Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review: Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? by Samuel C. Williamson

This book is small but packed with great truths! It's more about grace vs. moralism than about Sunday School's effect on our kids. Why do lots of kids from Christian homes leave their faith when they leave home? Could it be because they have never truly understood and embraced the Gospel of God's grace and/or they have been taught the false gospel? Don't ever assume that your children understand and embrace the Gospel just because they grow up in a Christian home and regularly go to church and youth groups. They may be "perfect" children or little "Bible scholars"...but until they truly grasp their unworthiness/brokenness and the wonder of God's profound love for them, it's just behavior modification and fact memorization, not heart (& life) transformation. The author wants to warn us about that. He also talks about the danger and ugliness of self-righteousness and the folly of self-reliance.

This book reminds us what grace is really about and why moralism without the gospel is suffocating and often detrimental. I am eternally grateful for God's amazing grace!
I enjoyed reading this insightful, Gospel-centered book and highly recommend it. Grace and truth has been our parenting style. We've made plenty of mistakes but we've been intentionally teaching our children about God's grace and God's truth. God's grace saves, forgives, liberates, transforms, sustains, strengthens, and empowers us. When you live by & rest in God's grace and abide in Christ; joy, contentment, love, peace, gratitude, courage, and hope will occupy your heart. Remember that
God wants your relationship, not your resume!

Check out the author's website at .

"Self-reliance on willpower has only two results: misery when we fail or smugness when we succeed. Despair drags others down with us; pride drives others down under us." (p. 63)

"Being a Christian means that we finally cease from the interminable striving for self-applause, and we rest by faith in the significance freely given to us by God's grace." (p. 78)

~I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

PhotoHunt: Door

It's time for another weekly photo hunt, hosted by Sandi at The Saturday PhotoHunt. This week's theme is Door. Welcome to our castle's dungeon...umm...I meant our garage! It's the back door to the garage.

 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20