Recently, I have been spending more time with the younger youth at our church. Not because I was told to, but because I realized they needed a lot of guidance since there was some bullying going on. In the past, I was bullied at church and almost left because of it. I know what it’s like to be picked on and I know how much it can hurt some one’s feelings.
Although I was there to keep the peace, I realized that the more time I spent with the kids, the more shameful I was. As I watched them try to resolve issues and see how forgiving they were, I looked at myself and thought about how I resolved my own issues with others. Did I do what I told the children to do? Sometimes. Was I as forgiving of others as they were? No, not really. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, three elementary school-aged siblings attended our spiritual convocation services with their neighbors, a church sister and her daughter, and have been coming to church ever since. They told us that they like coming to our church because they feel that God is really here, and although they are so young, they pay attention during RE classes, sing hymns loudly during service, and have even started praying together at home every night. Although their parents discourage them from coming to church and praying, they continue to do so every week. Continue reading →
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Gen 22:1-2)
Here talks about the greatest test that God had given to Abraham — a test that would measure the faith which had been steadily growing up to this point in Abraham’s life, faith that would later define him as the “father of faith”. This chapter has been the focus of countless sermons and articles. I’m sure Abraham is a well-known patriarch whom we have all heard and read about. It is from this chapter that he is frequently brought to the foreground as one of the greatest examples of complete obedience to God.
But what of his son, Isaac?
In fact, the interactions that Isaac had with Abraham can actually teach us a few important lessons with our relationship with our parents as children. Continue reading →