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Romans: Greetings and Gospel

Greetings and Gospel “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures…” (Romans 1:1-2 ESV) You see Paul’s name at the beginning of the letter. This was the custom of the day. You began with…

Broken and Blessed

The Present Family – Broken & Blessed My encouragement today is for you to see the blessing and curses of your family as part of a bigger story. How? The blessings of family are remnant gifts from creation In this way, the experience of human family, especially a Christian family, tells the whole story of…

Help for the Digitally Drowning Family

Tony Reinke, in his book, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, asks questions about our smartphone use, among them are: “Do my smartphone habits expose an underlying addiction to untimely amusements? Do my smartphone habits reveal a compulsive desire to be seen and affirmed? Do my smartphone habits distract me from genuine communion with God?…

When a Family Member Annoys

Five Strategies for Dealing with an Annoying Family Member Overlook the annoyance/offense “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11 ESV) Proverbs is written to describe practical Christian living. Over the years, this verse has come to my mind regularly as I am deciding whether…

The Crazy Busy Family

Helps for the Crazy Busy Family Identify the idols behind the busy Idols are good things elevated to ultimate things. It is easy to pick on Martha here. Meals are good. Silverware is needed. Jesus ate many meals, and all of them required preparation. There’s nothing wrong with any of that and it certainly can…

Born a Redeemer

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4–5 ESV) These two verses summarize God’s whole outworking of our salvation and how Jesus’ birth on Christmas…

A Woman, a Dragon, and a Deliverer II

“And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a…