This summer our church worked through biblical marriage and biblical parenting. In preparation for each class, we spent time looking through the most direct statements God makes regarding each topic. During preparation our elders talked about the common loving approaches we have towards others not only in marriage and parenting but in general by serving fellow saints and evangelizing people. It’s important to nuance and understand the specific responsibilities God gives us so that we can specifically apply them in each role we carry. But I pray we do not get so nuanced we forget the general responsibilities we have towards all people.
At the core, parenting, marriage, and life have similar responsibilities.… Continue reading
We’ve all known someone with a solid Christian history but currently seems to be waning, apathetic, or getting lazy. You know, the person whose history was so grand you would happily read the biography. She was knowledgable, loving, gracious, obedient, endured trials, and encouraged others. But something has happened. A life once marked as mature seems to be waning. We wrestle with concerning thoughts, doubt, and “Is he really saved?” It’s like maturity has stopped and the Lord isn’t there anymore. We wonder, “Will he persevere?” If you’re like me, you wonder, “How do I minister to this person?”
The good news for us, there is a biblical blue print for us in Hebrews.… Continue reading
“Husbands, love your wife, just like Christ loves the church” (Eph 5:25).
That’s a tall order. It is a rather difficult task for a believer and a rather impossible one for someone who doesn’t know Christ. Husbands have a large task. Looking beyond the walls of Ephesians, John records a broader command addressed to all believers, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Obviously no believer is without excuse. God calls each of us to love others. Now, how do we define love? What does love look like?
If you’re like me, you want to define this in such a way to where it’s the natural by-product of my life.… Continue reading
Walk with the Lord and you will have opportunities to minister to people. There are times where this is easy, “Can you give me a ride to the airport? or “Can you pray for me?” Those are fairly easy to do. By easy, I mean, do not require me to break out of a comfort zone or do something unfamiliar. Yet, situations and serving opportunities will come up requiring me to get heavily involved. At some point, a friend struggles or needs more than just a ride. The Lord engages us to struggling people. A friend comes to you with a problem. Now what? How do you help the person?… Continue reading
*Every year I like to run this article. There is massive confusion in this world regarding sex and I’m convinced we need to no longer hide from teaching it. In fact, I believe the churches’ silence regarding the topic has contributed to the confusion and inappropriate acts among believers. Most marriages experience conflict in one of three areas: communication, sex, and money. Each of these fruits grow from pride, but still speaking on the issue helps. Do not shrink from declaring the full counsel of God, sex is His creation, teach about it.*
Talking about sex among conservative Christians might appear to be edgy.… Continue reading