Of this I’m certain: I love this woman even more today than I did last year. This was and is my vow: I, Michael Paul, take you, Samara, to be my wife. I will honor you above every other family relationship. I commit myself to you as to no other—to love you as Christ loves the Church, to provide for you, to care for you as best I can, whether times are easy or whether they are difficult. I will live with you graciously as my co-heir in Jesus Christ until Jesus comes or until God, by death, shall separate us.
Sociologist David Popenoe, a pioneer in the field of research into fatherhood, says, “Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home. Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.”
That means it’s not just the fact that he provides money so there is reduced stress in the home, and it doesn’t mean just any “dude” can step in and replace him. There is a real and organic relationship between a father and a child that is irreplaceable and essential in the development of the child.
A good response to Roger Olson’s latest post on “Stealth Calvinism.” I’m sure this has happened in some churches. But, overall, this is a silly conspiracy theory. Olson is better than that.
…Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
It is impossible to know, or to value, that life that Jesus Christ came into the world to impart to us, and procure for us without considering the nature of the death he delivers us from.
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God.
I do believe we slander Christ when we think we are to draw the people by something else but the preaching of Christ crucified.
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and Him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.