God is not your Grandpa

Many people had Grandparents that they were able to visit at least a semi-regular basis. Your Grandparents then probably started trying to catch up on all the loving they wanted to give you while you were apart, which included expensive or too many toys, way too much sugar, letting you leave your spinach on your plate, by the time you came back home your parents, no matter how much they missed you, secretly dreaded bringing you back home. The reason for this is that your grandparents had spoiled you rotten! Many kids favorite phrase for weeks afterword was “But grandma and grandpa let me…!”. Your grandparents could afford to spoil you, your parents could not. If you didn’t eat properly most of the time, you would not grow up to be healthy, if you got all the toys you wanted all year, you would never learn the value of hard work and a dollar. or even appreciate Christmas or your birthday. If they said yes all of the time, you would not be able to handle it the first time your boss said “No”…
If by some circumstance you had to live with your grandparents permanently, instead of your parents they would have to start treating you like regular parents pretty quickly, or you would not succeed in life.

Many people seem to think that God is more like a Grandfather, rather than a father. Name your blessing and claim it, just like you did with Grandpa. However, he is our father. He gives us rules, because he loves us, and knows what would happen if he gave us everything we want. We would be spoiled rotten! We have all seen or heard of kids that grew up in the lap of luxury, with few rules or expectations put on them, who never heard the word no. Many of these kids stay kids well past their 18th birthday and are objects of ridicule to many. God knows that a huge portion of us would end up the same way if he gave us everything we want. He does not want us to be objects of ridicule, he wants us to be responsible adults who work for his kingdom. So he isn’t a Grandfather that lets us name it and claim it.

When we are with him in Heaven we will be mature enough to handle a grandfather in heaven 24/7 but not now.

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Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey
A book that every believer should read. If you are not facing hard times now, you will at some point. If you have already read this book, it will make the tough times a bit easier to bear.

Are all forms of pain bad?

I had a Facebook conversation with a guy the other day who thought that it was torture to tell a kid about Hell. I had to concede that it isn’t fun to tell a person about Hell, neither is it fun hearing that you are going there.  I know something how it feels when people make you feel just awful,  but is it that always bad?
The day that I was told that I had cancer was a TERRIBLE day, you could almost say that I had been tortured.  But now imagine that the doctor had “loved” me too much to tell me that I had cancer, what would have happened.  Cancer would have killed me by now, a very slow and PAINFUL death!  As much as the emotional pain, and the physical pain that I received with the diagnosis, I doubt the pain comes anywhere close to the pain that my family and I  would have endured if my doctor just kept his mouth shut and let me die a slow painful death.
Sin is like cancer. You often don’t see the toll that it is taking on your body till it is too late. But the damage is there. Sin has many consequences and many of those don’t wait until you face literal Hell before they kick in. The earthly consequences of stealing a cookie are not that bad, but how many of us stop at stealing a cookie? Drugs addle the brain that God gives us, sometimes causing them to steal or to do unspeakable things to get more drugs, breaks up families, ends jobs, some strip you of all of your good looks. Sex-related sins cause disease, have incited murder, broken up families, led to abortion, infertility, not to mention the damage that broken homes have done to our children! It rots your soul, sometimes slowly and sometimes lighting fast.

Convincing someone they need grace may hurt them for the time being but in the end, it is saving them a world of hurt!

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The Myth That Same-Sex Parenting Makes No Difference | Stand to Reason

It’s often claimed there’s no difference in the lives of children raised by same-sex couples when compared to the lives of children raised by heterosexual couples. Recent research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, drawing on the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, suggests there is a difference. The children raised by lesbian couples were compared with a sample of children from the 2013–2015 National Survey of Family Growth, which is a nationally representative database of families.It turns out—not surprisingly in my opinion—that same-sex parenting does affect children.

Read more at: The Myth That Same-Sex Parenting Makes No Difference | Stand to Reason