Family

What does Proverbs tell us about family?  Listen as Steve explains

  1. Proverbs insists on the importance of a strong cohesive family and denigrates anyone and anything that erodes the family bond. Proverbs 6:16-23; 17:1; 15:17
  2. Marriage  Proverbs 5:18; 31:12; 27:15-16; 17:14
  3. The family is the locus for instruction Proverbs 4:3-4
  4. Children must respect the teaching of their parents Proverbs 30:17; 22:23
  5. Parents must discipline their children for their own good Proverbs 22:6; 23:13-14; 29:17; 13:24
  6. Parents must model godly behavior Proverbs 20:7
  7. Grandparents are important to the family Proverbs 17:6a

 

Running to Jesus

From our CBR yesterday in John 20, we discover an interesting fact: John is faster than Peter.  “So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.”  Maybe John was younger or Peter was out of shape like me.  I doubt that John was simply fueled by more zeal than Peter.  After all, John arrived first and hesitated, but Peter barged in the tomb.  The picture that came to my mind was this football referee.  Whether arriving first or second doesn’t matter, what matters is that I run without abandon like John and Peter towards the risen Christ.  Will you run to Jesus with me?  I’ll even let you beat me to him!

Wholeheartedly and out of breathe,

Steve

Did you believe that I loved you?

Our church uses the Community Bible Reading Journal as a means to learn the heart of God through reading His Word daily. Recently, we read John 6:28-29. “Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

We live in “do” culture. Book stores are filled with “How to do…” books with some tailored for folks like me: “______ For Dummies.” The church can also be a “do” culture, a meritocracy that rewards achievers. If you are truly spiritual, then do this and this and this and this and then that. We tend to determine our justification solely on the basis of our sanctification, which is a fancy way of saying the gift of the God’s grace is measured by how much we do to earn it or reimburse God for it.

Jesus is crystal clear on this topic. He says, “You want me to tell you how to do spiritually? Ok, believe in me… Do faith… Trust in my works, not yours.” This challenges us. We are all doers – take the bull by horns and git ‘er done. And Jesus tells us that we must “do” belief in Him. Brennan Manning says “I am now utterly convinced that on judgement day, the Lord Jesus will ask one question and one question only: Did you believe that I loved you?”