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What Children Teach Us About the Kingdom

If you were Jesus, who would you put forward as the quintessential example of the kingdom of God? Jesus had some choices at hand. How about brash, self-confident Peter? Jesus didn’t point to him. How about well-known followers like Nicodemus or James and John? Again, there were serious problems with all of them and Jesus…

A Marriage Fit for a King

How to Have a Kingdom-First Marriage Be clear with each other what the purpose of your marriage is People get married for all kinds of reasons, but a Christian marriage must have one purpose as the guiding and uniting principle of their marriage—to honor and glorify Jesus through their marriage.

How to Create a Kingdom Culture in Your Home

Talk about the King (spiritual conversations) “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You…

When Jesus is King of Your Castle

Cultural Indicators That Jesus is King of Your Castle His kingdom is the first priority “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) This key verse in Matthew summarizes the whole Christian home culture well. There is a higher purpose to the…

God With Us

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:23 ESV) Are you familiar with the show Undercover Boss? This past week’s episode the undercover boss was the Mayor of Gary, Karen Freeman-Wilson. I really enjoyed watching it because Mayor Wilson has…

Wise Men Bow Down

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2 ESV) Am…

Born is the King! A Royal and Repulsive Bloodline

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father…

The Miraculous King of a Supernatural Kingdom: Who’s In?

As we continue to live in the post-election grind of constant analysis and ongoing protests, it reminds me of a conversation I had with my neighbor some time ago. He was complaining about politics and politicians and the state of the country. This is a guy I don’t talk to that often but he knows…

The Dual Citizen: How Citizens of the Kingdom of God Live the Day After the Election

Significant Influence “The ‘significant influence’ view says that Christians should seek to influence civil government according to God’s moral standards and God’s purposes for government as revealed in the Bible (when rightly understood). But while Christians exercise this influence, they must simultaneously insist on protecting freedom of religion for all citizens. In addition, ‘significant influence’…