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Family and Parenting in God’s Design


“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”  Proverbs 24:3-4 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain…Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose...
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Navigating Marriage


Navigating Marriage...The Highest of Human Relationships (Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4) We’ve been digging to find out what God’s Word says regarding building our relationships as His disciples under His Lordship. We’ve applied the truths specifically to marriage with the commands and keys that enable us to build marriages that are blessed and that bless our families and His Church. There are volumes, and even libraries of writings, that address the “how to’s” in marriage. The purpose here is to help us make sure that our...
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AGAPE – GODLY LOVE


(John 13:34; 1 John 4:20) As we’ve shared about God’s Covenant Order and what it means to love God, yourself and others we can move forward with this new or renewed understanding. Here are three keys from the Greatest Commandments to building agape Kingdom relationships, especially marriage, according to His Word. As we build agape Kingdom marriages we then form loving families, which in turn strengthens the loving relationships that make up Christ’s Church. (Note how these principles all flow from our discipleship relationship with...
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Wisdom – Building on God’s Truth


We've spent a considerable amount of time laying the foundation of Christ's Lordship, our discipleship response in living out the relationship we're given with God in Christ, and doing so in Love and Humility. This requires that we do so in His Wisdom. As we begin to now focus on building our earthly relationships (check out previous articles on Love for a refresher as to God's Covenant Order for all relationships) we must pay attention to what God says about Wisdom so that it will...
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Truth in Grace


Living with Christ as Lord, responding as His sold-out, dying-to-self disciples so we can be salt and light to a hurting and dying world, all in His Truth and Love requires us to imitate Him. One of the simplest and most powerful Scriptures of Christ is John 1:14, "And the Word (Jesus) became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (Parentheses mine and added) Grace, simply defined, is...
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