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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.