Suggestions for wives

Stephen Bradd has good suggestions here. He deals with several attitudes:

“There are women who are thinking to themselves right now: ‘I’m better qualified than my husband is to be in charge. I’m smarter and therefore better qualified to lead.'”

http://www.audioevangelism.com/lessons/2007/transcripts/AE_2007_05_25_text.htm

#marriage #wife

January 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Growing Spiritually in the New Year)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Books to Maximize Spiritual Growth (Mike Vestal)
  • Suggestions for Studying the Bible this Year (Cody Westbrook)
  • Six Tools to Improve Your Prayer Life (Andy Baker)
  • How to Excel in Personal Evangelism (Rob Whitacre)
  • Helping Your Children Grow Spiritually (Glen Colley)
  • How to Strengthen Your Marriage This Year (John Moore)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#bible-study, #christian-worker, #marriage, #personal-evangelism, #prayer, #raising-faithful-children, #reading, #specific-suggestions

Questions to Use in Premarital Counseling

Premarital Counseling is very important to those planning to wed. Marriage is a complex concept and if we’re going to do it well, we need guidance from someone with the training and knowledge to help us. These questions help facilitate these goals. Some or all can be used for these purposes.

With the couple before me, I have them fill these questionnaires out separately and then we discuss them together. Marriage brings people of diverse experiences and teachings together and these questions help them see what they know and whether they’re truly compatible.

In doing so, we can steer them to Scripture and give them spiritual guidance along the way. However, many of these questions are of a practical nature and cover subjects most couples never consider before their nuptials.

Continue reading

#counseling, #marriage, #ministry, #premarital-counseling, #wedding

Canaanites’ daughters: Judges 3.6 VOTD

“They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; they worshiped their gods as well.”

Judges 3.6

The people of Israel did not fully obey the Lord and clear the land of Canaan of the pagans. As a result they intermarried and worshiped their gods.

The Christian’s goal is to be fully devoted to God. All entanglements that prevent this are avoided. What does it mean to be unequally yoked? 2 Cor 6.14.

#devotion #marriage #VOTD

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11-17-2017         Life Without God

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV). God placed clean, honorable sexual relations within marriage, for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV), for “the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13 NKJV).  Those whose lives are devoted only to “sexual immorality” and “passion of lust,” “do not know God.”  Jesus will condemn those who “do not know God,” and “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#marriage, #sex

Now it’s a good idea?

Apparently the Pope is going to introduce the idea that Roman Catholic priests in Brazil should be given the “right” to get married.

Before this announcement one could often talk with a “Catholic Apologist” about the unscriptural nature of refusing to allow a priest to be married and he or she would be accused of being a Catholic basher and sola scripture fanatic. But now, to many Catholics, although undoubtedly to all, this will probably sound like a good idea simply because the Pope will say there is nothing unscriptural about it.

Truth is, people in the Catholic Church have been listening to the wrong Head of the church for well over a millennium (Colossians 1:18).

Read the scriptures and you find that the church has always represented marriage as a good, holy and undefiled right given to all people who meet God’s requirements (Hebrews 13:4) – including church leaders!

As a matter of fact, the scriptures record that a plurality of the apostles were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) as well as using a healthy marriage as a central identifying characteristic of the lives of bishops (pastors, elders, overseers, etc.) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12; Titus 1:5-6).

Must an individual be married to acceptably serve God? Absolutely not! 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:9-12 teaches us that. But no man, or woman, or council has the right to deny the scriptural state of marriage to any member of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

While it may now sound like a good idea to some, according to the Holy Spirit “marriage rights” was never a bad idea to begin with.

#catholicism, #marriage, #news

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1-30-2017 Shame In Nakedness

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:24-25 NKJV). God created Adam, then Eve, and this was the first and last time that nakedness was of no concern. A hetero-sexual marriage relationship should be so open, a husband and wife “become one flesh.”  Since sin entered the world, and Adam and Eve were put out of the Garden of Eden, “shame” has always been associated with nakedness outside of marriage. “None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 18:6 NKJV). God’s people sinned, so God would “uncover your skirts over your face, That your shame may appear” (Jeremiah 13:25-26 NKJV). To be naked in public is shameful!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#marriage, #naked, #sin

Death threat for simply questioning a rule that needs to die

A Catholic nun in Spain has found herself on the receiving end of an on-line petition and death threats from her fellow Catholics due to her “controversial” statements on Mary and Joseph’s martial relationship.

