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What are some of the fruits of brokenness?

What are some of the fruits of brokenness? One of the fruits of brokenness is our pliability in the hands of God. Are we experiencing less resistance to our own will and yielding more to His will? Secondly, the fruit of brokenness is empathy and sympathy with others who are hurting, to be able to see their lives through the brokenness that God has brought into your own life. A third fruit is wisdom. Not only does God break, but God mends. A person who h... Read More

Why should I fear God?

Why should I fear God? If we have learned anything from this time of protracted legal wrangling, it is that words are very important. The importance of words, however, lies not only in their definition, but also the context in which they are used. Fear is often discussed in God's Word. In some places fear is condemned, yet elsewhere it is encouraged. The difference in these cases is the original meaning and context.You correctly state that we should fear ... Read More

How do we give thanks in all circumstances?

How do we give thanks in all circumstances? In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul wrote, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This verse disturbs many sincere believers. Sometimes it disturbs me! Is Paul telling us to give things even for the horrible and malevolent circumstances that befall us in this life? No, my friend, the Bible never tells us to give thanks for the terrible things that happen. How then ... Read More

Can we achieve holiness if we really wanted to?

Can we achieve holiness if we really wanted to? "Be holy, for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16), but "No one is good but One, that is, God" (Mark 10:18). How can God command us to be holy when He knows we can't attain it? The key is in one's approach. A rich young ruler and the Apostle Paul represent the two approaches.The rich young ruler came to Jesus as described in Mark 10:17-22. The young man was decent, having followed most of the commandments. Christ, howe... Read More

Can a Christian be a social drinker?

Can a Christian be a social drinker? Some very good people may not have thought this through. I am absolutely convinced that alcohol has wrecked more lives and more homes than any other drug. So, why would Christians want to play in the devil’s backyard? Too many believers want to see how close to the world they can live so they won’t appear to be different. The social drinker is playing with fire. He or she needs to get off the fence and take a stand f... Read More

Is there only one right denomination?

Is there only one right denomination? First of all, in Ephesians 4:4 we read that there is only one body. That one body is the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now, it doesn’t say one congregation. The body of Christ is bigger than one congregation, but there is one body. Now, there is a local expression of that body, and from my study of the Scriptures, I sincerely, honestly believe that every twice-born believer ought to be a member of a loca... Read More

Should I go back to my husband?

Should I go back to my husband? The marriage covenant is the most sacred relationship we can enjoy on earth. It is a gift from God and I am always grieved when I hear of it being broken. In this case, you are burdened with two extremely difficult issues at the same time—the first being forgiveness and the second being divorce.In John 8:11 Jesus says to the adulteress “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Jesus’ forgiveness is conditioned o... Read More

Can I date and possibly marry a divorced person?

Can I date and possibly marry a divorced person? Divorce tops the list of symptoms in the spiritual vacuum of today's culture. Few if any families escape its devastating effects. Convenience and selfishness, not conviction, is of primary importance in our society and that has crippled the marriage commitment.Let me first caution that the effect of divorce is seldom final. A man and woman may get unmarried legally, but may never fully separate emotionally.... Read More

What does the Bible say about divorce and remarriage?

What does the Bible say about divorce and remarriage? The divorce rate of second marriages is much higher than in first marriages, and increases as the number of marriages grows. There are several reasons for this. First, people don't fix the problems that led to their first divorce. Second, like anything else, divorce is easier if one has done it before. Finally, though divorce is a physical separation, it is nearly impossible to make an emotional separa... Read More

What is our responsibility as in-laws?

What is our responsibility as in-laws? God’s plan for marriage is for a man to be “joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). What your son-in-law is asking is for you to become an intrusion into that flesh. In a body, if one part is wounded other parts sacrifice to help it heal. If the couple’s problems have progressed this far, their marriage is severely wounded. If your son-in-law is serious about his family, he needs to stop ... Read More