The fifth commandment says, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12 NIV). When we treat our parents respectfully and with love, we take the opportunity to honor God with our obedience, reflecting the relationship our heavenly Father seeks to have with us. Whoever the mother or father figures in your life are, here is how you honor God by honoring those who raised you.
To those who have suffered abuse, I want to say, I’m sorry. Such scars, inflicted in the most sacred of institutions—the place God designed for safety, healing, purity of love and thought, and growth—shatter trust and leave lasting hurts. And to the rest of us, may we never forget our responsibilities as Christ’s ambassadors to act as peacemakers and healers and restorers, helping to bind the shattered with cords of love.
Irritation happens. Anger happens. Frustration occurs. Through all of this, we’re still here, still standing, never giving up on each other. And the building blocks that allow us to continue growing with together are love, trust, commitment, and faith.
Standing at the altar, I envisioned a lifetime of bliss and ever-deepening love. But I hadn’t a clue how much work relational intimacy required, nor how little I knew about loving my husband well.
If you’re a newly wed, here are five ways you and your spouse can avoid the pain we experienced while binding your hearts, ever closer, to each other.
As one who will be launching a church plant with my husband soon, I can’t help but wonder how we will be intentional about diversity within the local body. It’s not enough to just say we are a “diverse” or “multicultural” church in our mission statement; we must be intentional about making sure everyone is welcome.
Here are five ways we can make our churches more diverse:
Because of the reverence that we should have for marriage, Satan and his minions are constantly whispering lies to believers about their relationship with their spouse. Here are 10 common lies we’re likely to hear as Christians striving for a godly marriage.
Depending on the health and motivations of someone else, the space between selflessness and codependency can be incredibly small. Here are five possible indicators that your relationship is in dangerous territory.