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DeRouchie presented the following message at “Indulge: Spiritual Appetites Need No Bounds,” a conference on the future of Christian Hedonism held at Bethlehem College & Seminary, 7–8 October 2016.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity! (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
If ever you have read the questions, confessions, and exhortations in Ecclesiastes, you likely would echo Peter regarding Paul’s letters that “there are some things in them that are hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:16). I have felt this way many times, but in this book I have also found amazing fuel for stoking fires of joy in my soul that have carried me through seasons of pleasure and deep pain. I believe the Preacher has a message that is very practical regarding our pursuit of pleasures in God. read more…
We have just witnessed an unprecedented (and unpresidential) presidential election. How are our kids — five-year-olds, ten-year-olds, fifteen-year-olds — processing what has just happened? What are they seeing, thinking, and hearing as they watch the news and talk with their friends?
I am a father of six, with ages ranging from seven to seventeen (three boys and three girls, three black and three white). I am also a husband and a believer in King Jesus. I went to the polls yesterday in grief. Yet my hope is in God (Psalm 42:5, 11).
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A Prayer: LEADER AND SAVIOR (Acts 5:31)
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior. (Acts 5:31)
Highly exalted are you, O Lord,
Seated enthroned at your Father’s side.
Adorned with power, crown, and sword,
Our hope rests in you––Leader and Guide. read more…
A new book for kids:
I am excited about this new book that releases today: Thornton, Champ. The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith. Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2016. 272 pp. You can download a sample here.
Here is my endorsement:
Super heroes, beasts, enemies, a (not so) secret mission, the greatest love story! This book will shape for youth a big-God worldview and nurture Christ-exalting living. It’s filled with fascinating nuggets, memorable bites, rich theology, clear wisdom, and fun ideas. The pictures and topics are varied and engaging and will both draw your child into God’s world and Word and propel him or her toward maturity, responsibility, and Godliness.
TITLE: Why Must I Obey?
Have you ever heard a child ask, “Why do I have to obey?” As a father of six kids (ages seven to seventeen), I have perceived this question often in the hearts of my children. I want not only to shape their actions but also to help them recognize the “why” of a Christian ethic. As an Old Testament professor, I wondered how Jesus’ Bible would answer this query, and I find an answer in Deuteronomy. Moses expects that parents who love God (Deut. 6:4–5) and who are calling their children to do so as well (v. 7) will get this kind of question (v. 20). In Deuteronomy 6:20–25, he clarifies for parents how to reply. (To continue reading click here.)
TITLE: Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go: Reflections on Proverbs 22:6
I have six kids, ages seven to seventeen, and I believe that few callings are as high as shaping them to see and savor the beauties of Christ and to love the nations as he does. In my years of pastoral ministry and parenting, I have regularly encountered confusion regarding the meaning of a well-known verse, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Let me offer some reflections on it, considering its lasting significance for the church. (To continue reading click here.)
TITLE: The Story of God: How Scripture Fits Together and Points to Christ
SUMMARY: The Bible is precious—all of it, for in it we find detailed the grand story of God pursuing sinners through the revelation of his Son. History is His Story. In this eight part series, Jason DeRouchie walks through the story of the Bible showing how all Scripture fits together and points to Christ. Parts 1–6 overview K.I.N.G.D.O.M., Jason’s acronym for remembering the major movements of Scripture. Parts 7–8 then supply a guide for Christian’s appropriating OT law. read more…
The Righteous One, Our Refuge (Psalm 34)––A Prayer
Your eyes, O Lord, are toward the righteous––
Those who find refuge in the Righteous One.
You, O Lord, are worthy of praise;
All our days we want to join Christ––
Humbled, magnifying your greatness.
We exalt your name. read more…
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him'” (Lam 3:22–24).
From the first chapter of Genesis we are reminded that God’s definition of a day has the clock ending in the light and not at night: “And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (Gen 1:31). The sustained cycle of the luminaries serve as “signs” (Gen 1:14), if we have eyes to see. Light always overcome the darkness, but it’s easy to forget this hope when the shadows fall. read more…
BIG & small Questions of the Faith
The Question: Is God less glorious because he ordained that evil be?