Now what kind of “controversy” could she create in order to receive such treatment? She simply suggested Continue reading

#catholic-doctrine, #marriage, #mary

God hates divorce because he loves people

God’s prophet said it plainly so long ago – the Lord hates divorce (Malachi 2:16).

But why? The answer is because Continue reading

#divorce, #marriage, #will-of-god

June 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Strengthening Families)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Strong Families are Important (Ben Moseley)
  • A Solid, Spiritual Foundation (Cody Westbrook)
  • How to Create a Distinctly Christian Family (Glenn Colley)
  • Husbands, Be Husbands (Jon McCormack)
  • Wives, Be Wives (Luanne Rogers)
  • Training Our Children (Matthew Gibson)
  • Serve the Lord Together (Michael Bonner)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#children, #christian-couples, #christian-family, #christian-worker, #christianity, #family, #husbands, #marriage, #parenting, #raising-faithful-children, #wives

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5-9-2016 Graduation Skills

When people graduate from High School or University, they should be looking ahead at life. Solomon made it simple in Ecclesiastes 9:9-11.  Plan to: 1) “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life”—i.e., be in a close, stable marriage; 2) “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”—i.e., work hard at honorable work; 3) “I returned and saw under the sun that-The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all”—i.e., everything is not under our personal control-live with it.  One is not alone in marriage; diligent work is rewarded and appreciated; life levels the “playing field” for everyone. Good advice!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#graduation, #life, #marriage, #time-and-chance, #work

Marriage advice worth heeding

When asked about his rule for marital success on his 50th wedding anniversary, it is has been said that Henry Ford replied with,

“Just the same as in the automobile business: stick to one model.”

Sounds like some advice worth heeding for any culture that’s being wrecked with a sell or trade-in mentality towards marriage.

#good-advice, #marriage, #marriage-commitment

Looking backwards suggestions

Douglas & Glenda Wedding picture

My heart is overflowing with thanksgiving as Douglas and I approach next weekend when we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

The Bible says “life is a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” That is the way we feel as we look back on our married years, or even our life in general. I imagine that you feel the same way if you are in the older generation. It may be that you, like I, wonder how Christmas has “slipped up” on us so fast. It seems it comes earlier and earlier every year. A day, a month, a year, yea even a lifetime, is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then “whoosh” and it is gone.

We hear people say, “Oh, if I had my life to live over, I would do so and so,” or “If I could go back…” But we can’t go back. There is no redoing life. It is a one-time shot, and we have to give it our best to gain the best life here and in the life to come.

So what would I suggest for a person looking at the beginning of their life? Let me think… Continue reading

#marriage, #youth

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11-24-2015 Life Without God

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV). God placed clean, honorable sexual relations within marriage, for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV), for “the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13 NKJV). Those whose lives are devoted only to “sexual immorality” and “passion of lust,” “do not know God.” Jesus will condemn those who “do not know God,” and “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #fornication, #marriage, #obey-the-gospel, #passion-of-lusts, #sex, #sexual-immorality

Advice applicable for all

I enjoy keeping up with friends on the Internet. Facebook has been a very enjoyable experience for me. I don’t do Twitter or any of those other popular sites.

This past week I saw an excellent scripture reference come across my desk that I wanted to share with you.

Diane Stark wrote the following and titled it “Crushes.”

When my daughter had a crush on a boy, I asked her to place his name in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6.

She did. Sean is patient and kind; Sean does not envy or boast; Sean is not arrogant or rude. Sean does not insist on his own way; Sean is not irritable or resentful; Sean does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

She frowned. “I saw him pick on another boy in the hallway. I guess he wasn’t very kind.” She began to rethink her interest in him.

This verse has not only given my daughter greater discernment about others, but it also has helped her reflect on her own behavior. I asked my daughter to substitute her own name into that passage. Then I explained that when we become more like Jesus, we become the right type of person for someone else to like.”

I think this is excellent advice for our children, or anyone, to try. We might like to insert our own name in the scripture and see how we measure up and if we are the right type of person for someone else to like.

#christian-living, #love, #marriage