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25
Sep
12

How to Be a Poor Parent

In no particular order other than the way I wrote them down, here are ten tips on How to be a Poor Parent.  This is said with my tongue firmly implanted in my cheek.

  1. Give your children everything they want.

    a.k.a. Tongue-in-Cheek Society

  2. Never, Never, ever tell your children, “No.”
  3. Put your children before your spouse.
  4. Do not give your children chores.
  5. Take your children’s side when there are conflicts with teachers, principals, coaches, and other adults.
  6. Believe EVERYTHING your child tells you.
  7. Do not discipline them, let them learn “naturally.”
  8. Send them to Bible Class (Church) without going yourself.
  9. Never think your children can do wrong.
  10. Always criticize your children.

What other advice can you give on how to be a poor parent?

- Scott

01
May
12

10 Things to Teach Your Children

From the Home Office somewhere off the road between Parrish and Oakman comes today’s list of Ten Things to Teach Your Children.  As a parent of a teenager, as a former Youth Minister, as a former assistant Jr. High Basketball coach, and as someone married to an Elementary School teacher, these things come from my experiences – both good and bad . . .  We should teach our children:

1. To Love Reading.  Teachers may give students the basic tools to read, but if

Andrew (left) on a 5th Grade Field Trip (2007)

parents do not read to children when they are young and model a love of reading, teachers fight an uphill battle.  If you do not want your child left behind, teach them to love reading.

2. To Pray.  Children should learn early that God cares for them and watches over them.  Teach them to spend time telling God about their day and their needs.  Give them an example of prayer, let them see you pray and pray with them and for them often.

3. To Be Grateful (Thankful).  Ingratitude is a bane of current society.  Too many people have a sense of entitlement and are not grateful for what they have.  Teach your children to say, “Thank you” to those who provide needs and gifts.  This would include God.  Demonstrate this thankfulness in your conversations and prayer.  Tell your spouse “thank you” for what they do and let your children hear you say that.

4. To Pay Their Way.  This is a second anti-entitlement point.  Not everything in life is free, nor are you (they) entitled to everything.  The wisdom of our Founding Fathers is evident in the statement that we are only entitled to the freedom of the PURSUIT of happiness, not all the things we think will make us happy.  (Washington, are you listening?)

5. To Read God’s Word.  Our public education system owes its existence to early settlers and colonists wanting their children to learn to read so that they could read the Bible.  God’s word is a great guide to life in general and the ONLY guide to life eternal.  Read to, with, and in your children’s presence.

6. To Love God.  Jesus said this is the greatest commandment.  The Israelites were to bind this before their eyes, talk of it on the road, and write it on the door posts.  Teach children to know God loves them and how to return that love.

7. To Love Others.  Jesus said this is the second greatest commandment.  This is really what the “Golden Rule” of treating others the way you want treated is all about.  Again it is imperative that we model this love to our children.

8. The Importance of a Committed Marriage.  Countless hours of research exists that show the importance of a committed marriage to the well-being of children.  This is one point you definitely should exemplify.  Let your children see how important your husband or wife (their dad or mom) is to you.  In fact, let them know that your relationship with their other parent comes before your relationship with them.

9. To Encourage (Be Complimentary).  We live in such a negative world.  We need more people like Barnabas (Acts 4 – 5) who will work to encourage others.  One way we can help our children be better at encouragement is to encourage them in their pursuits.

10. To be Humble.  Children enter this world egocentric.  They cry when they have needs – feeding, changing, physical contact, etc.  We should meet those needs, but as they mature physically, mentally, and emotionally we should gently guide them to understand that they are NOT the center of the world or even the family.  I am not advocating a throw-back to “don’t speak until you are spoken too” mentality of years gone by, but children do need to learn that others are important (see #’s 3, 4, 7, and 9 above).  Humility is important to successful marriages, success in all relationships, and in our approach to God.

What else should we teach our children?

- Scott

13
Dec
11

Good Christians

This week I saw a list of 23 rules of writing posted on Facebook recently.  The list, attributed to Frank L. Visco, had the following title: How To Write Good.  Here are my ten favorites of this list of 23:

  1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  5. The passive voice is to be avoided. (That one is for you Ms. Crumpton – Sr. AP English Comp)
  6. Foreign words and phrases are never apropos.
  7. One-word sentences?  Eliminate.
  8. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  9. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  10. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it is highly superfluous.

