Recently, an older man came to me with a quandary. It seems he was frustrated that people, from time to time, came to him with gripes about other people in the church. He did not understand why they would come to him. He did not want to talk about these things, and did not want these things to be brought to him.
But they were. And, from the sound of it, more than a little regularly.
Why is it that gossips always seem to go to the same person? (more…)
Here is a step-by-step recipe I have seen work successfully over and over again throughout the course of my life. This Sunday I am preaching on the positive ways to avoid the sin of gossip through the inner work of the Holy Spirit and the enjoyment of its fruit. But I share this dangerous recipe today so that when you identify these poisonous ingredients in your life, you will know what you may be inadvertently stirring up. (more…)
One of the truly heartbreaking results of gossip is that, while it is so easy to do, and comes so naturally, it causes hardships far and wide – further and wider than we ever thought. Here is an excerpt from Kent Hughes commentary on Acts on the difficulty gossip presents for the gossiper, the one gossipee, and the bystanders of both:
In an eastern land, a woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor, and within a short time the whole town knew the story.
The slandered person was deeply hurt and most unhappy.
But then the lady responsible for spreading the rumor learned that it was completely untrue, so she went to a wise old sage to find out what she could do to repair the damage.
After listening to her problem, he said, (more…)
- Children must honor their parents.
- Children must obey their parents.
- Children must take care of their parents in their old age.
- Children should be disciplined.
- Children should be punished with the rod.
- Children should honor their parents into their adulthood.
- Children should ask their fathers about the past.
- Children should ask their elders about the past.
- Children’s hearts should be turned to their parents.
- Children should consult with elders not peers.
- Children should walk with wise people and abandon foolishness.
The United States Government has done it again! With the recent Supreme Court validation of ObamaCare, it has usurped the role of individual citizens to care for themselves and will punish them through taxation if they try. The “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” has taken another giant leap towards the “land of the oppressed and home of the coward.” However, hope for America does not depend on Republican control of the White House and Congress, but instead in the rising awakening of churches and families who desire to be governed by scripture. I am connected with many of these and have much hope, regardless of the big government threat.
First, let’s examine what just happened. The Supreme Court’s validation of the Affordable Care Act can seem confusing, but it boils down to a simple fact. Under the Constitution, Congress cannot compel you to buy something, but it can tax you for not complying. Passing this law means that the Court creatively justified something that is wrong in principle. They used the Constitution to abuse the Constitution. It was legislative licentiousness.
But all of this is nothing new! (more…)
Biblical womanhood, through its demonstration of purity, submission, and respect and by its picture (in marriage) of the church to the Lord Jesus Christ, is a glorious and radiant proclaimation of the gospel.
It is pivotal that this pillar be erected to show the marvelous path that God has for men and women to walk and live in.
This is what Feminine by Design is all about. In it, I lay out 12 pillars of biblical womanhood — elements that I tried to teach my own daughters as they grew up.
Starting off this summer, I am republishing Feminine by Design with new features. One is that I took the softcover book and made it hardcover. Second, I shrunk the book size to 4″x6″ — making it a pocket-edition and easy to carry around. Third, the book cover and inside were redesigned and updated.
With this new edition, my hope is to distribute 2,500 copies of Feminine by Design to churches all over and also to people in our cities. My desire is that many would take this book and sit down and disciple others about biblical manhood and womanhood and how God uses these roles to communicate His gospel.
For two weeks (or as soon as all 2,500 are sold), I am offering Feminine by Design in bundles of 25, 50, or 100 only at $5 per book. The goal is that individuals, but especially churches, would purchase a bundle and distribute these books to their own and other local churches and also to their local community.
After two weeks (ending midnight at July 12, 2012), the bundle price will be over, and I will sell this book at $10 per book.
Please help spread this book and this message which can bring such blessings to families, churches, and culture.
- Men are obligated to teach their wives and children the Word of God.
- Men are held responsible for the outcome of their family lives.
- Men must ensure that their whole families and everyone else around them should celebrate the Sabbath.
- Men, not women, are obligated to lead the church.
- Men are in a role of headship over their wives.
- Men must bring up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord, not the ways of the gentiles.
- Men do not have exclusive authority over their own bodies since their wives also have authority.
- Men are sent to serve, not be served, by loving their wives as Christ loved the church, laying down their lives for them.
- Fathers’ hearts should be turned toward their children.
- Men protect women.
- Homosexuality is sin.
Today Taylor Tsantles and I are flying back home from California where we did an ecclesiology conference for three churches in the Fresno area – two existing churches and one impending church plant. They wanted me to deliver several messages on the basics: the sufficiency of Scripture, the doctrine of the Church, the Great Commission, marriage, and many other practical subjects regarding church life for hours on end in meetings with their leaders (women speaking in the church, setting aside elders to labor in the Word, authority, the Sabbath, etc). God has given these churches a clear and correct vision of their churches and families. They are hungry for obedience. They are growing in their evangelistic passion and boldness. It was a joy to be with them.
- Women should be keepers at home.
- Women should submit and obey their husbands following the example of Sarah and regard their husbands as "lord."
- Women should dress modestly.
- Women should be fruitful and multiply.
- Younger women should be taught by older women.
- Women should not kill their babies made in the image of God.
- Wives don’t own their own bodies, their husbands do.
- Wives should respect their husbands.
- Women should not be busybodies – chat rooms, blogs, and Facebook.
- Women should not exercise authority over men.
- Lesbianism is evil.