“Some Christians who do know Christ are in great doubt as to whether they know him. This ought not to be. It is too solemn a matter to be left to chance or conjecture. I believe there are saved ones who do not know of a surety that they are saved. They are raising the question often that never ought to be a question. No man ought to be content to leave that unsettled, for mark thee, my hearer, if thou art not a saved man, thou art a condemned man. If thou art not forgiven, thy sins lie on thee. Thou art now in danger of hell if thou art not now secure of heaven, for there is no place between these two. Thou art either a child of God, or not. Why say ye, ??I hope I am a child of God, yet I do not know; I hope, yet not know that I am forgiven??? In such suspense ye ought not to be. Thou art either one or the other ? either a saint or a sinner, either saved or lost, either walking in the light or walking in the dark.” Charles Spurgeon

Family,

Kelly Park

San Jose’s Kelly Park is a very old park that I used to go to as a kid. They have rides for kids, a small zoo, a Japanese tea garden and a historic park with old historical buildings from early years of San Jose. One of my favorites that is still there is the labyrinth. Here’s a photo of Matthew running through the same labyrinth, decades after I used to run through with my little feet.

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Scraped His Face

Matthew took a flying leap off the deck in the backyard. Some friends were over and Jenn thinks he was doing a little showing off.  She also tells me he cried a little but was more upset when she tried to take him inside. He really love playing outside. Here’s a photo of his first major facial wreck.

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Biblical Manhood and Womanhood - Part 1

We started attending an excellent class on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood at West Hills. The course aims to teach the biblical view on the roles of man and woman. It’s funny that shortly before West Hills offered this class, Jenn and I were already studying about parenting and our roles. We were reading through journal entries from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, scripture and other authors like James Boice and John Macarthur. This class comes at a perfect time for our family that’s going to soon be Jenn, Matthew, Claire and I. We want to make sure that we learn all we can from scripture and the wisdom of other Christians about God’s plan for our family. I want to know how to be a good father and husband and Jenn wants to know how to be a good wife and mother.

One of the topics we covered introduces the biblical concept of complentarian roles between man and women. This means that man and woman are equal in value but diverse in their roles. What is this diversity in roles? Part of it is related to authority.

But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. (Cor 11:3)

It is amazing to note how Jesus perfectly submitted to God in everything he did through his entire life. Wow! This verse also relates God’s authority over Jesus in the same way that man is to be in authority over woman. However, this authority is not based on our superiority. Consider that although Jesus submitted to God the Father, Jesus continue to remain an equal member of the Trinity. John MacArthur has an excellent section of his Expository Commentaries that dispels some misconceptions about male authority.

God established the principle of male authority and female subordination for the purpose of order and complementation, not on the basis of any innate superiority of males. An employee may be more intelligent and more skilled than his boss, but a company cannot be run without submission to proper authority, even if some of those in authority are not as capable as they ought to be. Elders and deacons are to be chosen from among the most spiritual men of the congregation, but there may be other men in the church who are even more spiritual. Yet, for the very reason that they are spiritual, those who are not in positions of leadership will submit to those who are.
A church may have some women who are better Bible students, better theologians, and better speakers than any of the men, including the pastor. But if those women are obedient to God?s order they will submit to male leadership and will not try to usurp it?simply because that is God?s design. A wife may be better educated, better taught in Scripture, and more spiritually mature than her husband. But because she is spiritual, she will willingly submit to him as head of the family.
MacArthur, J. (1996, c1984). 1 Corinthians. Includes indexes. (251). Chicago: Moody Press

The Biblical Manhood and Womanhood class continues for 5 more weeks. I will continue to post thoughts and updates as we progress through the class.

Family,

Attending West Hills Community Church

We started attending a church in Morgan Hill called West Hills Community Church. They are a biblically minded church with their foundation in the inerrant Word of God. They are also only 10 minutes away! This is quite a blessing compared to the 30 minute drive we were making to Grace Presbyterian. West Hills attracted us in a number of ways…

They adhere to conservative orthodox beliefs in their statement of faith. Each Sunday is filled with Expository preaching, feeding us God’s word. The teaching is passionate, encouraging , well organized and informative. They have a church building with Sunday school for all ages. The nursery is staffed by volunteers who are also members of the Church. The church resources links point to many of my favorite preachers and teachers. Christian Zorio, the associate pastor is trained from John MacArthur’s Master’s Seminary and the senior pastor, a John Piper fan, delivers excellent sermons that display a passion for God much like John Piper.

Jenn, Matthew and I are really starting to feel that this may be our Church home. We will miss all our friends from Grace Presbyterian although we will probably continue to attend the Grace Presbyterian small group on Tuesday’s until our friendships and community at West Hills picks up. We will continue to keep you all up to date.

Family,

Claire’s Ultrasound

Here’s a short video of Claire’s ultrasound. This was when we discovered that our baby is a girl. We also discovered that we might have a tom-girl, check out those shoulder and arm muscles!  big surprise

The first portion of the video shows her arm, followed by some close-ups of her face, then it wraps up with her flexing her arm.

 

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