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366 – Love that Lasts: Shock-proofing Your Marriage

Comments Off on 366 – Love that Lasts: Shock-proofing Your Marriage 05 September 2014

It is amazing the number of people who are unhappy with their present marital circumstances. Husbands and wives are living together in a house that has become nothing more than a hotel and a restaurant. Relationships are fractured in some cases. Other partners are living together in an arrangement where there is no openness and dialogue and where an attitude of tolerance prevails at best. When marriage gets plowed under the circumstances of life: child rearing, careers, social commitments, educational demands, financial pressures, kids growing schedules of activities, even religious activities; it needs to be renewed and revived and restored to the quality of the “first love” that the couple experienced in their courtship’s happy day. How can that be done in the midst of the Twenty-First Century rat race we live in?

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342 – Living through Loneliness

Comments Off on 342 – Living through Loneliness 21 March 2014

Who are your trusted friends? Some people find those in their churches, some in social groups, some in recreational groups. Some people find them in support groups. Some people have no “close” friends. They are hidden away in a self-imposed seclusion that leads to defeat and depression. Their basic human needs of affection, affirmation, and acceptance are not met. In times of crisis it is very evident whether or not a person has a friend to whom they will turn. I have stood at the gravesides of people where I was the only one who appeared to remember their life. I did a funeral for a 5 day old perfectly formed child who was birthed and thrown into a dumpster to die. I ministered with an 85 year old man who had no survivors and no friends who cared. So, I have seen the pains of loneliness and I know that in times of deep need one who is alone suffers most intensely. Loneliness is caused by things like the death of a spouse, divorce that was unanticipated, rejection of a friend for an unknown reason, rejection for following Christ, rejection of one’s peer group, relocating to a new community. We will spend a few lines looking at a passage in the Bible that helps us learn to live through loneliness. It has to do with the advantages of building significant relationships without which loneliness will overcome us.

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332 – Lasting Love

Comments Off on 332 – Lasting Love 10 January 2014

In a world devoid of genuine love, it is hard to find love that lasts. Our society is quite impersonal and many of our institutions are built to separate and not integrate those who are a part of them. In Christian communities love should always prevail. It is important for us to learn what the Bible has to say about “real love,” and to apply those teachings if we are to be the salt and light we need to be in our world today! The Scripture teaches that if you have Christ, who is love, in your life there will be a natural outgrowth of love coming from you. Others will see and experience it and know that you belong to God. A few lines here will help bring to light the teachings in a passage meant to instruct us on lasting love.

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326 – Wonder If You Are Loved?

Comments Off on 326 – Wonder If You Are Loved? 29 November 2013

Do you ever wonder whether anyone really loves you? People live out their lives each day desiring to be loved, longing to be loved, needing love. People search in various relationships, emotional involvements, and experimental commitments trying to find some evidence that they are lovable and loved. Some people have never experienced the love of faithful parents. Indeed, some have been abused. Others have never experienced love in a fulfilling marriage. Still others are single or single-again, frightened to venture into a meaningful relationship for fear that it may prove counterfeit and leave them devastated on the pathway of many who have desired love but seem to have lost. Here is good news for anyone who wonders whether you are loved. Continue Reading

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294 – Who’s Building Your Home?

Comments Off on 294 – Who’s Building Your Home? 12 April 2013

My wife and I are in the process of having a house built. We had to choose a contractor who was reliable and one who we believed we could trust. The same is true in building your own home in the house. We should be more concerned about how we build the home inside our houses than about building our houses. Many of the problems in America today are the result of multiple generations who have done a poor job of home building. We’re looking today at some ways to get this important home building business in America back on tract. These principles are more important than gun legislation that violates the constitution, government programs that try to address crimes after they have been committed, and psychologists’ renaming behaviors in an attempt to make them more socially acceptable. The need in America is for proper parenting!

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270 – Parents: Preachers or Practitioners?

Comments Off on 270 – Parents: Preachers or Practitioners? 05 March 2013

We are looking today at the responsibility of parents in their children’s spiritual development. It is easy to preach to kids about what you expect of them, but it is harder to practice that style of life in front of them daily. Preachy parents are usually problem parents in their homes. They practice the application of a double standard. In the book of 2 Samuel, chapter six, we find a good pattern of how parents can be practitioners rather than preachers in their homes. David, though he faced troubled times, was a man who practiced what he preached. “David returned home to bless his family” (2 Sam. 6:20 The Message). David assumed his spiritual duty at home, not just in the public square. Parents have a responsibility to guide their children spiritually by their examples.

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248 – What’s in it for Me?

Comments Off on 248 – What’s in it for Me? 01 February 2013

When someone asks you to do something, invest in something, support something, your first response is probably, “What’s in it for me?” We want to know the benefits before the commitment. There are, of course, benefits that accrue to a child from his or her parents. Parents will normally give precedence to their own child. God grants some benefits to His children as soon as we enter His family. These are things we need to know that flow from our relationship with Him. In John’s first letter in the Bible he often used the words “we know.” There are some benefits and some certainties that he was teaching that we need to know about. We will talk about that here.

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214 – God’s Greatest Gifts to Grownups

Comments Off on 214 – God’s Greatest Gifts to Grownups 17 December 2012

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut we are made to reflect on our closest relationships and how meaningful they really are to us. In a day when parents think they are too busy to be bothered with a child, we are reminded that they are God’s greatest gifts to grownups. When child care workers and teachers spend more waking with kids than parents do, we are reminded to make our time with them more meaningful and productive than ever. In a land where teen suicide and the irresponsible and depraved behavior of young adults are increasing we are reminded that something valuable is missing in the relationship between parents and the children God has entrusted into our hands.

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209 – Sowing Seeds for Relational Success

Comments Off on 209 – Sowing Seeds for Relational Success 10 December 2012

A biblical principle says that you have to sow in order to reap a harvest. The people of God were told time and time again to “sow and reap.” Here is an example: “with regular sowing and reaping, planting and harvesting” (Isa. 37:30 MSG). Our question for today is “What are you sowing into your relationships?” People sow many things into their relationships: resentment, hatefulness, care, neglect, love, compassion, separation, togetherness, misunderstanding. The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest” (Gal. 6:7 MSG). So, let’s look at some things you can sow into your relationships here at the holiday season that will make your season more joyful.

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205 – The Parenting Puzzle

Comments Off on 205 – The Parenting Puzzle 04 December 2012

If you are a parent, single or married, you are probably like a person trying to put together a 5,000 piece puzzle. You are laboring at it regularly. You are trying hard. You are observant to some extent, but you are constantly being distracted. I want to remind you that the parenting puzzle is for those who will seek, find, and do God’s plan for their and their children’s lives. You need the help of the Master puzzle fitter to fit the pieces of the puzzle together and contribute fruitfully to the making of some special lives that God has placed in your charge. The psalmist in Ps. 127 puts it like this, (Ps. 127:1 NLT) Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. That is why it is vital to understand how God wants parenting done. He furnishes the material, the young ones He creates as He brings partners together for love. God is the original home builder, and He alone knows how to put homes together with parents and children in ways that will work to their mutual benefit.

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Kelly O’Neill is a remarkable young artist who very masterfully depicts the compassion, grace, and redeeming love of Jesus Christ in her painting, “Redeemed.” No painting has so grabbed my emotions and stirred my gratitude to Christ for His redeeming love as this one. Technically unparalleled, inspired, heart-stirring, and mind captivating are words I used upon seeing it for the first time.

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