Highlights: – We would not encourage participating in the celebration or attending the baptism/confirmation as, like a gay wedding, they are denials of the true gospel. – It would be best to lovingly share the gospel with your sister beforehand, explaining why you cannot attend. – Love sometimes requires us to strain a relationship. –Continue reading “Episode 90: My niece is getting confirmed in the Catholic church. How should I handle the situation?”
Highlights: – Be aware that there are different ways to help in different situations (1 Thess 5:14) – Have a conversation tailored to the person’s heart condition – Pray for and pursue patience (Eph 4:1-2)
Highlights: – We should look for opportunities to prepare our children for adulthood which may mean leaving them in difficult situations. – We should also understand that preparing our children for adulthood sometimes means sheltering them, which may mean saving them from severe situations. – We should try to gauge whether a particular situation isContinue reading “Episode 88: Bullying follow-up: What about non-physical bullying?”
Highlights: – Any sexual activity that is explicitly sinful should be out of the question in marriage. Prov 5-7 – Our primary aim in the sexual relationship in marriage is to give pleasure. 1 Cor 7:1-4 – We should never make demands of our spouses, but seek mutual pleasure.
Highlights: – Remember that proverbs are not promises; they are general truths – The book of Proverbs teaches us how to live wisely – We should do our best to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, trusting that in many cases, they will follow
Highlights – We are elect exiles in this world (1 Peter 1:1). – We are tasked with spreading a message that is counter-cultural (1 Peter 2:9, 3:15). – The apostles’ example was to take every opportunity to proclaim Christ (Acts). – We should expect our gospel-spreading presence to bring opposition (1 Peter 4:12-14).
Episode Highlights: – All authority is to be respected. – The Bible allows for respectful confrontation of authority figures. – The strongest resource for confrontation is the Word of Christ in the hands of the Spirit of Christ spoken by the body of Christ. – Respectfully confront your dad. – Entrust yourself to the Lord.Continue reading “Episode 83: How do I deal with an emotionally/verbally abusive father?”
Episode Highlights: – The predominant theme of the NT pertaining to the believer’s relationship to the government is to submit to authority (Rom 14; 1 Peter 2) – The church, not the government, is God’s chosen instrument to spread the gospel (Matt 28:18-20) – Our desire should be a government that honors God and allowsContinue reading “Episode 82: How should Christian’s consider a politician’s spiritual life when voting?”
Highlights: 1. Teach them first to turn to the Lord. Psa 3, 27; Rom 8:28-30 2. Teach them to turn to the governing authorities as God’s means of dealing with wrongdoers. Rom 13:1-4 3. Teach them it is never okey to retaliate, but that in cases of physical bullying, it is permissible to defend oneself.Continue reading “Episode 81: (RE-DO!) My child has been a victim of bullying at school. How do I help him to deal with this as a believer?”