After reading this list, I started thinking about a tongue-in-cheek look at living as a Christian.  Here is my submission:

  1. Lovingly gossip about others.

    My weemee

  2. Learn to be patient with others, NOW!
  3. Make peace by coercing others to agree with you.
  4. Judging me makes you wrong.
  5. It is more blessed for YOU to give.
  6. Consider others before yourself when there is a job to do and you don’t want to do it.
  7. Always tell others when you do something nice for someone else, that way you are shining your light.
  8. Pray so that everyone sees you, and ridicules you, so that you are blessed by persecution.
  9. Let me get that speck out of your eye.
  10. And most importantly: Be humble, like I am.

-          Scott

06
Dec
11

Top Ten Passages on God’s Grace

Here is a list of what I think are the Top Ten passages about grace.

1. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (Joh 1:14-17)

2. But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (Act 15:11)

3. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Act 20:24)

4. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it– the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. (Rom 3:21-25)

5. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 5:15-21)

6. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! (Rom 6:14-15)

7. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. (2Co 4:15)

8. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2Co 8:9)

9. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved– and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Eph 2:4-10)

10. You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2Ti 2:1-2)

Dear Father, Thank you for the undeserved favor that you offer each of us through the gift of Your Son our Savior, Jesus the Christ. – Amen

Scott

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29
Nov
11

Top Ten Things To Do Today

Today’s Top Ten To Do!

10. Today, tell your wife or husband you love them.
9. Today, tell your children you appreciate them.
8. Today, tell your parents thanks.
7. Today, go out of your way to be nice to someone.
6. Today, smile at a stranger and tell them, “Good Morning (afternoon or evening).”
5. Today, take time to read from a good book.
4. Today, take time to read from THE GOOD BOOK.
3. Today, take time to talk to God in prayer, tell Him about your life.
2. Today, decide to live for God.
1. Today, make the most of your day as long as it is called TODAY.

- Scott

16
Aug
11

Top Ten of 400 posts

This post is number 400 on the Morning Drive.  My first blog was Blogger Newbie on February 25, 2009.  399 posts and over 14,000 views later I want to share the ones you visited the most:  Here are the Top Ten Most Viewed Morning Drive Posts:

10. Make Marriage Matter with 120 views

9. Project 7 Days (this group is in reorganization) with 125 views

8. Rain Drops Keep Falling with 126 views

7. Children, Parents, and Patience with 127 views

6. What is Ministry with 196 views

5. Expository Outline on Colossians 1:15-20 with 224 views

4. Ten Common Lies with 241 views

3. Rain with 476 views

2. OMG! with 716 views (This post also generated the most comments – 29 comments including my replies.  If you did not read this one you may find it interesting.)

and 1. Parable of the Mountain Lion with 732 views

Thanks for reading.

- Scott

15
Aug
11

Ten Rules for My Life

Here are some basic rules that I have to govern my life.

10. I try to never say anything without someone present that would embarrass me to say in his presence.

9. I refuse to react in defense to personal critics. Friends do not need to hear the defense and enemies would not believe it.

8. I make an effort to smile at everyone I see, especially if they look as if they need a smile.

7. Each morning I at least make a mental note of the things I need to do that day, and try to go beyond my list.

6. I read from the Bible and another good book each day. The second book may be religious, factual, or fiction in genre. Feeding the mind is as important as feeding the belly.

5. I pay my debts on time (if not ahead of schedule) and set back money in savings and for “retirement” each month.

4. I do my best to live in peace with all people. I try to be quick in offering and giving forgiveness. I refuse to allow grudges to rule my life. My goal is to put a quick end to the inflicts that arise in my life.

3. I am a “glass half-full” person. Each day is a great day because of my family and especially because of God.

2. I try to live and end each day as if today is the final chapter of my life on earth. I try to cast all my anxieties on Him, knowing He cares for me.

1. I count my blessings instead of sheep, thank God for each of them. This make sleep come quickly and my rest is truly pleasant.

