The Christian Post has put together a list of the quotes most commonly associated with the Bible (albeit erroneously). “God helps those who help themselves,” earned a top spot on this list. Although quite a few folks believe that it’s in the Bible, it is, in fact, a saying that goes back to Sophocles, a writer of ancient Greek tragedies. The saying was later on picked up by Benjamin Franklin; from there, it was catapulted into the mainstream.
The concept of being your brother’s keeper (or your sister’s keeper) is not new. In fact, Cain coined the phrase when feigning nonchalance before God after murdering his brother. For the modern-day Christian, the concept of being one another’s keeper is actually a concept that is firmly rooted in scripture. How so?
If you have spent any time at all around the family ministry, you have undoubtedly heard the term “family devotional.” The concept is not new, but it bears mentioning that this is actually a very useful weekly tool for the whole family to get together and discuss a spiritual topic – at the children’s level.
There is this perception that the average church-attending male teenager must be clean-shaven, have hair that does not grow past the collar and wear slacks or a suit to church on Sunday. And, in some places, this is indeed what you see. However, it is not a prerequisite.
With the Easter egg hunts over, the baskets of chocolate distributed and the History Channel’s Bible series coming to an end, it is easy to feel the post-Easter blues. Perhaps you came to church on Easter Sunday with your college friend. Maybe your coworker nagged you into coming. Then again, you may have visited your grown child’s church for the first time and simply do not know what to think.
Anyone who has ever spent a few minutes in school knows that teachers ask questions to which they already know the answer. The same is true for parents. As a mom, I may ask who cut the hole in the curtain, but I already know the answer. I just want to hear what junior will say. Will the child be honest? Or not? In some cases, questions can be loaded with a deeper meaning that becomes clear as soon as we give the answer. In this scenario, the answer requires a course of action to be taken. Is this something we will embrace? Or not?