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Financial Instructions from the Master – Chap Bettis

By Christian Living, Marriage
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent Podcast, we share a sermon on Financial Instructions from The Master, where I share biblical teaching and practical suggestions on personal finance and generosity. At the end of the sermon, we’ll reflecting on the importance of understanding that everything we have is a blessing from God, and our role is to be good stewards of these resources. So, join us as we navigate the complex world of finance through a biblical lens.   Topics Covered In This Week’s Podcast 08:55 God owns everything. You and I are just managers. 14:04 God expects you...
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Your Spouse is Not Your Rock

By Marriage, Uncategorized

If you have ever watched any construction you know that a large amount of time is spent establishing a part of the building or house you will not see. At first glance, it seems that builders spend a disproportionate amount of time digging the foundation of the building. But that unseen construction is vital for the structure to stand during the coming stresses. Without it, the building will fall (Matthew 7:47). The doctrine of God’s unchangeableness (or as theologians call it – immuntability) is similar. At first glance it doesn’t seem as interesting as other attributes like God’s love, omniscience, or…

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Forgiveness in the Family

By Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

A young man was telling me about his upbringing. He enjoys his grown siblings but his parents are a challenge. When I asked the reason, he replied that there had been so many offenses between the two of them that they now just coexist as roommates. More and more I am convinced that a primary ingredient in a marriage, in a family, and in a church is forgiveness. Love and forgiveness are the gospel-glue that hold relationships together. Living in a gospel-filled home does not mean we are perfect. It does mean we forgive much based on how much we…

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How Heaven Motivates Our Holiness – Chap Bettis

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
In this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent podcast, we delve into how a biblical understanding of heaven can profoundly impact family dynamics and relationships. We'll explore themes of heaven, holiness, and their relevance to daily life, emphasizing the importance of actions that please God rather than seeking human approval. The episode highlights the anticipation of heaven as a motivation for Christians to live holy lives, especially in family contexts. We also discuss the reality of judgment and grace, offering practical advice for believers to apply in their daily lives and relationships.   Resources From This Podcast The Glory Now Revealed,...
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Are You an Encouragement Giver or Taker?

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Uncategorized

Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thes 5:11  Do you give encouragement to others? Or do you absorb it from others? I have been thinking recently about encouragement as a facet of love. It is a way we love those in our church. It is a way we love those in our families. But in particular, I am thinking about it is a specific way we love our spouse.  Men, do you encourage your wife? She needs it. Ladies do you encourage your husband? He needs it. How can you tell if someone needs encouragement? Easy. They are breathing.  All of us…

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Accept Your Spouse. Don’t Accept Your Spouse.

By Marriage

As Christians, we say we follow the Lord Jesus Christ. That means that we have followed his first command to repent and believe the gospel. We have been born again into a living hope. But following Christ does not end with salvation. That’s merely a beginning. We are to press on to maturity. As we do that we discover a tension. We understand the high ethical teaching of our Savior and we understand our sinful nature. We realize that Jesus calls us to love him and how far short we fall of that. He also gives us his Spirit to love…

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Pulling the Fire Alarm

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage

Several months ago our church hosted a marriage conference. You can hear one of the speaker’s sessions on conflict here. During the last session, there was a panel with couples who had been married for different amounts of time. Sharon and I were asked by our senior pastor to be on the panel as the older couple. At first, we objected. “We are hear to learn,” we told him. On the panel, we were open and honest about how hard we have had to work at our marriage. In Sharon’s words, “If marriage is a dance, then there are times it felt…

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Marriage Panel – A Real-Life Conversation and Encouragement

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage, Podcast
Marriage conferences can encourage and challenge us with the principles they teach. But how does it work in real life? Would you like to hear from some not so perfect couples? We’re continuing a short three-episode series on marriage and in this episode, you’re going to hear from two couples who have been married a while. They talk about how their marriages have endured and flourished over the years. ----- We want to help you raise strong disciples of Jesus Christ, who can stand strong in today's culture, and you can get the audiobook of the Disciple Making Parent absolutely...
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Deepak Reju – Handling Conflict in Marriage

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage
In today's episode, I want to share with you some information that's helped me. Our church recently hosted a marriage conference where Deepak Reju was the speaker. I found his third session on handling conflict especially helpful. In it,  he talked about how to deal with fights, how to pursue understanding your spouse, and how to make a genuine apology. So I believe you are going to be truly blessed by this episode. Deepak Reju serves as the pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He and his wife Sarah, have five...
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Travis Rymer- 1 Peter 3 and Honoring Christ In Your Marriage

By Marriage, Podcast

Are you struggling in our marriage? What God intended for good can be incredibly difficult at times. How can God’s word help?  We know that marriage is the most intimate of relationships. Our marriages display the gospel to our children and to the world. God loves and blesses the institution of marriage. The Bible begins with a wedding and ends with the marriage of Christ and his bride. And yet marriage can be difficult. when two sinners are that close, problems arise.  Could this be why marriage rates have dropped? According to the US Census Bureau, only 25% of Americans age…

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