We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Stimulus Package of Malachi 2: 16-17

Did you know that in the United States the average divorce costs between $30,000 and $50,000, totaling over 33 billion dollars per year? If you add the cost of litigation, this figure reaches over $175 billion. Can you imagine what would happen to the economy if we just strengthened our marriages? The deficit would be eliminated and the budget balanced in just a few years! Can there be a better stimulus package?! There is! There is a stimulus package for marriage. In Malachi chapter 2 God promises to unite with marriages that enable the raising of godly children. IF…IF…we as men remain faithful to our wives. Unfaithfulness brings violence and generational upheaval but faithfulness releases God’s Spirit to bring peace and redemption. Here is the text from Malachi 2: 16-17: Did God not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring? So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD…, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless. Twice we are admonished us to guard ourselves in our spirit. The warning is given three times: “Do not be faithless to the wife of your youth.” Men, do we seek to nurture our wives with the same tenacity with which we care for ourselves? We spend time (and money) building our bodies, our careers, our hobbies, and our passions. What would our marriages be like if we loved our wives as much as did our golf league, or Monday night football, racquetball, basketball, hunting or fishing? In the New Testament Paul writes that men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Our culture is seeking a stimulus that will boost our employment rate and the health of our economy. A strong, God-honoring marriage is the foundation for a healthy, stable culture and economy. A strong marriage is a catalyst for increased creativity and productivity. It is really quite simple—rather than looking to government packages to stimulate the economy, take stock in your marriage!

Published in: on December 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Malachi 2: 14-16 Divorce Additional

In the book of Malachi, I saw something that I have never seen before. The text seems to suggest that in marriage, God has given a portion of His Spirit that blesses the union, resulting in Godly children—if we as men remain faithful to our wives. Twice the text highlights “So guard yourselves in your spirit.” So many men today spend time building their bodies, their careers, and their hobbies; Paul in the NT writes that men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Can you imagine what our marriages would be like if we actually loved our wives as much as we enjoyed golf, or Monday night football, or fishing? What many men don’t realize is that the result of not loving their wives as much as they love themselves is loss. Did you know that the average divorce costs between 10 to 20 thousand dollars? Did you know that in America, divorce is a 31 billion dollar per year business, resulting in 175 billion dollars in money spent virtually down the drain? Can you imagine what would happen to this economy if we just strengthened our marriages? Can you imagine what would happen to our children, our careers, our health, if we just loved our wives as we loved ourselves? The deficit would be erased the budget balanced in just a few years and the storehouse of blessings from heaven would be ours! I can’t think of a better stimulus package! “Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring? So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

Published in: on December 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Romans 12 Out-do one another

Romans 12 is one of the most practical and comprehensive chapters in the Bible when it comes to Christian worldview. The statement that speaks to me the most is: “Outdo one another in showing honor.” Can you imagine what would happen in our marriages, our parenting, our neighborhoods, and our relationships at work if this was practiced? Another statement that stirs my heart is: “Do not be slothful in zeal…” We are to serve the Lord with a fervent zeal! This doesn’t mean that we live fanatically as a loose cannon without a sense of tact, composure, elegance, and self discipline. But with a zealous speed, we are to serve the Lord. I say because the word for in Greek is meaning. We are to redeem our time seizing every opportunity with a sense of urgency. Maybe today we can speedily seize every opportunity to outdo one another in showing honor, loving with a brotherly affection. As the Apostle Paul wrote “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Let’s not wait until tomorrow to start…let’s start with the next person that crosses our path…without delay! Well for me, it’s time to take the garbage out! Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.

Published in: on December 2, 2009 at 9:01 pm  Leave a Comment