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Holy Kissing and Christian Love

“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16 ESV). The kiss of greeting was cultural To greet someone with a kiss was the culture of the Greco-Roman world at that time. That may seem weird to us, and if you haven’t traveled cross-culturally, you may not realize…

Prayers and Providence

“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that by…

The Global Church and the Glory of God

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is…

When There Isn’t Much Gospel at Home

Win Them Without Words so You Can Win Them With the Word “…so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives” (1 Peter 3:1 ESV). Win? Win to what? Win to their own personal faith in Christ. Win them to the…

Gospelized Harmony in the Home

What unites a family is certainly physical DNA. But what unites a Christian family is spiritual DNA. Gospel DNA. Jesus-is-king-and-Lord-of-this-home DNA. Does this mean your kids all grow up and become missionaries or even Christians? Does this guarantee harmony? No. No more than it guarantees this in a church. Plenty of churches erupt in division.…

The Gospelized Husband

The Qualities of a Gospelized Husband Gospelized husbands aspire to love sacrificially: reenact the cross By nature, men are utterly self-centered. And the women said? Amen. We are. Let’s admit it. A non-gospelized husband approaches marriage with the expectation of getting what he wants out of it. What do we want? We want you ladies…

The Gospelized Family

The Family Verses of Romans Unlike many of Paul’s other letters, in Romans he never teaches directly on marriage and the family. There is nothing like he does in Ephesians or Colossians or 1 Corinthians. But that doesn’t mean Romans doesn’t have something to say about family. There are two verses in particular and they…