Scott Ross

What’s The Big Deal About Christmas?

What’s the big deal about Christmas? Why does the majority of the planet erupt with words like “Rejoice” and “Hallelujah” over the birth of a peasant boy in a remote corner of the Middle East? Don’t get me wrong. I like the gifts and the fun of it all, but isn’t it all just a bit much? We don’t make nearly so big a deal out of other historical figures, and many of them were far more “important” when they were alive than this guy Jesus was.

Unless.

Unless there’s something uniquely significant about him being born.

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Walk With Me

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.”  John 6:66

The Biblical model of education and training is quite different than the greco-roman style used in our school system today.  Biblical education is relational and focuses on the whole person.  One is not made wise by sitting in a chair and being talked at by the mentor.  Instead, one is made wise by “walking with” the wise, observing them and emulating them.

When fickle disciples of Christ stopped being mentored by Him and stopped heeding His teachings, it is categorized as “no longer walking with Him.”

As multi-generational visionaries, we must be highly attuned to this truth.  We must take an apprenticeship approach to our children.  We must have them walk with us.  It is only in this way that we will build them into the effective warriors for Christ that we hope them to be.

Today and moving forward, consider the following:

If my children “walked with me” each day, what would they see modeled?  Would they be witnessing wisdom, maturity, and excellence?  If not, where do I need to advance my own discipleship to ensure that I model Godliness and wisdom for my children?

How much time each week do my children spend, “walking with me?”  How much relational instruction is taking place in my family?

Who do I need to be walking with to improve my abilities in the area of being a multi-generational visionary?

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THE SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT

From Amazing grace : 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions:

“Joseph Addison, 1672–1719

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. (Psalm 19:1)

The month of May is generally regarded as the most beautiful month of the year. March winds and April showers have done their work, and now the earth is attired in all of its God-given beauty. Of all people, Christians should be the most appreciative of God’s created world. Although we may never be able to understand fully and explain adequately all of the scientific details about creation, we can say with certainty, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth” (Apostles’ Creed); and with the writer of Hebrews, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command” (Hebrews 11:3). The wonder of God’s spacious firmament should cause a flow of endless praise to our great Creator.
The Bible teaches that man is without excuse for not knowing God. The Creator has revealed Himself at least partially in nature (Romans 1:19–21) as well as internally in the human conscience (Romans 1:32; 2:14, 15). The full revelation of God, however, is only realized in the person and work of Jesus Christ—“the radiance of God’s glory” (Hebrews 1:3).

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A Need For Clarity

“Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy seat; 12 and the plan of all that he had in mind…”  (1 Chronicles 28:11-12)

David made many mistakes that can serve as guideposts for the multi-generational visionary, but he also did a number of things right.  Among his successes was actually having a multi-generational vision that was precisely defined.

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