The Glamorous Life

NIGHT LIGHT FOR PARENTS

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. James 1:16

Many women feel that the job of “mom” is boring and monotonous—and they are right! But so is practically every other occupation. I (jcd) once stayed in a hotel next to the room of a famous cellist. I could hear him through the walls (believe me!) as he practiced hour after hour. He did not play beautiful symphonic renditions; he repeated scales over and over. As the cellist strolled onstage that evening, I’m sure many in the audience thought, What a glamorous life! Some glamour. He spent the entire day alone in his hotel room.

Few of us enjoy heart-thumping excitement each moment of our professional lives. How thrilling is the work of a medical pathologist who examines bacterial cultures from morning until night or a dentist who spends his days drilling and filling? The job of a homemaker can be about as boring as most others. Yet in terms of significance, no job can compete with a mother’s task of shaping and molding a human being in the morning of life (though humanists would have us believe otherwise).

Not every woman chooses to be a mother, of course, but those who do are worthy of our admiration and respect. “Children,” we are told in Scripture, “are a blessing” (Psalm 37:26, tlb). If so, then mothers are His loving gift to them.

Before you say good night…

If you’re a full-time mom, do you feel God is pleased with your service to Him as a mother?

If not, what changes do you wish you could make?

How can your spouse help you make those changes happen?

(mother) Dear Lord, You have called me to the incredibly important job of being a mom. Help me to experience the satisfaction of resting in Your will. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Renegade Male

NIGHT LIKE FOR COUPLES

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

Author Derek Prince has described the “renegade male” as one of society’s biggest problems. The word renegade actually means “one who has shirked his primary responsibilities.” It is an accurate description of those husbands and fathers who pour every resource into work or pleasure, leaving the child‐rearing task entirely to their wives. Both boys and girls desperately need their fathers, who have a specific role to play in their lives.

Research in the field of child development has confirmed that the absence of positive masculine influence plays a key role in adolescent rebellion, sex‐role identity, and cohesion within the family. Conversely, those who accept their God‐given responsibilities at home have a fleeting—and golden—opportunity to shape the little lives entrusted to their care.

Just between us…

  • (husband) Do I ever resemble a renegade male? How?
  • (husband) In what ways have I been a good father? (For couples without children: What kind of father would I be?)
  • (wife) How have our own fathers been good or poor examples of fulfilling their responsibilities at home?
  • (wife) How, as a wife, can I help you be a better father?

(husband) Dear God, thank You for the responsibility and opportunity to impact my children for good. I want to be faithful. Help me to celebrate— not resent—my fatherly duties. Through my sometimes inadequate efforts, accomplish great things in the lives of my kids. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps

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DESPISING AND DEHUMANIZING

Read Matthew 6:24.

While greed appears to be a problem with materialism or making things too important, at heart it is really a people problem. Listen with new ears to what Jesus said about money: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Why can’t you serve both God and money? Not because there isn’t room in your life for two important things. We do that all the time, balancing multiple priorities. No, Jesus says you can’t serve both God and money because loving one will change your perception of the other. When you love money, you will start to hate God. So of course you won’t serve Him; He won’t seem worth it to you. You’ll hardly notice He’s there. That’s what it means to despise someone: to treat the person as if he or she isn’t even worth noticing. If greed is powerful enough to make us despise God, it is certainly enough to make us despise other mere mortals.

Here’s how it works. To begin with, we have the ability to see people as people, to respond to their needs, hopes, and fears as if they were our own. Greed, however, says, “Only focus on your own needs and wants, your own hopes and fears.” To do that, we have to shut other people out. We only see the ball, not the boy. People become objects to us—either tools we can use or obstacles to be moved out of our way, but certainly not human beings. And when we stop treating others as human, we stop being human ourselves. As Henri Nouwen wrote, “Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know that I am moving from fear to love.”

Greed is another form of idolatry, and the Scriptures warn that those who idolize silver and gold eventually become just as inhuman as those cold, lifeless metals.

*Have you seen in yourself or in your kids a focus so centered on the object of desire, that you look past the person? Be on the lookout for this, and ask forgiveness when you recognize it.

“How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps” is drawn from How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps: Tame Your Vices, Nurture Their Virtues by Patrick Quinn and Ken Roach. Copyright 2015 by David C Cook; all rights reserved.

K HOUSE NEWS

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For The Week of August 10, 2020

IN THE NEWS

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U.S.

Chicago raises bridges, restricts downtown access to try and prevent more rioting

August 10, 2020

Chicago restricted downtown access by raising its bridges early Monday after a night of widespread looting and rioting that led to more the 100 people arrested and at least 13 police officers injured.

The unrest was prompted by a social media post urging people to converge on Chicago’s business district after police shot a man on the South Side around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

— foxnews

Israel and the Middle East

Beirut explosion linked to Russian ship storing ammonium nitrate left in port, called ‘floating bomb’

August 7, 2020

Investigators probing the devastating blast in Beirut that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 more are pointing to a Russian ship docked in the city’s port for nearly seven years without appropriate security precautions that officials warned was “a floating bomb.”

The Russian vessel, named MV Rhosus, carrying agricultural fertilizer with 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate and en route to Mozambique hit a financial snag and docked in the Beruit port in 2013, according to legal documents and Lebanese officials, the Washington Post reported.

— foxnews

Israel Offers Aid to Lebanon After Devastating Explosion: ‘We Share the Pain of the Lebanese People’

August 05, 2020

Israel is putting aside hostilities with Lebanon and offering humanitarian aid to the country after a catastrophic explosion Tuesday evening wreaked havoc on Beirut, killing dozens and injuring thousands.

“We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time,” said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he instructed the head of Israel’s National Security Council to speak with the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov to discuss how the Jewish State can help Lebanon.

— cbn

Lebanese Cabinet resigns after massive explosions devastate Beirut

August 10, 2020

Lebanon’s Cabinet has announced its resignation in the aftermath of the chemical explosions in Beirut on Aug. 4, said Health Minister Hamad Hassan on Monday.

“The whole government resigned,” and Prime Minister Hassan Diab will “hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers,” according to the AP report. The prime minister spoke to the nation on Monday, explaining that the government would remain in place until a new one is formed.

— jns

Social Media

Facebook, Twitter censors Trump ‘at their peril,’ GOP official says

August 10, 2020

Facebook and Twitter’s clampdown on President Trump’s social media posts may backfire with the American people, one GOP official told Fox News.

“If Twitter and Facebook and any other social media entity is going to choose to subjectively censor free speech, that doesn’t sit well with the American people,” Cassie Smedile, Republican National Committee Deputy Communications Director, told Fox News. “And so it’s really at their peril … [and] at the peril of our opponents to not come out against doing that because that’s, I think, going to backfire.”

— foxnews

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