Search Results for: christian marriage

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

Christian Marriage 204

“Hard Work” 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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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 is worth … Continue reading

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

Christian Music Videos on “Partners” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

In the creation week, the Lord pronounced many things as “good”.  Only one time did He say something was not good:  that Adam was alone.  And this was even more basic than an introduction to the goodness of marriage, for God’s Word … Continue reading

Posted in Music Mondays | Tagged | Leave a comment

Christian Confidence 100: an Introduction

This shorter series (100-105) is a precursor to the next series on Christian Joy, for confidence is a prerequisite to joy.  Of course, confidence doesn’t make anything real.  But when we know that the foundation of our beliefs – in Christ, our … Continue reading

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

Christian Wholeness 108: “On these two commands hang all the Law”

Many of us either had a parent or knew one who ‘laid down the law’ with their children, and the only reason they gave for obedience was “Because I said so!” Thankfully, God is a lot clearer and more loving … Continue reading

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

Christian Wholeness 107: “…with all your strength”

We have a few more publications in this series, but today’s focus is on Jesus’ last phrase of what it means to love God: “…with all your strength”. And that might sound least lovely. After all, shouldn’t love increase our … Continue reading

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

Christian Wholeness 106: “…with all of your mind”

Since the 17th century’s Enlightenment and the unnecessary separation of faith and reason, the idea of Christian intellect has gotten a bad rap. The concern is basically two-fold: 1) mystical Christians either demonize logic in favor of experience or 2) … Continue reading

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | 2 Comments

Christian Wholeness 105: “…with all your soul”

“I would just die for some ice cream!”  Well…not actually die.  If I died, I couldn’t even eat it, right?  But you’ve probably heard people say things much like that, and such exaggerations communicate a fundamental truth:  we will sacrifice … Continue reading

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Service Saturdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in tools4trenches | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Service Saturdays | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in Topic Tuesdays | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Workout Wednesdays | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Theology Thursdays | Tagged | Leave a comment