The Kingdom-Driven Family

Building a Home That Serves Christ and His Kingdom

psalm-112On my way to the Farmers Market today, I was happily listening and singing along with Judy Roger’s CD Never Be Shaken, a collection of Psalms put to music.  The title song is taken from Psalm 112 and the lyrics include a list of those who will never be shaken.  It goes,

Who may dwell, Lord, in Your sanctuary?
Who may live, Lord, on Your holy hill?
The vile man He will abhor, honors those who fear the Lord.
He who keeps the Word even when it hurts….
He, oh Lord, may dwell with Thee.

Little did I know I would have a chance to live that out within the hour. Continue reading

ridgegosnellNorma McCorvey died February 18, 2017. Many will not recognize this name, but would recognize the Supreme Court decision named for her, Roe v. Wade. From the biographical information I have on her, she never had an abortion herself, but was used by the culture of death to advance their cause. To her credit, when she came to faith and repentance, she became an advocate for the unborn and for women found in similar circumstances to her own.

Another name not so well known today is that of Kermit Gosnell. He is a Pennsylvania abortionist who not only killed babies in the womb, but for those born alive, he severed their spinal cords with a technique called “snipping.” He also seriously maimed and had a part in the death of a number of his female clients. He is serving a life sentence in prison, and is the subject of a newly released book, Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.   Continue reading

office-hours2Christian education is the fundamental issue that needs to be confronted in our day by those who profess Christ. Too many within the church who complain about the status quo fail to realize that by handing over their children to government schools, they are the problem. The truncated gospel they follow somehow allows them to sacrifice the future of their family, society, and nation, as they guarantee that their children will be compromised when it comes to knowing and being obedient to the law-word of God. This abdication of parental responsibility is what has allowed the foundations of a nation founded on Christianity to become overrun by hedonism, paganism, and statism. The Scripture asks the rhetorical question, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3)

While this is a familiar verse, the entirety of the Psalm (with my emphasis in italics), is not so often quoted or known. Continue reading

womens-march-boston-commonsA number of friends contacted me with frustration lately, because they discovered that a number of women from their churches participated, in person, at one of the many Women’s Marches around the country. What’s more, these same women were distressed because a good number of the women who marched expressed sadness about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Why were my friends upset? My guess is that they assumed that the other women in their church thought as they did regarding various “women’s issues,” such as abortion and feminism, and were shocked to see their church friends reacting much like the mainstream media when their candidate lost the election. As the expression goes, “When you assume, you make an ass of you and me (ass of u and me). Continue reading

eyeAs helper, Eve became Adam’s match, his equivalent, and he described her as bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. He knew what he had been given and he was grateful for it. Early on in the Biblical account, we see the tremendous influence a wife can have on her husband. In Eve’s case, she violated the “chain of command,” but that does not nullify the God-given role she was created to fulfill. Adam also called her “mother of all living.” Continue reading

There are those who consider parts of the Biblofflimitse unsuitable for children because of the sexual nature of some of the content. Song of Solomon often falls into that category. While there are differing interpretations as to the actual meaning of this book  (literal or figurative), nonetheless, it is a part of the canon of Scripture. Song of Solomon 1:2 would raise some eyebrows on those who consider sex or wine outside the bounds of what young people or children should be exposed to. Does that mean that this part of the wisdom literature of the Bible should be eliminated from sermons, Bible studies, or reading through the Bible with our children or as part of family devotions? Continue reading

hurdlesScripture tells us to walk by faith, not by sight. That means that we, if we are to be faithful to the Bible’s teaching, must take God at His Word, not modifying it to match the circumstances we witness around us or any negative propaganda put forth by the enemies of Christ.

Here are three passages that I trust will encourage you as you begin 2017. Continue reading

shhh-300x225In discussions about sexual abuse, incest, and rape, there is a tendency to assume that those offering preventative solutions are blaming the victim for what happened rather than placing the responsibility on the offender. This can be hurtful to individuals who continue to experience the trauma and betrayal of the original incident. Too often, uninformed, although sometimes well meaning, people state or imply that, “They should just get over it.” Why can’t they? Because the missing component is justice. While it is true that we cannot change the past, as a culture, we can reestablish the Biblical means by which such situations are resolved, and Biblical sanctions are applied.

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Self-government is first learned in a family where both mother and father instill in their children a healthy fear of God. This is accomplished as boundaries and rules are established from the earliest age, so that the child is not left wondering what is acceptable and what is not. Thus, parenting is a very hands-on activity, and one that needs much training to execute well. The Bible is the great textbook for learning how to (and how not to) be a parent. Godly parents need to know and practice the law of God if they wish to transmit this to their children.

Biblical self-government is the most effective government in the world. People tend to put their focus on civil government and, at that, the offices at the very top. However, without individuals who will govern themselves according to God’s Word (the standard of what is right and what is wrong), there is little hope for true dominion living in the institutions of the family, church, and state, as well as in the spheres of school, or business professions. Continue reading

whole-foodsThere is never a bad time to instruct someone in Biblical law if you are given the chance to do so. Moreover, your listeners do not have to know the worldview behind your comments. I had one such encounter today at Whole Foods.

As I waited in line, the checker, bagger, and customer ahead of me were discussing the actions of the son of the manager of a famous punk rock band (whose name meant nothing to me).* He announced that he intended to burn his deceased parents’ paraphernalia and memorabilia in protest to Britain’s commercialization of punk rock. It seems that what was cutting edge, radical forty years ago has become mainstream today and officially celebrated. Junior wanted no part of it, because he felt it distorted what his father stood for. So, with much fanfare, on Nov. 26, 2016, he made good on his promise  to incinerate his father’s possessions valued at over five million pounds. Continue reading