Episode 68: Am I pushing my kids too hard to excel?

Highlights:
– Children should be taught to pursue godliness as a higher priority than athletic or academic achievement. 1 Tim 4:7-8; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Tim 6:10-11
– Children should be taught to do everything as unto the Lord. Col 3:17, 23; 1 Cor 10:31
– It’s possible to use athletics and academics as tools to teach godliness.
– Working heartily as unto the Lord means doing your best, not necessarily being the best. Parents should emphasize the former, not the latter.
– If a parent is investing more in a child’s temporal achievement than growth in godliness, it may indicate the parent is living vicariously through the child.
– If a parent is not okay with their child not being the best, it may indicate the parent is living vicariously through the child.

Episode 67: What are the pitfalls of patriotism, and how should believers reconcile their identities as citizens of heaven and citizens of America?

Highlights:
– When it comes to earthly patriotism, we must keep in mind that our ultimate citizenship is in heaven. Phil 3:20; Eph 2:19; 1 Pet 2:11
– As citizens of heaven, we must remember that we have a mission that is not of this world. Matt 28:18-20
– As citizens of heaven, we must keep in mind that we are more profoundly joined to believers in other cultures than we are to unbelieving fellows Americans. Eph 4:25b
– As citizens of heaven, we should be the best citizens of our earthly country, submitting to the governing authorities. 1 Pet 2:13-17; Rom 13:1, 7
– Patriotism is a good thing, if kept in its proper place.

Episode 66: How would you counsel someone who has been asked to participate in a Catholic wedding?

Highlights:
– This is a good question because the Catholic church teaches a different gospel. The concern is, would I be endorsing Catholicism by participating in the wedding?
– Ultimately, it is God who joins a man and woman in holy matrimony, no matter who the officiant is. Matt 19:6
– Participation in a wedding is not tantamount to endorsing a church or religion. Rather, it’s the endorsement of a marriage.
– By not participating in the Eucharist, you would be able to make a silent statement, “I do not believe in Catholicism.”

Episode 65: Does it REALLY mean that? Phil 4:13

Highlights:
– This verse is typically used to mean, “I can do anything I set my mind to” and then apply it to various life goals or the overcoming of adversity.
– Context always determines the meaning of words. “All things” means whatever the context dictates. Here, it is not literally all things.
– The main idea of the paragraph is “I’ve learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Phil 4:13 relates directly to that idea.
– Phil 4:13 is a statement about the ability of the believer to be content in all circumstances.
– We should appeal to this verse anytime we find ourselves in difficult situations, struggling to be content.

Episode 64: What is the Biblical definition of lust? How do we know when we’ve crossed the line? Part 2

Episode highlights: 

  • Lust can take place regardless of what we do with our eyes.
  • We should keep our heart and mind focused on the Word.  Prov 6:20-24
  • We should enjoy the godly sexuality that God has provided. Prov 5:20-23; 1 Cor 7
  • We should run from the ungodly sexuality the world/devil is pushing. Prov 6:25; 7:6-9, 24-27.

Episode 62: Does It REALLY Mean That? Matthew 7:1 – “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

Episode highlights:

  • The typical application of this verse is that you should never call somebody out on their sin.
  • The context indicates that Jesus is forbidding hypocritical condemnation, NOT confrontation of any sin of any sort. 
  • Matt 7:5 actually encourages us to help one another with sin.
  • There are a plethora of cross-references indicating that we should lovingly confront sin in other believers.  Matt 18:15-17; Luke 17:3b; 2 Thess 3:14-15; 1 Cor 5:12
  • Bottomline application: in your confrontation, be like Jesus, not like the Pharisees.