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Your Marriage and the Church Part 2

Purpose: Today we will see a general principle and five responsibilities your marriage has towards the church so that you serve God through the church as your life style.

  1. General Principle: Serve God together as husband and wife
  2. Responsibility 1: Disciple others
  3. Responsibility 2: Encourage others to serve God
  4. Responsibility 3: Host Church and Bible Studies
  5. Responsibility 4: Exercise Your Spiritual Gifts
  6. Responsibility 5: Counsel others

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This series has been very edifying for me to work on and also our church has been really blessed when I went over it in various contexts (couple’s meeting, counseling and mid-week fellowship).

Below is the table of contents of this series.  I have also included as a PDF below as well.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is it good to be happy?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Yes

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

No

Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. 4 The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3-4)

Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:25)

 

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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I haven’t done our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” for a few weeks but here’s this week’s review of Children’s books.

Tim Ladwig. Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House, August 7th 2019. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want a story that tells Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son to kids?  This is it.  This illustrated children’s book is on one of my favorite parables that Jesus taught.  And now I get to share this with my children!

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Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Anklosaurus.

 

Book(s) read:

 

Other tools:

Paper

Pencil

Crayons

Pictures of dinosaurs

Measuring tape

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about Ankylosaurus.
  2. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about Ankylosaurus.
  3. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of Ankylosaurus.

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Carrie Foldberg. Help! I’m in a Painful Marriage. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, December 3rd 2018. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you in a difficult marriage or know someone who is in a painful marriage who can benefit from a booklet that would apply biblical counseling to the situation?  This work is a helpful resource; don’t underestimate its size!  It is the second title that I read from Shepherd Press’ “Lifeline Mini-books” series and thus far this series have really impressed me.

I read this and discussed it with my wife after she read it.  My wife pointed out to me that the author in the introduction mentioning her own struggle in her marriage was really helpful to build a bridge with any reader that might be going through marriage difficulties.  This is followed by four chapters in the book.  Chapter One is titled “Why Does My Marriage Hurt So Much?” and goes over what God’s design for marriage looks like.  Chapter two is about bringing Jesus into the picture of your marriage while chapter three explores further of how Jesus is our example in dealing with marriage pain.  Chapter four gives us more personal application.  After the conclusion the book also gives personal application projects that’s helpful for applications.

I really enjoyed the author’s call for readers to look towards Christ.  She also did a good job bringing verses to bear in a way that makes readers look towards God and Christ but also give hope.  This is a resource for someone in marriage difficulty but also for any married couple to read too.  I recommend it, and give this a five out of five.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:8.  Here is my translation:

“μακάριοι οἱ καθαροὶ τῇ καρδίᾳ
Blessed are the pure in heart

ὅτι αὐτοὶ τὸν θεὸν ὄψονται ”
Because they will see God

Here are some observations:

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