Episode 50: Is it OK for a Christian’s primary community of friends to be outside the church?

Episode highlights:

  • We must have relationships outside the church.  Matt 28:18-20; 1 Cor 5:9-10; Matt 5:16
  • The believer’s primary community of friends should be the body of Christ. 2 Cor 6:14-18; 1 John 2:15-16, 5:19; Eph 4:18-19
  • If you already have a close community of unbelievers, be more and more overt with the gospel, while pushing into close relationships at church.

Episode 49: How would you counsel a husband who is married to a woman who was sexually abused and at times has a hard time with intimacy?

Episode highlights:

  • God expects spouses to serve each other sexually. 1 Cor 7:2-5
  • God expects spouses to be patient with each other. Eph 4:1-2
  • God fixes broken things, so neither spouse should be satisfied with a broken sexual relationship.  Isa 147:3
  • The husband should strive to be patient with his wife. 1 Pet 3:7
  • The wife should strive to serve her husband, getting counseling if necessary.

Episode 48: “I am a 14-year-old believer whose parents recently divorced. During one of my bi-weekly visits with my dad, he asked if he could introduce to me to his boyfriend. How do I respond to both my father and his partner? How am I to make sense of what has recently happened?”

Episode highlights:

  • Your parents’ divorce is between them.  It is not a reflection on you.
  • God has not abandoned you. Rom 8:26-39
  • You must love and honor your dad. Eph 6:1-2
  • You could ask your dad if a pastor could help the two of you work through things.

Episode 47: Can Christians (adult and child) play video games and still live in a manner that is consistent with the Gospel? Part 2

Episode highlights:

  • There are some video games – those in which we pretend to be persons engaging in sexual immorality, extreme violence, or criminal activity – that cannot be helpful to anyone spiritually.  1 Cor 6:12, 10:23
  • If there is a game I can play without my affections for the Lord being challenged or my biblical worldview being dismantled or my being called to celebrate ungodliness, I could enjoy that and be fine.
  • Anything can be damaging if it becomes an idol. 1 Cor 10:14; 1 John 5:21

 

Episode 46: Can Christians (adult and child) play video games and still live in a manner that is consistent with the Gospel? Part 1

Episode highlights:

  • To live in a manner consistent with the gospel means to live a transformed life. Eph 4:1; Col 1:10; Phil 1:27; Titus 1:16
  • There is nothing inherently sinful about playing video games, just like there is nothing inherently sinful about playing card games or board games.
  • When deciding what activities to enjoy, the best question to ask is not, “is it sinful?”, but, “is it helpful?” 1 Cor 6:12, 10:23
  • What hinders one person spiritually may not hinder another person.

Episode 45: How should Christians handle sarcasm? Where is the line when it becomes sinful?

Episode highlights:

  • Sarcasm may be used as a cowardly confrontation, dealing with an issue without engaging in a biblical, loving conversation. Eph 4:15
  • Sarcasm may not always be sinful.  It depends upon our intentions and how we are perceived.
  • If we recognize our hearts are in the wrong place, we should repent and stop doing it.
  • Breaking a sarcasm habit can be helped by filling our minds with Scriptures about godly/ungodly use of the tongue.  Eph 4:29; James 1:26, 3:6; Psa 141:3-4

Episode 44: How do we deal with people who allow their children to believe in Santa?

Episode highlights:

  • Making Santa part of your Christmas tradition makes it difficult to keep Jesus at the center.
  • It’s difficult to make Santa a part of your tradition without misleading your children. Eph 4:25
  • Lying to your children sets that relationship up for mistrust. Eph 6:4
  • Concerning those who do facilitate belief in Santa, have a friendly conversation about it.