How to Biblically Defend the Sanctity of Life

How to Biblically Defend the Sanctity of Life

God placed a higher premium on protecting the life of the unborn child and the pregnant mother than protecting the life of anybody else in Israelite society…

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What Does It Mean That God Chose Us?

What Does It Mean That God Chose Us before the Foundation of the World? (Ephesians 1)

Benjamin L. Merkle

What does it mean that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4a)? Why is this significant? What is God’s end goal in this?

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5 Questions about Homosexuality

5 Questions about Homosexuality

Kevin DeYoung

Q. If the Bible says so little about homosexuality, why do Christians insist on talking about it so much?

A. – The reason the Bible says comparatively little about homosexuality is because it was a comparatively uncontroversial sin among ancient Jews and Christians…

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Is Homosexuality a Sin?

Does God Single Out the Sin of Homosexuality? (Romans 1)

September 08, 2020

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

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24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.32Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

The Lust of the Heart

How low can people go? While in recent years same-sex relations have been glamorized in some sectors of society, Jesus confirmed that God’s will for marriage has always been lifelong heterosexual monogamy (Matt. 19:4–6).1Alternatives may be fashionable, but they are expressions of God’s abandoning people to the “lusts of their hearts” and to “impurity,” which can also be translated “vileness” (BDAG, s.v.  καθαρσία).

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Praying When You Feel Anxiety or Depression

Did You Know?

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

 


How to Pray When You’re Feeling Anxious or Depressed

David Murray

Prayer is hard at the best of times, but it’s hardest during anxious or depressed times. During such seasons, most of us find it hard to concentrate, we feel God is far away, and we despair of God hearing or helping us.

How can we make prayer easier and more encouraging to us in such dark and disturbing spells?

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Many folks feel shame, or other reasons for not seeking treatment PLEASE if you or someone you know is depressed, or has other mental health or substance abuse issues take the first step to save a life today and call:  

 

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

5 Questions about Mental Illness

5 Questions about Mental Illness

David Murray

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is an old problem; as old as the fall. Although God made everything very good (Gen. 1:31), when sin entered, humanity came under the divine curse, together with the rest of the creation (Gen. 3:16-19). Every part of us was disordered and broken, including our bodies, our minds, our emotions, and our souls (Rom. 8:20–22)…

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5 Myths about Hell

5 Myths about Hell

Mark Jones

We need to convince people that hell is not people ultimately getting “what they wanted” as if there were some victory for the wicked.

We all want happiness, and as such we should all come to the fountain of blessedness, the Lord Jesus Christ, so that he can give to us all that we really desire: joy unspeakable.

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FATHER’S DAY Verse and Articles

FROM ALL OF US at FSM and FSMWO  may today, Father’s Day, and every day be filled with the blessings of God.

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13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Psalm 103:13

4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:25-26


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YouTube Dad Adopts the Internet: How-To Videos and Loving the Fatherless

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Fathers Are Children, Too

 

What Does the Bible Teach about Homosexuality?

Is Homosexual Orientation Sinful?

Kevin DeYoung

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, which can bring up many conversations about homosexuality on social media as well as in closer circles of family and friends.

Now is an important time to consider what the Bible says about this topic. Does the Bible condemn homosexual orientation as sin?

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Other Crossway Articles on the subject of Homosexuality: 

What Does “Arsenokoitai” Mean?

Should I Attend My Homosexual Friend’s Wedding?

What Does the Bible Say about Being Born Gay?

How Should Christians Share the Gospel with Practicing Homosexuals?

What about Scholars Who Deny that the Bible Condemns Homosexual Practice?

 

 

A Blueprint for Multigenerational Faithfulness

A Blueprint for Multigenerational Faithfulness

April 26, 2020
A New Lesson from an Old Source

God has not left us to wander aimlessly in the wilderness as we raise our children. He has given us a blueprint for multigenerational faithfulness. That blueprint is expressed throughout the Bible, but there is one place where it reads like a how-to manual. That place is Deuteronomy 6.