-Scott

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26
Aug
10

Top Ten Ways to Destroy Your Local Church

From the road between my house and the study at Parrish Church of Christ comes this morning’s Top Ten Ways to Destroy Your Local Church.

10. Gossip about fellow Christians to other church members.

9. Talk negatively about what “they” are doing down at “the church.”

8. Do not support efforts (events) with your attendance and do not invite others to attend.

7. Refuse to sing songs you do not like or know well.

6. Always think that someone else will take initiative and lead a project.

5. Never volunteer and always be too busy to help in a ministry area.

4. Complain to the elders (leaders) about sermons, classes, teachers, study material, and the budget.

3. Give what you have “left” at the end of the week/month, do not “purpose in your heart” what you will give.

2. Consistently arrive late when you do attend.

And the number one way  . . .

1. Only attend assemblies that do not inconvenience you.

Please note that I wrote this with my tongue firmly implanted in my teeth.  I pray you want to help the local congregation not destroy it.

- Scott

01
Mar
10

My Ten Favorite Non-Religious Books to Read

This morning I thought I would give you a reading list.  I like to read.  I read fiction, non-fiction, and religious books.  I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Lemony Snickett series and a few other pre-teen and teen books, but I also read on my level.  Here are ten books (both fiction and non-ficiton) I liked enough to read most of them more than once.

1. The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemingway  – (Classic man against nature)
2. A Farewell to Arms – Earnest Hemingway – (The realities of war on one man)
3. A Painted House – John Grisham – (a departure from the normal Grisham style)
4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – (I really like Jem, Scout, and Atticus Finch)
5. 1776 – David McCullough – (Historical reconstruction)
6. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson – (Not much better than pirates, treasure, and adventures at sea)
7. Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain – (The copy I first read had an early 1900’s publishing date)
8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – (same as above)
9. Greece to 14 A.D. (?? Shuckburg, Putnam Bros. 1906) – (A rare history book)
10. Due South – R. Scott Brunner – (Scott’s dad is a friend of mine.  This book is a collection of humorous stories and anecdotes about being a Southerner.  Scott’s maternal grandparents are members where I preach and recently celebrated their 73 wedding anniversary.)

Grab a book a read.

Scott

01
Feb
10

Excuses, Excuses, You Hear Them Every Day

The title is a line from an old song, I think the Kingsmen did the original version. There is truth in those lyrics, people supply excuses for many missed opportunities and appointments. Here are a few favorites (typos are in the originals):

  1. Please excuse Johnny for being, it was his father’s fault.
  2. Kimmy is under Doctor’s orders not to do p.e., please execute her.
  3. I was late to work because my cat unplugged my alarm clock.
  4. I was late because I could not find my shoes.
  5. I cannot come in to work today, my garage door is broken.
  6. I was late because my wife is expecting and I was experiencing morning sickness.
  7. I will not be in today, my cat has hairballs.
  8. Please excuse Jenna’s absence, she was sick and I had her shot.
  9. I had to take my dog to her psychiatric appointment.
  10. I borrowed a friend’s car to get to work.  The car was reported stolen and apparently used in a robbery.  I was in jail for possession of stolen property.  The police were interrogating me, which kept me from calling in to work.  I was eventually able to convince the officers of my innocence, so they let me go and I got here as fast as I could.

I need to tell you that a secretary called the local police about that last one and found it to be completely fabricated.

Excuses are not the sole property of students and employees.  If we are honest with ourselves we are guilty of excuse making.  The compiler of Proverbs records an ancient excuse for laziness, “There’s a lion in the road, there’s a lion in the street” (Prov 26:13).

In the arena of the Christian experience, one finds people making excuses for: 1) not obey the Gospel, 2) refusing to give up a sinful practice, or 3) getting involved in the Lord’s great work.  Our lame excuses will not hold up.  I can hear them now, “God, I would have done . . . ., but you see there was this . . . .”  I just do not see that standing in God’s court of law.  What about you?

Maybe, just maybe, instead of excusing why we cannot, let’s rationalize why we should and can serve God (Rom 5:8; Phil 4:13).

The next phrase of the Kingsmen’s song reminds us about excuses, “The devil, he’ll supply them if from church you stay away . . .” Here is a video of the Kingsmen Heirs.

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Have a great day! — No Excuses!
Scott




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