JUNE 26, 2016 BY ANDI GARCIA
Watch this amazing documentary…you won’t be sorry you did.
JUNE 26, 2016 BY ANDI GARCIA
Watch this amazing documentary…you won’t be sorry you did.
NFL star Benjamin Watson continues to live out his Christian faith, revealing that he strives to be the priest, provider, and protector of his family as a reflection of how God loves his own children.
In an article that he wrote for The Increase, Watson, who has five children with his wife of 11 years, Kirsten, explained that he view himself as the “priest” of his home.
“I’ve heard my father say that the man is to be the priest, the provider, and the protector of his family. He’s the priest because he is the spiritual leader, monitoring and growing the spiritual temperature of his family,” Watson wrote. “He’s the head of the house, responsible for providing for his family’s needs: food, clothes, shelter, etc. He’s the protector, protecting his family physically, emotionally, and spiritually from outside things that would be harmful or negative.”
The 35-year-old Baltimore Ravens tight end revealed that his own father, who he referred to as a “great role model,” taught him to look to God as an example for how to parent his children.
“In the same way that I cannot be perfect and need grace for my mistakes, I also need to give my kids grace,” he said. “I am constantly learning to be patient with them, understanding that they won’t do everything right all the time, while still holding them to a high standard as their heavenly father does.”
Watson frequently uses his platform to share the Gospel and offer Biblically-driven commentary on social issues such as racism, religious freedom, and Christian persecution.
Earlier this year, the athlete pointed out the irony of Americans using the hashtag #prayforparis after at least 129 Parisians were killed in terrorist attacks on the French capital on Nov. 13.
“As a nation we have collectively prayed for Paris this week. Yet as a nation we suspend a football coach for praying after a game. We must choose,” Watson wrote on Facebook, referring to Joe Kennedy, an assistant high school football coach who was suspended for continuing to conduct post-game prayers on the 50-yard line after the district had asked him to stop.
During the Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes Night Of Hope event in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on May 2, the 35-year-old NFL star urged those in attendance to join him in speaking up in the name of Christianity.
“As believers (in God), we have an answer the world does not. One of the biggest divides we have is the difference in experiences,” Watson said, according to the Journal Gazette. “We have to address our loyalties. Our loyalty is not to our grandparents, the traditions, our volleyball team, our friends; as believers, our loyalty is to Scripture.”
By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT
We learned yesterday that God is our protector. David’s song in Psalm 121 also portrays the Lord as our keeper.
• “He who keeps you will not slumber” (Ps. 121:3). Many young children are fearful in the dark. If they awaken when everyone else is sleeping, little ones often feel alone and scared. Adults also experience fear, but thankfully, our Caretaker needs no sleep. He is always alert and attentive to our cries, even when our feelings may tell us otherwise.
• “The Lord is your keeper … He will keep your soul” (Ps. 121:5, Ps. 121:7). When parents have to leave their children, they put a trusted person in charge. We often say that this individual is “keeping” the kids. The babysitter is expected to protect and provide for the children. How much more invested and capable is our heavenly Father! Besides preserving us physically and spiritually, He restrains us from any wrong thoughts, harmful words, and inappropriate actions. His Holy Spirit gives warnings to keep us from evil, and He also provides guidance so we’ll grow in a godly direction.
• “The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever” (Ps. 121:8). God is sovereign. He is with us always—protecting, pointing the way, and teaching. He accompanies and leads, even in the small tasks that seem insignificant.
When we grow up, many of us feel sadness and a little fear as we leave the safety of our parents’ home. But we never leave the precious love and watchful eye of our heavenly Father. God is our keeper, and He cares for us better than any earthly mom or dad ever could.
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:14-15)
The Holy Spirit makes sure that we do not take lightly the obligation to live godly lives. This “list” contains both warnings and promises.
Everything is to be done without “murmurings” and “disputings.” Both words are very interesting synonyms of heart attitudes that produce ungodly behavior. The Greek word translated “murmur” is goggusmos, and it is almost an onomatopoeia (sounds like what it actually is)—a secret debate, muttering to oneself. The “dispute” (Greek dialogismos) suggests a logical debate with oneself.
We are commanded to excise that kind of behavior from ourselves so that we may well be blameless and harmless as the “sons of God,” living “without rebuke.” These words are powerful in their description of God’s expectations for us.
The blameless condition is first an eternal promise that comes with salvation: “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God” (1 Thessalonians 3:13). That condition “works out” in this life as a faultless reputation that is harmless. Paul uses the term this way: “I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:19).
Finally, if we eliminate “murmuring and disputings” from our inner thoughts and actively seek to be “blameless and harmless” with our external behavior, we will be “without rebuke” in the middle of this sadly sinful world. “Be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). HMM III
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. —John 1:18
I always note with a little chuckle the frustrations of the translators when they come to such passages [as John 1:18]….
God’s Word is just too big for the translators. They come to this phrase in the Greek: The Son hath declared Him. In the English of the King James Version it is just declared. In other versions they skirt it, they go around it, they plunge through it. They use two or three words and then they come back to one. They do everything to try to say what the Holy Ghost said, but they have to give up. Our English just will not say it all.
When we have used up our words and synonyms, we still have not said all that God revealed when He said: Nobody has ever seen God, but when Jesus Christ came He showed us what God is like (paraphrase of John 1:18).
I suppose that our simple and everyday language is as good as any.
“He has revealed Him—He has shown us what God is like!”
He has declared Him. He has set Him forth. He has revealed Him. In these ways the translators shift their language trying to get at this wondrous miracle of meaning.
Lord, I am too limited to fully understand or express who You are. Fix my eyes on Jesus, that I might see You. Amen.
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.—Prov. 16:7.
I must see that my ways please the Lord. Even then I shall have enemies; and, perhaps all the more certainly because I endeavored to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The Lord will make the wrath of men to praise Him, and abate it so that it shall not distress me. When I meet death, who is called the last enemy, I pray that I may be at peace. Only let my great care be to please the Lord in all things.
Now, O Lord of heaven and earth, I consecrate my remaining days to Thee; let them be many or few, as Thou wilt.
I accept hard work and small rewards in this life. I ask for no easy place. I shall try to be blind to the little ways that could make life easier. If others seek the smoother path I will try to take the hard way without judging them too harshly.
I shall expect opposition and try to take it quietly when it comes. Or if, as sometimes it faileth out to Thy servants, I should have grateful gifts pressed upon me by Thy kindly people, stand by me then and save me from the blight that often follows. Teach me to use whatever I receive in such manner that will not injure my soul nor diminish my spiritual power. Let me never forget that I am a man with all the natural faults and passions that plague the race of men.
And if in Thy permissive providence honor should come to me from Thy Church, let me not forget that I am unworthy of the least of Thy mercies.