marriage

Are you about to marry a child of the devil?

Marriage is a reflection of Christ and the church. A marriage made up of two of God’s redeemed is as near to heaven on earth as it is possible to come. A marriage made up of one of God’s children and a child of the devil is a pain nearly unequaled in its intensity.

Children, Domestic abuse, estrangement

An estranged mother, yes, but also a Christian one

I am an estranged mother. It’s not my desire but it is my life. I gave birth to nine wonderful babies. Four of them, now adults, have bought into lies told by my abuser and his family, chosen to believe the worst, and have estranged themselves from me, one only from time to time, the …

Theology

Bearing the Cross of Christ by Charles Spurgeon

“On him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.” (Luke 23:26) We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a …

Domestic abuse

The abused woman: The cycle of domestic abuse

I never wanted to think of myself as an abused daughter or wife. It took seemingly endless pain, seeing how the relationships affected my children, a lot of prayer, and much research to come to the conclusion that serious abuse existed in our relationships. It wasn’t easy to admit it. I loved my mother (my …

Theology

Doctrinally sound Pastors and Teachers

Modern (living and deceased) Titus 1: 7-9, For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give …

Discernment, Theology

False teachers: Wolves among the sheep

Identifying false teachers Can you identify false teachers? Do you understand what makes them false? Or why such people are dangerous? I didn’t once. But we can know. We just have to want to. In God’s Word, He has given us everything we need to be able to identity the ravenous wolves in our midst. …

Discernment, Theology

Modern Youth Ministry: Blind leaders of the blind

What’s going on in youth ministry? Matthew 15: 14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” What’s going on in Youth Ministry? What we were told was a means of training our children in godliness has turned out to …