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Family Matters
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Today marks the launch of a brand new series on the Grace To You blog on the family. One of the reasons we extended the creation series over several months was due to the intensity of opposition to the biblical view of origins, not just by the world, but by members of the professing church. The Bible’s teaching on the family, closely related to the doctrine of creation, has likewise been attacked and subverted from the very beginning, since Genesis 3. John explains . . .
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Although we’ve noticed the steady, pebble-by-pebble crumbling of the family for decades, we’re now watching the landslide. We live in an age where society is no longer content to simply ignore the sanctity of marriage and the family—it attacks it with a vengeance.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Where do you turn when your family is in trouble? Some confide in a friend; others call a marriage “expert,” like a pastor or counselor. Many people in the world consult a psychologist, only to come away with theories and five-step plans; or more commonly, they call a psychiatrist and get themselves a prescription. God’s Word has a lot to say about the family, and it’ll get to the bottom of all your trouble. Listen as John MacArthur explains . . .
Monday, August 16, 2010
No sane Christian questions the origin of the family. The Bible lays it out before us in unambiguous terms. God created the family—period. But why? God answered that question in the Old Testament long before any New Testament writers took up their pen. To get the divine perspective on the family, we have to go back, way back, to the very beginning.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
After God created the first couple and brought them together in the first marriage ceremony, there was perfect harmony, fellowship, and joy. Adam had a wife to fellowship with; the two of them exercised dominion together. Eve had her husband to protect, provide, and care for her. All was well in Eden, for the moment . . .
Sunday, August 22, 2010
What makes a family work? Is it authority—a firm-ruling father who keeps the peace? Activity—weekly date nights and regular family outings? Availability—members who make time for one another? According to Scripture, a key ingredient for a successful family is submission. Society scoffs at the very mention of the word, but God places submission at the top of His list for a unified family. John MacArthur explains . . .
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The issue of authority and submission in the home—especially wives submitting to their husbands—is not appealing to our fallen culture. The world responds with ridicule, resistance and even rejection. Of course we expect those kinds of reactions from people hostile to divine authority; but what happens when the church falls prey to that mindset?
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sin so often seeks to do two things—express itself and excuse itself. Here’s an example: we’ve heard those stories in which an unbelieving or disobedient husband makes life miserable for his Christian wife. We’ve also heard the world’s counsel to those women—“You deserve better than this! Leave the bum! God doesn’t expect you to submit to him! Take the kids and move out!” Can you hear the appeal to sin in those recommendations? Express yourself. Excuse yourself.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The sinful tendency of fallen men is to dominate their wives by brute force. Even some Christian men are guilty of being too heavy-handed with authority. They practically lord it over their wives, as if marriage were designed to be a master-slave relationship. Some have even tried to claim that Ephesians 5:24 supports such a notion, because it urges wives to be subject to their husbands“in everything.”But that perspective of the husband's role is antithetical to the pattern of headship Christ gives us.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The world tells husbands, “Don’t let anyone tell you what to do. Be a macho man. Grab the gusto. Live for the moment.” The Bible’s message to husbands is exactly the opposite—“Crucify yourself.” Here’s how Paul put it in Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her.” That raises a question: Even a great Christian husband, on his best day, can’t match Christ’s loving sacrifice for the church. What does Paul expect? John MacArthur answers...
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Men, what if your employer described you in an annual review as “passive, indifferent, and irresponsible”? Without a radical change in attitude and behavior, you’d find yourself looking for another job, right? If you can’t get away with it at work, why would you think it’s okay to slough off at home? The sad reality is that many husbands—though willing to work hard and expend great energy in the workplace, at recreation, or even with hobbies and leisure—many act like indolent teenagers at home, shirking their responsibilities toward their wives and children. In today’s selection, John takes a baseball bat to the world’s version of manhood, and shows from Ephesians 5 what real manliness looks like. Here’s a bottom line: True manhood starts and ends in the home.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Children growing up in a fallen world are on a perilous journey, especially these days. Like the sirens of Homer’s Odyssey, beautiful voices entice him to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin—“Resist authority. Taste forbidden pleasures. Take control of your own life.” But one voice stands apart, contradicting all the rest with stunning boldness. God commands young people to a simple, yet profoundly wise way of life: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
Friday, September 17, 2010
There is a legitimate prosperity message in the Bible, but it’s not what you’re used to—some slick TBN preacher in an expensive suit with false promises of health and wealth. But God does promise a full, rich, and abundant life to you for obeying and honoring your parents. Listen, as John MacArthur explains God’s “prosperity gospel”—just for kids.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Many Christian couples fear the prospect of raising children. If you surveyed them, you’d probably hear something like this: “Parenting is expensive, time consuming, and complex. Having kids means I’ve got to get a bigger house, trade my SUV for a lame mini-van, set aside my personal goals, and say goodbye to time with my spouse.” Whether or not those fears are legitimate, they pale in comparison to the real pressure of parenting. John MacArthur explains . . .
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Flip through any trendy parenting magazine today and you’ll find an endless list of tips and techniques on how to rear your children “responsibly.” Schedules, healthy meals, baby aerobics, and Baby Einstein—the world has plenty to say about “successful” parenting. But be warned . . . taking worldly advice comes with a huge price-tag. Here’s John MacArthur to explain . .
Monday, October 4, 2010
With all the timeless issues facing parents, we might expect an entire book, or at least a complete chapter of instruction from the New Testament. But God, who is infinitely wise, gave one verse to parents—that’s it. Care to know the concise instructions God gives to you, moms and dads? It’s all packed into Ephesians 6:4. John MacArthur explains . . .
Friday, October 8, 2010
As parents, we strive to instill respect and obedience in our children—and rightly so. That’s part of our responsibility. We take pride in training them to sit quietly, listen carefully, speak graciously and obey promptly. Sometimes, we’re tempted to think that’s the ultimate goal of parenting—controlling our children’s behavior. But is it? Listen as John MacArthur answers that question . . .
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The New Testament gives us only one verse of positive instruction, “Bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” But how? When you failed to find a parenting playbook in the New Testament, perhaps you turned to other sources for help…and neglected some of the most helpful, practical instruction in God’s Word. The Old Testament illustrates parenting at its best, and worst. Today, John MacArthur takes us to the very heart of it all.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Have you ever noticed how some parents treat their kids like little buddies, others rule over them with an iron fist, and others seem to achieve through their children what they never could? In each case, the poor kid completely misses the opportunity to enjoy what God created him or her to be…a kid. Let’s find out what God intended parenthood, and childhood, to be…
Friday, October 22, 2010
As Christians, we probably dismiss most of the parenting myths we encounter without a second thought, right? After all, we’re Christians, those who look to and depend upon God’s Word to determine our reality, not worldly platitudes or cultural traditions. If you’re among those who think only naïve and untaught Christians fall for unbiblical substitutes when it comes to parenting, maybe you’d better take a look at our list.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
For the last several years, we’ve had a front-row seat to a vicious, violent attack on one of the Lord’s most precious institutions. And make no mistake about it—the family, as established by the Lord, is under attack.