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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 . .
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 . . .
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.
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.”
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 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 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.