Everything listed under: Marriage & Family

  • 35 Things I Wish I Knew in High School

    Things I Wish I’d Known In High Schoolby Erin Davis edited and revised by GrammyGod’s promises are trueNormal is a mirage.  Embrace your weirdness.He really does have a hope and a future for me (Jer 29:11)Insecurity is a massive waste of time and energy.  Be confident in God’s love.“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past.

  • Don't Burn:1 Corinthians 7:9

    Question: What did Paul have in mind when he warned against "burning" in 1 Corinthians 7:9? Answer: What is this “burning” (πυρόω)? First, it is a metaphorical use – not a picture of touching a pan and being physically burned. And it is passive, thus to be burned up or inflamed. There are two possibilities as to what this might mean.

  • Whose Body?

    Question:  “In connection with NAU  1 Corinthians 7:4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.” – Is it ever acceptable for one spouse to say to the other, “I’m really exhausted; not tonight”? Can the two agree to come together at a later time – very soon – when both will be better prepared to enjoy the experience?&...

  • Frequency?

    Question: “How frequently must we have sex in order to comply with 1 Corinthians 7:5? Answer:  1. NAU  1 Corinthians 7:5 Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” You may recall that I pointed out that this verse taught us that sexual abstinence in marriage should be 1) by mutual agreement, 2) temporary, and 3) for sp...

  • Destroyed by Adultery?

    Question:” In light of all your teaching it seems rather hopeless for those living in a marriage ruined by adultery. What hope is there? How can (we deal with this)?

  • Tips for Teens

     Things I Wish I’d Known In High School by Erin Davis edited and revised by Grammy (Judy Flatt) God’s promises are trueNormal is a mirage. Embrace your weirdness.He really does have a hope and a future for me (Jer 29:11)Insecurity is a massive waste of time and energy. Be confident in God’s love.“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past.

  • Promise for Raising Kids? Proverbs 22:6

    A Formula for Success in Parenting?Proverbs 22:6 IntroductionNAU Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.This proverb throws down the gauntlet by employing a clear imperative – “train”. This gets our attention.The text doesn’t say who is obliged to do the training. Presumably it must refer to whoever is responsible to raise the child.

  • Building a Spiritual Atmosphere in the Home

    On Building a Spiritual Atmosphere at Home - For Fathers and Sons The following are a few tips for fathers addressing their relationship to sons with a few thoughts for sons as well. Of course, the subject is sufficiently broad enough to include daughters as well. And I am sure that single mothers could profit from these tips too!

  • On Being Fully Devoted to Your Wife

    On Being Fully Devoted to Your Wife It is one thing to get the interpretation of “the husband of one wife” down pat. It is quite another to actually be a one-woman man. I don’t purport to have all the answers with this issue; just ask Judy!

  • One Woman Man 1 Timothy 3:2

    A One Woman Man 1 Timothy 3:2 Introduction The phrase, “husband of one wife” is found in 1 Timothy 3:2,12 and Titus 1:6. The literal translation would be “a man of one woman” (μιας γυναικος ανδρα); hence a “one woman man”. Leaders (elders and deacons) in Christ’s church are expected to meet this qualification.

  • A Mini Philosophy for Parenting

    Philosophy of Parenting in Brief    A dictionary definition of a parent isn’t very flashy; “… any organism in relation to one that it has produced…” Now, this does confirm that parenting comes with having children whether we like it or not. The only question is how we go about it. We can team up with a spouse or go it alone.

  • Tools for Raising Kids

    Parenting Tools: Discipline and Instruction Ephesians 6:4 Introduction Before diving into this passage, I think it wise to review some of the information the Bible teaches about the children parents are to raise. In other words, we need a correct theology of kids (all ages). Kids are sinners, not “innocent” creatures.  They are wretched sinners at birth, just like you (Romans 5:12, Psalms 51:5; Prov 22:15, Ps 58:3)!

  • Building a Marriage That Lasts

    How to Build a Marriage that Lasts Setting the Stage Someone has observed that “fifty years ago parents were apt to have a lot of kids. Nowadays kids are apt to have a lot of parents.” (sermoncentral accessed 11/22/10) As I read 1 Cor 7:10-11 I can't help but conclude that God is clear regarding his design for marriage – it is a lifelong arrangement. Everyone contemplating marriage must understand this.

  • Sex God's Way

    The Scriptures on Sex We live in a society where sex seems to reign supreme right along with youth, money, and power. Notice any media - sex sells! Nonetheless, as with any culture practice or perspective, Christians must always ask, "what does our God say"?

  • Role of Husband

    There are Husbands and then there are Husbands  Introduction I do not have a perfect marriage. I am not an expert; I am not a perfect husband. However, I have been married happily for 46 years and I have observed a great deal about marriage in our 43 years of ministry.  However, the reason I have something to say because God has something to say.

  • Family Matters Psalm 127

    Psalm 127 A grandfather relates how at a basketball game his grandkids asked for some money to buy candy: I gave them $5 and they returned with some candy.  I asked for a piece and their answer was “no.” Here is what they don’t realize. First – I could take the candy away and eat it all myself. Second, I paid for the candy so really it is mine.

  • Ingredients for a Successful Marriage

    Ingredients for a Successful Marriage I am always leery about presentations that offer keys to success for this or that undertaking. Hence, I have modified the title for this paper; nonetheless, it smacks of the very thing I try to avoid! So I need to begin by urging you to carefully examine these suggestions.

  • Self-Centered Homes

    Self-centered Homes These comments are offered as a balance to the thoughts I presented in the article entitled “Child-Centered Homes.” My wish is that both presentations be received as practical pastoral comments rather than a biblical exposition or lecture. Of course, my hope is that you do not conclude that my comments are unbiblical! We live in a culture that promotes a self focused perspective on life.

  • Child-centered Homes

    Child-centered Homes The following remarks are pastoral comments intended to prod your thinking about how you manage your home, especially as you deal with your kids. Even though many of these thoughts arise from roaming the halls of our church building, they are not given with specific names attached; they have broad application. However, I hope that if the shoe fits, you will gladly wear it.

  • How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

    How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage Affair-proofing your marriage—sounds like an audacious undertaking, does it not? The audacity is in the idea that I am offering a guarantee against spousal cheating. This would be overstating the case.