Archive for October 2011

Diary Of A Message Dad (The Golden Rule)

In St. Luke’s gospel our LORD Jesus tells his disciples, “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Most of us are probably more familiar with the paraphrased version of this verse that is known as ‘The Golden Rule‘ (“Do unto others as yo would have them do unto you“).

Everyone wants to be treated fairly. Our country has gone to war time and time again, civil rights movements and human rights movements have been established, many have shed their blood and given their lives all so that people could be treated fairly.

We want to be treated fairly at church, at school, and at work. We want to be treated fairly by our friends, our family, our teachers, our employers, and our government. Most of us aren’t looking for special treatment above and beyond what everyone else receives, but none of us enjoy being humiliated in front of others, or when we are treated less favorably than our peers.

Are we as willing to constantly check our own actions to ensure we give out equal treatment to others as we are to fight for our own equal rights? Do we limit this checking of actions to our interactions in public (school, work, church, etc), or do we strive to treat our family and friends with the same level of respect?

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (St. Matthew 7:12)

When it comes to marriage; do we treat our spouse the way that we want to be treated? Do we stop long enough to truly listen, and communicate back? Do we give them the attention and respect that we expect to receive?

When it comes to our children; do we remember how we felt at their age, and give them the time, and patience that we desired from our parents?

I see so many parents (and have admittedly caught myself being guilty of the same from time to time) who expect very young children to act like adults.

Personally I don’t want to look back in twenty years to find that my memories of our children growing up are that my wife and I were able to train them to sit like little soldiers so that they never embarrassed us as parents, never did anything out of line, and grew up despising us.

My wife and I want our children to respect us as parents. We want them to understand their position as children and ours as parents, but we do not want our children to live in fear of us. We do not want them to feel that they can never make a mistake, or that they cannot come and talk to us when they find themselves in trouble.

I would like to look back in twenty years and be able to say that my children were not perfect little soldiers who never made mistakes, but that they were good children who were full of life, and love, and laughter. I want to remember that we allowed them to be children (even if it meant the occasional dirty clothes, or trips to the bathroom to apply band-aids as a result of their ‘adventures’, and maybe even a few random pieces of broken furniture).

I want them to be able to look back and see that their parents were not perfect, but that we tried to teach them all that we knew about Jesus, and how to live their lives to their fullest ability.

I hope that they will be able to look back and find that their fond memories heavily outweighing the bad.

I trust that they will realize their parents had their best interests in mind with every decision we made, and that we treated them equally, and loved them each the same for their own unique ways.

If you have children please recognize that you are their hero, and try to live up to those expectations before you prove them wrong.

Bro. Nathan

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (St. Matthew 18:10)

*** ‘Diary Of A Message Dad’ is a new blog label that we plan to use as a platform to share personal stories, insights, quotes, and scriptures related to parenting and marriage. ***

Up2Date V (Commercialization)

WILL THE CHURCH GO BEFORE THE TRIBULATION? (58-0309E)

  Oh, there never was a day that’s so much commercial as today. Just used car lots and everything, so much till you can buy a refrigerator this year and pay about four or five hundred dollars for it, and next year nobody wants it. It’s out of style. Don’t you see where the commercial world has your nose to the grind wheel.
  You can buy a car this year, and next year it’s probably as good as the one you could buy then, but it’ll depreciate a thousand dollars, because they change the radiator cap, or they done some little silly something to it. It’s only a sales talk to fulfill the Bible. “As it was the days of Noah… and in the days of Lot…”

INVESTMENTS (63-1116B)

   This “get rich over night.” I had a friend once that had his life savings in a bank, drawing a small interest, and someone come by with a shortcut. You know, we hear today of so many, shortcuts the thing. The world is full of it; advertisements, and television, radio, newspapers. And if the American people fall for such as that!
  Here long ago, I was listening at an advertisement of a–a–a woman, or talking on the–on the radio. I was in my car, going somewhere, and they said, “Use these fine dishwashing powders,” of some sort, “you don’t even have to wash the dishes. You just put them in there, and pour a little bit in and shake it up-and-down; and it’s no washing, no rinsing, no drying, no nothing.” And it was one of the greatest things that science had ever given us.
  And right back over, about the next commercial, was, “Don’t use these new detergents. Look at mother’s hands, how pretty they are. They burn your hands up. Be… have pretty hands like mother, and don’t use the new detergent.”
  And I happened to live in Jeffersonville, at that time, where Colgate Palmolive Peet big factory is, and the same company made both products. See? See? It’s a–it’s a gimmick. And there is so much of it in the world today!
  And I say this with reverence and respects, and I hope it doesn’t sound sacrilegious, but that same thing has got into the church move. God has no shortcuts. You just pay the price. You come and take the way that God provided for us.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

On October 12th, 2009 Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of Rasht, Iran was taken into custody for charges of apostasy (“renouncing Islam“). He has constantly been under the threat of execution since that time. He has repeatedly been offered freedom if he will but recant his faith in Jesus Christ, but he replies,”I cannot”.

February 9th, 2010 – Voice Of God Recordings began covering the story of the imprisonment of ten believers in Iran on their blog (more reports with greater detail about Brother Youcef followed as they received further information).

Present Truth Ministries (founded by Brother Jason Demars of Minnesota) has covered Bro. Youcef’s story in great detail on their blog.

In October of 2010 the USCIRF (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom) “(urged) the Obama Administration to Demand Release of Pastor Facing Execution in Iran for Apostasy“.

January 11th, 2011 – Voice Of God Recordings reported that Congresswoman Giffords (who had recently been shot in Tucson, AZ) had “embraced the efforts to help free Brother Youcef Nadarkhani and Brother Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani in Iran. She brought the case before the United States Department of State, where they began efforts to halt the extreme persecution of these believers (when the situation with the believers in Iran came to her attention).”

Only recently has Bro. Youcef’s story gained high-pofile, global coverage (with detailed reports being picked up by Fox News, CNN, etc).

On September 30th, 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a brief statement on the U.S. Department Of State’s website condemning Iran for the continued violation of human rights (specifically mentioning Pastor Youcef in the following statement).

We are particularly concerned by reports that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing execution on charges of apostasy for refusing to recant his faith.”

In thinking of Bro. Youcef I am reminded of the words Martin Luther spoke on April 18th, 1521, “Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen!

Please continue to remember Bro. Youcef and his family in your prayers. I know that God is more than able to deliver him, and restore him to his family. I pray that the leadership in our nation will be instrumental in quickly restoring his freedom.

Bro. Nathan

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)

And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” (Daniel 6:20-22)