We live in the midst of a confused culture wherein the most fundamental aspects of humanity are frequently blurred and distorted. What does it mean to be male as envisioned by our Creator? “Have You Not Read…?” (Matt 19:4) – The Fundamental ...Read More »
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We periodically have a Men’s Morning-in-the-Word at Laurel Canyon where we focus together on some practical issue relating to our walk with God. We’re getting together this morning with a focus on exercising influence and demonstrating leadership as men of ...Read More »
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5) God’s word is an expression of himself as light. Your word is ...Read More »
Titus 2:3-5 isn’t vague in reference to a God-given responsibility of older women.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.Older women are to be influences of truth, wisdom, and experience in the lives of younger women. This is vitally important in a world wherein lies are constantly fed to women of all ages:
- “The most important thing about you is your body's size, shape, and color.”
- “The best way to draw attention to yourself is to flaunt and expose your body.”
- “Your value is determined by where your body lives, the clothes you put on your body, and the luxuries by which your body is indulged.”
- “The first remedy for unhappiness is more: square footage, clothes, and luxuries.”
- “The second remedy for unhappiness is less: weight, responsibility, and expectation.”
- “You are so much more than a body.” (Gen 1:27)
- “Your body has been given to you that you might glorify God.” (1 Cor 6:19-20)
- “To live as if your value depends on stuff is to build your life on sand.” (Luke 12:23)
- “The first key to true joy is MORE… of God.” (Psa 63:1-3)
- “The second key to true joy is LESS… of self.” (Mark 8:34-37)
As the father of three daughters, I'm not a fan of the lies that are constantly fed to and propagated by women in modern American culture. Give ear to these lies and you will be led to believe:
- The most important thing about you is your body's size, shape, and color.
- The best way to draw attention to yourself is to flaunt and expose your body.
- Your value is determined by where your body lives, the clothes you put on your body, and the luxuries by which your body is indulged.
- The first remedy for unhappiness is MORE: more square footage, more clothes, more luxuries.
- The second remedy for unhappiness is LESS: less weight, fewer responsibilities, lower expectations.
LIES.Read More »
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I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)
Annoyances. Frustrations. Disagreements. Misunderstandings. Short tempers.
If you're human, you can relate. And because human homes are made up of human beings, the atmosphere of our homes is sometimes polluted with relational smog. In such moments, the last word on our minds may be "gentleness."
Of the many prophecies Jesus fulfilled, consider this one:
___ He will not quarrel or cry aloud, _____ nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; ___ a bruised reed he will not break, _____ and a smoldering wick he will not quench. (Matt 12:19-20)
Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). It is "put on" by those who have dedicated themselves to holiness (Col 3:12). It is a sign of growth in character. The gentle man or woman has left behind childish foolishness (Tit 3:3) and is manifesting maturity in the determination to "speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, to show perfect courtesy toward all people" (Tit 3:2). In other words, gentleness doesn't "come naturally." Gentleness is a choice. The choice to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. Who did not quarrel. Whose voice did not echo in unrighteous anger from across the street. Who did not maliciously break the broken reed or selfishly quench the smoldering wick.Read More »