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The Marriage–>Family–>Church Leadership Connection


(1 Timothy 3:4-5) We continue to develop the issues from God's Word regarding relational servant-leadership in our homes and in Christ's Church, I want to share what I've experienced in my own life as well as what many others have shared with me. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis has veteran tempter Screwtape reveal a little secret about human beings: we are incurably idealistic. “Do what you will,” he warns, “there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient’s...
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Loving and Leading in The Home and Church


(1 Timothy 3:1-7) God’s Word clearly describes seven general qualifications for servant-leaders in Christ's Church outlined in the above Scripture focused on mature faith, personal character and Godly relationships: 1) The husband of one wife (v. 2). For most of church history this meant no polygamy or divorce.  Polygamy is still strongly rejected but many churches have chosen leaders who have been divorced and remarried.  While subject to interpretation, when we look at the strong teachings regarding marriage, family and relational servant-leadership in God’s Word,...
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God’s Order for Home and Church


(1 Timothy 3:4-5) As we continue with the Biblical foundation and application for relational servant-leadership, let's take a look at God's design for Christ's Church growing out of the loving relationships of family. Here are some quotes and Scriptures to "set the table" for us... “Strength of character may be acquired at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. There the affections are trained. There the gentle life reaches us, the true heaven life. In one word, the family circle is the supreme...
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Best Decisions I’ve Made as a Father – Part 2


(Psalm 90:16-17) As promised I continue this week with what I consider to be the best decisions I’ve made as a husband and a father in line with God’s Word and Covenant order.  Obviously these are not all the decisions I’ve made, as all weren’t good and I thank God for His grace and forgiveness, as well as the forgiveness of my wife and children.  Last week I shared four of those decisions and this week I share four more. This fifth "best" decision I...
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The Best Decisions I’ve Made as a Father


(Malachi 4:6a; Ephesians 6:4) Over the next two posts I'm going to share some of the decisions the Lord led me to make as a husband and father and I pray they will encourage and/or challenge you, and either way, bless you in your walk with Him, your marriage, parenting and family. Each of these decisions flowed from the priorities that The Lord had revealed in my life for placing my marriage and family above myself and all else except for The Lord Himself. Here's...
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