Remembering My Family Heritage

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

My cousin Sandy Sheridan maintains a delightful and encouraging blog named:Verses From Mama— hearing God speak one Bible verse at a time.

Recently, Sandy blogged about our common Grandfather John Thomson. I encourage you to check it out.

Grandpa Thomson, as I called him, is literally the patriarch of our family. He, and his godly wife Henrietta, raised their family of three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). All three of their children (including my father) became Christians and raised Christians families of their own. This third generation is the generation that Sandy and I are members of. All surviving members of our generation have professed Christ as savior, reached adulthood, and are now raising Chritian families of their own.

Grandma & Grandpa Thomson loved their family deeply. Though they have left this earthly realm, and are now at home with their Lord; we who are left behind continue to benefit from their godly example and legacy. One of my most cherished memories from my teenage years is from a weekend I spent with them in their home. The weekend was not an “exciting” weekend– we did not go skying or to a major league ball game– it was a simple, quiet weekend. However, that weekend made an indelible mark on my life…

When we sat down for a simple lunch grandpa prayed, thanking God for the meal. During his prayer he simply and quickly mentioned every family member by name. Including me. This made an impression on me. When I asked about this afterwards I discovered that this was their daily practice– to pray for every family member every day! Wow. See Philemon 1:4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

God has, and continues to, answer their daily prayers– prayers that were made in simple faith. James 5:16.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~~ Psalm 16:6 ESV

Thank you Lord for the godly family heritage that you have given to me. Praise be to God!

Thank you Sandy for your great post!

 

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WWW Wednesday: 5 Serious Challenges to Effectively Protecting Your Family From Internet Pornography and How to Overcome Them


 

I will set no wicked thing before my eyes

 

I just posted a new article over at the Why We Web blog detailing 5 challenges to effectively protecting your family from internet pornography. This article builds off of my article from last week: True Protection From Internet Pornography Requires A Minimum of 3 Essential Components.

The five challenges are:

  • Software compatibility issues
  • Lock out issues
  • Family inconvenience
  • Visual search engines
  • Legitimate websites with some inappropriate content

For full details check out the original post…

Link: 5 Challenges to Effectively Protecting Your Family From Internet Pornography

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Image credit: Benjamin Smith

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WWW Wednesday: God’s Fingerprints, Facebook, And The Unexpected

Connecting With Jesus Love

My regular Wednesday post on the Why We Web Blog is now available.

Yesterday brought the unexpected. No, not the election results. I’m referring to something much more personal: an unexpected medical emergency. Yet, as I look back at everything that transpired God’s fingerprints of love are stunningly obvious– and He used an unexpected tool: Facebook.

Link: God’s Fingerprints, Facebook, And The Unexpected

 

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REMINDER: Free Facebook And The Family Webinar 8pm EDT Tonight!

facebook-like-buttonDon’t miss tonight’s FREE Facebook And The Family Webinar to be held, Lord Willing, at 8pm EDT.

For more information and to register click here.

 

 

 

 

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Facebook and the Family

There’s no denying that Facebook is huge.  It has been a part of millions of people’s lives each and every day.  Because of its popularity many Christian parents are faced with tough choices. Do I allow my teenager access to Facebook?  What boundaries should I set? How can I effectively communicate the concerns I have about Facebook without being too controlling?

The group at Why We Web have been asked these questions and are offering a free 1 hour webinar to discuss some answers. The webinar is offered twice on Monday July 16 at 8pm EDT and Wednesday July 18 at 2pm EDT.  Space is limited so register early to ensure your spot by clicking one of the buttons below.

The main questions being discussed are:

  • Why do people use facebook?
  • What is appropriate content for families?
  • What settings do I need to set to make sure my family is safe?
  • How do I communicate with my family about Facebook?

 

 

 

 

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The Lost Art of Single Tasking

Multitasking Fail

 

One of the first Wii games we ever got was Mario Cart. It’s a fun, fast-paced game and it brings the whole family together. I figured that it was quality time with them since it was something they wanted to do with me. Keep in mind, that when we first got the Wii, my son was only 7 years old.

When he would play, it would be really frustrating because it seems that all he did was wreck, drive in circles, or drive backwards! Every single race, I would have to wait 1-2 minutes for the race to officially end. That’s way too long for me to

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A Legacy Of Thanksgiving

Here in the United States we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. For most Americans Thanksgiving means gathering with family and friends to watch football, overeat, and enjoy a day off of work. While most know that the intended purpose of the day has something to do with being thankful (the day IS called Thanksgiving after all), it’s obvious that most spend the day oblivious of the countless reasons we have to be thankful.

When I woke up yesterday morning I was like most Americans… oblivious of the countless reasons to be thankful. My mind was filled with thoughts of turkey, sweet potatoes, and all berry pie. I was thinking of my father’s brand new iPad and helping him set up Facebook and Gmail… I was thinking about playing Legos with the kids.

While my mind was thinking about these things… I never thought to stop and give thanks to God for these things. Yes, the food, iPad, Facebook, Gmail, and Legos are all things to be thankful for.

But, what about those who I enjoy the food with? What about my wife who prepared the meal? What about my mother & father? the kids? Infinitely more important than the “things” are the people who we enjoy the things with.

Then late in the afternoon the phone rang. My reminder to be truly thankful came in the most dreadful of ways.

One of my cousins, only 42 years old, had died unexpectedly sometime during the night. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing… I had only seen him a month earlier. We had spent the afternoon together at Niagara Falls, and enjoyed dinner together at TGI Friday’s. Never did I realize that would be the last time we would be together.

Yes, I am thankful for the “things” in my life… the “things” that make life easier, like iPads & Gmail, and the “things” that make life enjoyable like all berry pie, Legos, and Facebook.

However, I was reminded that the people in my life are infinitely more important than the “things” in my life. I was reminded to be most thankful for the people in my life…. Like my wife and children, my in-laws, my cousins, my friends, my neighbors, and the saints at my local assembly. iPads can be replaced, people can not.

Life, at best, is brief. Yes, we know this to be true in an academic sense, but do we really believe it to be true? Do you live each day in the reality of this truth? Do I?

Are we mending broken relationships? Are we telling our loved ones that we love them? Are we sharing the Good News of the Gospel… that life is not pointless, there is a purpose greater than ourselves.

Life is too short for me not to share with you the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That God, the creator of Heaven and Earth loves you, even despite the fact that you have sinned and offended Him. How do I know that God loves you? Because He sent His only die to die in your place, to pay the penalty of your sin.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

My prayer is that this Thanksgiving, and its lessons, will never be forgotten.

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