All for Love

All for Love

Valentine’s Day brings together two central themes of the Bible: Love and Sacrifice.  My brief wiki search tells me that St. Valentine lived in the 3rd century and was martyred during Claudius II’s reign.  The legend goes that he was killed for sharing the...

Did you see that weird thing in Mark 16?

Did you see that weird thing in Mark 16?

We have a confession: Nobody has the actual, original, hand-written books of the Bible.  What’s more, it is possible to make a mistake when you make a copy of the Bible, the Holy Spirit doesn’t stop you.  There are even parts (very small parts) of...

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

Make time this month to prepare you children’s hearts for Christmas. One way to do this is by picking up the December family devotional packet in the Hope Kids area on Sunday morning. (If you want an electronic copy, just send me an email at seth@hopechurchutah.com.)...

Our Identity – Guest Post from Charles Spurgeon

Our Identity – Guest Post from Charles Spurgeon

Today’s post is from an English Pastor named Charles Spurgeon.  Spurgeon wrote a series of devotionals called Morning and Evening.  I think this one is especially fantastic.  The language was updated for modern readers by Alistair Begg.  You can see the post on...

Stuff for the Stupefied

Stuff for the Stupefied

I’m easily overwhelmed. Maybe that’s not the right word. Stupefied. That’s closer. There are topics, issues, subjects that I’m just not equipped to handle. I can’t understand why the Millennium started in 2001 instead of 2000. You can...

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

How should you pray for your kids? Last week I suggested praying for their salvation. Secondly, target your prayers at specific sin issues. Pray about specific sins you see in your child’s life, such as lying, impatience, anger, stealing, laziness, and disobedience....

The Gospel for Everyone

The Gospel for Everyone

If I found a key on the road, and discovered it fit and opened a particular lock at my house, I would assume most likely that the key was made by the lock maker. And if I find set of teachings set out in pre-modern oriental society that has proven itself of such...

Bread for all

Bread for all

One of the more doubt-inducing statements Christ spoke was this: Never be anxious about what we eat or what we wear because our Father knows what we need. Never? In the time it takes me to write this post, someone will have starved. Probably several someones. Probably...

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

How should you pray for your kids? There are numerous things to pray for, but what are the most important? At the top of the list should be salvation. Pray that God would save them from their sins. How? By repenting of their sin and placing their faith in the work...

Faith and Doubt

Faith and Doubt

At the beginning of this year, I went through minor surgery, so minor in fact, that I was awake throughout. As I looked at the instruments, remembered the description of the procedure, and contemplated the cutting and poking and burning and sewing that was going to...

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

What kind of parent are you striving to be? A better one than the parents you had growing up? Like “so-and-so” who seems to have perfect kids? Or are you just winging it, not really sure what kind of parent you should be? There are many parenting models out there …...

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

After a full day of family fun recently, my wife told my daughters, “Girls, when you get old enough to get married, look for a man who is just like your daddy.” You can imagine how those words made me feel! A couple weeks back in “Seth’s Corner,” I wrote about...

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

Ever feel like you can’t break through to your kid’s heart? You try to raise them right, but despite your best efforts, they’re still unkind, self-centered, lazy, untruthful … and the list goes on! What should you do? Try harder? Just somehow be better? No! You...

A sprinting, squinting, shoving age

A sprinting, squinting, shoving age

“In the future there will be no internet. There will only be a machine that you step into and it sucks 10 years out of your life.” -Mike Birbiglia I saw this quote when looking for a similar one, and then got distracted by a tweet from Judy Bloom (yes, she is on...

Taste and See…

Taste and See…

The most convincing salesperson has nothing to gain, they just love what they’re pushing. You probably know people like this. They hustle like they’re trying to feed their kids, but not for financial gain. They’re just passionate. Passionate about the best peach, the...

 

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

One of my favorite games to play with our baby is “Knock Down the Tower.” I stack some blocks and let my son knock them down. Then I pretend to be shocked and tickle him. Lots of laughs and smiles, over and over again. But on a spiritual side, I can do something...

How Early Was the Bible Written?

How Early Was the Bible Written?

If you’re like me, you’ve had several questions about where, and particularly when, the Bible came from. Some people say we didn’t have the New Testament until the 5th century.  And that there may have been some major monkeying with the Jesus legend...

Justified

Justified

There’s a difference between being healthy and being healthier. Over the last 3 months, I’ve lost a lot of weight for me. And as I get healthier, with the full disgust of what I used to be in my mind, I’m stoked. And it only takes one conversation to come back down....

Seth’s Corner

Seth’s Corner

Proverbs 17:22 gives us this jewel of wisdom: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” As we seek to glorify God in our homes, happiness and laughter play a key role. Teaching, correction, discipline, and hard work all have their...

Prayer, our most precious resource

Prayer, our most precious resource

As a taller person, I’m not a great swimmer. I know those aren’t mutually exclusive, but if you can touch the bottom of the pool, why swim? This is part of why I’ll never use swimming for exercise. The other reason is that swimming for exercise is terrible. Not...