I John 3:17-18 — A Burned Hand, a Broken Heart

When our daughter was a toddler, she burned her hand on one of the burners of our kitchen stove.  She screamed in agony.  Quickly we put some ice in a plastic bag and placed it in her tiny hand to relieve the pain.  Whenever we had to replace the ice,… Continue reading

Isaiah 11:1-9 “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Have you ever been disappointed in a politician? Have you ever voted for a politician because you believed in what he or she promised or supposedly stood for, only to learn later that this politician was like all the rest? Well, in one sense we have only ourselves to blame…. Continue reading

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “First, a Word of Grace”

(The following sermon was preached at a Child Dedication service. I have included the pastoral prayer, the communion meditation, and the commission.) Our passage makes clear a fundamental truth about the home and the responsibility of parents regarding the religious training of their children. And that truth, expressed in the… Continue reading

The Archer, the Bow, and the Arrow

(The following sermon was delivered at our grandson Jeffery’s dedication service.) An honest study of the Scriptures will not provide a lot of specific guidance regarding the rearing of children. And to be honest, some of that guidance is not helpful: “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” “If your… Continue reading