When our nation has a divorce rate that exceeds 50%, I think it is safe to say that many either are or should be asking how to have a better, stronger marriage. I do believe people are looking for answers. For example, a search of Half.com for books on “marriage” yields more than 23,000 hits! These books were written to fill demand created by people searching for books on the topic. I believe the answer to most problems in most marriages is quite simple. It is time for Christian husbands to get back to basics.
I was recently watching a TV show and saw a character, a grown man, who was talking about his list of "mortal enemies." The comical part was the reasons the man had that led them to get on his list. One "enemy" was a TV character he idolized who failed to make a scheduled appearance the man had attended as a child. Another was "on the list" for opening the package of a collectible toy that apparently was valuable. The reasons this guy had "enemies" was not because they committed some atrocious act against him; in many cases the reason had practically nothing to do with things the "enemy" had done but was instead about his reaction and his pettiness.
Many of God’s promises are amazing. In Matthew 6, verses 25-34, he who seeks the kingdom of God first is promised that “these things” (food, clothing, and shelter) will be provided. God gives us the promise of rest and relief if we bring our burdens to Him in Matthew 11:28-30. But in Romans 8:32 He promises us more than this- He promises us “all things”! I love things that include the word “all.” All-time greatest, all-inclusive resort, all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Christian life is a call to faithfulness. In the secular world, consistent productivity is noticed. While some members of management may seem to "have it out for Christians," today's economic climate dictates that they not only notice but reward productivity. When your testimony improves, opportunities will present themselves. As Joseph found grace (or favor) in Potiphar's sight, he continued to serve. That is exactly what you must continue to do. Beware! There is a tendency to get comfortable, to relax, to become lazy. Put simply, be faithful! Remember, the honor of Jesus Christ is at stake every day of your life!
While many books could be written about Joseph’s life, I believe a few important “steps” were the key to his success while working in the world. These steps are something from which every Christian can learn.
Bible doctrines are much like a globe. When you change your vantage point, the globe obviously does not change, but you see something different. Similarly, as I have grown older - as I have encountered peaks and valleys - I have seen new facets of many biblical gems. Some recent challenges my friends have faced have made me reconsider all that immutability truly means. I have seen a pastor friend lose his father to suicide; I have seen a young lady...