Good marriages are a rarity. The promise of fidelity “till death do us part” is so quickly broken. The flame of love that glowed brightly on the wedding day so soon loses its radiance. The romance that promised lasting bliss wilts like a fading rose.
The economic meltdown dominates the news. It is a fact. It is a sobering reality. It has concrete reality and consequences. Our homes, our families, and our children are at risk.
It used to be said in England that “Every man’s home is his castle, and the King himself need knock before asking entrance.” I have traveled in England several times in the last few years. England is noted for its castles. I have visited a few. Here are my observations.
Parenting is hard work. It has demands and challenges that test the resolve and dedication of the best of parents. Sickness, handicaps, learning disorders, cultural pressures, conflicting temperaments, social adjustments, even academic excellence can frustrate parents. This is especially true if we do not know God.
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John and Deborah (not their real names) listened attentively as the guest speaker spoke from the Bible. He read from Mark 10: 2-12. He emphasized the fact that Jesus came to restore the original design of marriage that God designed at Creation. Jesus taught that marriage is the joining of heart and hand of one man and one woman in a oneflesh relationship until the death of one or the other. Breaking that bond by either party and marrying another is adultery.
In the previous two articles in this column we considered the divine structure of marriage and the home from the perspective of divine wisdom and divine holiness. This article goes on to show how marriage can relate to divine love.
It has been said, “It is one thing to father a child and it is altogether another thing to be a father to your child.” What does it mean to be a good father to our children?
Friends are people who stick by you no matter what happens. They care about you. They love you. They understand you. They rejoice with you. They suffer with you.
“The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel” (Judges 5:7).
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is held in high esteem throughout Christendom. She should not be worshiped. She is not God. But it is right that she is admired. Her faith, her virtue, and her character deserve special attention and credit. Read Luke 1:26-38, 46-55 and learn why she could say, “From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:48).