A Diary Entry from the Past

Deborah’s great-grandmother writes in her diary, “my Father, Robert Thomas Lanahan Gibson (Linnie), born March 14th, 1838 in Barbados, West Indies, Below the Cliff. He married Anna Lorinthia Edwards, born Jan 21st, 1843 in Barbados, West Indies, Below the Cliff. They married Oct 11th, 1863 at St Margarets Chapel, Below the Cliff. They had 10 children.”

Robert and Anna (Deborah’s
Tom and Carol
(Deborah’s parents)

Scott and Deborah

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The Kingdom of Heaven: Come and Nest in Its Branches

This past Sunday, we considered Matthew 13:24-43, where Jesus is teaching about the kingdom of heaven. In this passage, Jesus gives three parables: 1) the wheat and the tares, 2) the grain of mustard seed, and 3) the leaven. He explains through these what the kingdom of heaven is like and what those who hear should know about it.

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Two Centuries Later

My friend Craig Houston wrote this to me regarding our celebration of the gospel coming to Deborah’s family:

“The Grace of God is truly amazing in that He moves in the hearts of His people to bring the gospel to the regions beyond, and people there are impacted by the good news, and then they take that glorious truth of the gospel to yet another country and people. Fast forward to the two centuries, and a descendent of those converts is a preacher’s wife in NC. Praise God!”

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Welcome to Barbados

Brethren missionaries came here and encountered Deborah’s family near the end of the 19th century. They preached the gospel to Deborah’s great, great grandparents. According to the diary of their daughter, Lorinthia, they brought the message of salvation by grace alone, eternal security, and the final judgment. God’s kingdom was expanding as Jesus promised His disciples in the parable of the mustard seed and the leaven in Matthew 13. The gospel came to Deborah’s family through ordinary people. They had the leaven of the gospel in their souls, giving them urgings to leave their homelands to sow the seeds of the kingdom of heaven in other places. I am so grateful for these missionaries.

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The Gospel and Our Wedding Anniversary

Today, January 23, 2012, is our 30th wedding anniversary. As an anniversary present, I am taking Deborah to the place where the gospel first came to her mother’s side of the family. We are scheduled to arrive this afternoon. We are going to celebrate the power of the gospel. We will be visiting the place they lived when they were married and converted, and the places they evangelized and lived. This is a gospel-celebrating wedding anniversary.

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Cesarean Nation

Amazingly, 46% Chinese women have cesarean section. Not only is an increasingly radical anti-child culture driving this but also the profit motive – hospitals get twice as much money for a C-Section compared to a vaginal birth.

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Indiana Unveils Its First License Plate for Gay Youths

The Indiana DMV is promoting debauchery among young Indianans by raising money for it and facilitating connections through advertising. This year there were ten new organizations that have been granted the privilege of raising funds through specialty license plates in Indiana. Now, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth group, “The Indiana Youth Group” has become one of those ten.

Here is the opening statement of the report:

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana’s first specialty license plate that benefits gay causes is now available for purchase.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles spokesman Graig Lubsen said the Indiana Youth Group plate has been available since Dec. 28. The plate bears a logo with hands in rainbow colors reaching up.

Some $25 from sales of each $40 plate goes to the group serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The Indianapolis-based organization operates an activity center, helps develop Gay Straight Alliances in high schools and assists communities in forming youth services. The group serves about 1,400 youths and young adults ages 12 to 21, The Indianapolis Star reported in a Wednesday story.

“All the money will go directly for services to these young people,” Youth Group Director Mary Byrne said.

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Should We Be Reading Fiction? – Spurgeon Speaks

I have often warned young people to prioritize their reading in favor of biography, history, and theology and generally keep away from fiction—not absolutely, but generally. Here Charles Spurgeon takes an even more radical stance:

How many young people there are whose hearts are just a road along which thoughts of levity and desires for amusement are continually going! How many precious hours are wasted over the novels of the day! I think that one of the worst enemies of the Gospel of Christ, at the present time, is to be found in the fiction of the day. People get these worthless books and sit, and sit—forgetful of the duties of this world and of all that relates to the world to come—just losing themselves in the story of the hero or heroine. I have seen them shedding tears over things that never happened, as if there were not enough real sorrows in the world for us to grieve over! So these feet of fictitious personages, these feet of foolish frivolities, these feet of mere nonsense, or worse, keep traversing the hearts of men and making them hard so that the Gospel cannot enter.

from THE SEED BY THE WAYSIDE, NO. 2843, a sermon, DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 13, 1888. “As he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.” Luke 8:5.

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100 Years after the Titanic: Women and Children LAST

The Coast Guard Authorities ordered the captain to get back on the ship to document the women and children on board and rescue them.

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Texting and Driving

The highway pileup claimed two lives (Jeff Roberson, AP).

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The Baptist Standard: “Documentary claims age-graded Sunday school harms families”

The Baptist Standard recently released an article about family integration, Divided the movie, and A Weed in the Church.

If you have not seen Divided the movie and would like to show it to your friends, you can view the movie for free at www.dividedthemovie.com.

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Deborah asks my grandson Knox to recite Psalm 19 after dinner.

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Hot Air Balloonists Came To Our House

Some local hot air balloonists recently asked if they could take off in my son David’s front yard… Beautiful colors, beautiful day…

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Multigenerational Home Life On the Upswing

Here is a surprise. The Wall Street Journal reports that, “Over 50 million Americans lived in multigenerational homes in 2009, up 11% since 2007, according to Census Bureau data.”

The article contends that the triggers of this trend are cash-strapped singles, financial midlife crises, and parents moving in with their kids during their senior years.

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The Parable of the Sower

How can you know you are saved? Jesus answers this question in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, where He speaks to the multitude by way of parables. The first is the parable of four soils – the wayside, the stony soil, the thorny soil, and the good soil. Which one of these grounds are you? Have you born fruit – some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty?

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