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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”?

Responses to Questions: Part 4

Responses to Questions: Part 4

We explore biblical principles to apply to 2 questions:

  1. Is it okay with God for a Christian to marry a non-Christian?

  2. Is it wrong for a Christian to play the lottery? What about gambling in general?

Mothers In the Image of God (Hosea 11:1-4)

Mothers In the Image of God (Hosea 11:1-4)

While the Bible does use the masculine pronouns for God and portrays Him as our Father, men are not the only ones made in the image of God. And God is not only the model for fathers but also for mothers. We look at some passages which use mothering language to describe God’s nurturing activity with His children. And what does this language teach us about mothering?