Summer Break!

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Truth & Circumstances will be taking a short hiatus for the month of July.  Please take the time to revisit some older episodes.  We’re always taking new questions, so feel free to keep them coming even during this break!

Episode 113: How can I stop blowing up at my kids?

Episode highlights:
– Apply the biblical principle of “putting off” and “putting on” in the realms of your worship and behavior.
– Discern what you’re worshiping in those moments – what do you want so badly that you’re willing to sin to get it and sin if you don’t get it?
– Grow in your worship of the Lord Jesus by meditating on the gospel daily.
– Identify the typical “pressure cooker” times of the day when you are most likely to be tempted.
– Prepare for temptation by praying, reviewing Scripture, and deciding how you will respond to the pressure.

Episode 112: How should we respond to objections about God “killing” people while requiring us to value life?

Highlights:
– The implication is that God is a hypocrite for taking life while expecting man to preserve life. The real question is, who has the right to give and take life – man or God?
– As the Creator of all things, God owns all life.
– God has the absolute right to give and take life.
– Man does not have the right to take life, except as directed by God.

Episode 111: Should a single person adopt a child?

Episode Highlights:
– In this case, I wouldn’t recommend adoption.
– Her commitment to singleness is simultaneously a commitment to fatherlessness for the child.
– There seems to be a misunderstanding of the purpose of the gift of singleness, which is unencumbered service to the Lord, undistracted by familial obligations.
– If a single was open to marriage, I would counsel one to adopt in situations where sufficient support was available.

Episode 110: How/when to defend ourselves against accusations?

Episode Highlights:
– We shouldn’t apply Jesus’ example of silence before accusers as a blanket over all conflict.
– For the sake of the relationship and the gospel, as much as possible, we should seek to remove misunderstanding.
– Our motive should be love and not vindication.
– Once we have tried to correct misconceptions, we should rest in Rom 12:18: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”