 24 hours. How needs sleep!!! #
  • RT @DougFields: We fear the consequences of confession because we've yet to experience the consequences of concealment. //WOW just wow #
  • "N.J. High Court to Review Drunken Drivers' Right to Sue Bars That Served Them" – Seriously? Seriously. #
  • It is a Metallica kind of morning already, not sure if that is good or bad. #
  • Anyone up for some Guitar Hero Metallica tonight? #

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//Godfidence Tweets 2010-07-25

  • Obama administration — Individual mandate absolutely not a tax, just legal under our power to tax #
  • I feel yucky and I want to go home. #
  • This project is finally live, let's see how long it lasts. Can we slay the beast before it slays us? #
  • SWEET, the site is taking orders again, no one breathe. #
  • Why did they have to pring rollos to the war room? I am gonna get fat today #
  • opps that wasn't what I meant to retweet… #
  • I want a shirt "Yes, I have ADD and playing with poker chips, or a pen or a deck of cards helps me focus, I am not just goofing off" #
  • Back at work, but hey at least there is dinner on the way #
  • Anyone want to do lunch or Dinner tomorrow (Sunday) with a weekend bachelor? #

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//Godfidence Tweets 2010-07-18

  • Even Hershey's can not help the crap that is 2% organic milk. #
  • It is going to be a long week… #
  • Hmmm, I wonder if things I have said would prevent me from getting certain security clearances. #
  • Happy Embrase your Geekness day everyone. Especially my wife. 🙂 #
  • I know I am like 12 years too late but Spike is my new favorite vampire. #
  • Just a good list of advice on church as a whole… #
  • I think I am going to be all over this. 7" android tablet for < $200. Half the price of iPad #
  • RT @PastorMark: "A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't." -Charles Spurgeon //just awesome #
  • Yes Angel is as angsty as Edward but Buffy is meant to be a little campy and silly that Twilight stuff is serious. #
  • nice to know that my text notification sounds is not controlled by my ringer volume. #

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