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Let Your Spouse Off the Hook

Marriage is bound to have some troubles.  You must address conflict with your spouse wisely, and many things need to be addressed.  But I believe there are some things of which you simply need to let your spouse off the hook. Don’t get me wrong: some things need to be addressed!  But you need to address that which the spouse deserves to have addressed. I realized early in marriage that I never responded to my wife based solely on what…

Jesus Is for Your Marriage

Jesus was never married, but he created marriage.  So, when he speaks on the issue, we should listen.  A group of jealous religious leaders were always in opposition to Jesus – seeking a way to expose him and trap him with his words.  They once asked him when it was lawful to divorce a spouse.  In that moment, Jesus unashamedly clarifies that people were created as either distinctly male or distinctly female, and God’s design from the beginning has always…

Why a Man Fails to Finish Well

Many men start strong but fail to finish well.   Every person has stories of those men who became derailed overtime.  In losing their integrity, their family, or their commitments, many of them have no one to blame for the crash other than themselves for walking dangerously upon the tracks. Why do men fail to finish well?  The graphic story of King Rehoboam’s derailing in 1 Kings 12 shows common threads in the stories of many men.  He was the…

Three Reminders for the Next Generation

Parents want the best for their children.  Would you be willing to give the best to your children even if it included getting intentional and personal? Psalm 78:1-8 teaches that each generation needs to be reminded of 3 things: The Faithfulness of God The Frailties of the Past The Focus of the Future The Faithfulness of God The next generation needs to know who God is. The next generation needs to know what God has done. While we are faithless,…

Discipleship Strategy for Your Family

Within the family contains one of the greatest opportunities for discipleship and one of the greatest challenges for consistency. Your family members provide you the greatest opportunity to encourage and to discourage spiritual growth. When Jesus isn’t the centerpiece of the home, every inch of it is out of place. Let’s study Eph. 5:22-6:4 to see what Jesus at the center of the home looks like. All order in the family and submission among relationships all have one common head…

Communication in the Home

In Deuteronomy 6:5-9 we find a key command that we all know and repeat with great ease, yet there is a communication plan following the greatest commandment that we often overlook. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and…

God’s Plan for Your Family

God’s plan for your family is not complex.  We make it that way, but it is truly simple.  This is the plan: God wants to reconcile the world to Himself through Christ-following parents who disciple their own children to multiply gospel transformation to all people.      In Gen. 12:1-3, we hear God’s plan for Abram. God blesses Abram in order that he would be a blessing to all people.  Blessed to be a blessing.  He actually said that all…

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…The Gift Of Sanctification

Every Christmas people spend a lot of time and frustration trying to find that “perfect” gift. Many find this experience to be a hard feat.  Can someone really find the “perfect” gift? A gift that will never wear out, not break, not fade, not rust, not need fixing, not tear up, not have to be returned, or re-gifted? Just thinking about finding that perfect gift can bring anxiousness. In keeping true to the reason for the season, we do have a…

Christmas Presence

Celebrate Christmas by imitating Jesus. Main Points Phil. 2:5-7 Celebrate Christmas by imitating Jesus. Be incarnational to someone in need. Help your family make a give list instead of a wish list. List out the gifts that God has already given your family. Come, let your family adore him.

Don’t Be THAT Parent At Sporting Events

Sports can have a good place as long as they don’t take God’s place. Main Points 1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Cor. 9:25-27 Sports can have a good place as long as they don’t take God’s place. Give eternal pursuits more effort than you give temporal pursuits. What you say and how you say it reveal what you love and how you love it.  (Matt. 12:34)

Remove Divorce From Your Vocabulary

In certain situations, divorce may be permitted but it is never promoted. Main Points Matt. 19:8 – Moses permitted divorce Eph. 5:32 In certain situations, divorce may be permitted but it is never promoted. 1. Study God’s Word for Direction 2. Pray with Your Spouse 3. Seek Biblical Counsel What do you have to lose by one session with a pastoral counselor?

Be Disciplined Before You Discipline

Parents must discipline themselves before they discipline their children. Main Points Eph. 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Parents are called to disciple their children. Parents are also called to discipline their children. Parents must discipline themselves before they discipline their children. Hostile parents produce hostile children.

Why Kids Leave Church Once They Leave Home

We have replaced parents with programs and we are losing our children one generation at a time. Main Points We have expected the church to do what God expects the family to do. We have replaced parents with programs and we are losing our children one generation at a time. God’s ideal is when a family of God partners with the people of God for the discipleship of every generation. Gen. 18:19; Deut. 6:7; Josh. 24:15; Ps. 78:4

Equipping Your Family

If experience is the only thing able to produce healthy homes, then all our families are doomed. Main Points If experience is the only thing able to produce healthy homes, then all our families are doomed. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 Teaching –  what’s right Reproof – what’s not right Correction – How to make it right Training in righteousness – how to keep it right

Family Reconciliation

When a family relationship is strained, how does the Bible expect you to respond? Main Points Rom. 12:18 Heb. 12:18 Col. 3:13 If it is your fault, seek forgiveness.  (James 5:16) If it isn’t your fault, offer forgiveness.  (Matt. 5:23-24)

Parental Nags

If parents nag about everything, children will not listen to anything. Main Points Col. 3:21 – Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Prov. 25:24 – It is better to live in a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a quarrelsome woman. If parents nag about everything, children will not listen to anything. Let your “yes” be so frequent that your “no” stands out. Choose the parental hills you wish to die upon.