Posts

Breaking Bad Parental Patterns

Repeated Aggravation The biblical instructions that parents “don’t provoke” their children to anger are given in the present tense (Eph 6:4). This indicates that bad feelings develop in a child over time as the result of a parent’s…

Providing Your Children with Presence

The Need for Present Fathers A man who abandons his family, which is the place where he belongs, is like a bird who flies away from his nest (Prov 27:8). When he does this, he neglects his children, leaving them without the provision, protection,…

Preventing Anger and Frustration

Both Parents, but Especially Fathers Paul urges fathers not to cause hurtful feelings in raising their children (Eph 6:4), but mothers also share responsibility in raising children well (1 Tim 5:10). Parenting is joint venture. The Greek word…

Six Purposes for the Lord's Table

Why do we observe the Lord's Table? How many reasons can you give? Here are six biblical purposes for this important church practice. 1. To obey Jesus (1 Cor. 11:24) Jesus is Savior, and Jesus is Lord and Master also. He says to do this often,…

The Trinity in Matthew's Gospel

Can you show someone the Trinity from the Bible in a simple and straightforward way? Matthew's Gospel, the first book you encounter in the New Testament, features two of my favorite references for doing so. Interestingly enough, both involve…

Episode 118: The Process of Appointing Deacons

The only place in Scripture that provides insight into appointing new deacons is Acts 6:1-6. Since no subsequent teaching in Acts or the NT epistles alters or annuls this example, it is fitting to view this scenario as a biblical case study…

Giving Priority to Your Spiritual Family

When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish…