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Training Your Grandchildren to be Grandparents
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A few months ago, I took several of our grandchildren out for pizza. I love being a grandparent – it’s like renting, instead of owning! It’s all the joy of parenting, without the worry of day-to-day maintenance.

So on the ride home I told them – again, how much I enjoy hanging out with them. So, one of them asked this question, “Why do you and Nana spend so much time with us?” My answer surprised them.

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The Great Divide
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Fred Smith is a leader of Christian leaders. His thoughtful blog below, does a great job of reviewing evangelical history over the last half century and how that has impacted our views of evangelism and The Great Commission.

Every thoughtful, generous, Christian engaged in kingdom work has been impacted by these ideas whether they know it or not. Please take a few minutes to find out how.

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Have You Lost Your Fear of God?
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When I grew up, I was afraid of God. I wasn’t afraid all the time, but I was when I was a child and naughty. As a teenager, I knew there were sinful things I was doing, or tempted to do that would anger or disappoint God. I also knew God took sin seriously, even if I always didn’t.

But, back in those days, I thought like most people, as long as my virtues outweighed my sin, I’d be alright. On a scale of 1-10, I thought I was a 7 and if God graded on the curve, I thought I could make the cut!

But I still had some fear. Of course, I was taught that Jesus forgave every sin of every true believer, but I was also taught about the Judgment. So I knew, someday, in this life or the next, there would be consequences for my sin – not hell, but some unpleasant punishment that I knew I deserved or some ill-defined reward that I would miss out on.

Unfortunately, as I’ve matured in my faith, I’ve lost some of that fear and you may have as well.

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