Family and Friends

Traits of the Wise (Matthew 7:24-27)

Traits of the Wise (Matthew 7:24-27)

Proverbs presents us with several caricatures, and the most prominent ones are the wise man and the fool. So what does the life of the wise man look like when it comes to his interactions with others?

If I Only Had... (Genesis 29:15-35)

If I Only Had... (Genesis 29:15-35)

Three companions of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” each have their own “If I only had…” song. If we’re paying attention to the narrative of Genesis 29-30, three characters also emerge with their own “If I only had…” song. So what does Jacob have his heart set on? What about Leah? And what about Rachel? And why do all of them end up in profound disappointment?

Applying Ephesians 4 to Your Marriage (Ephesians 4:17-32)

Applying Ephesians 4 to Your Marriage (Ephesians 4:17-32)

Though Ephesians 5 directly addresses husbands and wives, the principles of the previous chapter - intended for all relationships - are necessary for a Christ-centered marriage. We explore 5 principles which we should be applying to our marriages.

Fellowship, Family, and Kingdom Ethics (Mark 10:17-31)

Fellowship, Family, and Kingdom Ethics (Mark 10:17-31)

4 episodes unfold in the sequence of Mark 10:1-31: A discussion on marriage and divorce, a blessing of children, a rich young ruler, and a question from Peter about reward. So what ties all this together?

Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:1-18)

Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:1-18)

Naomi and Ruth do not have a biological mother-daughter relationship. But their story becomes one fo the most powerful mothering stories in the Bible, especially how adults continue to foster mother-daughter relationships far beyond childhood.

Family History (Matthew 1:18-25)

Family History (Matthew 1:18-25)

Do you have some dirt in your family tree? Did you have any troubling childhood experiences? Do you feel doomed to follow in the footsteps of the worst vices of your parents? Matthew’s Gospel presents us with a “Genesis” of the human Jesus, and it’s full of scandal, trauma, and shame.

Blessing Your Children (Genesis 49:22-26)

Blessing Your Children (Genesis 49:22-26)

Most of our pray for our families. But the biblical idea of “blessing” goes deeper. We explore Jacob’s blessing of his adult son Joseph to see if we can apply some principles in our relationships with sons and daughters of all ages.

Three Men and a Savior (Acts 9:22-28)

Three Men and a Savior (Acts 9:22-28)

Jesus creates unlikely friendships. He was the reason these men were enemies. And then He became the reason they were friends. We examine the relationships between Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark to see what we learn about Christian friendship, especially what it is capable of enduring.

The Song of Solomon and Jesus

The Song of Solomon and Jesus

As part of our series of examining how each Bible book points us to Jesus, we look at the overall message of Song of Solomon and its connections to God’s redemptive work through Jesus, even redemption of marital love and intimacy.

Responses to Questions: Part 6

Responses to Questions: Part 6

We tackle the following questions:

  1. If it were not for your faith in the Bible, then what other convincing reasons do you have for why it is unwise or wrong to live together with a partner without being married first?

  2. What is grace?

  3. What is faith?

  4. What does Paul mean when, in Romans, he speaks of “saving faith”?