Episode 157: What are some of the signs I’m harboring bitterness? What can I do about it?

Episode highlights: – Eph 4:26-5:2 is a helpful guide. – What is your disposition toward the person? If there is not actual anger, do you struggle with your thoughts–re-living the offense? Eph 4:26 – How do you talk about the person to others and in your own mind? Eph 4:29 – Do you have aContinue reading “Episode 157: What are some of the signs I’m harboring bitterness? What can I do about it?”

Episode 156: “So I Don’t Have to Forgive…?”

Episode Highlights: – That an offender has not repented does not give a victim the right to hold a grudge, prolong their anger, or hold the person at arms-length. – Eph 4:26 is a command to be poised to forgive very quickly after the offense. – If we have obeyed Eph 4:26, our attitude towardContinue reading “Episode 156: “So I Don’t Have to Forgive…?””

Episode 155: Should I apologize for hurting a person’s feelings with truth?

Episode Highlights – We should not ask for forgiveness if we do not believe we have sinned. – We should take ample time to consider both the message and manner in which we delivered it. If either were inappropriate, we should ask forgiveness. – If after considering their hurt we still don’t believe we’ve sinned,Continue reading “Episode 155: Should I apologize for hurting a person’s feelings with truth?”

Episode 154: How should Christians observe a Sabbath rest?

Episode Highlights: – The Sabbath rest of the Christian is the new heaven and new earth earned by Christ, and theirs in Christ. – Hebrews 4:9 comes in a section spanning from 3:1-4:11. This context is crucial for understanding the one verse. – Hebrews 4:9 does not speak of a literal Sabbath rest for Christians,Continue reading “Episode 154: How should Christians observe a Sabbath rest?”

Episode 153: How do we tell the difference between error and heresy?

Episode Highlights – Three questions help us decipher heresy from error: Does it compromise the gospel? Does it compromise Christology? Does it compromise the nature of God? – We should be reasonably patient with new believers as they are corrected on matters of orthodoxy. – On differences that do not rise to the level ofContinue reading “Episode 153: How do we tell the difference between error and heresy?”

Episode 152: We disagree about discipling our kids…what should we do?

Episode Highlights: – The Bible gives us clear instruction on how to discipline our children. – The Bible prescribes loving corporal punishment as the norm for disciplining children (Pro 13:24; 22:15; 23:13-14; Heb 12:6-11) – We should incorporate loving corporal punishment without provoking our children to anger (Eph 6:4).

Episode 151: Does it really mean that? Rev 3:20

– Again, the place to start is the context, which in this case is the letter to Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. – The context indicates that the letter is written to believers who need to be called back to meaningful fellowship with Christ; therefore, this is not an evangelistic text. – There are plenty ofContinue reading “Episode 151: Does it really mean that? Rev 3:20”

Episode 150: How do I counsel my daughter who tends to be “boy-crazy”?

Episode Highlights: 1. This issue provides a wonderful opportunity for discipleship within the home. 2. There is a time to be “boy-crazy.” That time is within a God-honoring, heterosexual, monogamous marriage relationship. 3. The desire for an intimate relationship is a gift, but it is a means to enjoy Christ more and not an endContinue reading “Episode 150: How do I counsel my daughter who tends to be “boy-crazy”?”

Episode 149: How do I build trust after betrayal?

Episode Highlights: – Episodes 140-142 on forgiveness may also be helpful. – Trust may not be advisable, depending upon what we mean by trust. – The offended spouse should press into the bitterness issue by meditating on gospel themes. – Looking to the Lord for ultimate fulfillment will prepare you both to love well andContinue reading “Episode 149: How do I build trust after betrayal?”