MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Where to Send Your Children to School

November 6th, 2006 Viewed 2131 times

Studying Late

I have to believe that every Christian parent would desire that their child have a love for the Lord.  It’s debatable whether they’d actually desire that their child go into the ministry or be a missionary, but I’m sure that they desire for them to have the same or more love for God as they do.

The question that faces every parent is how to best raise their child to have that desire– especially in the area of education.

Provoking To Good Works

October 6th, 2006 Viewed 3831 times

It is easy to get frustrated with our children when they are not obeying, or when they are missing something that’s right in front of them.  How we respond, however, can make the difference between having a child prone to wrath and having a child with a loving spirit.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged. – Colossians 3:21

I feel that Paul directed this at the dads because I believe we’re the biggest culprits in flying off the handle when children do not do what we say.  I think that we’re used to getting our way, or are less selfless than our wives (who should already be in submission to us (which should give us greater appreciation of where they are!)).

To Lead the Family

October 4th, 2006 Viewed 12633 times

One of the most controversial, and anti-feminist ideas that can be found in the Bible is the idea that the husband is the head of the home.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. – Genesis 3:16

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. – Ephesians 5:23

One wonders what the relationship was like between Adam and Eve in the garden if Genesis 3:16 was instituted because of sin.  Truly, with sinlessness we would be able to coexist as husband and wife with the same goals and with the same desire– to worship Him.  We’d have no problem in loving and yielding to one another.  We would seek each other’s desires above our own, and we would see this as the only way to do things.

The Generational Effect

October 2nd, 2006 Viewed 4622 times

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; – Exodus 20:5

This is pretty scary to me on one level. Notice, it’s the sins of the fathers that the Lord would visit on the children unto the third and fourth generation. This tells me a couple of things.

First, that God places real importance on what the father does, for it’s his sin that’s visited, not the mothers.  We saw this yesterday with Adam and Eve.  More importantly, we see it throughout the Old Testament where, especially a king, whole families were judged for what the father did.  Remember Achan?  In the book of Joshua, the children of Israel were commanded not to take of the spoil of Jericho, and yet Achan did.  Because of that sin, Achan and his whole family were destroyed.  God takes sin seriously.

Expecting Martyrdom

August 8th, 2006 Viewed 1860 times, 1 so far today

Battle In the SkyPicking up in John 16, Jesus explains that He is not telling the disciples their position against the world because He is attempting to offend them, but to prepare them. He tells them that they will not only be put out of the synagogues for His sake, but there will come a time when the people believe they are doing God a favor by killing them.

We see the later fulfilled in the life of Saul of Tarsus who later became Paul. He believed that he was doing a good work by killing those of the Way– what the followers of Christ were know as before the term Christian was used of them in Antioch. In fact, the very trip on which He came to a saving relationship with the Lord, he was bound for Damascus with papers intended for him to persecute Christians.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.