I conduct classes in Biblical law for women. Over the course of almost two decades, I have moderated discussions on the specifics of the Ten Commandments, the case laws of the Old Testament, and their applicability for today. It is not that men would not or could not benefit from these classes. It is just that when women get together and really talk, the conversations often go to areas that a) might not interest men b) might seem trivial to men and c) might embarrass men.
Women, being much more personal in their orientation to things, like to really understand how a certain principle or mandate of Scripture applies to the various areas of their lives, right down to the nitty gritty. I am not saying men do not have this need or that they do not engage in such conversations among themselves, but my experience tells me that the conversations would be much less valuable in a mixed group of women and men. Continue reading
Education is often confused with schooling. They are not the same things. Too many people go through twelve-plus years of schooling and fail to be useful to those in their family, social circles, or jobs. Schooling often develops a mindset of compulsion and requirements, rather than a quest for knowledge. For many, education stops at graduation, if not before. To be truly useful to the Kingdom of God, we must never stop focusing on education—being a student of God’s Word, and how it applies to every aspect of our lives. This should be the focus of all education, and if it becomes tedious and irrelevant, it is time to change course. Continue reading
On 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
Norma 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
Christian 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
A 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
As 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 Bible 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
Scripture 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