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Christian Marriage 206

“Contentment” Maybe you remember being a young child and one of your parents telling you to “Eat your food!  There are starving kids in the world who would love that! Be thankful for what you have!”  They usually said that when … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 205

“Seek Truth” One of God’s greatest blessings is peace, especially in marriage, because peace is not the norm.  Whether we work with our hands, a computer, or our kids, we daily battle levels of chaos and long to connect with … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 204

“Because parents…” Last week we noted the Seventh Commandment as God’s basic design to reflect His image through faithfulness for godly unity in Christ.  Even so, a relationship may only appear unified because there’s no visible conflict.  The Lord calls … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 203

“Godly unity…” If you’ve been following this series from the start, you may remember that we noted a cumulative sequence in the first four Commandments.  There seems to be a similar layering of basic truths and concerns in the last … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 202

“Human worth…” “Every plot in literature or film centers on one question:  ‘who am I?’”  That’s a paraphrase from a movie I saw recently.  I guess the plot wasn’t developed well enough for me to remember more, but the point … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 201

“Because parents…” Ready for another layer? Although not fatalistic, the biggest human influence on our marriages is usually the time we had with our parents.  It may be better now (or not), but those were our formative years.  They shaped our view … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 104

“Real Rest” Ironically, the articulation of rest seems to have required the most work of all Ten Commandments.  You may also notice, only the Fourth Commandment changes from Exodus 20 to Deuteronomy 5.  I’ll address that in the video.  For now, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 103

“The Weight of the Name” In Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11, the third Commandment forbids taking God’s name in “vain”.  Why? And what does that have to do with marriage? The questions are actually closely related. In many cultures, when a … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 102

“The Issue of Image” The issue of image is a serious struggle.  It’s not only prevalent, it’s poisonous. Image emphasizes partial truths.  Consider some of the narrow areas that often define a person’s image: relative success in a job, physical appearance, race, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 101

“Our highest Love” One of the most basic problems in relationships is that we typically focus on the symptoms instead of the core issue. And that makes some sense. The very nature of a core issue is that it’s underneath … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 104: “…with all of your heart”

For about a month now, this series of articles and videos has been considering what it means to be a “whole” person, as defined by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 and Mark 12:30-31.  For, as we noted in the introduction, we … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 103: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

Throughout this series we’re exploring how to leverage wholeness for our lives. And since Jesus said that God’s Word is summed up in loving God and others, we can simplify the threat to our wholeness as neglect or distortion of … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 102: who is ‘God’?

Two weeks ago we began exploring key concepts as they occur in Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:33. That’s where Jesus described the first and second great command. We introduced the implied message of wholeness; then we looked at ‘love’; and … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 101: “What is love?”

This week we consider the place of ‘love’ as a follow-up to last week’s introduction to wholeness.  For I began this series with one concern in mind:  we tend to be fragmented, not whole.  So we are also divided in … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 100: an Introduction

In order to serve a broader audience, I’m pausing the series on Christian Marriage for several weeks to consider how any person (married or not) can be whole in Christ.  But, first, let’s review the biblical backdrop. God calls us … Continue reading

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Seeing the Consistent Gospel of Christ in 8 “P”s from Genesis to Revelation

Have you ever struggled to see God’s consistent good news throughout the Bible? Would you like to understand and explain the Scriptures by a few simple themes?   I think I can help you with that. The introductory video below … Continue reading

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God bequeaths (a 40-day devotional series)

(In 2017, I wrote this series for the 40 days prior to Easter to prepare our hearts and minds for the significance of Jesus’ resurrection.  I’m reposting the series now for the 40 days after Easter to encourage us to … Continue reading

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Leadership and 10 Strategies for building Trust (1 of 2)

Trust is essential to lead as a husband, parent, teacher, mentor, supervisor, and all others who are in a position of responsibility to care for others.  Over the last three weeks in “Service Saturdays”, we considered the importance of “circles … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (3 of 12), Proverbs 11:12

Your neighbor just did something foolish. What should you say? Proverbs 11:12 tells us, “Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the man of understanding holds his tongue.” It implies that the neighbor has acted in some way that … Continue reading

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“Negotiation vs. Compromise”

Few people enjoy being in the middle of a struggle, whether it’s our or others’ issues.  And just as few may be inclined to compromise.  Even the sound of the word is offensive to many.  Negotiation, however, can be a … Continue reading

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Studying Mindfulness in Christ: a Scriptural Theology of Fear (Psalm 1 and 2)

This week, we’re taking a bit of a break to exercise only our mind and spirit.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to working out next week.  At that time, God willing, we’ll use the substance of this week’s article and … Continue reading

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Topic Tuesdays

Each week this series will offer a link to a different Christian website on a specific topic: marriage, finances, apologetics, sexuality, parenting, and much, much more.  If you find anything that’s helpful to you, consider passing it on to a … Continue reading

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