I must admit that I haven’t always liked the book of Deuteronomy. In fact, the first time I read it, I didn’t like it at all. It seemed as though the God whom I had come to know and love in the Gospels and epistles of the New Testament was absent in the book of Deuteronomy. I remember my astonishment the first time I realized that the Mosaic Law unapologetically called for stoning in cases of disobedience and lawbreaking. I was also put off by what I considered archaic laws and regulations.

That all changed when I learned how pivotal the book of Deuteronomy is in the overall structure of the Bible. Moreover, I was amazed at the frequency with which Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy and its companion, Leviticus. Eventually I came to love this book of the Law. I have also grown to appreciate its relevance in my everyday life. That’s right, I said Deuteronomy is relevant today! Much of its relevance, however, is lost on those of us who have been unwilling to press forward in our attempts to read, understand, and appreciate the Old Testament.

Think about it—Moses sits down and examines the situation. Israel is on the threshold of a monumental occasion. They are about to possess “the Promised Land.” They had an opportunity forty years earlier but were unwilling to trust God to defeat the inhabitants of Canaan. Two lone voices, Joshua and Caleb, stood out in the crowd as Caleb said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (Num. 13:30). However, the people sided with the naysayers and did not go forward.

Now, forty years later, Israel once again stands on the verge of possessing the Promised Land, and Moses, the great leader that he was, decided to give them a few final instructions. Thus he stood before the people to give the law again. Thus the book bears the name Deuteronomy (deutero = repeat; nomos = law), a restating of the Law.

What would you say to a group of believers about to enter a land occupied by pagans? What would you say to the faithful if you knew their faith would be challenged at every turn? What would you say to a group of people upon whom the burden of carrying and representing the covenant message of God rested? Moses knew exactly what to say. He gave them God’s word. That word echoes through the halls of history and still resonates today.

A Worthwhile Pursuit

You and I desperately need the words of Moses’ challenge. You and I are living in an age and in a culture that is tearing at the very fabric of the Christian community. How many of us look at our teenaged sons and daughters and know they are not with us? How many of us lay our heads on the pillow at night and know that as soon as our kids leave the house they are probably going to leave the faith as well? All of the statistics point to children leaving when they get to college, but my experience and my conversations with Christian parents leads me to believe that the problem manifests itself much earlier.

There are many worthwhile pursuits in this world, but few of them rise to the level of training our children to follow the Lord and keep His commandments

I am often stopped after a sermon by a mother fighting back tears as she asks, “What can I do?” These women want to know what they can do to intervene in the life of their teenagers who are on the way out. I am often stopped by fathers who shake their heads as they say, “I wish I had heard this twenty years ago.” I try to offer comfort as I encourage them to try to make an investment in their grandchildren.

Not long ago a father stopped me after I shared a message on multigenerational faithfulness and said, “Wait right here.” He gathered up his whole family, admitted his failure to live according to the biblical mandate, and asked me to pray for him right then and there. Another gentleman came up to me after a message, grabbed my shoulders, and sobbed as he pleaded, “Tell me it’s not too late.” On another occasion the mother of a rebellious teenaged daughter who had grown up in the church grabbed my hands and said, “Please pray for my daughter; she has left home, and I don’t know where she is.” Over and over I am reminded of how high the stakes are in this battle. We are not talking about children getting bad grades or even getting in trouble with the law. We are talking about young men and women turning their backs on the faith of their fathers, and worse, on God Himself.

There are many worthwhile pursuits in this world, but few of them rise to the level of training our children to follow the Lord and keep His commandments. I desperately want my sons and daughters to walk with God, and I am willing to do whatever it takes, whatever the Bible says I must do in order to be used by God as a means to that end. My prayer for you is that God would awaken in you that same passion.

This article is adapted from Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God by Voddie Baucham Jr.


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