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4Calming Ways to Support Your Anxious Spouse

Heidi Vegh 1. Pray WITH and FOR Them In the Bible, we learn that we have an enemy who wants to steal our joy and fill us with fear. The most important thing we can do for our spouses is praying with them and for them, rebuking the attacks of the enemy. We read in (John 10:10) "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." We have the power of Jesus, who equips us to combat the enemy with prayer and speaking out truths from the Word. Although spiritual...

?How Should You Respond to Evil

Beth Ann Baus If you live on this earth you can be sure of one thing: you will witness evil. We should expect it and be prepared to react. How then, should we respond to evil? Hate It (Romans 12:9) tells us “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” This may seem obvious, but our culture has turned evil into entertainment. We pay money to see evil unfold on the big screen. We etch out time to sit in our own homes and watch evil prevail on television. Because of this, we often find ourselves...

?How (And Where) Did Judas Really Die

The death of Judas, as recorded in two places in the New Testament, appears to present us with a contradiction: (Matthew 27:3-10) Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is...

Setting Goals for a Good Year of Marriage

• Pam and Bill Farrel Resolutions are rarely kept past 30 days, but goals can be life changing. More than good intentions, goals help you put in place concrete steps to create a different life, and a different kind of love. Goals are simply dreams with deadlines. So take some time to dream together! If life feels too hectic to sit and write goals for your future, as a couple or family—  take goal setting on the road! While you are both in your car, have the non-driver interview the other and write down some goals for the coming year that...

Reasons Our Attempts at Quiet Time Fail, and What to Do about It

Mike Leake We Forget the Purpose of Our Quiet Times In seminary I had the opportunity to take a class with Donald Whitney. Dr. Whitney literally wrote the book on spiritual disciplines. Many things stuck out to me from that class. One particular lesson involved fasting. Dr. Whitney assigned us a day of fasting. No explanation. No teaching on fasting. Just a bare assignment. I’ll confess that it wasn’t all that beneficial to me. I treated it like an assignment, something to get through for the sake of completing the task. When we returned to class, Dr. Whitney was ready to teach us...

?Is Jesus Really the Only Way to Heaven

Lisa Loraine Baker “There are many ways to heaven.” So says a common platitude spouted by non-Christians who take issue with the exclusivity of Jesus Christ for salvation. Three words in these two statements help us give an answer for the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15): heaven, exclusivity, and salvation. What and Where Is Heaven? Pastor Don Stewart clarifies the three heavens as found in the Bible: 1. Our Immediate Atmosphere – the first heaven (Genesis 6:7) 2. Outer Space (The Sun, Moon, And Stars) – the second heaven (Matthew 24:29) 3. The Home of God – the third heaven – (Hebrews 8:1) The heaven we long to inhabit is the abode where our triune...

3Things Parents Can Do to Feel More Rested

• Jaime Jo Wright Cut out half of your commitments that are not essential. School is essential. So is work. As is church. So, let’s take those off the table as something we can sacrifice. But what about the fact that little Megan is enrolled in dance, gymnastics, and peewee basketball? And what about your own gym membership plus the Wednesday night ladies' night out and every other Friday night club meeting? The question to pose to yourself is: what are essential commitments versus preferred commitments? This means while you may love and enjoy everything your family is involved in, it may...

?If God is love, why does He condemn homosexuality

A common argument for the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage is that, if God is love, He would not condemn the love of others. The main problem with this is the kind of “love” we’re talking about. (First John 4:8) says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The “love” referenced here is the Greek agape. This type of love is the conscious act of sacrificing one’s own desires, comfort, and even well-being for the sake of another. It is love that sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16;...

Fear Not! A Savior Is Born

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson "Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." Do Not Be Afraid Fear has a way of tying our stomachs up in knots, paralyzing our thinking, inducing panic. Fear, and its cousin worry, can capture our hearts when we see ourselves caught in a vortex of disasters beyond our control. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus talks about tiny, defenseless sparrows in the context of fear and worry: "Therefore I...

Ways to Stop a Fight in Marriage Before it Starts

Keren Kanyago  Give a Soft Answer "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1) In marriage, quarrels often arise when spouses come at one another with accusations. "You did this!" or "You didn't do that!" The accused spouse immediately becomes defensive. Harsh words are exchanged, and tempers soar through the roof. What if you gave your spouse a soft answer whenever they come at you guns blazing? Instead of getting defensive, how about responding gently with a soft, disarming answer? A soft answer will pour cold water on their fury and make them drop their ammunition. You...