ONE PLAYER PER INFINITE I?

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CHAPTER 26 ONE PLAYER PER INFINITE I? Back to the Table of Contents infinite:Question: Is  an  Infinite  I limited  to  having  only  one  Player  representing  it  in  the Human Game? Answer: I can’t say for sure, of course, but probably not. Think about it this way…. An  Infinite  I has  infinite*  power,  infinite*  joy,  infinite  wisdom,  infinite  abundance, infinite* love, and  an infinite desire to play and express itself creatively. I can’t imagine, with the infinite* number of games to play in an infinite universe, an Infinite* I would limit…

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Instructing Your Children in the Ways of God

A home is not only a place where a family lives; but it is also a training center, with the parents as the primary instructors. If you don’t teach your children about God and His value system, most likely they won’t follow after Him and His ways. But before any effective instruction can be given, a solid relationship must be developed between you and your children. To understand God’s intentions for the family, we must first go back to the Book of Beginnings.

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God Has No Favorites

Why don’t some people believe their faith in God will work? I know from experience that a lot of people have faith in my faith and in the faith of others. But they don’t have confidence that their own faith in God will work. For some reason, they don’t believe in themselves. The reason for their unbelief is that they don’t know what the Bible teaches about who they are in Christ. They need to find out.Some people think they’re not “good enough” for their faith to work. Some feel…

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Following God’s Lead in Our Prayers

Bowing my head in frustration I cried out to God, “Lord, I have no words to intercede on behalf of Mantombi. Your Holy Spirit gives me suggestions of what to pray for, but today, as I listen to you, I feel barren. I have no words.”I admired the small, delicately crafted cross serving as a bookmark in my Bible. Mantombi, a beautiful, lyrical name was written on a card attached to the cross by a gauzy gold ribbon. Mantombi. The heavyset woman’s dark, wrinkled, weathered face flashed across my mind.”What…

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Parenting: The Joyful Impossibility

It was eleven o’clock on a Sunday night, and I was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot exhausted and overwhelmed. After we had put our four children to bed, later than we had planned, Luella discovered that we had nothing in the house to pack for lunches the next day. With an attitude that couldn’t be described as joy, I got in the car and did the late-night food run. As I waited for the light to change so I could leave the parking lot and drive home,…

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The Christian Family: Teach Your Children God’s Ways

 If you are one of God’s people, you are a vessel God is using to preserve truth. God preserves His truth and love for His ways in the hearts of people. He preserves His truth across time, from generation to generation.This principle is so important that God commanded the nation of Israel: “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine . . . You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down,…

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A Camper Explained it to Me…

“There is no experience like living with people just like you for even a week and [knowing] the Kingdom of God will be like this forever” (Camp Cotubic).“My family isn’t in the Church, and being a part of camp showed me a glimpse of what being in God’s family is really like. So much love and unity is present, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve never felt the way I did here” (Camp Hye Sierra).“It’s a place that holds so many great memories. I met some of my best friends here.…

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How an Atheist Found God

It seemed to bother religious people when I’d ask them, “How do you know that God exists?”Perhaps they wondered about my motives. Or maybe they had no idea how to answer. Most of their responses were, “Well, you just know.”I wasn’t trying to be difficult. But I certainly did not “just know.” And I was hoping someone did!After many months of this, I thought, “Here are the people who say they believe in God, but no one knows why!” It was like learning the truth about Santa Claus. It seemed…

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Discipline with Money

The key to money management is discipline—and by that I mean self-discipline. Self-discipline means you can control yourself without supervision or coercion from someone else.  Are you an adult about money?Here’s how adults behave:Adults accept the reality of their income and adjust their “wants” and even to some extent their “needs” accordingly.  An example of this would be that a family of limited means who is shopping for a car may look at used cars and request to see only those models that fall below a certain maximum figure.  A…

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How to Prepare for Tragedies

In financial circles, we often speak of building an emergency fund to prepare for unexpected money disasters. Obviously, when those times come, an adequate emergency fund will turn a catastrophe into an inconvenience.But what about other tragedies which money can’t fix? Is it possible to prepare for them? Great question – one I have been pondering myself – so let’s search for some answers together.Have you ever noticed that when two seemingly very similar followers of Christ experience very similar tragedies, they sometimes respond in extremely different ways?

