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Church Kid...It's Time We Had A Talk

Editor's Note:  This article was written by my wife, Sis. Elaine Hood, from the perspective of a generational Christian as well as a tenured Sunday School Teacher, Children's Church Instructor and Youth Leader.  The points here outlined are articulated, and perhaps far better, by someone who has the experience of growing up in the Church from birth as well as being the child of a preacher.  While the target audience for this article is those who have been raised in the Church, especially young people, the lessons herein are applicable to all Christians.  By: Elaine Hood
I was privileged to grow up in church and it's a blessing I don’t take lightly.  It afforded me some benefits many of those who come into truth later don’t have.  But along with the blessings came some hindrances that often go overlooked.  There were things everyone assumed I knew and experiences we all thought I had that, in reality, I was lacking.  In working with young people through the years I have conc…

Hymspirational Moment #6

Verse 1 Take time to be holy, speak oft with the Lord,  Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word. Make friends of God's children; help those who are weak,  Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek. 
Verse 2 Take time to be holy, the world rushes on, Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be, Thy friends in they conduct His likeness shall see.
Verse 3 Take time to be holy, let Him be thy guide, And run not before Him, whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow, still follow thy Lord, And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Verse 4 Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,  Each tho't and each motive, beneath His control. Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love, Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
Holiness.  So misunderstood.  For some it is declared as a list of rules to be obeyed while, for others, it is a state imputed requiring nothing of the recipient.  Biblically speaking, holiness is the state of being sepa…

One Year of The Bruised Reed Blog

This blog began because of the encouragement of a few individuals.  Throughout the past year, God has used it in ways that I never would have imagined.  The Bruised Reed Blog is being read by 5,491 users in 951 cities in 90 nations around the world.  The purpose remains the same:  Reaching the world with messages of truth learned in the school of brokenness.  
I would like to thank a few special people who have been instrumental in pushing this blog forward:  Sister Maxine Locklear of Menard, Texas who has consistently encouraged me to write, Pastor Ron Townsley of Princeton, Illinois who told me, "If you ever throw anything you write away, make sure I'm your trash can", Missionary Tim Joiner of Belize, Central America who has rained more praise on my writing ability than I ever deserved, Pastor Kevin Archer of Hollywood, Florida who has reminded me of the need for Apostolic writers in our time and, last but not least, my wife Elaine who, as a scholar in her own right, is…

God Uses Consequences

"When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother's womb.” And Moses cried to the Lord, “O God, please heal her—please.” But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again." - Numbers 12:10-15 (ESV)

Aaron and Miriam, two individuals who had been called of God along side Moses to bring about the deliverance of the Hebrews and guide them in the wilderness, were now walking in the footsteps of rebels.  They were offended beca…