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Headship: God, Christ, The Husband, and The Wife

But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ.
-1 Corinthians 11:3
What is the foundation of a Christian marriage?  Who is the key to a happy, joyful, abundant husband and wife relationship?  And what is the Christ-following husband's role in regards to his wife?

These are questions that cross the minds of Christians who are married, thinking about being married, or have been married in the past and are looking back or looking forward.  In society, getting married is much easier to do, even though some single people who are searching or waiting might not agree with this; it is easier to do than getting a drivers licence or all sorts of other things we commonly do.

Being married and staying married are much, much harder.  Two people living in a space together, even with rings and the paperwork, does not a marriage make.

Christian marriage is a covenant between two people, both who are in Christ, th…

Not Getting It

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
-Proverbs 23:7a (NKJV)

Do you ever say, "I don't get it"?  You might say it as an expression of bewilderment or consternation.  But often times we don't say it, but have the experience of it, of not getting it, and oppose or reject whatever it is; often subconsciously.

When we don't get it, we are prejudiced about or have a bias against something or someone that we do not understand.  There is right and wrong, morals and ethics; but there is also the different and the new and the alternative view point or paradigm.  We sometimes want to destroy an idea rather than seek to understand it, and we want to shut a person down carrying a new or different concept, rather than hear them.

I was thinking about how often we say or write to one another what boils down to, "you are wrong, so shut up", and how an alternative might (at least) be, "I think you are wrong, but let's eat together".  If we could eat to…

Contempt For Trump and Grudem

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else.
-Luke 18:9


Have you heard or have you read or heard the words of contempt?  Contempt is defined as: "a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval."  Contempt is the stock and trade of the self-righteous.
Over and again, Jesus warned his followers of the trap of self-righteousness that the Pharisees had fallen into.  A reason why, I believe, out of everything that went on during Jesus' ministry years, that the writers of the four gospels show us the Pharisees and their error, is that all Christians, throughout history, are vulnerable to stepping into religious pride.  And it is toxic, destructive, and not Jesus.
Part of my story, is that I went to a non-denominational Christian college.  About half the students were Catholic and the rest were a wide variety of Protestants.  I stood up one day, when all of the students were…

God Wants His People Prosperous

But remember that the LORD your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm His covenant He swore to your fathers, as it is today.
-Deuteronomy 8:18


These are my notes from a talk by Peter Wagner:

Prosperity

1.  God wants his people to prosper.

This is good news.Deut. 7, backdropv. 13 abundant cropsv. 13 large herds of cattle v. 14 full wombs v. 15 good health v. 16 victory over enemies2 Cor. 9:8God desires to give us more than we need, so that we can share it for good. 2. The Devil is the author of poverty. Satan is "god of this age", who usurped Adam's dominionHe came to kill, steal, and destroyBut God sent Jesus as the second Adam to take back what Satan stoleJesus came to destroy the works of the devilThree things influence society: violence, knowledge, wealthThe greatest of these is wealth 3. What is the wealth for, that God gives his people? Kingdom influenceIn religion, we judge influence by our spiritualityBut in the rest of the mountains of influe…

The Glory and Oneness of All Believers

I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one.
-John 17:22
Jesus prayed for his followers to be one.  Do you see this?  We have a paradox before us of disunity, or a lack of oneness; but Jesus prayed for just the opposite.

The church, his church, is being watched over, and interceded prayed for, by him.  And I believe that Jesus will fully get his prayers answered.  So I have great hope.
Jesus says that the glory that his Father gave him, he has given us.  And it appears that the glory is the mechanism or vehicle through which unity or oneness takes place.  Jesus has given us something that Father gave him, by which we can be one, as they are one.
Here is the wider context of this statement, underlined in the center: I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message.
May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.
I have given them the g…

Wilderness Before Appearance

The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
-Luke 1:80
Have you been, or are you in the wilderness?  The wilderness is an amazing metaphor that the Bible uses for time alone with God, or time in preparation for service or ministry.  The wilderness may seem like a punishment and sometimes people are forced there by adverse circumstances not of their own choosing.
The way that vocational preparation, that includes a calling to the ministry, usually works, is that a young adult chooses or believes they are called or they come into an understanding of their desire to do a particular form of work.  They then prepare for that work in schooling or training and then get into that field of work and begin a life of that vocation.
But, what if you want to be like the people we read about in the the Bible, who are named, and who did certain things, that had impact for God's kingdom?  Every believer is called …

Three Kinds of Believers

“And now listen, Jacob My servant, Israel whom I have chosen.
This is the word of the Lord your Maker who formed you from the womb;
He will help you: Do not fear; Jacob is My servant;
I have chosen Jeshurun.
-Isaiah 44:1-2

There are three kinds of believers.  There are called people, there are saved people, and there are righteous people.  God loves all three groups.

You might know the story of how God changed Jacob's name to Israel.  Abraham also had his name changed from Abram.  The changing of the name, by God, signifies something that God is doing or has done.

The name Jacob means supplanter, heel-catcher, or seized by the heel.  The original Jacob was born, grabbing his fraternal twin brother's heel.  Supplanter means replacer, displacer, superceder, or one who takes over from another.

Jacob lived up to his name, when he tricked his dad, with the help of his mom, and persuaded his brother, to give him his birthright. Throughout his tumultuous life, Jacob worried that his…

Keeping Our Promises To God

Then I will continually sing of Your name, fulfilling my vows day by day.
-Psalm 61:8

I want to ask you a question:  What are you going to do?  I mean, what have you told God you are going to do and are you doing it?  What I am talking about is that when you love someone who loves you, you spontaneously make promises to them out of your love.
How do you choose to live?  Our lives are filled with responding to what God has done, becoming aware of what God is doing, and asking God to do things.  There are many facets of the God side, but there is also the you side: "what are you going to do?"

In the 'you doing' are you keeping your promises to God, whatever they are?  Are you doing that?  How are your life's choices impacted or governed by your promises to God?

To have communion, to share life, between you and God; is a key dynamic of your life.

Sharing life with God is the life that we live.  We have communion with God on a daily basis through God's gift and …