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The Truth about Consequences

We do our children a great favor if we help them understand there are consequences for their actions … good and bad.Distraught parents often come to me because their children are suffering the consequences of not being adequately supervised. Of course, teenagers do not want to be supervised, but oftentimes dire consequences will be the result of parents adhering to their children’s complaints and demands for more personal freedom in areas where they are unable to cope with temptation. Setting consequences for a child’s choices and then making them happen…

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Discerning Idolatry in Desire

Most of us realize that enjoying anything other than God, from the best gift to the basest pleasure, can become idolatry. Paul says in Colossians 3:5, “Covetousness is idolatry.”“Covetousness” means desiring something other than God in the wrong way. But what does that mean—“in the wrong way”?The reason this matters is both vertical and horizontal. Idolatry will destroy our relationship with God. And it will destroy our relationships with people.All human relational problems—from marriage and family to friendship to neighbors to classmates to colleagues—all of them are rooted in various…

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Born to Die for Freedom

If you don’t have time to read this now stick it in your Bible and use it for a morning meditation later on. Hebrews 2:14-15 is worth more than two minutes over an advent communion. These verses connect the beginning and the end of Jesus’ earthly life. They make clear why he came. They would be great to use with an unbelieving friend or family member to take them step by step through your Christian view of Christmas. It might go something like this… “Since then the children share in…

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Why God Tells Us He Delights in His Children

The question is not whether God delights in his children. He does. The question is twofold: One, what is it about us that he delights in? And two, why does he tell us that he delights in us? What effect does he want it to have? (When I say “God,” I mean all that God is for us in Christ. I mean the triune, Christian God.)First, notice some of the texts that speak of God’s delight in his people and his praise of them.Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is…

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When Your Children Reject the Faith

I’ve been hearing from a lot of parents whose teens are rejecting their faith.  The stories are all terrifically painful but they tend to represent different variations on the following theme.The other day my son/daughter was refusing to go to Church.  S/he told me that s/he doesn’t believe ‘all that stuff’ anymore.  We had a huge fight about it.  I don’t understand.  I never had any problems before.  When s/he was little, s/he loved to go to Church.   S/he was an altar server (lector, choir member)!  Why is s/he being so stubborn all of a…

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Loved with Everlasting Love

Some years ago I was sitting in a ministers’ conference enjoying very much hearing God’s Word preached with grace and power. The preacher, a dear friend, paused and said something that riveted me. He quoted some words of Geerhardus Vos, ‘The reason God will never stop loving you is that he never began.’ Vos was reflecting on Jeremiah 31:3, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love.’ I suppose I had read those words many times and in prayer had blessed the Lord for loving me with an everlasting love.…

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Christian Parenting with Purpose

I once heard Herm Edwards, the former Kansas City Chiefs head football coach say, “a goal without a plan is a wish.” Christian parenting with purpose means that we actively develop a specific plan to reach the goals we desire for our children. Parents who desire their children’s healthy integration into adulthood make specific choices according to a plan. Both common sense and experience teach us that our attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors are deeply influenced by those with whom we spend our time. Science, on the other hand, teaches…

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Conclusion for Child Training

Conclusion for Child Training: No institution on earth is more important than the home because of the impact it has on a society. “As the home goes, so goes the society” is a truth we are clearly experiencing today. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons God’s Word has so much to say about the family—husbands and wives, fathers, mothers, and children. As Swindoll descriptively writes:Whatever else may be said about home, it is the bottom line of life, the anvil upon which attitudes and convictions are hammered out.

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Gods Letter for Parents!!

Behold children are a heritage from the LORD. The fruit of the womb is His reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you…

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When Our Children Disappoint Us.

We have all experienced times when a child has chosen a different path than how they were taught, and some of us have more than one child who has for some unforeseen reason has chosen to take a darker path. There is no pain more excruciating for a mother and father than watching your child slip deeper and deeper into the evil embraces of this world, and for single mothers raising sons alone, the task is even more daunting. Sometimes it seems as if the more we pray the worse…

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One of the first things we’re taught as children are the Articles of Faith — 13 statements that summarize our fundamental beliefs.

One of the first things we’re taught as children are the Articles of Faith :Two years before he died, the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote them in a letter to a newspaper editor, John Wentworth, who had asked for information about the Church. Ever since the Articles of Faith were written, they’ve inspired and directed us in the basic principles of our gospel. They enhance our understanding of certain doctrines and help us commit to living them. They invite further thought. And they’re a good tool for explaining our beliefs to…

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